We stayed at Whileaway Lodge for three nights in March 2018. The lodge itself is gorgeous inside with equally gorgeous scenery outside, whilst enjoying the hot tub. The whole park is well maintained and there is The Cider Barn on the doorstep, where the atmosphere, people and of course the Cider are all wonderful - a taste of real Somerset where the local people are so welcoming.
We stayed with our 18 month Spaniel and the only improvement we could think of would be some kind of fencing around the lodge to make it secure for dogs to mooch outside too. Other than that small suggestion, everything was perfect and we will most definitely be booking again.
There are three or four dog friendly eco lodges on this holiday complex. The lodges are well spaced and fairly private. Only a few miles from Cheddar and not far from the coast, Glastonbury and Wells are on the doorstep.
We had the worst weather on record but still managed to go in the hot tub, which is checked every day. Everything is immaculate can't fault except for the frying pan! We kept the temperature at 23 degrees and forgot the icy weather outside. Hot water and heat 24/7 , good TV, Cider Barn about 200 yards, all amenities and comfortable beds.
Could I just make a suggestion, In the dog friendly accommodation it would be useful to have the site dog proofed with fence and gates. Not too bad in the Winter they didn't want to go out but in the summer when you have the patio windows open and are in the hot tub it would be good to let them off the lead.
I returned to Whileaway Lodge for the weekend having had the most amazing stays in previous years. (Christmas/New Year being the highlight of my visits).
While the site it's self has seen dramatic (and on-going expansiona and changes of the last few years the Lodge was as immaculately clean and well provisioned as ever.
Being one of the only lodges that are dog friendly on the park doesn't mean the park isn't dog friendly, far from it, dog "litter" bins are perfectly located and there are enclosed fields for walking. The Cider Barn is also very dog friendly.
Previous New Years Day early morning dog walk was a stroll down the quiet country lane directly opposite the park which emerges at the bottom of Cheddar Gorge, a stunning place in it's own right but at 07:30 New years day is something else. Better still (for doggie at least) is the short but fairly steep footpath (again opposite the park entrance) that leads up onto the Mendip hills where you're treated to a 180+ degree panoramic view of Somerset. Where Glastonbury Tor rises proudly proudly in the distance, sometimes through a bank of low lying mist.
Dog absolutely loves walking up there as do I. This weekend just gone we sat atop the hill having left the lodge in the dark of early morning and caught the sun emerging over the hill. Magical to say the least.
Back to the lodge, yes things can get a little muddy but Whileaway Lodge has very thoughtfully provided an out-door tap and hose pipe next to the hot tub at the rear of the lodge where you can hose down dirty tummies and paws, in it's self a godsend!
Hot Tub! all the guest book comments comment on the Hot Tub and once you experience it you know why. Sitting an complete darkness with air temperature at freezing point gazing up at the stars and listening to..... a virtual silence but were it not for the squeaks, hoots and screeches afforded by nature is something that needs to be experienced at least once in a lifetime.
As regular visitor to WhileAway Lodge a couple of tips would be to take more Doggie Towels than expected. There isn't a washing machine in the lodge (it's a holiday after all !) so even with the hose for washing paws towels get wet and dirty so more is better than not enough.
Also it gets dark, when there isn't a moon it's VERY dark, great for watching stars but the absence of street lights makes a torch to keep an eye on doggie on a late night toilet run is an absolutely essential thing to take with you.
Oh and the broadband is abundantly fast enough for Netflicks etc but it's currently being upgraded to direct fibre so should be ultra fast for 2018 to keep the grumbling teenagers happy.
Wileaway Lodge doesn't have the fancy bells and whistles of some of the other 1 bed lodges on the park but it's a luxury, 2 bed, dog friendly, self catering, stunning lodge in a location words will never do justice to and yes, I'll be going back again with my best friend before the winter is gone.
A beautiful lodge.Absolutely perfect.Set on a perfect site.Very friendly and helpful staff.Perfect setting.Attention to detail in the lodge was superb.Hot tub was brilliant.Robes and slippers provided were a lovely touch.
Had a fabulous relaxing holiday.Would highly recommend this lodge.
Perfect nights sleep each night we were there.Beds were very comfortable.
Lovely touches for the dog too.