Oh the days of driving down the Pacific Coast Highway in a convertible Mustang and riding ‘The Cyclone’ at Coney Island are a distant memory. Having bought our first ‘fixer upper’ last year, our pennies are being spent on ‘grown up’ things… you know, like a washing machine…not touring the states of America like most years.
With us both working full time we felt that we definitely deserved a much needed break (is it classed as a break with a toddler?) so rather than jetting off to California and spending our washing machine money ten- fold we opted for a 5 star staycation at Ribby Hall Village instead.
Surrounded by countryside and a stones throw away from the coast, Ribby Hall is the perfect staycation location. From a motel, spa hotel and luxury cottages to an uber cool villa and coach house that sleeps twelve, there is accommodation to suit every budget. As my parents were also spending the weekend with us, we opted to stay in an idyllic pine lodge.
Pine lodge six to be exact.
These rustic Scandinavian chic lodges (six in total) each have their own private hot tub and balcony and have a fully equipped kitchen if you wish to self cater.
If you don’t fancy cooking your own evening meal there is a choice of bars, restaurants and cafes to suit all budgets and tastes. We dined at The Bar & Grill, which also houses the family entertainment, The Tapas Bar which serves the most amazing blue Scottish Shetland mussels and it has its own Papa Johns. Any excuse for Pizza! There is also a Starbucks, for when you fancy a pumpkin spiced latte and Harrison’s Bar for a cheeky gin or three.
There are activities onsite for all ages from golf, archery and fishing to zorbing and swimming in the splash lagoon…. and not forgetting plenty of playground fun.
There are even activities tailored for babies and toddlers. Sebastian attended bounce & rhyme and messy play. Sit him in raspberry foam in his nappy and he is like a pig in…(you catch my drift).
Ribby Hall also has it’s own petting zoo. I loved seeing Sebastian’s face when he came face to face with a meerkat (protected by glass obviously).
There are some hidden gems within the grounds of Ribby Hall Village from fisherman’s wharf nestled in the centre of the pastel coloured cottages to a secret garden complete with greenhouse and wild flowers. There’s even a woodland trail around the perimeter of the village…. and not forgetting The Spa Hotel for grown ups! One day I will return for a much needed facial!
We were so so lucky with the weather, albeit a light shower or two but it was perfect family staycation for all ages. If Nana loved it then you are on to a winner!
Thank you Ribby Hall for a wonderful three night stay. We hope to visit again soon!
If you want to see our staycation ‘in motion’ then view my travel diary below…
This post is in collaboration with Ribby Hall Village. They kindly gifted me a three night stay in ‘Pine Lodge Six’ for this review. As always comments and photos are my own.
Further information about Ribby Hall Village can be found here.