I was invited to take a short break with Park Resorts and with my children being so late to go back to school this year, it was the perfect opportunity to squeeze every last minute out of our summer holiday by going away last week. While so many people were heading back to school, it was a lovely feeling still having a week to go and packing for our holiday!
We stayed at the White Cross Bay Holiday Park which sits right on the shores of Lake Windermere. Such a great location. You are surrounded by breathtaking fells and countryside with the most amazing views. There is a marina there which boasts one of the best boat launching facilities on Lake Windermere so perfect for sailing and water sports enthusiasts. For us though, this meant lovely strolls along the lake deciding which boat we would own and feeding the ducks (and running away from the swans!) We had walks by the lake every morning and night while we were there, there is something so calming about being right by the water like that. It was just so lovely.
The park itself is set amongst woodland and it feels like the most peaceful place on earth. I was woken every morning by the sound of birds singing. We stayed in a gold lodge in Waterside Woods and it was surrounded by trees as high as the sky. I loved how the cabins here were laid out though because even though they were next to each other, they were positioned in such a way that you didn’t feel on top of each other if that makes sense. Each lodge had a slightly different veranda too so nobody was overlooked. Parking was right at the side of our lodge too which was so convenient.
It was a great sized cabin even for a large family like ours with one master double suite with an ensuite shower room and walk in wardrobe (luxuries that I don’t even have at home!) two good sized twin bedrooms and a family bathroom with a bath and shower. All bed linen and towels were provided along with things like hairdryers, an ironing board and even a vacuum cleaner.
The living area was open plan with a kitchen, dining area and living room with a lovely feature fireplace and French doors leading out to our large veranda. Such a light and airy space it was lovely. The kitchen really was like a home from home and came fully equipped with a dishwasher, fridge, freezer, microwave, kettle and toaster and of course all the utensils and crockery that you could possibly need. There were even things like a butter dish and cafetiere! There was also a welcome pack when we arrived with basic things like a sponge, washing up liquid and a cloth. If you had forgotten anything though, there was a convenience store on site. It was only a little shop but it had all the basics.
We were only at White Cross Bay for a short break this time so we wanted to make the most of our holiday and see as much as the Lake District as we could. It is in such a great location though. As I said, it is right on the shore of Lake Windermere itself so you are five minutes away from Bowness in one direction, five minutes from Ambleside in the other. It couldn’t be more perfect. We know this area really well so were able to plan lots of full days out ourselves but in the reception at White Cross Bay, there were lots of leaflets and big welcome packs with details of all the local attractions which would be handy if you didn’t know the area too well.
With all the facilities on offer at White Cross Bay, you might not be in a hurry to leave though! There is a great restaurant and bar there called The Boathouse which is open for breakfast in the morning right through to late at night or you can even order food to take way. It is a good varied menu with something for everyone. Just what you would expect from a typical family friendly restaurant. We called in a few times and there was always such a lovely buzz about the place especially in the evenings. It has a large seating area and tables outside that overlook one of play parks which is nice. It was so civilised to be able to have a coffee while the little ones had their early morning play in the park while I waited for the teens to surface!
There are two childrens play parks, a sports court and picnic areas but best of all there is an indoor heated swimming pool, spa and gym. The pool is open throughout the day right up until 7pm which is great because even when we had been out for the day, we could still come back and have time to swim. We went to the pool every single day – the children loved it! There are no slides or anything but to be honest, we prefer it that way. What I did particularly love was that the spa facilities were actually right by the poolside so that meant that Mr Mostly and I could take it in turns while one of us was with the children in the pool. There was a steam room, sauna, experience shower and my favourite of all, a hydro spa pool. It was so lovely to take a little bit of time to myself to relax and the fact that I could wave to them from the sauna meant zero mummy guilt. I know that if the spa had been tucked away somewhere else on the resort that there would be no way that I would have taken that time out for myself. I know how silly that sounds but that’s just how I am. So for me at least, it was the perfect set up. You could see the gym through large glass windows at the pool too and although I must confess that we didn’t use it as we were there for just a short stay, we had a nosey and it looked small but perfectly formed. If we were staying for a week or more, then Mr Mostly would definitely have taken advantage of it.
It’s always so lovely to get away as a family but the place itself was absolutely gorgeous. I honestly can’t fault it. Such a great location and so many great facilities for us all to enjoy at the park. The cabin itself was so lovely and spacious it really was a home from home. We had such a great time at White Cross Bay and we will definitely be back! In fact, if Mr Mostly can wrangle the time off work, we’re hoping to go back in the October half term. That’s how much we loved it!
Disclaimer: I was invited to choose a four day break for my family at Park Resorts but all words and opinions here are of course my own. As are the amazing memories of our fantastic stay.