Situated just off the A66 near Penrith (M6 - Junction 40), Oasis Holiday Village is set in 400 acres of forest in the Lake District. It is a beautiful, enclosed, safe environment, and the accommodation and facilities are outstanding. Accommodation: Lodges are placed in 'clusters' throughout the forest, and range from a one bed apartment to a four bed luxury timber house with galleried landing, 2/3 bathrooms (some with whirlpool baths), microwave, dishwasher, washer-dryer, satellite telly, log fire, lovely decor and patio with barbecue, as well as all the usual utilities you would expect. If you pay extra for a VIP package, you not only get the best lodges in the best positions, but a welcome pack of groceries, your towels included, and a daily cleaner/maid service as well. No lodges are further than 15 mins walk from the facilities, and some are literally one minute away from the main 'Butterfly Centre'. The Butterfly Centre: This is the main hub of the place. In the Butterfly Centre is a selection of restaurants and fast-food outlets (including a Hard Rock Cafe), a reasonably priced supermarket, kids centre, Metropolis entertainment centre with machines, pool and ten-pin bowling, gift shops, cinema, theatre, bars and the amazing World of Water which contains the best outdoor rapid slide, wave machine, indoor rapids and jacuzzis that I've experienced. The World of Water is well heated and very clean with plenty of places to sit and relax if you don’t want to swim or go on the rapids. Other Facilities: There is a traditional pub, with food and entertainments such as a quiz night, a small animal compound, a massive country club where you can play just about every indoor/outdoor sport that you can think of, a skating rink, children's adventure playgrounds, off-site quad biking, clay-pigeon shooting, paintballing, pony-trekking and more. Inside the country club there is also the spa
, a very good beauty and treatment centre, and a gym. If you like the outdoor life, there are lovely forest walks (guided if you wish) and nature and fitness trails. In summer you can choose from loads of water sports on the Oasis lake. Who does it cater for: Everyone! Whether you're young or old, with children or as a couple or family party, you'll never be short of things to do. And as cars are not allowed in the village (except for arrival and departure), the place is lovely and peaceful, and safe for your kids. There are special children's clubs and a babysitting service too so that parents can have some time to themselves if they wish.It is popular with hen parties too who go to take advantage of the spa facilities and generally have a pamper. Getting Around: Most people take their own bicycles or hire them when there for getting around. The selection of bikes to hire is vast to suit all ages and sizes, you can hire brilliant Burley buggies for kids which fit onto the back of your adult bike, and disabled people can hire electric wheelchairs and 'larks'. In fact the whole village is disabled-friendly, and many lodges are adapted for 'special needs'. One of our party has a disability and was delighted with the disabled shower, grab-rails and adjustomatic bed. Price: Breaks are either 4 nights (Mon-Fri) or 3 (Fri-Mon). In February we (me, my brother, my sister and my 2 nieces and 1 nephew) went a 4 day break. We paid around £260 quid for a 3 bedroomed lodge with sofabed that could sleep 8. Prices rise steeply in summer (you can pay £800 for 4 days), but as there is so much to do indoors (once you're in the World of Water you won't want to come out!), you can have a great winter visit without hardly being aware of the weather at all. How much you end up spending is entirely up to you. The World of Water is included in the price of your holiday, but you pay for e
verything else. Sports facilities are reasonably priced, the spa is expensive, bike hire isn't too bad, and the restaurants vary. All heating and electric is included in the price, and the heating stays on 24/7 unless you turn it off yourself. With temperatures at around 4c every day we kept ours permanently on and were lovely and snug night and day. (And if anything goes wrong with your heating or other appliances you simply press a button on your phone to call maintenance and they have someone round within about half an hour to fix it). This was my second year running at Oasis and I can't wait to go again next winter. Booking: visit www.oasishols.co.uk to order a brochure and check for special last minute cheaper deals.
