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.
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