Well I have just come back from spending 3 fantastic nights at the Kingfisher lodge. I can honestly say that the pictures on the website do not do the place justice.
I had never heard of the water park retreat before. I only came across it as I saw it mentioned by someone on a travel forum. I have seen since, that similar lodges are bookable with other companies. The reason I would recommend Jo and Barry above others, is it's quite clear they care about your experience! Apart from the welcome, a bottle of chilled Prosecco waiting in the fridge, soft music playing and a delightful lemon cake, Jo was on hand when my partner locked his jacket in the lodge, to let us in remotely and she was also on hand embarrassingly, when we didn't realise we had instructions that were very clearly on the email!!!
Within seconds, they were resent as a text. The service was fantastic.
Candy also, was on hand before, answering any questions I may have had, which was very much appreciated.
The lodge is more than the pretty pictures, as an Elemis fan, I was over the moon to see these products everywhere, there is every gadget known to man in the kitchen, there are umbrellas to use in the utility room, washing tabs, binoculars, a canoe, life jacket, foil, clingfilm, it really was a home from home. Actually my 13 year old would disagree - he helped unload the dishwasher. When asked how come he never does this at home, he answered 'Because this house is really nice' lol! Like many, my son is also a gamer and cannot go an hour without playing something - yet he loved every minute of the trip away from his xbox.
The weather was pants, so we didn't have the planned bbq or use the hot tub, but it really didn't matter. We went to the Cotswold gun range, which is fantastic and a few minutes from the lodge and the boys did karting in Gloucester. You really cannot go wrong with this place, the interiors are beautiful and the service magnificent. My youngest had plastered pictures all over instagram and was so happy. We don't holiday in the UK normally, but I am deciding which lodge we will book next and am upset I cannot come back this year as unsurprisingly, all school holidays are booked up. If you are thinking of booking, just do it-you won't regret it!
And we will be back!!!