In the middle of December, the weekend before Christmas Joe and I decided to go on a child-free break. We had not been able to have a holiday with him been away for the majority of 2017. We did not want to travel that far because we had travel plans over Christmas. Forest Holiday’s are a company which we have stayed with before. So we knew of their high standards. The Compton site was where we stayed at this time which is not very far from Pickering in the North Yorkshire Moors. There are 10 locations in total we have now stayed at 2. For sure I would love to go to some of the other ones maybe not in December though.
We decided to have a really nice treat yourself break. We choose to stay in the Golden Oak Hideaway. This was even more luxurious than the standard golden oak we stayed in a year previously. The hideaway does only sleeps two people though. This means that is it perfect for a romantic break at any time of the year.
With views like this from the windows, how could you not want to visit? Even in December when the cabin was surrounded by ice the views were stunning and you felt so remote and disconnected from the world. This is something which I think all of us need from time to time. There was a wide array of wildlife which visited. I am sure this would only increase during the summer months.
Even though it was minus -2 outdoors that did not stop us from having a cosy time with golden oak. You get fluffy robes, great for throwing on after being in the outdoor hot tub. There is always a log-burning stove in the lounge which makes it even cosier. I can tell you there aren’t much better things than to cuddle up when it’s cold outside in front of the log fire. In our cabin, we also had underfloor heating throughout. Which was great when you were on the cold kitchen floor cooking or just out of the shower. If you go in the summer months there is also a hammock and a gas barbecue to use on the decking. It was way too cold for us to be using that this visit.
One element which you do get as a result of this being marketed as an ultimate romantic package is a sunken double bath. I will warn you that it did take ages for the bath to run and we couldn’t get the temperature correct. Which meant we did not spend a lot of time in it. You can make this even more romantic by having the mood lighting on as you can see in this picture. I would say that this element would be great if you went with someone who liked baths. I know for sure I could take a couple of lush bath bombs and spend hours in this bath. There is also a walk in shower which is great for using before and after the hot tub.
Talking about the hot tub this is something we did spend a lot of time in this year. Even though the cabin is designed for two people it still has a hot tub that could easily cater for four people. It is attended to every single day which means that it is always ready for you to use. Also, it is clean as you can see it has a light so you can see what you are doing. This also has jets which can be moved you get the benefits where you want them. Even in the winter you can enjoy the hot tub and have a few drinks in it. This is something I can imagine doing with friends even if you had a shared cabin.
After all of the chilling out you might want to cook you could order food from the forest retreat either straight to your cabin. On the other hand, you could eat it in their restaurant however, we have always cooked in our cabin. This is something which we like to do as it gives us something to do. Cooking is something we enjoy anyway. There is a fully equipped kitchen meaning you can easily cook. It even has a dishwasher which means there is no need to wash up which is always one of the boring jobs. You can buy food from the shop, however, it can be pricey and the selection is not that vast. I would recommend going to the supermarket before you arrive. The cabins also come with a dining table which means that you do not have to eat from your lap.
Of course, a trip to forest holidays is all about chilling for us so the comfy sofa is a must for us. It was very cold when we visited and walks in the countryside were limited due to the ice. If you know me I am clumsy and would have ended up slipping and spending Christmas in plaster. We had a large tv as well which kept us entertained. We did pay for the entertainment package which is around £35 for a weekend. This allows you the movie channels and wifi which for us are essential as we go when it is bitterly cold.
One of the best things about going away for me is always staying in a new bed as mine is terrible. The golden oak hideaway has a really comfy double bed. The pillows were that soft as soon as my head hit them I think I drifted off to a night of deep sleep. As a parent, sleep is something that I am aware I usually do not get enough of. The room did not become too light and wake us up in the morning either as the curtains are thick enough. I am not sure if the same could be said in the summer months.
I would recommend a visit to forest holiday’s their cabins can be more on the pricey side. But for sure memories will be created. They are beautiful high-quality cabins which I for sure would love to visit again. I would love to go back in the summer to experience the difference. Maybe do some of the activities which are on offers such as zip wire and archery. However, with hopefully moving house this summer that does not seem to be on the cards.
Have you ever been to forest holiday’s if so what did you think?