Earlier this year we were thrilled to be selected as Just For Tots Ambassadors for Butlin’s, the result of which was our Monday – Friday break at Minehead Butlin’s a few weeks ago. We stayed in the new West Lakes Village in a chalet* so beautiful that it deserves a blog post all of it’s own.
West Lakes Chalet Village really is the creme de la creme when it comes to accommodation at Butlins Minehead, with a separate check in area and parking just outside our door my lazy husband was happy. With lakes, water features, pretty pastel chalets and wild rabbits I was happy. With lots of room to bum shuffle around and ducks coming up to the patio doors Aria was happy. Something for everyone.
When booking to stay in the West Lakes Chalet Village you get to pick Lake View, Lake Side or Park View. We stayed in a Lake View Chalet on the ground floor, the above photo was taken standing on our patio area. Such a beautiful view and a delightful place to enjoy your morning coffee in the sunshine.
On arrival we were greeted with a welcome message on the chalkboard in the hallway, along with some chalk to help us plan our week. As well as organisation Butlins had our entertainment in mind leaving out a pack of playing cards, a game of Twister, and plenty of tea and coffee which was replenished each day.
We stayed in a three bedroom chalet, all in there was a living room, kitchen/dining area, a twin bedroom, a kingsize bedroom, a small room with bunkbeds, a family bathroom, a small toilet and a large hallway. The living area was spacious and all of the rooms had plenty of storage, including pull out storage under the beds. The kitchen is fitted with a microwave and dishwasher, they even provided a few dishwasher tablets and other cleaning products to get us started.
All of the rooms were light and airy, the decor bright and cheerful but not too overwhelming. The beds were very comfortable, I slept amazingly well, the best that I have in a long time which I guess was a combination of the fresh air, being relaxed and the comfortable bed.
Bloggers and general tech lovers would be pleased by the fact that there are plug sockets next to every bed, perfect for charging your phone at night and not letting it too far out of sight!
The chalets are very child friendly. There is a stool provided in the family bathroom, there were two travel cots provided and already set up for us, we actually only needed one so just collapsed the other, plug socket covers were set out on the dining room table giving us the choice of whether to use them or not. The towels in the bathrooms had been made into animals, Aria was too young to appreciate this but older kids, and adults of course, would love this. There were lamps over or next to every bed and the curtains blocked almost all outside light.
The price of staying at West Lakes Chalet Villages includes toiletries, daily housekeeping and wifi for two devices. The daily housekeeping was fab, they came to see us on the first day to check if there were any times that we wanted them to avoid, or if there was a particular time we wanted them to come each day. They gave the chalet a thorough clean everyday, all floors were hoovered and mopped, the bedding made and even our dishes washed. They left Aria’s dirty bottle in the sink but to be honest I wouldn’t expect them to wash that, and they probably aren’t allowed to. The wifi wasn’t great and I often found myself disconnecting and using my phones 3G instead as it was quicker.
Overall we were very pleased with our chalet at West Lakes Chalet Village, the wifi wasn’t great and we did hear quite a lot of noise when our upstairs neighbours moved about, but other than that it was perfect. The accommodation is of a very high standard and provided everything that we needed and more. When I next go to Butlins I will definitely be looking to book the same accommodation.
Have you ever stayed in the West Lakes Village Chalets, or been to Butlins?