We were very lucky to receive a weekend break at Landal Darwin Forest (by Landal UK), up on the outskirts of the beautiful Peak District. We stayed in a fantastic and luxury lodge which had its very own hot tub – just for us. Heaven! There is so much to do onsite we never had a dull moment and that was despite the rainy weather in July.
Our luxury lodge
The lodges are very evenly spaced out onsite, allowing for 2 cars to be parked alongside each. This is a real bonus for us as we usually take far too much on holiday and having to trek across large sites can be frustrating.
The living area is all open plan consisting of: living room, dining room and kitchen. The kitchen had everything in it, we were really surprised, they had scales, jugs and all kinds of pans – we could have comfortably stayed there all week. I loved the little finishing touches, like the dishwasher tablets (enough for our stay) and clean towels. They all looked brand new.
The bedrooms both had en suites and large built-in wardrobes, so there was plenty of storage. The master bedroom had a large, waterfall, shower whereas the twin room had a bathtub.
It was a lovely lodge, I love the light wooden panelling on the walls and the flooring, it is really tastefully put together. We loved sitting in the living room with the fire on listening to the wild life at the double doors. It was so peaceful and relaxing at the lodge.
The hot tub
This was definitely a highlight of our weekend break and we certainly made the most of it. I was so impressed with the upkeep of the hot tubs, an engineer circulated the site, twice, daily to check on the water levels. The chemicals have to be just right! The water is also replenished each time a new family stays at the lodge. It was a full time job maintaining the hot tubs. So, we wanted to make sure we made it worth while!
Daddy took the kiddies swimming on Sunday morning and I sat in the hot tub doing my Sudoku puzzles. It was amazing. The kids loved taking a dip in the tub too, at every given opportunity. It is the perfect way to unwind.
The site – Landal Darwin Forest
The lodge was set back on a private road with no on traffic from the site, it was really secluded area – which felt safe. The site was surrounded by forest and we loved just stepping out of the lodge into dense woodlands. There were quite a few trails to follow too, different distances and the maps we were given on arrival helped us to plan out what routes we wanted to do.
On site there is a restaurant, soft play, cafe, shop, gym, swimming pool and activity centre. We really enjoyed the activities – it was nice to be able to make the most out of them. Everything was within a few minutes walk of the lodge, it was brilliant not have to get in the car.
We tried 2 new activities which were a lot of fun: body zorbing and fencing. We had never done either activity, so it was a great surprise to see who was good at what – Isla was brilliant at fencing. She took to it quickly and the instructor commented on how well she did. Isla was very proud of herself. Both the kiddies had a long rest at body zorbing, it took quite a lot of energy holding the zorbs up and it was boiling hot at that point.
Some of the games we played with the zorbs became a little boisterous and so I am glad the kiddies sat out for some of it. I couldn’t keep upright. It is so difficult when you are being catapulted at by big grown men! I didn’t stand a chance. It was funny though.
#AD We received our weekend at Landal Darwin Forest in exchange for online coverage and our honesty review. All photography and opinions are my own. If you have any queries or want to know more please do comment below…