In May this year we had the pleasure of staying at the Swainswood Leisure Park and Spa. Located in the heart of the National Forest this country retreat is nestled in woodland just outside the market town of Ashby de la Zouch. Accommodation onsite is made up of two and three bedroom lodges. Most of the lodges have private hot tubs that are ready to use the minute you check…

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The gardens of Calke Abbey come alive during the different seasons but particularly in the summer! The Calke Abbey Estate is one of our favourite National Trust estates and we visit as often as we can. The gardens at Calke are testament to the hard work that has gone into restoring this once neglected estate. The original walled garden which is made up of 350,000 bricks is home to a…

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We are always on the look out for exciting new places to visit. Whilst googling things to do and see in Derbyshire I came across Lumsdale Falls! Located just outside Matlock on the very edge of the Peak District we couldn’t resist a visit as it’s only an hour’s drive. Lumsdale Falls is located in the Lumsdale Valley. The valley is home to a series of magnificent waterfalls, ponds and…

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Last weekend we decided to make the most of the beautiful sunny weather. We headed for one of our favourite National Trust estates. Calke Abbey estate is located in Derbyshire (near Ashby de la Zouch) and it offers a wealth of different experiences for the whole family. We have taken National Trust membership this year so will definitely be making the most of it! I will probably do a blog…

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