Staying At Cheddar Woods
Darwin Escapes recently invited us to stay in one of their lodges at Cheddar Woods Resort and Spa. As the name suggests it is right on the edge of Cheddar, in the beautiful Mendip Hills, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. British breaks in November are often at the mercy of the weather, but even if rain prevents you from getting out an exploring the forest, there are a number of other attractions close by including Cheddar Gorge and Caves, Wooky Hole, Wells, Glastonbury and Weston-Super-Mare.
The resort was redeveloped in 2013 and it is obvious that a lot of care was put in to the planning of the site. There is plenty of green space between the lodges, with benches and picnic tables dotted around to sit and admire the view. The lodges themselves are positioned to maximize privacy and reduce being overlooked by other lodges. There are 13 different types of lodge available to stay in at Cheddar Woods, the largest accommodating up to 8 people. We were staying in a Cheddar Lodge Premier which sleeps four.
The Cheddar Lodge Premier has two bedrooms; a twin bedroom which was perfect for the girls to share and a master double bedroom with ensuite shower room. Although, you had to go through the walk-in wardrobe/closet to get to the ensuite. It was absolute luxury! Both rooms also had flat screen TVs. There was a family bathroom, with bath which means that the girls could have a bath at the end of the day rather than a shower.
The main living area of the lodge consisted of an open plan kitchen/lounge/diner, including a 40″ HD flat screen TV, DVD player and iPod docking station. The kitchen was well equipped including microwave, dishwasher, fridge, freezer and a washing machine. It was perfect for a self-catering break, with everything you would need to cook family meals easily. I was also impressed that salt and pepper grinders were provided!
From the living area patio doors lead onto a private decking area with a table and chairs and outdoor hot tub.
The lodge really did feel luxurious. It had been decorated and maintained to a high standard. It is double glazed and centrally heated which meant that when we arrived, despite it being a cold November evening, the lodge was warm – something that as a mother of two young children I really appreciated. All bed linen (including spare blankets), duvets and towels. There was also free Wi-Fi.
The luxury doesn’t stop at the lodges. You can treat yourself to some pampering at the luxurious Eden Spa, which offers a range of face and body massages, waxing, body wraps, pedicures and manicures. Or if you don’t fancy a treatment you can still have some time to unwind in the sauna or steam room. If you want to do something a bit more active you can enjoy a dip in the swimming pool or work out in the air-conditioned gym, before relaxing in the bar area with a drink of enjoying a game of bowling, pool or on the golf simulator.
All-in-all Cheddar Woods Resort and Spa really does make for a luxurious break with plenty to keep the whole family entertained. There is a real polished finish to the lodges and the whole of the site, and I can’t wait to visit there again!
Disclaimer: We were invited to stay at Cheddar Woods Resort and Spa in exchange for an honest review. As always, all thoughts and opinions are our own and I would thoroughly recommend a stay here.