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Center Parcs Longleat: The place to Be!
Center Parc (Longleat Forest)
Member Name: doodoo53
Center Parc (Longleat Forest)
Advantages: Good Service, Good/Friendly staff, free land train and swimming pool
Disadvantages: Pancake House, land train full, swimming pool changing room system weird.
My family and I recently returned from a 4 night stay at Center Parcs Longleat Forest, I must say that we loved the place 100%.
Monday: We left home at 9:15am and we reached Longleat by 10:45am, When you arrive, you will see a board with numbers and arrows which directs you to the check in window that they want you to go to. After a short wait you will be called forward to one of these windows to receive your keys, they make you switch off your engine during this process. We received our keys and went to park in the main car park. After this, we got our bikes off the back of the car and went up to the "Jardin Des Sports" to book activites and have lunch. The fish and chips were wonderful! Now, we went for a walk around the lake which we enjoyed. Now, we went upto the Plaza (Greenhouse because its so hot in there) to go swimming. After an hour, we went shopping in the reasonably priced parc market and took it up to our villa. We were in a 4 bed comfort lodge (Number 694 Fir) and it was well equipped beyond our expectations. The only problem was a damp smell in the master bedroom, when I went to get the car I popped into Guest Services, who sent somebody up straight away. Infact, by the time I had brought the car up, they had been and gone! I returned the car and then we caught the first land train of the evening to go bowling. We came back on the 2020 from the plaza and settled in for the night.
Tuesday: We had booked badminton for 10am, so it was essential that we were up early, we walked down to the Jardin Des Sports, before returning back to the villa for lunch. After lunch, we cycled down to the Plaza to go swimming, my eldest spent 2 hours going round the rapids, last time i went down the rapids last year I broke my finger. We did some shopping and went back to the villa for tea. We then caught the landtrain up to the Plaza, it was quite late and everything was starting to close, so we took the land train to the village sqaure. Realising that was all closed, we went to the Jardin Des Sports for a drink before trying to catch the land train back. It was packed, nobody would move up to try and get everybody on. I even heard one passenger say "They've got legs they can walk" We walked home after this.
Wednesday: We were trying to make this our relaxing day! We went for an energetic bike ride in the morning, stopping at starbucks in the Plaza. We then went xmas shopping in the plaza shops. We went back to the villa for lunch, before coming back down to the Plaza (on the train) for swimming. We then went back to the villa to relax. We then went down to bowling (again) after tea
Thursday: We went swimming first thing in the morning, we had various activites booked for after lunch, table tennis, a relaxation class and once again, bowling! We also went to the Pancake House, never again. We had to wait outside (being harrased by the wasps) for 15 minutes until they could be bothered to lay a table. Once we were seated, we had to wait another 20 minutes for our order to be taken. Then 30 minutes for it to come out. The value for money is appalling. By the time we had finished, we only had 10 minutes to run (literally) down to the JDS for table tennis. PANCAKE HOUSE, NEVER AGAIN!
Friday: I made use of their minibus service to go get the car. We loaded up, took the car back (with the bikes on the back) and took them off to go swimming. We brought sandwiches from the Parc Marc. and sat on a bench. We then decided that we would then make our way home then and it would be terrible past Stonehenge, and it was. We left at 2:30am and didnt get home until 4:30pm.
I would recommend to anybody!
Summary: simply great
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