Cropton Lodges – A Forest Holiday Review

Our first Forest Holiday at Cropton Lodges!

Every year we head up to Yorkshire to visit Mr D’s family. It’s a long trek from Weston-super-Mare. Around five hours or so. Not much fun with a toddler but we’ve done it a few times and have some tips on keeping sane here! It was extra stress this time because we’d just started potty training b. I know, I know, mummy fail I hear you say. But it actually went much better than I expected – more info on long journeys with a potty training toddler here!

Fun in the Forest!

We typically stay in Whitby (because it’s awesome!) when we go up but in 2015 we decided to try something different and opted for a lodge in the deep dark woods. And we weren’t disappointed. We stayed with Forest Holidays at their Cropton site in North Yorkshire. It isn’t far from Pickering so it actually shaved a good 45 minutes off the journey which was nice.

Cropton lodges and cabins are nicely tucked away in Cropton Forest. Perfect if you want a relaxing holiday. We typically go to Haven sites but we fancied something a bit different this time.

We also knew we’d be offsite a lot so we weren’t fussed with a swimming pool and loads of entertainment. There is an onsite shop and restaurant for anything you need but as we were out each day, we didn’t eat here.

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Views from the lodge – perfect 🙂

Luxurious Cabins!

The site isn’t huge at all, and in my opinion, that’s what makes it so appealing. It was so quiet and on an evening, once little man was in bed, Mr D and I could pop in the hot tub and relax with a glass of wine. They even provide plastic glasses for doing just that.

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Lush!

We opted for a Golden oak cabin which came with the hot tub and a log burner.

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Or hot tub for the week!

Perfect Family Lodges

The lodge had two bedrooms – very important if you want to get any sleep – and the double bedroom was ensuite. The living space was open plan and had everything we needed for the week. We specifically opted for a lodge which would be on one level. I remember seeing some that were two storeys when we were doing our research. I didn’t want the faff on with stairgates and things like that. Here are some of our photos but they aren’t amazing – our holiday was pre-blogging days.

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Cooking tea…

Little man watching the birds and squirrels have their breakfast on our decked area 🙂

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So lucky with the weather !

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In terms of things to do, if the weather is bad then relaxing in the hot tub or by the fire is preferable. But if you parent a small child, then in reality you’ll want/need to get out and about! There isn’t a swimming pool or soft play on site, but in my opinion this is a bonus haha. We wanted something rural, something quiet and somewhere that had limited phone reception! I like being cut off and I like having a reason NOT to check my phone every two minutes.

If the weather IS good, there’s absolutely loads to do, from bike rides and exploring the forest, to geocaching and archery. There is also a playground with plenty of things to keep them occupied. There’s plenty of space to play outside too – and very minimal traffic.

Explore Yorkshire!

We used Cropton as a base to explore various other areas though. Pickering has the steam railway which is ideal with toddlers 🙂 And a day trip to Whitby or Scarborough can be great fun too.

Have you been to Yorkshire? Where did you stay? Have you been on a Forest Lodge holiday before?

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  1. This looks like a great idea for a future trip for us. I have been to Yorkshire before (pre baby days) and love it. Whitby is particularly nice!

    • it would be a super long drive for you 🙂 it is lovely up there though. we want to come down to Cornwall at some point as haven\’t been there fore years now. x

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