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Nestled within beautiful parkland close to the Devon and Somerset border in Chard, Swandown Lodges is a 1,000 acre estate boasting luxury self-catering properties, fantastic facilities and miles of idyllic countryside.


Swandown Lodges properties

Swandown Lodges garden

12 Kittwhistle, Swandown Lodges

Each lodge has been furnished to an exquisite standard, and vary from two bedroom properties sleeping four to three bedroom retreats sleeping six. Comfortable and contemporary furnishings feature throughout, as well as sociable living space and a stunning countryside view.

The lodges all offer a wood burning stove and private garden, and some also feature a hot tub, so you can truly unwind in understated luxury. The estate is the perfect setting for a family holiday or group getaway, where larger parties have the option to book multiple properties within the same complex.

Dog-friendly properties

Do you have a much-loved canine companion that you would love to take on holiday with you? You’ll be happy to know that some of the Swandown Lodges properties are pet friendly too! Click the property links below to discover our dog-friendly holiday cottages at Swandown Lodges:

3 Blackdown

14 Goldenhaye

9 Kittwhistle

Swandown Lodges facilities

Swandown Lodges hot tub

12a Goldenhaye, Swandown Lodges

The complex boasts a communal indoor pool with the option to book slots for you and your loved ones. If you’d like to relax in the comfort of your holiday lodge, each property features a private garden, and some also include a hot tub and barbecue area.

Outdoors, families can enjoy the children’s adventure trail, a football area and access to idyllic walking and bicycle routes in the surrounding countryside.

Things to do near Swandown Lodges

Forde Abbey near Swandown Lodges

Here’s a hand-picked selection of 5 days out in and around Chard to enjoy during your stay:

1)     Spa Day at Cricket St Thomas Hotel

Set between the charming, bustling market towns of Crewkerne and Chard, there’s so much to do near Swandown Lodges, including visiting Cricket St Thomas Hotel for a sumptuous spa day. The spa itself offers a leisure complex complete with a sauna, steam room and gymnasium.

2)     Golf at Cricket St Thomas Golf Club

Don’t forget to pack your golf clubs as the Cricket St Thomas Golf Club boasts an 18-hole course, driving range and pitch and putt, offering a game for a range of abilities. On-site there’s a popular sports bar and restaurant, and keen golfers can enjoy the pro shop.

3)     Stroll around Chard Reservoir

Discover stunning scenes of nature, from birds to dragonflies, in the wildflower meadows, enchanting woodland and open water. With a children’s woodland play area, this is a lovely place to loose track of time as a family.

4)     Visit Forde Abbey and Gardens

Forde Abbey is one of the oldest inhabited houses in England, home to the famous Mortlake tapestries, woven by Raphael Cartoons, which can now be found in the V&A Museum. Uncover the rich history of the property, spanning 900 years, and it’s idyllic gardens linking to Cistercian monks.

The Abbey hold regular events, including seasonal activities such as pumpkin rolling, so be sure to see what’s on at the abbey before your visit.

5)     Walk along the Jurassic Coast

A 30 minute drive away, we highly recommend spending a day discovering the dramatic Jurassic Coast. Delve into the region’s fascinating history, stunning beaches and family-friendly attractions. There is so much to see and do, come rain or shine, from rib rides and fishing to a Dinosaur Fossil Museum, aquarium, a selection of beaches and stunning coast path.

Restaurants near Swandown Lodges

There are some fantastic places to eat in Chard, here are just a selection of three eateries to visit when staying at the Swandown Lodges estate:

The Cotley Inn

Situated just a 15 minute drive from the estate, The Cotley Inn is an award-winning gastro pub set in rolling countryside. Serving beautifully presented, delicious local produce on their seasonal menu, with the option to eat indoors or out, this fantastic inn is everything a British pub should be.

Cricket St Thomas Golf Club 

The nearby Cricket St Thomas Golf Club features a family-friendly bar and grill with a welcoming atmosphere, less than a mile from the estate, open daily until 3pm (6pm on Fridays). The restaurant here offers ample seating both indoors and out, and we highly recommend looking out over the green as you indulge in a refreshing beverage and quality food. There is also a sports bar, so you don’t have to worry about missing that anticipated match.

On Sundays, the club offer a delicious carvery from 12pm that’s well worth a visit for a laid-back family dining option.

Bath House 

Enjoy your much-loved British classics, as well as some Asian and European delicacies, made from local produce. The restaurant is located a 10 minute drive away from Swandown Lodges, and is open for dinners, and lunches too Thursday to Saturday. Book online on the Bath House website.

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