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Neatly nestled around a vast glistening lake in this picturesque corner of the Warwickshire-Leicestershire border, Bosworth Lakeside Lodges is a first-class family holiday destination for those seeking exhilaration, adventure, culture and history.
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King Richard’s Country Lodges is a cosy, tranquil park situated amidst the undulating low hills of the Leicestershire’s countryside.
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Ranksborough Hall offers peace and tranquillity providing pure relaxation across beautiful landscaped grounds.
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Leicestershire Visitor's Guide

Leicestershire, a gem in the heart of England, offers an eclectic mix of vibrant city life, serene countryside, and rich industrial heritage. In Leicester, the bustling markets and Golden Mile's authentic Indian cuisine promise a feast for the senses. For thrill-seekers, the National Space Centre and twisting trails of Bradgate Park await exploration. And let's not forget the storied King Richard III, unearthed beneath a car park, adding a unique twist to the region's tapestry. Seeking a cosy retreat? Whether it's a couple's escape, a family quest, or a mates' reunion, a lodge stay in Leicestershire is unbeatable for creating lasting memories.

Why Take Your 2024 Lodge Break in Leicestershire?

Leicestershire is a bit of a hidden gem. It's got a rich tapestry of history, without the yawn-inducing lectures. Think of the Battle of Bosworth, where King Richard III lost his crown to Henry Tudor. Fast forward to 2024, and there's always something fresh popping up – new lodges, revamped local attractions, you name it. The county's calendar is peppered with events, like the Leicester Comedy Festival and the Melton Mowbray Food Festival. Opting for a lodge over a hotel? You're looking at more space, privacy, and a slice of the great outdoors right on your doorstep. Leicestershire's unique charm lies in its blend of bustling city life in Leicester and serene countryside spots – perfect for a lodge retreat.

If you're visiting Leicestershire with kids

Absolutely, Leicestershire's a winner for families. You've got the National Space Centre for the little astronauts and Twycross Zoo for wildlife enthusiasts. Lodges offer families freedom, space to play outside, and often, on-site activities. Plus, they're usually kitted out with all you need for a comfy stay.

  1. Weather-appropriate clothing – it's Britain, after all.
  2. Sturdy shoes for exploring.
  3. Swim gear for lodge pools or nearby water fun.
  4. Any must-have bedtime toys or books.
  5. Outdoor toys – think frisbees or footballs.
  6. Snacks for day trips.
  7. Chargers for devices (for the inevitable "I'm bored" moments).
  8. First aid kit – for those little scrapes.
  9. Travel games for rainy days.
  10. Sunscreen – yes, even in the UK!

Pet Friendly Leicestershire Adventures

Leicestershire rolls out the red carpet for pets. Many lodges have enclosed gardens, so your furry friends can roam freely. When it's time to eat, The Old Plough in Braunston-in-Rutland and The Griffin Inn in Swithland welcome pets with open arms. A real tip? Always check the lodge's pet policy – some even offer doggy welcome packs. And remember to pack a lead, your pet's bed, and their favourite toys to make them feel at home.

Dog walking ideas in Leicestershire

Route Distance (miles) Scenery Postcode
Bradgate Park Varies Deer park and ruins LE6 0HE
Market Bosworth Park 2.5 Lake and woodland CV13 0LP
Swithland Wood Varies Ancient woodland LE12 8SS
Burbage Common 3 Open land and woods LE10 3DD
Watermead Country Park Varies Lakes and river LE7 1PD

Remember, these spots are just the tip of the iceberg. Leicestershire's got loads more to offer, so grab your walking boots and your four-legged friend, and explore!

Romantic Breaks for Couples

If you're looking to fan the flames of love, Leicestershire's lodges offer the perfect escape. Picture this: you and your partner, secluded in a cosy lodge, perhaps with a pamper pack that includes champagne and chocolates on arrival. Many lodges in the county cater to couples with extras like this to make your stay extra special.

For those who enjoy relaxation, some lodges offer spa experiences, allowing you to unwind with massages or a dip in a steamy hot tub under the stars. Dining out is also a treat, with many lodges boasting on-site restaurants serving up delicious meals, or you can venture into the local towns for an intimate dinner for two.

Rural Retreats and Hideaway Haven are just a couple of names to look out for when booking your romantic lodge break in Leicestershire. They often feature hot tubs, which are a hit for couples looking to relax and spend quality time together.

Local Cuisine and Dining Experiences

Leicestershire's local cuisine is hearty and diverse, with the famous Melton Mowbray pork pie and Red Leicester cheese topping the list. For a family-friendly dining experience, check out The Golden Fleece in South Croxton, known for its welcoming atmosphere and tasty British fare.

Couples might prefer the more intimate setting of The White Peacock in Leicester, which offers a fine dining experience with a focus on local ingredients. It's the perfect spot for a romantic meal.

