(Review) A half term break at Sandybrook Park in the Peak District

During February half term 2019, we were invited to spend 4 nights at Sandybrook Park. The luxury lodge park is located just outside the small market town of Ashbourne in Derbyshire, and took us just 90 minutes to drive from our home in Cheshire. We checked in at 4pm, and we’re handed an information folder, our keys to our lodge, and also a complimentary pint of milk. What a lovely touch from Sandybrook.

Hot tub at Sandybrook Park

Sandybrook Park – 3 bedroom Lodge with Hot tub

We quickly found our lodge (number 26), and we were soon inside exploring our home for the next 4 nights. As with the majority of lodges we have stayed in, ours had a lovely open plan living space, combining the kitchen, dining room and living area. It was bright during the day, with the large windows letting in the beautiful February sun we were blessed with. And in the evening it was warm and cosy, even having a remote controlled fire in the living area.

3 bedroom lodge at Sandybrook Park

The kitchen had every utensil you could possibly need on holiday, a large fridge/freezer, microwave, dishwasher and washing machine. This is why we love staying in lodges, they really are a home from home. Plus you never know you need a washing machine until you actually do, and this is the first time I have used one on holiday. Thankfully the  reception on the park sold individual washing tablets for 40p.

The kitchen at Sandybrook Park

The rest of the lodge was comfortable and cosy, and our bed was one of the comfiest I have ever slept in. The master bedroom had the luxury of an en-suite, plus USB power points next to the bed. I was pleasantly surprised to see toiletries supplied in both the en-suite and the main bathroom.

Sandybrook Park - Chilling out in the lodge

Is there toiletries at Sandybrook Park

Of course, the most exciting part of our lodge was on the decking, and we used the hot tub every single day. There is no better feeling than sinking into the bubbles after a day of exploring.

Enjoying the hot tub at Sandybrook Park

The facilities at Sandybrook Park

Sandybrook is a fairly small park having around 60 lodges on site, but it still has great facilties on offer. I was really impressed with the swimming pool, and when Katie and I used it on the Thursday, we virtually had it to ourselves. Though it’s worth mentioning that whilst we were on half term, the rest of the UK were still in school, so it might be busier when the park is at full capacity.

There is also mini golf, an outdoor play area that looked new, an indoor toddler area, woodland walk, a games room, table tennis, plus various activities such as archery and body zorbing.

Woodland Walk at Sandybrook Park

Landal Sandybrook Park

The Coach House Restaurant and Bar

We love eating out on holiday, and whilst we had a perfectly good kitchen in our lodge, we dined at the on-site restaurant twice. I ordered curry on both occasions, and it was the nicest one I have had in a long time. Main meals at the Coach House were priced around the £10.95 mark, which I thought was really reasonable. There is also a bar area where dogs were more than welcome, plus they had a gin board which of course gets my vote. The Cherry Bakewell gin was amazing.

Bakewell Gin

Chicken curry at the Coach House restaurant - Sandybrook Park

The Coach House at Sandybrook Park

What to do around Sandybrook Park

The park is really well located to explore many of the Peak District towns, villages, beauty spots, and also the nearby theme parks of Gullivers and Alton Towers.


Ashbourne is the nearest town, and is only a 5 minute drive away from Sandybrook Park. We parked in the large car park which was at the back of Waitrose and Coop, and it was a short stroll to the town. One thing about Ashbourne was the quality of the charity shops, and I was certainly pleased with the amount of books I picked up. We had a lovely wander around, and of course stopped for refreshments. We can all agree that calories don’t count on holiday.

Chocolate milkshake

Charity shop books


Having a teenager, there is one thing they will always want to do on holiday….. SHOP. I think I need to write a post about the Primarks I have visited around the UK !!! Anyway, Derby is around half an hour from Sandybrook, and we decided to explore the city on our first full day. The city centre has Intu Derby, which is like a mini Trafford centre, and thankfully was full of the shops Katie liked, though we had to venture into the city to find Primark. We had a lovely meal in Pizza Express, which was very much needed after a day of shopping with a teen.

Pizza Express - Intu Derby

Pizza Express - Intu Derby

The rest of the time we spent relaxing in our lodge, walking around the site in the unbelievably warm weather for February, and of course enjoying the hot tub.

Sandybrook Park Derbyshire

What else is there to do in Derbyshire and the Peak District

For more ideas on what to do if you are staying at Sandybrook Park, or Darwin Forest which is their sister site close by, have a read of the following….

Donna from What the Redhead Said wrote all about her trip to Bakewell – The home of the Bakewell tart

Karen from Mini Travellers has published a fantastic post about Things to do in the Peak District with kids

Nisbah from Five Adventurers featured the Heights of Abraham in her Darwin Forest Review

And Sam from North East Family Fun wrote all about her plans when she stayed at Darwin Forest

You can find out more about Sandybrook Park, and book a break on their website.

If you would like to know more about the places we have visited, you can find them on our Travel – UK page and Travel – Abroad. 

Thank you to Sandybrook Park who provided us with a complimentary midweek break in a 3 bedroom lodge with hot tub. All words and opinions are my own


18 thoughts on “(Review) A half term break at Sandybrook Park in the Peak District”

    • It was amazing Susan, and yes the perfect place for a family holiday. It was nice to chill at the lodge, and go off exploring too x

  1. It looks lovely here. I love how reception give you a pint of milk and sell individual washing tablets – it’s the little touches that often make the difference isn’t it.

    I really want to try some cherry bakewell gin now – hope they sell it at Darwin Forest when we visit over Easter x

    • Fingers crossed you get to try some when you visit Darwin Forest, it’s absolutely delicious. I was really impressed with the pint of milk upon checking in, and thank goodness they sold washing tablets. Have a lovely stay when you go over Easter x

  2. What a lovely way to spend a few days. The lodges look lovely, reminds me of the one we stayed in in Bath. I love the relaxing feel you get from a lodge holiday.

    • We kept comparing them to the ones at Bath Mill as they are really similar. I love lodge holidays as they are a real home from home holiday x

  3. Oh my goodness that looks absolutely perfect Tracey, I would love to spend a week there. I like a lodge holiday and your lodge looked amazing with great facilities. It is lovely to see what else you can do in the area too, really great review.

    • Ah thank you Nikki. It was one of those places that you could do as much or as little as you wanted, and we opted for something in the middle. The lodge was so cosy in the evenings, and of course we spent lots of time in the hot tub x

  4. This looks amazing, we have been thinking of booking a lodge with a hot tub for our minii-moon after our wedding as it looks perfect to unwind after the stress of wedding planning. It sounds like you all had a lovely time, the facilities look ideal for families and I love the look of that hot tub x

    • A lodge with hot tub would be perfect for after your wedding, and somewhere like Sandybrook Park would be the ideal place to chill out. Not too long for you now, how exciting for you x

    • My pleasure Donna, and I wish we had planned a trip to Bakewell as it looked a lovely place to wander around. The hot tub was amazing at the end of the day x

    • I wish we had longer to explore, and I am certain we will return to the area as there is so much to do. It was a perfect family park, and so peaceful too x


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