Where relaxing is easy!
Editor Bella Brodie takes a tour of Woodward Lakes and Lodges; a park for all seasons.
Traditionally, we don’t usually think of winter months as a prime time to take a break, but being able to spend time in a lodge you can access at any time of year can open up a world of possibilities.
At Woodward Lakes and Lodges you can do exactly that, so you could potentially spend Christmas and New Year doing your own thing next year with a beautiful wintery landscape as your outlook yet cosy in your luxury lodge. Now is the time to make a move to turn that escape route into a reality, and if you get on with that now you can enjoy all the very best of all seasons, hopefully including the delights of a long hot summer on the decking, soaking up the sunshine.
A NATURAL ENVIRONMENT
The park sits in 300 acres of land which has been very thoughtfully developed to a high standard, and it now also has the feel of a nature reserve across the lakes from the main lodge development areas. In winter you can enjoy the beauty of snow on the ground, weather permitting of course, while watching the wildlife adapt to each season. Then you can be here as spring bursts into all its glory too – this really is a park for all seasons!
Lodges are grouped in clusters named after birds which live on the park, and they all have great views. Committed to environmental excellence, the park has repeatedly won the coveted and prestigious David Bellamy Gold Award for Conservation – in fact, early on in the development he visited to look at the plans for developing the park at one with nature, and his son Rufus now visits regularly. The award surely pays testament to their assessment of the result.
The park supports several breeding species, and during the summer months, it is occupied by families of ducks and geese. At winter time many birds gather including black-headed gulls, greylag geese, coot, teal, wigeon and lapwing, so the comings and goings of all of these make for quite an entertaining sight. This is a habitat which also hosts a number of birds of prey, including kestrels, sparrow hawks and common buzzards and the fields around the site are used by foraging owls, particularly tawny and barn owls. For keen photographers it will be an ever-changing landscape of opportunity, and for bird watchers it’s the absolutely perfect place to unwind.
Lodge owner and wildlife enthusiast Trevor said; ‘‘I love the ever-changing view from my patio windows. I can see wildfowl, songbirds, owls, birds of prey, deer, foxes, all just outside my little place in the country. It’s somewhere peaceful where I can pursue my hobby, observing and filming wildlife.’’
For lodge owners hosting friends and family, or wanting to sub-let their lodge the park has a truly magnetic pull, providing a real escape from everyday life which will make visitors want to keep coming back. For those who want to reconnect with nature, it’s perfect.
Woodward Lakes great location in other ways – just 10 minutes off a motorway and you could be sitting on your decking watching a sunset at Woodward Lakes. Robin Hood Airport, Doncaster and Leeds city centre are all in easy striking distance so you won’t have far to go to find good amenities, restaurants and shops if you need a bit of activity.
There’s so much to enjoy in this part of Yorkshire that you’ll be spoilt for choice for tourist attractions and places to visit too. If you’d rather stay on the park as much as possible, you can even arrange food deliveries as it’s an accessible location for most suppliers to get to. That said, with on-site security it’s also in a little secluded bubble which could be miles from anywhere in the countryside if you didn’t know better – it offers the best of both worlds!
We can see how the location would really appeal to anyone who loves exploring the UK as it makes a great half-way point to travel either way, or if you have friends or family at the opposite end of the UK then it would make a good place to stay to catch up, enjoying quality time together in the process.
WHAT’S ON THE PARK
Facilities on site include a 9 – hole golf course, boules court, bowling greens, tennis court and a 43 acre well-stocked fishing lake of specimen species. Off-road cycle routes and meandering nature trails lead to a nearby wildlife park and another nature reserve.
There are several beautiful show lodges here to choose from, but it’s also a unique opportunity for you to design, build and take ownership of your very own luxury dream holiday lodge, working with park sales manager Julie Lench and Prestige Homeseeker Park and Leisure Homes, who build the lodges here.
The park has a 12-month holiday licence, so you’ll be able to enjoy staying at any time, and you’ll get brilliant value for money as the lodges are accessible in price for such a stunning park, or if you have a little spare budget you could go for quite a palatial lodge option!
TRY BEFORE YOU BUY AND SHORT BREAKS
Two of the owners here have bought investment lodges which they sub-let through Air B&B and manage themselves, so you can try before you buy here or take short breaks here if you want to. Most lodges are occupied by owners who spend a good amount of time in them though, so the park has a great sense of community without everyone being in each other’s pockets, that’s a great balance. It’s safe too, with a gated entrance and 24 hour security, so there’s a real sense of freedom once you’re in the park grounds.
There’s a refreshingly unpressurised approach to sales here too, and buyers here prefer that as it allows them to explore the park in their own time in a relaxed way. In fact, some of the owners here love it so much, they ended up buying more than one lodge here – we think that speaks volumes!
LODGES FROM £99,950
Lodges here start from £99,950 and can be designed to suit your budget.
‘’For such a stunning park the prices here are very accessible’’
For further information
For all enquiries and viewings, please call Julie 01302 833962 or 07976 390477.
Woodward Lakes and Lodges can be found off of Junction 4 on the M18 at Holme Wood Lane, Doncaster DN3 3EH.