A few years ago, a rather discerning relative of ours visited Somerset to celebrate a family celebration and during that time, they asked if we would like to visit their accommodation. Being interested and well, nosey we did. Skip the packing and the drive ahead, I have to say the property was and still to this day is stunning. My question to her was how she managed to find such a hidden gem and with great delight, she said “First and foremost darling, I’ll start with the word Luxury!”
Well, what can I say? Five visits later to Strawberryfield Park and we have found our luxury, our own hidden gem here in the beautiful Mendip area just outside of Cheddar…. Are we bored of the repeat visits? I’m sure some might think visiting the same place rather monotonous, well the answer is a big fat NO! This park takes staycations to a whole new level. Each one of these eco lodges has its own character, furnished differently, styled differently and so far, we have sampled four out of what is now twenty-three.
As you enter at the top of park of what looks like any ordinary car park, you’ll see a strange looking building headed up “The Cider Barn”. This is a very rural agricultural pub serving traditional ciders and food with entertainment of local singers most Sundays, here you are welcomed to taken them as you find them before you inevitably end up stumbling back to the comfort of your lodge after sampling some seriously tempting yet quite strong ciders. How much are they paying me for this sales pitch? Nothing. I do, however, have reservations. I mean, what if the next time I want to visit my hidden gem my luxury and it’s fully booked? I dread to think…
Whether you dream of an open fire, a star lit canopy to sit under, a one bed for the romantic break or a two bed to enjoy with friends or family you can be guaranteed of that individuality and your choice, of course each lodge has an amazingly hot and clean hot tub and sweeping views of the rolling Somerset Levels and Mendip Hills in the distance.The stunning lodge we stayed in, Burrington and the lodge close by, Cheddar Pink even come with a very impressive, very delicious welcome hamper complete with local cheese, apple juice, scones, cream, jam, homemade Cheddar chocolates, Cheddar water, more biscuits and a bottle of organic wine.
These two lodges – I say two, because yes, I had to nosy on over to Cheddar Pink to do a little comparison have the entrance door leading to the kitchen, dining and the living area with beautiful views framed in floor to ceiling windows. Both lodges have two bedrooms, and both are impressively furnished with a super king bed, wall mounted TV, a dressing room and an en-suite shower room. It would be a shame not to describe them both as master bedrooms and I would probably say, is perfect for two couples to go away together.
What draws us back to Strawberryfield Park is the relaxation, the peace, the views, the attention to detail, the quality products and the equipment. It’s like walking on air and living the dream – even if I have only paid for a week to do so.
Our quality of sleep each time we visit means we never seem to venture out until lunchtime and we never seem to be gone for long. The Cheddar Gorge is a 5-minute drive, with its fabulous caves, Cheese, Cider and tea rooms. Wookey Hole is 15 minutes away with its own unique visitor attraction. The Cathedral city of Wells with its glorious Bishops Palace, high end restaurants and for movie buffs, the landmark references to Hot Fuzz are a mere 20 minutes. Wedmore and Axbridge are beautiful picturesque villages a short drive away and worth a stroll around. We have been told although never ventured that far that Bristol, Brean, Weston-Super-mare and The Georgian City of Bath are all within an hour’s drive. For us, however, the call of the lodge, the bubbling hot tub and our own stunning views wins every time.
For the foodies, we visited The Westbury Inn and The Bath Arms. Both excellent for food and the local take aways also come highly recommend, but the Lodges have fantastic kitchens which make eating in a pleasure if you wish before watching some of Strawberryfield’s most beautiful sun sets or the stars twinkle all from your own veranda.
Personally, I cannot say when the best time is to partake in the pleasures of the hot tub but rest assured, I have tried. Believe me when I say, I have tried early morning, mid-morning, early afternoon late afternoon, as the sun sets, as the stars twinkle in the rain, in beautiful sunshine and cold winter evenings, with friends and on my own. I am yet to decide and, on my part, I feel I need to investigate my study further with more visits just to make sure I maximise my holiday euphoria.
Whatever you decide, I just know you won’t be disappointed if you stay at Strawberryfield Park, no matter what lodge you choose to stay in. The staff go above and beyond for every guest at the park and it would be a shame not to at least give it a go, wouldn’t it?