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Sandybrook Country Park – A Holiday with Two Under Two


I love the feeling that comes with booking a holiday.  The excitement you feel as you count down the days.  Knowing that the daily grind will cease for a few days and that you are about to get time to relax and unwind…pah!  Having just returned from our first holiday with two under two, I can tell you relaxing and unwinding was not on the menu.  I’m knackered!

We spent five days at Sandybrook Country Park in Derbyshire.  It is the ideal spot if you want an all rounder holiday for the family.  The lodges were clean, modern and so warm!  The beds were comfy and we borrowed a travel cot which was a little on the small side, but perfect for 6 month old Little E.

The biggest draw for us was their swimming pool, jacuzzi and sauna.  It sounded ideal.  The pool itself was warm and they had an area for small children, this was perfect for Baby J as she could toddle around in the water.  She’s a little water baby and loved every minute in there.

Heading to the pool was around the time the realities of holidaying with two under two kicked in.  It was impossible to sample the relaxing qualities of the jacuzzi and sauna, unless we headed back down there separately.  This did seem feasible but by the time we got ready in a freezing cold changing room, with no facilities for changing children, a visit to the sauna was not to be.  The toddler repeated the word ‘bum’ over and over  and the baby was shivery and grumpy.  It goes without saying that neither of us had the inclination, or the energy to head back down afterwards!

This park had a lodge that was jam packed with preschool toys.  This was a real bonus.  With dark nights upon us and with only a handful of their own toys (all that we could fit in the car!) with us, we headed down on more than one occasion.  The witching hour passed without consequence each time we visited!
There is a lovely woodland walk and a park for the children to burn off some energy.  If you have older children there are a range of great activities including Archery, Fencing and Snorkelling.

Having a hot tub on our veranda sounded perfect.  I’d pictured sitting there sipping Prosecco feeling completely stress free.  It was lovely.  In reality though, we had a ten minute dip of an evening before skulking off the separate beds (we had a child each – I got dibs on the sleeper!) absolutely shattered!

Overall we really enjoyed our stay at Sandybrook.  There is so much to do onsite and if you fancy heading out into the countryside you are spoilt for choice.  We will definitely be heading back,  especially as the kids get older and can start to enjoy everything this park has to offer.  For now though I am glad to be home to get some rest.  Family holiday number one you have broken me!

*This post is my own personal opinion.  It is in no way associated with Sandybrook Country Park.


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  • Back With A Bump November 7, 2016 at 8:25 am

    Sounds like a nice stay even if the hot tub wasn’t everything you’d hoped…or the sleeping arrangements!! Thanks for joining us for #marvmondays

    • The Tale of Mummyhood November 7, 2016 at 8:27 am

      It was lovely! X

  • Chelsea Chad November 7, 2016 at 10:39 am

    It looks like you had a lovely holiday together, even if you might need another one to recover from it haha! 🙂 x #MarvMondays

    • The Tale of Mummyhood November 7, 2016 at 10:48 am

      Haha, a spa break would be amazing now! X

  • Coombe Mill November 7, 2016 at 11:12 am

    Sounds like a pretty good break, it is never easy with little ones but having all the right facilities around you does help a lot. #MarvMondays

    • The Tale of Mummyhood November 7, 2016 at 1:32 pm

      It was lovely! That’s so true, onsite entertainment for them makes it much easier. Thanks for stopping by x

  • Heather Keet November 7, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    Love the pic of the tiny shopping cart with a Little lady sitting in it!! #bigpinklink

    • The Tale of Mummyhood November 7, 2016 at 8:19 pm

      Haha bless her, she thought it was so funny sitting in there! X

  • pinkpearbear November 7, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    Oh how the holiday changes post children! It really is a totally different experience isn’t it?! Thanks for linking up with the #bigpinklink

    • The Tale of Mummyhood November 8, 2016 at 12:03 pm

      Doesn’t it just! It was so much fun but very different! X

  • Janet @ RRW November 12, 2016 at 12:53 am

    We went to Center Parcs with the children this year. We usually just go for a couple of days but this time we went for a week and it was so tiring. Probably because we were so busy with activities! I always say I need a holiday to recover from my holiday lol! Sounds like you had some good times and you took some great snaps! Thanks forl inking up to #AnythingGoes

    • The Tale of Mummyhood November 12, 2016 at 1:05 pm

      Ah that sound like so much fun, I’m not surprised you were so tired though! Thanks for stopping by x

  • Sarah Aslett @ Admissions Of A Working Mother November 12, 2016 at 3:07 am

    Looks great, we love these outdoorsy lodge type holidays #stayclassymama

    • The Tale of Mummyhood November 12, 2016 at 1:04 pm

      Thankyou x

  • themotherhub November 13, 2016 at 8:16 am

    That looks a lovely place, but you’re right there’s nothing relaxing about a family holiday ! #stayclassymama

    • The Tale of Mummyhood November 13, 2016 at 9:04 am

      So true! Thanks for stopping by x


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