Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

A Hot-Tub Deep in the Forest; LIFESTYLE Holidays My Holiday Anthony Vickers and His Family Had a Relaxing Few Days in a Log Cabin in the Middle of a Yorkshire Forest

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

A Hot-Tub Deep in the Forest; LIFESTYLE Holidays My Holiday Anthony Vickers and His Family Had a Relaxing Few Days in a Log Cabin in the Middle of a Yorkshire Forest

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Byline: Compiled by STEVE RACE

WITH THE credit crunch starting to bite there is a growing trend to cut costs and holiday at home this summer.

And where better than on our own doorstep? Forget hassles with airports, exchange rates and the language barrier, with the bottom line in mind we opted to load the kids in the car and make the short trip to beautiful North Yorkshire.

We were looking for a base that was well placed to strike out for a string of impromptu day trips that could entertain the kids - aged four and nine - but was comfortable enough to spend some downtime too without feeling cooped up.

Our accommodation And we found it - a spacious and well equipped log cabin in the picturesque setting of a clearing deep in Keldy forest.

The Forest Holidays site is just five miles from the market town of Pickering but well off the beaten track, so much so that there's no mobile phone coverage.

That aside it is all mod cons: the log cabins are up-market and luxurious, with fully fitted kitchens, sizeable flat screen TV and DVD player, central heating, a log burning stove and on a large decked veranda there was even the indulgence of a hot-tub, ideal for sipping a civilised glass of wine while relaxing muscles aching from walking on the North York Moors.

The cabins were brilliant, clean, fresh, roomy and with massive south facing picture windows.

There were two bedrooms upstairs, the master having an en suite bathroom, and another downstairs along with a shower room and open plan kitchen/lounge.

Most of the five-day break coincided with what is laughingly called the English summer and that meant we could get on with the day trips.

Where did we go?

There are a host of attractions within half-an-hour's drive of Pickering while the bucket and spade resorts of Scarborough, Filey, Whitby and Bridlington are not much further.

The highlight as far as the kids were concerned was the fun filled animal and adrenaline adventure of Flamingo Land. …

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