Not so hidden within the heart of Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire, yes, that Sherwood Forest of the legendary Robin Hood and his merry men is the Sherwood Pines Forest Retreat. At the start of the month, I went, along with Mr and his family to spend a long weekend deep in the woods in a luxurious cabin.
Our cabin, numero uno, slept 8 in two double bedrooms, one with ensuite, two twin rooms and two extra bathrooms. There was a large family room with a log burning stove that lead onto an open plan kitchen. The floor to ceiling windows overlooked our private decking area, complete with furniture, hot tub and bbq stand, and was a prime viewing spot when it came to bird spotting and watching two squirrels fight over a Pringle. Yup. Happened. Staff also told us that that side of Sherwood Pines was popular with the deer, but we didn’t manage to spot one!
I’ve never fired a bow and arrow before! Len, our instructor was brilliant, so patient and funny. After a couple of practice rounds, we had a competition - which I promptly lost. Though I felt like a cross between Katniss Everdeen and Merida, I was crap - even managing to fire an arrow off into the fence! Oops! It was so much fun, even if I was the worst in our group!