December 2011

Romantic Getaway Break

We booked a last minute weekend break for our wedding anniversary as we didn’t want to travel far and was so glad we booked to go here. We knew roughly what to expect before we arrived, and at first glance, the park has a lot of potential but was not very pleasing to the eye. This said, check in was very quick and although we arrived 1 hour early our lodge was ready and they gave us the keys.

We were in lodge 10 which is in a great spot on the edge of the park and is a VIP traditional 2 bed lodge. We were impressed from the moment we entered the lodge, with attention to detail throughout.

On entering, there is more than enough storage space for coats/boots etc and a large bench to sit and remove shoes. The open plan kitchen/diner and living room was decorated in warm tones and the central log burner was a great feature – we took solid fuel logs which you usually use at centre parcs with us for the burner (only £1.50 each at Lidl) or you could purchase wood from reception if needed.

The kitchen was very well equipped with quality utensils and a very large larder fridge for those essential bottles of wine! There was a complimentary box of chocolates and bottle of wine waiting for us which was lovely.

The main bedroom gave a real surprise, as there was a four poster bed which we wasn’t expecting and it was so comfy – a real gem, complete with fluffy towels and bathrobes. The main large bathroom had a bath with shower over, and the ensuite had a double rainfall shower which was great. Outside on the decking was quality rattan furniture and a gorgeous large quality hot tub which was lovely and private.

We took all of our food/snacks/drinks with us, as we knew there was nothing on site and we had a great weekend chilling out and enjoying one anothers company whilst free from the kids. We did get a takeaway from the local indian and they deliver free, as do the pizza/burger/kebab house. There was also a chinese restaurant if you fancied that too.

We would definitely go back for another break. Luxury at a very good price and a great location for days out.

Only negative was the so called wifi, as the signal was none existent (no phone signal either), but this only added to the getaway from it all experience. Well worth a visit!!

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Grimsby Scunthorpe Telegraph

Escape from it all with a luxury stay in the heart of the forest

Hidden in the heart of the forest lies a log cabin park that has enough tranquillity to spend 48-hours for a quick fix of fun.

We spent two nights at Sherwood Hideaway and stayed in one of the three-bedroom VIP lodges, complete with balcony hot tub.

The lodge itself was very modern and had luxurious furnishings, from French style blinds to fitted wardrobes and plush bedding.

The luxurious retreats, nestled in Sherwood Forest on the Thoresby Estate, are perfect for that chilled-out get together with a lovedone, family or friends, stripping back to the very core of life. With just 12 wooden lodges on site, there is ample space and ambience to enjoy the countryside while being spoilt with the lavish lifestyle of boutique living.

There’s a choice of traditional or contemporary décor in the highly specified lodges, which have either two or three double/ twin bedrooms. The Sherwood Hideaway designers have selected beautiful Porcelanosa tiles, Mulberry and Designers’ Guild fabrics to complement beautiful and individual mirrors, headboards, crockery and decorations, making each lodge a modern and stylish retreat.

The lodges reminded me of a beach house similar to those featured on Australian soap opera Home & Away, but the home from home facilities are fantastic whatever the British weather.

There’s plenty of fun and games to be had nearby in Nottinghamshire, with a selection of activities such as mountain biking, picnicking, archery, or maybe just the thrills of exploring what’s around you like a child on a bear hunt.

Or if you’d rather watch the world go by, why not pour a glass of bubbly and pop into the hot tub overlooking the forest, or wait until the stars light up the night sky for a real eye opening experience by moonlight.

But don’t let the wintry weather put you off from sampling the hot tub, the clue is in the name so you need not be cold outside. We got caught in a rainstorm but sheltered under the alcove the raindrops didn’t ruin our experience. Over in a flash and it was back to the bubbly and power jets. The people staying in the neighbouring lodge must have thought we were mad but the best part of a rural retreat is knowing that the sky’s the limit.

Don’t forget to pack that favourite DVD for an evening of fine homecooked dining in the state-of-the-art kitchen followed by snacks on the sofa, settling down by the cosy wood burning stove.

Or for those who prefer to be waited on, visit the Thoresby Hall Hotel to eat in one of its dining rooms. Later, unwind with a relaxing bath using the complimentary Molton Brown toiletries.

There’s no better feeling than going to bed and having a great night’s sleep, and waking in your own time to have as much or as little for breakfast – depending on your appetite.

Taking food supplies with you can be a bit of a chore, especially if you have to keep things refrigerated for the journey but you can easily stock up at the nearby Tesco supermarket which is less than a five-minute drive away, perfect solution for those “oh no we’ve run out” moments.

For a professional spa experience the WorldSpa at Thoresby Hall Hotel is situated within Thoresby Park. It offers an indulgent range of beauty and wellbeing treatments for men and women and a contemporary sanarium. Guests can enjoy a relaxing swim or unwind in the Ice Room, Aromatherapy Cave or Hydration Room. There’s a discount for The Sherwood Hideaway guests when they use the spa. Thoresby Park also boasts its own art gallery and Victorian Courtyard with craft and boutique shops, military museum and café – the perfect place for a relaxed browse or to snap up some holiday gifts.

For visitors who can bear to leave the luxurious cocoon of their lodge, the beautiful countryside around The Sherwood Hideaway is waiting to be explored. With a range of bike routes to suit all abilities and miles of footpaths on the 1000+ acre Thoresby Estate and beyond, you can enjoy the tranquil surroundings at their own pace.

For a change of scene, a little further afield there ’s the Sherwood Forest visitor centre where you can play dress up or visit the famous oak tree, for the sporty types there ’s Rufford Golf Club, or to suit the adventurous visit Ollerton Watermill and Clumber Park.

We visited Derby and also Newark to shop with a change of scenery, but wherever you go and whatever you choose to do, Sherwood Hideaway will take good care of you.

BY SELINA MAYCOCK

selina.maycock@gsmg.co.uk

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