This weekend we enjoyed the most relaxing break at the luxurious Cheddar Woods Resort & Spa. We were looking for a relaxing weekend away with the children and after searching online earlier in the week we couldn’t believe our luck when we spotted an amazing deal. The Cheddar Woods 5 Star Gold Rated holiday resort that is situated in the beautiful Mendip Hills in Somerset, England was on offer for £225 for two nights.
We couldn’t believe our luck, this resort was awarded the 2017 Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor, and is the premier destination for anyone seeking a luxurious lodge holiday in Cheddar Woods. The lodges were completed in 2013, and all of the lodges have been finished to the highest of standards with a variety of two, three and four bedroom lodges. The lodges are set in an area of outstanding natural beauty making the location perfect. We booked a 3 bedroom lodge with a hot tub.
When we arrived at the Cheddar Woods holiday park we were not disappointed, the sun was shining and the sky was a beautiful blue. The resort was glistening in the sun, and the beautiful grounds looked so pretty with all the flowers and green trees scattered around the luxurious looking wooden lodges. Lavender filled the air from all the beautiful lavender bushes making the resort smell perfect for a relaxing break.
We were greeted by a lovely lady at the reception who welcomed us and told us all about the resort and our lodge. In the reception area, there were two big trays of pizza that we could help ourselves to, I thought this was a lovely gesture. We were given our key to lodge 171 and were directed with a map. We made our way to our lodge in the car, it was easy to find.
Our lodge was situated towards the back in the hills and we had a lovely view across the lake at Cheddar. The 3 bedrooms were all fitted with Egyptian cotton bedding and large towels. All it the rooms had flat screen TVs. In our master bedroom, we also had two bathrobes and an adjoining door to a good size bathroom with a shower. Small sachets of aromatherapy soap, shampoo, conditioner and body wash were also provided, these were of lovely quality. The master bedroom also had a good size walk-in wardrobe that included an iron, ironing board, clothes airer, hoover and hairdryer.
The fully fitted kitchen was well designed and included everything you could possibly need for your stay and more. The fridge and freezer was a good size and the kitchen also included a built-in washing machine, dishwasher, cooker, grill, microwave and large gas hob. Gas and Electric are included in the cost of your holiday and also supplied were a handful of milk, tea, and coffee sachets so you can make yourself a drink on arrival. Also included were salt and pepper, 3 dishwasher tablets, fairy liquid, bin liners a tea towel and washing up clothes. WiFi is also available at no extra charge.
In the open plan living kitchen area is a lovely glass dining table with 6 comfortable chairs to dine at, or if you prefer to dine-outside a very comfortable dining table and chairs is situated on the decking next to the wonderful hot tub. The hot tub was amazing, especially at night under the stars with the pretty choice of underwater lights and different jets. We spent lots of our time in the hot tub, it was so relaxing.
Also included on the resort is Kellerman's Restaurant. We did go and have a look but didn’t eat here so I can’t comment on the food. The restaurant looked lovely though and I spoke to a couple that said the food was very good. The restaurant offers a good choice of food for all tastes from light bites to hearty meals. There is also a Pizza Alfresco where handmade freshly cooked pizzas are made on wood-fired ovens.
The bar area was well presented and the bar staff were all very friendly. Also included in this area were two pool tables, a bowling alley, HD TV with sky sports and a golf simulator. We had a go on the bowling and my son Zac enjoyed playing in the outside park while we sat back with a freshly brewed coffee enjoying the views of the surrounding countryside and woodland.
The resort includes a spa, swimming pool and fitness and leisure suite. Activities are also available by the Go active team at the resort, we didn’t have any time to try them out. We did have a peep at the swimming pool party and it looked lots of fun. Below is the list of activities that were going on during our stay.
