Me and my partner have just returned from a very relaxing week at Darwin Forest Country Park. Here are our honest observations on this wonderful area in which to stay.
The Riber lodge we stayed in (number 52) was well laid out. The kitchen was modern, well kitted out and we cooked a few meals successfully on the integrated oven. There was a large dining table with 4 chairs, but the table is far too close to the sink to get in and out comfortably.
The living room which adjoined the kitchen had a flat-screen TV, dvd player etc. The room was nice and cosy at night with the lights and heaters on. A great bonus for us was the french doors which opened onto a large decking area with a good sized table and 4 chairs.
A downside of the livingroom was the size of the sofa...it was a small 2-seater! and quite uncomfortable if you spend more than half an hour sitting on it....
The bedrooms were spacious and had plenty of storage (we had a 2 bed lodge meant for 4 people so we received a 2-person discount). We slept in the double bed so cannot comment on the 2 singles. The bed was quite firm as were the pillows, and the duvet and cover had most definately seen better days. The duvet was so heavy, it slipped constantly down to the end of the cover and kept falling off the end of the bed. These items seriously need to be replaced in this lodge.
The bathroom is spacious with a fab shower and piping hot water as long as you get a shower first!
We called into the Forresters Arms a few times, and its a friendly and reasonably priced pub. Food is ok. Typical pub grub.
All the lodges are situated in amongst trees which is fab for seeing wild life close up and personal! We had a bird feeder right outside the kitchen window which we stocked regularly with peanuts, much to the delight of Nuthatches, Coaltits, bluetits, greattits and we even saw a woodpecker!!!
Take plenty of peanuts, wild bird seed and sunflower seeds to attract the birds, and also monkey nuts to attract the squirrels.
There are lots to do in the area for people of all age groups. We didn't have dogs or kids so we were able to visit places like Chatsworth House and Hardwick Hall. Both are amazing.
We bought a book on walks of which there are many in the area. the Dovedale walk is easy and also the Minninglow walk.
We went to the plague village Eyam which is fascinating, and also went to Bakewell (Monday market) and Matlock which are both lovely little towns.
One point to note... there is no mobile signal on the site at all... if you stand by the reception, you might get a feint signal.
All-in-all, a great site, well worth the money out of season.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the heart of the Peak District, Darwin Forest is a 5-star holiday park in a delightful woodland setting. Accommodation is in modern self-catering lodges with everything provided for a great family holiday. Lodges sleep form 2 to 8 people. Facilities include indoor swimming pool, indoor play area, bar/restaurant, tennis, beauty therapy, soft play and woodland walks. Darwin holds the David Bellamy Award for Conservation at Gold standard and a Visit England Award for Excellence. Handy for Chatsworth, Bakewell, Haddon Hall and all the sights of the Peak District. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Darwin Forest Country Park Hotel Two Dales