Last Friday we headed to the Black Forest near Winchester for a long weekend. We wanted to get away for a few days and having looked at flying somewhere, we finally decided to look closer to home due to timings & costs. My friend Kat from the Vintage Caravan Hotel recommended Forest Holidays to us having previously stayed at their Strathyre location in Scotland. After a quick trawl of the internet, we booked a cabin at their Black Forest location due to its close proximity to Bucks – just over an hour by car.
Forest Holidays offers luxurious woodland cabins in nine stunning locations across the UK, many with private hot tubs, set exclusively on Forestry Commission land. Each location has something different to offer, providing the perfect getaway for families, couples & groups of friends. There are also specific pet friendly cabins if you want to bring your pooch along with you! The Blackwood Forest location has 60 luxury woodland cabins to choose from, hidden deep in a 270 hectare beech forest.
If you’re tempted at staying in the Black Forest, here are my top tips:
Location of the cabin
Check the location of the cabins – we chose no 52 as we weren’t overlooked – perfect when you’re escaping the hustle and bustle of modern day life.
Early check in
We paid £30 for an early check in so we could make the most of the Friday (2pm instead of 4pm) money well spent.
Plan your meals
The shop on site has a limited selection and it’s pricey (to be expected) they did however stock Cook meals which are yummy and easy to cook. We had planned to eat out one night and eat in 2 nights. We bought food to make tacos and a Charlie Bingham Red Curry. We also bought milk, cereals, coffee, tea, squash, bread, cheese, butter, ham, hummous, biscuits and crisps.
We took our nespresso machine with us as I live with a coffee addict 🙂
Take your bikes
You can hire bikes onsite but it costs £15 per bike per day which can quickly mount up. We took our bikes with us and went out cycling twice a day! Make sure you pick up a map in the reception which shows the different cycle routes.
If budget allows, get a cabin with a hot tub – the kids absolutely loved the hot tub and went in about 3 to 4 times a day. The setting is beautiful and there is something quite magical about sitting outside in a hot tub watching the leaves falling and feeling totally secluded.
We paid extra for the entertainment which included WiFi – I would definitely recommend as the mobile reception is patchy. We also took our amazon fire stick so we could watch films and a series that we were watching via Amazon Prime. We also took books and board games 🙂
On site activities
There are activities offered onsite but as we were only staying for a few days we didn’t partake but if you’re interested you can find out more here.
Take a hair dryer with you 🙂 They provide towels, toiletries, cleaning essentials (eg dishwasher tabs, washing up liquid, sponge etc) loo roll, bath robes for the adults and slippers (although next tine I would take my own as they were pretty flimsy).
We had a wonderful weekend away and would definitely consider another break with Forest Holidays but next time venturing further afield 🙂