On our last night, as we cooked steaks on the outdoor firepit and watched the sun set over the lake. we reflected on the last few days. It’s hard to describe how special this break had been. The crux of it was just how unique the experience was. The cocoon is like nothing we’ve ever stayed in, and Clawford Lakes itself somehow manages to combine a natural, away-from-it-all experience with all the trappings of an indulgent holiday, complete with indoor pool and spa. The location is just right too, close enough to the coast for seaside trips and attractions while allowing you to escape the crowds and enjoy the balm of a natural setting.
There’s also a thoughtful attention to detail at Clawford Lakes that makes everyone feel valued. With 17 lakes, fishing is an important part of the offer, and the tackle shop and map of the lakes for anglers means this side of the operation sits comfortably alongside the ‘resort’ side. For families, groups and couples, free bike hire is another example of what sets Clawford Lakes apart as are the free of charge Park Ranger sessions. These are matched with free leisure activities on the lake including swimming, kayaking and, of course the paddle boarding. A courtesy call from Christine before we arrived was another nice touch, and had we been celebrating a special occasion, she would have arranged a cake or some other special welcome for us.
Our old cocker spaniel, Barney, loved the new territory to sniff around and he was welcomed and made a fuss of in the Apple and Grape. In fact, Clawford Lakes is possibly the most dog friendly place we have ever stayed at and unlike most resorts, there was no extra charge for Barney’s little holiday.
Christine was right, Clawford Lakes is the only place in the UK where you can stay in this unique accommodation. Based on our own break, the cocoons couldn’t be in better hands, given the developments happening at this rather special resort and the enviable lakeside location of the cocoons with views across the valley. We will be back.
We stayed in a Luxury Cocoon, sleeping up to 5, in August 2022. Travel time: 3 hours from central London, 3.5hrs from Birmingham and 2hrs 40 mins from Cardiff.