To start off our summer holidays this year, Karen from Stopping at Two was invited by Q Lodges to spend the weekend in one of their lodges at Belton Woods near Grantham in Lincolnshire. The lodges (and hotel) are set within 475 acres of beautiful countryside.
Staying in one of the lodges means you get the luxury and facilities that you would have from a hotel, but with the space and freedom you would have from self-catering accommodation – ideal when you are there with the family. The lodges at Belton Woods are two storey with the open plan living room, kitchen and dining area on the top floor, and bedrooms on the lower floor.
We stayed in a two bedroom lodge. Both the double and twin bedrooms had ensuite bathrooms. There was also a pull down double bed in the upstairs living area, so the lodge was actually able to sleep six people. The bathroom upstairs not only had a toilet, sink and shower, but also a sauna – perfect for helping you unwind at the end of the day!
The kitchen was fully equipped with all the crockery, cutlery and utensils needed to be able to self-cater. There were other items of kitchenware that were available on request. Although the dining table was perfectly adequate, the meals were best eaten at the table on the balcony, where you could also enjoy the views along with your food.
We had great weather for our weekend so spent a lot of time outside, walking one of the three nature trails from the lodge to the hotel.
A lot of golfers come to Belton Woods to play its three courses. But there is much more to offer than just golf. There is also a fantastic Health Club and Spa. It is currently undergoing a 300K refurbishment, but the hotel had managed to minimise disruption and maintain a peaceful and relaxing environment. It would be definitely worthwhile a visit when it is finishing in August 2016.
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