As some of you may know we were invited by Centreparcs to have a free trial break at their brand new village Woburn Forest. Since it was the end of the half term holiday we went on the Friday and came home on the Sunday night as the kids had school the next day.
We were allocated an Executive Lodge – a step up from the accommodation we normally have. Very nice it was too! The living room space was smaller but cosy. It meant the kitchen had a little more room which to me is a better use of space. Each bedroom had an ensuite, 2 with showers and one with a whirlpool bath. It meant I had a place to change Sir in private instead of on the bedroom floor. And if necessary I could put him straight in the shower. Madam thought having her own bathroom was fantastic… I think she spent more time in there than anywhere else! LOL! The bedrooms had their own televisions too… Sir still preferred to use the main one in the living room though!
The lodge was light and airy, the patio area was very private which was nice, although the view wasn’t as good as Sherwood Forest where we normally go, but that was due to the forest not being as established. The trees are still young. Give it 10-15 years it will be lovely. There was also a sauna which we didn’t use.
My only niggle with the lodge was the wine cooler… very very noisy at night and couldn’t find a way to switch it off.
The car parking is all equal here and better set out, it is quite a trek though… in fact everything seems further away here.. but it’s not a big problem.
When I saw the pool area I thought it was a complete rabbit warren and frankly wasn’t keen. There didn’t appear to be a main pool and the outdoor pool was merely an entrance to the rapids.. one of many water rides here. The emphasise seems to be mainly on entertaining the kids, which as I discovered is not a bad thing. The “play area” is fabulous, Sir and Madam loved it.. and we found that if we sat in the right place we could watch them from our seat rather than standing up all the while. I can see it being a total nightmare at peak times however….and the floor is quite rough underfoot. The changing area was fabulous though, bags of room in the family changing rooms, room to walk between the lockers and the cubicles. Accessible Changing rooms, Accessible toilets with a bed in that I could change Sir on if necessary. All very good stuff.
The lockers are operated by wristbands which also open your Lodge. You can put money on them and use as cashless payment, very handy for in the pool.
The Village Square and Plaza area where the shops/restaurants/activities are were spotless as you might expect. Once the flora and fauna has had a chance to establish it will look lovely, very cosmopolitan. And there are Accessible Toilets there too. 😀
We were given 40% discount off the restaurant prices so ate out more than we normally would. Couldn’t fault the food or service. Also 25% off in the shops which was nice.
I asked the kids which they preferred.. Woburn or Sherwood. To my surprise they both said Woburn! I think the amount of activities in the pool swung it!
We will definitely go back to Woburn… even if it is on average £200 more expensive than Sherwood.. probably because it’s new. Most likely we will alternate between the two.
Photos in the following post 🙂