Last week we got the chance to go away for 3 nights child free, to celebrate our 15 year wedding anniversary. I had a list of possible locations we wanted to visit, which ranged from Barcelona to Center Parcs. After many hours researching and reading reviews online, we decided on a UK break, and booked Deerdale lodge near Nottingham. Due to its close proximity to Center Parcs, it would have been rude not to book the Aqua Sana, and enjoy a day of relaxation in their spa.

Deerdale Lodge

Where is Deerdale Lodge located

Deerdale Lodge is located in Sherwood Pines forest in Nottinghamshire, a part of the country we visited last summer. The lodge is situated next to the owners house, but has been built in such a way that it offers complete privacy. You literally have the forest on your doorstep, which offers complete peace and quiet. It really is the perfect place to unwind from the stresses of everyday life (and kids).

Deerdale Lodge

Hot tub

What is included at Deerdale Lodge

As you know we love our lodge holidays, and Deerdale lodge has everything you need for a break away. The cushions, throws and log burner in the living area, gives it a warm and homely feel. There are DVDs and books if you fancy snuggling up in the lodge, and even bikes you can borrow from the owners. Hywel took the opportunity to go on evening bike rides, whilst I took the more relaxed option of reading my book.

The Patchwork Marriage Book

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Deerdale Lodge Lounge

Deerdale Lodge Living room

There was everything you could possibly need in the kitchen, from a large dishwasher to a coffee machine. A gorgeous welcome basket awaits you, with milk and fresh orange in the fridge, and a bottle of Prosecco for our anniversary. There is a large modern bathroom with powerful shower and a gorgeous bath.

Even though the lodge has 2 bedrooms, it is the perfect place to come away with a loved one. For a start there is no wifi and no mobile phone signal, so my kids would last about 5 minutes. I must admit I was getting a little nervous about not being connected to the internet 24/7, but do you know what, the break was wonderful. We spent lots of time listening to music, watching DVDs and reading. Such a welcome change to tweeting and checking Facebook.

Deerdale Lodge

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Deerdale Lodge

Deerdale Lodge – What is nearby

But the best bit about the lodge has to be the hot tub. As soon as we had unpacked, the Prosecco was open and we were sat in the hot tub chilling out. Surrounded by the forest and complete peace and quiet, we could have quite happily not left our lodge for the whole 3 days. But we did leave it as we had our Spa Day booked at Centerparcs, which was 5 minutes away. We also went to Sherwood Forest to see the Major Oak, and had a lovely meal at the nearby Rose Cottage Inn.

Sherwood Forest

The Major Oak

Sunday lunch

We left Deerdale Lodge knowing that we would be returning by ourselves (sorry kids). It was the perfect lodge to celebrate 15 years of marriage, and Lynda and Stuart are fantastic hosts. I always strive for perfection when I book a break away, and I certainly found it here.  Thank you Deerdale Lodge for making our break away so special. We WILL be back.

Break away

We paid for our holiday ourselves and all prices can be found online