13 February 2018

A Family Staycation in Northumberland at Felmoor Park (REVIEW)


***REVIEW***

Forget Me Not Lodge has got to be one of the most aptly named holiday lets I've ever been to. Located just half-an-hour north of Newcastle, this family-friendly and pet-friendly, two bedroomed luxury lodge with a hot tub, is a perfect place for a family staycation in Northumberland and after our recent press trip there, one we won't be forgetting it in a hurry.


dog friendly and child friendly luxury accommodation in northumberland with hot tub





dog friendly and child friendly luxury accommodation in northumberland with hot tub

Forget-Me-Not Lodge

Forget-Me-Not Lodge has been beautifully designed with luxury in mind with some lovely finishing touches by the owners.

dog friendly and child friendly luxury accommodation in northumberland with hot tub

Inside the property, we found a spacious open plan living/dining area and kitchen.

dog friendly and child friendly luxury accommodation in northumberland with hot tub

The kitchen is so well stocked for a self-catering property. As well as crockery, cutlery (even a pizza cutter) pots and pans there are also lots of condiments, refreshments and also cleaning materials are available to use.

dog friendly and child friendly luxury accommodation in northumberland with hot tub

dog friendly and child friendly luxury accommodation in northumberland with hot tub

dog friendly and child friendly luxury accommodation in northumberland with hot tub

The owners Tracey & Michelle say the lodge is their pride and joy so it's great that they provide so much stuff to help you keep it that way.

There is large dining area with a corner sofa arrangement. and additional home comforts have been added, including TV/DVD, selection of DVD’s, Bluetooth music system, games, Tassimo coffee machine and towelling robes. There's a great selection of films to watch on demand, after the boys had gone to bed we watched Dunkirk. But we had enjoyed family night TV with the boys with popcorn before too

dog friendly and child friendly luxury accommodation in northumberland with hot tub

The main master bedroom (king) has built-in storage and has an en-suite WC and shower facilities. The second bedroom (king) has its own dresser table and sufficient wardrobe space. Both bedrooms have their own flat screen TV. 

dog friendly and child friendly luxury accommodation in northumberland with hot tub

dog friendly and child friendly luxury accommodation in northumberland with hot tub


A family size bathroom is located next to the second bedroom with the sparkliest toilet seat you have ever seen!

dog friendly and child friendly luxury accommodation in northumberland with hot tub

When entering the lodge you will find a boot room with additional storage for outdoor clothing - in January this was a great addition to the property. This area would also be a great place to store doggy things. The lodge is dog-friendly but we couldn't actually tell if a dog had ever stayed there.

And although it was January we were never cold. This lodge is double glazed, has a fireplace and full central heating, making it an ideal place for a short break all year round.

dog friendly and child friendly luxury accommodation in northumberland with hot tub

Externally there is hot tub big enough for 6 people with outdoor seating overlooking the sunken hot tub, which is at the rear of the property.

dog friendly and child friendly luxury accommodation in northumberland with hot tub

It is not overlooked and it also has panoramic views of the countryside. Also at the rear and to the side is plenty of outdoor furniture. At the front of the lodge, there is also an additional seating area. We made a lot of use of the hot tub but I think it would be a lovely place to be in summer when your living area is even bigger with all of the outdoor seating areas to enjoy the sun at any time of day.

dog friendly and child friendly luxury accommodation in northumberland with hot tub

Felmoor Park, Northumberland

Situated close to the market towns of Morpeth and Alnwick and the coastal towns of Warkworth and Amble, the lodge is also in between the beautiful Northumberland Coast, designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and the stunning Northumberland National Park.

Located in Felmoor Park the lodge is one of five managed by Acorn Leisure Holidays who very kindly invited the whole family to review Forget Me Not Lodge last month.

dog friendly and child friendly luxury accommodation in northumberland with hot tub

The lodges and holiday home are situated on the beautiful Felmoor Holiday Park in the heart of Northumberland. Felmoor Park sits on 50 acres of land that consists of a small woodland walk and a picturesque lake. We had a lovely walk around the lake and through the woodland and there was plenty of grassy areas for a game of football too.

dog friendly and child friendly luxury accommodation in northumberland with hot tub

felmoor park northumberland acorn leisure holidays

felmoor park northumberland acorn leisure holidays

The clubhouse on site has its own steam room and sauna. The cafe within the clubhouse serves snacks from pizza’s, burgers, scampi to toasted sandwiches or panini's and has a range of speciality coffees, however on our visit we didn't use these facilities.

felmoor park northumberland acorn leisure holidays

It was easy to find straight off the A1 and the fourth lodge on the right as you enter Felmoor Park is Forget-Me-Not Lodge - located right next to Barneys Lodge, also managed by Acor Leisure Holidays. It also has 2 bedrooms and sleeps 4 people comfortable, and the two lodges can be hired together for larger groups subject to availability. 

At Forget-Me-Not Lodge there is a parking space out right outside. So on our arrival, we parked up followed the very clear joining instructions that we had received by email to gain entry and we were in. 

dog friendly and child friendly luxury accommodation in northumberland with hot tub

A Family Staycation in Northumberland

A welcome pack was there ready and waiting for us with tea and coffee, biscuits, popcorn, crisps, chocolate, a selection of pic n mix sweets and a bottle of Prosecco. There really was something for the whole family.

dog friendly and child friendly luxury accommodation in northumberland with hot tub

Anyway, after a quick settling-in period, the boys took no time at all in getting ready for their first (of many) dips in the hot tub. Ample towels and robes are provided.

dog friendly and child friendly luxury accommodation in northumberland with hot tub

Then as the boys dried off we cooked a pizza that we had brought with us and relaxed with a glass of wine before retiring to bed.

