Find out everything you need about 17 Amber Wood Lodge in Shorefield Country Park and whether this holiday rental is right for you.
Set on the award-winning Shorefield Country Park, half a mile from the beach, this authentic Scandinavian log cabin is ideal for families with on-site facilities on the doorstep.
There are indoor and outdoor heated swimming pools, a programme of fitness classes in the fully equipped gym, a luxury spa, children’s play area and a well-stocked carp lake for the keen angler.
Off-site there are the shady glades, ancient woodland and wild meadows of the New Forest National Park. For a family fun day out there is Peppa Pig World and Marwell Zoo and Monkey World a short car journey away.
The spacious open-plan living area comprises comfy sofas in front of a flame effect fire and a flat-screen TV, a pine dining table and chairs and a well-equipped kitchen with a gas hob and electric oven.
Double doors lead out to a wraparound decking area with a large gas BBQ and table and chairs for alfresco dining. There is parking for up to three cars outside the cabin.
Leading off the living area are three bedrooms, a king-size with en-suite shower and two cosy twins. Each has plenty of storage space. Other than a step up to the decking the accommodation is all on one level.
This award-winning country park has facilities that include an indoor heated swimming pool with an adjoining jacuzzi and an outdoor pool with shallow areas for toddlers. There are qualified lifeguards on duty at all times. Sports’ fanatics have the use of a five-a-side football pitch and tennis courts, both free to use between 10am and 6pm. In the evenings there is a mini disco and game time for kids of all ages and for the whole family there is live music with tribute bands and cabarets.
Treat the family to a meal at the fully licenced Tides Restaurant or make use of the dial-a-dish delivery service to the cabin if you don’t feel like cooking. Daily activities for the children such as pottery painting and meeting the Squirrel Squad mean that Mum and Dad can spoil themselves to a treatment or two in the luxury spa.
Milford on Sea is only half a mile from the park and the pebble beach is always bustling with wind and kite surfers, kayakers and paddle boarders. It is lined with colourful beach huts that can be hired, although in high season they are snatched up well in advance. For a quieter, more secluded alternative walk 1.5 miles along the shoreline to Taddiford Gap, an isolated sand and shingle beach, that is off the beaten track. There are some great views of the Isle of Wight and its low cliffs are famous for being fossil rich. Make a family day of fossil foraging where you are likely to find mammal and crocodile remains, as well as shark teeth. Just check the tides because there is a risk of being cut off if the tide comes right up to the cliffs.
Just beyond the park gates lies the beautiful New Forest National Park. Here there are miles of walks and cycle trails that take you along heathland, through ancient woodland and past the free roaming ponies. The national park has quaint small villages and towns where you can sample real ales in the pubs and stock up on local produce from the independent shops.
Shorefield is an easy walking distance to a safe swimming beach and a little further down the coast there is an unspoilt bay that is rich in fossils.
So, when you’re not enjoying the vast range of on-site facilities there is so much to see and do beyond the gates. If you have little ones in tow who are Peppa Pig crazy then it is worth travelling the 20 miles for them to experience the fantasy world of the little pink pig.
16 Amber Wood is an authentic forest cabin that is clad in wood inside and out, giving the spacious accommodation a cosy feel. The two twin bedrooms and main king-size make it a great getaway option for a family of six or for a smaller family who are keen to bring friends along with them.