Written on: 04/10/2012 by VikkiH
We have just got home from a mid-week break at Center Parcs Whinfell Forest and thought I must write a review - as I had been scouring the internet review sites before I booked. Myself, husband and son 20months booked a 3 bed new style woodland lodge (as I noticed on one review site and discovered during searching for lodge availablilty) it was cheaper (by £100) to get a 3 bed than a 2 bed, so friends of ours came up for 2 nights with their little boy. (so tip one - check for all rooms... (read more)
Written on: 04/05/2012 by Barrie1234 (1 review written)
My family and i stayed 16h April to 20th April, My second visit, my daughters unteenth, are party consisted of thirteen people, what a time we had again, the freedom to do what you want go were you want, the staff are obliging but not pushy, you must have a fantastic H R dept' i as the elder statesman of the family was left to fend for my self whilst the family enjoyed your centre, this i did not mind, i chatted with folk and your staff, one particuler staff member Janet is her name i met... (read more)
Written on: 02/11/2011
We have been regular visitors to Center Parcs, Whinfell Forest, for many, many years and have enjoyed some great breaks there. However, things have drifted on a number of levels and they have got overly greedy. It is time Center Parcs had a wake-up call. We went again this year for a 4 night stay at half term (24-28 October) and paid over £900 for a 3 bed semi detached lodge in Badger Wood. Prices have been going through the roof and all you get included is the swimming facility. Center... (read more)
Written on: 01/08/2011
We have just returned from a short break at Centre Parcs, we were a large group but we found the short break excellent, alright it was quiet expensive but this was because we were a group of 11 and we felt some of the major activities were a lot of money however, once you did the activities and the time you were doing the activities it was good value for money. The accommodation was fab and clean, all the staff were friendly and very helpful. A good family break had by all and the kids... (read more)
Written on: 18/06/2011
Over all impressed with Center Parcs. If you want an action packed holiday and are happy to leave the car parked up all week and travel around the site by bike or walking then you will enjoy your break. Lots of nature, Red Squirrels, birds etc. Fab activities for the kids and adults. Staff fantastic very helpful. Not a cheap holiday option though. But overall depends what you want.....I can't stand the thought of being stuck on a plane for hours!! Take supplies with you to save a few... (read more)
Written on: 07/06/2011 by abram9438 (1 review written)
We had a family short break in May and all had a brill time! Lodges were lovely with red squirrels and a greedy pheasant on our patio every day. Amazing views and fun Activities for all abilities. Staff all helpful and polite. What I loved most was the children cycle without fear of cars. They loved the water park which they could use whenever they wanted for free! Cannot wait to return! (read more)
Written on: 31/05/2011
I am a huge fan of center parcs, and have been visiting since i was a child. I stayed in the Lakeside Apartments which was a studio. The sofa is comfy, the beds brilliant, the television and sound system good and the kitchen was absolutely fine, but at a place like this how much time are you actually going to spend in your room?! The only problem was no chopping board, but i went to guest services asked if there should be one, and we had one dropped off within 45 minutes. The forest is... (read more)
Written on: 28/05/2011
We have been going to Whinfell for 3 years now with our son, daughter in law and grandchildren. We always have a lovely time We go for the New executive lodges but this year as previously stated getting a little tired now could do with an update. Facilities for little ones are great and the village centre is lovely. Lakeside Inn although just updated was a dissapointment this year menu not as good However there is something for everyone at Whinfell you will always have a great holiday A... (read more)
Written on: 24/05/2011
I am unable to get out very often and until last year had never been away with my family. Last year we came to center parcs for the first time and had a brilliant time it made us closer so much so we came back this year and although the weather was bad still had a brilliant time. This is the only break we have together and have already booked for next year.
There is so much for everyone to do and I look forward to the twilight sauna. My boys like outdoor activities and are never in.We always... (read more)
Written on: 22/05/2011
Accomadation could have done with a decent clean a lot of spider webs on the ceiling carpet, needed a good hoover and the dado rails were covered in dust but otherwise it was a great place brilliant facilites for kids and adults great staff and an amazing pool.; Shops a wee bit more expensive than usual. there is a morrisons in the local town which is slightly cheaper to do your shopping (read more)
Written on: 20/05/2011
This was our first visit to Whinfell Center parcs and we will definitely
be going back. The accomodation and all the facilities were excellent value
for money. There was a large variety of activities to do and you could make
your holiday as energetic or as relaxing as you wanted. Everybody was very
helpful and am looking forward to going back already. (read more)
Written on: 18/05/2011
Center parcs, whinfell forest was a great place for a holiday. You can chose what pace you want your holiday to go at. Lots of amenities and location is very relaxed if you don't want to indulge in loads of activities.
