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“Lovely site, but music too loud after 11.”

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Whitemead Forest Park
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Reviewed September 30, 2012

Stayed several times in our touring caravan. Pitches are great and facilities are excellent.

The only downside is that each time we have been, the clubhouse music has been blasting until midnight. No matter where we have pitched, the music can be heard very clearly. Shame for such tranquil location.

  • Stayed: September 2012
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Reviewed September 10, 2012

Moved here from nearby motel to be closer to the forest. Great decision. Lovely lodge. Peaceful clean and great location. Didn't want to leave so booked an extra night. Will return as soon as we can. Best sleep I had in a year!

  • Stayed: September 2012
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Reviewed September 5, 2012

What an excellent outcome.... through increased work commitments (event organisers), this was the first year we decided to stay in the home country for a holiday and we were mightily glad we did. Not only was the forest location just the tonic we needed for an exhausted mind and body, we were delighted that the luxury log cabin was indeed as described. Whilst this fell short of the children's expectations of log cabin folklore, (ie bare timbers, draughts, cobwebs!)we the shattered parents were glad of the amenities: dishwasher, combi boiler fed hot water, full working kitchen etc. We found the pool decent and clean, the campground was well managed, the staff friendly and there was plenty of organised activities. And best of all; miles and miles of woodland walks and cycle rides in the Forest of Dean.

We're now booking for half term, (unprecendented!)

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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 25, 2012

Planned this holiday with grandsons because of the advertised facilities and location and CSMA's reputation. Unfortunately, the log cabin was very dirty and obviously there has been little done in the way of updating. There were cobwebs everywhere inside and out. I know I am fussy but I don't care for sharing my shower with spiders. Luckily I read some reviews before we went and at last moment packed cleaning material!
I complained to Paul whilst there about the PGL activities. They were just not value for money. There were not enough staff for the amount of kids and so we waited around for most of the time. They arrived late and finished early and didn't have the correct equiptment. New car but not even pliers to adjust the gun stands. What a joke!
The pool was a great success with grandsons but it smelt bad - drains need cleaning. The bar staff were good and the food fine. There could have been more info about the walks around but the reception staff were good at giving directions. My advise - take a tent and don't book any extra activities!! Oh and do not take accomodation near the entrance - the noise is awful.

Room Tip: Take a tent or caravan or if you have to book their accomodation get one away from the entrance - th...
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 23, 2012

My Partner and I booked a three night holiday in our folding camper at Whitemead. I had stayed at Whitemead a number of times over the years from being a child and have many happy memories at the park. I decided to take my partner there for the first time and it didn't let me down. We decided to cancel our next site and stay there for another night we where enjoying it that much and my partner really once to go back again next year. We also had family who visited us for the day and they are even looking at booking future holidays on the park. It is a true family site with good food and friendly staff and if you enjoy cycling as much as we do there are cycle paths just outside the site entrance. The views from the site are second to none. The park shop is well stocked and Lydney is only a ten minute drive away. We where really saddened to leave.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 13, 2012

Having looked at going there for years we finally did and have to say it was fantastic and we have booked again!

We have a campervan so booked a pitch with hookup and turned up. Staff were friendly and helpful.
THe place is overall in ok to good condition - a lot better than some places we have stayed (Would rate it similar to camping caravan club condition). It has everything you need from a campsite with the added bonus of a swimming pool, gym, restaurant, bar, outside games, evening entertainemt(Not really our cup of tea but Kids loved early evening entertainment) and being in the Forest of Dean it has loads woodland to wander around as well.

The only grumpy person we met was in the shop (Small but has essentials) and most guests were also smiley.

Given 5 stars for value - but then i am a CSMA member so get a discount - worth joining at £17 a year if you intend og going to Whitemead

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 10, 2012

My family and I have just returned from a four night break at The Whitemead Forest Park, we booked a deluxe plus lodge as we were intending to treat ourselves to a little bit of luxury, only to be confronted with what can only be described as a static caravan covered with cladding, so of course the dreaded damp/musky smells were present which are associated with old static caravans along with a constant smell of urine before we payed a visit ( if you know what I mean) we are a family which do not normally complain as we have a 'you get what you pay for' attitude but as these lodges are expensive we feel people should be advised to book an apartment which are built of brick and cheaper rather than a lodge, however after the disappointment of the accommodation the site is set in beautiful grounds with geogeous trees and modern facilities especially the pool/jacuzzi and forest bar.

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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Whitemead Forest Park

Address: Lydney GL15 4LA, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Gloucestershire > Forest of Dean > Lydney > Parkend
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Parkend
Price Range: $111 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Whitemead Forest Park 4*
Number of rooms: 62
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Whitemead Forest Park is a Leisure Retreat owned by CSMA Club. The Park lies in the heart of the Forest of Dean and offers a perfect base for exploring this stunning area. Our log cabin and apartment accommodation is modern and spacious and you can even bring you tent or caravan to make the most of the great outdoors. Our extensive facilities and program of entertainment offer something for everyone. ... more   less 
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Whitemead Forest Park Parkend, Forest Of Dean, Gloucestershire

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