This year, as last, we stayed in one of the 4 bed Executive houses with the games room, hot tub and sauna room. It was clean and well presented on arrival and the housekeepers were very friendly every time they called.
We made full use of our own private hot tub, steam room and sauna which were all well maintained and clean with the possible exception of the steam room which had a bit of black mould and smelt a bit 'off' but not enough to spoil it. We only did a couple of activities, we booked a badminton court and a soft tennis court both of which were good value.
We ate out most days, although avoided the Pancake House as last year (can't be proven and may just be coincidence) two of our party were unwell. This year they weren't.. The Cafe Rouge food was exceptional but the service, although good, was perhaps a bit lacking for the price we paid (well over £120 for 4 adults) so we will try the new one next door next time. We avoided all food and drink at the Sports Bar as it was a bit too hectic and didn't seem to be very good value for money. The shop was reasonably priced considering where it is and was extremely well stocked, well done. Dexter's burger/fast food by the shop was good value, we bought two large boxes of fries to take home for £4 which was real value!
The swimming pool was as good as ever, the rapids as good as ever and this time we managed to find a changing room by going when it opened. It does get a bit busy at peak times.
Now a couple of negative points - Be aware that cyclists and pedestrians have to share sometimes very narrow paths, especially the walk down the zig zag boardwalk from the Village square to the Jardin Des Sports. Some cyclists go a bit fast and see pedestrians as an inconvenience and don't always give them room, and to be fair a lot of pedestrians wander all over the place on these boardwalks - if you keep in you should be OK, if you're a group just accept that you'll have to walk on the left and all keep to the same side, in single file. It can get quite boisterous at times. Have your wits about you and give way in turn!
I called the fault reporting number to ask if there was any way I could reduce, or at least control the stifling heat in the house. There are thermostats in every room but despite trying to set them all at 16 degrees (the lowest) I could not get the temperature to go down. It really felt like the heating was on all the time at an indicated 22 degrees. The response was that the houses are so well insulated it takes sometimes days for the heat to go.. and I had to open the windows, even overnight in the freezing outside temperatures.
This brings me on to the most annoying point again, just the same as last year... the location of the block of houses is next to the staff parking on the route to the Plaza which is where all the deliveries and service vehicles go. So, especially at 'rush hour' you get a lot of big lorries, tractors and various other traffic going to and fro to the Plaza. With open windows...the noise is loud! Now thast's fair enough, but the ridiculous speed at which the traffic goes is completely dangerous. The Center Parcs own vans seem to be more disciplined than the visitors but there is no way the 10mph speed limit is followed. In fact I would say more like 30mph, especially the delivery courier vans which seemed to be to worst. When it's dark, or even in daylight, I strongly advise you NOT to walk or cycle from Pine numbers 96 - 100 to the Plaza without keeping well in from the 'road' and whatever you do don't let your kids out without supervision. The pinch point as the road goes up to the right near the Venue entrance is dark, blind and really not safe. It would be if drivers remembered where they were! Speed humps, a pavement, something is needed here. Be warned.
Other than that again a great holiday and we will return, but with high viz jackets and some ear plugs!
- Also Known As:
- Center Parcs Longleat Forest Village Hotel Warminster
- Center Parcs Warminster
- Center Parcs Hotel Warminster
- Center Parcs Longleat Forest Warminster, UK - Wiltshire