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“A real relaxing break to take you away from it all” 5 of 5 stars
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Forest Holidays Deerpark, Cornwall
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Liskeard PL14 4QY, England   |  
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“A real relaxing break to take you away from it all”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2011

Having been to Keldy Cabins in Yorkshire last year, we again went for a Silver Birch (cabin 15 was allocated to us) for a 5-day break in Deerpark. On arrival we found that the Retreat was not open until 4 for us to check in (early checkins are available) and so we went to nearby Looe for an hour or so. On returning to the Retreat we were welcomed by Jenny who took our details, gave us our keys and told us either she or Rachel would be with us within the hour to check everything was ok. We entered the cabin (approx 20 steps down from the road to the lakeside cabin) to find the layout identical to the Keldy cabin, so we immediately felt at home (the only difference being the recent addition of a log burner in the sitting area which we used for one night).

Jenny arrived as promised and checked everything was ok and informed us again of all the facilities and on-site activities of which there were many.

We took our two-and-a-half year old to the Ranger-led pond dipping session which he thoroughly enjoyed (tadpoles, mayfly lavae and flies, sticklebacks, caddisfly lava etc all found) with a VERY knowledgeable Ranger (Martin).

The hot tub saw plenty of action for relaxing in the evenings and although I am normally completely dependent on my iPhone and Internet connection, found the lack of any phone signal to actually be a positive.

On the whole the site, staff, cabin, activities, wildlife and general ambience if the place is absolutely top notch and we're already thinking of returning next year!

  • Stayed May 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2011

Having attended the Forest Holidays Forest of Dean site a few times we decided to have a change and it was well worth it.
The site is fantastic and set it a beautiful location. The friends we took were so impressed they booked to come back within 12 hours!! We had a two bed Golden Oak. It directly over looked the lake and although we were right next to the road into site we didnt get disturbed at all. The cabin is furnished to a very high standard. The bathrooms deserve a special mention - one downstairs with a huge walk in shower and one upstairs with a bath over looking the forest. The beds were comfortable. The cabin was stocked with enough games to last a month! The kitchen was not as stocked as in the Forest of Dean. It is advised that plastic glasses are used in the hot tub but these are not supplied. The cabin was plently big enough for two couples - enough room to have our own space when we wanted. The hot tub was lovely and well worth having. Amazing with the view of the lake and the trees.
The staff at the Retreat were all very helpful with excellent standards of customer service. We didnt do any activities but there was lots to choose from and we have already planned what we want to take part in next time. The Ranger even took the time to come and see us to explain he was holding an activity outside our cabin and asked us if we minded. The shop is well stocked with lots of local produce - especially cider!
The site is ideally located - we visited Caverns, an Animal Park and numerous villages all within a few miles. The walks around site are great. The site does feel like it is in the middle of nowhere and be warned - there is absolutley no mobile reception.
Exceeded expectations - cant wait to return!

Room Tip: Book a Golden Oak out of season - great value
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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2011

We stayed for four days from 4th March 2011, from the moment you arrive you immediately feel a sense of calm and relaxation. Staff are very helpful and shop on site sells all you need food and cider wise to get you started. The Cabin we had was a silver birch that can sleep 6 people and had 2 bathrooms,good parking space and not forgetting the amazing hot tub !
No mobile signal at the cabins so you will not be disturbed.
Only a few miles to drive to Polporro and Looe - both worth a visit. We shall back in the near future !

Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2011

The setting - excellent very relaxing, sitting in hot tub on balcony in the pitch black watching the stars, could it get any more relaxing?

The cabins - They have just re- opened after refurb and so the cabins were a very high standard, from what we were told the builders has finished as we arrived, we had a couple of snags which the staff dealt with straight away! It was so nice knowing that everything was brand new.

Activities/walks - some of the tracks were closed due to clearing work in the forest which is due to finish thus month, but we found it added to the experience having to find your way around! The Ranger activities were good fun we did pond dipping, bat watching and a night vision walk all very educational and well worth it. A must do is the duck race welcome meeting you get to know the staff and it helps get the kids involved.

Now we are home, we are definately going to book to go again and soon!

  • Stayed March 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2011

Decided to take a short break here for some peace and quiet whilst exploring this part of the country I'd not been to before. If you read their brochure or website casually you might think you're going to a mini Center Parcs. You're not. There a literally a handful of facilities on the site which include a small outdoor playarea, launderette and a reception/shop. There was a cycle hire place but it was always closed and the reception/shop are only open 9am to 11am and 4pm to 6pm. It does mean that if you book early check-in like I did from 2pm there is no one at reception to meet you. After being a little worried that I wouldn't get into my lodge on arrival (there were a few cars with people sitting inside waiting for the normal 4pm check-in) there was a lean to next to reception with local area info, a payphone (there is no mobile signal, which they do tell you about, and was one of the reaons for my booking there) and my keys waiting in an envelope. The shop was reasonably well stocked for a small site - it only has 45 lodges whilst Center Parcs at Longleat had 800 - but a little pricey to be expected. The brochure and website made out that there would be a "Forest Retreat" facility which was also a costa coffee shop and bar, but this wasn't there and was still on the website when I booked, 11 months after the brochure came out.

