The perfect getaway to do as little or as much as you want. 2018 prices held!
About Kate Giles
My husband and I run a pub/B&B/wedding barn called The Flying Fish near Ilminster in Somerset. We have a 9 year old daughter. We pop down to Shorefields regularly and it really feels like a holiday every time.
Kate Giles purchased this Cabin in 2015
Why Kate Giles chose Milford on Sea
The Lodge By The Lake is our seaside/forest bolthole. We visited Shorefields a couple of times with our young daughter and really liked the park, its facilities, the lodges and the area. Buying this lodge was a no-brainer. When you visit this lodge, you will see why we fell in love with it. It is one of just three lodges occupying a lakeside position and the only one rented out. It is warm and cozy in the winter months but truly comes into its own in the spring and summer where you can easily lose yourself in thought on the sunny deck. There is so much to do here if you want an active holiday. Equally, it's perfect if you just want to relax, read a book or gaze out over the lake. The choice is yours.
What makes this Cabin unique
The Lodge By The Lake is one of just 3 lodges which sit right by the tranquil fishing lake. It is, arguably, the best spot on the park but of course, that's a matter of opinion. There is very little traffic in this quiet corner of the park. A pedestrian exit just a few minutes walk from the lodge leads you to the coast road and there are wonderful clifftop and beach walks towards Barton-On-Sea one way and Milford-On-Sea the other. I always take a long walk when I'm here.
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
A few hiccups but enjoyable nonetheless
We arrived around 3pm busting for the loo as we'd had a long journey but the keys weren't in the key box and I got lost on the way back to the reception area so there's a couple of stars off for that reason, then we had a little difficulty getting in touch with the owner. Kate was very apologetic and we got the keys in the end.
The lodge is very nice, good for relaxing on the deck and watching the pond life go about their business. We were fascinated by the carp jumping out of the water at all hours, it was like a soothing lullaby, so close to nature, with the odd quack and twit-twoo. 5 stars for the location in this respect however it is a bit of a trek to the main building, not too bad if you don't mind walking or have a car. It's a very quiet holiday park so if you're after nightlife best to give it a miss however we did have a drink at the Shorefield's entertainment centre and it was cheap and cheerful.
We were off site for most of our activities, visited New Milton and Avon beaches, had a cracking meal at the Noisy Lobster, would return for the oysters alone. However, again, if you do not have a car I would advise against using the local taxis, it was £22 there and £34 on the way back because we'd been recommended a bar in Christchurch, which sent us even further away. The taxi for that was £8 so in total we spent £64 in taxis, could have fed another person at the restaurant for that!
The Beach House was also lovely, we had steak frites and shared a couple starters, the chicken and duck terrine was divine and went really well with the red wine we'd ordered.
We also booked in to the Reflections spa and enjoyed a massage and facial. The staff were lovely and welcoming and did such an excellent job, we laughed at our before and after pictures, those ladies really know what they're doing! Would 10/10 recommend to our friends.
Overall it was a good break and we are thinking about possibly returning next year and bringing our families. Might have to book into somewhere bigger that allows pets, wa surprised to see so many dogs on site and in seated areas, it's definitely dog friendly and I felt awful about not taking my hairy bundle of joy. There's always next year!
PS: we tried to get rid of as much of the food as we could but no one would take the full box of eggs or ice cream. I hope whoever uses the lodge next appreciates them!
Lovely, peaceful, relaxing.
Everything is well organised from getting to the lodge and check in. The lodge is in a lovely location. Ideal for relaxing and not too far from reception, the swimming pools and entertainment. We would definitely recommend and hope to come back again.
What a wonderful little gem! The lodge is spacious, comfortable, and very well equipped. It’s location is wonderful, right at the edge of a small fishing lake, where we could sit and watch the Heron. I absolutely loved it, and can’t wait to go again !
Lovely little lodge perfect for my family of 4
Homely, with added extra to entertain the kids (dvd’s, board games, puzzles). Nice quite location with good facilities walking distance (beach, swimming pool, tennis court).
Relaxing family accommodation
The owner was very helpful, providing us with valuable and detailed information before and during the stay. This ensured we arrived with everything we needed that wasn't provided in The Lodge.
The lodge is beautiful; well furnished and very comfortable. A short walk 5-10 mins from the resort reception/swimming pool/shop etc and around 10-15 mins walk from the seafront.
So much to do either at Shorefields or in the surrounding area. On the park are the following activities/amenities:
woodland nature walks, fishing, outdoor and indoor pools, jacuzzi, steam room, sauna, fitness centre, tennis court, kids play park, kids games arcade, adult games arcade, pool, table tennis, full range of kids
daytime and evening entertainment, adult entertainment, adults only bar, family bar and restaurant, takeaway, day spa with full range of treatments, on site country store with bakery, lottery, wines etc.
Outside of Shorefield, here are some of the local activites/amenities:
Stunning clifftop walk to Barton-on-Sea and beyond in one direction and Milford-on-Sea and beyond in the other, SUP hire and lessons in Milford, several beaches to choose from (Milford - pebbley, Chewton Bunny
- sandy, Highcliffe - shingley, Avon - sandy, Mudeford - pebbley), crabbing at Mudeford Quay, 5 min ferry trip from Mudeford to Hengistbury Head (fantastic Beach House restaurant amazing beach), The Noisy Lobster beachside restaurant - Avon Beach, the charming town of Lymington with its harbour offering a range of boat trips. A little further afield is, of course, the incredible New Forest with its 219 square miles of forest and heathland, home to hundreds of free-roaming ponies, donkeys, cows and wild boar. Perfect for cycling or walking and picnics. Also home to great days out at Beaulieu Motor Museum, Longdown Activity Farm and, my favourite, The New Forest Wildlife Park and many more.