The opening of our luxury treehouse in May 2015 has seen us welcome couples for romantic and relaxing short breaks over the past few months.
Sosennah Every from Market Harborough Living Magazine recently enjoyed an overnight stay with her husband and was overwhelmed with her treehouse break experience:
“Twice I was in awe when I arrived at my Treehouse room at The Woodlands at Hothorpe Hall. The aroma of pine, the gentle noise of rustling leaves and the view of trees surrounded by open fields with a church spire in the distance is like a picture
book come alive. Where is this I hear you ask…? The Woodlands is the newly opened collection of modern self-catering log cabins, lounge bar and dining room set in the grounds of Hothorpe Hall in Theddingworth, just 15 minutes from Market Harborough.
I was lucky enough to stay in their pièce de resistance, the Treehouse, a standalone elevated double room with sitting room and sumptuous en-suite. Just walking up the private steps to the semi-circular decking area and seeing the views across the fields towards Theddingworth church made us reach for our cameras! Once inside, the luxurious furnishings complete with a lit electric ‘wood’ burner made for a very homely welcome. For people staying for weekend breaks, there was no feeling of being cramped as the seating area felt nicely separate from the ‘bedroom’, which was tucked into the circular part of the treehouse. Fully equipped with a two-seater sofa, a widescreen TV and Bluetooth entertainment system as well as a kitchenette and small table for breakfast, we were also pleasantly surprised to find a wine fridge! The
attention to detail in the furnishings was second to none, even down to the rope detailing around the eaves and door frames.
Weekend breaks are all about relaxing and the en-suite’s large enveloping bath complete with soft mood lighting surrounding the base was the perfect place for a bubble bath filled to the brim, a good novel and a glass of fizz; whilst the husband enjoys the rugby in peace and quiet with his own choice of refreshments. For dinner you can choose to pre-order from the main restaurant at Hothorpe Hall and heat up
simple meals such as Shepherd’s Pie or Lamb Tagine in the microwave grill or I would highly recommend going to the Pop Up restaurant in the dining room located just a few steps away in the heart of The Woodlands collection of lodges. Sadly, we didn’t book when the Pop Up restaurant was available but from purveying the menu, Head Chef Fraser McDonald and his team would not disappoint.
My second awe-inspiring moment was when we arrived back after a local pub meal to hear the owls hooting in the trees and the stars twinkling above our idyllic hideaway, which made us w
ant to take a walk around the Woodlands and soak up the tranquil atmosphere. After a peaceful night’s sleep we were able to tuck into a continental breakfast hamper that was left in the room for us to enjoy at a time to suit us.
If you weren’t able to find babysitters for the children or wanted to go away in a group, the Woodlands has a collection of Snugs which are two double bedroom modern log cabins, complete with ensuites and a kitchenette. In addition there are two six bedroom Lodges, which can cater for larger families with two sofa beds included that would be
perfect for families staying for a wedding or big event that was held in the function room. Two of these are wheelchair accessible. Each lodge has a decking area for some alfresco dining and overlooks the fields at the back of Hothorpe Hall. Inside, as much care as possible has been made to recycle the wood that was cut down to make space for the cabins, with wooden headboards, stumps smoothed to make stools, wooden key rings and more.
Walking around outside, it is really commendable how the wood has all been put to good use with old tree stumps with roots sticking out at all angles turned into works of art and used logs and upturned stumps turned into picnic tables or make shift benches for a private outdoor wedding blessing area.
If you are looking to treat a loved one to an extra special Christmas gift this year with a New Year weekend away or wish to celebrate your wedding or Anniversary, The Woodlands could be just the ticket.”
Taken from Market Harborough Living Magazine, December 2015.