A Weekend Of Luxury With The Dream Lodge Group

Dream Lodge Group Woodlands Park

As the year winds down towards its end, it has definitely felt that the last couple of months have gone even faster than normal – we’re nearly in mid-October but our July wedding anniversary feels like it happened yesterday. With a business trip to Dublin looming on the horizon and a busy month ahead, it was the perfect time for Pete and I to escape for a couple of nights down to the south coast and enjoy a lovely weekend near Hastings at Woodlands Park in East Sussex.

Dream Lodge Group Woodlands Park

Dream Lodge Group Woodlands Park

The Dream Lodge Group (www.thedreamlodgegroup.co.uk, 0845 123 6333). Prices start from £50,000 for fractional ownership and £99,000 for full ownership. An 8% guaranteed return for three years is available to those entering the ROI scheme which also offers investors up to 4 weeks personal annual usage depending on their level of investment

The Dream Lodge Group (www.thedreamlodgegroup.co.uk, 0845 123 6333). Prices start from £50,000 for fractional ownership and £99,000 for full ownership. An 8% guaranteed return for three years is available to those entering the ROI scheme which also offers investors up to 4 weeks personal annual usage depending on their level of investment

We both have very vivid and similar memories of what UK holidays looked like when we were children, despite being born nearly a decade apart. What we remember is not fun or glamorous in the slightest – endless rain, run-down hotels, B&B’s or holiday parks with cliched entertainment and a slightly tense atmosphere. When The Dream Lodge Group contacted me earlier this year to ask if I’d go and see the unveiling of their latest holiday lodge at Grand Designs Live I was both curious and cynical. Of course I was blown away by what we found as it appears the holiday park industry has come a long way over the past few decades.

Dream Lodge Group Woodlands Park

Dream Lodge Group Woodlands Park

Dream Lodge Group Woodlands Park

Just in case there was any doubt left in my mind, The Dream Lodge Group very kindly offered us 2 nights at one of their lodges to experience a holiday park for ourselves and well, who am I to say no? We chose Woodlands Park because it wouldn’t be too far to travel for a couple of nights from our home in south-east London and because it was a part of the country we didn’t know very well and after shipping Boo and Maddie off for the weekend, packed a weekend bag and hopped in the car for the 90 minute drive down to Hastings.

Dream Lodge Group Woodlands Park

Dream Lodge Group Woodlands Park

The Dream Lodge Group is one of the UK’s leading luxury park operators with 8 parks located throughout the UK. They don’t just sell the concept of a holiday home but a luxury lifestyle that goes with it – peace and tranquillity which is removed from most people’s busy day to day lives. The fittings and furnishings are high-end, accommodation spacious and allowing a real sense of getting away from everything whilst enjoying creature comforts at the same time.

Dream Lodge Group Woodlands Park

Dream Lodge Group Woodlands Park

There are also several different ownership and rental options available – from couples who have retired and would like to purchase a holiday home, to families who want to escape somewhere in the school holidays but let it out the rest of the time. Others purchase their lodges as an investment, adding it to The Dream Lodge Group’s holiday portfolio who then manage the holiday bookings on behalf of the customer.

Dream Lodge Group Woodlands Park

Dream Lodge Group Woodlands Park

Dream Lodge Group Woodlands Park

Dream Lodge Group Woodlands Park

The Dream Lodge Group La Belle Maison

Each lodge differs in style depending on your preferences and we were given La Belle Maison tucked in a peaceful corner of Woodlands Park overlooking a field of grazing sheep. As the name suggests there is an air of French chic, decorated in pale lavender and greys and creams, rustic yet with every modern convenience available. I cannot emphasise how large the properties are – we had a huge expansive open-plan living/dining/kitchen area with a sofa, two arm-chairs, faux-electric stove and fully equipped kitchen with a breakfast bar area and a wine chiller (most important). The lodge slept 4 with a master bedroom including super-king size bed, chaise-longue and en-suite shower room. The remaining bedroom had 2 single beds and a family bathroom with bath and shower over. A beautifully decked terrace with outdoor seating for 4, a huge patio umbrella, space for disposable BBQs and of course the hot tub made up the outdoor space.

