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“Fantastic family break in decent, modern accommodation” 4 of 5 stars
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5.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Longleat Forest, Warminster BA12 7PU, England   |  
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“Fantastic family break in decent, modern accommodation”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2009

Just back from a last minute mid-week stay with my husband & 3 year old son and would definitely recommend it for a fun packed UK family break.

Accommodation: We stayed in one of the new style Executive lodges - 2 reasonable size bedrooms with comfortable beds (note the doubles are only queen 4ft 6), radiators, decent cupboard space & LCD TV in both rooms (but high enough up that our 3 year old couldn't switch on in the middle of the night thankfully!). Both had large en-suites - master was a large & powerful shower and twin room had a jacuzzi bath which we never used as it was so noisy! The living room was a decent size with massive corner sofa, LCD TV & DVD. & doors to small patio (not used due to bad weather but beware as ours had no adequate fencing between the patio & a fairly steep drop into the woods so not ideal with very small children) Kitchen was lovely & modern fully equipped with proper cooker & hob which was great as we could eat in without having to resort to beans on toast everyday! The daily maid service was basic to say the least (some days we couldn't tell they'd been!!!) but not a big problem as we were only there for 4 days so kept it pretty clean & tidy ourselves. Worse though was that it really hadn't had the deep clean you'd expect upon arrival (bathrooms spotless & fresh linen/towles but floors poorly swept, dishwasher had been filled & left to run but half the crockery needed washing up; rubbish bin empty but grubby). Bar the cleaning issue, more than satisfactory accommodation without a hint of 'caravan' which I had feared!

Restaurants & Shops: There was a very well stocked supermarket on site which had all the major brands plus fresh bread, cakes, some deli food, fresh hot chicken - all pretty decent but quite pricey so I'd definitely recommend doing a shop for the basics before you arrive. Grat choice of restaurants but all are very pricey. We tried: cafe rouge for french - OK; Hauks for burgers - good; Starbucks for coffee - same as always!; plus we had an excellent Indian delivered but again very exepensive.

Getting Around: As I'm heavily pregnant we didn't take bikes & relied on the very good & frequent land train service - ideal & no issues getting where we wanted but will definitely use bikes next time as not only would the added flexibility be good, there was also quite a lot we didn't explore because of limited mobilty#& access. There was a great range of outdoor play areas, climbing frames

Sporting facilities: The list of sporting activties is immense most of which we didn't actually use! We did however spent plenty of time in the pool & my son loved the slides & tunnels, wave pool & cave as did my husband & I! I found the changing area a bit chaotic & whilst there were always people around cleaning, none of the cubilcles were exactly spotless - very much basic but OK leisure centre feel in the changing rooms!!

Chilcare: We didn't use the creche or any childcare but I heard a few people raving about the Time Out Club and there seemed to be a good range of activities for all ages including some that you can stay & participate andf others you can leave your children for half hour or up to 3 hour sessions.

I did wonder if it was going to feel like a big caravan park butit's definitely a good few notches up (both in terms of faciltiies, accomodation & clientle!) but you do pay quite a bit extra for the pleasure. So, will we go again? Definitely but next time we'll take our own bikes/child seats; make sure we book early enough to choose our lodge location & avoid Firs (lovely but quite a distance from the pool/restaurants/shops), take more food to eat in, pre-book a couple of activities (we never got around to it once we were there!); spend more time in the fantastic spa and book a new style Woodland Lodge instead of Executive lodge

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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jumpingjo100
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2009

My partner’s family and mine recently went to Center Parks in Wiltshire for the weekend.
Overall I would say it was a pleasant break with no problems.

We took our dog with us so was only able to stay in a comfort lodge. The lodges aren't the prettiest buildings to look at, but as far as I’m concerned it's just someone to lay your head. I was very pleased with how spacious the lodge was, having a kitchen, dining and living room area which was open plan. The lodge itself seemed rather clean but the cleaners could do a bit better in my opinion.

All the shops and restaurants in the Plaza are under the same roof, which I personally didn’t like as it made things more difficult with having the dog with us. One thing I will just warn you about is how hilly this parc is and everything is set out far apart. I personally didn’t like this as it was a good half an hour walk from our apartment to the plaza. There is a land train that comes every 20 minutes which is very handy.....

We eat out every evening. As you can expect it does get expensive to eat out, but I don’t believe it is more expensive then any other place. For our first evening meal we went to Huck's. The food and service were excellent, and overall a very nice meal. The second evening we went to Strada which has been nicely decorated. The meals were excellent and service was fine. We went to the Pancake house for lunch and although having to queue for a table, it was well worth the wait. Food was fab and once again the service was fine.

