I stayed here with my three bridesmaids for my hen do from 20th-23rd June. We had a six berth Golden Oak cabin and paid the extra to choose our own before we went, and chose number 11.
We arrived too early to check in so went out for lunch to the nearby Plough at Duloe. It's a ten minute drive from the site and the food was gorgeous. Large portions and reasonably priced too. Highly recommended.
On arrival the cabin was spotless. It looks like it's had a recent refurb as all the furniture and kitchen units were unmarked, there were no dirty marks on the paintwork and everything was still shiny and clean in the bathroom. There was plenty of crockery and utensils in the cupboards, and a good range of kitchen accessories to cook a basic meal.
The cabin was not overlooked at all, but some of them at the other end of the site looked a bit close together and were overlooked by other cabins.
There were quite a few cars parked up which made me think they were fairly busy that weekend, but it was so peaceful it was as if we were the only ones there at times. Our cabin was right on the waters edge. We had allocated parking but it was not right next to the cabin - we had to park on the road and walk down some quite steep steps and gravel bank. Not a problem for us, but bear this in mind if you're choosing cabin 11 and have mobility issues. Some cabins do have parking directly outside.
We had a grocery delivery after our arrival which we'd pre-ordered at home before we left. I contacted Deer Park beforehand and they informed me that Tesco, Sainsburys and Asda all deliver to the site. We chose Tesco and when we checked in on the Friday we informed them of our order and they made a note of it so they could direct the driver to our cabin.
The beds were very comfortable and the duvets very snuggly. I sometimes wake up with backache when I'm sleeping away from home, but this was not the case. There was an en-suite off the main bedroom which I had but there was only a bath in it, no shower. There was a twin room upstairs next to the master bedroom, and a twin downstairs next to the bathroom, which did have a shower. There was a Wii in the lounge but we didn't use it, and likewise with the log burner (it was a hot weekend!). The TV only had five channels (and not a brilliant picture) but again, we didn't use the TV so it wasn't a problem.
The hot tub was ready for use on our arrival and was plenty warm enough. It was checked each morning and most of my evenings were spent in it! Plastic glasses are provided so you don't take glass outside.
There is absolutely no mobile phone reception anywhere on site. Don't forget you are in the forest in quite literally the middle of nowhere, so there's no reason why there should be reception. This was not a problem for me as it was nice to get away from phonecalls, Facebook and e-mails for a few days. There is wifi in reception. A couple of my party went up there over the weekend to check into their return flights home but it wasn't available for whatever reason, but the staff allowed them to use the computer behind the desk.
The staff on site were all very friendly and helpful. My bridesmaids had arranged a spa afternoon in our cabin on the Sunday afternoon, and despite the booking being in my name it was kept a surprise from me. We thought we had trouble with the hot tub on our arrival as it didn't seem to be making many bubbles, and within 10 minutes of us going to reception someone was round looking at it. It turns out it was fine, it was us just expecting it to be a bit more powerful than what it was.
My party arrived in two separate cars and both sat navs took us down single track country lanes that made us question whether we were going the right way. Over the course of the weekend as we went out and about we discovered that there are more direct ways to get to the cabin than the sat navs took us. So do take a map and use that as well - the sat navs certainly did not take us the most direct way to places. Cornwall is very rural in places and people had warned me about the roads before I went, but I didn't think we'd be taken down single track lanes to get places!
I only have a few negatives from my trip, none of which spoilt my trip but would have made it 100% perfect instead of 99%...
Firstly the decking didn't look like it had been swept as there were a few cigarette butts on the floor. Leaves I can understand as you are surrounded by trees, but a group of non-smokers do not wish to be picking up other peoples dirty fag butts.
Secondly, there were four of us in a six berth cabin, but every day by the time the fourth person got into the shower in the morning there was hardly any water pressure. It was a really powerful shower to start with, but by the end it was just a dribble. If there were six people staying in the cabin this would have been more of a problem.
Thirdly, being a Golden Oak cabin, dressing gowns and slippers were provided BUT only in the master bedroom. If the cabin sleeps six then there should be six provided in my opinion. I'd done my research before going and knew there would only be two gowns for the master bedroom, so two of my party went prepared and took their own.
Fourthly, the hot tub only seated four people, maybe five at a push. There was certainly no room for a sixth person due to the steps in the way. This wasn't a problem for us as there was only four of us. If the cabin was at it's full capacity somebody would have been left disappointed! The table on the decking was also only big enough for four people. It was quite a tired looking park style table/bench which had a large grease stain on it at one end. We did notice some cabins had reasonably new-looking tables and chairs of a different style and this would probably have been preferred as a few of us suffer from backache after sitting on a bench for too long.
This is my third visit to Forest Holidays - I've stayed in Silver Birches at Strathyre and Keldy in the past. I've not been let down yet but the actual cabin I had at Deer Park has probably been the best. Whilst walking round the site we did notice a few cabins were in the process of being refurbished.
Overall, I had a fabulous time. The only negatives I've mentioned really were minor issues and didn't spoil my holiday in the slightest but I felt that they need to be mentioned.
I'd definitely go back. Maybe not in a Golden Oak as I don't feel the extra is worth it. I'm quite happy taking my own towels and dressing gowns, and am not interested in having a Wii. A Silver Birch is perfectly adequate for me as all I want is a hot tub :-) We only went for a Golden Oak as at the time of booking it was all that was available with a hot tub that had more than two twin beds.
- Also Known As:
- Deerpark Forest Cabins Hotel Liskeard
- Forest Holidays Deerpark, Cornwall Liskeard