My summer venture to the West Country

The most impeccable weekend retreat during the hottest time of the year

Boy, did I hit the jackpot! I can only describe the moment I saw Orchard Lodge on our website as love at first sight, and when I was asked to go along for a weekend and make sure it meets the Blue Chip standards I was thrilled.

So, one Friday afternoon rolled around, the car was packed, the sun was shining and off we went to visit the land where they turn apples into liquid gold, Somerset, well Cheddar, to be exact. Strawberryfield Park is a collection of luxurious lodges gifted with the most incredible views of the Mendip Hills and Somerset Levels, I mean, what more could you wish for?

Upon entering the lodge, we were amazed by the open plan, modern, homey space that welcomed us with an abundance of light. As I excitedly toured the remainder of the property, I noticed the amount of thought that went into making the place just so... perfect! It really did have everything.

We could watch TV on our flat screen in the living area, which not only gave us great picture quality but we had access to Netflix, BBC iPlayer, ITV and much more. Not only that, but we had a choice of DVDs to watch, which when using the sound bar, it was like our very own cinema!

Our first night at the property, we decided to make use of what the property had to offer so we opted for an evening in of fine dining aka salad with a side of pizza. After of course, we relished in the fact that we had our very own hot tub, relaxing in what is such a calm atmosphere surrounded by nothing but nature and cider, because what else would you drink in Somerset?

To top this incredible evening, the lodge had an option to turn on the twinkling lights on the decking area, it truly is magical that this property offers you endless possibilities.

Well, I was in my element, with my very own walk-in wardrobe with plenty of space AND a dressing table with a light up mirror because, who doesn’t need one of those, right? And, you ought to really know that I adore, no wait, worship sleep. What’s more I love a comfy bed! I am speechless as to how comfy our bed was and how easy it was to feel as if it was home.

When Saturday arrived, we wanted to explore the local village, Cheddar which is only a short drive from Strawberryfield Park - but did also make for a very lovely walk. Here, there are endless possibilities when it comes to local things to do; shop, eat, drink, walk, eat, shop. I think you get the gist!

Whether you’re after a weekend to unwind, enjoy the West Country sun, or if you’re feeling adventurous, you can grab yourself a Gorge and Caves Explorer ticket which is only £15.25 for adults, £10.15 for children 5-15years whilst under 5’s are free!

We did a little shopping here and there, mainly for the good old homemade Scrumpty cider, and then we opted to try Bath Arms for lunch and we couldn’t have been more right! Now we only had a sandwich each, I know! I know! Not ‘amazing’ but I’ll tell you this, they’re doing something right! The food was incredible, homemade and nicely presented, the staff were welcoming and the prices weren’t too shabby either!

In the afternoon, we headed on back to our lodge for some well-deserved down time spent in the hot tub. Not only did we enjoy the use of the docking station provided but I thoroughly loved how at ease I felt knowing we had the whole evening ahead of us in this beautiful place.

Saturday was the night we tackled the Cider Barn. Homemade cider, homemade food. I opted for the rhubarb cider (of course) accompanied by lemon and herb chicken served with salad and chips. Again, the food wasn’t overpriced and we were able to enjoy a drink or two with our meal, only having a two-minute walk back to the lodge.

For those guests who like to get the most out of their trip, Wells, Bath and Bristol are all within a short drive. This was great as I have never had the opportunity to see Bath before and it did not disappoint. It’s full of Roman buildings, bridges, and well, the baths… Whilst on our drive here, we stopped at The Boathouse, a colonial pub/restaurant overlooking the river so we could watch the rowers go past on what was such a hot summer’s day.

Unfortunately, at some point, our stay at Orchard Lodge had to end. I am hopeful that our guests enjoy the property just as much as we did and that they also, relish in having such a relaxing, well deserved time away. For us, the stay was more than we had hoped for and we cannot wait to return and tackle the Cheddar Gorge!

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About the author

Ashleigh Rhodes, Business Development Coordinator

I am the Business Development Co-ordinator here at Blue Chip Holidays. If you have or are looking to purchase a property and are considering holiday letting I am here to assist you throughout your journey and provide information about our services. I’ve lived in Devon for just over a year so out of the office you’ll find me spending time exploring the local area, seeing friends, horse riding or visiting family in the sticks back in Yorkshire.

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