As a family we have been holidaying in the UK for 13 years now. Our very first family holiday, with our son, was to a Haven site in Filey, Yorkshire. I still remember our last night. We were sat on Filey beach, enjoying a hot chocolate with all the trimmings, and I remember a feeling of sadness. Sad that our very first holiday was coming to an end. That moment could well have started my love of holidays. You see before having the kids, hubby and I had only been away twice. Once to Benidorm, and to be honest I remember very little about that holiday, thanks to the all inclusive vodka. And the other was our amazing honeymoon to Mexico.
So as soon as we were home from Morgan’s first holiday, I was busy planning the next get away. And not a great deal has changed in the past 13 years. Yes our types of holidays have changed. We have done Haven and Butlins when the kids were little, and we prefer somewhere quieter now. As soon as I return from a holiday, the laptop is open and I start my search for our next getaway. Despite 13 years of UK holidays, there are still places that we wish to visit as a family.
I have been wanting to go to Bluestone ever since it opened. It has a mixture of lodges and cottages, activities and a large waterpark. I have read so many wonderful reviews from other bloggers that have been. As we are huge Centerparcs fans, it would be good to go and see how it compares. With it being in South Wales, we would also combine a trip to Bluestone with seeing the inlaws who live near Swansea.
Okay I maybe cheating a little on this one, as daughter and I went just before it opened to the general public in May 2014. But I would love to return as a family of 4. Having been to Whinfell more than 10 times as a family, it would be nice to go and experience another location. Woburn has a totally different feel than Whinfell. Plus it has the scary slide which I know husband and son would love.
Alton Towers Enchanted Lodges
We have stayed at the Alton Towers Hotels a few times now, but when the Enchanted Lodges opened they were straight on the wish list. They just look so cute and magical, and I love that Alton Towers have branched out with different styles of accommodation. Of course I would love to stay in the Treehouses, but you really need a magical money tree in your garden to afford them.
Cheddar Woods Resort and Spa
I came across Cheddar Woods in Somerset when I was flicking through the Hoseasons brochure one evening. This park seems to tick all the boxes for us as a family. Activities for the kids, swimming pool, luxurious spa, free wifi and lodges with hot tubs. We visited Somerset once around 6 years ago, and always said we would love to return. The lodges look amazing, and some even offer a bespoke VIP check in and concierge service.
I am definitely cheating on this one, but after discovering Forest Holidays in the summer, I simply have to return. Forest Holidays would be the ideal destination for a Winter break. Sitting in the amazing hot tub, sipping a wine and watching the world go by. We went to Sherwood and we all had a thoroughly enjoyable week there.
Lantern and Larks
This is where the beauty of blogger reviews come into force. I have read 2 reviews recently for Lantern and Larks, and it looks such a fantastic place to go. Its glamping but Lantern and Larks have stepped it up a notch. Yes you may be under canvas, but there are proper beds, a shower room, your own toilet and a decked area. Plus there are 3 bedrooms. Last time we went glamping we were all in the same room. The kids having there own space would work so much better for us as a family. I am dying to try them out.
Sarah who writes over at Extraordinary Chaos is doing an amazing job of being a Q Hotel Ambassador. As well as hotels, Q also have 4 locations where you can hire lodges. The lodges are of the highest specification, and offer luxury in a rural location. I love peace and quiet so these lodges sound perfect for us as a family. And with the added bonus of having the hotels activities on offer, they sound the perfect mix of relaxation and keeping the kids busy.
Is there a UK destination that you would recommend ?