Life’s busy… we work longer hours, check work emails around the clock, and in the world of wi-fi and connectivity, it’s funny how we can sometimes become less connected to our nearest and dearest.
With this in mind, my husband and I regularly get away for a few days to spend some quality time together, separated from the distractions of the modern world.
For our latest trip away, we packed our bags and headed to Strawberryfield Park, situated just a few minutes drive from Cheddar Gorge and with fab views of the Mendip Hills.
Wells, Bristol and Bath are not too far either, so it seemed like the perfect choice for a healthy dose of culture and relaxation (with a bit of shopping thrown in).
All the properties at Strawberryfield Park are well equipped, with plenty of creature comforts including hot tubs, spacious decking and premium entertainment systems like Bang and Olufsen TVs.
Unlike many lodge sites though, there’s a real boutique-esque feel here, with the gorgeous clean lines of these eco-homes nodding to Scandinavian simplicity in their design.
Our lodge of choice was Batcombe Hollow, as we only needed the one bedroom and wanted one of the properties with a starlight canopy.
As soon as we arrived, we felt at home. The hot tub was at temperature and bubbling away, the heating was on, a bottle of wine was chilling in the fridge (oh, and some milk!). We were ready to relax!
Whilst much of our time was spent relaxing, soaking in the hot tub, and generally feeling pampered; we did actually get out to explore.
On our first day we decided to make our way up to Bath, which only took 45 minutes to drive to. This magnificent historic city is bursting with culture, so we conscientiously squeezed in a visit to the cathedral and, of course, the Roman Baths.
After hours of what seemed like actually being transported to a bygone and wonderfully decadent age, we’d built up quite an appetite; so to rest our weary legs and refuel, we grabbed a bite to eat at the Bath Arms. Taking pride of place in the centre of Cheddar this lovely pub with it’s formal dining room, is a welcome pit-stop for visitors to the city. Upon recommendation we opted for the pie which was delicious, and after a liquid refreshment or two, we were on our way.
A leisurely drive saw us back at our countryside bolthole, and fancying a nightcap before sinking into our huge bed, we popped into the rustic Cider Barn (conveniently situated on site).
Oozing a thoroughly local atmosphere and a couple of pints of the local cider in, we felt very, very at home and made a promise to each other that we’d enjoy a meal there on our next visit to Strawberryfield Park (which will be sooner than he thinks haha!).
Larah Walker – Marketing Executive at Luxury Coastal
I was born in South Africa and spent most of my life in the western Cape before relocating to Torbay 10 years ago. I love to travel, write, cook (my favourite books to read are recipe books), and paint; but prefer nothing more than simply spending time with my amazing family.