Sunday, 22 July 2012

The Lodge

As I mentioned in my last blog post, we've been away again. This time a little closer to home, just over the border to Lincolnshire and also with our four best friends. We had booked the holiday to celebrate our friends 30th birthday - it was a surprise and she had no idea so it was all quite exciting! She had pretty much thought we had forgotten her Birthday. However, it became a double celebration as her Boyfriend proposed on her Birthday! I'm so pleased for them both. So we had a lot to celebrate!

Our destination was near Louth, Kenwick Park where there are the most beautiful Scandinavian style Lodges in beautiful woodland. It was so very peaceful and lovely to hear so many birds chirping away. When we got there we decorated the Lodge with lots of Balloons (I don't think my friends were that impressed with me asking them to blow up 150 of them!), photos of the birthday girl and banners. We also cut out lots and lots of paper hearts to decorate the walls of the love birds room to make it a little special for them. We then waited for them to arrive - boy did she get a surprise when we all jumped out at her! It was such a lovely first evening in the Lodge, lots of Mexican food, presents and laughing.

The aim of this break was relaxation and resting. They have a lovely pool with a sauna, steam room and jacuzzi in which we spent many many hours. We pretty much went twice a day. It was never over busy whilst we were there so often we had the whole place to ourselves which felt rather decadent.

We also indulged in a few treatments between us from facials to manicures. Now, I've never been into this sort of thing, it's just something I've never contemplated doing - so I kept it simple with a Scandinavian Back, Neck and Shoulder massage. It did make me giggle - maybe I'm a little too ticklish, but afterwards I felt like a new woman! Methinks massages will be something I do quite a bit in my future!

Aside from lots of pool time and treatments we also spent quite a bit of time at the Lodge playing Badminton,  Boules, Cards or a Board game - it was really nice just to stop and do some simple things. We also spent a lot of time on the Veranda just chatting, giggling and drinking lots and lots of tea.

There was also quite a bit of eating! We went for two meals at the hotel on the site. We had a three course Sunday lunch which was delicious and then went for their steak night too. It was all completely delicious. Each meal we had at the Lodge were equally as lovely - we mostly had picnic teas where Cheeses, Meats, Breads and Salads were put on the table and we all dug in. I think we had about 10 different cheese which for a Cheddar only kinda girl, pushed me, but I did try most of them except for the Blue Cheeses - that was just a step too far! I have found that I do like Camembert on Sour Dough with Cranberry - 'tis yummy!

We did venture outside of Kenwick, but I'll keep these trips for another post. It really was the most relaxing break I've ever had. It was so nice to be away with our closest friends and take the time to celebrate two most momentous occasions.


Jay said...

It looks like a beautiful place, I've never heard of it before. It sounds like you had a great time and what a super suprise for your friend.

Lynne said...

Ah, so not Centre Parcs - but looks fab anyway! What a brill relaxing time you've had - feel I should be heading somewhere like that myself! Oooh, go on, enjoy your massages - I adore being pampered,especially facials (not the make-up kind).

You obviously chose your time well so it wasn't too crowded - no fun in the pool if there are too many other folks there.