Having a BBQ and chilling out in front of a log fire with a glass of wine was one of my favourite bits.
Swimming in the pool was great.
One thing which would have been helpful was knowing that you could relax with a cup of herbal tea in the aqua sana prior to treatment, as... (read more)
Written on: 17/05/2011
centre parcs is amazing i have been going for 14 years everyone is so helpful every were you go there are facilities for feeding and heating up babies bottles and free food you just feel you are in another country its clean and as cheap or as expencive as you want to make it swimming all day if you want free with lots of activities fom £3 up depending on age they are disabled friendly all over the village you carnt help but enjoy this place i would reccommend this place highly (read more)
Written on: 16/05/2011
Amazing place,lots for all to do of all ages.Staff are extremely helpful and obliging in all departments of the parc.Acomadation very spacious comfortable and clean. (read more)
Written on: 16/05/2011
Comfortable & clean accomidation which needs modernising, good value for the comfort lodge sleeps 6 near to the centre. Aqua Sauna was lovely for 3hrs peace, quite & relaxation. Supermarket shop good fresh quality food, swimming centre great fun for adults & children, Staff friendly & helpful. would recommend to all age groups. will go again with my Husband & grandchild. (read more)
Written on: 16/05/2011
I have been coming back to Winfell again and again more than a few times. I have brought my family and friends and had some good times here.
Although there have been a few bad experiances with various staff members in the past, I will come back again because those pale when compared to the good memories that have been collected over time.
Of course there is room for improvement in every establishment and that holds true for Winfell too but it has a charm that cannot be denied.
And one day I... (read more)
Written on: 16/05/2011
Excellent facilities / Location / accommodation. Would recommend to anyone - with or without children. (read more)
Written on: 14/05/2011
Very helpful and friendly staff make this an ideal holiday for all. Good facilities whatever the weather. (read more)
Written on: 14/05/2011
This was my 3rd visit to Center Parcs and my 2nd to Whinfell i first went to Whinfell as a child and now 9 years later i have returned as a parent and so from both aspects you would look at a venue (to cover you and your children) it is great.
The staff were all great apart from one one occasion where the staff at one of the Starbucks had an argument in front of us. Other than that the staff were great, the people on the customer service desk were helpful and knew the events/activity on... (read more)
Written on: 14/05/2011
A great short break for anyone, the place is amazing and the staff are really helpful!
I would recommend to anyone! Paintballing is a must if you are staying for a week!
I would deffinately go again and again, the amount of things to do is too much for just
One week so a return next year is deffinately in order :) (read more)
Written on: 23/04/2011
A fabulous holiday in an amazing location. By far the most helpful and happy staff we have ever met, without exception whether it be lifeguards, shop assistants, waiters or activity staff. An outstanding swimming pool area that was very clean and felt incredibly safe for our children. We will definately be back! (read more)
Written on: 03/04/2011
Love Center Parcs, give it a go, you won't be sorry. They have everything on site and are very helpful. Term time is quite a bit cheaper. Great for families. Enjoy. (read more)
Written on: 26/03/2011 by Siswick (2 reviews written)
Just want to express my disappointment with regards to my recent stay at Centre Parcs Whinfell Forest.
Stayed in the Lakeside Apartments, very strange smell in the corridor and leaking roof for duration of stay, myself and my daughter sat in the armchairs for less than half an hour and both had a rash and started itching. Next day had what looked like flea bites, I'm not one to complain and thought we would only be in the apartments for sleeping so just put up with it.
First night went to... (read more)
Written on: 23/03/2011 by jillmonline (4 reviews written)
I have visited Whinfell Forest twice now, once as a couple, once as a family with other half, baby, and grandparents. Each visit offered something different.
