4. Please everyone, and please yourself
Family noun: a group of people who are related to each other, such as a mother, a father, and their children
Holiday noun: an extended period of leisure and recreation
A family holiday can be difficult to get right. There’s a group of you, all together with time on your hands, potentially including parents, a bunch of kids, grandparents, maybe a baby, and, of course, the dog. Whatever the combination, that can be a lot of different people to please, with different likes and dislikes, different levels of energy and ability, different personalities. And it’s a group of people who know how to wind each other up – that’s family, for you. The trick is to choose a holiday that has something for everyone and also brings you all together to create family memories.
A lodge holiday at Lakeview Manor could be your perfect getaway. With a choice of two and three bedroom lodges peacefully situated in a 45-acre wildlife-rich estate, it lends itself to an easy, loosely-planned holiday that can please everyone, with lots to do onsite and a host of entertainment and activities nearby. The anglers can spend their afternoons catching carp at the lake’s edge, where fishing is exclusively for guests and is free. There’s free bike hire too, so you can explore the local area on two wheels. Don’t forget all the amazing activities and days out from the Tip 2 above – everyone from the thrill-seekers to shell-seekers has something to please them. And we’ve already mentioned the walks, from the moors to the beautiful Blackdown Hills, so make sure you bring the dog – who can stay free of charge.
Now. If you are the holiday booker, bottle washer, chef and all-round people-pleaser, make sure this is your ‘extended period of leisure and recreation’ too. Bring the books you’ve been meaning to read, drop some of your favourite tipple into your shopping basket, and book a lodge with a hot tub, where you can sink back into the bubbles and stare at the skies. And hand over the cooking to someone else. At Lakeview Manor you can enjoy delicious breakfasts, dinners and weekend lunches, prepared from local seasonal ingredients at the Dabbling Duck Restaurant and Bar. Catching up on the day’s adventures over a relaxed family meal is one those special times that make you remember why you do this whole holiday thing.