Facilities are amazing, the opportunity to do a wide range of activities is second to none. Most of the activities are reasonably priced, all things considered. It's very functional, clean and tidy, and in the main staff are excellent. It has woodland charm, freedom for children and having to park the car away from the lodges is awesome. Real escapism, esp considering the amount of driving we do for work. Swimming area is pretty awesome and never really felt overcrowded (even over the bank holiday weekend). Have been to all the Parcs with the exception of the new one that opened recently and they all offer consistency - you get exactly what you think you'll get. HOWEVER, this year what really stood out is how expensive it's become to eat and drink - it's very close to being a complete rip off. Lunch for 2 adults, 1 child shouldn't come to £35 and thats just in the sports bar using the lunch part of the menu (soups, sandwiches, appetisers). Dinner in what is described as the Lakeside Inn (pub grub) is priced to grab every pound out of your wallet. A normal fish and chips anywhere in a North West pub is around £6-£8 here is closer to £12 and I have to say it but it's average at best. Its such a shame as it now feels like its built to take every pound from you and takes the edge of what is a great holiday. Of course ALL the restaurants are optional and you can take your own food and cook at the lodge. But to those new to CP it's only fair this is pointed out in this review. You simply can't say the food and drink options are 'good value' even if you have a few quid.
My overall tip is plan in advance (esp if on a budget), to be fair to CP they are very transparent - all the menus are online - but just be prepared to spend way above market value for food and drink and you'll have a fantastic time. All this moaning won't put me off going again because the activities are perfect for our family and that's why we go, but I don't think we'll eat out next time.
- Also Known As:
- Center Parcs Whinfell Forest Hotel Penrith
- Center Parcs Whinfell Forest Penrith, Cumbria