Center Parcs Sherwood Forest

Sherwood Forest, Rufford NG22 9DN, United Kingdom
7.5  / 10
Average rating (102 reviews)

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4 / 10
disappointing accommodation

"We had booked a l bedroom Woodland Executive lodge for a winter wonderland long weekend just before Christmas 2015. What we got was a l bedroom/no door/open to the small sitting room/tiny kitchen area/bathroom with non.functioning spa bath. a studio flat..not an executive woodland lodge/l bedroom. Contacted Center Parcs by comments box on their site and also by letter...have heard absolutely nothing from them..seems they are not concerned at all.

very disappointing when we have been going to Center Parcs .various locations for the past 28 years... just leaves a bad taste...

  • Holiday details: Dec 2015, Booked Independently
  • Advice: make sure you get the accommodation you thought you had booked and paid for

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8 / 10

"We have just had a Monday to Friday break at the park .We stayed in the OAK 3 BED LODGE (491). The accommodation was very clean on arrival and everything we needed (except a frying pan ) but guest services soon had this sorted...the winter wonderland was absolutely magical to our three yr old..all the animated little huts and the singing reindeer's which we visited daily,,and the real ones who were resting up ready for a busy Xmas eve,, of course..,The magic of Christmas was certainly felt with all the effort of the sparkling decor,Santa sleigh,glittering reindeer's and lights around the many trees...the excellent Santa grotto and the elves helping Santa with his presents,,Santa had lots of time to ask my granddaughter what he she wanted and talked to the adults alike ,,,we weren't rushed and the lovely present she received and the family photo delighted all,,we all enjoyed the wave machine in the three hot tubs out of action tho little disappointing..very well supervised and helpful staff when we took the baby 5mnths with us..found us a playpen for him to lay in and gave us a towel....showers lovely and hot and saw at least two staff with mops cleaning up in there...plenty to see and do including the excellent firework display on wed evening..plenty going on activity wise.I visited the spa had a lovely exfoliating massage and got to look round the lovely facility ,,daily offers so don't miss it even if you just go look round,,yes its costs but its optional ..highly recommended tho...we went to make a stocking glue n glitter and all that.£9pnds ....ate out once ,,sum what overpriced 2 x 9.99 beefburger coleslaw chips...5.99each... 2x toasted sandwich and coleslaw.drinks for 4 bill just over 60pnds.but it certainly wasn't deterring people and they were very busy with meals when we ate in... so all in all to sum up cleanliness activity and atmosphere for the winter wonderland 10/10..they got it is my families third visit this year,my first and needless to say we will be returning in 2015 !!"

  • Holiday details: Dec 2014, Booked Independently
  • Advice: take your own food but shop is handy and well stocked..

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8 / 10
Peaceful but expensive.

"We have been to 3 of the UK Parcs now.

Sherwood is lovely. It is quiet and well laid out, the wildlife was a big bonus for us, we loved feeding the squirrels, ducklings/ducks and geese.

All public areas are clean and spacious, the main facilities are all close to each other, and these are close to the car park too. Not too hilly, although those with walking difficulties may struggle a little.

The accommodation (we stayed in a 2 story executive lodge) is big enough, but by no means huge. The upkeep is lacking a little with things like the frying pan needing replacing long ago and a dishwasher that struggled to wash dishes.

I also have to mention the uncomfortable (contemporary) sofa.

We have previously stayed in 2 bed villas and they are more roomy and comfortable although with the lodge you do get your own parking space (get there early) and maid service every day.

Activities are expensive so keep that in mind if you want a full week, if you are happy to swim/walk/cycle and have a quiet/lazy week then you can make it a whole lot more affordable.

Restaurants, as expected, are also on the pricey side. The sports cafe burgers are lovely though, 2for1 weds and Thursday too!

Generally a lovely place to get away from it all, relax and enjoy the peace and quiet.

  • Holiday details: Apr 2014, Booked Independently
  • Advice: Make sure you chose villa location wisely, take your own food and plan to cook to save a lot of money.

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1 / 10
Dont Go Here

"Just returned from a weekend break at the park. Filthy disgusting place. Rude Staff in supermarket need to retire and get a life. Prices scandalous. Cabin which we had a executive one dirty, bed linen smelly, hole in floor, dirty windows etc. etc.. Ladies toilet's in sports area smelly, dirty sanitary towels bins and smelly. No one cleaning areas around sports hall, glasses and unfinished food left on tables. Urine on floor in water dome changing rooms, food on floor around pool area.I developed a rash on my chest from the pool so please don't put your children in this water. Sister has a bad throat also. We came home a day early as we could not take any more The total place needs some management time, putting into looking at the whole park and certain staff training on communication skills. Would not go here again even if it was free!!"

  • Holiday details: Apr 2014, Booked Independently
  • Advice: dont go

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1 / 10
Expensive brand for wha you get

"Ants in toilet ants in bathroom, towel rails did not work so could only swim once. Once you are in you are tied into whatever costs they want to charge. How do you tell a child no !

Would recommend Hoseasons or other companies before center parks. Big brand little value.

