Tried to book for weekend of 23/24 June (Great North Swim) to find most of the Lake district had hiked their prices up to accommodate the 10,000+ competitors, family. friends who may have stayed over. We came across White Cross Bay Holiday Park by cruising the edge of the lake via Google satellite view to see what was nearby to where the swim would take place. We booked one of the only two remaining lodges vacant. Although the prices again were higher than previous and weeks after the event, but to be honest that was to be expected having searched the whole area for a place to stay.
We arrived late in horrendous weather to be greeted by reception who kindly allowed us to settle in and dry off before requesting £20 deposit. When we arrived at our standard lodge (Skiptory) we were pleasantly surprised at how spacious the living/kitchen area was as there was 5 of us (4 adults, 1 child). The double room was roomy enough, but the twin rooms (x 2) were pretty cramped...but for a weekend that was just fine.
In terms of the cleanliness - the beds, flooring and kitchen were clean, though the bathroom had a slight urine smell.
We made use of the pool which at this time of the year wasn't very full - on both occasions we ended up having the final hour to ourselves. The gym looked adequate for a small number of persons, if it was to get busy each person was requested to use each machine for 15 mins at a time.
The Flyingboat bar and restaurant - we used both and found the food to be of a good standard and portion size. The children's menu was a little limited, though the waitresses were very accommodating allowing our 9 year old to mix, match and add to the menu ! - thanks for that guys !
All in all an enjoyable stay.
If you're staying for a weekend and just need the bedroom as a base, then the standard lodge is...
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10 July 2012
Thank you for taking the time to write this review. It is refreshing to read that you enjoyed your stay with us.
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The Great North Swim is a fantastic event in our local area and our prices are always reduced way in advance to give everyone attending, the opportunity to stay at a 4 star holiday park at very competitive rates.
The swimming pool at White Cross Bay is very popular and we are glad that you made use of it and enjoyed it! Your comments with regards to the restaurant are also welcomed.
Hopefully we will see you again at White Cross Bay and if you do book again, remember to call us on 015395 69835 and make use of your £50 loyalty voucher.
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