Picture a wooded valley, hidden deep in the Cornish countryside and yet minutes from heritage coastline and magnificent beaches. At its lowest part there are ponds, skirted by woodland paths and levels of grasses, fringed by wild flowers. Amongst the changing colours of the flowers and the splendid woods, Forda’s residents include many species of birds, duck and geese, wildfowl, badgers, roe deer and the occasional fox and otter.
This is Forda, a place whose unique character and setting attracts many kinds of visitors, not only in the long summer months but throughout the whole year.
With motorways and new roads, this tranquillity is now within easy reach – London within four and a half hours, the Midlands four hours and Bristol two hours.
Forda was once a traditional Cornish farmstead. Today, it is a small and select holiday setting where beautiful and cleverly designed lodges have been constructed to blend perfectly with their surroundings and carefully located and aligned to provide privacy.
There are also two luxury barn conversions with their own private gardens or large patios.
Forda is privately owned and managed by the Chibbett family who live at Forda in the old farmhouse and take great pride in ensuring that all their guests have a relaxing and peaceful holiday in this wonderful and idyllic location.
Once discovered, guests return year after year to this part of Cornwall and to Forda. All the ingredients are here for an unforgettable holiday, every season of the year.
Spring comes early at Forda. Primroses and daffodils make an entrance in March, along with wood anemones, early violets and wild orchids in April. You may also see marsh marigolds and the occasional kingcup by the lakes. The many varieties of trees and shrubs are coming into leaf and blackbirds and song thrushes are busy getting nests underway, lining them with mud from the margin of the lakes. By mid-April the swallows and house martins begin to return, usually a little ahead of the cuckoos. By early May the badgers are out and about with their young.
Cornish summers at their best are long and hot and have no equal anywhere in Britain. Forda is a few short miles from the glorious sandy beaches and half hidden coves of the stunning Atlantic coastline. Early summer sees the roe deer's young born deep in the thickets surrounding the valley and the woods are carpeted with bluebells. In May the moorhen and her chicks are back on the ponds and the resident ducks are starting their new families. June finds cow parsley fringing the trails and buttercups crowding each other in the grass, the hedgerows coloured with campion, foxgloves and meadowsweet, whilst the air is filled with an amazing array of birdsong and a dazzling parade of butterflies.
The days can stay mild throughout the autumn and beyond and the season often brings a rich stillness, as the valley begins to settle down at the end of summer. The trees are especially beautiful now and there is still an abundance of green from the shrubs and conifers amid the ambers, yellows and vivid oranges in the woods. When evenings close in and the curtains are drawn, the warm, natural wood interiors of the lodges are the perfect setting for relaxation, a good book, a game of cards or perhaps a romantic dinner.
Winters are generally short and often mild - and snow, if it comes, adds another dimension to this sheltered valley. With or without snow, Forda takes on a very special atmosphere for Christmas and New Year.
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A M E N I T I E S
Forda remains a small and tranquil holiday haven (with only 10 lodges and 2 cottages) but offers the amenities normally associated with a much larger site, providing easy and uncrowded use of our amenities and making Forda truly a place for all seasons and all weathers.
F I S H I N G A T F O R D A
There are three medium size coarse fishing lakes at Forda, set in the 17 acres of private grounds but all within easy reach of the lodges and cottages. They may be fished free of charge at any time of year and are for the exclusive use of guests. With only 12 accommodation units (and by no means all occupied by fishermen) this means that there is ample space and opportunity to enjoy the variety of fishing in the three lakes in an uncrowded and natural setting, with an abundance of flora and fauna. The natural setting encourages a wide variety of birds, including kingfishers and moorhens, and wildlife – on occasion early morning fishermen have even encountered our local roe deer drinking at the lakes. The fishing is ideal for the family fisherman and for those who enjoy a natural environment but less suited to those who prefer a more “commercial” fishery.
Bottom Lake is an oval shape scenic pond, within view of the “A” frame lodges (approx. 56 x 40 metres). It is stocked with golden tench, bream, roach and rudd, ideal for a dabble and for children.
Middle Lake is an irregular triangular shape (approx. 85 x 50 metres), hidden from view of the lodges by woodland and home to carp, bream, roach, rudd and golden tench.