As everyone who has been to Center Parcs will know, the activities are expensive and get booked up very fast, so its best to book them online before you get there. I took part in the High Ropes, which was fun and a good laugh, although I must say its an experience I do not wish to repeat! I like my feet firmly on the ground..... We also booked bowling for an hour which was good value for money for 5 people.

Overall I would say this was a lovely short break but wouldn’t come back to this Parc due to everything being so far apart. Think we will book to try Elverden forest this time round.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2009

We have been going to Center Parcs for years now and have always found the stay most enjoyable and relaxing. Longleat site itself is all modernised with up to date facilities and kept very clean by great staff. Great pool area which is free to use, and many other activities that are equally as good, but at extra cost. Home from home villas with all the basics you need plus more besides. As for some review on phone coverage, its in the middle of forest and valley, hello!! I had no problem contacting relatives back home. Quite how you are supposed to revamp a forest I am not sure?? The whole idea of Center Parcs is to get back to natural elements and spend quality time with family and friends, including encouraging physical activities such as walking and cycling. Car parking access is absolutely no problem, and you can drive on and off the site whenever you please. Barriers that provide access to the actual park site will be closed, as no cars are allowed on site after arrival and departure days unless you are a disabled visitor.

  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2009

However big you think it's going to be at Center Parcs Longleat - it's bigger! We had a comfort plus villa which was enormous with a TV with Freeview channels, DVD player, Dishwasher, log burning fire, bath in bathroom, shower, double sink, CD/Radio with Sony speakers into kitchen and a huge patio doors which led to a BBQ, outdoor tables and chairs and a great view of the giant redwood trees. We travelled with our 6 year old daughter. My husband rented a bike with a trailer for her but the hills proved too much for him so we relied on walking / the land train. The land train comes every 20 minutes and they give you a timetable when you arrive which gets to to the far away places. The indoor dome area is beautiful with Koi carp swimming in pools, seating areas, restaurants and a bowling area. The Venue for nights out and the swimming paradise are also in the dome. Hucks only opens for lunch on Mondays and Fridays but they did not have a closed sign so lots of people kept waiting to see if they would get a table. Our hot water went off twice but we called the desk from one of the many phone boxes (free call using the yellow panel) and both times was fixed within half an hour. There is little or no mobile phone signal (none on Orange) in the Parc so you really have to work out where to meet people before you separate. The main car park was packed and it was hard to find a space to park so I would recommend arriving as early as possible to find a space. It was half term so it was probably busier than normal but it never felt crowded apart from the Plaza when everyone arrived. It took us a full 10 minutes at a full walk without a child to get from our villa to the Jardin de Sports and another 10 - 15 minutes to get to the Plaza from there - this place is HUGE. My daughter loved the Time Out club which was well run and in a purpose built wooden hut. The Aqua Sana spa was lovely with water beds, several saunas, a pool which leads to the outdoors so you are sitting in warm water with the stars above which was gorgeous at night. They provide robes and towels. The lockers return your pound. The swimming paradise was huge with an outdoor rapids section which went outdoors and was lit up at night with a huge outdoor warm pool at the top. I would recommend bringing sports gear, waterproof jacket, trainers, a couple of torches (they sell wind up torches from the bike hire shop). It gets pitch black at night as they don't have much street lighting which adds to the forest feel.

We saw squirrels, robins, deer and rabbits coming right up to the villa windows which was lovely. The Parc Market on site has everything you need but if you want to shop before you get there, there is a Morrisons in Warminster. The Parc Market was unlike any on-site supermarket I've ever been to with a deli counter, fresh bread and cakes, huge wine selection and tons of baby stuff, books, DVDs etc. We ate at the Sports Cafe one night which seemed to go for quantity over quality but was fine. We went to the Barn Dance in the venue which was pretty much identical to any Haven / Butlins type entertainment with the usual DJ playing YMCA etc. and a band which have been touring for 30 years. Other than that night, there was no evening entertainment so the idea is to get up early, do sporty things and have an early night. It's not a late night type of holiday. Some other guests complained that there was nothing "free" to do which is partly true. The swimming pool is free as is walking around the park, looking in the bird hide and using the playgrounds / lake beach. I would advise booking at least one activity to do per day to have something to look forward to.

