HASTINGS RETREAT

Guest guide

Optional Hot Tubs
6 properties 1-4 bedrooms
Starting @£65/night

Accommodations & About Your Stay

 

Bedrooms

Baths

Guests

Your Hosts

Dawn & John

We love the countryside and family life and are happy that we can share our life experience with you. You will see John and I pottering around the grounds so please stop and have a chat and feel free to reach out if you need anything at all. We are here to help. We hope you have a lovely stay.

Contact

We will hopefully be around to welcome you to Hastings Retreat and we are happy to answer any queries that you may have. If you need anything urgently please call us on:

Dawn 07946544214

John 07977552009

or…. You can send any other messages by using the contact form here.

House Rules

Please abide by our few simple house rules to make everyone’s stay more enjoyable.

CHECK IN from 3pm

CHECK OUT by 10am

Please keep the noise to a minimum after 10.30pm and no loud music.

No shoes to be worn on carpeted areas.

Please help us to protect our environment by recycling glass, plastics and metals.

Strictly no pets at any time.

Parking in the designated parking spaces.

No smoking in any property.

Dispose of all rubbish, do not leave rubbish down at the lake.

Do NOT put firepits onto the decking area.

NO visitors without prior consent.

Children must be supervised at all times.

STRICTLY NO OVEROCCUPANCY!!

 

Sofa Bed

If you have requested a sofa bed on your online check in form we will make sure your bed linen is prepared for you. The fitted sheet will already be on the bed and your duvet and pillows will be stored in the under stairs cupboard.  Towels will be provided and stored underneath the TV.

Supermarkets
LARGE SUPERMARKETS
3.4 miles Tesco Extra, Resolution Rd, Ashby-de-la-Zouch LE65 1TE Click here for directions

 

3.4 miles ALDI, Dents Rd, Ashby-de-la-Zouch LE65 1JS Click here for directions

3.4 miles M&S Foodhall, 1 Smithy Rd, Ashby-de-la-Zouch LE65 1GW

CLOSEST SMALL SUPERMARKETS

1 miles The Village Store, 1 Ashby Rd, Donisthorpe, Swadlincote DE12 7QF

1.7 miles  Jasper News & Wine, 43 Blackfordby Ln, Norris Hill, Swadlincote DE12 6EX

2.3 miles Co-op Food – Moira – Shortheath Road, Shortheath Rd, Moira, Swadlincote DE12 6AL

 

Pubs & Bars

Google maps walking route link

The Pavillion Bar and restaurant

Walking 1 mile (30 mins)

The Halfway House

Walking 1.4 miles (45 mins)

You can walk through the wood on the right hand side of the lake by going through the gate to the right, following the driveway until you see a path through the trees on the right. Walk through the wood until you meet the path at the end, turn left here and exit onto the road. turn right down the road and keep walking straight past the village shop , The Pavillion Bar is on the left and The Halfway House is further down the same street on the left.

Eden Bistro

Walking 1.1 miles (35 mins)

Lovely route via Hicks Lodge Cycle Centre. You can then continue from here down the canal path to The Pavillion Bar and then back to Hastings Retreat in a full loop. 

Bull & Lion

Walking 2.2 miles (50 mins)

Across the golf course following the yellow markers and then you have to go underneath the motorway following the paths which lead to the field path that takes you to Packington. Nice walk but a taxi back might be a wise move!

BY CAR OR TAXI (10 minutes)

Ashby de la Zouch is full of great pubs. There is a Wetherspoons at the bottom of the street. The Tap at 76 and Brew, both situated at the top of the street are great for Ale Connoisseirs. The White Hart ( at the top) is great for live music on a Saturday night. For cocktails The Vine on Bath Street, followed by The Cocktail Bar in Rushtons Yard are a must. The Lamb and The Bulls Head are both lively on the weekend too.

 

The Milking Parlour

If you fancy a short drive out into the countryside The Tollgate Brewery have recently opened their rustic outdoor bar, boasting their own ales and speciality lagers. There’s often a barbecue with great burgers and it is a truly unique experience. Highly recommended we love it.

Open 12 noon – 9pm Tuesday-Saturday

12 noon – 5pm Sunday

Click here for more info

Restaurants

You will need to make a reservation at most of the local restaurants on a Weekend, Ashby has Indian, Chinese, Thai, Italian, and English Cuisines. Many of the restaurants offer take away and delivery services also. You will find a few take away menus in your accommodation. There are too many to list but here are a few of my favourites.

The Vine: (contemporary) http://thevineashby.com

Zamanis: ( Italian) https://zamanis.co.uk/

La Zouch: ( English)  https://www.lazouch.co.uk/

Wong Kwei: (Chinese) https://m.facebook.com/wongkwei/?locale2=en_GB

The Rickshaw ( Indian & Bangladeshi) http://therickshawinashby.co.uk/

The Monkey Tree ( Gin bar and restaurant) https://www.themonkeytreeashby.co.uk/

Taste of Thai : https://www.tasteofthai-ashby.co.uk/

Ask (Italian) https://www.askitalian.co.uk/restaurant/ashby-de-la-zouch/

2 of my favourites out of Ashby.

