28 days from today is Thu, 12 December 2019
**2020 Dates Available to apply for**
We invite you to apply for the non-welfare slots for 2020 in either the Vista Lodge or the Garden Cottage. The demand was so great for both lodges that, out of fairness to everybody, those who were successful in 2019 (either paid or through welfare) cannot apply for either cottage for 2020. Every other member can apply but again, out of fairness, if you and your partner both apply, and are both successful only one slot can be taken up.
Please be mindful that some of the more popular slots (summer and school holidays) had over 20 people applying for them in 2019 so your chances of a break are less likely in these periods.
Occasionally welfare slots that aren't filled do become available at short notice and will be advertised on this page. Anyone can apply for these, including those of you who had a stay in 2019 but preference will be given to those who have not attended before.
The cost of staying at either cottage will be £140 off-peak and £170 peak (see spreadsheet here). If you wish to take your dog to the Garden cottage there will be an additional cost of £35 to cover the deep-clean cost after your stay. Please state this at the time of booking.
***PLEASE REMEMBER YOU MUST BE A SUBSCRIBING MEMBER OF THE FEDERATION TO APPLY***
We hope you agree this is a great facility at an affordable price. It is something we are very proud of and pleased to be able to offer. If you are applying for a break, good luck!
We've teamed up with Sandy Balls Holiday Village on the edge of the New Forest National Park to offer members exclusive breaks in a Premium Vista luxury lodge, sleeping four to six guests.
Whether you’re looking for a relaxing retreat in beautiful surroundings or an action-packed break, the award-winning, five-star holiday village has it all.
The Premium Vista lodges are luxury retreats situated on the escarpment of the 120 acre estate, with stunning views across the Avon Valley. They are a real home from home with features including:
Amazing walks, challenging hikes, fabulous fishing, energetic bike rides, horse riding or a round of golf, it’s all at Sandy Balls. Great for everyone - couples, friends, families, walkers, cyclists or outdoor enthusiasts. The village has excellent onsite facilities including an exciting activities program, entertainment every weekend and every day during the school holidays, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, sauna, jacuzzi, gym, soft and outdoor play areas, pub, village store, restaurant, The Retreat hair & beauty salon and a Cycle Centre for all your two wheeled needs!
In March 2015 we purchased a welfare cottage for use for our members with welfare issues allowing a much needed break in a time of need. Additionally, the cottage has been a marvelous opportunity for members to enjoy a short 3 or 4 day break at a vastly reduced cost. The welfare breaks are allocated via an application process with your Federation Rep.
The Vista Lodge was such an overwhelming success that we purchased a second welfare cottage within the same resort. The Garden Cottage is in a secluded area of the site with a small terrace and garden. Our Garden Cottage also allows you to take up to two dogs. Both cottages have 2 bedrooms; a double, twin and sofa bed so can both sleep between 4 and 6 people.
Please note that this lodge is dog friendly and there is an additional cleaning fee of £35 if you wish to take your four legged friend on holiday too! If you are bringing your dog(s) then please state this at the time of booking.
Monday 9th - Friday 13th December 2019 - £140
NOT dog friendly
Unfortunately there are no more stays available in the Vista Lodge for 2019.
If you are interested in any of these dates please call the office on 02380 478916 or 4726414. Please note that office hours are Monday - Friday 0800 - 1530 so any messages left on our voicemail or emails will not be considered as you will need to speak to us in person. You will not be able to apply if you attended either cottage in 2018 or are not a federated member.
Once you have your unique code please contact Sandy Balls on 01425 651225 providing your name, collar number, date and unique code. They will already have your name for the allocated date you have chosen so they will check this with you.
Please note that you will need to present your warrant card as proof of who you are when you check in at Sandy Balls so you must be a serving, federated member at the time of your stay.
Please keep an eye on the website as there will be short notice availability on some breaks when the welfare slots are not filled by a welfare case.
If you have a query over welfare availability please contact your local rep or the Federation office.