Sherwood Forest Hideaway by Sue Cooke

Do you ever feel as if life is a runaway train and you desperately need to get off, take stock of what is rushing past, relax and enjoy it? Drive for just over an hour from the Midlands and you
will find the ideal escape.

The Sherwood Hideaway at Thoresby in Nottinghamshire is a peaceful haven where you can throw open the verandah doors and listen to the morning chorus of chirrups and tweets, while looking out onto a vast forest of trees.  Luxury log cabins nestle deep within the famous Sherwood Forest, overseen by friendly staff who are always available with lots of helpful advice if needed.  The holiday lodges are set just off the main A614 along a forest road lit with purple lights, which guide you into the woods.

In its peaceful seclusion away from the hubbub of life, it’s hard to imagine that a ten minute drive can take you to shops and villages such as Edwinstowe, which has some good eating places.  Of if you prefer self catering then the log cabin has a modern kitchen which is comprehensively equipped. A cosy warm night in is complete with Aga woodburning stove which is simple to use and a multi channel flatscreen TV with DVD.

The two or three bedroom lodges have heavenly duck down pillows and duvets, crisp Egyptian cotton sheets and sumptuous perfumed towels. The master en-suite has a wet room sprinkled with Molton Brown toiletries, loads of hot water and quality thick robes and slippers.

The beauty of self catering is that you can have a few extra hours’ kip in the morning, followed by a long leisurely breakfast which you can then walk off through marked trails in the forest. Or you can hire a bike and ride to Thoresby Hall where you can visit boutique designer shops and have lunch in the hotel or café. And you can indulge in a professional spa experience in the WorldSpa at discounted  rates.

Nearby too are quaint local tea rooms, farm shops and canalside pubs and the town of Mansfield which has a market, is only 20 minutes drive away.

But the beauty of getting away from it all is to do just that and there is absolutely nothing better to enjoy as evening falls, than to indulge in the outdoor hot tub on the wooden verandah with a glass of
complimentary wine and box of chocolates!

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