A few weeks ago, myself and Mrs M set off on the short journey from Exeter to Cheddar to indulge in a weekend at Mulberry Lodge, an impressive couples’ lodge on the popular Strawberry Fields development.
Situated in Cheddar, an area famed for lending its name to the cheese, the location offers convenience and seclusion. Located on the southern tip of the Mendip Hills (an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), the area offers a picturesque vista of rolling hills and quaint hills befitting of a picture postcard, whilst the M5 is within a 20 minute drive making the property easy to access.
On arrival, we passed ‘Early Doors, the on-site rustic cider shed, somewhere we were destined to frequent during our stay, and preceded down the lane to Mulberry Lodge. On the approach, the smell of freshly cut wood emanated from the lodge, striking up memories of autumnal moorland strolls. Whilst the lodges were relatively close together from the road, thought’s been given to retain the privacy of each lodge and its outside space.
Stepping out of the kitchen on to the decking, there’s a covered alcove complete with rattan furniture, offering an outdoor space providing shelter if the weather turns. And in fact this roof was one of the most memorable elements of the property; upon nightfall, we turned on the exterior lights, one of which turned on hundreds of light fairy lights, which from the hot tub’s sunken position in the decking, gave the effect of a starry sky. With variable jets, water temperature and colour settings, many an hour was spent relaxing in the hot tub, which we have to say is a very generous in size for two.
It wasn’t just the outside of the property that wowed us, the inside was just as spectacular, from the modern, spacious kitchen (probably big enough to prepare a meal for six, let alone two); to the quality furnishings in the living room (including Bang & Olufsen Rosegold TV).
Moving into the bedroom, the emperor size bed was comfy, and the plush carpet and underfloor heating made for a cosy treat for feet. Off the bedroom was a dressing room, offering ample hanging space – Mrs M was in heaven! The adjoining en-suite felt more like the bathroom of a plush boutique hotel suite, with his ‘n hers sinks, a free standing bath, and modern double shower. Plenty of thought had gone into the design of this room as well, as it offered direct access back to the decking, making it easy to get in and have a post hot tub shower without soaking the lodge!
On our first evening we ventured into Cheddar, a 5 minute drive away, to pick up supplies from the nearby Tesco, and then enjoy a drink and meal at the Bath Arms – we weren’t disappointed! With a formal restaurant and more relaxed bar setting the Bath Arms offered good pub food to suit any atmosphere, and sold possibly the best Steak and Ale pie I’ve ever tasted! Yum.
On Saturday, we made the short Journey to Cribs Causeway shopping mall in Bristol, around a 45 minute drive, and shopped until we were close to dropping! Upon our return, to Strawberry Fields, we stopped at the Early Doors for a pint and a serving of their home made Chilli – both which be warned - could put hairs on your chest! We thoroughly enjoyed our stay but barely scratched the surface of the nearby area, with the Historic cities of Wells and Bath both nearby and worth a visit had we been here for longer.
With some much to do in the area, and with the lodge offering a luxurious setting whatever the weather, Mulberry Lodge truly is a great choice for couples looking for a cosy weekend away. Click here to find out more about Mulberry Lodge.