Top Lake is roughly rectangular (approx. 65 x 35 metres) and also hidden from view of the lodges in a natural setting. It is stocked with carp, bream, roach and a few tench and perch.
Our visitors enjoy a relaxed environment with as few rules as possible but we only allow barbless hooks and discourage ground bait, long life boilies and keep nets. We also request a maximum of 3 rods per fisherman. There is a fishing hut where you can leave your gear to save you bringing it back to your accommodation. Night fishing is possible by arrangement.
Although the fishing at Forda is for residents only, the Environment Agency still requires that any angler aged 12 years or over must have a valid rod fishing licence.
We do not check licences but the authorities can visit and ask to see licences.
Carp (Common & Mirror)
Originally from Asia, carp were introduced long ago to Western Europe and Britain as a food source, particularly in monastery ponds. The carp is an omnivorous bottom feeder, feeding on algae, worms, shellfish and even small fish. It thrives in still or slow-flowing rich, warm waters. Carp are among the longest-lived freshwater fish, often over 20 years and a few recorded at over 40 years. Typically they grow to 20lb (9kg), with some prized specimens up to 40lb or 20kg.
Spawning takes place in early summer in shallow water that has not dropped below 17 deg. C. for 14 consecutive days.
Common Carp have uniform scales all over their bodies and Mirror Carp are distinguished by the exceptionally large scales usually present only along the lateral line region and the base of the dorsal fin.
Bream were once the staple fish of the poorer people in rural areas. In Europe it is still considered good eating but is now rarely eaten in Britain. The Bream is a bottom feeder and inhabits slow-flowing rivers or lakes with rich silt deposits containing plenty of insect larvae, worms and molluscs. It is a relatively long-lived fish, occasionally reaching 20 years, and in ponds typically reach between 5–10lb (2–5kg).
Bream spawn in early summer in shallows with weed growth – the eggs are sticky, adhering to the plant growth where they hatch in about 14 days.
Roach & Rudd
The coarse fish caught most in Britain is the highly adaptable roach. Orange fins, reddish eyes and silvery scales distinguish the roach from the similar rudd, which have reddish fins and orange-yellow eyes.
The upper and lower jaws of the roach project equally, whereas the rudd’s bottom jaw is slightly longer. For the roach the front edge of the dorsal fin is above the pelvic fin base, whereas the dorsal fin starts well behind the pelvic fin base on the rudd.
Roach usually reach a length of 8" (20cm) and may attain 14" (36cm) – roach weighing more than 3lb (1.4kg) are relatively rare. Rudd are normally slower growing than roach and commonly reach 8–12" (20–30 cm)
Tench & Golden Tench
The unmistakably coloured tench was probably introduced into Britain from Europe hundreds of years ago. Thickset and deep-bodied, the tench is dark bronze green, olive green or brown above with a yellow sheen below. The eye is red and all the fins are large and rounded. The scales are small and well embedded in thick, smooth, slimy skin – in medieval times headache, toothache and other ailments were treated by applying tench slime.
Of all the carp family, tench are latest in their spawning time, often July, as water temperature must be at least 18 deg. C for two weeks. Tench weighing up to 4lb (1.8kg) are not uncommon and can reach double that size.
The golden tench is a cultivated variety and sometimes has greenish markings or spots.
The perch is a predator and feeds on small fry and small roach and rudd. The perch is distinguished by vertical dark stripes or bars on its green-grey flanks and dorsal fins.
Perch were once among the commonest fish in Britain, until the 1970’s when most were wiped out by perch “ulcer disease”. Before then perch up to 8lb (3.6kg) are recorded but now rarely are found more than 3–5lb (2.3kg).
S P A T R E A T M E N T S
Forda’s Spa Treatments are offered on site, in comfort, privacy and safety, without the need to find an unknown Beauty Salon and travel to it. However the treatments are offered at affordable local Cornish prices and not silly hotel or health farm prices, bringing you quality treatments at sensible prices.
A treatment at Forda is a chance to leave the cares of the world behind you and make time for yourself, to relax, restore and refresh! Whether for specific aches and pains, anti-stress or just pure indulgence, you may find something to tempt you with one of our qualified therapists. Many of our guests have tried treatments for the first time at Forda – without exception, they have all said it will not be their last!
