As Butlin’s ambassadors, we spent our February half term at Butlin’s in Minehead. We first visited Butlin’s in Bognor Regis back in May 2016 (you can read my Butlin’s Bognor Regis review here) so we were excited to be trying out a different resort. This time we were staying in the West Lakes Village which has the new style chalets. This post is all about our accommodation and I’ll be doing another post all about what we got up to next week.
The West Lakes Village has it’s own separate check in office. We arrived around 1.15pm after having lunch at the Hairy Dog in Minehead town, which I would definitely recommend to anyone travelling with kids as it has a HUGE outdoor play area. On arrival, we received a warm greeting from a member of staff who gave us directions to the West Lakes check in office. We pulled up outside and went in where we were quickly seen and given our welcome pack, which included our cards for our chalet and also a map and timetable for all the activities for the week. You are also able to pick up scooters from the office for the duration of your stay but with two somewhat crazy three year olds we opted out! We were given a map of the West Lakes Village and she circled which parking area was closest to our chalet. We were also given a parking pass that needs to be displayed during your stay.
The key cards don’t activate until 3pm when staying in a chalet, but you are able to use the facilities on site at Butlin’s from 1pm. We decided to drive and park up by our chalet and have a nose around. Our parking spot was about 20 metres from our front door. We were staying in the Edinburgh area and were super excited when we realised our chalet was one with a lakeside view meaning we were going to be looking out onto the lake which has lots of lovely ducks! It was a single storey three bedroom chalet with one adjoining neighbour.
We had a walk up to the pavilion and were impressed by the size of it all. It felt much bigger than Bognor Regis and I much preferred the layout of centre stage. The front few rows are made up of deckchairs and it really gives a holiday feel.
Around 3.30pm we walked back to our chalet to unpack. The walk from the pavilion took us around 5 minutes. We passed the Yacht and Deck restaurant which is where we ate our meals as we had a premium dining package included.
We were given two key cards to the chalet and as we all walked in were really really impressed. Not only was it huge, but every detail had been thought about. From the copious amounts of storage, to a coffee table with rounded edges (any parents DREAM!) to a bathmat to loads and loads of towels, Butlin’s had it all covered. There was also an iron and ironing board, a hairdryer, fridge, kettle, lots of utensils glasses and plates, a dishwasher, two TVs (one in the living are an one in the main bedroom which has an ensuite.
I could write a whole post about our utterly stunning view. We had some utterly glorious mornings with late winter blue skies and I can imagine how utterly amazing these chalets are in the summer sitting on the deck area watching the ducks on the lake. There is an outdoor table with four chairs too so you can all get out there to watch the world go by.
I also really want to mention the amazing housekeeping staff. We never actually met any of them but the little touches absolutely made the world of difference. We had cute towel animals and little messages left on our blackboard but what made the kids howl with laughter and delight was when we came back to find that their teddies were reading stories and the Paw Patrol were an avid audience. It’s things like this that make it feel so family friendly and that make all the difference.
I genuinely struggled to find any fault with the chalets. They were spacious, incredibly clean, fresh and modern. The area is located at the rear of the Butlin’s site so it was so quiet and peaceful. Looking out onto the lake at the ducks made it feel so tranquil and serene which, if I am being totally frank, is definitely never something I thought I would ever say about Butlin’s. For me, the accommodation absolutely changed a Butlin’s holiday. It felt luxurious and was a place we really looked forward to heading back to after a busy day out and about. Accommodation really sells a place to my husband and we have already discussed going back next year as we were both so impressed with the quality of the chalets.
I made a video review of our chalet which gives more detail of each individual room – hope you like it!
Keep your eyes peeled for the next instalment of our Butlin’s break.
Disclosure – as Butlin’s ambassadors we were given a complimentary four night stay at Butlin’s for the purpose of this review. All words, opinions and images/videos are my own