The George 20 mins drive

Turpins 20 mins drive

 

Cafes

Our closest cafe is situated at Hicks Lodge Cycle Centre which can be easily reached on foot.

http://www.aecatering.co.uk/menu/

There are many cafe’s in Ashby de la Zouch but I would recommend:

Courtyard. https://www.facebook.com/Thecourtyardashby

Dolce Cafe: https://www.facebook.com/dolcecafeashby/

Rose Cottage: https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Tea-Room/Rose-Cottage-Tea-rooms-1744325765792994/

There is also an excellent cafe that serves excellent food at Shortheath, easily accessible on a cycle or if you’re out for a long walk. Approx 2.3 miles.

https://www.facebook.com/shortheathwater

If you want to wander down the canal either on foot or by cycle The Hub Cafe at Moira Furnace is a great place to stop for refreshments. Approx 2.3 miles

https://www.facebook.com/MoiraFurnaceMuseumAndCountryPark/posts/the-hub-cafe-at-moira-furnace-has-reopened-after-having-a-make-over-looks-lovely/538239013005185/

Out & About

There are plenty of walking and cycling routes straight from our doorstep.

Start right next door and keep walking.

You can access Hicks lodge by walking up behind the hedge to the left hand side of the driveway. Follow the bark chipping path up the field and through the hedge. Go through the 5 bar gate and straight across the field towards the spinney at the top of the Hill, here you will see another 5 bar gate that you can climb over to access the paths at Hicks Lodge. If you turn right it will take you to the cafe and cycle hire, if you turn left it will take you towards Donisthorpe or past the beautiful lakes on a circular walk back to the cafe. From here you can continue with one of the walks below.

Hicks Lodge Cycle Centre adjacent to us
Other local places to visit:
A great adventure day out for all the family.
Ashby Castle 6 minute drive.
Twycross Zoo 20 minute drive
Calke Abbey 20 minute drive

What’s On

Go Leicestershire has lots of info and ideas for great days out in North West Leicestershire. Take a look at their website for lots of useful info by clicking here.
Sunset Bench
When the skies are clear the view from Sunset Bench can be breath taking. It is a beautiful place to share a bottle of wine and watch the sun go down over Hicks Lodge. Take the bark chipping path which is behind the hedge and clearly signposted to the left hand side of the driveway, walk up the field and through the hedge. Enjoy….
Social Media

We would love for you to share your photos with us on social media. Please give us a like on Instagram and Facebook and tag us in!! We keep our guests up to date with everything happening at Hastings retreat through our social media pages and periodically run competitions. So please stay in touch.

 Click here for Facebook   

 Click here for Instagram

Check Out

PLEASE CHECK OUT BY 10am

Please strip the beds and put your used towels and bedding in the black bin liners provided underneath the kitchen sink. This will help us to protect our staff from the potential spread of Covid 19.

Please dispose of your rubbish and recycling in the bins provided behind the fence at the right hand side of the car parking area making sure to separate, Tins & Plastics, Glass, Cardboard, General rubbish. 

Please place the key back in to the lock box when you leave.

We hope that you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to welcoming you back.

The Lake

The 3 acre lake is available for the use of our guests, you can access it by simply walking down the field and entering the gate on the left hand side. There is a sun bathing platform and picnic table for your pleasure. Use of the lake is completely at your own risk. If you would like to do some fishing during your stay please let us know and we will provide a dipping bucket for sanitising keep nets before using them in the lake, this will help to protect our fish from potential diseases. All fish that are caught must be returned to the lake. Please help us to protect this wonderful environment by taking any rubbish away with you.

For safety reasons use of the lake after sunset is strictly forbidden.

FISHING RULES:

All nets must be dipped

Barbless hooks only

Unhooking mats must be used.

No ground bait

No braided main line

No more than 2 rods

No blood worm or joker

No tiger nuts

No meat (cat food)

No keep nets

Minimum 8lb line

Wifi

Super fast Fibre is provided for your convenience The network name and password will be available after check in.

Underfloor Heating

Our barn conversions have underfloor heating which is currently set to maintain a comfortable temperature day and night for your convenience, however if you would like to change the temperature please ensure that the operation icon is highlighted by using the right and left arrow keys. Then you can set the desired temperature by using the up and down arrow keys and clicking the tick to confirm your selection. If you have any problems please just send a quick message and we should be able to set the desired temperature remotely for you. Please note it can take a few hours for the temperature to adjust as under floor heating isn’t like conventional heating.

The Fisherman’s house has a wood burning stove and central heating which is controlled by a thermostat in the hallway.

