Last Friday we jumped in the car and drove up the M6 to visit the lake district. We were on our way to Wild Rose Park for two nights in one of their platinum holiday homes. Now I have to admit I am a bit of a snob when it comes to holiday accommodation and I was really really impressed with the standard of accommodation and facilities available in the holiday home.
The kitchen was larger than ours at home and it had every pot and pan that we needed for the meals we cooked. With three bedrooms, 2 twins and one double as well as a large open plan living dining and kitchen room. We had an ensuite toilet with sink of the double bedroom and a separate bathroom with large shower cubicle and a toilet.
The Living room sofa folded out to become a double bed so that the accommodation could sleep 8. The living room also had a separate chair and foot stool which I soon claimed as my seat of choice. The large wide screen tv had a lot of freeview channels but it was missing a dvd player so we had to use one of our laptops for watching a film that the children brought with them.
We woke up on Saturday morning and decided to give our plans of visiting a local zoo a miss and to actually spend some time on the resort. We found two fantastic play parks that featured some brilliant pieces of equipment. We also saw a great outdoor swimming pool which unfortunately was closed at this time of year but I can imagine it would be fabulous in the summer. We really enjoyed walking around the resort and meeting lots of dogs, visiting the one site shop, the restaurant/bar and the arcade area.
We were very lucky to attend on Halloween themed weekend and Wild Rose really did think about the younger guests. With free pumpkin carving, face painting (although I did ours as I took my face paints with me), a halloween trick or treat walk and a halloween party the Saturday was full of fun activities.
Unfortunately the weather was not our friend on the Saturday but we did have enough dry weather to enjoy the play areas and the pumpkin carving before heading back to the accommodation for a late lunch and a film.
The trick or treat walk was one of the best things I have ever seen organised whilst on holiday. Every one met at the park reception and each child was given a pumpkin bucket to collect sweets in. The park workers then took everyone by a set root to different holiday homes around the park. The park had given certain residents huge whole sale packets of sweets to hand out to the children and I think there must have been at least 100 children of all ages taking part with various costumes of different levels of effort. I just wish we had known it was going to happen and then I would have taken the girls costumes with us as well as my face paints.
We all had lots of fun on the walk but unfortunately the weather took a turn for the worse so once we got back and dried off and then ate our dinner we decided to change into our pyjamas and watch a film together rather than head to the bar for the party. It was a pity but with the children still being young and the party starting at 8:30 it was just a little bit late for us.
We had a fantastic experience at Wild Rose Park and we would love to go back and spend more time there to see what else it has to offer and hopefully during the warmer months when we could make full use of the swimming pool too.