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“Great For A Weekend Away” 4 of 5 stars
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Tummel Bridge, near Pitlochry | Perthshire, Tummel Bridge, Scotland   |  
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“Great For A Weekend Away”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013 via mobile

I stayed here with my wife and 2 yo daughter for a long weekend late November. Of all the lodges we've been to the past few years, this one was the nicest. Freesat TV was a bonus. Lodge generally looked good, but on closer inspection, some cracks in the walls, bathroom had a funny smell, mattress in master bedroom needed replaced (could feel the spring in my back), shower head in en-suite needed replaced. Probably being a bit picky here, generally the lodge was good.

Free electric and gas was a massive bonus, being winter. Lodge was always really cosy.

The restaurant and bar were always very quiet, and when we used the pool, we had it all to ourselves. Time of year I guess. Staff were all very friendly. Shop on site is well stocked, which is handy seeing as the resort is fairly remote.

We'd definitely return. Would request a lodge away from the road next time as traffic seemed very noisy going past our bedrooms, not that there was much of it.

Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Bellshill, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

Spent a long weekend staying in a three bedroom luxury lodge. The sceneary is just quite simply stunning. Lodge was immaculate and spotless clean. It had all the mod cons to keep you on the go. The area travelling to the park is just quite simply beautiful. The lodges have a great view of the river Tummel and the wildlife is a joy to feed and watch. The park itself has everything require. A local store, Chipshop, Swimming pool, Bar and resturant. Food in the resturant was very nice and enjoyable. Served with a smile from the very friendly and helpful staff on site. The bar was brilliant with entertainment for the kids....face painting and disco. The eyes were down once the bingo started ....you could hear a pin drop once the numbers were being called. The Evening entertainment was magic. A Duo singing all the popular songs from today and yester year. All in all, i will return again next year and have thoroughly recommended Tummel Park to friends and family. Great time had by all and not a single bad word mentioned by anyone in our lodges.

Room Tip: Mobile phone signals are few and far between in the park of the countryside.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

This is the second October Half Term week trip we've made here with our 5 year old.

First of all I should say that the location is spectacular and in general terms the park and the company rank highly. That said there are some areas where some attention is needed.

On check in we were kept waiting for a short while in the lodge as the receptionist looked for our booking. This was marked on the "goody bag" as two teenagers with a toddler when we're quite a bit older that that. The check in pack is a small kids party plastic bag with some passes inserted in it which were never requested apart from collecting swimming bands, more of that later.

We had a top end three bed lodge by the river, the same one in fact we had last year. As we arrived there was an overwhelming bad smell in the sitting room. It was a challenge to reach someone from maintenance by phone late at night and eventually we reached the duty manager on her mobile in the bar. She arrived promptly with air freshener and promise of a cleaner to sort it out.

A cleaner did call but had no master key so sadly another day with a pong. Pretty much everything else was as expected with a few minor exceptions that can be a bit of a pain:

No oven gloves, no tea towels, cheese grater and no cooking tongs can be a hassle depending on what you choose to cook. Given the other things they do provide this is pretty basic.

The dishwasher is great but was out of salt. I accept I have to get the tablets to use it but who is going to head 12 miles down the road to get a bag of salt for the benefit of the next 4 or 5 residents. Surely housekeeping could sort that out?

We had a vacuum so blocked it wouldn't work, a blind that didn't open and was fastened down along with one window with no catch on it to open and in the boiler cupboard marked "do not store anything" the vacuum was stashed.

Minor detractions like no TV remote, no back panels on the Digibox and DVD remotes take a little gloss off what is a great spot and nice accommodation. The only issue that really niggles is that the carpet in the sitting room was filthy and stained and the duty manager commented that as it was near the end of the season you have to expect that which I disagree with.

The information pack provided was so out of date its actually embarrassing, printed in April 2008 with what's on in 2012 !

The shop is reasonably well stocked and the bar food is ok. The menu's are terrible and really let the side down. Some of the bar staff were friendly and chatty but some were clearly treating the place like their own camp site and neither polite, courteous or frankly interested in being of help. Parkdean set a generally high standard and some of these staff need sorting out.

Kids entertainment was great and both the main staff on kids entertainment were great, particularly Karen. The only niggles were that the timetable changed on a whim and little kids expect to see their cuddly characters at advertised times but these seemed to change to suit the mood without notice. The franchised arcade area is a shambles and much stuff doesn't work, appears rigged and the staff don't seem to bothered who run it.

The pool is great and a welcome addition and the play area is bang up to date and in good state.

The proximity of a raging torrent of a river should be a concern to parents and I'm a bit surprised it's not fenced off. Anyone who falls in at this time of year is on a one way trip.

Final issue for anyone staying in early November, the main road to Pitlochry is closed and the detour is substantial, be warned.

Overall a very good location, nice scenery and good accommodation. A little spit and polish and it will be back to its best again.

Room Tip: Go for a riverside lode, not a caravan on the other side of the road !
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

We have just returned from a 4 night stay at Tummel Valley. We stayed in a 3 bedroomed lodge and the accommodation was exceptional. The decor, facilities and standard of these lodges are absolutely beautiful. They had everything we needed for our stay. We were right by the river which was stunning. The children's entertainment at night is very good, and overall our experience was far better than expected. Our only disappointment was the travel cot that we hired. When we took it out of its carry bag it was covered in dried baby vomit so we had to clean it thoroughly, it also was slightly faulty. That aside, we would definitely return. People should be aware that the nearest town and is about 15 miles away, so don't expect to just nip to the shops! The best thing about our trip was the lodge and the scenery.