My family decided to try the Oasis leisure park after visiting Centreparcs for several previous years.We are a normal family with 3 kids, 2 parents & 2 grandparents. Just to be fair straight away, we went shortly after Oasis opened & were always going to compare it with Centreparcs. The first thing that struck us were Centreparcs accomodation blends into the forest, the log cabins at Oasis were in your face,it looked like a town in the middle of a wood!Inside the cabins was beautiful & roomy.Also on the plus side was the leisure pool which was well laid out & full of little cubby holes with kids sections scattered everywhere. The down side with this idea is that if your like us, you like to keep an eyeball on the kids at all times, so at Oasis you end up following in their every footstep. 3 of us nearly drowned on the flume slide, the bowling alley was like a disco & the on site pub held off duty staff boasting of the generous staff discount.We struggled to get fed & staff were grumpy & rude.
Oasis in March 2001 - observations and tips. I've been to Oasis twice now, most recently earlier this year, so read on to find out what is the good, the not so good....and the bad, at Oasis. ~~~~Where it is and how to get there~~~~ Near Penrith in Cumbria. It's advertised as being by the Lake District, which is correct, since its not actually in it, but you could always do a half day trip into the "Lakes District", as Tony likes to call it, if you wanted to. Penrith is at the northern edge of the Lakes, so if you are travelling from the south, its a day's drive. Penrith also has a train station and the taxi journey from the station to Oasis is about £7, but they do take you right to your villa rather than dump you at the gate, apparently. ~~~~Accommodation~~~~ Overall, nice - very similar to Center Parcs, better looking from the outside but without their famous under floor heating. We were there during a very cold snap - the lake was completely frozen and at night the temporature plummeted to -15 c-brr! Very cold. Luckily our villa had a willing heating system which was put on maximum all weekend and was just about warm enough, but only just. ~~~~Swimmin'~~~~ Not as good as Center Parcs "for sure". The rapids were busted and the wave machine slightly pathetic. However the pool was normally not too busy and the changing rooms adequate. The scenary was pleasant... ~~~~Wildlife~~~~ A good variety-red squirrels a plenty, pheasants, grouse, rabbits, apparently badgers, but we didn't see any-despite providing plenty of food to something that ate it all during the night. Also a strange shell-suited part animal/part mountain bike thing was very common everywhere... ~~~~Eating~~~~ We headed straight for the curry house the first evening - an excellent venue - £15 to eat as much as you could - and then some more. Like everywhere, kids meals were available and
children made to feel welcome in an informal atmosphere, which I think is the way all places should operate. Less good though was the cafe by the entrance to the pool. They definitely had the policy to overcharge - this happened to a few in our group, on more than one occasion so be warned! They were told "for sure". ~~~~Sport~~~~ As always at the these places, 95% of the participants were hopeless at everything they attempted, as I observed easily from my coffee table.... ~~~~Best Moment~~~~ Watching Leeds score their equaliser against Man U in the league game, whilst sat in the country club pub type place. My daughter who had to sit and watch it too, wasn't very impressed by my goal celebration though, but then again I've done louder ones. ~~~~Worst Moment~~~~ A month later, when I realised that all the sheep we had seen peacefully grazing in the fields by the M6 in Cumbria had now probably gone. ~~~~Overall~~~~ Shops 8/10, Pool 5/10, Food Places 7/10, Sport facilities 7/10, Landscape 9/10, Accomodation 8/10, People 9/10, Wildlife 8/10, Staff Service 9/10. superguinness (is back, "for sure") 2001
We also went to Oasis in January this year and loved it. It was perfect for us Londoners to get away from the noise and hectic way of life here. We decided to go in January and even though it was cold and damp every day we still thoroughly enjoyed it as the swimming pool is indoors with plenty of things to do and several other indoor activities (bowling, cinema, sports, etc) but we also enjoyed walks through the forest in the beautiful fresh air. If you wrap up warm enough it's perfect. We booked the VIP accommodation and that included a double jacuzzi bath, a fully-equipped kitchen (not that we did any cooking) and a beautiful lakeside location. If you return within a year there is a discount available so we are going back next January, staying in deluxe accommodation for less than we paid this year! There is only one negative comment I have to make - but it doesn't refer to Oasis directly and I will be leaving an opinion in the general holiday category later today - and that is the high number of school children there. We were from January 22nd to January 26th, which (as far as I can remember) is term time. But it was amazing how many parents had taken their children out of school for a holiday. I realise that it is far more expensive in the school holidays and that not all parents can get time off work during the holidays. My mother worked as a nurse when I was a child and was almost always working weekends and school holidays. I'm not against children but my fiance and I had decided to go to Oasis OUTSIDE of the school holidays to get away from it all because we had both been working over Christmas and New Year and needed a relaxing break. We have chosen not to have children yet as we like to spend time together as a couple and that is why we decided to go in term-time. It was chaotic in the pool at times and one morning we left after 20 minutes because there were so many kids running around.
