Our relaxing weekend in the Peak District with Sandybrook

Over Mother’s Day weekend we had a family treat and stayed at Sandybrook Country Park in Derbyshire. Nestled in the countryside near the town of Ashbourne, Sandybrook is a perfect little family getaway location. We had a lodge with two bedrooms and a living space with kitchen diner and relaxed seating area. Just what you need as a family of four. Our cosy lodge was perfect for evenings of family board games and films, and provided the perfect base from which we could explore the local towns and trek around the dales on muddy walks.

We stayed in a Classic Vogue Lodge, unfortunately all the lodges with hot tubs were booked up, otherwise I’d definitely would have gone for one of those! It was warm and cosy, the perfect bolt hole in the cold and rainy weather.

Top tip (and something I wish we’d done) most of the main supermarkets can deliver to your lodge. This makes things so much easier so you’re not bringing loads with you or wasting time trekking to the supermarket when you could be enjoying your holiday.

The bedrooms were just the right size, we had a double and a twin room. There was plenty of storage for clothes and other essentials and all linens and towels were provided.


With it being March we expected the weather to be unpredictable and feared the worst with a forecast of rain for the four days. I wasn’t worried though, with a swimming pool and restaurant on site combined with rainy day games and lots of food we were prepared. To my delight the weather improved and the non-stop rain I’d anticipated didn’t come so we were able to get out and about to explore the local area as well as making the most of the on site facilities. 

The pool, jacuzzi and steam room are fantastic, so clean and well maintained. My girls had a blast swimming and splashing and I loved relaxing in the jacuzzi and then watching from poolside with a book.

My family are such water babies that a pool on holiday is such a must. I don’t think my eldest can go a day without being in a swimming pool! The pool at Sandybrook is situated within the same building as reception and is only a short walk from all the lodges. It took us minutes to walk there from ours.

As well as the pool there are also lots of extra activities for children, from archery to water walking and mini golf, you can see the full list here – sandybrook.co.uk/go-active, these do cost extra and its recommended that you book in advance. If you’ve got little ones there is also a little indoor soft play for them. As we had lots of family activities off site planned we didn’t get the chance to try any of activities. 

Sadly was a little too wet and muddy to try out the mini golf and play area – something for next time!

We did try out The Coach House, the on site restaurant and bar, having lunch there on the Saturday and our evening meal on Sunday night.



The building is lovely and atmospheric and has excellent pub style food for us and the kids. Not to mention the wonderful gin and tonic menu! The staff were friendly and helpful too.

With long lazy mornings, walks and wanders then coming back to the warm lodge after our days out, it was pretty perfect to be honest. In the evening we’d pop on our ‘jamas, get out a board game or card game, grab snacks and drinks and stay up enjoying family time together. The perfect antidote to busy day to day life as a family with older children.

Whether you use it as a base to explore the Peak District from or you spend the whole weekend on site Sandybrook is a great place for a family getaway. I’ll be sharing more of where we went and what we got up to on our weekend in another post that I’ll link here when it’s up.


Our stay at Sandybrook Country Park was complimentary, though we paid for the extras, such as dining out at The Coach House.  All views are our own.

morganaOur relaxing weekend in the Peak District with Sandybrook


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  • mumreinvented - March 18, 2018 reply

    What a lovely place to enjoy a holiday and it sounds like you and your two little fish sure had fun x

    morgana - March 19, 2018 reply

    It really was lovely, the perfect little getaway x

  • jess soothill - March 19, 2018 reply

    Oh wow this looks amazing — love this! Gorgeous place and it looked so much fun. What lovely photos 🙂 Jess xx

    morgana - March 19, 2018 reply

    It was great fun, just what we needed x

  • lifeasourlittlefamily - March 19, 2018 reply

    Love the look of the accommodation and the facilities on site sounds lovely. Gorgeous part of the world, and I love the decor in the restaurant. Your adventures looked fab over on stories

  • Not A Frumpy Mum - March 21, 2018 reply

    What a lovely break you’ve had, my dad grew up in Ashbourne for the first 12 years or so and we often used to go back for day trips so my dad could show us round everywhere, such a lovely town. xx

  • Suzanne - March 21, 2018 reply

    This really does look like the perfectly family escape with slightly older children – enough for them to do but surrounded by countryside so lots of peace and quiet too. Glad you had such a good time. Xx

  • Jenny Ripatti-Taylor - March 21, 2018 reply

    Wow looks like such lovely and cozy place to visit for a nice family weekend away. Love these types of mini holidays to refresh our batteries. Looks like you all had such a great time.

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