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
- Also Known As:
- Center Parcs Longleat Forest Village Hotel Warminster
- Center Parcs Warminster
- Center Parcs Hotel Warminster
- Center Parcs Longleat Forest Warminster, Wiltshire