Second time i went with 5 month old baby found Centerparcs to be the perfect destination - they'd thought of everything! I didn't feel self conscious having a baby out for a meal - everybody did!! (about 6.30pm) - v few children when i went out with just other half (8-9ish) so as a couple you can escape too. The activities are... (read more)
Written on: 19/03/2011 by alfiehill (1 review written)
An excellent value for money break which provides both an active or quiet holiday. Facilities very good safety a strong point especially for children. Plenty of staff present and willing to help. Food excellent. Some facilities pricey but not prohibitive. You set the pace and weather not essential as much indoor.Hope if park expands then facilities do likewise as I could see overcrowding would be a problen as more popular each year. (read more)
Written on: 11/03/2011
Stayed at Centre Parcs, Whinfell Forrest for 4 days. This is a great place for families with children of all ages. We have been to many parks across England and Scotland and this has been the best by far, you feel as if you are in a different country. Despite the initial cost it is well worth the money, you can make your trip as cheap or as expensive as you wish while you are there, partaking in the various activities provided (some of which are quite expensive). The only draw back we found... (read more)
Written on: 02/03/2011
Just come back from centre parcs whinfell forest after another 5 day brake. This is the fifth time we have been, there are 5 of us myself and my husband both retired our daughter and her husband and two grandchildren ages 7 and 11. We yet again had a great time, the lodge 23 moorland veiw was excellent it is that close to the sports plaza that my husband didn't need his hired disabled scooter.Only down side was the lake side inn was closed for refurbishment (not told at time of booking)I... (read more)
Written on: 16/02/2011 by JulesHMLL (1 review written)
This was our 4th visit to Centre Parcs, Cumbria. There is something for every age group from smaller children right through to older teenagers and the facilities and activities on offer are excellent. The lodges are cosy and well appointed with everything you need for a great break. Its a great opportunity to try a new sport or activity or you can pamper yourself and relax at the Spa. I would definitely recommend Centre Parcs to any family. (read more)
Written on: 12/02/2011 by Mrs Wendy Featherstone (1 review written)
We have just come back from our second holiday to Center Parcs. We stayed this time in a studio apartment which was a really lovely open plan lay out. It was plenty big enough for the two of us and our first impression on walking into it was very positive. There was a dining area at the far end of the apartment looking out over a duck pond. There was a sitting area with a tv and dvd on a swivel stand which meant we could also watch a dvd in bed if desired. There was a kitchen area with lots... (read more)
Written on: 23/01/2011
A fantastic break. Stayed in a 3 bedroom new style lodge. All mod cons and everything you need for self catering and comfort.Something for everyone we were a party of 6 ages 1,3,32,37,55,57 there was something for everyone. Only 1 critisism the aqua sauna was pricey in comparison to other beauty spas.Would of liked a more precise map of the location of the lodge we chose. The current map does not indicate position to village centre in distance only in time which surely is dependant on the... (read more)
Written on: 18/01/2011 by martina conway (1 review written)
Went to Whinfell Forest last sept with husband and 2 year old son. Thoroughly enjoyed it, facilities are fantastic. We were so happy we rebooked for the following year before leaving the park ,and were offered free holiday insurance as part of the package, which is an ease of mind. At Christmas a family wedding was announced and clashed with our holiday to Whinfell Forest. I rang customer services to change to the following week stating the reason and was told there was an alteration fee of... (read more)
Written on: 01/01/2011
I have been to center parcs many times and am about to go again v. soon. I would definitely recommend it to friends the accomodation and staff are great and the market is good value for money and is a great place to go with family (read more)
Written on: 22/12/2010
Amazing holiday at Whinfell, our first centre parcs visit and it wont be our last, pool was amazing the whole place was fantastic, loved being away from everything, no cars, was so peaceful and tranquil. Nature amazing too, two red squirrels, wood pecker, reindeer etc, gorgeous place. Pool was brilliant, kids loved it so much to do there, different sections and lovely bit for very young our 16mth old didntr want to leave, although heating in changing rooms was abit much, expecially the... (read more)
Written on: 17/10/2010
We booked a new style executive lodge at Whinfell Forest and should have saved our money. The accommodation was dirty, the maid service which was included was useless and there was insufficient kitchen equpment, crockery, cutlery and glassware for 8 people to prepare and eat a mea. We couldn't use the TV in the sitting area as the remote was missing, and the general decor was shabby.
