This past weekend I found myself in Pocklington, just outside of York. I went along with Mr.Man and his family for a weekend get away in the luxurious KP Lodges by Hoseasons. The lodges are situated on the KP golf course and surrounded by lush landscape, rolling hills, deep lakes and lots of woodland creatures - driving was a little dodgy at times because of the damn Pheasants! We stayed in the York Deluxe Lodge.
We set off from Manchester around lunchtime on Friday and made it to the lodge at 4pm, not a bad drive at all - ok, the actual driver might say different but as the passenger, I had a great ride! After checking in we made our way down a tree-lined path - that in the evening was illuminated by hundreds of tiny twinkling fairy lights wrapped around the tree trunks, it was magical! Our lodge was one of the first we came too, a Deluxe York Lodge, four bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and of course, the cherry on top of the cake - our own personal hot tub on the deck!
We had some issues with the bedroom doors not opening but a lovely girl from the front desk came down to sort that out promptly. The lodge itself was huge, lots of big windows, light and very spacious. The main living room was an open plan living room/kitchen/diner with huge windows over looking the other lodges and the rolling hills around us. The kitchen was gorgeous, all bright white units and a huge island counter top. Lots of storage, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, electric oven, cutlery and utensils, toaster, microwave, kettle etc. Let's just say we had everything we needed in there and still plenty of space to fill with our own goodies!
The living room had a really plush L sofa but considering the lodge was designed for up to 8 people, it would have been a squash to get us all on there - there's enough space for a bigger sofa so that's something they might want to look into! I fell in love with the 42" smart TV - every bedroom came with a smaller smart TV in it too! All TVs came with Freeview and the living room TV had a DVD player. There was also a iPod docking station. We also had super fast free WiFi that none of us where expecting, this came in great when we wanted to stream music in the evening. The dining table was a huge wooden table with the most ornate lampshade hanging over it I have ever seen, it looked like something you would get in Utility. Problem was, a few of our party are tall and the shade hangs very low - there ended up being a couple of bruised heads over the weekend! We could all sit comfortable around the table and there was plenty of room for dishes etc.
Upstairs consisted of three bedrooms, the master bedroom and an en suite with waterfall shower, robes and slippers too. Then there was a twin and another double sharing a main bathroom with no shower just a very big bathtub! Downstairs was another twin room with an en suite bathroom with one of those wonderful waterfall showers in - Mr.Man and I made sure we claimed this room - the shower was incredible and HUGE! I won't lie; I danced around it a few times just to test how big it was! The sink however was tiny and there was no countertop in the bathroom to keep any toiletries on. There was a lovely dressing table in the bedroom that I kept everything on, but I don’t know, I like having my toothbrush and face wash in the bathroom! Must make me strange! Every bathroom was also filled with lots of Molten Brown toiletries *squeee*!
Our bedroom downstairs was huge, the twin beds could be locked together to form a king size too. The quilts where thick, the pillows fluffy and the beds a little hard but not unbearable. We had tons of floor space and one bedside table – with no lamp. If you’re like me and you love to read in bed, you might have to pass unless your other half doesn’t mind you leaving the lights on! They need to get a lamp in there! Strange observation too – our bedroom had six double plug sockets dotted around the room…six! I have no idea who or why someone would need that many outlets in on bedroom! Any ideas?
Ah, the hot tub, the hot tub! This had to be my favourite thing about the whole lodge! I mean, who doesn't want their own personal hot tub? Every lodge on site came with one, varying in size depending on how many the lodge slept. Seen as though we had the biggest lodge available, we got the biggest hot tub too and all eight of us could comfortable fit in the hot tub. It was incredible. On the Friday night, it was bitterly cold outside but the hot tub was so warm, it just feels amazing to be out in the cold wintry weathers but submerged in steaming hot water. We had plenty of space on the sides to put our drinks, hooks for towels and the hot tub itself came with varying jet functions, lights and temperature control. I would have happily sat in that hot tub all weekend!
The lodges are brand new for this season and there are a few teething problems, mainly to do with the showers. The master shower had a habit of leaking as the drainage grid didn't seem to be set properly in the floor - we did let them know about this and they said it's something they're aware of and working on sorting out. The hot tubs are generally fenced in behind a privet hedge so you do get some modest privacy. When I went walking around the park in the morning though, you could easily see into all the other lodges if they didn’t have the fancy electric blinds down - so you might not want to go walking around in just your knickers! You could see into the other hot tubs too. Not a massive issue for me but some might want more seclusion. All of the lodges are really close together too.
KP Lodges would not have been easy to find if we didn't have the sat nav but after driving in and out a couple of times we got our bearings. We also found a Sainsburys and Lidl about 5 minutes away. We had cooked breakfasts every morning, made homemade pizzas, and had a curry night too. With a kitchen like that and so many mouths to feed, it would have been rude not to cook in it really! Location wise it was a great base to go explore the surrounding areas. We where 1hr 30mins away from Whitby (which we visited on the Saturday), and less than 30mins away from the centre of York (which we visited on the Sunday). The lodge itself came with two allocated parking spaces, any additional cars had to park up in the main car park.
Would I stay here again? Yes! It was a brilliant and much needed get away and if I still had my own car I’d make a point of doing it again sooner rather than later. Being the first season, I imagine prices will go up in the coming year. I’ve made a couple of trips around the UK over the last year and it really has me wanting to see more and more of my own country. Hoseasons have places like this up and down the country and I would not hesitate using them again.
Have you ever stayed in a luxury lodge? Where in the UK should I venture to next? I am itching to pack a weekend bag again!
Until next time,
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