Try a holiday at the Oasis holiday Village just off the A66 near Penrith. I have been several times and have found it a brilliant 'get away from it all' break. The initial cost of around £300 seems high at first but if you take into account that this includes free use of the large swimming pool in the Butterfly Centre I think that it's well worth it, and if you go with friends the cost is obviously shared. I have been to two of the Centre Parcs Holiday Villages and although comparable I think Oasis has the edge. My children are now 7 and 4 respectively and both can swim and are confident in water. This I have to partly contribute to us going to Oasis and Centre Pracs, about 15 times in total. This type of holiday can be as cheap or as expensive as you wish, after the initial cost of course, and there are lots of activities for children and parents alike. Bear in mind that the accomodation is mostly in chalet type accomodation but there are ample provisions for the less abled, including accomodation near to the Butterfly Center. Internet visitors can sometimes get some good late deals from their website at www.oasishols.co.uk.
Oasis forest holiday village is situated close to Penrith in the Lake District. It is simliar to CenterParcs, in that the location of the village is within a forest, and the accomodation comprises of lodges of varying types which I will cover later in this review. The actual village is quite large, when you arrive you go through the drive through check in, and get given all the information about your lodge, including keycards (to get in) and directions. You can drive to your lodge, but after you have unpacked the car you have to return it to the main carpark, which is where it remains until the time you leave. No vehicles are allowed in the village except on arriving days and leaving days (apart from cars with disabled owners). You can however hire bikes for reasonable rates, or take your own. I will attempt to go through everything here, however it's very extensive and I don't really want to bore you all! So I'll try and make it as concise as possible! *The Lodges* There are various types of lodges depending on your needs. These range from a one bedroom apartment/studio, to a large 4 bedroom (sleeps 8) lodge. We happened to stay in one of the 4 bedroom Forest Lodges, which was also a VIP lodge. VIP basically means you get a slightly higher standard of accomodation, and get to check in earlier and leave later. The lodge was extremely comfortable and very clean. We were lucky enough to have a jacuzzi bath which was very nice indeed! If I had one small gripe about the lodge it would be that it was a bit cold at night. As it was a large 2 storey lodge, I was glad to see that a stairgate was provided as well as cots and highchairs for younger children. The kitchen was well stocked, with all the basics you'd expect (cooker, fridge, kettle etc) and being a VIP lodge had a dishwasher and washing machine too. There were 2 large bathrooms, and a separate toilet in the hall way too. All lodges
have a brick barbecue and a patio (including furniture) we were there in January so didn't use them, but it would be nice in summer. As it was, the lodges also have real fires, (you can buy special heat logs from the supermarket) which is lovely in winter. Although the village is large, is not so huge that your lodge is miles away from anywhere, our lodge was at the furthest point away from the Butterfly Center, however, even that was only 10 minutes walk. A tip for the nighttime though (if you go in winter) is to take a torch as sometimes the paths aren't particularly well lit!! In the centre of the park, located next to a large lake is the Butterfly Centre. This is the main hub of activity of the village, and contains the World Of Water, many restaurants, cinema, supermarket, bowling alley, childrens world and customer services. There is also a large adventure playground for the kids outside. *World of Water* Extensive interconnecting pools, slides, rapids and jacuzzi's make this an excellent place to spend part of your day. Everyone is catered for, including the very small children, with baby pools, and small versions of the big slides. The main pool graduates slowly down, and so very small babies can sit and splash in shallow water and other children and adults can venture deeper! Most of the pools are connected, and the whole place is very large. The park was almost full when I was there and the pools didn't seem crowded to me. The wave machine starts approximately every 15 minutes, which are announced so you can make your way to a shallower area or leave the pool if you don't like them. There are a number of large slides, the biggest and best being the Falling Rapids Ride! This is an exhiliarating ride, that goes outside the building, (don't worry its well heated!). It's not recommended for pregnant women or people who aren't strong swimmers, as the currents are
