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To celebrate his birthday, Robert from our London office treated himself to a stay at The Lodge with family and friends. Take a read of his diary during his stay!
I'm never a fan of organising my birthday. In an ideal world I'd have a personal assistant who'd plan it for me, invite all my friends and take care of the details. This year was different I still don't have a PA, but this year's stroke of genius (no modesty involved) was to hire The Lodge exclusively for 3 nights in August for me and 17 friends and family. When I say, take care of the details, this is where The Lodge team went above and beyond.
The weekend was off to a great start from free-flowing champagne from the moment we stepped through the door:
Then it was straight into the outdoor hot tub it would be rude not to!
The first night'smealwas a bouillabaisse with whole soft shell crab and fennel. Not everyone's cup of tea (several of my friends opted for chicken instead!), but my idea of food heaven.
Followed by an outrageously chocolaty dessert with a caramel centre All credit to Head Chef Darren Burke and his team!
Everyone was quite tired from travelling but we still managed a few drinks in the downstairs party room.
The next morning we were up early(ish) for paragliding. One of the best things about The Lodge is breakfast. It starts at 8am and finishes when the last person gets up. So if you're not a morning person it's perfect!
It took a little while to work up the courage for some paragliding, but the views were more than worth it
We also did some hiking, but one thing that is definitely for the young and the crazy is some of the extreme mountain biking. We snapped this from the cable car. Luckily there are some more sedate routes if you're a fan of two-wheels but worry about your insurance premiums.
We spent the rest of Saturday back at The Lodge with some drinks out on the terrace while some of the group disappeared off at regular intervals for spa treatments with Candice, the in-house spa therapist. For some people it was all a little overwhelming.
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