We'd been counting down the weeks and so when the day arrived, we eagerly packed up the car and headed off.... It was also the week after my Dad had been taken ill and was definitely needed...
This was our first time at CenterParcs but we'd heard so many postive reviews we were confident of a well needed break.
Arriving at our woodland lodge in the Maple area, I did my usual thing and checked every nook & cranny like an excited kid on a Christmas morning. Huge windows letting in lots of natural light. The corner sofa beckoning you to snuggle up while logs crackle on the wood burner. The patio doors leading onto your own private area, where you can sit in complete serenity, watching the wildlife.
The first part of the week was totally about the relaxation! That night we went to Aqua Sana for a Twilight Spa. Experiencing the different rooms such as the Greek Herbal Bath, Indian Blossom Steam Room, Japanese Salt Steam Bath and the multi sensory showers. We finished off with a swim under the moon and stars in an outdoor heated swimming pool :)
Tuesday was spent relaxing, having coffee in Starbucks and taking in the surrounding areas.... Walking through the forest, you're met with beautiful views like this....
It was then back to our lodge for a hot chocolate in front of a crackling fire
Every morning we would have guests over for breakfast... First it started off with the ducks....
They then told the geese... who quite liked the bread but not as much as the crumpets!
Word finally got to the swans..... and wow! Such beautiful creatures :)
The weather wasn't brilliant... we had snow the first couple of days and then rain but we didn't care.... We were in our little hideaway and it was heaven!
Wednesday was a day for target archery.... This was the first time Phil had ever tried it.... I've done archery for a number of years, although that certainly hasn't improved my aim!
It was lots of fun and we got plenty of practice plus we managed to avoid the squirrels :)
After being out in the cold for a while we definitely needed to warm our cockles in the bar.....
First it was a gorgeous Mojito (white rum, sugar, lime, soda water and mint leaves)
Followed by a luschious, creamy Grasshopper (vodka, chocolate & mint liqueur with cream) If you imagine a chocolate mint aero melting in your mouth... this is the drink version! It definitely felt naughty drinking on a 'school day'
Thursday was by far, my favourite day!! Dirt buggy day!