As many of you know last year I was lucky enough to be selected as one of ten Butlin's Ambassadors, throughout this past year we have been lucky enough to review two Butlin's breaks. In 2014 we were told we would all have the opportunity to be the first to see the brand new Chalets at Minehead in the 16 Million pound development, West Lakes Chalet Village. We have been looking forward to seeing the Chalets for months and on 12th May we finally got to have a good look around them.
The West lakes village Chalets have been designed around the lakes with stunning water features, winding paths leading to far reaching bridged walkways, colourful Chalets all perfectly complimented by stunning planting. The feeling you get from the West lakes village is one of tranquillity and pleasure. I found when walking around the Village that my stresses were taken away with the gentle sound of water pouring from the many water features situated in the centre of the lakes.
The village has been carefully designed to represent the look of the original Butlins chalets but with luxury finishing touches inside. I love the look of the new chalets and the feel you get from around the development. One of the really nice touches for the launch was the placement of a bed of roses as a 10'x10' scale replica of the original Butlins chalets of 1936. The roses were grown in the village and commissioned as the '‘Sir William Butlin’ Rose, there were exactly 1,936 roses and the final one was placed by the Dermot King Butlin's Managing director to mark the official opening of West Lakes Village Minehead.
There was a huge photo frame which was designed to be 1936x1936 pixels so families could capture the perfect memories on Instagram. The plan is to make that frame a permanent fixture everything has been designed to be a glowing tribute to the 1936 original Butlin's chalet.
I filmed a comprehensive walked tour of West lakes village which shows you the diverse and careful positioning of each and every Chalet. The video has been published into a play list labelled Butlins Vlogs where you can find other fun and awesome Butlins related videos.
We know that the Chalets are in a beautifully designed Village but how do they measure up inside do they give you the same tranquil feeling ? We were able to have a really good look around one of the 8 berth Chalets which had two floors and a balcony over looking the lake. On the ground floor you have one double room, one twin room, one shower / toilet room, a separate toilet and the main social space which is an open plan kitchen, diner and living room. The second floor has the same set up minus the open plan social space, allowing two generations or families to comfortably share the sleeping arrangements.
The layout of the Chalets are great it really lends it self to shared holidays allowing ground and first floors to be divided between two families for example. You can tell that the interior design has been a huge factor in the design of these chalets and I feel that the chalets have a feel of class and luxury. The Chalets made us both feel upon entering them that they were places we would like to spend some time and were some what disappointed not to have been staying there overnight.
Efforts made to the aesthetics of the village to represent the original chalets of 1936 have not been forgotten inside the new chalets. There were a number of subtle touches to help keep the celebration of the original chalets alive for the guests in years to come.
The new chalets have the same pastel colours running right throughout from the embroidered ‘B’ to the framed vintage Butlin's adverts. The curtains in every room have a lovely sailing boat pattern on them, this has been once again specially designed to be iconic of it 1936 original.
Butlin's teamed up with Mumsnet to ensure that the new chalets fully meet the needs of a modern family but to take and replicate all that was loved about the original Butlin’s chalet.
The best way to experience it is to book !!! But as I'm sure you'll be yelling at me right now how can I afford that ?? I have also filmed a detailed tour of one of the eight berth chalets so you don't have to go, but let me assure you after seeing the new Chalets at Butlin Minehead West Lakes village you'll be wanting to book.