Our party was five - 2 grandparents, 2 parents and a baby - and we rented a log cabin. The accommodation was superb and greatly exceeded my expectations. There was a large kitchen/living room/dining room which was equipped to a high standard and there was even a dishwasher! The bedrooms were fairly compact (one of them was en suite) but adequate for camp-site type of accommodation. The central heating was more than adequate but could have been bolstered by an electric fire in the hearth although this was not necessary. There was at least ten of everything in cutlery and crockery - which was helpful - and it was a nice touch to leave us a small welcoming pack of coffee, tea, milk etc. There was, however only one parking space and this was inadequate.
Reception was very good, welcoming on arrival and helpful in sorting out a hot water problem.The main action is the central building which houses a (smallish) bar, a swimming pool, a restaurant and a sort of assembly hall where the "entertainment" takes place. I am afraid that I only used the bar facilities. The bar was pleasant as was the service but, in the evening, children running around frantically in what should be an adult environment could be irritating and the management ought to put a time limit (9 pm?) on under age entry. We did visit the adjoining area for the evening entertainment but it was somewhat of a rabble and I would not recommend it unless you have children - preferably budding prima donna girls!
The camp is in the Forest of Dean and is fairly picturesque. The Forest itself is quite nice but the adjoining villages were disappointing and certainly not an advertisement for rural England! However, places like Chepstow, Monmouth and Ross on Wye are well within reach for those who want to escape. And there is a small heritage railway a few hundred yards from the camp site which is well worth spending some time on although it has limited opening days.
I cannot think of any reason to come to a place like this if you don't have children but as such I thought that it was very good and it far exceeded what I had anticipated. I actually enjoyed my stay!
- Also Known As:
- Whitemead Forest Park Hotel Parkend
- Whitemead Forest Park Hotel
- Whitemead Forest Park Forest Of Dean, Gloucestershire - Parkend
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Whitemead Forest Park is a Leisure Retreat owned by CSMA Club. The Park lies in the heart of the Forest of Dean and offers a perfect base for exploring this stunning area. Our log cabin and apartment accommodation is modern and spacious and you can even bring you tent or caravan to make the most of the great outdoors. Our extensive facilities and program of entertainment offer something for everyone. ... more less