The last few years we have holidayed mainly in the UK and for the last two years in March we have stayed in a Tree house lodge within a Forest Holidays complex.
Last year we stayed locally at the Thorpe Forest site here in Norfolk but this year we stayed at Sherwood Forest in Nottingham. If you enjoy a woodland location, don’t mind the great outdoors with the uncertainty of the British weather and are quite happy to mooch about the forest or relax in a hot tub then these may be the holiday for you.
There are several styles of accommodation on site to suit varying party sizes (and dogs). We had a group of 6 adults and 2 children so split the cost between us and chose to stay at a Golden Oak Tree house lodge, this was at a cost of £900 (£150 per adult) for Mon-Fri.
The tree house lodge has 5 bedrooms and would sleep up to 10 people comfortably. Four of the bedrooms are in the main lodge but the piéce de résistance is the tree house bedroom, which is across a wooden walkway and nestled among the pines. The tree house lodge we stayed in previously was actually the inspiration we had for our built-in dressing table, as this is where we saw it first.
The lodges are fully equipped with every kitchen utensil or pot you could need and they have mini toiletries and hairdryer to save on your luggage space. There are many different packages you can choose from depending if you want a TV and internet bundle, towels and robes, early check-in or High chairs.
We do think Forest Holidays are being a bit tight charging families a day rate for the loan of a manky old high chair but everyone is in the market for making families pay more aren’t they!
We personally found the lodge at Sherwood Forest was not as pristine and fresh as those in Thorpe Forest. There was the odd varnish drip splashes, a broken door handle and a toaster with only one side working, but it wasn’t the end of the world.
Spending a Mon-Friday hanging in the Hot Tub or walking along a woodland trail keeping watch for deer and hedgehogs was a great tonic for the soul and just what we needed.
There’s nothing quite like waking up to swaying pines and squirrels chasing each other across the balcony. If you want restaurants, entertainment and lot’s of stimulating activities for children then you need to head to Centre Parcs but if you want to get back to nature and chill with a book in the Hot Tub or with a game of scrabble, red wine and log burner in the evening then check out Forest Holidays. We’ve got our eye on the Loch Long location in Scotland for another year.
If you have any questions regarding our holiday just fire them over, we are happy to answer them.