Happy Friday!! I’ve been wanting to start a travel section on my blog for a while and here’s my first post!!
For over 12 months now I have attended the most amazing Book Club ever!! I have met some incredible people and am part of a wonderful friendship group! My Mom, Beth, Kim, Nicki, Julie and I all decided it would be a great idea to organise a Book Club weekend away back in January, we looked at many cottages, spa’s and lodges across the UK before we found the perfect destination for us! Eventually we booked a pet-friendly, 3 bedroom, Golden Oak Cabin at Forest Holidays in Sherwood Forest for 9th June until 12th June 2017.
The six of us, along with two doggies, Smudge and Brewster, arrived in Sherwood Forest at around 4.30pm on Friday 9th June ready to check in, we were greeted by friendly and helpful staff at reception who informed us of everything we needed to know during our stay, we then made our way to cabin 21 (yay, my lucky number!!).
Our cabin was absolutely gorgeous, I wasn’t expecting such a spacious and luxurious interior in a log cabin in the middle of the forest! It really went above and beyond my expectations!! The bathroom and en-suite were stocked with big, fluffy towels, mini shampoos, shower gels and soaps – very lucky as I’d forgotten to pack shampoo, woops! There were two complementary robes and slippers in the master bedroom however we paid a small charge to have them for everybody which we used before and after getting out the hot tub! Soon after we arrived to our cabin a ranger knocked the door to make sure we’d found everything okay and had everything we needed. We had pre-booked and paid for the entertainment package which included Wi-Fi and extra programmes on the TV so he also showed us how to work this and access the internet.
Once we had unpacked the car and loaded the cupboards and fridge full of food (lots of goodies) and alcohol (lots of gin!!) it was time to sit down! I think it was quite possibly the most relaxing place I’ve ever been to, everywhere was quiet apart from the birds tweeting and squirrels scuttling across the decked area outside. The lodges were so spaced out, we could barely see those surrounding us amongst the trees, you really felt like you were in the middle of nowhere, it was perfection!
We spent the whole weekend chatting, sleeping, eating, drinking, reading (as it was our Book Club weekend away!!), having a dip in the hot tub and Beth even taught the rest of us to crochet… this didn’t end too well after one too many G&T’s!
We were pleasantly surprised that the hot tub was serviced and cleaned every morning by a ranger.
On the Sunday morning we all went for a walk with the doggies, we walked round the path which took us round half the lodges and lead us to the big, flat field next to the Forest Holidays reception, shop and café. The shop was fabulous, anything you may have needed… they had it, including freshly baked bread, milk, toiletries, large quality ready meals, a huge selection of chilled alcohol and soft drinks. We sat outside in the sunshine and ordered teas, coffees and big slices of fresh cake (choices of Victoria sponge, chocolate orange, carrot and sticky toffee, they were yummy!).
Bikes were available to hire from the reception which you could use for the duration of your stay, there were a number of different paths and trails to have a ride out on. The reception area also had a selection of pottery which could be painted which a few people were sitting out in the sun doing! So although it’s a quiet and relaxing location there’s plenty to keep children entertained with (activities including archery, horse riding, Go Ape, clay pigeon shooting and night walking in the forest with a ranger)! There really is something for everybody – smaller, romantic lodges for couples, families of all sizes (lodges were available for up to 10 people) and lodges with disabled access which would also be ideal for the elderly as it would be surrounded by flat ground.
Our stay at Forest Holidays, Sherwood Forest was exceptional, we couldn’t fault a thing! The lovely ladies and I are already planning our next visit to the forest retreat and cannot wait to return!
What Forest Holidays say:
Hidden amongst the trees in the Sherwood Pines Forest Park, our location which was opened in 2012, feels as if it has always been part of this woodland environment. With 3,300 acres of forest to explore from your cabin doorstep, the outside world falls away as soon as you arrive. The legend of Robin Hood pervades this Nottinghamshire forest, and adds flavour to the forest adventure that await.
Our cabins at Sherwood Forest are dotted among the tall pine trees, blending harmoniously into the forest landscape. Sherwood Forest has our widest range of cabins, and whichever you choose, you will be rewarded with peaceful woodland views.
Whether it’s relaxing in your hot tub gazing up at the stars or swinging through the forest trees on the zip wire; there really is something for everyone here at Sherwood Forest.
Pamper yourself with in-cabin spa treatments and go for gentle strolls in the forest. For the more active the opportunities are endless; try archery (this is of course the land of Robin Hood), Forest Ranger activities or orienteering.
The link to Forest Holidays website is here where you can check out more information, availability and pricing: https://goo.gl/k8XkzG