Forest Holidays Deerpark | The Perfect Family Getaway

In celebration of my other half's birthday (and also because I wanted to prevent the post-Christmas blues) I decided to book a little family getaway to the Forest Holidays Deerpark site in Cornwall. Having fallen in love with Cornwall during our previous trip to Holywell Bay in the autumn, I was keen to go back and explore other parts of it and we certainly ticked off a fair few places during our four night stay!

The Forest Holidays Deerpark site was perfectly situated in Liskeard, just fifteen minutes from the Cornish coast and a stone's throw from places we wanted to visit, including the Eden Project. Set deep in the forest; with only forty five cabins, it offered the peaceful and private woodland experience we were hoping for. Many of the cabins sat around a picturesque ancient millpond, however our cabin was slightly higher up in the valley and offered equally as stunning views of the surrounding woodland. We actually both agreed that we much preferred the location of our cabin, as it felt that little more private and secluded.

The accommodation
Forest Holidays offer various cabin types, which cater to different party sizes, requirements and budgets. We opted for a Silver Birch cabin, suitable for 4-6 people that came with my must-have requirement - a hot tub! As you can see from the photos we took, the Silver Birch cabin at Forest Holidays was simply beautiful; kitted out with everything you need for the perfect family getaway. With two bedrooms (one with ensuite), a shower room, separate toilet and open plan kitchen / dining / living room, there was more than enough space for the three of us. I was really impressed that Forest Holidays had installed a stair gate (free of charge) to keep Arthur safe and also offered complimentary WiFi (suitable for simple tasks such as checking emails rather than streaming). It's little things like that, which make such a difference! There was also a flat screen TV with Freeview channels - ideal for entertaining Arthur early mornings.

The kitchen facilities were exceptionally good. Although Forest Holidays offered a great menu at the Forest Hub, the option to order-in takeaway-style food and a good selection of essential groceries, we had already decided that we'd be cooking breakfast and dinner ourselves in our cabin, as cooking is something we enjoy doing together. Having an oven, hob, fridge / freezer and plenty of pots, pans and utensils was fantastic - it really felt like a home away from home.

Of course, the highlight for us was definitely having the hot tub to enjoy in the evenings! It was so relaxing enjoying the warm bubbles under the stars, listening to the rustle of the forest trees, with a glass of Prosecco in hand. I'm literally sat here wishing I could be there right now!

Activities
Forest Holidays also offers things for all the family to do from Forest Ranger Activities, to Archery, Bike Hire, Trails and Walks. With Arthur being so young, we didn't think he'd really benefit from any of the Forest Ranger Kids' activities just yet but they're definitely something you could consider for older children. I have to say, I'm not really a 'planned activity' sort of gal but I know a lot of people and families are, so these offerings would definitely tick your boxes if that's the case! Activities can be pre-booked online through Forest Holidays or you can book some of them whilst you're there at the Forest Hub.

As I said earlier, we were really keen to explore other parts of Cornwall so our week involved visiting various places including Golitha Falls, Carnglaze Caverns, The Eden Project, Marazion & St Michael's Mount and Land's End. I've decided that rather than cramming them into one post, I'm going to create a series of Cornwall Diaries, so you can see all of our pictures and what we got up to. I'm hoping other families will find it useful if they're heading to Cornwall soon, so be sure to keep an eye out!

To sum it up, we were extremely impressed with our Silver Birch Cabin at Forest Holidays - it was clean, practical and high-spec. Everything you want and expect from family holiday accommodation and what's more if you did have a four-legged friend to bring with you, the cabin we stayed in was also dog-friendly. There's things to do on-site if you wish to and plenty for kids from the ranger activities and trails to the play park situated by the Forest Hub. If you are thinking of planning a staycation, I can definitely recommend Forest Holidays Deerpark in Cornwall for it's accommodation.

PS - Scour the internet for a Forest Holidays discount - I found quite a few when we were placing our booking and saved nearly £30!

Megan x
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