I was so worried about staying here after reading such negative reviews as of late. We arrived last Saturday afternoon. The park is slightly set back from the road so you may end up driving past it like we did! If coming from Pickering end the turning is approx 100yds after CedarBarn farm shop and cafe on the same left hand sign. There is a wooden sign with Tantara Lodges above the hedgerows so keep your eyes peeled!
A few reviews stated it was hard to spot the number of the log cabins when driving onto the park. There are only about 5 or 6 log cabins anyway and not miles away from each other so it's not a huge hardship to get out of the car and look at the numbers on the lodges but the very end log cabin is number 1 if it helps!
The key was in the door when we arrived and we were pleasantly surprised at the log cabin and somewhat relieved to find it was quite nice and homely! It had quite a few essentials. Cutlery, plates, bowls, dishes, wine glasses, mugs, tumblers, saucepans, colander, oven trays, washing up liquid, sponge, tea towel, iron and ironing board and even a corkscrew and bottle opener for our wine and beer!! The only thing I'd advise you need is toilet roll, bath towels, hand towels, bin liners if staying for a few days and we took bed linen aswell which I'm pleased we did because as some reviews stated the pillowcases were stained but again not a hardship to take your own pillowcases.
The hot tub was at a nice temperature on arrival so no complaints there. We didn't use it on our first night but used it about 3 times during our week's stay. I must agree with other reviewers who said the temperature was temperamental at times and took ages to heat up some evenings and the bottom of the tub was full of limescale.
The lodges are in the most brilliant location only half an hour's drive from Whitby, Scarborough and York. We were out most days but spent the evenings in our lodge and found we only used £7 in the electric meter the whole week, that's with 4/5 hours of TV on every night, lights and heating on. Not bad value at all for the electric.
If you are wanting take-away, Pickering has Lee's Chinese and Noyon's Indian. Both fantastic and only a 2 minute drive. Noyon's is nice for a sit down meal as well. Can't recommend that place highly enough!! A 3 minute drive in the other direction is Thornton Le Dale with a fish and chip shop and a pizza/kebab shop. Chippy was ok but not the best. See what you think though. Also plenty of nice pubs to eat at in Thornton Le Dale. Not much in Pickering but there is a small co-op and a cost cutter if you need any groceries.
We saw nothing of the owners and were left to our own devices which was nice but there is a welcome pack in the lodge with their contact numbers should you need them.
Didn't see loads of wildlife but a Deer ran across the park one evening and there are two friendly terrier dogs that occasionally roam about but near their owners farm house and a cat who is also very friendly. No cat/dog mess to be seen! With regards to flies, we got a couple in our log cabin from having the door/window open but you're in the middle of a forest so what do you expect?!
All in all, a really nice stay for us in a great location but could do with just a little more attention to detail, a little more time, effort and care spent to fix things like broken blinds and heated towel rails and then these lodges would be excellent!
- Also Known As:
- Tantara Woodland Hotel Pickering
- Tantara Woodland Lodges Pickering, Yorkshire