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Spring is here!

After the return of hares in number last year, we were thrilled to see lots of baby rabbits this year and especially these from our office window! We've been watching them grow (rapidly!) and they have recently made friends with our resident ducks!

Best UK Coastal Resort

Following Bude's success in the 2014 British Travel Awards (Bronze Medallists) we were delighted to learn that Bude was awarded Best Coastal Resort in the UK at this year's awards - scooping Gold!

TripAdvisor Hall of Fame

We are very proud here at Forda to have been awarded TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence for the fifth consecutive year, and this is given in recognition of receiving consistently 'great' guest reviews.

As a result of this, Forda has now been inducted into TripAdvisor Hall of Fame - an honour which is shared by only 2% of businesses on TripAdvisor!

 

Wifi

Wifi has now been installed successfully and has been a huge hit with our guests.

New Televisions

October - our guests are delighted with our newly arrived upgraded televisions - High Definition and LED and larger than before, with 32" screens for the "A" frames and 42" screens for the cottages.

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2013

Well, we have done it again! We are very proud to have been awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for the 3rd year in a row! They told us this year that "TripAdvisor is proud to recognise Forda Lodges and Cottages for the exceptional feedback you've earned from travellers over the past year. The Certificate of Excellence is awarded to businesses that rank in the top 10% worldwide for traveller feedback."

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence - June 2012

TripAdvisor wrote to us today and informed us that we had been awarded their Certificate of Excellence! It is, they said, a testimonial to our high standards, which is reflected in our exceptional traveller ratings received over the past year. They went on to say "With a rating of 5.0, Forda Lodges and Cottages has earned a place among the very best."

You can read of all our reviews by clicking here.                                                                                                                           New Fishing Hut opens -  March 2012 !                                We are pleased to report that our new fishing hut is finished and in use for 2012 (see right). The hut provides ample storage space for fishing gear and also includes bait for sale. It also has a pleasant veranda where you can sit and ponder the one that got away !                                                                                                                                               The Fish Arrive - January 2012                                           650 new Forda residents have arrived ! - Tench, Bream and Crucian Carp to complete our fourth pond which is now open for the new season.

Bedroom Facelift for Ash and Beech lodges -                         The new year brings all new bedroom furniture for our two delta lodges, with the seal of approval of the first guests this year !

New Pond at Forda                                                               Last winter saw the completion of the fourth pond at Forda, along with extensive landscape improvements for your future enjoyment - follow the progress on our blog - http://fordalodges.blogspot.com  

Cornwall Wins for a second consecutive year !                          In November Cornwall again won the British Travel Awards for top UK holiday destination ! (the awards are based on public voting).  Devon and Cumbria were runners-up.

Accolade for Forda by Visit England !                             We're thrilled here at Forda to have been featured in an article by 'Quality Edge' - VisitEngland's magazine. The article was written for the trade to highlight the importance of cleanliness - with their research showing that "94% of guests consider cleanliness and hygiene standards of accommodation to be either extremely important or important." We can only agree! The article says that "about 10% of self-catering properties got top marks for housekeeping, compared with about 6% of guest accommodation and 2% of hotels."

Forda was the only self-catering place from the whole country to be included in their article because we have achieved a perfect score for several years in the VisitEngland inspections for cleanliness! They even included this picture of our ladies! We are very fortunate to have such a great team of cleaners - without them we couldn't keep up the high standards.                                 Thank you girls!

 

Staff changes at Forda                                                 Many of you have met Bee, the third member of our team, over the past year or so. Sadly she is leaving Forda but we are very pleased for her, as she is going to follow her passion for animals and farming. Some of you may even see her as she will be caring for some of the animals at the local attraction "Big Sheep" and will be involved with some of the entertainment there. In her place we are very pleased to welcome Jayne. She and her husband Colin have recently moved to the area, having spent their holidays at Forda for the last ten years and having fallen in love with the place!

Ducks!                                                                        So many of you are fond of the ducks - and their morning and evening lodge visits for bread. They are still thriving and looking forward to your next visit.                                                             Photo right: Ducklings crossing the bridge.

