This was our first stay at Centerparcs in the UK or Europe so we didn't really know what to expect. It was significantly cheaper than it would have been in the UK at the same time. We went as a family with children aged 7 and 5.
There were a lot of positives about the place - the swimming pool complex was very good overall with a large warm pool, a separate children's pool, jacussis and lots of water slides (although these could get a bit scary for small children when much bigger children were rushing past). It was sometimes a problem though finding a free changing space and when you did it was very cramped with children. The discovery centre with the pirate ship and indoor beach was also very good.
We'd booked the half board so it was breakfast and dinner at the market restaurant. This proved to be generally very good - self service, as much as you could eat with lots of choice of food at a high standard. Sometimes it could get a bit busy and there were delays in taking drinks orders and clearing plates away.
The park is very big and too far for small children to walk everywhere so we had to hire bicycles which were reasonalbly priced. We also hired out canoes and a pedalo on the lake and played badminton (in the evening if you take your own equipment the nets are left up and you can play for free).
The childrens entertainment was also good - free afternoon shows, bedtime stores and discos. There was a good supermarket which we used for drinks/snacks which was reasonably priced.
Now the bad points, there were two main ones - the weather was awful (but not their fault, just bad luck!) and the cottage...
Even though we had booked 3 months in advance the only accomodation available was a 3 bedroom economy cottage. This proved to be absolutely awful - terrible smell (definitely smoke, probably other things as well), not very clean, very poor worn out furniture and fittings, uncomfortable beds and no bed linen (had to hire this separately - not made clear at time of booking). We stayed with some friends who had a 2 bed deluxe cottage and that was a lot better and well worth the extra cost - we spent most evenings there.
So overall it was an enjoyable stay, it was fairly good value for money and the location was lovely but we would only go back if we could get a deluxe or better cottage. AVOID the economy cottages and cross fingers for some sun!!
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