18th June 2018

Forest Holidays - Why We Love Them

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forest holidaysWho are Forest Holidays?

Forest Holidays are all about relaxation in enchanting environments.  All of the holiday parks are situated within the Forestry Commission Estate and offer lochside as well as woodland locations.  These holidays in various UK locations are perfect for families wanting to spend some quality time together.  Relax and enjoy the tranquil settings or take part in one of the many activities on offer.  

What can you do on a Forest Holiday?

For those who love outdoor activities then Forest Holidays will certainly appeal.   Ranger activities at some of the parks include Young Explorers, Amazing Animals, Forest Survival and Dusk Watch Night Vision.  Learn more about the forest environment while taking part in fun activities.  For the really adventurous there are adventure activities on offer at some parks ranging from Go Ape (5 miles from Forest of Dean), Climbing and River Adventures which involve Canoe or Kayak sessions.  Other fun things to do are Caving (at Forest of Dean), Abseiling, Shooting (at most locations), Fishing, Coasteering (at Deerpark) and Gorge Walking (at Argyll).  If you prefer an easier pace then we are sure you will enjoy the forest walks and trails and bike hire.

Forest Holiday Locations

The lodge locations are also suited to couples looking for a romantic hideaway.  The woodland and Lochside bases lend themselves to romantic walks and lazy days enjoying each others' company. 

As the lodges and cabins are based in Forestry Commission estates there are no boundaries and you are free to explore without the feeling of being fenced in.  This is one of the main aspects of Forest Holidays which set them apart from other holiday parks in the UK.  From leafy woodlands to pine clad forests there are acres to explore at your leisure. You will come across many bridle and cycle paths which will lead you further into the Forest and you can see an abundance of wildlife first hand and up close.

Whether holidaying as a family or couple you can choose from weekend getaways to mid forest holidaysweek breaks as well as week long holidays.  

Where are Forest Holidays?

So now you are imagining yourself on a Forest Holiday you might we wondering exactly where in the UK you can enjoy this enchanting holiday experience.  There are a handful of exclusive locations including Sherwood Forest lodges in Nottinghamshire,  Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire,  Deerpark in Cornwall,  Keldy and Cropton in North Yorkshire, Argyll and Strathyre in Scotland.

Forest Holiday Cabins – Luxury Accommodation

You can choose from a luxurious selection of cabins to stay in from the Golden Oak Cabins with private hot tub to the Golden Oak Treehouse accessed by an adventurers bridge from the terrace of the main cabin.  

Golden Oak Cabins – These cabins are first class when it comes to style and luxury.  With special touches like a log burning stove (or modern log effect fire at Argyll), wii games console and luxury en suite to the master bedroom you will feel like you are enjoying a woodland lodge holiday in style.  The high quality furnishings and decor finish off the luxury feel and of course the real highlight is the private outdoor hot tub.  Towels are provided and included with your booking saving you valuable space when packing.  Brand new accommodation for 2011 includes the Golden Oak Plus 4 bed cabin which offers 2 double bedrooms, two twin bedrooms and 2 separate bathrooms.  One of the double bedrooms also has an ensuite.  

This cabin type would be perfect for larger families or extended families wanting to share accommodation.  You also get extras in this lodge like night vision equipment so you can see wildlife in the forest after dark.  Don’t forget to take advantage of the extra large outdoor terraces with these lodges where you can relax and take in the forest surroundings.

forest holidaysSilver Birch Cabins – These lovely cabins have an outdoor hot tub and modern decor.  You can choose Silver Birch cabins with one or two bedrooms.  

If a hot tub is not important to you then the Copper Beech Cabins are ideal.  The fully equipped kitchen and cosy interior make these lodges perfect for active family holidays.  Lodges include mod cons including a flat screen TV.


For a really memorable holiday we love the Golden Oak Treehouse.  Based at Keldy, Sherwood Forest, Deerpark and the Forest of Dean.  The treehouse joins on to the main cabin by an adventurers bridge and also has an en suite.  Guests love the unusual element the treehouse brings to the holiday and children especially enjoy reaching the treehouse by bridge.  

Style Fact – The Golden Oak Treehouse at Forest of Dean has been exclusively accessorised by none other than Laurence LLewelyn-Bowen.

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