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A really nice lodge holiday in East Yorkshire
Dacre Lakeside Park (England)
Member Name: jeffjen
Dacre Lakeside Park (England)
Date: 27/02/09, updated on 30/07/09 (289 review reads)
Advantages: Luxurious lodges in a lakeside setting
Disadvantages: Being without electric for a few hours one day
I stayed here at Dacre Park for a Mon - Fri break in Sept 08 with my partner. I booked it with Hoseasons via Topcashback and received £9 cashback, the holiday cost around £190.
The park is located in Driffield not far from Beverley, and I chose it because it looked fantastic in the brochure with lodges looking out onto the lake.
On arrival we were greeted warmly by Tracey, the manager, who directed us to our lodge and said her husband Steve would meet us there and explain how everything worked etc.
We arrived at the lodge which was just as good as it looked in the brochure and had a verandah which jutted out over the lake. The hot tub was on the verandah, also patio table & chairs.
Inside the lodge was very clean, modern and luxurious with flat screen TV and DVD player operated via 'magic eye'. The speakers were in the ceiling. There was a pebble effect fire, wooden flooring, a corner suite, fitted kitchen and table and chairs.
There were 2 bedrooms, one double and one twin , all made up and with throws and cushions etc as a nice touch, on the leather framed beds. Also provided were robes and slippers ( you could keep the slippers) and a towel. I thought the robes and slippers idea very good and again a nice touch, as ive been to other lodges and this is the first time I have experienced this.
One bathroom had a bath with overhead shower and vanity unit with 'bowl' sink, and mosaic tiles - all very modern and new looking. The other bathroom was a smaller shower room, but again very nicely tiled.
The lodge was very spacious and also very warm, we did often have the french doors open which lead out onto the verandah.
Steve explained to us how the hot tub operated and the magic eye system etc. I thought this was a nice touch as other places ive been to just give you the keys and let you get on with it. Then he left and we settled in to begin our holiday.
The setting is very peaceful and relaxing and we enjoyed walking round the lake and chilling in the hot tub. Also a swan and plenty of ducks would come to the lodge to be fed every day!
Inside the lodge was a folder with useful info inside and also a part for guests to write 'reviews' of their holiday and places they visited for food etc. This was very useful and we decided to take some of the advice and walk to the nearby village of Brandesburton, where there was a fish and chip shop which served some of the best fish & chips ive ever tasted!
There is also a Chinese restaurant, but we never got round to trying this, and two pubs which served meals. We visited one of them on the recommendation of someone who had wrote about it in the folder, and weren't disappointed! The portions were huge! It was a lovely meal in a friendly country pub.
There was also a small store/off licence so there was no need to travel further afield for food etc.
On the first night we had a problem with the freeview and rang Tracey on the mobile number she provided, and Steve came right away and rectified the problem.
He also explained to us that the electric supply would be turned off the following morning between 8am and 11am as some power cables were leaning on some trees, and workmen would be cutting off some branches.
He apologised for this and we just thought well we'll have a lie in and by the time we get up it should be ok.
However, by 11am the next day the power was still off, we waited until midday before ringing Tracey who was very apologetic and said the workmen were still cutting branches, and had cut off a lot more than they had said they were! She said they shouldn't be much longer and she was quite angry as it looked a mess, but to be honest by this time I just wanted to be able to have a coffee and a shower, and was starting to get a little annoyed.
I know these things can't be helped but it was the first morning of our hoilday and we had no electric all morning.
We didn't want to go out until we'd had a shower so we sat and waited. It was beginning to feel cold as we had no heating and just sitting around with no TV or hot water was getting irritating.
Finally around 2pm the power was restored but I did feel like we had missed a few hours of our holiday and don't really think 6 hours without power is acceptable. Tracey and Steve did apologise again and the rest of the week passed without any other problems.
All in all we had a lovely time and would like to go back this year sometime as we thoroughly enjoyed it, apart from the few hours without power, which was just a one-off occurrence.
Visit Hoseasons.co.uk for more information, to book online or to request a brochure.
Summary: Lovely place and good value for money.
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