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Reviewed August 6, 2012

We stayed at Gratton Cedar Logges in July 2012. It was raining for nearly the whole stay - which obviously has nothing to do with the holiday location. It did highlight a couple of inconveniences though.

The drive into the park is down country roads depending on which route you take, but on any route, you have very tight roads for some part of the journey - again, not a fault of the Park but it does add a valid point to the review. The entrance to the park is a very steep, narrow, short driveway. I am in a new car with plenty of power but getting up in the rain caused wheel spins at the slowest speeds and there is very little distance between the two walls. Obviously designed when cars were smaller - I wasn't driving a Range Rover which would be a very tight fit. The width of the entrance needs to be widened.

Parking is available for one car per chalet/lodge. No problems here.

Check in is between 4pm and 6pm and is a smooth process, very manual but no issues. You can also get games, bbq kit and other spare bits from the reception hut - nice touch. Check out is before 10am.

The huts are very pretty on the outside and the views are truely excellent - even in the rain.

To reach the huts (sorry - Lodges) you have a very short walk from the car park area and the paths are well lit. As they are stone, be careful in the rain.

The lodges inside have recently been upgraded (our door was battered though but we were told it too would be upgraded soon. It's a very very cheap upgrade inside but it is clean and warm. I recognised a lot of B&Q fittings. Space for two people was just about right - a 3rd or 4th person would have been too much. The shower was so small, I'm 6ft and had great difficulty moving in the cubicle. Water heating is by a switch and produces lots of steaming hot water.

Electric is on a meter at £1 a unit. As we were in on the evening a lot, we still only spent about £7 in 5 days on electric, previous occupiers had left a few quid in which was nice.

The soft bed is horrendous to sit on. It's uncomfortable (metal bars) and squeaky.

Something to note for dog owners. Dogs are welcome (at an additional cost - plus optional insurance {don't be ripped off by this - there's not much a dog can damage}) but you are not allowed to leave the dog unattended in the cabin. We didn't see any mention of this on the website and it caused a major inconvenience. We'd have rented a cottage otherwise.

All in all, Gratton is a great getaway if you want views and the village is quite lovely. But if you want home comforts, easy to get to and from, a bit of luxury ... it's not for you. It wasn't for us.

Room Tip: If you're a family - get a 2 room Lodge... don't think the sofa bed will do - it won't.
  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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