The boys shared one room, reporting that the bed was really comfy. Ours was too. They also enjoyed lying in bed watching TV - they don't have TVs in their rooms at home. Then we had a family breakfast before once again heading for the hot tub.

dog friendly and child friendly luxury accommodation in northumberland with hot tub

dog friendly and child friendly luxury accommodation in northumberland with hot tub

dog friendly and child friendly luxury accommodation in northumberland with hot tub

There are lots of attractions and place to go nearby but the boys decided the lodge was so lovely that they wanted to spend the entire day there. We'd do some exploring in the countryside on the way home. So after sausage (veggie and non-veggie) muffins, it was more hot tub and games before settling down with the popcorn to watch a film.

dog friendly and child friendly luxury accommodation in northumberland with hot tub

dog friendly and child friendly luxury accommodation in northumberland with hot tub

dog friendly and child friendly luxury accommodation in northumberland with hot tub

dog friendly and child friendly luxury accommodation in northumberland with hot tub

There are a lot of lodges on the Felmoor site but you don't feel cramped or overlooked at all.  

What is it really like?

When we were invited to go and stay I looked at the website and read some reviews, after which I was really looking forward to it. But I have to say I was still amazed when we actually got there.

dog friendly and child friendly luxury accommodation in northumberland with hot tub

First of all its huge. Two double bedrooms, dining area, spacious lounge, kitchen with dishwasher, fridge, freezer, and a washer dryer too. There's an ensuite shower room and a family bathroom and a boot room entrance too. Then outside ample decking, lots of outdoor seating and a hot tub, plenty big enough for four adults.

Secondly, it's beautifully decorated and styled. Earthy tones of blues and Browns, a natural feel, cushions, rugs, blankets comfy seating - all very hygge - and heating. I've not stayed in a lodge in winter before but with lots of central heating and a fire, it was very warm and cosy in the evening. The 40-degree hot tub took any chills away too.

Thirdly, it was so relaxing. We were only 30 mins from home but felt a million miles away. It was a two-night break but felt like a week. As well as the hot tub the lodge has a selection of games for the family to play, making it a great place to spend a bit of quality family time. So relaxing and chilled. I would definitely come again. It really was a home from home.

dog friendly and child friendly luxury accommodation in northumberland with hot tub

We read the Guest Book before we left and it seems that we are not the only ones to have had a lovely time at Forget-Me-Not Lodge.

dog friendly and child friendly luxury accommodation in northumberland with hot tub

Acorn Leisure Holidays

Acorn Leisure Holidays are a family run business with a small collection of hand-picked luxury lodges and holiday homes on Felmoor Park, Northumberland. Established in 2015, they provide a  5* service in providing you with an affordable but luxury break away. I first met Mel, one of the team when we worked together before she started this venture, and I am so impressed with what they have to offer.

The five lodges available for hire include:

Woody's Lodge
The beautiful Woody’s lodge offers affordable, luxury accommodation in a quiet cul-de-sac at Felmoor Holiday Park in Northumberland. Sleeping up to 6 people with its very own sunken outdoor hot tub, Woody’s lodge is the perfect option for a home away from home.

Woody's Retreat
Woody’s Retreat is a lovely two bedroom property located in the heart of Northumberland at the family-run Felmoor Holiday Park. The outdoor, deluxe sunken hot tub provides the perfect place to watch the sunset on those lazy summer evenings.

Stag Lodge
The luxurious Stag Lodge is the latest addition to the family at Felmoor Holiday Park in Northumberland. Boasting two spacious bedrooms, a sunken outdoor hot tub that accommodates up to 6 with ease and access to many of Northumberland’s local attractions, Stag Lodge is perfect for all the family, all year round! Samantha from North East Family Fun and her family recently reviewed this lodge read more about their stay here.


Forget-Me-Not Lodge

Forget-Me-Not Lodge is a beautiful lodge located in Felmoor Holiday Park, Northumberland. It’s located in a sunny aspect of the park, with a small woodland at the front of the property. Forget-Me-Not Lodge is a two bedroom property which comfortably sleeps 4 but does have a sofa bed so can accommodate up to 6 people.


Barney's Retreat

This beautiful lodge is located on Felmoor Park, Northumberland. The two-bedroom lodge boasts a spacious outdoor area for you to relax and comes complete with a hot tub that can accommodate up to 4 people with ease. The outside of the terrace is so spacious, a great place to relax, dine and entertain during the summer months.

Full details, availability and special offers are available on the Acorn Leisure Holidays website.

What's in the local area?

Northumberland really does have something to offer everyone with more castle than any other English County, including Alnwick Castle where the first Harry Potter movie was filmed. It has miles of beautiful coastline and sand dunes, a national park and many, many lovely countryside and coastal walks.

dog friendly and child friendly luxury accommodation in northumberland with hot tub
dog friendly and child friendly luxury accommodation in northumberland with hot tub

dog friendly and child friendly luxury accommodation in northumberland with hot tub

After checking out on Sunday we headed north to Barter Books in Alnwick, then to the coast where we had a walk along Embleton Bay in Low Newton and did some beach art before heading to The Masons Arms in Warkworth for food before finally heading home on the Sunday evening. It was a fabulous lodge, in a fabulous location which gave the whole family a fabulous short break.

Where would you go for a short break?

Deb x

Disclosure: We were invited as a family for a complimentary two-night stay at Forget-Me-Not Lodge in Northumberland in return for an honest review.

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dog friendly and child friendly luxury accommodation in northumberland with hot tub


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  1. How beautiful! Absolutely love the name! I am currently looking at holiday lodges around the UK that are within easy reach for a weekend getaway after school and this sounds ideal! Sim x

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