Recycling

PLEASE RECYCLE!

Please help us to protect our environment by recycling your Glass, Plastics, Tins and Cardboard.

You can use the red tubs located outside of each property to recycle all of the above.

Bins for general rubbish are located behind the fenced area to the right hand side of the car parking area. There are also further recycling bins here if you need to empty your red tubs during your stay.

Please enter all of your recycling tubs into the appropriate bins and the end of your stay.

MANY THANKS FOR RESPECTING YOUR ENVIRONMENT.

Hot Tubs

If you have booked a hot tub during your stay it will be ready to use the first evening that you arrive but may not be quite up to the desired temperature by 3pm. Someone will discreetly check the hot tub levels regularly to ensure your bathing experience is the best! Hot tubs will be drained early on the morning of your departure so will not be available for use after 7am.

A few rules….

DO NOT LEAVE CHILDREN UNATTENDED IN OR AROUND THE HOT TUB.

DO NOT STAY IN THE HOT TUB FOR LONGER THAN 60 MINUTES AT ANY ONE TIME.

ALWAYS SHOWER BEFORE AND AFTER USING THE HOT TUB.

ALWAYS RECOVER THE HOT TUB SECURELY WHEN NOT IN USE.

DO NOT USE GLASSES IN THE HOT TUB.

DO NOT TAKE TOYS OF ANY KIND INTO THE HOT TUB.

DO NOT TAKE FOOD INTO THE HOT TUB.

DO NOT SPLASH WATER OUT OF THE HOT TUB AS THIS WILL MAKE THE DECKING AREA HAZARDOUS.

DO NOT USE THE HOT TUB IF IT IS ICY OUTSIDE AS THIS WILL CAUSE HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS.

DO NOT USE THE HOT TUB WHILST UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL.

NO JUMPING, DIVING OR BOMBING IN THE HOT TUB.

Covid 19 Prevention

We have updated our cleaning and disinfection routines to provide you with a safe environment during these times.

We would also like to remind you about some WHO recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

 

?️ ? Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water

?️ ? ?️ Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and others & avoid going to crowded places

? ❌ Avoid touching your face (eyes, nose and mouth)

?? Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze

 

If you present any symptoms (fever, cough, breathing difficulty) contact the local health authority to seek medical attention and please call John or Dawn to discuss further procedures to prevent the spread during your stay.

Sofa Bed

If you have requested a sofa bed on your online check in form we will make sure your bed linen is prepared for you. The fitted sheet will already be on the bed and your duvet and pillows will be stored in the lift up ottoman style lounger part of the grey sofa.   Towels will be provided and stored underneath the tv.

Guest Experiences

AFTERNOON TEA

Lakeside Bistro offer beautiful afternoon teas to take away and are only a 5 minute drive away, they will even deliver for you if you are ordering for a group. Highly recommended.

PRIVATE CHEF

Gourmet pop up offer catering for any private events, they will come and cook a delicious 3 course dinner for you or deliver stylish buffet food to help you celebrate in style.

ACORNS EVENTS:

Acorns Events are delighted to supply our services for this amazing venue. Lots more to see on our website FUNCAS.COM Some of our Services: Themed Parties: Las Vegas, James Bond 007, The Great Gatsby, Hollywood/Oscars, Peaky Blinders, Alice in Wonderland, Willy Wonka, Casino theme and more…. Close up magician 100% feedback, as required, before your meal. after your meal etc Life drawing class with a fun twist, very popular! Red carpet entrance with chrome stanchions and red ropes Four tier deluxe Chocolate fountain with colour changing base, enjoy unlimited Belgium chocolate and dips. Photo booth (great fun, and lots of props, unlimited photos) Popcorn cart with unlimited popcorn Candy floss cart with unlimited candy floss Candy table (selection of all the old favourites) Casino tables, roulette, blackjack, craps, Texas hols em’ poker Chair covers and bows with any colour sash Table centres and table decorations Room decorations for any occasion 4ft tall Giant light up numbers and letters Token play slot machines with interactive screens Multi game arcade with packman, space invaders, donkey Kong (over 600 games), Party Rocker links to blue tooth comes with its own lighting system Uplighters in various colours or colour changing mode, creates a different feel to the rooms. Themed Packages are available and can be tailored to your own specific needs and budget.

Office – 01530 458086    Andrew Mobile – 07887 537245     Karen Mobile – 07769 646489

 

 

BLOOM BEAUTY:

Ladies if you fancy a bit of pampering from the comfort of your holiday let why not contact Tracey and she will make you feel that extra bit special.

Gel Manicure for 4 £60 + £15 for each extra person

Gel Pedicure for 4 £60 + £15 for each extra person

Call or Message Tracey on 07722510772 to book.

More experiences below. Discounts for group bookings.


Contact us

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We would love to welcome you back

We Have Vacancy!

We hope you have had a lovely stay and look forward to welcoming you back.