Apparently we were very lucky to be able to book on short notice. And for good reason. We called right after a cancellation and were able to get our room. I will touch on the activities later, but first want to mention that, for us, the staff here really make the place stand out. Everyone was nice, but there were a few standouts. First, Christine at the desk is always ready with great information, and she was eager to get us whatever we needed to enjoy our stay. And she is fun!! We had a lot of laughs with her. Next was Katie, our waitress. What a great attitude and always wearing a smile. Cody was enthusiastic in organizing and running evening activities, and was a great sport in competing with my daughters in Wii "Just Dance." Tristan was our waitress for our final breakfast, and a great stand-in for Katie, also with a ready smile and so efficient. The staff at the water park was equally accommodating, always offering assistance and wishes for us to continue enjoying our day.
There was always as much or as little to do as we wanted. We spent ample time in the water park, but also made time to hit a tennis ball around, play bocce, relax, use the peddle boats, and also drove around the area a bit. My kids already have put in a request to go back next year. That should tell you much of what you need to know about the place.
We found the beds to be very comfortable, although will feel a little small if you're used to a queen or king. Not sure if this is all rooms or only some. Still, we all slept well, particularly after all of the activity. The room was not very large, but laid out well, with the sink outside the toilet/shower area, so we were able to be efficient about getting ready. So while I wouldn't call the room luxurious by any stretch, they were very nice to come back to, and we weren't in them for much more than sleeping. As a matter of fact, we didn't turn on the TV and barely used the WiFi.
I have a few minor critiques, none of which would prevent us from coming back (which we will do, and plan further in advance). First, the place feels a bit old and worn, and without going into too much detail, the in-room showerheads could probably be replaced with more modern versions that perform better yet are still efficient, in-room towels are a bit thin as if they've been around a little too long, and so on. The tennis court net is sagging and the court needs to be redone (cracks and such). Things like that. All are serviceable, and as I said, it wouldn't stop us from coming back. Second, the included meals were good, but as my daughter said, they were "liquid-challenged" in that the drinks didn't really taste like they were at full strength. For example, the iced tea and lemonade were weaker than expected. And we found desserts to be a bit dry, at least the ones with something like brownies or cake. However, you can't beat the convenience, and the food was certainly tasty, and there was plenty of it; we never left hungry.
So, overall, we had a wonderful trip at a very nice place, with fantastic people that work hard to make sure you have a terrific time. Looking forward to our next visit!
- 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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