Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Sherwood Pines

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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.

The site itself opened back in 2012, with just over 3,300 acres of the forest you're encouraged to escape the every day get back to nature, in a little style of course.

The cabins are dotted amongst the pines so you don’t feel as though you’re being overlooked as you frolic in the hot tub and burn the sausages on the bbq. From the minute we drove onto the site, I was taken aback by how peaceful and still everything was, nothing but birds and rustling leaves.

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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!

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From hot tubbing to bbq-ing, Pimms making, gin drinking, movie watching, Doritos Roulette and several cut-throat games of Articulate, our weekend was a long, laid back, escape. 

Sherwood Pines has all kinds to offer for the nature walker to the more adventurous amongst your group. They have tons of activities for kids too, including forest exploration and crafts. They run a quiz twice a week in the main lodge which we went to on a Saturday night and had an absolute ball - we ended up coming second place and won an archery lesson for the following day. 

If you’re looking for some real adventure they specialise in bike rentals, with long winding cycle paths meandering through the site, to more off road rugged terrain if you’re up for it! Seen as though we were taking it easy over the weekend we passed on the cycling but I did give the archery a try! They also have a Go Ape experience and horseriding. 

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Early Sunday morning after having bacon sarnies delivered fresh to the cabin door, we headed on up to the main house and signed a few more of us onto the archery lesson we’d won the night before. Archery costs £20pp and the lesson lasts an hour. 

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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!

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Food. Where there’s me, you know I’m going to bring up the food, right? Though we had a full kitchen filled with utensils and cookware, the idea was to sit back and relax as much as possible so on the Saturday night we ordered a load of pizzas from the main house and had them delivered to the cabin - they were so good I forgot to take a picture!! I only realised the morning after when I was sat munching on the cold leftovers! 

They offer a couple of meal deals too, including a pizza night and a curry night. Everything is brought piping hot to your cabin and you pay when you check out.

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What more could you want? Nature on your doorstep, good food, great company and endless hours in a hot tub? Our weekend was fantastic, I don’t think I’ve slept that well in months! 

If you’re looking to escape for a few days, be it with loved ones or friends, Sherwood Pines is picture-perfect. With cabins for 2 - 10 people there is something for every party size, some even have these amazing tree houses attached to them! I would go back in a heartbeat, just to get away from the city for a while and really chill out. Blogging on that back deck with the birds and deer for company? Sounds idyllic to me! 

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Do you love to get away from it all or do you prefer an all action packed weekend? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time,





10 comments:

  1. I'd love to go on a holiday like this! It looks lovely and I'd probably lose in arrow shooting too!

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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    1. It was brilliant, I just wish I could have had a go of the bike trails! It's such a lovely retreat, I'd go back just to relax and get some writing done!

      Sarah :)

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  2. This looks like a really nice place, I would totally go somewhere like this to get away from it all. Somewhere quiet and relaxing - those are the best kind of places!

    Jessica | Pyreflies.org

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    1. They really are the best kinds of places! It was so nice just to escape from everything for a couple of days and chill out, it was exactly what the dr ordered!

      Sarah :)

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  3. Oh wow the accommodation looks amazing! I'd love to stay in something like this for a weekend away xx

    Gemma | missmakeupmagpie.com

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    1. It was brilliant, I want to know when I can go back!

      Sarah :)

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  4. Sounds like an amazing weekend, so many interesting activities to do and the cabin is gorgeous.

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    1. It was oh so lovely! So relaxing and such a great, luxurious escape!

      Sarah :)

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  5. Looks amazing, especially the hot tub on the balcony - bliss!
    I'd love to stay there one day.

    Lyndsay | Fizzy Peaches

    p.s - Thanks for sharing this post on the Lifestyle Linkup!

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    1. I would do anything to be back there right now! it was so serene!

      Sarah :)

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