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Center Parcs Whinfell Forest
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Reviewed 7 July 2014 via mobile

Visited with 3 year old and 8 month old and 4 adults. We stayed in a new style wooden lodge which was lovely. Clean nicely decorated and included everything we needed even down to a step for my son to reach the toilet/sink. We also lived the black board and big bowl of chalks andi had fun drawing a new picture for my son every night while he was in bed (or the woodland knomes did :)) The park is well set up for hound children with feeding rooms which I appreciated as although I don't mind feeding my son in public it was nice to have a quiet space to sit and feed him sometimes. There are plenty baby changing facilities and even family toilets which included two toilets a baby change and a TV ! My three year old loved that :) The two play parks are great well thought out and maintained. The small soft play areas were also fun and free to use.

We had great fun in the swimming and the changing facilities were great. Plenty of family changing , under floor heating which made it nice and cosy and lockers which you used your accommodation key band to lock which meant no fafing for £1 coins etc (there was also a screen which you could swipe your band on and it would tell you which number your locker was if you forgot )

All the restaurants had friendly staff and provided hughchairs , colouring in etc Some even provided free baby food.

My son went on the teach me balance bike class which he really enjoyed and the instructor Elliot was friendly. He also had a go on roller skates and again the staff were friendly but that wasnt a taught class. One negative was that the sports hall was roasting ! And it wasn't even that not outside. We were told by staff they no longer had access to open the roof windows and it was down to another team not in the sports hall to come and do this which just seemed silly !

My mum and I both enjoyed a treatment in the spa which we enjoyed and again the staff were very friendly and welcoming.

We also enjoyed the kids nature treasure hunt at the ranger station , the horse and carriage ride and the pedalos.


We stayed in Lake beck near the top and it was only a 10 minute at most walk to the center.

My 8 month old got a temperature while we were there and I visited the medical center who were very helpful and checked him over and told me just to come back if I needed to as well as providing details of the local out of hours doctor etc. Thankfully a bit of calpol and some rest was all he needed.

It wasn't a cheap holiday and eating out and the cost of activities can quickly add up but we knew this before visiting. You could easily spend very little with young kids though as the swimming, play parks and soft plays are free and the kitchen in the lodge is very well equipt if you wanted to cook every night. My son also enjoyed cycling his bike around the park.

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Reviewed 6 July 2014

Me and my partner went to centre parcs for our first time and we was definitely not disappointed !! When we arrived in our lakeside penthouse we were taken aback, the view from our balcony was lovely and we were never short of ducks or hares to feed!! The sauna in the room was amazing followed by the ginormous bath !! The penthouse was extremely luxurious and nearer than we anticipated to the village centre with only a couple of minutes walking distance, we booked our activities in advance and thoroughly enjoyed every activity , I recommend the water sports and the adventure mini golf !! We also booked bella Italia and hucks to go to at night time , food and service was amazing , we was pleasantly surprised ! I do not believe that centre parcs was as expensive as it is made out to be , I believe it to be worth the money. Centre parcs definitely caters to everyone's needs whether you're looking for adventure or looking to relax and escape, centre parcs literally caters for all. I highly recommend visiting the swimming pool !!! And we also visited the spa on our last night , extremely relaxing and great service . Everybody at centre parcs were friendly and enthusiastic ! Definitely be going back very soon :D

Room Tip: Lakeside apartments..... Preferably the penthouse apartment!!!
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Emma B
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Sharon_Center_Parcs, Guest Services Executive at Center Parcs Whinfell Forest, responded to this reviewResponded 7 July 2014

Thank you for sharing your thoughts following your first visit to Center Parcs. I was delighted to read that you had such a wonderful time and enjoyed all the activities you took part in.

I do hope that we will be welcoming you back again soon.

Kind regards
Sharon Press
Guest Services Executive

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Reviewed 6 July 2014

Whinfell forest is the place we keep visiting as it's so good to be able to park the car and not have to worry about anything.

Our 3 year old daughter loves the fact she can walk and run around till her hearts content with lots to do for everybody. The swimming pool is big and spacious and always inviting for everybody with various slides to keep you entertained. The eateries are nice and varied with good food being served in all with good service and polite staffing.

Once visited the East Anglia village but it didn't have the same feel as Whinfell!

Can't wait to go back again soon.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 July 2014

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).

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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 July 2014

Visited Centre Parcs as a family with ages ranging from 15 to 92. Excellent short break enjoyed by all. Two of the party were disabled and the free taxi service around Centre Parcs was very good. Range of activities on offer can not be bettered elsewhere.

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Reviewed 4 July 2014

Just back from short break - great facilities but a bit pricey. The property was dated -exactly the same as when we stay there 7 years ago although it was kept clean and tidy. We did have minor problem which was reported and the maintence service was there very quickly to sort it out. The activities were superb for our son who is 9. The staff were 99% good. The site has a new children's play area which was very good also.The bike hire was very well organised. The new wristband accomodation entry/cashless payment system is an excellent idea.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 July 2014

Although the accommodation was not up to standard - very low on cleanliness, the family enjoyed all the activities and would return. With ages ranging from 19 months to 64 there was plenty for everyone to do. The paid activities were expensive but the instructors were brilliant and very patient with strugglers.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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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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