Never been to a Center Parcs before and was a bit unsure having read such mixed reviews. I didn't book the 4 day break - got it cheap from a collegue at work who couldn't go. I have to say I wouldn't have considered going had I had to pay the full price ( £370) Stayed in an executive 1 bedroom apartment and extra had been paid to be Lake facing which was a bit of a rip off as we could only just see it out of the corner of one window!
Apartment was good, nicely furnished and clean and OK for 2 for 4 nights. Found the whole checking in thing abit mad as everyone seemed to go crazy once the gate opened and everyone rushed to their homes! Unloading the car was a bit of a nightmare as I'd taken everything but the kitchen sink as did not know what to expect in terms of weather and apartment/site facilities. Apartments are in a block and you can't get your car right to your door!
We made the most of the good weather and went out everyday and drove round the area. This did mean a 40 min walk to and from the car park everyday as you have to return your car to the car park after unloading. Saw lots of the Lake District (which was fantastic) and didn't sample any of the activities on offer in the parc. It just wasn't our thing. I'm sure plenty of (rich) people love it but it wasn't for us. We left early after 2 sleepless nights following an appearance in our room by a mouse. We did report it but I couldn't sleep after that and we decided to pack up and go at our leisure rather than with everyone else the next morning
- Also Known As:
- Center Parcs Whinfell Forest Hotel Penrith
- Center Parcs Whinfell Forest Penrith, Cumbria