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!
- Also Known As:
- Center Parcs Whinfell Forest Hotel Penrith
- Center Parcs Whinfell Forest Penrith, Cumbria