Stayed November 2013
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013 via mobile

Booked into this site for 3 nights as a friends wedding was taking place in aberfeldy. Although only booked due to location actually was a pleasant experience.

We stayed in an oak caravan which I understand to be one of the smaller more basic models. This seemed actually quite large and was well equipped with a nice clean cut modern feel. The rooms were large and the foldout bed in the sitting room was a pleasant surprise as I was expecting something slightly rougher.

We also had a travel cot supplied for £10 which looked brand new and there was a small picnic bench which looked ideal for al fresco dining (theory only given the wet October weather!)

The caravan seemed clean at first glance, having spent a day or two you do start to notice the scuff marks and the occasional cobwebs etc but nothing I was apalled at and certainly nothing that I wouldn't expect at the seasons end. The weather was pretty foul but the van felt warm and secure (helped by a proper combi boiler which was another plus)

The site was pretty small and isolated, although well lit as many of the caravans were unoccupied there were extremely dark parts where a small torch may be useful for spotting puddles if nothing else. There is a small allweather pitch located in the site which might be a pain in the summer if your caravan was right next to it

The roads to the site are tight and windy and will require sensible driving but some of the views are fabulous. This will eat fuel like crazy so make sure that you have plenty (a jet garage is in aberfeldy with prices only a couple pence /litre more then in Newcastle)

The site shop is small but reasonably well stocked, prices were probably on a parr with a normal private cornershop the exception being drink which was slightly more. Aberfeldy had quite a few chain corner shops and co-ops and I would assume Pitlochry is probably the same

The bar beer selection was pretty generic, I don't know whether this is normal but a few of the taps were off as the delivery wasn't due until Monday but there seemed to be a reasonable selection of whiskys in the corner. Prices seemed okay at £3.20 for a pint of carling which is about what I would pay at home.

The food at the bar was again straight forward but nice enough. £6-£8 will get you a main course but I think you will struggle if you don't want chips with everything! The takeaway on site was shut due to the season but the food could still be ordered through the bar, pizza and fried foods as you would expect but again priced okay and quality okay (wouldn't go out of my way for it but you won't starve)

The pool is small so might be a but of a chew getting in at busy times but we were okay. Essentially you have to get a band 5 minutes before a 45 minute session commences so be aware!

In summary I probably won't be back as it is a bit out of the way and quiet for my tastes but if I had to stay in the area again I wouldn't hesitate to stay here again perhaps in one of the lodges this time!

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

This is our second visit to Tummel Valley. Stayed during the October school holidays the site wasn't too busy, we are very wary of the fast flowing river right next to the kids play area as the play area isn't fully fenced off, surely the play area could be fenced round and gated? Our kids loved the pool and entertainment. Staff friendly and helpful. Food was good drinks as you would expect. Shop was good for emergencies but best to stock-up at the supermarket for essentials before arriving here.
Our caravan was fine, clean and warm. The curtains in the lounge area didn't have enough hooks to hang them and so they gaped at the top and looked dreadful! Kitchen was well enough equipped with crockery and pots but I have never understood why the oven only has one shelf.... absolutely useless in an 8 berth van when you are trying to cater for a family!!
Will probably visit again next year.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013 via mobile

We are regular visitors to the park and surrounding area, the cycling is great round here. We had a nice time out & about but the van we were allocated was the shabbiest, dirtiest, worst equipped we had ever seen. I don't mind basic but the paint had rusted off the radiators in the toilet and shower rooms, the upholstery was dirty, broken fixtures & fittings and really nothing welcoming to look at. We arrived in the dark and the first problem was that there was no outside light. Ok, we dealt with that by leaving the car lights on as we unpacked the car. No light in the kitchen or hallway, so we rearranged the bulbs & had them replaced in the morning. No corkscrew, luckily I had brought one. There was only the two of us in a three bed van, so we could leave our clothes on the spare beds as there was only six coat hangers. It didn't have the usual coat hanging facility in the hallway, so am glad we didn't need all the rooms for guests. The kitchen dishes & utensils were a bit sad looking, and the knives were very blunt, probably due to the fact that all we had to use as a chopping board was a small glass worktop saver, which blunts blades anyway. No oven glove either. We were on a budget break, so were glad we hadn't paid more for this. We also won the £50 jackpot on one of the gaming machines so that helped too. We had been looking to book a lodge for a twixmas break but have now booked elsewhere.

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: Tummel Bridge, near Pitlochry | Perthshire, Tummel Bridge, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Perth and Kinross > Tummel Bridge
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Tummel Bridge
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Isn't life great outdoors?When you fill your days exploring castles, cycling down leafy lanes, fishing lakes, climbing up mountainsides and soaking up scenic views, even the busiest holidays can help you unwind. At peaceful Tummel Valley, right in the heart of the pretty Tay Forest, you're free to enjoy the whole of the great outdoors. * A peaceful park on the banks of the River Tummel * Unwind in an idyllic woodland setting * Fishing, golf and Highland attractions nearby * Heated indoor swimming pool with splash pool * Luxury riverside lodges ... more   less 
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Tummel Valley Holiday Park Hotel Perth And Kinross

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