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Mums and Kids
We go to Center Parcs once or twice a year, and have been going since the children were babies, no problems getting around the site with or without pushchairs. Plenty to do in the pool and around the park, suitable for all ages young and old. Have taken friends and all have returned to have a great time. Always recommend it to others, a great place for quality family time.
It can get expensive, but only if you decide to book extra activities and eat out alot. Now our children are slightly older they enjoy trying new things that cannot be done normally. We are off again at the end of the month, for another exciting break.
we had a fantastic time
having been here on a few occasions before, we knew what to expect. there was a group of five girls with the sixth joining us on saturday. we arrived about 11am, we parked our car and did a bit of exploring. we had a baguette in the plaza some had soup all agreed it was really good. i managed to pick up some jewellry bargins in the gift shop that were going half price. we also got some shopping in at the parc market, its quite reasonably priced and headed back to our car to be ready for when the barrier lifted to take our car to our villa.
we had a comfort 3 bedroom villa with 3 ensuite bathrooms and a sauna. my freind held the others back whilst i searched for the double bed (more room) we are freinds beleive me!!!!! anyway i struck gold as we had the one with the jacuzzi in it!! all bedrooms has tvs and hairdryers in. rooms are looking a little tired now as to when i first started coming to centre parcs, nothing that a lick of paint and new carpet wouldnt sort out though.
we went swimming that night, or i should say screaming down the rapids!!. next day was more swimming and we had prebooked tickets for the saturday night fever party. food was yummy and disco great! i apologise now to anyone who was there that night and was subjected to our rendition of michael jacksons thriller video dancing!! the next day we had prebooked the aqva sauna which was a 3 hour spa experience i have done this 5 times in all and i cant recommend it enough! ev ery time i go there they add new experiences and it is well worth the money. it was heaven. i also booked a tranquility scalp massage that was lovely too.
our only gripe to the holiday was that we stayed in number 722 this was so far away and my legs are aching!! there is a land train however on the evening there arnt many carriages so one night we had to walk to the plaza, its not good enough and center parcs need to do something about this, we are gong back next year and will pay extra to not be so far away.
on the sunday evening we had fish and chips at HUGOS it was really nice and well worth the long walk!!! overall we had a fantastic time and you dont need to spend lots of money to enjoy yourselves especially if you go in good company.
First vist to Center Parcs with friends who had been before. We had a Comfort Villa, which was clean, well equipped and in a pleasant setting. Having read some reviews I had some worries but was pleasantly suprised on arrival.
We had a great weekend, the pool was a great favourite, adults behaving as children! We booked an afternoon in the Aqua Sana which was lovely and relaxing.
On the Saturday night we had an Indian meal delivered to the villa. It arrived on time and hot. The meal itself was lovely and not over priced.
There is a good selection of activities which are an additional cost, food and drink was reasonable, I didn't think the prices were any different to the normal if eating out at home. The kitchens in the Villa's are well equipped so you have that choice as well.
We will definately be going back it made a very pleasant short break and good value.
If you have children under the age of five you are better off to check into a nice hotel/B&B, hire some bike’s and go to the local swimming pool - you will save a fortune and have a better time.
My partner and I, and our 20 month old son, stayed in an ‘executive apartment’ for three nights at the cost of £480 in March. The best way I can sum up the standard of the apartment is to compare it to accommodation I would expect in a war torn eastern European village! It was so small you could literally spread your arms out and you could nearly touch each wall. Only one person could fit in the bedroom at a time and the sofa was appropriate for midgets. We literally lived in a cupboard with 70’s décor for three days! I paid extra to stay in the apartments as I was informed they were of an
‘executive standard’ and had a maid service. The maid did nothing but make the bed and wipe the sides. No dirty towels were replaced, the floor was never swept/hovered and nor did he/she replace any of the condiments – hence they give you three tea bag’s to last your stay. The kitchen is so small; it has NO work tops to prepare any kind of meal so it is completely pointless
We were informed a cot came with the room and when we arrived noticed
it was not there. We walked to the information desk at 3pm and then proceeded to call them three times’, over the course of the evening, to ask for a cot. Each time we were told it was on its way. It eventually arrived at 9pm at night when my son was exhausted (I can only presume they had to carry it down the side of the mountain!)
The bike’s we hired were fit for the tip. The hire centre gave us bikes with no gear’s and flat tire’s, when we cycled all the way back to ask them to sort it out they really did not care.
