It’s Wednesday morning and I’m all packed up and ready to start my journey to Strawberryfield park in Somerset. I’m going to experience how it feels to be a Blue Chip guest, so I have my Sat Nav programmed and have printed the full directions from my confirmation documents, which I will be following, road by road and roundabout by roundabout to check the directions are just right for our guests.
The directions were perfect, and we arrived at our destination without hitch. We rolled up at Strawberryfield Park and followed the instructions to find the lodge. Once we spotted it, we parked alongside the lodge and unpacked the car…the door was open and our home from home was lovely and warm inside, and when we stepped inside, a welcome hamper awaited.
About 15 mins later, the site manager tapped on the door to welcome us. He demonstrated how to work the hot tub, how the wood burner worked, and said a log basket would be delivered (what a lovely touch) and he also told us about the opening times of the onsite Cider Barn, which by the way is full of character and ‘characters’ ….
So after a quick look around the lodge and the beautiful site, we made our way to the Cider Barn for a nose – and maybe a little ‘snifter’ or two. The landlord was very welcoming, as were the few locals who were in situ, all had recommendations for visits and the itinerary for the coming few days, including an open mic that night – oh nooo… and the Steak and Chips evening the following night, (all food is cooked to order and is very reasonably priced).
We then returned to the lodge and set about looking at the welcome pack and all the information provided to plan our next day’s jaunt, then it was into the sparkling hot tub, which is just the place to ease the aches and tensions of a busy working week. Aaaaaahh it was absolute bliss, and towels, bath robes and slippers were provided.
If you’ve never been to Somerset, you’re definitely are missing a jewel in the Westcountry. The breahtaking Cheddar Gorge is just a half an hour drive away, and you can either drive through it or (if you’re very fit!), you can park up and climb, following footpaths and signposts. We drove to the top – admiring the views all the way - and then we were off the city of Wells. The route was fully signposted and easy to follow, and on arriving, the first thing to see is the magnificent cathedral - truly a sight to see. The city’s also home to lots of independent shops, so it’s great for shopping too.
Next, we made our way to Glastonbury – an absolute must. This friendly village is full of all the alternative shops and therapies you could imagine, you can have your palm, head bumps, cards read as well as aromatherapy massages, from your neck to your toes if you feel inclined.
There are many local shops to explore, and I love the fact that the owners and assistants are more than happy to chat, especially when asked if any famous people call in at festival times! Apparently, The Killers shopped in the local Co-op! I’m sure this one will run for years…
The old Glastonbury Chapel and shop is well worth a visit, on entry you’ll be greeted with huge pictures of the festivals gone by – to the current day, and it’s great fun to see the difference in the size of the site and have a giggle at the clothes worn back in the day.
We headed back to the site and the hot tub for a relax before getting changed for an evening of entertainment at the Cider Barn. Casual clothes were the order of the evening as we walked up, and it’s worth noting that there’s no tarmac here, just the eco-friendly sandstone so no heels recommended, however you can of course take your car and park just outside, which is just a couple of minutes away.
Strawberryfield Park is set in a lovely location, and the lodges have been cleverly positioned, so all guests have privacy around the hot tub and outside relaxing decking. During our stay, the most noise we heard was an owl hooting and the dawn chorus, creating a perfect stay and one I would thoroughly recommend.
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