If you are looking for your next countryside getaway, the Darwin Escapes Lodge Retreat at Blenheim Palace is brand-new for summer 2023.
Set in the estate grounds of the historic palace, Darwin Escapes have launched a collection of one, two and three-bedroom luxury lodges just in time for the school holidays. This brand-new development is the first of its kind to be constructed at Blenheim Palace and provides holiday makers with a quintessential British countryside experience.
Guests of the lodge retreat can expect sweeping views over a wildflower meadow and an array of wildlife on their doorstep. Harriet Lazzeri was the interior designer for these self-catering units, which have been created with comfort in mind. Large windows let in ample light, while the clever décor nods to the history of Blenheim Palace, Woodstock and Sir Winston Churchill, all using a calming, natural colour palette.
Explore the iconic grounds of the estate or tour the quaint village of Woodstock a 20-minute walk away. A range of pubs, restaurants and cafés, as well as shops for guests looking to use each lodge’s self-catering facilities are on offer.
The Oxfordshire Museum and the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum are also a must-see, where visitors can discover the county’s fascinating history. Meanwhile, in the nearby civil parish of Bladon stands St Martin’s Church, the burial site of Churchill and his wife Clementine. Another local village, Bampton, is known as a filming location for iconic historical drama Downton Abbey, adding to the plethora of local treasures for Blenheim Palace Lodge Retreat guests to explore.
If the idea of curling up with a good book and your favourite drink is more your style, the cosy open planned living room in each lodge provides the perfect escape from the hustle of everyday life.
Plus, if you would like to bring your pet along for the ride, the Darwin Escapes Lodge Retreat offers nine pet-friendly units, equipped with fencing around the outdoor perimeter.
Darwin Escapes guests will also receive 20% off Blenheim Palace tickets – adding to the already tempting offer to head to the countryside and unwind.
Readers of Absolutely can enter to win a 3-night stay at the Blenheim Palace Lodge Retreat for four people, worth over £1,300! Your prize will also include four adult annual passes to Blenheim Palace and an afternoon tea at the palace. Enter below!
Terms & Conditions:
2-bedroom Lodge accommodation sleeping up to 4 guests inc a pet for a
short break (3/4 nights) at Blenheim Palace Lodge Retreat
The break must be booked and taken within 12 months from the competition
The prize cannot be transferred or refunded.
The winner must claim the prize within 48 hours of being notified of winning,
or the competition will be voided.
The availability of the prize is subject to restrictions/ availability and cannot be taken during agreed blackout dates as listed below
Blackout dates –
o 14/07/23 – 07/09/23
o 20/10/23 – 02/11/23
o 15/12/23 – 04/01/24
o 09/02/24 – 15/02/24
o 22/03/24 – 11/04/24
o 24/05/24 – 30/05/24
o 19/07/24 – 05/09/24
The prize does not include travel insurance, spending money, or travel expenses.
The winner must be 18 years or older.
Lead name of the booking is responsible for all guests staying at the
accommodation and things they do (and do not do) even if ‘you’ do not stay at the accommodation during the booking period.
Only one entry per person is allowed.
Once the prize package is booked, alternative dates cannot be chosen.
The prize cannot be transferred, upgraded, or substituted with a cash
The competition closes 1st August 2023
The winner must email [email protected] to book the winning break.
In addition to the lodge accommodation, the winner will receive a 4 x Blenheim Palace Annual Pass for the Palace, Park, and Gardens, as well as 4 x afternoon tea at the palace.
Blenheim Palace and Afternoon Tea
Opening hours, events, and offers are subject to change, and access to
facilities may be restricted at times. It is recommended to check the website
blenheimpalace.com or contact Customer Services (before booking your
Tickets are non-refundable and cannot be exchanged.
Tickets must not be resold.
Valid tickets must be presented for admission.
All children under 12 years old must be accompanied by a ticket-holding adult and remain under their control or supervision.
Children under 3 years old can enter the Palace, Park, and Gardens for free.
Afternoon Tea will need to be booked prior to arrival via [email protected]
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