Staycation is the buzzword of the year for sure and with restrictions on foreign travel still in place it’s the perfect time to explore the beauty of holiday locations in the UK.
With that said, we took a trip to the famous Sherwood Forest in Nottingham, to the ultimate luxurious escape.
Sherwood Hideaway is a bijoux collection of beautiful wooden lodges nestled in a tranquil forest setting and boasting utterly charming woodland views. This peaceful and picturesque location is great for getting out into nature and exploring. There are lots of trails and paths to follow and plenty of wildlife to enjoy – it’s definitely worth packing some decent footwear for your forest adventures, you could even pack up the bikes and take them along to add to the action.
There are also dog friendly lodges – so nobody has to miss out, our furry friends were even welcomed with a bag of biscuits just for them, a lovely detail as we enjoyed our complimentary chocolates and wine, an even lovelier detail!
For those of you that are less inclined toward adrenaline filled adventure, this delightful holiday village really does lend itself to the ultimate in rest and relaxation with the lodges offering high end luxury with beautiful furnishings, woodland view balcony and your very own private hot tub……who could ask for more?
‘It’s a rather simple combination. We’ve no clubhouse or live entertainment, we are about reconnecting with our loved ones and the nature around us – just beautiful, luxury lodges in a stunning woodland setting.”
Ours was a 4 night midweek break and I can honestly tell you, I don’t think I’ve slept that well in years. Besides the beds being super comfy, the tranquility of the location really helps with de stressing and pressing the reset button. We spent the days exploring the forest with the dogs, getting bucket loads of fresh air and some much needed exercise. The lodges are self catering and we were blessed with great weather so we cranked up a disposable BBQ on the evenings and enjoyed alfresco dining at it’s best, my husbands burnt sausages, a glass of wine and a spectacular view of the forest – bliss.
Of course you can jump in the car and head to various attractions in the region, on a previous visit (yes I am a return visitor to Sherwood Hideaway) we had a great time at the Adrenaline Jungle where we got involved with some archery and quad biking – super fun.
On this occasion we enjoyed rather more sedate activities, heading into Nottingham to check out some of the legendary Robin Hood landmarks and sinking a couple of gins in Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, the oldest inn in England – this pub has survived the centuries to become a treasure of Nottingham past and present.
The pub is nestled beneath the cliff on which Nottingham’s historic castle stands, and was once a well-known pit stop for crusader knights. It is said that King Richard the Lionheart and his men are more than likely to have gathered at this historic royal dwelling before journeying to Jerusalem in 1189AD, thus giving the pub its unusual name – definitely worth checking this place out.
We also took a trip to the Blue Diamond Garden Centre – a huge garden and lifestyle shopping centre with a restaurant – of course the restaurant wasn’t open on our visit however with restrictions being lifted over the coming weeks, you could really make a day of it.
Theres nothing quite like relaxing in a hot tub after a day of adventure, and that is exactly what we did in the early evening before wrapping on one of the fluffy robes provided and snuggling up on the sofa for a bit of telly. A truly relaxing break with all the action and adventure OR rest and relaxation you could possible want with the added bonus of luxury accommodation with all the trimmings. Pack your bags and head to the Hideaway – tell them I sent you.