Dream Lodge Group Woodlands Park

Dream Lodge Group Woodlands Park

Dream Lodge Group Woodlands Park

The whole place is flooded with light, either from the patio doors opening up from the living room and master bedroom, or vaulted ceiling windows over the dining area. It’s no exaggeration to say we couldn’t quite believe how incredible the property was. Being just the two of us, we didn’t road test every appliance and really ‘live’ in the space since we were out and about exploring so much but it was exactly the weekend away we had hoped for – relaxing, restorative and luxury. We didn’t put the TV on at all and it was blissful to sit in the hot tub with a glass of Prosecco or lie on the sofa with a book, something I haven’t done for ages. The only downside was that the wi-fi was fairly inconsistent and patchy so I used mobile internet whilst we were there which seemed to work fine.Dream Lodge Group Woodlands Park

Dream Lodge Group Woodlands Park

At this particular park there is no shop but a farm shop is available next door just a 5 minute walk away and Hastings with all of it’s shops, cafes and amenities is just a couple of miles down the road. For us it was an utterly idyllic break that we enjoyed every second of and a place I’d love to go back to. I’m a fairly hard taskmaster when it comes to holiday accommodation and have as high standards as I do for the level of detail with our home renovation but this place definitely passed with flying colours.

Dream Lodge Group Woodlands Park

Dream Lodge Group Woodlands Park

Dream Lodge Group Woodlands Park

Dream Lodge Group Woodlands Park

Thank you so much to The Dream Lodge Group who kindly provided accommodation free of charge for 2 nights at La Belle Maison in Woodlands Park, East Sussex. The Dream Lodge Group (www.thedreamlodgegroup.co.uk, 0845 123 6333). Prices start from £50,000 for fractional ownership and £99,000 for full ownership. An 8% guaranteed return for three years is available to those entering the ROI scheme which also offers investors up to 4 weeks personal annual usage depending on their level of investment.

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11 Comments

  1. October 12, 2016 / 10:20 pm

    Oh wow! That lodge is beautiful! We’d love to own somewhere like that one day as a proper home from home but for now we just love holidaying in places like that. Off to check the lodges out x

    • Lins
      October 15, 2016 / 8:53 pm

      It really was out of this world, so much more than I was expecting. A lovely place to retreat to 🙂 Thank you for popping by X

  2. October 12, 2016 / 11:19 pm

    What a gorgeous fresh space! Beautiful light grey and really calming vibe. Looks like you had a wonderful time 🙂 And that is definitely the same as my worktop! Isn’t it funny the things you notice? haha x

    • Lins
      October 15, 2016 / 8:54 pm

      It was so light and airy, much bigger than we were ever expecting. Clearly they copied your fabulous style when coming up with worktop ideas 😉 Xx

  3. October 17, 2016 / 8:13 pm

    Wow it looks amazing and so spacious. What a fab place to relax and have fun. Looks amazing. Thanks for sharing. #HomeEtc

  4. October 18, 2016 / 10:08 am

    You’re not kidding when you say dream lodge!! WOW! What gorgeous decor — I’d happily move in there! Thanks so much for sharing Lins — I’m off to check them out! This could be a great place to celebrate my mum’s 70th! #HomeEtc

    • Lins
      October 28, 2016 / 8:04 am

      Oh yes that’s a great idea – we saw so many celebrations from hen weekends to family parties whilst we were there. A truly beautiful venue Xx

  5. October 18, 2016 / 10:16 am

    This looks quite stunning and I am feeling your relaxed vibes coming off the pictures! #HomeEtc

    • Lins
      October 28, 2016 / 8:04 am

      Ahh thanks Nicky! I always dismissed the idea of going away just Friday to Sunday but honestly it felt like we’d been away for AGES!! X

  6. October 18, 2016 / 11:21 am

    Oh Lins, how fab! The place is so well kept and so well styled too. We looked at this kind of a scheme in Canada years ago and it was really impressive.

    • Lins
      October 28, 2016 / 8:03 am

      You know I was so surprised, I thought it would be all a bit rundown but quite the opposite – it felt rather palatial compared to what I was expecting! X

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