quite strong and there are a number of steep drops. However I thoroughly recommend this, its great fun! I was quite disappointed as unfortunatly it had to shut for maintenance when I was there and I only got to go on it twice. *Restaurants* There are a number of restaurants in the Butterfly Centre, these include the Hard Rock Cafe, Rajinda Pradesh (indian cuisine), Pizza Piza (Italian cuisine), Burger King, and Pizza to go, as well as cafe's and bars. We (myself and husband) at at Pizza Piza and Rajinda Pradesh. The food at both restaurants was very good, and the prices although more than we would pay at home, were not extortionate. I was glad to see that Oasis weren't taking advantage of the fact that they have a 'captive audience'. *Cinema, bowling, Childrens World and supermarket* We didn't visit the cinema, however its a two screen cinema and shows current releases. We did go 10 pin bowling however, and the prices were the same as at home. I would recommend that you book a lane however as it gets very busy, especially after 8pm when they have 'cosmic bowling'. We used the creche (ages 3months to 11 years) located within Childrens World for two mornings. They were very professional indeed with my son, and asked about his sleeping habits, what he liked to eat, etc. My son was just one and a half years at the time but he seemed to like the creche and had a good time. The cost for the creche is £5 per hour which we thought was reasonable for some time alone together. There are also clubs for older children. The supermarket is small but well stocked, prices are a little more that normal but not extortionatly so. We did take a lot of groceries with us, but with hindsight, we may have been better off buying there, it would have saved us having to fill the car with things such as cornflakes! *Country Club* Across the lake from the Butterfly Centre is the Countr
y Club. Here you can book all the activities you want to do, and this is where the badminton courts, squash courts etc are located. Inside are pool and snooker tables, a gym, ball pool for the kids, and a bar. There are lots of activites to choose from, such as archery, shooting, badminton, squash, quad biking, etc etc! Far too many to list here. I personally didn't take up too many activities (I was there for a holiday after all!) but did do Badminton, Fencing and Shooting. I would recommend prebooking activities if you want them as they get booked up really quickly! *Lakeside Inn* There is also a traditional pub situated by the Lake, called the Lakeside Inn, which has a large play area for the kids (which is free) and serves typical pub food. We did go here for one drink, however there was a very strong cooking smell throughout the entire pub which wasn't very nice. *Babysitter service* Other facilities that we used included the babysitter service. You can ring up and book a babysitter for an evening should you wish to go out together without the kids. We decided to do just this, and the babysitter came to our lodge for the evening while we went out. My son was asleep the whole time however, and the babysitter was most upset she couldn't play with him :o). The babysitter we had was lovely, they use 'mature' ladies. I don't know why, but sometimes you feel happier leaving your child with an older person, than say a 16 year old for instance. The cost of the babysitter was the same as the creche, £5 an hour, which is reasonable I think. I haven't listed everything here, as I didn't do everything, its impossible to do! However I have commented and addressed most things. Their website is www.oasishols.co.uk.
Forest holidays on the edge of the Lake District National Park. Set in 450 acres of woodland, the new complex offers 700 accommodation villas, a state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor sports centre with water-based features, seven restaurants, several bars, a health spa, theatre, cinema facilities and other activity centres.