For a good night out

Leicestershire's nightlife has something for everyone. If you're after a traditional pub experience, The Old Horse in Leicester is a favourite among locals and visitors alike, thanks to its charming atmosphere and excellent selection of ales. For a more upbeat night, The Exchange offers a lively bar scene with great cocktails.

For live music enthusiasts, The Donkey is the go-to venue, while comedy fans should check out The Cookie for its stand-up nights. Both offer a fantastic way to cap off your day with some entertainment.

Fishing

Leicestershire is a haven for anglers, with numerous lakes and rivers teeming with fish. Here's a list of top fishing spots:

  • Eye Kettleby Lakes - LE14 2TN
  • Swithland Reservoir - LE12 8TA
  • Thornton Reservoir - LE67 1AR
  • Market Harborough Fishery - LE16 9UJ
  • Brook Meadow Lake - LE17 4HS

Outdoor Adventures

For adrenaline junkies, Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre is a must-visit, offering everything from canoeing to high ropes courses. Prices vary, with canoeing starting around £15 per person. They're open year-round, but it's best to check their website for seasonal opening times.

Avalanche Adventure offers quad biking and off-road karting, with prices starting from £45. They're open throughout the year, but again, check ahead for specific times.

Shopping and Souvenirs

Name Type On Offer Postcode
Highcross Leicester Shopping Centre High-end Retailers, Dining LE1 4AN
Fosse Shopping Park Retail Park Big Brand Outlets LE19 1HY
Leicester Market Outdoor Market Local Produce, Crafts LE1 5HQ
Beaumont Shopping Centre Shopping Centre Family-friendly Shopping LE4 1DF
The Lanes Boutique Shops Unique Gifts, Independent Retailers LE1 6FP

Leicestershire offers a shopping experience for every taste, from large shopping centres like Highcross Leicester to the quaint boutiques of The Lanes. Whether you're after high street brands or unique souvenirs, you'll find it here.


Top lodge breaks for 2024 in Leicestershire

King Richards Country Lodges, Leicestershire

Driving Distance: About 15 minutes (7.35 miles) | Sleeps: 4 | Pet friendly? No

What to expect: Nestled in the serene Leicestershire countryside, King Richard’s Country Lodges offer a tranquil retreat with spacious holiday homes, each featuring its own hot tub for a relaxing soak under the stars.

Who will love these lodges? Ideal for families or couples seeking a peaceful getaway, these lodges provide a comfortable and luxurious base to explore the rural charm of Leicestershire. The hot tubs add a touch of indulgence, perfect for romantic evenings or relaxing after a day of adventure.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? While the lodges themselves are a haven for relaxation, the bustling city of Leicester is just a 15-minute drive away, offering a variety of dining options. For history enthusiasts, the nearby Market Bosworth and the famous Bosworth battlefield are only a 10-minute drive.

What's nearby? The Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre (10-minute drive) offers an insightful look into the history of Richard III’s defeat with entry fees around £8.95 for adults. For family fun, Twycross Zoo is within a 30-minute drive and tickets are approximately £19.76 for adults.

Accommodation options: Richards Lodge is a two-bedroom holiday home that sleeps up to 4 guests. It features a king-size bed, two large singles, a family-sized bathroom, and an open-plan living space. The lodge is not pet-friendly but comes with an outdoor hot tub for guests to enjoy.


Bosworth Lakeside Lodges, Leicestershire

Driving Distance: About 28 minutes (14.13 miles) | Sleeps: 6 | Pet friendly? No

What to expect: Bosworth Lakeside Lodges are set in a stunning location with 50 acres of parkland and 20 acres of lakes, offering a plethora of water and non-water-based activities for the whole family.

Who will love these lodges? Families and adventure seekers will find this park an ideal spot, with facilities such as crazy golf, paddleboarding, canoeing, and a family play area. It’s a fantastic choice for those looking for an active break with plenty of on-site entertainment.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? Onsite, guests can enjoy water sports, fishing, or simply relax in the natural surroundings. The lodges do not have hot tubs, but the range of activities more than makes up for it.

What's nearby? The Triumph Factory Visitor Experience is a 20-minute drive away, with free entry, offering a glimpse into the history of this iconic motorcycle brand. Twycross Zoo is also nearby, providing a fun day out for families.

Accommodation options: The Drake Lodge sleeps up to 6 people with a double bedroom, a bunk bedroom, and a sofa bed. The Mallard Lodge, ideal for families, sleeps 4 and can be interconnected with Drake Lodge for larger groups. Both lodges come with a verandah offering lake views.


