A toddler-friendly haven in the North West

A toddler-friendly haven in the North West

Over the weekend, my husband and I headed off to the little village of Pilling for a night away. I had booked the break a year ago, and couldn’t actually remember anything about it so it was a lovely surprise when we arrived! 

Our home for the night was the glorious ‘Fern Cabin’ which is one of three quirky stays that make up the ‘Horse Park Hideaway’. The destination was about an hour away from home, which was perfect for feeling like we were on holiday, but not having to navigate a long journey with grumpy toddlers! 

On arrival I remembered why I had booked this cabin – it was absolutely perfect for all of our needs. It had an open plan main space which was very sleek, and a gorgeous monochrome bathroom, complete with black grout and white tiles. Outside was an enclosed decking area, an enclosed garden with astroturf, and a hot tub! The whole thing overlooked fields with not another house in sight – bliss. 

The toddlers happily roamed the garden area while my husband and I had a look through the information booklet which was packed with local amenities and useful information. 

We decided to go just down the road to have a look at Knott End-On-Sea and see if we could find a beach. It only took a few minutes to find a beach, park up, and get out onto the sand. The best part of this little trip was that we had miles and miles of sandy beach all to ourselves – I suspect the allure of Blackpool beach only half an hour away draws people away from the quieter spots like this. 

After playing on the sand, collecting shells, and picnicking, it was time to head back to the cabin. The cabin kitchen was small, but had everything I needed to make the toddlers dinner while my husband browsed the Chinese takeaway menu that was tucked into the cabin information booklet. Following an alfresco meal, we put up a second travel cot (the first had kindly been provided for us) and settled the little ones for bed. 

Once they had drifted off, we used the log brick and fire pit provided to have a true glamping experience. It wasn’t long before our Chinese takeaway feast had arrived and we were enjoying the lovely spring weather in style. There was just time for a dip in the hot tub under the stars, before the general tiredness of parenthood told us that it was bedtime. 

The following morning the toddlers enjoyed breakfast in the garden while we packed up and got ready to say goodbye to this little haven. Before long we were off home, via a quick stop in Blackpool to dip our toes in the sea! 

Honestly, I cannot fault this little cabin. It would be absolutely perfect for a couple, but we made it work for our little family of four and had a great time. We noted that pets are allowed to stay too, and with so many amazing walking spots nearby, this seems like a cracking dog-owners destination! We actually had such a great time that I’ve booked one of the other cabins to try next year! 

Anyone looking for a great stay in the North West, please check it out!

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