It's a while since we went there but I'm new to Trip Advisor and, given that I feel I know Center Parcs Longleat so well, thought I'd start with a review of that first!
Firstly, myself, my wife and subsequently a growing family have been going to this particular Center Parcs for some years now - probably around 9 times in total since 1996, but I doubt we'll return unless there are substantial changes.
We've noticed on about the last three visits the standards of the accommodation are getting lower and lower. On the last visit in September 2008, we paid for an executive woodland lodge. Upon arrival we found dirty toilets, a broken toilet seat and large stains all over the carpet in the lounge area. We also found the bedrooms to be very cramped. On our previous visits we'd always gone for at least an executive villa and once upon a time it really did feel like you were getting your money's worth - stylish, immaculate and very comfortable. These last few times it simply feels like Center Parcs are taking you for mugs - given their sky high prices (particularly in school holiday times!). It wasn't just the issues with the villa, it also took them quite a while to sort them out once reported.
On the plus side, if you've never stayed there before, Center Parcs Longleat is in a lovely tranquil setting and it is a fantastic place to take families. There are things to do for children of all ages and our kids have absolutely loved their stays there....because kids don't notice run-down, dirty and broken chalets/villas of course! The swimming pool complex / plaza is excellent and can keep you entertained all day. The rapids are great fun for adults and children - although be aware, this is the 'hot-spot' for teenage congregation during school holidays. It takes a few runs down the rapids to know where to position yourself to avoid sustaining the odd bruise!
Other plus points are the choice of restaurants and the pricing - good food, good service and 'sensibly' priced considering they pretty much have a captive audience - and the same goes for the on-site supermarket 'Parcmarket'.....again, sensibly priced and if the man in the house is into his proper ale like I am he'll enjoy the selection of local bottled beers as well as the other well-known bitters. The bakery offers an excellent selection of delicious cakes, pastries and buns as well.
If you're into your sport the facilities are excellent. I think I've entered every tournament over the years! If you have some sort of mid-life crisis and dream that you can roll back time to the youth club days and sweep all before you in lifting the table-tennis title then think again - people turn up with their own bats in their own zip-up bags. Oh yeah. Be afraid. Not to mention the football - a team from Birmingham turned up in their own kit and took it deadly seriously. So it was nice to beat them in the final. Cheers lads. Still got the medal in a drawer at home somewhere :-D
In summary - We really were Center Parcs fanatics at one point, but there's only so much you can take until eventually you say 'enough's enough'. They're no longer competitive in pricing, they've taken their customers for granted it seems and they've let their standards slip in our opinion - so pull your socks up CP!
- Also Known As:
- Center Parcs Longleat Forest Village Hotel Warminster
- Center Parcs Warminster
- Center Parcs Hotel Warminster
- Center Parcs Longleat Forest Warminster, UK - Wiltshire