A few weekends ago I was very excited at the chance to try out a Hoseasons Lodge Break in Derbyshire, which is also fantastic because I spent a lot of my childhood years in that area around Ashover. This gave me the opportunity not only to try out one of these fabulous lodges but to show my Husband, Colin, around the area in which I used to live.
We were booked into a two bedroomed Lodge (with Hot Tub) at the Landal Darwin Forest Park just outside Matlock.
We arrived a little early for check in, which was 4 pm, but the lovely receptionist Adele, managed to get us in early. We were given a comprehensive guide to the park, wifi codes etc, as I did have to finish off some work I was busy with. We were even given a complimentary pint of milk to enable us to get a cuppa as soon as we unpacked. There were some tea and coffee making facilities already in the lodge.
On site there is a shop, café, pub and leisure facilities. You can even hire bikes to cycle though the forest. We were very surprised at the actual size of the lodge inside, it was more than sufficient to accommodate 4 adults or a family of four quite adequately.
The bedrooms had built in hanging space, with bedside units and storage drawers too, with a double bedroom and the twin bedroom equally well appointed.
Before I say anything else, I do have to say that the double bed we slept in was SO comfortable with a lovely duvet and heavenly pillows. It was the best two nights sleep I had in ages!
The Living room had a great flat screen TV and DVD facilities. It was possible to exchange board games and hire DVD’s from reception if you fancied.
The kitchen had a halogen hob, which Colin used for the breakfasts, microwave, fridge/freezer and even a dishwasher!
There are strict noise restriction rules on the park, which suited us as we were a bit concerned but there were no problems whatsoever on that score.
As for the hot tub, it was just bliss! It was checked by staff first thing in the morning for its chemical levels and all filter are new on your arrival.
I was sitting in the hot tub in the rain even, whilst Colin watched the F1 on TV!
We did spend many hours languishing in the tub, drinking prosecco, generally relaxing and staring at the stars in the dark!
The price of a lodge was comparable, depending on season, in price to spending a night in reasonably priced hotel, but having the luxury of the hot tub and the chance to relax without disruption.
We are now lodge/hot tub raving fans and can’t wait to book our next one!