Entertaining the Family at Belton Woods
As I have mentioned in my previous post, we started the summer holidays at Q Lodges Belton Woods. The lodges were stunning, but so were the grounds they were set in. The balcony on the lodge was a great place to chill out and admire the scenery.
We were blessed with fantastic weather for the weekend so took the opportunity to get out and about and explore the grounds. There were three nature trails running through the grounds of Belton Woods. The yellow trail ran past our lodge to the hotel and provided a lovely walk.
The hotel at Belton Woods is popular with golfers due to its three courses. The girls were fascinated by the golf buggies zipping around and loved watching the golfers playing the hole on the green outside the bar of the Claret Jug.
The bar was the perfect place to relax and enjoy a drink and a snack, whilst watching the world go by.
Sometimes the problem with family holidays is that all you end up doing is activities together – and not necessarily ones that all of you want to do. The great thing about the Belton Woods site is that there is something to entertain everyone. As great as it is being together as a family, sometimes it is important to have a bit of time to yourself, doing what you enjoy. I went to check out the luxury spa facilities whilst Rich took the girls off to enjoy the heated indoor pool.
During our stay the Health Club and Spa were undergoing a massive 300K refurbishment, but the hotel had done an amazing job to ensure that any disruption had been kept to a minimum. I was booked in to have a back, neck and shoulder massage and an express facial. The waiting and treatment rooms had been relocated to various other conferences rooms and offices within the hotel, but still managed to achieve a tranquil environment – I can’t wait to see what the refurbished spa looks like.
When I arrived, my therapist, Chelsea made me a cuppa and I relaxed before my treatments. I had my massage first and was totally relaxed for my facial. Chelsea tailored my facial based on my skin type, and gave me an arm and hand massage whilst my face mask was on. It was the perfect way for me to unwind at the end of a busy school term.
During the time that I was relaxing, having my treatments, Rich and the girls had been enjoying “Splash Time” in the pool. The staff had provided floats, balls and pool noodles for an hour. The girls (and Rich) had so much fun, and I had relaxed – everyone was happy.
As nice as it was doing our own thing, we had come away together as a family, so we decided to do an activity together as a family. Belton Woods have lots of activities on offer, including segways, quad biking and archery. We opted for crazy golf – something that Rich and I secretly love, and something that the girls could get involved in too. Rich and I started quite competitively, counting how many each got and recording it on the score sheet, however, by the time we got to the 10th hole we decided that we were probably taking it a bit too seriously. Purely coincidentally, I didn’t do particularly well on this hole. Away from the “serious” business of crazy gold, the girls were having lots of fun and had developed their own particular style of playing – despite us showing them how to hold a gold club.
We decided not to worry the girls with the actual rules. Freyja was happy in the knowledge that she had “won” with the highest score (we’ll deal with that another time!) and Emily decided that once the ball had been hit with a club, it was then perfectly acceptable to help it around the course and even in to the hole with a hand. OK, so we weren’t playing to the rules, but we had such a great time and it was so nice to hear all of us laughing.
The girls had enjoyed the pool so much, that we went in again that afternoon (and again the next morning), so by the time we had got to tea time, they were both extremely tired. We were booked into Stantons Brasserie that evening, and I have to admit I was quite worried about inflicting two over-tired and hungry girls on the staff and guests in the restaurant. The staff were absolutely amazing. They were so attentive, quickly bringing us a jug of water and bread rolls for the girls to get started on something, and even entertained them with a bit of napkin folding!
Rich and I couldn’t resist the carvery menu. For starters we were able to help ourselves to soup and a selection of salads and pates. For main course there was a choice of four different meats, a fish option and a vegetarian option. Rich tried all four meats (for review purposes of course) and after a difficult decision between pan-fried salmon with stir-fried vegetables or a vegetable curry, I opted for the salmon. There was a huge variety of vegetables to help yourself to as well as Yorkshire puddings, stuffing and crackling. The girls opted for fish fingers, chips and peas.
After some food, and activity packs provided by the staff, the girls were in a much better mood, so we all had dessert. They had chocolate ice cream, Rich had a lemon roulade and I had pecan pie, and not a morsel remained on our plates at the end of the meal.
Having been so impressed with the food and service at Stantons, we decided to eat there for breakfast the next morning. Once again, the staff went above and beyond. The girls were delighted when they were allowed to have hot chocolate and marshmallows for breakfast.
Breakfast was in the form of a self-service buffet, with everything you could possibly want for breakfast: cereal, fruit, cold meats and cheese, toast, pastries and, of course, all the elements for a full English. In addition to this, there were other items, such as kippers, that could be ordered freshly cooked.
We were sat on a table close to the window, so had wonderful views of the golf course. Emily even made a new friend!
So overall, what did we think of Belton Woods for a family holiday? In one word – perfect. There is plenty to entertain the whole family, either together or individually. The lodges provide the ideal base, for relaxing together or exploring the grounds and local area. I wouldn’t hesitate coming back here again in the future, and I think the girls would be very disappointed if we didn’t!
Disclaimer: We were invited to stay at Q Lodges Belton Woods, but as always, all thoughts and opinions are our own, and we would thoroughly recommend a stay here.