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Members Area / Welfare Cottage


Dear Colleague

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 marvellous 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 and can sleep between 4 and 6 people. We don't have a brochure for the Garden Cottage but the Vista brochure can be viewed here.

Welfare Cottage Remaining Dates

Dear member

Most of the slots for the welfare cottage breaks have now been taken as it's very popular! If you applied and haven't received an email from us then I'm afraid you haven't been successful however we do still have the below dates available:

Garden Cottage:
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 then please state this at the time of booking.

Monday 7th - Friday 11th January 2019 - £140
Monday 14th - Friday 18th January 2019 - £140
Monday 28th January - Friday 1st February 2019 - £140

Monday 4th - Friday 8th February 2019 - £140
Monday 25th February - Friday 1st March 2019 - £140

Monday 1st - Friday 5th March 2019 - £140

Monday 24th - Friday 28th June 2019 - £170

Monday 8th - Friday 12th July 2019 - £170

Monday 7th - Friday 11th October 2019 - £140
Monday 21st - Friday 25th October 2019 - £140

Monday 2nd - Friday 6th December 2019 - £140
Monday 9th - Friday 13Th December 2019 - £140
Monday 16th - Friday 20Th December 2019 - £140



Vista Lodge:
NOT dog friendly

Monday 7th - 11th January 2019 - £140
Monday 28th January - Friday 1st February 2019 - £140

Monday 1st - Friday 5th April 2019 - £170

Monday 9th - Friday 13th December 2019 - £140
Monday 16th - Friday 20th December 2019 - £140

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.

You will need to commit to your chosen date as you will be given a unique code which is valid for 3 working days for you to call Sandy Balls to book and pay for your stay.

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.

There will be more information on here soon about applying for welfare slots. In the meantime, if you have a query over welfare availability please contact your local rep or the Federation office.


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:

  • Open plan living
  • Two bedrooms and a sofa bed in the lounge
  • Modern, well-appointed kitchen
  • Hot tub on balcony
  • Bed linen, towels and two bathrobes
  • Central heating, wood-effect burner and instant hot water
  • Complimentary early check in from 1.30pm
  • TV, DVD, & iPod docking station
  • Floor to ceiling windows overlooking the Avon Valley
  • Complimentary use of the gym (over 16s)
  • Wi-fi in lodge

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 programme, 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!

Sandy Balls Brochure | sandyballs.co.uk

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