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!