At the begginning of last month I went away to Centre Parcs at Longleat to celebrate my birthday with some close gal pals. I'd been to a Centre Parcs once before when I was a teen, but I was so looking forward to going back as they have so many fun sports and activities to take part in. We stayed in a 3 bed lodge for 4 nights which I think was around £400 if I recall correctly, so split between us it wasn't very much at all!
We were so impressed with the lodge and it's facilities, it was nicely decorated and had a big chalkboard with a colourful message written on by the cleaner welcoming us to the Parc, which we later used to draw up our schedule of events for the week. I drove us all there, so the girls allowed me to have the double bedroom with a T.V, but the twin bedrooms were all good size too, with hairdryers and dressing tables. We loved the huge corner sofa in the open plan living room, and it had a stylish tree-print wallpaper along one wall. The kitchen had every mod-con you could think of and we even had a Henry Hoover! It was the perfect place to crash out at night after all our exhausting activities.
I wish I could show you pics of the lodge, but my phone fell out of my pocket and the screen shattered on the floor, so until I get it fixed I can't access those particular pics. I'm such a clutz... but that just feels like really bad luck as I'd only had the phone for a couple of months and before that I'd had so much trouble with EE/Orange about my contract...it feels like the whole thing is more hassle than it's worth. Maybe I should make a stand and go mobile-free (...or maybe not)!
Anyway I did get some pics from my regular camera of the lake where we went stand-up paddle boarding and hired a pedalo. I love SUP - it's so much fun! It really works loads of muscles too. We also played tennis, badminton (love!), crazy golf (got to do it), ten-pin bowling (I'm rubbish at it), went paintballing, and spent a lot of time in the sub-tropical swimming paradise and the rapids in particular! We spent one afternoon at the AQUA SANA Spa which was lovely and relaxing...definitely one of the better spas I've been to as it has 15 different 'experience rooms'. My fave was the Japanese Salt Steam Bath, and it even had a Zen garden, as well as the more traditional saunas.
The Parc is car-free so you either hire bikes or walk everywhere (as you can imagine, it's a big site) but I enjoy walking so that doesn't bother me. Next time I might hire a bike though. Hopefully next time won't be too distant in the future, I had such a good time that I started thinking about when I could go back as soon as I got home! They have a new park just outside London too, Woburn Forest. Worth checking out if you want a staycation with lots of fun things to do.
Also, check out my bday cake! It was layers of pink and red meringue with cream, blueberries and strawberries in between - AMAZING!