If you're thinking of going, get the cheaper accommodation, you might as well, and just enjoy the the site... (read more)
Written on: 07/08/2010
I have just recently come back from Whinfell forest, centre parcs. I have been there for 13 years now. It keeps on improving every time we go. We tried new activities this time , for example field archery. This was very fun you had to target plastic animals around part of the forest. The staff are very friendly, always smiling. Life guards are very friendly and very good looking haha. Snorkelling was very fun its for all ages, we had the lifeguard called mark, he was lovely and friendly. The... (read more)
Written on: 29/06/2010
I've been going to the Centre Parcs in Cumbria since it was the independently owned 'Oasis Forest Village'. I even got engaged there in 2003 - so it is a family favourite and obviously, a very special place to my husband and I.
This year we went for our first family holiday with just us and our baby daughter for a 4 night break.
Accommodation was lovely and, without asking for it, they had provided us with a high chair and travel cot - despite the fact that Executive apartments don't come... (read more)
Written on: 11/04/2010 by Jubblyjue (1 review written)
We have just returned from a Mon - Fri break, although it felt more like a 3 day break as we couldn't check in until 3.30pm on Monday (4.30 by the time we arrived at lodge due to traffic in park) and had to check out by 10.00am on Friday. This was our first trip to Center Parcs and in future, we will prepare a holdall with swimming gear in so that we can make the most of the first day. We stayed in an executive lodge, although the lodge itself was spacious and comfortable, the cleaning was... (read more)
Written on: 06/04/2010
Just returned from a weekend at Whinfell. We had a fantastic time. Was more than a little surprised to hear some earlier comments, esp. about the lack of wildlife. We saw red squirrels every day; indeed one ventured onto our outdoor table. We also had ducks wandering to the french doors beside the patio. The facilities were very clean and I would be more than happy to go back any time. It is a fine facility, with lots to do, for adults and children alike. (read more)
Written on: 03/04/2010
We had the best weekend of our lives at Centre Parcs and if I could book again tomorrow I really would. We had two very young children with us both of whom had a wonderful time. Our accomodation was outstanding and unlike some of the pathetic reports that I have just read we had visits from ducks everyday which both my children were delighted about. The leisure facilities were amazing and the pool was lovely and warm and it was even warm enough to swim outside in the snow. I would recommend... (read more)
Written on: 02/04/2010
I have been to centre parcs several times now ,,both to Longleat and Elveden .and loved them ...So we thought we would try Whinfell.
For some reason I thought this would be a beautiful foresty spot. What a let down.
When you drive through the beautiful bleak countryside of cumbria you see a small wood on the horizon .. a type of plantation .. centre parcs is in there. Of all the parcs we have been to this is the most devoid of wildlife.. No happy ducks or deer tryiing to get breakfast from... (read more)
Written on: 27/03/2010
we have been going here at least twice a year since 1998 it is that good,people are put off by the price but if you get a 8 birth and 8 people go you can pay as little as £40 each for monday to friday,also look out for the money off codes at hotukdeals which can save you 30%.the resturaunts are all good and the free indoor water park is gr8.would recomend a holiday here to anyone. (read more)
Written on: 18/01/2010 by fred sonic (2 reviews written)
Superb. Spacious, well equipped accomodation. Accomodation was adequately clean, one toilet could have been better. Clean, warm pool, warm heated floor in the pool, busy but not crowded,. Lots to do. Friendly staff. Very little litter. No teenage yobbos. Good entertainment on Saturday night. Lots of good places to eat. Yes, the activities can be expensive when you start to add them up, but there are no hidden costs. Will certainly be back. (read more)
Written on: 27/10/2009
I think it is a wonderfull place and well adapted to all ages it is clean and tidy and the only thing i have noted liked is the coming home.The shows are fantastic and i would recamend going to them.I will defently be going again. (read more)
Written on: 03/10/2009
I have just returned from whinfell forrest and i would say this has been the best british holiday i have been on .
i went with my husband and my two boys who are 2 and 6months , we stayed in one of the old style comfort lodge and i found this very clean and comfortable . before i went i read a few reviews saying that these lodges where grubby etc. this is NOT true , the lodge wasnt even basic there was everything we needed. the kitchen was very nice and modern the bedrooms were lovley... (read more)
Written on: 12/09/2009 by busymadmum (2 reviews written)
Been 7 times to Whinfell & I have another 3 booked for the next 18 months. Its the only place we go & we love it. Grandad loves it especially the swimming pool & slides! Great value for money, clean, tidy, (read more)
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