Before I start, I just want to say that this is NOT a sponsored or paid for post. Last year as a sort of honeymoon, but with the kids, we decided to go to Center Parcs at Longleat Forest. We had heard good things about it and they have those pretty TV ads, plus as we were staying in term time, it was a third of the price of during the school holidays. Since we went in September, we’ve been back twice as we had a really good time and the place was lovely.
We stayed in a New Style Executive Villa, which from the outside looks basically like a shack in the woods, but inside they are nicely decorated and fully equipped, even down to a TV and DVD player in each of the two bedrooms. Cots and highchairs are supplied and these particular villas are serviced daily by housekeeping which, for a lazy so and so such as myself is great!
On leaving your villa, there is lots to do on the park, so much so that you don’t really need to leave during your stay. We spent a lot of time in the grandly named Sub-Tropical Swimming Paradise, where the kids loved the wave machine and the age-appropriate water slides and I really loved the Lazy River as there was minimum effort involved! After swimming, there are plenty of restaurants and a small shop in the Central Plaza.
There are also loads of activities to book onto including sports, creative things like pottery painting and also a number of play parks suitable for a range of ages.
So, now I’ve sung Center Parcs’ praises, there are a couple of things that are not so great. There are loads of activities to book on, yes, but most of them do cost extra, so sometimes it is like they’re charging a captive audience, but there are lots of things to do that you don’t need to pay for so, you don’t NEED to spend the money, but naggy kids etc etc – you know what I mean! Also, although we loved going there, I think when we first went, our youngest was a bit too young at 18 months for a lot of what we wanted to do, but as he’s getting a bit older I think that will be less of an issue.
So Center Parcs is one of our favourite holiday destinations, what are yours? Do you have a favourite place you like to go to again and again?