We thought this would be an ideal holiday for 2 active boys aged 11 and 12 but were very disappointed. Although the bike paths were good the surrounding roads were too busy to cycle comfortably on. Our kids enjoy road cycling so options were very limited, may be more available for mountain bikes although the mountain bike skill courses advertised in the brochure were cancelled during the 2 weeks we were there (August). The Water Ski School was excellent and our boys enjoyed developing this skill but apart from taster sessions in kayaking there were no other water based activities on offer. One of my son's said - "All this water and nothing to do on it". The swimming pool was small and only opened from 9am to 6pm and you were only able to get in if you had booked a slot in advance - not conducive for a spontaneous holiday. The holiday would have been so much better if swimming had been allowed on the lake or if kayaks or wind surfers had been available for hire. Accommodation was fine - basic, we stayed in the Hadrian, but clean and comfortable. May be an ideal quiet retreat for younger families or couples but in our experience not suited to active older kids.
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