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Center Parcs Whinfell Forest
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Reviewed 24 June 2014

Just returned from a fantastic holiday at whinfell forest. We stayed in a comfort plus lodge with a party of 4 adults and 2 children and a 4month old.
We had excellent weather, which I don't doubt enhanced our enjoyment but there was so much to do even if the weather was bad.
The only criticism I have of our accommodation is that our carpet was dirty and left feet and socks visibly soiled, our vacuum and a hair dryer was broken . After reporting the damaged items to guest services the hair dryer was replaced, the vacuum was not. Otherwise the accommodation was ideal for our break, with everything we needed provided. I would advise though that though towels are provided it is just one bath and one hand towel per person, so you may wish to take more.
Check in was quick, easy and drive through. The wristband key system that doubles up as cashless payment is genius and ideal in the pool area.
The subtropical paradise is breathtaking and the look of wonder on our 3 year olds face upon walking in was priceless! Excellent layout and plenty to do for all ages. Food from the canopy cafe was reasonably priced and better quality than I expected. I read in the handbook on our last day that there is no uv filter on the glass at the pool so sunscreen should be worn, having not read this until the last day we didn't, but mentioning it here might be of use to someone else!
We ate at The Indian restaurant, which we really enjoyed, the pancake house (twice!) and rolled home and Hucks American diner, which was good and on a par with similar type restaurants I've been to. Service was great everywhere!
My sister in law and I did the evening spa experience which was well worth the money, special mention to the lovely Ellie who coaxed us into trying the sauna ritual! Which has to be tried!
My 3 year old did the creepy Crawley activity and pony trekking and loved both, word of warning though, the pony trekking is about a half mile off site, resulting in a hot, whingy 3 year old by the time we got there! Really well organised though with careful choosing of the right pony based on height, weight and riding experience.
All in all, an excellent holiday! Lots of up and down hill walking but well defined paths and roads to follow and plenty to do, but no pushiness to sign up for things, and very family and pram friendly. Will definitely be back!

  • Stayed: June 2014
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Reviewed 24 June 2014

Third visit to Centre Parcs and it was great we had a real chill out weekend and fortunately the weather was hot and sunny. I had previously stayed in Seven Pines but this time we were in Meadow View and it was just lovely I think I preferred it. The accommodation was as always first class and the facilities superb. Would definitely go back.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 24 June 2014

Overall the weekend break at Centre Parcs was very enjoyable and relaxing. The staff were helpful, courteous and friendly and the facilities were fully functioning and clean. The swimming pool was used everyday as were the sports facilities. The wildlife were semi-tame as they were so used to human contact and we had ducklings pecking at our shoes under the dining tables and saw deer, rabbits (everywhere) and red squirrels in abundance.

The negatives are a short list which included too much litter around the Boardwalk area outside the swimming pool entrance, highly priced restaurants (and some of the shops)and some activities which would be very costly for a large family. Other activities were fairly priced and seemed good value given the high standard of the facilities.

The biggest complaint was probably due to our own lack of knowledge of the layout of the lodges. We paid extra for a Lakeside Lodge but were right next to the Lakeside Inn which was noisy especially on the quiz night ( we could hear the questions through closed windows with the TV on) and meant that we were overlooked at mealtimes when we used the patio dining furniture. This really did detract from an otherwise excellent break.

Overall we had a good time, but we would definitely recommend that you check where you are staying. We will go back, but obviously not to the same lodge.

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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Thank Ian W
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Sharon_Center_Parcs, Guest Services Executive at Center Parcs Whinfell Forest, responded to this reviewResponded 25 June 2014

I sorry that you were unaware of the close proximity of the Lakeside Inn to your lodge. When making a booking on the internet, guest are able to view a map of the Village to help them select accommodation in a location suitable for their needs.

That said, I am pleased that overall you had an enjoyable relaxing stay and that your disappointment with the location of your lodge has not deterred you from wishing to return again in the future.