On the Saturday evening we spent £37 to attend their evening entertainment in the Venue. We were all crammed in like sardines, the food tasted like reheated Tesco Value food and the entertainment was appalling. The three tables around us just walked out after 10 minutes.
Got the impression the staff are all either temps or on part time contracts to fund their studies so non of them really gave a damn.
All in all, I can see why people with older kid’s would enjoy this place as you can just let them get on with it, however, if you have young children and don’t fancy spending a fortune to live in a cupboard then I really would not bother!
Expensive, but good fun
I am surprised by some of the very negative reviews here. I stayed for a long weekend with three friends. We had the most basic villa type, the 'Comfort', and I was pleasantly surprised by how spacious and well equipped it was. There was a very large living area with french windows opening onto a patio, comfy sofas, a tv with extra digital channels, even an integrated hi fi. The kitchen had all the equipment we needed, including a microwave, cooker with oven and hob, and a fridge. The bathroom was quite big, and there was a separate toilet. The two bedrooms were both reasonably sized and the beds comfortable. Everything was clean. Maybe my standards aren't as high as some of the reviewers here, but honestly I would be perfectly happy to bring children here and had no problems with the accommodation at all.
The park itself is large, and the villas are a long way from the facilities. It's also very hilly, so whichever you go prepare for some hard work. Hiring a bike is worthwhile as the park is so big. It's also worth leaving plenty of time between activities to allow for getting there.
There are lots of activities available, although these are expensive and everything is extra to the price of the holiday. Most are only available at a limited number of times - most of the fitness classes are only held once a week - so it's not possible to do as much as you might expect.
The Action Adventure section was very professionally staffed and a good adrenaline buzz. The lagoon swimming area was quite busy but there was lots to do, although the queues for the slides were often long. The rapids were really good fun and should be enjoyed by adults as well as children. There are new changing areas which are spacious and clean.
We only ate out once as it is pretty expensive. The best value option is definitely to bring your own food (don't buy it there) and prepare it in your villa. We ate in the Rajinda Pradesh and were really impressed with the atmosphere and the quality of food and service.
The spa was lovely with lots of different rooms (a variety of different steam rooms and saunas), much of it newly built. It was clean and there was lots of space and practically empty of people. One of the best I've visited.
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay here. I think the key to a good visit is forward planning. Decide on the activities you most want to do, work out a schedule, and book everything up before you arrive. Bring your own food, and hire a bike rather than trying to walk (there is also a free land train if you're not the energetic type, but I enjoyed walking/cycling around). The environment is pleasant but undeniably artificial, which may not be to everyone's taste. It does work out very expensively, especially if you have to pay for a whole family. However, if you are trying to find something that will amuse sceptical teenagers, or to cater to the tastes of several children with different interests and ages, it is probably worth the extra money.
Didn't want to go home
We got a four night break at Center Parcs Longleat Forest in a 3 bedroom Comfort Villa for £276 with a deal through work. Having just got back, we wanted to tell the world what good value for money it is!
The Comfort Villa is the cheapest and most basic of the accommodation
types, yet our villa (no 636) was spacious, clean and modern inside - we were very pleasantly surprised for our first Center Parcs visit and do not think it would be worth upgrading to the Comfort Plus for £50+ fee. The ktichen was very well equipped, in particular. There is plenty of space to park your bikes outside, too - definitely worth paying £21 to hire them from Monday to Friday!
In addition to hiring a bike, it is hard not to stress how useful the
complimentary Land Train service is - much of the site is hilly, and when you've been wearing yourself out doing all the activities, it's lovely to be able to sit back and let someone else do the leg work!
The Subtropical Swimming Paradise changing rooms were being refurbished during our stay - probably just as well as they were very small and apart from a handful of showers at the entrance to the pools, there was not a real facility to wash your hair. The Wild Water Rapids are great fun, even when it's a bit chilly outside.
The Jardin des Sports is, in my opinion, excellent. On weekday evenings you can pay £7.50 for a family 'Evening Leisure Pass' which gets you 45 minutes of badminton, 30 minutes of table tennis and a chance to try your hand at the indoor putting - excellent value for money, and the staff are extremely helpful. The only restaurant we ate in was the Sports Cafe - there is a range of 'pub food' with things like steaks, ribs, burgers, pies and salads etc. The Rib Platter and the Moroccan Chicken are both delicious options, as are the Victoria Sponge and Banana Split!
All in all, we had a wonderful time. You can see in places that some things are starting to show their age a little (damage to the miniature golf and putting courses etc) but this really was a minor thing in what was otherwise a fantastic break in Wiltshire.