Medbourne Edge Retreat, Northamptonshire

Driving Distance: About 38 minutes (21.13 miles) | Sleeps: 6 | Pet friendly? Yes

What to expect: Medbourne Edge Retreat is an exclusive adults-only luxury lodge escape, offering a romantic and peaceful setting with stunning views of the Leicestershire countryside and bespoke lodges with private hot tubs.

Who will love these lodges? Couples seeking a quiet and luxurious getaway will adore this retreat. The high-quality finishes and serene location make it perfect for romantic breaks or those looking to unwind in style.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? The lodges are designed for relaxation, with private hot tubs and al-fresco dining options. The retreat is also a great starting point for countryside walks.

What's nearby? The charming village of Medbourne is just over a mile away, offering excellent pub dining. Market Harborough, known for its history and independent shops, is a short drive away, as is Rutland Water, offering a range of outdoor activities.

Accommodation options: The Rutland Lodge sleeps up to 6 and is pet-friendly, featuring luxury amenities and a secluded hot tub. The Uppingham Lodge is perfect for couples, sleeping 4 with similar high-end features but is not pet-friendly. The Kibworth Lodge offers a luxurious stay for 4 guests and is pet-friendly.


Ashby Woulds Retreat, Derbyshire

Driving Distance: About 41 minutes (21.76 miles) | Sleeps: 6 | Pet friendly? Yes

What to expect: Ashby Woulds Retreat offers adult-only boutique lodges in a picturesque setting, ideal for romantic getaways with luxury in-lodge treatments and hot tubs overlooking the Derbyshire countryside.

Who will love these lodges? Couples and adults looking for a tranquil escape with a touch of luxury will find Ashby Woulds Retreat perfect. The in-lodge spa treatments and decadent surroundings cater to those seeking indulgence and relaxation.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? The retreat provides wellbeing services, including facials and massages, which can be enjoyed in the comfort of your lodge. The hot tubs offer a private space to unwind.

What's nearby? The Peak District National Park is within reach, offering endless opportunities for hiking and exploring the great outdoors. Historical attractions like Calke Abbey are also a short drive away.

Accommodation options: The Retreat lodges sleep up to 4 guests and are pet-friendly, featuring modern amenities and outdoor hot tubs. The Retreat VIP 3 sleeps 6 and includes a dedicated spa area with an indoor hot tub, while the Retreat VIP 2 sleeps 4 with similar luxury features.


Don't Miss These Fantastic Days Out In Leicestershire

Leicestershire is a treasure trove of attractions, from thrilling theme parks to serene nature spots. If you're planning a getaway, consider booking one of the cosy lodges in Leicestershire as your base to explore these top-notch venues.

National Space Centre

  • Opening Times: Monday to Sunday, 10:00 - 17:00
  • Prices: Adults £15.50, Children £12.50
  • Postcode: LE4 5NS
  • Est. time required: 3-4 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site parking available

The National Space Centre is a universe of wonders for anyone fascinated by the cosmos. With six interactive galleries, the UK's largest planetarium, and the iconic Rocket Tower, it's a stellar day out for families and space enthusiasts. The centre regularly updates exhibits and hosts events, so there's always something new to discover. To beat the crowds, visit on a weekday during term time. Grab a Space Passport for the kids to collect stamps throughout the centre – it's a fun way to engage with the exhibits.

Phone number: 0116 261 0261 | Web: spacecentre.co.uk


Twycross Zoo

  • Opening Times: Monday to Sunday, 10:00 - 18:00
  • Prices: Adults £19.76, Children £14.86
  • Postcode: CV9 3PX
  • Est. time required: 4-5 hours
  • Nearest parking: Free parking on-site

Twycross Zoo is a hit with animal lovers. Home to the largest collection of monkeys and apes in the Western World, it's a place to get close to some incredible wildlife. The zoo is constantly evolving, with recent upgrades to the elephant habitat and the addition of a new wet play area for kids. To get the most out of your visit, check the times for keeper talks and feeding sessions. And if you're after a quieter experience, aim to visit on a weekday.

Phone number: 01827 880250 | Web: twycrosszoo.org


King Richard III Visitor Centre

  • Opening Times: Monday to Sunday, 10:00 - 17:00
  • Prices: Adults £9.25, Children £4.75
  • Postcode: LE1 5DB
  • Est. time required: 1.5-2 hours
  • Nearest parking: NCP Car Park St Nicholas Circle

The King Richard III Visitor Centre is a must-visit for anyone interested in a real-life historical whodunnit. Located near the site where the king's remains were found, the centre tells the fascinating story of his life, death, and rediscovery. The centre's newest addition is the interactive "Battle of Bosworth" exhibit, which brings the decisive battle to life. To enhance your visit, use the audio guide and consider visiting the nearby Leicester Cathedral where the king is now buried.

