My family and I have just returned from the Country Place Resort. From the moment we checked in, we knew that the staff here was going to be very accomodating, and throughout our stay we found this to be the case. Our two bedroom suite was spacious for our family ( my husband, myself, 14 year old son, 14 year old nephew and 2 year old daughter). The room was clean and comfortable, and we had a very large private deck. Our room was located directly next to the pool, and right across from the main house where the dining room, game room, and bar were located. The resort guests also have a private entrance to the water park, and it is all so safe and self contained there is no fear of allowing older children to come and go as they please. Although there is a small road seperating the property, it was never an issue for us, as most of upstate NY has roads that double as walkways. There were no speeding cars, in fact there were barely any cars, as the roads are mostly uitilized by the golf carts the staff tools around in. NOT a problem. The meals were plentiful and the food is basically unlimited for hearty appetites. If your looking for 5 star gourmet dining, then this is not for you, but for good, old fashioned hearty meals that are very kid friendly, the resort is perfect. We ordered cocktails after meals that were easily charged to the room and were fairly priced. Tip envelopes are left on your table on the last morning of your stay, and since the wait staff rotates, it is totally up to you how to handle this. We gave the tip directly to our waitress on the first two days, but then we decided to utilize the envelopes.
We had car trouble during our stay and the staff came right over to help. One of the groundkeepers went to the adjacent water park to get mechanic who came right over to help us. On our final day we again had car trouble and the former owner of the resort, Mr. Frank Aragona, (he is fixture at the resort and is always around overseeing things) jumped into action and within minutes he placed a call to the local service shop, where our car was repaired at a fair price in a short time. We had to stay a bit longer than the check out time of 11 and again, the staff was accomodating.
We were originally booked to stay here for 3 nights/4days but we enjoyed it so much we decided to stay an extra night. If your family enjoys unlimited access to a water park, nighttime family activities, and relaxation in a friendly atmosphere, then this is the resort for you! We are already planning to return next year. ( We met several families who return during the same week every year!)
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- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- THE COUNTRY PLACE "A Great Family Resort" Home of Zoom Flume Water Park. All packages include unlimited water park admission and FREE Zip Line Ride, complete home-cooked breakfast & dinner and all resort amenities. Low children's rates, 1 & 2 bedroom family suites available, free wireless Internet, in-room refrigerators, coffee makers and DVD players. Great new attraction - Riptide Cove Wave Pool. Heated pool, lake for fishing & pedal boats, outdoor sports & evening family activities make The Country Place Resort the perfect spot for a true family fun vacation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Country Place Hotel East Durham