Back after a 5 year hiatus between having children as an excuse to visit. Once in the development it took just a few hours to remember WHY I have such great memories and hankered to return. Granted eating out is (in some cases) outrageously expensive, the pool can get horrendously packed and the activities are (often) extortionate - but boy oh boy WHAT a place - I love it - if (as we did this time) you are content to just use the pool and hire a bicycle to go on rambles round the various tracks then you can do it on a budget but if you were to eat out and go large on the activities you would be facing a hefty bill. The sheer range of activities is amazing though and I love the fact that children are welcomed EVERYWHERE and completely accepted in the restaurants, open spaces and all the amenities - with the supermarket even offering proper minature trollies (a surefire hit with our 3 year old).
We had a 2 bed executive villa by the countryclub which was absolutely briliant and I was very impressed with the decor and facilities - the chalkboard wall is a FANTASTIC addition in my opinion and it was great having two en-suites. The cleanliness and quality of the linens etc was also very impressive and I wish I'd made a note of the staff names to thank them in teh feedback form you receive after staying.I had hankered after staying in a treehouse having seen teh details and description on the webiste - but having stayed in the villa overlooking the lake and having been so very happy there I'm not sure I'd be able to justify the price jump (which is huge!). We also went back on checkout day and had a quick look at villa 901 where we'd stayed before which also has an additiona sauna and a balcony over the river with some other enhanced facilities but the proce difference was agaimn about £150 for the time I next wanted to stay which - given the quiality of the villa we had - I was not prepared to pay.
I have already booked to return - even to the same villa - I have though next time decided to go midweek as it offers (to my mind) better value for money.
Ultimately I would heartily recommend Center Parcs Sherwood Forest especially if you have children as a stress free haven with loads to do - next time I'll be trying the spa though....!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 3-night minimum when checking in Friday ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Center Parcs Sherwood Forest Hotel Rufford
- Center Nottingham Parcs
- Centre Parks Nottingham
- Center Parcs Sherwood Forest UK/England