Affording a tranquil setting yet just six miles from York's magnificent historic city centre, these two exceptional self catering lodges provide the perfect place for a holiday away with family or friends. Offering the ultimate in relaxation, each lodge has its own private hot tub on the veranda where you can bubble your aches away beside the lake, amongst the trees. The inside of the lodges are every bit as appealing with the perfect mix of comfortable furnishings, high quality style and modern conveniences (including full Sky HD, WiFi internet and a Nintendo Wii) to ensure all your needs are catered for.
Wake up in the mornings, open the curtains and immediately feel at one with nature as you listen to the fountain bubbling and look over the fishing lake with its resident ducks and geese. Enjoy your breakfast and morning coffee sitting outside on the decking as you plan your days activities, then head off into the Yorkshire countryside, city or even the coast for a day packed full of adventure.
Alternatively, stay put, relax and enjoy the many facilities on the doorstep at Goosewood Holiday Park with an indoor swimming pool (available between March to September), play areas (both indoor and out), games room, bar and bistro restaurant. The holiday park offers plenty of green open space to relax amongst the trees, lake and wildlife with a safe setting where the children can play and adults relax. There is also fishing available for a small extra fee.
When you've had enough of relaxing, there are plenty of great days out to enjoy in Yorkshire. York city centre in itself has enough attractions to provide a few days of entertainment. Visit the National Railway Museum (a must for train enthusiasts!), Medieval York Minster, York castle, Jorvik Viking Centre (open again April 2017) or discover the gruesome past of the city at York Dungeons. York also offers super shopping, art galleries, river boat cruises and fine dining.
Outside of the city walls, there are plenty of other attractions including York Maze (open during the summer months so please check opening times before visiting), Yorkshire Air Museum for aviation enthusiasts, excellent golf courses (three laying claim to hosting the Ryder Cup), the attractive market town of Beverley with is renowned race course, the National Coal Mining Museum and the Yorkshire Wildlife Park to name just a few.
You may also choose to head further afield and explore the Nidderdale Valley with its stunning moorland scenery and walks, North York Moors, Yorkshire Dales or enjoy a day of traditional seaside fun at Scarborough (an hour away by car) on Yorkshire's beautiful coastline.
Paula Stirman joined Independent Cottages in November 2016
Sleeping up to six guests in two bedrooms (plus a sofa bed), Paradise Lodge is a luxurious log cabin that is presented to a high standard throughout. It is encapsulated by glorious scenery with lovely views over the lake.
Outside: Surrounded by trees with uninterrupted views over the lake, guests have a veranda with outdoor furniture and a hot tub - the perfect place to relax, bubble and alfresco dine. There are two parking spaces directly next to the lodge available to guests.
Additional information: Prices include heating, linen, electricity and towels. They also include the use of the hot tub (please note: hot tubs are turned off at 23:00 daily, and they are thoroughly cleaned during each turnaround so on the day of arrival, the water will be below temperature - however, it is possible to have the water temperature boosted an extra charge of £25). Unfortunately no pets, no smoking and no single sex groups.
Access: Whilst the lodge is single level throughout, there are a couple of steps to navigate upon entry so it may be suitable for those with limited mobility but not wheelchair users.