Swedish Relaxation Massage
A medium pressure, invigorating and relaxing massage, affecting the nerves, muscles, glands and circulation, while promoting health and well-being. An excellent remedy for stress, tension, aches and pains.
75 mins. (full body incl. face and scalp) £29
60 mins. (full body) £26
45 mins. (back, neck, shoulders and scalp) £20
30 mins. (back, neck and shoulders) £15
30 mins. Scalp Neck & Shoulder Massage £15
(a seated and clothed massage)
Essential oils are specially blended, personalised to the needs of each individual. Combining traditional Swedish massage and pressure point massage, the oils are absorbed into the skin and then transported to the blood and lymphatic system. A holistic treatment tailored to your needs. 60 mins. (full body) £29
75 mins. (full body incl. face and scalp.) £33
A complimentary non-invasive therapy, applying acupressure and massage like techniques to the feet. This treatment stimulates the body’s own natural healing ability, restoring natural balance and leaving a feeling of general well-being and relaxation. 60 mins. (including a consultation) £27
Indian Head Massage
A very relaxing and stress relieving treatment; it can also be a reviving treatment, particularly for hair growth by stimulating the hair follicles and encouraging circulation, feeding the capillaries with oxygen. When oxygen is fed into the blood it nourishes the muscles and relaxes them – calming the nervous system, which de-stresses the shoulders, relaxing the neck, soothing the mind and calming the face and detoxifies the whole system. A seated treatment and no clothing is removed unless the use of oils is requested. 30 mins - without oils £16 - with oils £18
Top and Toe
A very special treatment. Whilst receiving an Indian head treatment, your feet are submerged in a warm foot spa, where essential oils are added. After the head massage, the feet are then dried and acupressure and massage like techniques are applied, giving you the feeling of 'walking on air'. 60 mins. £28
A wonderful combination of an Indian head massage followed by a relaxing back massage with oriental oils. 60 mins. £28
Hot Stone Therapy
A uniquely relaxing treatment, combining massage with the use of heated volcanic stones. The heat penetrates deeply into the muscles, stimulating blood flow and relaxing the mind, body and soul. 45 mins. (back, neck, shoulders and scalp) £27
90 mins. (full body) £36
A luxury foot and leg treatment for softer, smoother feet and legs, exfoliation, massage, with the option of finishing with chosen varnish. 60 mins. £22
Including eyebrows if desired. 30 mins. £13
Cornish Organic Treatments
Spiezia Organics is the only skincare range in this country to achieve 100% organic, soil association approved, skin and body care. This beautiful collection is hand made in Cornwall with only the purest natural ingredients. All facials will contain a cleanse, tone, exfoliation, 20 minute shoulder and face lymph drainage massage, facemask, scalp massage and moisturiser. Spiezia facials are suitable for all skin types, even the most sensitive.
The Cornish Organic Facial for him 60 mins. £35
A great facial for the man using only the purest organic products containing natural frankincense, camomile and grapefruit. This facial will help to balance and hydrate the skin leaving your skin with a healthy glow.
The Cornish Organic Facial for her 60 mins. £35
Pure natural, handmade organic products using a variety of herbs and flowers to decongest and sooth; rose petals and vanilla pods help to nourish and moisturise the skin. A real treat that every woman should experience!
The Cornish Organic Overhaul for him 90 mins. £44
A stress busting back and shoulder massage with essential oils and a hydrating facial will leave you
feeling revived and refreshed.
The Cornish Organic Essential Treat for her 90 mins. £44
A stress relieving back, neck and shoulder massage using essential oils and a deeply soothing and nourishing facial will complete this treatment, leaving your skin looking radiant and reducing stress and mental fatigue.
Facial & Massage Combinations
When following a full massage of an hour or more (Swedish, Hot Stone or Aromatherapy) with a one hour facial, there is a reduction of £5 off the combined price.
With our guests with mobility problems in mind, by prior arrangement we can usually organise appointments with a mobile hairdresser and a visiting chiropodist – please enquire.
The above treatment list and prices are valid for 2007. The latest treatment list will be sent to you with your final receipt prior to your holiday.
As the therapists have to travel to Forda, we will be offering treatments on specific days/evenings. In order to avoid disappointment and to help us plan the treatment days (and you to plan your days), please email or call us to book an appointment. There is no need to fix an exact time and day at the outset but if you are interested, please contact us as it helps us to judge overall demand for the week and book the time accordingly.
