We had a 4 bedroom original exclusive lodge which included a sauna, steam room & hot tub.
There for 3 & a bit days: mon-fri = 3 full days, 1evening (mon) & away by 10am on fri for close to £1700. + £100 for 3 bikes & a trailer + over £300 for activities. i.e. close to £700 per day!
There with wife, grandchildren (2), son (teenager 15yrs) & daughter/son in-law. Great to have chance to spend so much time together so hard to say it was not great value for money, but it wasn't. Everyone loved the lodge, beds v comfortable, living area open & light, surrounded by forest (red squirrel & mallard both arrived at hot tub for a feed).
Weather was great, activities all enjoyed especially the ariel adventure (son in-law + teenager + 9 yr old) and spa (wife & daughter).
Centre park supermarket was on the whole reasonably priced, if you don't bring alcohol etc with you expect to pay over the odds.
Staff all very friendly and helpful, lodge v clean, beds spotless.
Experience was almost entirely positive but kitchen pots/pans are just "crap", (apologies for swearing but frankly disgusted) clearly they don't want to encourage any cooking in the lodges! Supposedly non stick frying pans tiny & eggs stuck to surface, so only one attempt at cooked breakfast made! NOT GOOD ENOUGH FOR THIS PRICE. The meal delivery service though convenient is grossly over priced £77 for Chinese meal for 4 people, could get more and better quality at home for less than £30.
Overall we had a great, fun filled few days, the hot tub probably the most appreciated part of the experience. For this price there should have be no negatives & in my opinion at least 2 bikes should be included in the deal.
If you have spare cash, want to treat yourself and your family then this offers a great active experience. If you are looking for a bargain and don't like walking this isn't for you!
We enjoyed it and will probably be back (equipped with own pots n pans next visit).
- Also Known As:
- Center Parcs Whinfell Forest Hotel Penrith
- Center Parcs Whinfell Forest Penrith, Cumbria