I (43) visited Corton with my mother (71) in mid June. We had a premier suite and stayed for 4 nights on the sun, sea and laughter break. I've never been anywhere in this vein before, apart from Center Parcs so I was reasonably wary.
I'm reasonably well travelled and eat out regularly and have an active social life (so that you are aware of who is reviewing). However my mother is very quiet and keeps herself to herself and isn't comfortable going to pubs or winebars in the evenings. We found Corton to be an ideal compromise for us to spend 4 days in each others company. The suite was basic but clean, spacious and modern - with daily cleaning service. Parking is closeby. We had to climb stairs with our cases so beware of what level of suite you book (but we were offered help with our cases on check in)
It was a shame that the cliff-top had been fenced off (due to a landslide) so you couldn't access the beach, but the views are magnificent. The food at Corton (especially the breakfast) was a good standard. You do have to sit down with a couple of hundred people so sometimes they run out of your choice from the menu, or a type of wine. However their is plenty of selection and although I found the choices slightly heavy, there were British classics and some more eclectic selections. We were shown to our table when we first arrived, and you are allocated this, and your waiter for the entirety of your stay. Our table which was far too much on the outskirts with limited view of the stage - so we changed that, with very little fuss at all from the management staff. I would recommend you ensure you get a good seat at the outset. Our waiter was lovely, very friendly and attentive - was rushed off his feet all the time but did his best. The resort could easily do with about 5 more waiters a night. The weather wasn't brilliant when we went so we decided to have a day out of the resort - in Southwold which is 1/2 hour drive away - and the resort offer you a coach trip if you want to go. Also close by (5 mins in car) is Gunton Hall (another Warner Holiday Hotel with swimming pool) which you can visit free of charge. We had a mini massage and a facial (£35 each) which was o.k. but I have had a lot better, and the room was quite shabby.
Overall the average age here was about 70 and there's enough to do if you are proactive. We booked Archery and Rifle shooting (free of charge). There is mini-golf, boules, bowles, and jenga as well as a small swimming pool. The entertainments team work very hard to keep things going all day long. The evening entertainment, I have to say far exceeded my expectations especially the Musicals evening. A very high standard. There was also a comedian (very tame and non-offensive) one night. There's plenty of opportunity for dancing, once you've had 15 mins of bingo and a little game with audience participation. You can either ballroom dance or wait until that's finished and there's a house band and then a disco.
Overall I think we had excellent value for money and it served the purpose for us above and beyond, but I wouldn't be attending as a couple with someone of my own age, nor recommend it if you are expecting fine dining, or center parcs. If you have any questions please ask.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Corton is part of the Warner Leisure hotels that achieved a 4 stars Tourist award in December 2009 and this has been maintained for 2011. We offer half board en-suite chalet style accommodation. Entertainment is included in the cost which includes live shows, bands, comedians, quizzes, competitions, bowling, and swimming. We offer Experience breaks and days out, for example on certain days you can learn to dance, sing, paint and much more. We also offer days out in the local area the most popular being the Broads which we are lucky to be very close to. Many Chalets have been through our ongoing refurbishment programme and now have their own private patios. Most recently we launched two new shoes and a very tasty and mouth watering menu which have been well received by our guests. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Corton Coastal Holiday Village Hotel Lowestoft
- Corton Classic Hotel