It was a glorious, hot summers day and the lovely people at Forest Holidays had invited us to attend a reading by award winning children’s author Sita Bramanchi and visit the NEW Sherwood Forest holiday cabins. Despite living only 45 minutes away from Sherwood Forest we’ve only ventured up there once since moving to the UK so I was really excited to go and have a look around. The Forest Holidays site is a beautiful holiday park set in 3300 acres of Sherwood forest. The wood cabins are nestled thoughtfully in and among the lush, green forest. You’ll even find trees growing right through the decking because they are just too spectacular to cut down. You really do feel in the thick of it. Sure there are more cabins, 65 in total, so it is not like you are totally on your own in the wild but each home has enough space around it and the dense forest muffles and hides the sounds and sites of other visitors there.
After a lovely introduction lunch in the main reception building (which is also home to great farm style shop stocking local produce, a gorgeous open hearth and several seating areas) it was time for us to tour the site. I have to say with only faded memories of holiday parks I was very pleasantly surprised at the modern, simple, natural elements. The site really revolved around the houses and the woodland.
From a styling point of view I thought the cabins were quite stunning from both the outside and inside. The look and feel was contemporary, robust and natural. They had been well designed and felt rather luxurious not like your standard holiday park. Solid wood furniture, neutral, natural colours, a living room complete with wood burner and several giant window walls where you can take in the most glorious view of the forest at all times of day and night. The main bedroom also featured a window wall which I could just imagine would be incredible when you awaken after a refreshing nights sleep.
Out on the terrace the cabin had its own bird feeder/ nut table to attract the wildlife, birds and squirrels scampering around the forest, which is great for children and adults alike! Each house also comes with it’s own hot tub where you could sit on an evening and absorb the beautiful surroundings perhaps with a glass of champagne. Am I getting ahead of myself here? ;)
Once in Sherwood Forest there are a host of sporty, outdoorsy activities you can be involved in if you desire. There are wonderful woodland walks, miles of fantastic bike trails (my husband has been here and said it is top, top biking!), playgrounds galore and a tree top adventure place all within walking distance. I ventured (along with Jen from LoveChicLiving and her family) to the nearby (10 minute walk) mushroom village, a large play area for children, both littlies like Littlelish and older children like Jen’s. Here you will also find the tree top adventure place and bike hire.
Primarily I’d suggest a visit to the Forest Holidays site in Sherwood Forest to spend time with your loved ones because I think just getting away from it all, being surrounded by nature is the most special part. There is actually a chance to just relax and enjoy each others company without having to do anything. I think it would be great for families, for a romantic weekend for lovers or for friends meeting up for a girly weekend of chatting, movies, in cabin spa treatments and hot tubbing! One of the ladies I spoke to said she rented a cabin in the middle of the winter, around Christmas time with her family and it was totally magical being in the woodlands with snow all around! I was sold!
After our tour we returned to the reception where Forest Holidays had arranged for Waterstone’s 2011 Children’s Book prize winner Sita Brahmachari, who was staying at the site as author in residence, to read from her best selling childrens books Jasmine Skies and Artichoke Hearts. Although these stories are actually aimed at 11+, Littlelish listened well as Sita told her imaginative stories about a young Indian girl growing up. I have to say I rather enjoyed this part myself, the imagery was vivid and the Sita’s storytelling was captivating.
All in all it was a day to remember, for the glorious sunshine, the shady woodland glades, beautiful cabin properties and friendly staff at Forest Holidays. Thank you and hopefully see you again soon!
Disclosure: I was invited to tour the Forest Holiday properties with fellow East Midland bloggers, Jen from LoveChicLiving, Ruth from Minibreakmummy, Penny from The Aresidence and Rosie from RosieScribble – lovely to see you ladies! No payment was received for this post and all opinions and words are honest and very much my own.