The lodge itself was great and really exceeded my expectations. It was on 2 levels as I expected but as the site was built on the side of a steep hill they were arranged in terraces. I booked a 3-bedroom Silver Birch as that was all they had left at the time even though I was travelling alone. The upper floor had the bathroom with windows at the end looking out through the front of the lodge and to the lake outside. There was also the third bedroom here, which wasn't really a bedroom, more a den-style mezzanine but it had two fold out beds and a hamper for putting clothes in. Outside was a mini deck which had a cycle rack and refuse bin (they'd provided the black bag!). Downstairs was the main double bedroom at the back, shower room in the middle and twin bedroom, with an open plan lounge/kitchen/dinner running along the front with the huge double height windows which gave a wonderful view. There was an outside deck with a wonderful hot tub and even though it was freezing outside, it was fantastic to while away an evening in there.

What really exceeded my expectations were the bath with woodland views, just how good the hot tub was and the log buner in the lounge, was was brochured as only being in Golden Oak. I spoke to a friendly chap at reception who explained that they don't advertise them in Silver Birches anymore although they all had them at Deerpark as the new sites with new style lodges only have them in Golden Oak. I did specifically want to book the latter for the log burner, but that Silver Birch had one was a real bonus. What was also impressive was the attention to detail like the welcome visit that evening to the lodge to make sure I knew how to use everything, the scrabble set with "welcome" spelt out and an initial supply of tea, coffee, dishwasher tablet, tea towel and logs for the fire. Also, the staff were extremely friendly and obliging whilst the lodge was perfectly clean on arrival, although the glass panels on the outside deck could have done with a bit of a scrub.

Perhaps the disappointing things other than reception not being open very much or on arrival, was no forest retreat and some aspects of the lodge itself. There was nothing major but it just seemed well used with lots of marks on the walls, the arm on one of the settees was broken, the equipment in the kitchen although adequate was basic. The electric oven was very slow to heat and everything took a lot longer than expected to cook and the electric shower produced a dribble. The double bed was two single mattresses put together - which I guess might have been because of the difficulty in getting a double down the stairs - and the heating was electric wall heaters which were difficult to control. These were all minor niggles. The third bedroom was not much more than a play area so some people might find it a little "communal" if they prefer their own space.

Tips: They give you the first set of logs but if you're not used to an open fire but want to use it daily, then get those fire log things from homebase; they do them for £2 whilst Center Parcs charged £6 for them and Deerpark doesn't sell them, just packs of logs. If you want the features of a Golden Oak at Deerpark but are not fussed about the Wii console or towels and dressing gown included, the book Silver Birch and do what I did and book their dressing gown add-on for use with the hot tub in advance as it saves you a few pounds. Take some DVDs if you want to watch something in the evening. Their breakage cover was only £6 for a 4 night break and even though you don't get it back it is better than leaving a £50 deposit.

For £199 for 4-nights in a lodge with a hot tub it really was amazing value. Some of the school holiday prices are astronomical for somewhere with no facilities, and the same lodge for a week in August is over £1,600 so going off peak really does give the best value. I think given the use the lodge has had, I would have been disappointed if I'd paid that much for the lodge to be in that condition, which is what I think one of the reviewers prior to myself experienced.

It really wouldn't suit anyone looking for a Center Parcs experience as there is no where to eat on site, no pool and not really any activities. The TV reception in the lodge was also not good. But for those looking for a quiet time and prefer their own hot tub (which they checked daily) to a swimming pool, will love it.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2010

We stayed in a 2 bedroom golden oak cabin and had a brilliant holiday. We don't have kids but it was a superb secluded spot where we could get away from it all. I thought the facilities provided we ok actually. Ours was clean and well equipped but the highlight was the outdoor jacuzzi - bliss after a days walking. It really made the holiday for us.
I will agree with all the other comments that this isn't a cheap place to stay therefore I can see why one would be disappointed. Our 4 day break worked out to be just over £100 a night which we did think it was pricey but it was the break and seclusion that we needed so we accepted the costs. The park itself has a really good little shop which is well stock. Its a little pricey but what do you expect?! There are lots of activities mainly geared up for kids but they are good fun especially the duck racing. I would be happy to stay again but would possibly look out of season again or a last minute deal to keep the cost down.

  • Stayed October 2010
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2010

This review is a little late as it was actually August 2009 that we visited.

We had been using this site throughout the 1990's and back then it was great for a family with young children.

Decided to go back to the 'VIP Cabins' last year and found that the car parking was very poor. Cabin was very basic and very very grubby. All surfaces were sticky to the touch and some of the cutlery had not been claened properly. The beds were rock hard and the bedding ripped.

The Common Room had been shut down, so the kids there had no where to meet up and chat.

We will never use the site again. It is VERY expensive for what it is and the whole place needs to be knocked down and new cabins built.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Liskeard PL14 4QY, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cornwall > Liskeard
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Ranked #2 of 6 Specialty Lodging in Liskeard
Number of rooms: 45
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