Just got back from Longleat Centre Parcs, I couldn't fault it. We stayed in a 1 bedroom Executive Apartment which was large enought for a 2 adults and a 21 month old baby in a cot. It was spotless and close to the main Plaza.
The pool was excellent, staff kept the changing areas clean dispite it been extremely busy. We did have to wait once for a family changing room, but not long (and they do seem to be used by a lot of people without small children). The changing area is currently been refurbished so there should be even more space when the work is complete.
We hired a couple of bikes which you will need to get about the site (which has plently of hills to keep you fit). They weren't expensive and you can take your own.
We ate out 2 out of the 3 nights. Dispite what I had read on other reviews about the restaurants been expensive we found them to be fairly reasonable and excellent quality. You'll be able to get just about anything, from lobster to burgers.
If you've got small children you won't find anywhere better for a few nights away. It can be as expensive or as cheap as you want to make it.
Just very very good
The first time I stayed at Longleat I was a bit sniffy about it - a holiday camp? That was soon set to rest and we all had a super weekend there, with excellent dining and facilities. We stayed in Executive apartments then.
That was 2 years ago, so have standards slipped now?
No, not a bit. We stayed in two Executive apartments and an Executive villa, right next to the dome. Really good accommodation and at the centre of things.
The kettle failed after the first night. Just mentioned it to staff and a new one was produced immediately. That was the only thing that went squiffy on the stay.
Facilities are still excellent and much upgraded since last visit.
We were blessed with lovely sunshine, which helped of course.
Saturday night we had booked a table for 15 [10 adults, 4 children and a baby] at Huckleberry's, and it was perfect. Great service and food, and the children could waltz off to the play area whenever they wanted during the meal.
There was some refurbishment going on outside the apartments, but it was well handled, unobtrusive.
Not crazy on the changing rooms in the pool area - too few and a bit of a maze - but that is really nit picking.
I have just returned from a hen weekend at Center Parcs, Longleat. We paid a little extra for a comfort plus villa in the Fir area and was not disappointed by the accommodation. It was clean and well equipped with plenty of crockery and cutlery, dishwasher, microwave, dvd player, hairdryers etc. We had a small patio with BBQ and a comfortable sitting room with plenty of seating space – two shower rooms, bathroom and separate toilets. There were five ladies in our party and the villa felt spacious. There are not many places where you sit eating breakfast and have a fellow deer with her tiny young walk right past your window.
The absence of cars is fantastic. We hired bikes for the duration of our stay and the bikes were in excellent condition and reasonably priced (£12 adult mountain bike). The cycle routes are well signposted and very pretty. If you timed it right, it felt like you have the whole place to yourself.
The only two minor criticisms we had (and they are little nit picks really). First, the single beds are on the small side and quite hard (although after all the sports, cycling and walking we could have slept on clothes lines) and secondly the changing rooms in the Subtropical Swimming Paradise were chaotic – they have a ridiculous system of a door in, door out changing cubical with no locks on either of the doors. Quite annoying having people opening your cubical from both sides whilst your trying to change, however they are in the process of renovating. That aside, the rapids were fantastic fun and the hot tub did wonders for saddle sore bums.
We all had a fantastic time and I can’t fault the experience at all. It was great for a hen weekend if your after something different to the boozy night out (if a little pricy) What struck us most was how refreshing it was to see families having fun together, children engaging in outdoor activates whatever the weather and most of all not a beer drinking lout in sight. Pure escapism from the ‘real world’
Longleat Safari Park is well worth a visit if you have the time. It’s literally on the door step.
dirty and basic
arrived at lodge ( executive 2 bed) as soon as went inside stale smell .Daughter needed toilet so took into bathroom ,jacuzzi bath was covered in hair and black grime,was digusted with this so looked at further rooms, bedroom 1's sheets had a hole and stains. Kitchen had crumbs on surface and table was covered in brown sellotape marks and had crumbs on it.Living room floor was covered in crumbs,settee was extensively stained and patio was jammed closed with a block of wood! Not even just basic,but filthy. Could not stay .Husband phoned customer services for alternative lodge, no others as apparently full.Husband told them that we were therefore leaving and to arrange a refund,which they said would be done centrally and could take up to seven days.It was apparent that they were in middle of refurb program as lodge opposite was undergoing building works.- no excuse.Had to organise alt.holiday on short notice .Extremely dissapointed with centre parcs.
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