We booked a 4 night midweek break in a Kielder Lodge. The lodges are situtated in Leaplish Waterside Park, about 50 miles from Newcastle on Tyne. Kielder is certainly not the most beautiful place in Northumberland - there are so many - and Kielder has several factors against it - the lake and the forest are manmade and look it, it's a long way from anywhere and there are fearsome midges from May to September, cousins to the Scottish ones of just renown.
In spite of all this and dreadfully wet weather 5 of us - 3 adults and 2 boys aged 8 and 9 had a fab time. Lots of fun and relaxation. There is a swimming pool on site free to guests. There is an adventure play area (sadly waterlogged during our stay) an artificial "ice" rink (also rained off when we were there) and a crazy golf course on site. Of course there are also many walks and cycle trails.
The lodges are really lovely. We were in one of the cheapest ones - a Redesdale. Still it was very comfy, quiet, private and homely.The kitchen and bathroom were recent refits of great quality. Beds and sofas were beyond reproach for comfort. The lodge was not huge but space was well thought out and pleasing. There are a slight few touches of meanness about the place - bring all your own towels, toilet roll, kitchen cloths and cleaning/washing/washing up equipment. Also babies are counted as numbers in your party plus high chairs etc have to be paid for so you could really pay twice for a baby when most places don't charge. Also expensive for dogs at £30 per week. That said, we got a great value break during school summer holidays at £238 for 4 nights for 5 people.
The highlight of our stay? The birds - not only the enchanting Birds of Prey Centre right on site which is so much better than any other I have been to, but the chaffinches in the trees around the lodges are so nearly tame that they can be coaxed to eat out of your hand and hang around in cheery tribes in the trees every morning. Lovely.
- Also Known As:
- Kielder Hotel Kielder
- Kielder Lodges Northumberland