Just returned from a stay at Quarry Walk Park, I was taken by my other half as a Birthday treat and were joined by another couple whom we are good friends with. So, the four of us turn up after a very long and tiring drive, but extremely excited about our long weekend ahead and we follow a van through the gate, park up and walk into the reception - well, what a great reception we got - we were told that under no circumstances were we to tail-gate through the barriers(!) - we obviously did not realise it would cause such offence as were merely just followed the car in front! We then had an extremely rude and grumpy woman at the desk who checked us in, directed us totally wrongly to our lodge after WE had to ask where we were suppose to go!? You are also given a key to get through the entrance gate which you can only get through between 8am and midnight - er, pretty ridiculous, and way to dark and bumpy a road to have to park outside and walk to find your lodge/caravan/tent!
We left the reception, got back into the car, then had no idea where we were suppose to go but thankfully a lovely man named Phil directed us and said he would be down shortly to show us the ropes! So we drove along, come to a few lodges, none of the lodges are named/numbered so that is slightly worrying(!), park up at the one we think is ours, and the best way we could think of to check was to test the key, and thankfully it worked! The living area was spacious, new kitchen, leather sofa, large flat screen TV, dining table etc. The bedrooms, fairly small four poster bed in one room and the other room had twin beds made up so that was slightly bigger. I almost got knocked out by the smell of bleach when I walked into the very nice bathroom but what can I say, couldn't ask for it to be cleaner! The kitchen had everything you need for cooking and for the BBQ, pots, pans, 4 of everything (plates, cutlery etc), dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, toaster, oven, huge fridge and freezer.
No sooner had we unloaded the car and sorted ourselves out and Phil was there to show us how to work everything including the very lovely hot tub which was under cover! Next to the hot tub and also under cover is an outside bench where you can eat what you have cooked on the brick BBQ right next to your lodge - fantastic!
Good location for Alton Towers and venturing to the Peak District. Not a good location if you want pubs, restaurants within walking distance and the roads are extremely scary!
As for wildlife, we saw one rabbit and one robin the whole weekend - not one squirrel, badger or anything else they quote you will see. Could have something to do with the fact that all the surrounding trees had no leaves on them, therefore, making it not as secluded as we would have liked or making it very encouraging for the wildlife!
Another thing to note is that the TV's in the bedrooms have DVD players, but the main TV in the living area only has freeview, so unless you are very unsociable you will need to take a DVD player with you to plug into the main one! The doors could do with some WD40 as are extremely squeaky and noisy and if you are in the bedroom next to the bathroom the heating and bathroom fan is noisy enough to keep you awake.
So, if you have thick skin and are brave enough to endure the wrath of the lady on reception, good luck! Definitely do not book direct, book with Hoseasons as they are cheaper and more polite and helpful! Whatever you do, make sure you have all the supplies you need before you get there and once through the gate, you will have a superb time!
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