A C C E S S I B I L I T Y
Wheelchairs & Access
“Forda Stables” is our only fully inspected and rated accommodation for guests with impaired mobility. The cottage is rated level M3 under the National Standards – for an explanation of the levels and symbols please go to www.visitcornwall.co.uk and go to their Accessibility page.
In addition, Forda Barn and lodges Beech and Ash have ground floor bedrooms and bathrooms but there are steps into the buildings.
Our amenities have been designed with guests with impaired mobility in mind.
The Tennis Court, Games Room and Laundry Room have disabled access, as does the main Pool Building. This area also has a disabled toilet, changing room and shower and the Sauna has a disabled access door. The pool has easy access with steps and handrail. There is also disabled parking available by the Pool Building, Games Room, Laundry and Tennis.
A disabled friendly bridge links the accommodation areas with the parkland and fishing lakes across the river and wheelchair access to the fishing is possible when not too wet and muddy.
Some of our Spa Treatments are suitable and adaptable for those with mobility problems. Also, by prior arrangement, we can usually organise appointments with a mobile hairdresser and a visiting chiropodist.
There is more information on disabled access to places to visit, scenic walks, beaches (and sand chairs for hire) on the Accessibility page of www.visitcornwall.co.uk
L O C A L A R E A
Forda is just over a mile from the village of Kilkhampton. In the village you will find friendly pubs, eateries and a surprising range of local shopping – including a post office and newsagent, butchers, two convenience village stores (Londis & Spar), gift shops, a Chinese takeaway, an Adventure Park with 10 pin bowling and much more. You can also make use of the village skateboard park and children’s play area. Just outside the village our local Farm Shop sells its own meat and vegetables, local bacon and sausages, homemade pasties, bread and cakes.
We are a few minutes from the Tamar Lakes with fishing, watersports, sailing and canoeing – see photo
The nearest beaches (Sandymouth & Duckpool) are just three miles away in the Atlantic Heritage Coastal region with its rugged coastline and sandy bays, providing spectacular walks and with the Atlantic rollers drawing surfers from all over the world.
The small, friendly resort of Bude is six miles away, with its beaches, tidal sea water swimming pool and modern indoor leisure pool, 18-hole golf course and many other sports facilities. Bude has been welcoming visitors since Victorian times and today the charm and atmosphere of a traditional seaside resort are retained in harmony with modern services. Bude has its own beaches and to the south is the beautiful beach of Widemouth Bay. A few minutes walk from the town centre you can explore the dramatic scenery of the South West Coastal Path or discovering the historic and famous Bude Canal. For much more information on Bude, including the coastline and beaches, local information and places to eat, visit the official Bude Tourism Information website.
With some of the best surfing beaches in the country, there are several shops in Bude. For hiring and purchasing wetsuits, boards and much more, try Zuma Jay surf shop.
For courses and tuition, try Outdoor Adventure, Atlantic Pursuits or and Big Blue. For other watersports – see Tamar Lakes.
Out of the water, and still feeling active, there are several places for horse riding: Maer Stables – tel. 01288 354141; Efford Down Stables – tel. 01288 354244
If you prefer two wheels and didn’t bring your bicycles, you can hire them from Gifford Cycles in Kilkhampton – tel. 01288 321829 or 07977901282. You can also hire at the famous Camel Trail and Tarka Trail.
Also in Kilkhampton you can try Field Archery – tel. 01288 321328
Forda is ideally situated for exploring the beautiful coastline of Cornwall and North Devon, whether for the rugged scenery or the numerous picturesque ports, including Padstow (made famous by Rick Stein’s enthusiasm for seafood) and Port Isaac (made famous by the TV series Doc Martin). Inland you can explore the rolling countryside of Devon and Cornwall or the more dramatic landscapes of Exmoor, Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor.
The attractions, theme parks, houses and gardens are too numerous to mention – but don’t worry, at Forda you will find us fully stocked with leaflets on all of them and you are more than welcome to ask our advice on which are of most interest to you and which are most applicable for your small ones.
Within 30-45 minutes
Within 45-75 minutes
Forda Lodges & Self Catering Holidays. Kilkhampton, Bude, Cornwall EX23 9RZ Tel: 01288 321413 Email