Belton Woods – A family break in a luxury lodge
We decided to start the school holidays with a relaxing family break at Q Lodges Belton Woods. It has been a long year, Freyja’s first at school, and we were all in need of a rest and some quality time together. We were extremely grateful when Q Lodges invited us for a weekend in one of their lodges at Belton Woods. The site is near Grantham in Lincolnshire and the hotel and lodges are set within 475 acres of beautiful countryside.
I have always loved exploring new places, using luxury hotels as a base so I can enjoy their facilities as well as have a comfortable place to sleep. Since we have had children this has been much harder – a family room is all very well, but invariably involves Rich and I either having to go to bed at the same time as the girls, sitting in bed in silence playing on our phones or sat in the bathroom together. The Q Lodges are the way round this – you have all the facilities provided by a luxury hotel, but with the room required for an enjoyable family break.
Being able to park right outside our lodge meant we didn’t have far to go with two tired but very excited girls. The top floor of the lodge housed the open plan living room, kitchen and dining area. This looked out onto impressive views of the grounds from the balcony. There was a quality in the design and finish to the whole lodge, and it had the “feel” that you would get from walking into a hotel room, but with so much more space. Within this area was also a large cupboard, which contained a pull down bed, meaning that the lodge could sleep 6 people without the need for faffing around with sofa beds.
This floor also had a bathroom – which would be really useful for a couple using the additional bed in the living area. This bathroom not only had the usual toilet, sink and shower, but also a sauna!
The bedrooms were actually downstairs (which blew the girls minds I think!). Both the double and twin rooms had their own, roomy, ensuite bathrooms.
The ensuite attached to the twin rooms had a shower cubicle, so the girls used the bath in the bathroom off the master bedroom for their evening bath.
Having young children, being able to self-cater makes things much easier, as you not reliant on restaurant opening times or every meal being fish fingers (because that’s the only thing they claim to like off the menu and you don’t want to risk them having a complete tantrum in a restaurant full of hotel guests).
I was amazed by how well stocked the kitchen in the lodge at Belton Woods was. Within half an hour of our arrival, I was in the kitchen, cooking up a meal for the four of us. All the implements I needed were available (although I obviously had to find them in an unfamiliar kitchen), and I noticed that in the information pack in the lodge, there was a list of other items of kitchenware available on request. What really set off the meal, was the ability to sit outside at the balcony table and enjoy it overlooking the beautiful grounds on a lovely summer evening – the first of our summer holiday.
Find out why a stay at Belton Woods makes the perfect family break in my next post.
Disclaimer: We were invited to stay in one of the lodges at Belton Woods in exchange for an honest review