We stayed in a 3 bed Golden Oak - March 2014
-The lodge was very modern, clean and warm.
-The underfloor heating was very effective so do turn it off a few hours before bed as we were super toasty in the night until we perfected it.
-The hot tub was great! I usually pass on such amenities but this one was very well maintained so I trusted it.
-At this time of year (Mid March) we hardly so anybody, it was very peaceful.
-We opted for,the entertainment package (wifi and movies). We did find that the movies were not so great eg choice and up to date (maybe our own taste) so next time we plan to take a DVD player and our own movies.
-Bed was super comfy!
-Be assured the Smoke alarm is very effective - I burnt the toast!
-You can order pizza via your TV and a fish and chip van (looked like a decent van!) visits one night if you wanted a hit of take away. We mainly ate in our went to the pubs.
-We hired bikes which seemed well maintained.
-We do feel the cycle maps could be much more informative (a basic print out with minimal reference points) as we did get seriously confused on the 9 mile route (maybe it was our skills but we have followed maps before!). You do need to like hills also! The 4 mile was great however.
Could be better minor hints:
-We did have to wait for an hour and half for the introduction/welcome visit to our lodge. We kinda had to hang about until they arrived so missed picking up our bikes. We would have had a quick cycle or walk around to get our bearings otherwise. Obviously it's a busy time for them (check in) and we actually figured out how to work the TV and hot tub ourselves whilst waiting so we didn't need the talk. The reps were very lovely however.
-Although the kitchen was well stocked the dishwasher did not work so great so annoyingly we had to wash pots again by hand and resorted to giving up on the dishwasher. I usually do pots at home so this would have been a treat.
-Some of the utensils/tins could have done with replacing to keep up the the spec of the rest of the lodge.
-Some information at the welcome chat would be beneficial as I was unsure what to do with no phone signal if we had an emergency in the night (i suddenly thought as I went to bed) though there's a bit of info in the lodge book which I didn't get round to reading until later.
-Bike drop off at the lodge would be an extra treat to add to the package.
-The shop was pretty pricy (as usual in such places) so do pack what you need ahead of time if you can. There are nice cake shops in Pickering if you want to stock up.
-Customer Service - not to be picky but when we handed in our key at check out we didn't get an enquiry about how our stay was which would have been nice. Hence we didn't get to say re the dishwasher and cycle map (we still dont understand how we got off piste!) etc. The staff were busy and distracted to be fair but that kind of enquiry does round of the trip and gives a bit of feedback.
-There's a fair bit to do in the area so you can be busy as you like.
-Scarborough was a nice coastal day out, as was York. Pickering was nice however the steam train was only running at weekends so we missed out on that (next time!) and the Castle wasn't open yet too.
-There's a nice farm shop on the way from Cropton towards Pickering - buy the orange drizzle cake and cycle it off!
We would definitely stay here again and also will try out the other venues...
Thanks Forest Holidays :)
- Also Known As:
- Cropton Cabins Hotel Pickering
- Forest Holidays Cropton, North Yorkshire Pickering