Forest Holidays – Deerpark Silver Birch Cabin
This weekend The Whitlock Family made the most of the Bank Holiday with a much needed holiday to Cornwall. We stayed with Forest Holidays at their Deerpark site. The cabins at Deerpark are set in a beautiful forest about 20 minutes drive away from Looe, and easy access to St Austell and The Eden Project.
We were staying in a two-bedroom Silver Birch cabin which was right on the edge of an ancient millpond. I liked the fact that we had a designated parking space very close to the cabin as this made unloading so much easier. The cabin itself had two floors, with the front door leading onto the top floor. Here there was a large bathroom and a seating area to make the most of the lovely view.
I had asked for a stair gate (which was a free addition) and it was good to see that this had already been installed for us at the bottom of the stairs where the main living area was. Freyja was straight over to the French windows, looking out at the millpond and forest.
As you can see from the photo, on the decking outside was a hot tub! The Silver Birch and Golden Oak cabins all have hot tubs. Due to the chemical treatments preparing it for our use, the hot tub still needed more time before it was ready for us, so it gave us time to explore the cabin and the site and get our things unpacked.
I was really impressed by the standard of the cabin. It was clean and the fittings and furniture were all obviously of a high quality. The kitchen had all the basic cooking equipment, crockery and cutlery that you would expect from staying somewhere self-catering and a dishwasher so you could spend less time washing up and more time enjoying your holiday.
Downstairs were the two bedrooms – one double and one twin, with plenty of wardrobe and drawer space for clothes. The twin room also had enough room to put up Emily’s travel cot.
Also in the main living area were a couple of comfy sofas and a TV. From the TV you were able to order in pizzas from the Forest Retreat. There were only the basic Freeview channels on the television, but there was the option of upgrading to Movie and Sports channels too.
However, it hardly seemed worth doing this. Why spend our time inside looking at a TV screen when we were lucky enough to have such an amazing view from our cabin window?
The girls were transfixed by the amount of wildlife we could see just by looking out of this window. When we first arrived we spotted a heron on the opposite side of the millpond. There was also a family of mallard ducks with five ducklings and Canada geese which regularly swam past our cabin.
On the decking itself we frequently had visits from a very bold robin, blue tits, great tits and chaffinches. However, the firm favourite was this squirrel who didn’t seem at all bothered by a couple of over-excited young girls watching him.
The cabin had two bathrooms. The downstairs one had a shower and the upstairs one had a bath. Both were perfect for a family with small children as there was enough room to be getting them dressed/undressed.
The upstairs bathroom was brilliant as you could sit in the bath and have the amazing view across the millpond and towards the forest. It was very easy to lose track of time, sat in the bath whist gazing out of the window.
The best feature of the cabin had to be the hot tub. Is there is a better way to finish off the day sat in warm, bubbling water, chatting to your hubby and relaxing? Actually yes. It is doing all this, whilst sat outside listening to birdsong and watching ducks swim past on the water a few metres away from you whilst the sun goes down. Freyja was desperate to have a go in the “bubble pool” and so we let her come in with me one afternoon. She loved it! Unlike me who wanted to just sit and relax, she was keen to swim (very short) widths of the hot tub and had loads of fun splashing about in the water. Emily seemed disappointed that she wasn’t allowed to join us.
The weather wasn’t great for the Bank Holiday weekend, so we spent quite a bit of time in our cabin. The quality of the cabin made it feel like home-from-home. When it was raining we were able to enjoy the forest from the decking (and hot tub!) or through the huge windows of the cabin. Alternatively we could go down to the Forest Retreat for a drink and to make the most of the WiFi access there, and when it wasn’t raining we could literally step out of the cabin and head off for a walk into the forest.
Find out what we thought about the Deerpark site itself here.
Disclaimer: We were given a discount off our Forest Holiday break in exchange for a fair and honest review