Our 6 year old loved it so much and was so tired at night she never once got up and even slept in most mornings (unheard of at home!). The hills and walkways do tire you out but you feel satisfied that you've had a good day with nature and felt a bit fitter. You can bring your car up to your villa from 5am on the departure day and we left at 7am so there was no queue to leave. Those with babies in prams might struggle as you can't take a pram on the land train so you'd have to walk everywhere.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lee on the Solent
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2009

Probably picked the worst weekend to go to Centre Parcs Longleat. Snow brought the surrounding roads to a halt. Spent two hours in a queue just to get to the arrivals lodge. Joined another queue where staff were handing out sheets, towels etc(already been told by my daughter who had arrived earlier that the villa had not been cleaned and they were waiting for housekeeping to arrive).
Arrived at the villa, to find that my daughter and boyfriend had made the beds, hoovered and generally cleaned the mess left behind by the people who had been in the villa before us. Food left in the fridge, clothing and other items left in cupboards, general state of the villa very shabby. Best not to mention the state of the bathrooms!
The landtrain was not running due to the fact that many selfish car owners left their cars parked outside their villas and didn't heed the notices left on their cars to park in the main carpark.
Had a good day on the Saturday, the place looked lovely with all the snow. Ten pin bowling good value for six people for two hours play. Swimming great fun for everybody.
Ate at Cafe Rouge and Hucks, food and service on the whole good but prices expensive. Well stocked supermarket for all the basics.
Took forty minutes to walk back to the villa, due to the fact we kept to the main roads, many paths left untreated and felt they were unsafe to walk on. Villa location worth bearing in mind, very hilly and some paths may be difficult to negotiate especially if you have young children or have a pram.
As compensation for the inconvienence caused Center Parcs management left a letter of apology and fifty pounds worth of gift vouchers which could only be used whilst we were there. Although things improved weather wise, no one from housekeeping arrived to clean the villa.
On the whole Center Parcs is expensive, even if you get a discounted deal. They need to spend some money refurbishing some of their villas. Although we stayed in an executive villa, in hindsight , should have paid more and upgraded to a better villa in a better location.
Have now been to all the Center Parcs in this country, to be honest I would be hard pushed to book again. Not particulary good value for money.

  • Liked — Least the villa was warm
  • Disliked — The fact it wasn't cleaned
  • Stayed February 2009, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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daddydorset
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2009

We have just come back from our 9th visit to Longleat Center Parcs and yet again had a good time. We stayed in a woodland lodge only 2 min walk from the plaza ans swimming pool.
We had a good meal in the indian, hucks and the pancake house.Tho only place we felt let down was the Jardin de sports.

The villa we had was clean and tidy, and the beds were comfy and we had a good following of ducks outside the patio doors. We had a blocked loo which was dealt with within the hour.

The swimming pool was clean and the general operation has been the best we have ever known it, and they have introduced a few new shops in the plaza.

  • Liked — nice log fire burning
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2009

Just returned from a mid week at Longleat, staying in a 3bed woodland lodge. We booked this using an offer code from a national newspaper, which entitled us to 30% discount, and a £25.00 meal ticket on arrival. Taking that into consideration, this break was good VFM. However, had we stumped up full price, I would have been a little more concerned as to the cost of the villa, food and any activities to play.

Some Tips.
- January is low season, and i completely agree with other users who talk of the 'overcrowding issue'. It felt congested in the pool at times, and the plaza has outgrown the number of guests staying onsite.
- Activities are expensive! You pay the brand premium. But if 18holes of crazy golf for over £5 a head is acceptable to you - that is your choice. If you don't want to pay up, do something free, like cycling, walking or swimming! Simple!
- Food service was generally very good, but remember the premium price hike still applies - if you want to eat out, remember to budget for this. We ate in Hucks Diner, which was OK food wise, but the fajitas were a bit bland. The Nachos (starter) are huge! Easily enough for a family of 4 to share.
We also ate in Rajinda Pradesh (Indian). Service Great. Food Great. Bill cheap (when using the £25 meal ticket!!). Would visit again. Ortega (Tapas) was overpriced for the amount of food (and yes I do know what tapas is, I eat tapas a lot). But it was OK. Big Tip - go to Morrisons in Warminster (about 10mins away by car) and stock up on the essentials - milk, bread etc.

Check photos for accommodation, it was very nice indeed. I've been here 5+ times, and i have to say, don't bother upgrading to executive accommodation when the woodland lodge is much newer and much more comfortable (in my view). The exec accommodation has been in situ (not upgraded) for atleast 5 years and when we visited last year (stayed in exec. villa), it was very tired out. These new lodges are lovely, wooden cladding, single storey, and have all the amenities as exec accommodation except daily maid service and ensuite bathrooms.

Overall a really nice relaxing break, i will come again, providing that a certain newspaper prints another excellent offer.

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Center Parcs Longleat Forest

Address: Longleat Forest, Warminster BA12 7PU, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Wiltshire > Warminster
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Warminster
Hotel Class:5 star — Center Parcs Longleat Forest 5*
Also Known As:
Center Parcs Longleat Forest Village Hotel Warminster
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