After a not-the-nicest year for my dear friend, (bar her wonderful engagement a few weeks ago) (hurrah!), my other pally Emma and I decided a few months ago we’d take her on a surprise weekend away for her belated 21st birthday + a we’resorryyou’vegonethroughsomuchrubbish trip – the surprise being she had no idea where we were going, but did know to book a Friday off work for a few days of fun and frolics.
We stayed in South Lakeland Leisure Village, a super snazzy, 5* wooden lodge holiday park with its own vast expanse of water and greenery all around. Ducks and rabbits were our neighbours, and the edges of the paths were coated in hawthorn, utter perfection. We wanted a self-catered accommodation where we were able to sprawl out, lounge around, and each have our own bedroom. Amy has a particular penchant for the Lakes, and although we weren’t quite in the thick of them being in south Cumbria/north Lancashire, the location proved a perfect distance away from home to become a proper getaway, whilst also having a taste of the Lakeland air and a good change of scenery, being just an hour’s drive away from home.
Having made sure the accommodation was top-notch before booking, we wanted to take food with us in order to create our own meals, (along with the odd treat on days out whilst there) to save money, but also because, who doesn’t enjoy cooking up concoctions with friends?! Packed lunches were certainly one of our highlights 😉
We’re off! Friday’s journey: very warm. Halfway there we stopped off at Country Harvest for a picnic-in-the-car-jobby and a loo break. A sampling of the free food tester – pork noisette, also went down a treat. Obviously. I was designated driver for the whole weekend, and was very nervous about finding my way and returning home on the motorway safely. But all was o.k.a.y.
|Me, Emma, Amy|
Arrived! And the champagne is cracked open. My first proper amount of drink(s) since October. Pace yourself Pip, paaace yourself.
|Cheers; a further glass of gin & lemonade; chocolate (belated birthday) cake pudding|
After our stomachs had settled and our heads a little boozy, I rallied the troops for an exploratory walk around the park and lake. A beautiful evening with blue skies, glinting waters and wild rabbit spotting.
|The park’s restaurant and reception, with a tiny golden beach just to the left of the buildings|
Our lodge had 3 bedrooms; two twins and a double ensuite for the birthday gal. The kitchen and lounge area were spacious, with room for two decent sized leather sofas and a large dining table. We had a little decking balcony at the front with double-doors leading off from the living area.
|Arnside’s rail viaduct connecting Lancaster, Arnside and Grange-Over-Sands|
This was quite a meaty photo-diary, but I wanted to show off the gorgeous surroundings we were in, despite the weather not quite doing its job properly for June(!) The getaway came to an end very quickly, but was needed after I had been away at uni for several months, and the girls currently in the midst of manic job duties and wedding-plannings.
Have you ever been on a “staycation”? Where did you go and what did you do? : )
TTFN, P x