We stayed for a weekend in the "Woodpecker" log cabin at the end of April 2014 to celebrate my wife's birthday.
We were given scones with jam and clotted cream as a welcome which was a lovely surprise since we'd not read other people's reviews. Sorry if that spoils the surprise for you!
The park is located away from busy roads, surrounded by farms and woodlands. Indeed, much of the park is woodland, making it a fantastic place for children of all ages to explore, find dens and enjoy being outdoors. The log cabins are nestled in the woods, surrounded by Rhododendrons and trees.
The cabins are solid wood log cabins, not prefab or wooden panels. The cabin was clean, bright (despite the weather) and spacious. There is a very solid feeling to the cabins. The sky lights kept making us think we'd left a light on in the main bedroom or dining area. The bed linen was clean and fresh. The thick, soft, white towels were perfectly clean and there were more than enough for our family of four. The beds, table and chairs, sofas, rug, chandeliers and other fittings and furnishings have clearly been quality selections that will last. Everything in the cabin is of a far higher specification than we've found in other cabins.
The main bedroom has a double bed with a firm mattress (perfect for me), large chest of drawers and a wardrobe with bedside cabinets both sides. We didn't use these as we were only there for the weekend. The second bedroom has two single beds with cabinets and a wardrobe. Beware; you can hear every word people whisper in the other bedroom, which amused our teenage kids no end when my wife whispered "No hanky panky then".
There was a large basket of hardwood and a large bucket of kindling and newspaper which provided us with a number of lovely warm fires over the weekend. The wood burning is easy to manage with vents above and below and a tool on the side to shake ash through the grate that doubles as a means of operating the door handle that becomes hot and the handle for the ash tray. In a corner of the lounge there was a collection of novels and DVDs. There's a TV on a swing arm that plays DVDs and has TV channels though we only watched a few DVDs. (Who wants to know what's happening in the real world when in such an ideal setting?)
The kitchen was well equipped with pans, utensils, cutlery and plenty of crockery for more than four people. There was a four ring hob above a full size cooker which was simple enough to operate. We grilled sausages and bacon and cooked a roast chicken perfectly. Beside the oven was a dishwasher that we used once because we prefer to wash and pack away in one go. Beside that was the bin cabinet which is below the sink with washing up bowl. There was a sponge and washing up liquid as well; everything we needed. Beside that is the cabinet with the boiler for the hot water and central heating. The microwave is in the same cupboard.
To clean up at the end of our weekend, there was a vacuum cleaner in the main bedroom wardrobe, a broom behind the bathroom door, and a dust pan and brush in the cabinet where the microwave and boiler are.
We had a great weekend. We enjoyed a walk on the Saturday and an outing on the Sunday. The weather wasn't great, but that made it all the better for being in a cabin with a log fire rather than a tent. Richard and Helen were very friendly and welcoming.
We're telling all our friends how lovely it is and we're planning our next visit in Winter, possibly near Christmas so we can enjoy the log fire again. Then a again a Summer break would be nice too.... :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Genuine Solid Wood Scandinavian Log Cabins are set in a mature oak woodland which are fully furnished with all modern facilities. The cabins are fully centrally heated plus have a real wood burner.On site is a heated outdoor pool plus play area with table- tennis area, and a small shop. We are ideally situated only 9 miles from Lyme Regis beach (fossil hunters paradise)and on the borders of Dorset, Devon & Somerset. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Alpine Grove Log Cabins Forton, UK - Somerset