Whenever we welcome a new property to our portfolio, we send someone from the team along to stay there for a night or two and check that everything’s just perfect ready for our first guests, so I took my partner Jon to check out The Levels, a stunning new lodge at Strawberryfield Park in Cheddar.
Our first impressions of the lodge were just ‘WOW’. The exterior contemporary design gave a good indication as to the quality of the home, but didn’t quite prepare us for what we were about to walk into. The lounge, kitchen, diner was a large open plan space surrounded by floor to ceiling windows which looked through to the enormous wrapped decking area surrounding the lodge.
The furnishings, fixtures and fittings were very stylish, modern and well thought out with so much space just for the two of us. Through the sliding doors leading from the kitchen is a spectacular undercover seating area which has been integrated into the centre of the lodge, when we looked up there were hundreds of twinkling stars in the celling lighting this area – I think this was our favourite place within the lodge. The decked area which wraps around the lodge boasts a sunken hot-tub and felt very private without being overlooked at all.
The bathroom was enormous with a double walk in shower and free-standing bath, with spot lights in the floor, and it really was a lovely place to relax. So now we were faced with the dilemma – stay and enjoy the luxury of the lodge, or explore! So, we decided to explore locally so we could get back to the lodge in the afternoon and make the most of the hot-tub.
We ventured to Cheddar which was less than a 10-min drive. As keen walkers, we were happy to see a challenging cliff top walk so thought we would start with that. 278 steps later up Jacobs Ladder we were at the top of the gorges where we climbed even further to take in the views from The Watch Tower. The walk was tough, but breathtaking and fun. After around 1 and a half hours we made our way along this circular walk back into Cheddar to explore the caves and the gorges. On our way back we felt we had by this point earnt a relaxing drink so stopped by the Cider Barn located next to Strawberry Field Park to be greeted by the locals. It was a very friendly atmosphere and hosts regular live music!
We settled in for a relaxing evening, and enjoyed a movie on the smart TV in the lounge over a glass of wine or two. With the hot tub bubbling away just outside, we topped off the day with one more dip under the stars, before heading inside for a restful night’s sleep. We were struck by how peaceful; the park is, and all you can hear during your stay are the sounds of the countryside.
The next day we took our kayaks to the reservoir in Cheddar, followed by a Sunday roast at the Lamb inn in Axebridge and an evening meal in The Sheppy Inn – which we would highly recommend! We asked Mike who was our contact to recommend a gastro pub with a great atmosphere and this pub/restaurant was perfect! Very quirky, welcoming, with a large outdoor area, great atmosphere and a very friendly welcome. In fact Mike couldn’t have been a better host, with lots of recommendations throughout our stay, nothing was too much trouble.
If we had our time again we would have really liked to do the walk from the lodge park to the village of Priddy, visit Wells and Bath is less than half an hour for a spot of shopping. There’s so much to do in the local area there just wasn’t enough time. Equally – we would have been perfectly content enjoying the luxury and comfort inside the lodge all weekend. For us the stay was perfect and we can’t wait to go back.
Click here to read more about The Levels.