Swallows and other birds                                              Over the last few years swallows have realised that, with a bit of effort, they could build nests in a safe position on the patios of the 'A' frames. Many families have been successfully raised - a real joy for anyone in the lodges, watching the parents flying in to feed them and the young flying off for the first time in July and August.                                                                                        Photo right: One of the swallows with its young.  

Forda mentioned in Daily Mail Travel on 19th of March 2010! We are absolutely delighted to (unknowingly) have been featured in last Saturday's travel part of the Daily Mail in a nice spread about Cornwall!                                                                             From glamorous camping to boutique B&Bs, Cornwall is leading the way for the modern traveller | Mail                   www.dailymail.co.uk  

Forda is now blogging !                                                                 If you would like to follow our blog you can either click on the little icons at the bottom of the page or visit our blog on:   http://fordalodges.blogspot.com/    

May 2009                                                                             Gold Award                                                                                 Our two cottages – Forda Barn & Stables have just been awarded the top rating of “Gold Award” for 2009/2010. This means they are rated in the top 624 cottages in the whole country. 

March 2009                                                                               New comfy suites in all the lodges! (above right)

Winter Works                                                                           After all the major refurbishments over the last three years (kitchens, bathrooms, roofs etc), this year it is more cosmetic but still important! We hope everyone will enjoy the new fires in all the lodges and the new kitchen lighting in the “A” frames – there were favourable comments from regulars who came at Christmas and New Year ! We have also upgraded all the “fire” equipment, with new extinguishers and smoke and heat detectors, and changed the door locks in the “A” frames (smaller keys so less wear on your pockets!). There is also a new fireplace in the Barn lounge. Following the record wet 2008, the freezing ground in early January provided the ideal conditions for a lot of new drains and pipe work and repairs and stoning of paths, especially around the ponds which had deteriorated in the wet last year.

Digital TV                                                                                     We are one of the first areas to go digital in 2009 so we have all new flat-screen TVs and all the freeview channels in all of the accommodation together with new DVD and video recorders/players.

Waitrose in Holsworthy & Sainsburys in Bude!                         We know some of you are fans of Waitrose and Sainsburys – the local news is that they are planning to take over the Somerfield stores in Bude and Holsworthy – planned changeover is for June 2009.

Bude Tourist Information Centre and Bude Canal Centre           We did not enter any awards this year but were thrilled that Bude won the best Tourist Information Centre in Cornwall award. Bude now has a lovely new refurbished TIC and shop as well as a new Bude Canal Centre, to go along with all the work on the refurbishment work on the Bude Canal – well worth a visit the next time you are here.

Forda and Bude Rugby                                                         Cornwall and Bude are rugby-mad, Kilkhampton is the home of England’s Phil Vickery (his family run the local farm shop) and we have a son who is rugby-mad. So when it came to deciding on Forda’s local sponsorship, there was little choice. Forda is now the name on the shirts of Bude rugby – under 13’s in 2007/08 (winners of the Cornwall Plate last season!) and under 14’s in 2008/09.

Winter 2007 - 2008                                                                        At the South West England Tourism Awards this month, we were very pleased to again be a finalist and this year we were placed in the top three for Accessibility for the whole of the South West. 

Growing Pups                                                                         Please do not expect to find us now as two cute Andrex puppies! We are two years old in August and we are now two big handsome boys – but still friendly and playful so we look forward to seeing you at Forda. from Boris & Buster (photo above right)

Winter Refurbishments                                                              Last year many of you enjoyed the new kitchens and flooring etc in the “A” frame lodges. This winter the Delta lodges have had their makeover, with new kitchens and roofs. That means that all of the lodges now have new kitchens, bathrooms and roofs! We have also replaced the glass in all the lodge velux windows. A few of them were misting and it was a good opportunity to replace them all with new insulating “K” glass.

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Some of the Forda ducklings crossing the bridge

Some of Forda's Swallows

Jim & Gillian Chibbett of Forda, with founders Eddie & Honor Heard

Enjoy England Gold Award

Bude Tourist Information Centre

Forda sponsors Bude Rugby