The Eden Spa on the resort has relaxation zones featuring saunas, steam rooms, mood showers and relaxation chairs. The spa offers a wide range of massages and treatments including waxing, pedicures, Jessica nails and body wraps. Luxury Treatments and Spa Days & Breaks are available at this resort, I didn’t try them out so I can’t comment.
You can hire disposable BBQ stands, DVDs, tennis rackets, basketballs and footballs, bikes and scooters are also permitted on site.
The resort is a 10-minute drive to Cheddar Gorge a limestone gorge in the Mendip Hills. The gorge is the site of the Cheddar show caves, where Britain's oldest complete human skeleton, Cheddar Man, estimated to be over 9,000 years old, was found in 1903. The caves, produced by the activity of an underground river, contain stalactites and stalagmites. The gorge is part of a Site of Special Scientific Interest called Cheddar Complex.
We visited Cheddar Gorge on a Saturday we arrived at 9.30am nice and early before the cave opening time of 10 am so we could get parked nice and close to the entrance. The car park cost us £5 for the whole day. We had a little walk around and got some photographs before it got too busy.
We were the first to purchase our tickets at 10 am, we didn’t have to wait for our tickets at this time but as we left the cave at 11 am there was a bit of a queue forming. We purchased a family ticket for £59.30, included in this ticket was entrance to Gough’s Cave, The Museum of Prehistory, Dreamhunters, Jacob’s Ladder and the Cliff-Top walk.
Gough’s Cave is over 500,000 years old and includes secret caverns and vistas created by stalagmites and stalactites. The Cave is large and is considered to be one of the finest in the country. The formation of this cave began over half a million years ago when river water started dissolving the limestone rock. The resulting cathedral-like caverns are decorated with unbelievable rock formations. We were all given audio guides that help bring the cave to life; telling the amazing story of its Ice Age creation, Stone Age occupation, Victorian exploration by Richard Gough (whom the cave is named after) and the discovery of the Cheddar Man skeleton.
My son Zac enjoyed the special children’s audio version that told a story about the cave, he had to press the correct button on his audio device in different areas of the cave. The cave has a constant all year round temperature of 11C, keeping you cool in summer and warm in winter. The constant temperature creates the perfect conditions for ageing the world famous Cheddar cheese. We saw the shelves of maturing cheese and purchased some in the shop that we later enjoyed with some very tasty fresh grapes we picked up from the local farm stall outside the Cheddar Woods Spa resort. The cheese was amazing and washed down perfectly with some good red wine and crackers.
The Museum of Prehistory brings together past excavation findings, such as flint tools, and everyday objects, showing how they fit into the global history of our species. We forgot to visit the museum, the delicious ice cream shop that was opposite the museum made us forget. The ice cream was absolutely delicious and I recommend you give it a try.
Dreamhunters is based deep within the chambers of Cox’s Cave. We all enjoyed the multimedia experience whilst walking through the cave. The experience shows how mankind has gone from a primitive existence to becoming the most successful species on the planet.
Jacob’s Ladder is situated by the exit of Cox’s Cave. Jacob’s Ladder consists of 274 steps that take you directly to the top of the Gorge. We all went to the top and the views of the Mendip Hills are stunning. We didn’t do the Hilltop walk with the children, we visited on our own last year and did the walk then. It’s a long 2-hour walk on the uneven ground putting a lot of pressure on your knees. I definitely wouldn’t advise it if you have any knee or hip problems.
We all thoroughly enjoyed visiting the Gorge, the little village around the caves is so pretty and there’s a great choice of restaurants, gift shops and coffee shops. I highly recommend visiting the attractions and think that the prices are reasonable. I would wait till your children are at least 6 to be able to appreciate the caves. My son Zac is nearly 8 and he was really interested in all the facts.
We had the most wonderful weekend break at the Cheddar Woods Resort and Spa. Everything was spotless and of excellent quality, I definitely agree with the 5-star rating and can understand why this resort has won awards. We will definitely be looking out for more breaks like this in the future and highly recommend visiting.