Kind regards
Sharon Press
Guest Services Executive

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Reviewed 24 June 2014

We stayed here over the Easter holidays and had a great time. Check in was quick and well organised and it was very easy to find our lodge. We stayed in a traditional style lakeside lodge and it had everything we needed. The interior definitely needs updating, however it was clean enough although far from spotless (towel heaters, headboards etc., could have done with a good clean). We booked lots of activities for our 3 year old - ten pin bowling, painting with tots, mini crossbows, football coaching, an outing with owls etc....and every one of them was excellent. They were very well run and all staff involved were excellent with small children. The pool is great for adults and kids and the family changing rooms are excellent - lots of space for everyone. We hired a bike and again the pick up and drop off were quick and efficient. We ate at the Lakeside Inn, Bella Italia, Hucks and used the take away service. All meals were lovely although the food at Bella Italia was a bit tasteless. Yes, it's expensive, but if you make your peace with this before you go, it makes it easier to swallow! We've already booked for next year.

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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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Thank BDGALL
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Reviewed 24 June 2014

It is becoming a regular habit to celebrate my husbands birthday. It is so relaxing being amongst the trees and the chalets are cleverly positioned so you feel quite private. They must be good employers as all the staff seem very friendly and helpful. You can make it as cheap or as expensive as you want, depending on how much you want to do. It is great as there is something for everyone. There is even a crèche and baby sitting services.To get the most of it you are best to order your activities in advance so as not to waist time or be disappointed. Our treat is to book a take away to be delivered on the first night (again book in advance). Be warned the premier banquets are massive and will feed you nearly all weekend. My parents did a llama walk this time and just loved it. The cupcake decorating was a bit basic, It was aimed at children but it was all adults. They could look at doing a more advanced one. I think probably everything at Aqua sauna is lovely.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 June 2014

We stayed in a new style executive lodge sleeping 8 people. We went for a Hen party (even though these are not allowed!) we knew we would have a great time and wanted to party without the tackiness of a typical hen party!

The lodge was immaculate, well designed, modern and well placed. We stayed quite far away from the centre but the 10-15 minute walks served us well, especially hung over!

We also had a physiotherm room in our lodge which was brilliant. The showers were amazing, I think they call them the waterfall type ones? The kitchen was well equipped to cook and serve 8 people. The standard things were included, tv, hair dryers in each room, towels, a couple of dishwasher tabs etc. we took everything else ourselves for breakfasts etc. we even had a wine fridge- bonus!

Whilst there we only did 2 activities; cheerleading party and roller skating. Both were good fun. The facilities are excellent. We did visit Aquasana spa for the afternoon on the Sunday, which was simply amazing. Great clean facilities. Very indulgent and relaxing. The best spa I have visited. Staff were very helpful with requests and help when required. We got it on one of the deals making it £37 each for the 3hrs.

Our top tips were

Do a shop for your stay before you go. The parc market is expensive, but convenient if you run out/ forget things.
Take toilet roll as it's limited in the lodges :)
Take bikes, inexpensive but get to see more and keep occupied
Visit the spa it's amazing
Avoid the quiz at the inn on the lake-it was painful :( haha
Be mindful it's full of families. (No rowdy parties) it has a great atmosphere don't spoil it. Would be happy to have my children playing out as it feels so safe.
Have a brilliant time! We will definitely be back!!

In fact I've just booked Sherwood for July :-)

Room Tip: Pay the extra for the executive...so worth it!
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 23 June 2014

Great safe family holiday the only fault i had was the cost of eating out you could not eat out every day of you stay as it was too expensive.accommodation could do with being updated, swimming pool was first class

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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Thank roy j
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Additional Information about Center Parcs Whinfell Forest

Address: Whinfell Forest, Penrith CA10 2DW, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Eden District > Penrith
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 23 Speciality Lodging in Penrith
Hotel Class:5 star — Center Parcs Whinfell Forest 5*
Number of rooms: 20
Also Known As:
Center Parcs Whinfell Forest Hotel Penrith
Center Parcs Whinfell Forest Penrith, Cumbria

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