Thank you so much to the owners Caroline and Mike for allowing us to stay in your beautiful escape. We all had the most wonderful trip away for 2 nights. Everything was perfect. We were blown away on arrival by the beautiful setting on the lake and when we entered the house we all were "oooohing" and "ahhhhing" over everything!
White willow lodge was decorated beautifully. The house was immaculate and the kids were so excited with the toys and DVD collection!
We can't wait to return again some day soon we absolutely loved our stay.
We had a family gathering for birthday celebrations, and the lodge was ideal for our purposes, comfortably accommodating our party of 6 adults and 5 children. It was beautifully appointed and stunningly situated at the edge of the lake. The site was ideal for cycling or walking in a very relaxed atmosphere. We enjoyed the use of the pool at the spa, tennis courts, the play area, and venturing out on the lake in the fishing boat. Site rules prevented us from using the kayaks during the winter months, for ecological reasons. Caroline, the owner, was very helpful in answering queries and providing tips on things to do etc. The weekend was nicely finished off with Sunday lunch at the Five Alls pub in Filkins, which was excellent.
However, the weekend was slightly marred by a claim on our deposit for a couple of stains, on a landing carpet, that required professional cleaning. We knew nothing about them, nor could we think of anything that could have caused them. But likewise the owner had no reason not to believe her cleaners when they said they were new. In the end the owner returned the full deposit (less £6 for a breakfast bowl that we broke). So it all turned out well on this occasion, but we would recommend you check the property carefully on arrival and note any damage or marks/scratches etc with the owner, and then check again carefully on departure.
we have just returned from white willow lodge , a family birthday celebration . After searching for a place large enough to accommodate all of us with a location and amenities to make it memorable , we certainly found it here! Many thanks to Caroline the owner who answered all our questions, and gave her advice on eating out and places to visit .
We stayed here with some friends for three nights last weekend to celebrate birthday.
It's such a fabulous house, very well equipped and beautifully decorated. The ground floor is a grand, open plan space but still feels cosy & welcoming. The kitchen is stunning has everything you could need - we all cooked at various points and it's a very sociable space to hang & drink & chat. All the bedrooms are beautiful but the master bedroom is gorgeous, with another huge terrace to sit out on. This particular house is on one of the smaller lakes and, although there are houses either side, the whole place has been cleverly landscaped so you are not overlooked at all. Plus on this lake, there are no buildings opposite so it's very tranquil & relaxing.
The house has two kayaks so we all had fun boating & swimming from the private jetty. We also used the spa which is a lovely space with great staff.
Caroline is really friendly & helpful. She gave us lots of useful info & left a lovely welcome basket for us all. We highly recommend White Willow Lodge and are planning to come back as soon as we can.
It was amazing. The place was beautiful, the area was beautiful. It was just truly an amazing experience. I'm very grateful for being allowed to stay in this place of beauty. All the facilities we needed were right there. It was perfect!!!