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Oasis Holiday Village (Penrith, England)
Member Name: lousimps
Oasis Holiday Village (Penrith, England)
Date: 04/01/01, updated on 04/01/01 (1547 review reads)
Advantages: wondeful for children
Disadvantages: Activities are a bit pricey and get booked up quickly
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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