A Bolthole Review – Wheeldon Trees Farm
Earlier this year we invited ‘BFB’s Parent Panel’ member Kate Staves from everafterwithkids.com to go and check out Baby-Friendly Bolthole; Wheeldon Trees in the Peak District. Here’s a snippet of her review….
‘Baby Friendly Boltholes is a revelation for parents of young children like us, when they invited us to review a staycation in the Peak District at Wheeldon Trees Farm we couldn’t wait! Baby Friendly Boltholes carefully select only the best accommodation for young families, so we knew we would be in safe hands…but even we were blown away with Wheeldon Trees Farm, which happens to be only two hours drive from us in York……
We arrived at the pretty stone cottages and the girls and I immediately started squealing at the alpacas we could see grazing on the hills……
When booking on the Baby Friendly Boltholes site we were given a tick list of items to choose from for our cottage…we selected a bed guard and cot, a potty, a baby bath, a baby gate, a nappy dispenser, a changing mat, a booster seat and a high chair. Everything we asked for was there and ready, I was beyond impressed! So many times we have pulled our hair out trying to remember all the bulky bits and bobs you need for a comfortable and safe stay with small children and struggled to get it all in the boot of the car. Having it all here waiting for us was absolute bliss……
We had also selected a Breakfast Hamper when we booked through Baby Friendly Boltholes which was waiting for us in the kitchen area, it was fantastic! Packed full with local, homemade or organic goodies…fresh farm eggs, chocolate, bacon, sausages, home baked bread, cheese, granola…and so much more…everything we could have needed for a luxurious local brunch was there and was delicious………..
The cottages are self catering, which ordinarily might stress me out a bit, but I was bowled over to find that in the communal laundry room there is what is basically an entire shop stocked with so many of the things you might need. The highlight of our trip though was opening the freezer and finding it packed full with homemade frozen meals available to buy whenever you want. (I put these on my Stories on Instagram and the mums went bananas for it so I think this is a real selling point!)
Wheeldon Trees Farm also has what it calls The Long Barn which is a communal room full with games, toys, books, dvds and even a ping-pong table. It was incredible how much stuff they had in there free for us to use. The kids thought they had won the lottery, they had a blast! We even borrowed some dvds and books to take back to the cottage with us……The outdoor facilities are also amazing, there is a huge outdoor play area for little ones which also includes an adorable little play caravan which Ariel fell in love with…….We could also visit the animals around the farm, the alpacas, ducks, rabbits and hens…every morning you are invited to join in with feeding them which was a real highlight for us all.
I am so impressed with Wheeldon Trees Farm, and cannot believe that such a beautiful spot is so close to home. This is the first time we have booked a Baby Friendly Bolthole and it has honestly been a real eye opener for us, we have never felt so relaxed on a holiday before. Knowing that the children were being catered for in every respect was so nice, it meant we didn’t have to worry and could really unwind….. ‘
We loved reading Kate’s review and you can read it in full here. Wheeldon Trees is also offering BFB guests £25 off stays of 7+ nights when booking through Baby Friendly Boltholes…use code BFBWHEELDON