We have just returned from a holiday stay at Center Parcs longleat. We had a lodge located in the far end of the park, Fir 502 which is close to the Cascades land train stop and about a ten minute or so walk down to the Sports Plaza. It took us around 45 minutes to walk to the Plaza from our lodge with small legs and a pushchair. We stayed with friends which is why we booked a three bed lodge. I didn’t take many pictures but I did record a quick lodge tour video which I will put at the end of this post. We packed a lot of stuff for our four night break.
Our 3 bedroom executive lodge at Center parcs Longleat was nice. It was quiet, it was close to water and had a bit of wildlife around. The lodge layout was compact yet also felt spaced out too. We had plenty of storage space for the pram in the little cupboard, a safe, two double bedrooms and a twin room. Each room had an ensuite with one being a whirlpool bath. We also had our own Sauna.
The kitchen was well equipped and included a Tassimo coffee machine, dishwasher, gas oven and microwave. There were plenty of glasses, cutlery and crockery for our stay. The fridge space is quite small so something to bear in mind if you are bringing lots of food that needs space in the fridge – it may require a game of tetris to get everything in.
The sofa in the main living room was very comfortable and we were all able to have plenty of space when chilling out at the lodge. We had a TV and log burning fireplace which we used on the Wednesday evening and it was really lovely. We had sliding doors towards the back of the lodge which was close to a little pond. We saw plenty of families feeding the ducks. You can buy bird feed on site.
We stayed in the bigger of the double bedrooms just because we could get the cot in that one better as the sides of the bed are a little narrow. I think if you had two cots it might be a bit of a squeeze. However, there was space and Felix was very cozy. I loved that it was a proper cot with mattress too, we brought our own cot linen for it.
The lodge had a big table and six chairs as well as a high chair which we made good use of. Felix enjoys sitting with us when we are eating so it was great we could do that all together. When you arrive you will find plenty of information in the guest services directory, dining in menu and village life brochure.
We did have a few issues with our lodge. There was a slight leak under one of the sinks, we weren’t sure if there were supposed to be infrared lighting in the Sauna and the whirlpool bath didn’t work. We reported the bath issues to guest services and it did get fixed by the Wednesday night but it was a much bigger job than originally anticipated so we didn’t get to use it. It was quite frustrating because we paid extra for this executive lodge and didn’t really get to use all of the facilities of it. It was too late to use on the Wednesday night in the end when it was eventually fixed and you have to leave the lodge by 10am Friday morning. Essentially we only had one full day of use which was really disappointing.
Other than that the beds were comfortable and it was pretty peaceful. We didn’t really hear any other lodges and as the roads are clear mostly of traffic Tuesday-Thursday it felt really nice and quiet. We would visit again but I think we would pay the extra fee to be closer to the main activities as it was just a very long walk. The landtrain gets very busy and having to constantly disturb Felix and get him in and out of his pushchair was really annoying. However, I want to end on a positive. The area was nice, the forest is beautiful and there is plenty to do at Center Parcs.