Spend a few days hidden away from the stresses and strains of everyday life in a peaceful, quiet rural setting.
We all have some moments when we just want to scream and run away from everything, but then wonder where to go to truly escape. Having recently spent a weekend at Sherwood Hideaway, we think we've just found the answer.
It's only a short hop away from the M1 but it's hundreds of miles away from the daily grind we all so often want to escape. It's a smallish site tucked away in the forest and with luxuriously appointed lodges scattered around, not crammed in close to each other.
Once there you could want for very little. Each lodge is fitted out with the very best quality furniture, appliances, bath linens, entertainment, fixtures and fittings. The bathrooms (one main bathroom and one ensuite) were really classy, with beautiful contemporary fittings, all tastefully decorated and finished. For entertainment there's a flat-screen TV with DVD player and broadband internet available too.
Through the glass patio doors is a big balcony, on which is a table & chairs, a barbeque and a hot-tub. This proved to be one of the highlights of the stay! Despite temperatures being close to freezing, we were sitting out in the hot water late in the evening, staring up at the stars and taking in the silence that is so rare these days. It was really lovely. Everything seemed so well prepared, with the hot-tub having been scrupulously cleaned, filled and heated for our arrival.
For those not brave enough to go it completely alone for a whole weekend, there are plenty of options for eating out nearby, with a choice of good restaurants, takeaways, fast food outlets and pubs all within a few minutes drive of the lodges.
The local area offers some great walks and cycle routes through the adjacent grounds of Thoresby Hall Estate, which offers its top-class 'Blue Room' restaurant, a gym, pool and spa, a gallery, museum and café.
The combination of comfy beds, complete silence and total darkness meant that we slept like logs on each night. No traffic noise, no streetlights glaring through the windows, none of those little irritations we seem to just get along with nowadays. It was one of the most memorable and relaxing weekends we'd spent in ages.
The Sherwood Hideaway lodges are available for weekend breaks from as little as £300 per lodge or from £485 for a week. Visit www.sherwoodhideaway.com for prices and availability.