A fair while back, we were given the opportunity to go away to the Isle of Wight. The team at Darwin Escapes followed The Bee’s Knees and a fair few were journal owners. They wanted to give us a the gift of time with each other away, and there was no obligation to share a thing.
We accepted, being that we were in no position to book a summer getaway this year and thanked the team for their kind gesture. That’s some kind gesture right? It’s tough this whole gifted malarky. I never want to take opportunities away from the kids that will give them memories that last a life time, but I am also so very aware how lucky I am, and how these are all things we don’t NEED. I guess my only hope is to always give back as much as we receive in order to not take how lucky we are for granted, and to always say thank you for the things we do receive.
Which is why I am writing a blog post to support the girls in the office and all the work they do for Darwin Escapes. I also have 10% for you guys should you fancy a getaway this year. After all, it’s likely that many of these lovely things come my way because of the investment you have made in me and my story. For that I thank you. A lot.
Here’s what we loved about our stay along with our family snaps. Enjoy
1. The Lodge– It was just beautiful. We stayed at Woodside Bay Coastal Retreat and our particular lodge overlooked the sea where we could watch the sunrise every morning (definitely a bonus seeing as Freddie still chose to rise before the sun). It was equipped with all we needed, including a bath for the kids (super handy), a kitchen space and roomy lounge area too. We also had a balcony with a hot tub which Evie was gobsmacked at. The lodges are clean and lots of little touches left us feeling very welcome. They even popped a birthday cake in there for Evie as it was her 8th birthday the day we arrived. Every detail is thought out, with mini travel razors and a toothbrush provided (things I always forget) and plenty of towels to last the week. A came of Trivial Pursuit was there meaning we didn’t spend the evening on our phones and we even got snazzy robes for lounging in post hot tub dip! Finally, red squirrels come and eat nuts from the palm of your hand. In fact, if you saw my stories you will see that they are extremely tame! This was something I will never forget.
2. The Onsite Restaurant– We went here twice during the week and both visits were hassle free, relaxing and quick service which is handy with two knackered kids at the end of a day exploring. It was a minute walk from our lodge and a lovely outdoor spot served nice for chilling while the kids played on the grass.
3. The Ferry- This was so quick and easy. I recommend booking priority boarding if you are with little ones. We did which meant we were first on and first off which is handy when you need to arrive 30 minutes early. It is bloody windy outside so don’t wear a wrap dress like I did unless flashing your arse is part of the plan. The entire boat got a real show.
4. The Island- Picturesque doesn’t do it justice really. Some parts really were breath taking. It’s easy to forget how breath taking some parts of home really are, thinking we need to fly to be any where that beautiful but I can safely say the Isle of Wight ticked all the boxes. Beautiful winding roads with greenery, beautiful sea views and buildings with character made for a tranquil drive wherever we were heading (as tranquil as it can be singing Row Row Row Your Boat approximately 387 times each journey).
5. Places to go- We barely scratched the surface and would definitely like to go back again. With Freddie being so little we had to factor in his nap times each day so did a lot of free stuff while he napped/slept at night like stargazing, reading, talking, walking and brushing up on our general knowledge with endless games of Trivial Pursuit.
We did go to:
Blackgang Chine– Great day for the kids. Better for ones who can run around.
Steep Hill Cove – Great for g=crabbing, sitting by the sea. Sand and pebbles.
The Fighting Cock (stop it!) – A pub with a giant play park. Swings, go karts, bouncy castles and so much more. If your kids are independent and you just want a drink in peace, this place is the one.
Bembridge Harbour– Great for long walks and crabbing
Ryde Amusement Park– Gorgeous long beach, amusement arcade, one of those grabber machines kids insist on using that guarantees a win (not even kidding, Evie never cottoned on), bouncy castle slides and a great spot for shell collecting
The Needles– Awesome cable car ride (note children that can’t walk need a front carrier), amusement arcades, ice creams and live music
We made so many fantastic memories and the kids will remember this trip forever, thank you to all of you who sent recommendations. But especially, thank you Sam and Sarah, and to all the team at Darwin Escapes. We are truly grateful to have been given such a wonderful thing.
I’ve popped the discount code below for you all, and leave you with our family snaps. Enjoy and thanks for reading.
10% off until 30th September 2018 with code ‘thebeesknees10’
Discount is available across ALL Darwin Escapes locations
Code can only be applied via telephone – but can be added after booking online.
Details on how to use the code are on the page.