In summer, all everyone seems to want to do is get out of the country and find some sunshine, which makes complete sense as you’re not likely to find any here in the UK! I am definitely guilty of this, which is why I jumped on the chance to spend a few days relaxing with friends in the English countryside in a luxury cabin in the forest.
Forest Holidays have several locations around the UK, and Blackwood Forest in Hampshire was the chosen location for our getaway. There were 5 of us so we selected the “silver birch” cabin option, with 2 twin rooms, 1 double room, 2 bathrooms, a kitchen and living area, plus an outdoor terrace with BBQ facilities and (saving the best til last!) a private hot tub! There are both cheaper and more expensive options, but there was no chance in hell I was missing out on having my own hot tub.
Before driving down, we did a massive food shop so we could cook together every day, and divided up taking essentials such as hairdryers, shampoo, and alcohol (of course) between us. Luckily there was a small shop and cafe in the reception so we were able to find anything we had forgotten, and buy extra movie snacks for the evenings.
Turning into the very bumpy dirt track leading into the heart of the forest, the scenery was just stunning, despite fearing for our lives dodging endless potholes. I immediately fell in love with our cabin. The tranquil setting, being surrounded by nature, even down to all the wooden furniture, and so much more space than I was used to in my tiny London flat. As some of us had work to do we selected the entertainment package which gave us unlimited wifi throughout the cabin, but if you want to shut yourself off from the digital world, this is the perfect place to go, as there was no phone service at all.
Things to do:
Walks and Trails
There are several trails throughout the forest, including a 6 km loop where I went running, and a 3.2 km “trim trail” which featured workout stations ranging from monkey bars to shoulder press, all made entirely out of logs and metal bars, at regular intervals along the way. This was such a fun way to stay active! Just make sure you have sturdy trainers or walking boots as it can get muddy.
Don’t worry about having to bring your own bike, as there’s cycle hire on site along with a designated 4.5 km cycle path through the forest.
If simply relaxing is not your thing, there’s all sorts of activities on offer, including archery, horse riding, Go Ape, and fishing.
If you have some extra cash to splash you can even book yourself a massage in your own cabin. Alternatively, create your own spa like we did by bringing massage oils and nail varnish and so on.
Hot Tub Party
Definitely the highlight of the stay for me: an awesome playlist, a bottle of prosecco, and a hot tub with a view – it’s the best way to spend an evening in the forest. Just make sure to keep quiet after 10pm to avoid disturbing others.
In short: I found this holiday was the perfect way to relax for a couple of days and escape the crazy hectic London life. Sometimes nothing beats exchanging the endless sound of traffic for birdsong and rustling leaves. If you’re lucky you might even spot a deer or two like we did!
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