We hesitated before booking here due to some of the reviews left by others, having stayed in other Forest Holiday locations. We shouldn't have, the staff were all fantastic, the lodge was wonderful.
A few reviews on here about the cabin decor, if you're worried call the team and ask for a renovated cabin, we had no.12 and it was faultless. The hot-tub was only luke warm on the first night but we were there for a week so wasn't an issue. The cabin itself was comfortable, well presented and had everything we could have needed.
Whilst we were there the weather was against us, thick snow for most of the week which made getting in and out of the site interesting, but the site team did everything they could to clear the roads and were more than happy to provide updates on conditions outside the site, despite them also being concerned for getting on and off the site.
The forest retreat gets bad reviews here. I don't know why. It has the basics to keep you going if you've forgotten something, or in our case got snowed in, its not a supermarket and it doesn't claim to be. The seating area by the fire was a godsend to have a latte, watch the news and relax. Was surprised at the range of freshly prepared items available such as butties, pizza's etc - a miracle given the size of the kitchen!
We stayed for a week, and at the weekend there was a group of loud girls staying in a lodge nearby who were obviously have a very good time. But with the doors and windows closed (it was Winter after all) and the log-fire lit then they could have been a million miles away. If it was summer then it would have been different and possibly more disruptive, but that could be the same wherever you go.
The road on and off site is a single track forest road, its not the M4, but you're staying in a forest, not a city centre, so it is to be expected. We managed it day and night, in snow and ice, in a Ford Focus - it was fine.
If we could rate this site 4.5 out of 5 we would, WIFI in the cabins and the hot tub at the rear of the cabin, rather than the front (bit overlooked by other cabins) would make it perfect.
In summary, the site is beautiful, the lodge was fantastic, the staff were brilliant especially given the difficult circumstances. Don't book here expecting a Centre Parcs experience, this is much better and less commercial. Be prepared, you will have limited or no phone signal, no wifi (although wifi is available in the retreat) or 3G and you need to plan for wet, muddy, snowy weather in terms of travel, food and clothing but thats all part of the experience and why its called a Forest Holiday (the clue really is in the name). If you are looking for a quiet break in a stunning location and have realistic expectations then this is your place.
March 11-17th 2013
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Luxury cabin breaks in the forest with idyllic natural surroundings. Our Keldy cabins are enveloped in the deep calm of the forest, some hidden beneath the trees and others opening out onto grassy, sunlit glades. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Keldy Forest Cabins Hotel Pickering
- Forest Holidays Keldy, North Yorkshire Pickering