Colehayes Park Dartmoor Field Study Centre South Devon
Region: South WestDisabled Facilities: Yes
Category: Accommodation & Residential Trips
Address: Colehayes Park, Dartmoor Field Study Centre, Haytor Road, Bovey Tracey, South Devon TQ13 9LD
Contact: 01626 833 033
Colehayes Park was established as a Field Study Centre in 1970 and has been providing excellent facilities to Primary School’s, 6th Form Colleges and University’s in a relaxed and comfortable environment ever since.
Colehayes Park is located just outside Bovey Tracey within Dartmoor National Park. All age ranges are welcome from Primary Schools to Universities, whether it is to be a first residential trip with fun activities or for educational fieldwork, Colehayes is a great base for all. We are ideally suited for parties to study Geography, Geology, Environmental Sciences and Biology. Most groups study Dartmoor, the Torbay coastline, the River Dart and tributaries and local farming etc.
In the near vicinity there is an extraordinary variety of landscape and habitat, the granite uplands, the sands, lignite and clays of the Bovey Basin and the shales, gritscherts and limestone of the surrounding area provide great contrast. Prehistoric remains abound on the Moor and evidence of Bronze Age man can be easily found.
Colehayes Park and Backwater Adventure have teamed up and they can now offer you an exciting choice of Fantastic Outdoor Activities. Based right HERE at Colehayes on the New Purpose Built Activity Camp or off site at a variety of stunning Devon Locations.
Whether you are a school on an Adventure Residential or a Field Study Group wanting a break from the classroom... we have the perfect adventure for you.
Please note, Colehayes Park is not within walking distance to any public transport, our closest rail links are Exeter OR Newton Abbot which will then be a 20-30 min taxi ride to Colehayes Park. We have ample onsite parking for cars, mini buses and coaches.
What group sizes do you cater for?
We can sleep up to 70 people however more might be possible depending on the staff to student ratio. We do have extra accommodation in our holiday cottage Cork Tree Cottage that is located just next door to the Field Study Centre and sleeps 11, but again it does depend on the break down as to how we allocate the staff/students.
As an average we usually have groups of around 50-60 staying at a time.
Please give information regarding room sizes and room facilities?
We offer 21 light, clean and comfortable bedrooms all with washbasins comprising a variety of twin, double and king beds sleeping up to 70 people spread between three floors. Bedrooms are not en-suite apart from one, which is a staff bedroom.
What is the cost of the accommodation?
For bed, breakfast and 3 course evening meal.
Secondary to University age is £36.00 per person per night plus VAT.
Primary age and below is £32.00 per person per night plus VAT.
We also offer a packed lunch service that is £3.50 per person per day NO VAT.
What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?
We do have our own Health and Safety Risk Assessment and a Fire Risk Assessment that can be sent via email or hard copy that can be viewed on request. However, each School/University may wish to carry out their own risk assessment and/or a general site visit prior to the trip commencing.
Fire alarms are routinely tested and fire drills can be performed.
Does your Accommodation have a booking contact?
Office number is 01626 833 033 and you can speak with Rebecca Brooks or Ellice Cresser.
Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?
Each groups needs to come with their own first aid kit and first aider.
Please list facilities available.
We can offer a range of packages from self-catering to half board bed, breakfast and 3 course evening meal.
Packed Lunches are also available.
Breakfast consists of a full English breakfast, an ample choice of cereals, fruit and yoghurts and an endless supply of toast with jams and marmalades, tea coffee and orange juice a plenty.
Packed lunch consists of a variety of fillings - tuna mayo, cheese, ham, turkey, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, for you to make your own round of sandwiches, a bottle of water, packet of walkers crisps, apple and a chocolate snack bar.
Evening meals are age appropriate, we find everyone loves a good Spag Bol but we also do home made steak and ale and chicken and leek pie, gourmet beef burgers and pulled pork baps, curry’s, lasagna, chili and home made pizza to name a few of our scrumptious dishes.
We also must mention our fabulous and famous summertime BBQ’s. We cater for all special dietary requirements with a smile on our faces.
There are 10 showers and 16 toilets split between shower/toilet blocks, and bathrooms with sinks and toilets located throughout the house.
We have large reception rooms for inside activities as well as three dedicated lecture rooms. Reception rooms consist of a large oak pannelled entrance hall that can either be used as a room for relaxing or for activities/lectures.
A large living room with TV and free SAT that can also be used as room for activities/lectures and a bar which can either be used as a teaching room, tuck shop or set up as a bar providing local craft beers alongside the usual tipples.
A dining room and a separate breakfast room in which staff and students can use at any time of day or night to help themselves to tea, coffee, squash and toast which is included in the basic price.
We also have a games room in the basement with a pool table, table football and table tennis.
We have WIFI throughout the house.
What are your disabled facilities?
We are wheelchair friendly on the ground floor, ramp access is available into the entrance hall and we have one ground floor bedroom with disabled bathroom opposite.
What are your opening days and hours?
Monday – Friday 9am – 6pm are usual office hours however evenings and weekends are fine for people to call too as the office is linked to the proprietors home.
Do you have any testimonials from previous schools we can include?
"We have been using Colehayes Park for the past 20 years and found it ideal for our purposes. The size, location and facilities make it Perfect for all aspects of GCSE and A-Level Geography Field Trips. It's also makes for a relaxing and rewarding stay." Matthew Mowbray Eton.
Excellent location. Good environment for the course we run.
Tim Henstock Southampton University
Ideal location, friendly atmosphere. Perfect for all aspects of GCSE Geography Field Studies. We' ll return next year. Bob Martin Beaminster School.
Wonderful place for primary age children. Excellent food and accommodation. Superb range of activities and places to visit within easy reach. Terry Siney Slade Primary School.
Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?
Colehayes Park has been run by Rebecca and Bill Brooks as a field study center for 18 years. We pride ourselves not only on our beautiful location, great atmosphere and friendly staff but most of all our delicious home cooked meals of which the ingredients are locally sourced and lovingly prepared from scratch by our lovely cook Kathy.
Please get in touch for further information and we hope to see you at Colehayes in the future.
Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University
Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December
Accommodation Type: Outdoor Residential Centres