Phone number: 0300 300 0900 | Web: kriii.com


Bradgate Park

  • Opening Times: Dawn till dusk
  • Prices: Free entry, parking charges apply
  • Postcode: LE6 0HE
  • Est. time required: 2-3 hours
  • Nearest parking: Main car park at Newtown Linford entrance

Bradgate Park is a slice of countryside heaven, with 830 acres of wild and beautiful landscape to explore. It's perfect for walkers, photographers, and anyone needing a breath of fresh air. The park is home to herds of deer and the ruins of Bradgate House, the birthplace of Lady Jane Grey. For the best experience, visit early in the morning to enjoy the tranquillity and wildlife. Don't miss the Old John Tower for panoramic views.

Web: bradgatepark.org


Great Central Railway

  • Opening Times: Varies, check timetable
  • Prices: From £18 for adults, £9 for children
  • Postcode: LE11 1RW
  • Est. time required: 3-4 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site parking available at stations

Train enthusiasts, listen up! The Great Central Railway is the UK's only double track, main line heritage railway. It's a unique experience where you can travel between Loughborough and Leicester North, enjoying the sights and sounds of a bygone era. They often host special events like wartime weekends and dining experiences. For a special treat, book a table on the restaurant car and dine in style as the countryside rolls by.

Phone number: 01509 632323 | Web: gcrailway.co.uk


Conkers

  • Opening Times: Daily, 10:00 - 18:00
  • Prices: Adults £9.95, Children £8.95
  • Postcode: DE12 6GA
  • Est. time required: Full day
  • Nearest parking: On-site parking available

Conkers is an outdoor and indoor adventure centre that's a hit with families. With over 120 acres of adventures, it's a place where kids can burn off energy while learning about nature. The site features play areas, climbing walls, and interactive exhibits. The newest addition is the 4D cinema experience. To make the most of your day, wear comfortable shoes and check the schedule for live shows and ranger activities.

Phone number: 01283 216633 | Web: visitconkers.com

Leicestershire is brimming with attractions that cater to all tastes. Whether you're into history, wildlife, or just fancy a scenic walk, you'll find something to love. And after a day of exploring, retreating to one of the many lodges in Leicestershire is the perfect way to unwind.

FAQs

This is our first lodge break, what will it be like?

Expect a cosy home-from-home experience with added luxury. Many lodges in Leicestershire offer spacious living areas, modern amenities, and often a private hot tub. It's a chance to unwind in nature, with the comforts of modern living. Places like Rutland Water Lodges provide stunning views and tranquil settings.

What should I pack when visiting Leicestershire?

Pack for comfort and the outdoors. Bring layers for changing weather, walking boots for exploring, and swimwear for hot tubs or local pools. Don't forget a camera for capturing the beautiful countryside. If you're visiting attractions like Twycross Zoo, comfortable footwear is a must.

Can you park outside the lodge?

Most lodges in Leicestershire, including those at Eye Kettleby Lakes, offer adjacent parking. It's super convenient for unloading your gear. However, check with your specific lodge as some may have central parking areas to preserve the peaceful environment.

What if it rains during my lodge break?

Leicestershire's lodges are equipped for all weather, with indoor heating and covered outdoor areas. Rainy days are perfect for visiting indoor attractions like the National Space Centre or enjoying the cosy atmosphere of your lodge with a good book or board game.

Can I get food delivered to my lodge?

Yes, many local restaurants and takeaways offer delivery services to lodges. Some lodge sites might have on-site restaurants like Mallory Meadows that can deliver to your door. It's worth checking delivery apps or asking the lodge reception for recommendations.

Is Leicestershire a good place to visit ‘off-season’?

Absolutely, Leicestershire is charming year-round. Off-season visits mean fewer crowds and often better deals on lodges. Attractions like Bradgate Park are stunning in autumn and winter, and cosy pubs like The Griffin Inn welcome you with a warm fire.

Will my hot tub be cleaned before we arrive?

Definitely. Lodges with hot tubs, such as those at Belvoir Castle Lodges, ensure a thorough cleaning and water change between guests. You can relax knowing your hot tub is fresh and ready for use upon arrival.

Are there activities for kids near the lodges?

Leicestershire is great for families. Many lodges are close to child-friendly attractions like Conkers or Twinlakes Park. Some lodge sites also offer activities like fishing or cycling that are perfect for keeping the little ones entertained.

How accessible are lodges for those with mobility issues?

Many lodges, including options at Wistow Rural Centre, cater to guests with mobility issues, offering ramps, one-level layouts, and accessible bathrooms. Always confirm specific needs with the lodge provider in advance to ensure a comfortable stay.

Can I bring my pet on a lodge break in Leicestershire?

Yes, many lodges in Leicestershire are pet-friendly, like those at Bosworth Water Park. Your furry friends can enjoy the getaway as much as you do. Just check the lodge's pet policy beforehand and bring all the essentials for your pet's stay.

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