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a round up of our year

  • news
  • partnerships
December 20, 2021

Now that 2021 is over, it’s a great time to look back at the fantastic year we have had here at Darwin Escapes.

Although 2021 was still affected massively by the pandemic it hasn’t held us back at Darwin Escapes, below you will find all the things we have achieved from opening new resorts to sponsoring theatre shows and keeping you up to date throughout the year through our social media and blog posts.

new resorts

Stratford-upon-Avon Lodge Retreat

Our Stratford-upon-Avon Lodge Retreat was the first to open in 2021 and is the perfect escape for any occasion. With lodges to suit couples, groups of up to 10 guests and anything in between; you will be able to enjoy the views of the English countryside, a walk along the canal or just some time relaxing in your lodge.

  • Warwickshire
  • Pet friendly
  • Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • Perfect for theatre stays
  • Historic sites
  • Perfect for small or large groups

explore Stratford-upon-Avon Lodge Retreat

Dundonald Links

We then opened Dundonald Links which is the perfect escape for golf lovers from around the world. The golf course has hosted a number of major golfing events throughout the years and we are hosting the 2022 Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open. There are also luxurious lodges here so that you can stay and play.

  • Ayrshire, Scotland
  • Par 72 course
  • Canny Crow Restaurant
  • Luxury lodges clustered around putting greens
  • Hosting the 2022 Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open
  • Gym facilities, whisky tasting lounge etc.

explore Dundonald Links

The Springs Resort & Golf Club

The Springs Resort & Golf Club

Opening shortly after Dundonald Links was The Springs Resort & Golf Club. At The Springs you will find hotel rooms, a hotel lodge and lodges. Along with a golf course, a spa, a restaurant and a gym! It’s the perfect escape if you want to relax or if you are wanting to explore Oxfordshire and the surrounding areas!

  • Oxfordshire
  • Quirky hotel rooms
  • 1893 Spa
  • 133 acre golf course
  • The Ridgeway Restaurant
  • Fully equipped gym

explore The Springs Resort & Golf Club

We also have a brand new ‘our resorts’ section which you will see at the top of the page to help all our lovely customers see all the resorts we have in one place!

events, partnerships & sponsors


Since most of our resorts are pet friendly it makes sense to have a partnership with DogFest! Since being set up in 2013 this annual event has provided its visitors with amazing dog displays, advice from experts and stalls from various businesses. This year we attended DogFest with our own stall showcasing all the amazing pet friendly resorts we have! We also had a caricaturist doing free portraits and a win a holiday competition.

find out more about DogFest

Derby Book Festival

The Derby Book Festival is a 9 day event that is held every year and you will find around 70 different events across 10 different venues. This year we sponsored (and attended) the annual Festival Lunch with Anna Pasternak on Wallis Simpson.

find out more about the Derby Book Festival

Royal Shakespeare Company

We have a 3 year partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company and throughout the years we have sponsored various events and shows. This year we sponsored Comedy of Errors in the newly built Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Garden Theatre. Some of the team even got the chance to watch it in the summer.

find out more about the RSC

Birmingham Hippodrome

Known for being one of the busiest theatres in the UK welcoming around half a million visitors every year. Birmingham Hippodrome has various events and shows on throughout the year and at the end of this year and going into 2022 we are sponsoring the Goldilocks and the Three Bears pantomime!

find out more about Birmingham Hippodrome

Chester Zoo

For the past 5 years we have been partners with Chester Zoo and in September this year we sponsored their Wildlife Connections Festival. This weekend event was a chance for visitors to get closer to nature and learn some amazing things about nature and the nature reserve at Chester Zoo.

find out more about Chester Zoo

Find out more about our partnerships that we have with some amazing business’ and attractions

Hoseasons Awards 2021

Hoseasons Awards 2021

This year we attended the virtual Hoseasons Awards and it was another great year for Darwin Escapes. See the full list of awards we are proud to say that we won this year…

Rivendale Lodge Retreat:
  • Best in Britain Food Awards
  • Customer Choice Food Awards – Lodge Escape
  • Best Lodge Escape Large Park in the Heart of England
Piran Meadows Resort:
  • Relax & Explore Large Park in Cornwall
Cheddar Woods Resort & Spa:
  • Relax & Explore Large Park in Somerset
Talacre Beach Resort:
  • Relax & Explore Large Park in North Wales
Woodside Bay Lodge Retreat:
  • Best Lodge Escape Large Park in the Isle of Wight
Wareham Forest Lodge Retreat:
  • Best Lodge Escape Large Park in Devon, Somerset & Dorset
Mullion Cove Coastal Retreat:
  • Best Lodge Escape Large Park in Cornwall

find out more about the Hoseasons Awards 2021

social media & blogs

We like to keep you up to date with all things Darwin Escapes and we do this mainly through our blogs and social media posts.

This year we have posted:

89 blogs and 387 social media posts

what to expect in 2022?

We plan to continue providing you all with amazing family holidays, couples escapes and group getaways across the UK. And help new holiday home owners find their dream holiday home in one of our resorts.


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