out of 10
Arrived here on a Monday afternoon for a 5 day break in one of their lodges (Elm). The reception was a little difficult to find as there were only signs for the camping and caravan reception. This is also the reception where you go to check in for the lodges. Was given our key and shown where our lodge was on the map and you could see it from the reception office. There is a barrier you have to go through, a gizmo is attatched to your lodge key, I thought the barrier would pick this up, but you have to drive up to the sensor and place the gizmo on it to open the barrier. The lodge was very clean inside and there was a generouse amount of items provided in the welcome pack tea, coffee, sugar, biscuits etc. Washing powder, dishwasher tablets, washing up liquid was also supplied as well as a tea towel and toilet rolls. There was also a good provision of fresh white towels to use as well as complimentary toiletries in both the en-suite and main bathroom. There was a nice coffee maker in the kitchen area, but only mugs provided which didnt quite fit in it. In the kitchen area there was a good sized fridge freezer, four slice toaster, kettle, gas hob, electric oven, microwave, washing machine and dishwasher. Only found user instructions on last day as buried at the back of one of the floor kitchen cuboards around a corner. But have to say that most equipment was easy to use. I couldnt get the wi-fi to work on my phone as it was a very week signal, but thankfully I have loads of data, so wasnt really an issue for us. There is a good sized TV in the living area and comfortable 3 seater settee and armachair, there was also a Blu-Ray DVD player which wasnt mentioned on the web site. There are also TV's in both bedrooms. The en-suite shower room was very nice with a lovely shower and the main family bathroom was also very nice with a bath and shower over. I am 5 feet 2 inches tall and if I layed down in the bath my feet toughed the bottom. The bed in the master bedroom was also quite comfortable, but thats down to personal taste. A bit disapointing was the outside of the lodge, especially around the decking area as it had quite a few cobwebs and dead insects. The decking outside had a table and four chairs which were also comfortable and as advertised the sunsets are truly spectacular (clouds permitting). There are currently 7 lodges in place here and hard stands have been constructed for about another 20 I would estimate. Some lodges have hot tubs and others like ours do not. I would have to say that I thought the lodges were quite close together as from our kitchen window we could see right into the next lodges dinning area. There is only one parking space per lodge which could be a bit tight if you have a large vehicle and the road between the tiers of lodges is also very narrow with no passing places, not really an issue at the moment but could be in the future. When we arrived it was blazing hot, the lodge had been locked up tight and when we opened the door it was like stepping into a sauna, sooooo hot inside. We opened all the windows and patio doors in an attempt to cool the place down. Being townies we didint realise that being near water you attract a load of small flying insects. When we went to go to bed that evening our bedroom ceiling was swarming with these tiny insects, took a good hour or so to eliminate them. So from then on if we opened a window we made sure that no light was on nearby (not an issue during the day, just at night). The owners are really nice and very friendly and are really trying to make a go of this place, but there is a lot going on here. We were even offered a fan to use if we wanted one, but we had already brought our own, thanks to my wife. First and foremost this is a schools adventure holiday park. There must have been well over 200 children here during our stay. These ranged from junior school to senior school ages. The first full day were were here that lake was very active and noisy from about 9.30 am to 9.30pm with a quiet time between 12pm and 2pm. There is a path which runs right infront of the lodge, but lower down, so they dont walk right infront of you. This is used two to three times a day by groups of 20/30 at a time going for lunch or evening meal in the on-site cafe. They seem to operate this in shifts. Due to the sheer number of children staying here during our 5 day break we were not permited to use this cafe. Have to say that some of the language as these youths passed by us was not pleasant at all and on one occasion there was quite an altercastion between a couple of them and if that wasnt bad enough I heard on of the 'leaders' use language just as bad. Must stress that this wasnt the norm and as the week went on they seemed more subdued each day. If booking here I would strongly suggest checking to see if they have any schools staying during your visit. You can also rent a variety of craft to use on the lake from paddle boards, kayaks and peddle boats, but wouldnt recommend it if the schools are here because the lake is manic with loads of excitable children and teens alike. Felt quite sorry for the ducks and swans. If you are fortunate to go when there are no schools then this place is quite indilic in many ways being only about 10 minutes from Tewkesbury and right on the edge of the lovely Cotswolds. There is a pub by the entrance called the Cross Keys, this does not serve food and is mainly a real ale pub. There is a Morrisons superstore in Tekesbury about 15 minutes away as well as a Brewers Fayre a bit further along. Also have to say that it was quiet at night and we didnt experience any rowdy behavior during the night time, slept pretty good.
Confirmed guest, 2018-07-13