I recently had the absolute delight to stay in a tree house from the 2nd-5th September at Center Parcs, Longleat, with my boyfriend and his family.
I was so excited as last year was only the first time I had ever been to Center Parcs and the idea of staying in a tree house was amazing as I’m not normally able to afford such luxury!
What Do You Get?
It was a long ass journey but when we arrived we were greeted by a lovely member of staff who showed us around our home for the weekend. Prior to the visit they asked the ages of the people arriving (two of the children going received teddies with their names on tags), any recent birthdays (we received birthday cake, balloons and banners) and what paper you would prefer to be delivered.
Amazingly, they had stocked the fridge in the games room with complimentary drinks and snacks, as well as having full access to an Xbox and games without a deposit – which we hadn’t experienced in the Games Lodge the year before. The games room, that I just mentioned, was just over a little walkway from the balcony where there was also a pool table and other games provided for you. The entrance is actually the featured photo that I have used for this post.The tree house had four bedrooms, three doubles and one twin, to which all had an en-suite and a private balcony. Now I have to mention the showers! They were honestly amazing. It had what seemed like a million different settings, a waterfall style shower head above you and four water jets that you controlled from a single panel.
We also had a private hot tub on the balcony and an infrared room (basically gets hot like a steam room/sauna and has a lot of health benefits) to use at our own leisure which was great. The only problem was that the weather in Longleat was miserable so once you got in the hot tub, you never wanted to get out!
I will admit that if you are not very ‘tech-friendly’ it is a bit of a faff. The shower, the TVs, the Xbox, the remotes and even the cooker are quite complicated to use but luckily they do provide a manual that helps explain things really well.
What We Did
Adam and I decided that this year we would do as much as we could, even if money was restricting. I feel like Center Parcs is hard to enjoy without having saved half your life beforehand – having to remortgage your home to go bowling and sign off your first-born to the Center Parcs devil for a bike isn’t my kind of fun.
Despite this, Adam and I did a lot and really loved our weekend! Our bikes were a small fortune at £29 for the weekend (and as discovered was probably a waste of money as Longleat is hilly af) making me wince slightly as I entered my pin on my poor, overused card.
However, there are things to do in Center Parcs that aren’t a lot of money. We went to the Adventure Golf which had been newly renovated and had a medieval theme that was pretty amazing! On one of the last holes there was a dragon that ‘breathed fire’ and growled and I am proud to admit that I did in fact get a hole-in-one wooo!
We also booked a badminton court for one hour which was just over £8 but admittedly you got brand new equipment and we got to keep the shuttlecocks which wasn’t too bad. We were so knackered after 40 minutes that I have to admit I got my moneys worth!
On Sunday we went for breakfast at The Pancake House and I got ruined by a stack of American pancakes with rolos, whipped cream, chocolate sauce and more goodies.
The pancakes were quite expensive and the place was so popular that I would recommend only going the once – there are only so many pancakes you can take in a weekend!
We also went bowling which is also fun. The weekend prices are often more expensive than the rest of the week, so 45 minutes of bowling was £26. Ouch. However, because we decided to just go together, we got in about 4 games and (quoting the prices of a place near me) it’s generally £4.50 per person, per game, (£9 together x 4 games = £36) meaning we got a better deal!
Luckily we got a slot midday but generally you had to book well in advance to even get one lane. I learnt early on that booking before you go is often a good idea and avoids indecisiveness on the day! They have a really useful app that I used constantly to check the availability and prices of activities and restaurants which is a great idea if you’re going yourself.
Overall, I had such a great time away with Adam and his family and I am so excited to go again soon. I feel so lucky that I had this opportunity to stay in a tree house and I am grateful to Adam’s family for providing me with this experience.
If you wanted to read another review, I found a Daily Mail article that I really enjoyed about the experience: