Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Starter for Den

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Starter for Den

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ADRIAN CAFFREY REINTRODUCES HIS KIDS TO THE JOYS OF OUTDOOR PLAY... WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM BEYOND ESCAPES IN SOUTH DEVON

ALITTLE piece of south Devon is leading the fight back against the modern day scourge of computer games, phones and Netflix. Self-catering destination Beyond Escapes, located in the glorious south Devon hills at Berry Pomeroy, is harking back to a simpler time when the biggest thrill a child could have was building a den in the great outdoors.

Den-making kits, including ropes, groundsheet, camouflage cover, pegs, a hammer and guides on foraging for natural materials, can be borrowed free of charge.

It was certainly an activity that will live long in the memory of our family of four.

We were staying at Beyond Escapes during Halloween week, and on arrival at our two-bedroom lodge we found a couple of pumpkins and carving kits, plus details of a fancy dress competition.

To further enhance the site's kid-friendly credentials, it had created a spooky trail in the grounds and the fantastic prize for completing a quiz was a bowl of ice cream topped with 'dirt' and 'worms'. Much better, my kids agreed, than a sticker.

They tucked into their treats on the restaurant's terrace, as their mum and I sipped coffees and admired the beautiful view across the valley to Torbay.

The on-site restaurant uses fresh and locally-sourced ingredients for its dishes, as well as offering tempting takeaways and hearty breakfasts.

Below it is the spa offering a range of treatments and there's even a gym, boasting views that put a spring in your step on the treadmill.

Beyond Escapes, which sits just a few miles from both the historic town of Totnes and the popular seaside resort of Paignton, opened earlier this year.

The restored Mansion House was formerly owned by a co-founder of Paignton Zoo in 1923, and later by the disc jockey and Ready Steady Go! presenter Keith Fordyce, who turned it into the Torbay Aircraft Museum.

It has now been transformed into luxury one, two and threebedroom suites. …

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