  • Holiday details: Mar 2014, Booked Independently

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8 / 10
our family get together

"Another lovely family reunion at center parts. The family now range in ages from 4 to 74 yrs and yet we still find center parts an enjoyable place to catch up, reminisce, and wind down. We have been visiting the parks for over 20 years spending many happy times with all the family at different ages. We have now gone from spending hours dashing around the poolside in the Subtropical pool and bobbing up and down with the toddlers squealing as we jump another wave. Now we wave off the teenagers from the lodge whilst we the adults, spend an hour over a cappuccino in Starbucks before heading off to the Spa for a well earned massage and tranquil moment in a Turkish Sauna and grandma can have her nails manicured. However it's not long before the parents and grandparents are joining the teens in the pool for a ride on the rapids showing how after just a day in center parts can make you feel young and fearless again! A walk back to the welcoming villa in a early spring evening finds grandad showing the youngest in the party the forest route of the frogs and the first hoot of the night from the owl trying to find his mate. What a great weekend we had meeting up and gathering more memories for the photo album ..... see you all same place.. same time next year."

  • Holiday details: Mar 2014, Booked Independently

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8 / 10
Centre Parcs Weekend Break

"We had a great weekend, the Woodland Lodge was comfortable and clean and very well placed for all village activities. The staff in all areas were friendly and helpful and there was lots to do. The only downside to any break here is the cost of extra activities and the food and drink in the restaurants and bars, which limited what we participated in."

  • Holiday details: Jan 2014, Booked Independently

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2 / 10
Center Parcs - August 2013

"The Center Parcs cleaning standards and customer service have, unfortunately, gone down hill over the past two years or so in my estimation. We have seen this happen over the last 10+ trips we've made there. Problems with poor/non-working remote controls on the TV; grubby floors; missing cutlery items; poor quality bedding/towels etc etc are just the start of it. We've just come back from a long break and were awoken by dustcarts every other day at 05:30 in the morning; faulty smoke alarms which when reported to Guest Services took a very long time (10+ hours on one day)to resolve. Technical Services saying they have resolved the problem when they haven't. Some staff are not happy as confirmed with one of the cleaners. Prices especially at peak times are stupidly high as are the activities and eating out. The setting is still lovely in the main and well kept though. For less than 50% of what we paid for 11 nights we are going to a 4* SPA hotel in Austria next year for the same number of nights/time of year and that includes travel and half-board. Customer Services are just not interested in our complaints but dismissed all of them in an email - I am still following this up. Center Parcs - it's previously been nice knowing you but never again."

  • Holiday details: Aug 2013, Booked Independently
  • Advice: Don't go - save your money and perhaps looks at Forest Holidays for a true "in the forest" experience?

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1 / 10
Center Parcs Sherwood Forest

"Over priced and very poor quality accommodation. Damp rooms, lack of kitchen facilities and oversensitive smoke alarm made cooking impossible.Bathroom and toilet dirty and dated."

  • Holiday details: Jun 2013, Booked Independently
  • Advice: Be prepared to spend double what you expected as every thing costs more

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10 / 10
Great place

"Top notch accommodation. They thought about everything while travelling with children. A proper wooden cot and high chair. They could put little gates at the back next to the bbq, so tots don't wander off to the river beyond when playing outside. Extremely clean and spaceous. We went without a car, so we ordered some shopping delivery on the internet and the security were kind enough to take it up to our lodge for us and unloaded everything in our kitchen. The local shop is quite pricey. You have to pay extra for most things and they charge per child, so it all adds up. We went on one of their specials, as we could not afford it otherwise. To be fair, looking at how immaculate the place is, though, you can see where all the expense goes."

  • Holiday details: Jun 2013, Booked Independently
  • Advice: Most restaurants have jungle gyms and playgrounds that you can enter without actually eating there - the best are at Sports bar, Forresters, Hucks and Cafe Rouge(babies) also at bowling centre

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10 / 10
Priceless family break

"A welcome, relaxing break for my partner, young family and myself. Lots for the whole family to do and didn't stop laughing the whole time we were there. The 11 month old loved the soft play and aquapark. I particularly enjoyed a couple of hours of relaxation at the Spa while the youngsters had a blast on the quad bikes. Real value for money. Loved it!! Will be back later in the year with the rest of my family to celebrate a family members 40th ;)"

  • Holiday details: May 2013, Booked Independently
  • Good For: , City Breaks

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10 / 10
Great experience.

"Well organised, professional fun environment, clean, safe and friendly. We have been about 10 times in the last 6 years and our experience has never differed. It can cost as much or as little as you want it to."

  • Holiday details: Mar 2013, Booked Independently
  • Advice: Just enjoy the relaxation and safety the centre offers.

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  • by Pooky88

    " A walk around the lake is beautiful, and have a try of the yummy pancakes at the pancke housex "

  • by Janet

    " Book activities in advance to avoid disappointment "

  • by a fellow traveller

    " Take your own food...if you do want to eat out pre-book restaurant!! "

  • by Jonathan Platt

    " try out as many activities as possible "

  • by Steve Scott

    " Book Well in Advance for all activities and restuarants "

  • by Tordoff

    " It is worth selecting your lodge location to suite your ease of access to your range of activities. "

  • by Julie Icke

    " Book on back of stream for wildlife. Also, outer area so you can get use out of your bikes. "

  • by Alison Lord

    " If first visit ask friends/family if previously been for their packing list based on experience. Take a concertina clothes... "

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Address: Sherwood Forest, Rufford NG22 9DN, United Kingdom