The Lodge By The Lake is a charming 2 bedroom, timber lodge situated on, arguably, the best pitch on the park, right by the fishing lake in the tranquil area known as Amberwood, at the 5* rated Shorefield Holiday Park near Milford-on-Sea, Hampshire. The Lodge By The Lake is one of only three lodges situated right on the fishing lake and the ONLY lodge rented out to holidaymakers. If fishing's your thing, this is the place for you! If fishing is not for you, just admire the view and soak up the tranquility! The spacious main bedroom has a king size bed, 2 bedside cupboards, a large wardrobe and vanity unit. The twin room has 2 full size single beds, separated by one bedside cupboard. There is also ample storage space in the wardrobe. Additionally, there is a collapsible cot-bed for babies/toddlers. The bathroom has a shower over the bath, toilet, wash basin, storage cupboard and heated towel rail. The open plan lounge/dining area is very light and spacious with 2 sofas, a round dining table with 4 chairs, 36” flat screen Smart TV with Freeview and separate DVD player. There is a selection of family DVDs in the lodge and more can be rented from the on-site shop. The kitchen has everything you need to self-cater, including a fridge, freezer, gas oven and hob, microwave, oven, toaster and kettle as well as cutlery, crockery and utensils. There is an on-site laundromat. The spacious deck has a comfortable sofa and 2 chairs as well as an outdoor dining table, 4 chairs and umbrella. The deck looks out over the tranquil fishing lake, just 10 ft away. If fishing is your thing, then this is the perfect spot for you! There are several fishing stages around the lake for other people but you will benefit by being able to plot up with your rod, right in front of the lodge (standard rod licence required). Further, the whole park benefits from free WiFi. The signal in and around the lodge is excellent. There really is nothing better than relaxing on the deck in the sun with a glass of Prosecco, watching fish jump out of the water, gazed at by herons as still as statues... There is parking for 2 cars right outside and it is a leisurely 10 minute stroll to the entertainment complex.
Shorefield Country Park itself is a fabulous 5 star rated holiday park set in 100 acres of delightful landscaped parkland. It's a perfect location positioned between the stunning New Forest, with its free-roaming ponies, donkeys and cows, and some fabulous beaches. The park is close to the beach at Milford on Sea (10 minute walk from the lodge) and just a couple of miles from the heart of the New Forest National Park. Attractions nearby include Highcliffe Castle, Mudeford Quay, Beaulieu Motor Museum, Hurst Castle and the towns of Lymington, Christchurch and Bournemouth, with its famous sandy beaches, piers and attractions. Just a short drive away, a fantastic, quiet, sandy beach awaits you at Barton-on-Sea or a little further on, Avon Beach, with full facilities as well as the marvellous “Noisy Lobster” beach restaurant.
Just a 10 minute stroll from our lodge, out the back entrance of the park, you will be on the cliff at Milford-on-Sea where you can gaze across the water to the Isle of Wight and the Needles giving an impressive backdrop to any day on the beach. If you’re staying for a few days, a day trip to the Isle of Wight from nearby Lymington is well worth it.
Shorefields park has great entertainment for all ages. Cyril and Cybil, the resident squirrels, and their new friend Pat the Pony, provide endless joy for the younger holidaymakers with kids entertainment every evening during holidays and at weekends throughout the year in the Showbar. For adults, there is a separate over 18s only bar/lounge and evening entertainment. There are also both childrens and adults games arcades.
For the more active, there is a superb indoor pool with beach area for young children, poolside sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi. A full range of treatments are available in the day spa and, for the more energetic, there is a fully equipped gym and classes to join in. Outside, there is a tennis court and a fantastic outdoor swimming pool (May half term to September). There is a new large outdoor childrens play area next to the open air pool. For those who enjoy walking, the “woodland walk” leads you from the park to the nearby village of Milford-on-Sea and there is a fun nature walk for the kids to follow.
The on-site shop provides a wide range of goods including groceries, newspapers, beers, wines, spirits and tobacco, as well as toys, games, swimwear, gifts and lottery tickets. There is also a large Tesco nearby and more shops in New Milton, a 5 minute drive from the park.
If you don’t fancy cooking for yourself, you can dine in Tides bar and restaurant, which provides a varied menu and separate kids menu. There is also Michaelangelos take-away pizza.
If you prefer to dine out, I can thoroughly recommend The Beach House at Milford on Sea (1.5 mile walk along the cliff top walkway from the lodge) - a Hall & Woodhouse pub set in a stunning Victorian building with a lovely garden overlooking the sea and The Needles of the Isle of Wight beyond. The food is reasonably priced and the menu varied. I've never had a bad meal there. Further afield is the amazing Noisy Lobster restaurant, set right on the beach at Avon Beach (10 min drive). Specialising in sea food, this place always gets it right. Fabulous atmosphere, reasonably priced, great service, wonderful food - don't go home without trying it but you MUST book!
If you are keen on fishing and have the necessary rod licence, there are fishing stages on the other side of the lake for others and you can fish from right in front of the lodge.
Leisure passes are required to use the facilities within the main building (Showbar, arcades, swimming pools and gym). Please note, the price of the lodge does not include leisure passes. These can be purchased on arrival from reception and are very reasonably priced (just £52.90 for a family of 4 for 7 days in high season).
Situated on the southern edge of the New Forest, Shorefields Park really is the ideal location to base yourself to explore this beautiful part of Hampshire and Dorset. Equally, there is plenty to do within the park, so there is no need to leave at all! It’s up to you.
Bed linens are provided and the beds will be made up for your arrival. Please note the lodge does not come with towels. You will need to bring your own bath, tea and swimming towels.
In my lodge, you will find personal touches that you would not find in a Shorefield owned lodge such as a better TV and a range of DVDs and books. My lodge should always be better value to rent than a Shorefield lodge and you have the added advantage of knowing exactly where it is on the park - one of the best spots - honestly!
For more information about Shorefield Holiday Park, go to: www.shorefield.co.uk