Day 3 of our Q hop found us at Hellidon Lakes near Daventry. When we arrived we were met and greeted by Joanne who gave us an introduction to the hotel, and our itinerary for the next day, and the exciting activities that had been arranged for us, before showing us to our suite.
Hellion Lakes is such a warm a friendly hotel that is great for traveling families, in fact we arrived in the middle of a huge family retreat, there must have well been over 50 children staying with their families. I think events like this are a real test of how a hotel can manage crowds. And I must say they managed it extremely well.
Yes, we were aware of many other families, but they were all kept entertained in dedicated rooms away from the main guest area, and yes there was traffic throughout the hotel due to the volume of guests, but it was more of a bustle of people laughing and enjoying their stay which was lovely to see and be a part of. The whole vibe and atmosphere was well-managed, calm and happy.
Our suite had an interconnecting room for the boys, which was great, and with the added bonus of a lounge we were all able to chill out and have our own space, something the boys loved. They get on so well when we travel but having the opportunity to have a little quite time suits them. The rooms were spotlessly clean and the bathrooms appeared to be new and modern. After a chill and a delicious lunch we set off to he first of the activities arranged for us.
Joanne had organised a trip out to the British Motor Museum, which is only 20 minutes from the hotel. Now I love cars but if I am honest it is on an aesthetic level than facts and performance. To me if a car is pretty, has bluetooth and sat nav I am happy. This means I saw the museum though completely different eyes to Chris and the boys. And have lots of pretty pictures of lovely vintage cars, which I will share in a post soon.
But until then check out Tim’s great post over at Slouching Towards Thatcham which has all you need to know about visiting, and trust me it is worth the effort. Jack and Joe are still raving about visiting Jaguars private collection. We bumped into Tim whilst we were there, I love meeting fellow bloggers on my travels, it is great to say hi and have a quick catch up.
Back at the hotel that night we had a wonderful evening chilling over a delicious family meal, and again although the hotel was busy the restaurant was chilled and calm, our food was delicious and the staff were so friendly and chatty. It makes such a difference when you feel relaxed, and the boys do, Hellidon Lakes really seemed to have got it right, they made us feel so welcome.
After dinner we had been booked a private session in the bowling alley. Now this has put Hellidon Lakes in Joe’s list of favourite hotels ever. He loves bowling. I must say I was rubbish, Chris thrashed me and after a while I lost the will to play so Jack and left to chill in the lounge by the huge open fire whilst Joe and Chris stayed behind to battle it out. It is such a great feature, just perfect for entertaining the family.
The next morning we had planned to do some putting on the green, out in the glorious grounds. Chris had to rush back to Manchester for a meeting leaving the boys and I to chill out in the hotel until he returned. However the weather was awful, not at all golfing weather, well not for fair weather novices like us anyhow.
We decided to have a long leisurely breakfast, a swim and then camp by the fire in the cozy lounge until Chris returned and we said goodbye to Hellidon Lakes. We had a great time, the staff were organised and friendly on what was must have been a manic couple of days for them. Thanks to all the team for making us so welcome and looking after us, we felt thoroughly spoilt.