Most of the woodland lodges at Center Parcs Longleat are situated on the outskirts of the village. We’ve stayed in both a 3 and 4 bedroom Lodge in Fir on the west side and it was a highly memorable experience. The Woodland Lodge is one of the lower tiers of accommodation available with prices starting at £229, but at Center Parcs even lower tier is luxury accommodation and the lodges are lovely.
The lodges are built quite close to each other, Center Parcs is a village, but they have been designed to limit one overlooking the other, so it feels a lot closer to nature than it actually is. The location is quite a distance away from central facilities, particularly the dome, however, we did see an abundance of wildlife, including ducks, squirrels and deer, daily right outside the patio doors. Jarden des Sports and the Aqua Sana Spa is a short walk away, the village square is a more challenging walk into and out of the small lakeside valley whilst cycling or relying on the land train is a must to reach the dome.
We relied on the land train during our first visit and cycled some on our second stay in Fir, but we find that the train can get quite busy particularly at popular times and cycling up the hills was a challenge for casual short-distance cyclists like us.
The Woodland Lodges are available as 2, 3 and 4 bedroom lodges that offer comfortable open-plan living spaces, stylish bedrooms and a large family bathroom. The 4-bedroom lodge also has an additional shower room with shower and sink. The kitchen has everything you need – oven, microwave, toaster, kettle, dishwasher and fridge – to cook simple meals and we loved the open-plan layout that makes it a warm, welcoming, social space.
There are obvious signs of wear with well-trodden carpets, taps that are slightly loose and the lodges was generally clean, however some of the windows had water streaks, lamp fittings and radiators were laden with dust and one of the lodges had some annoying plumbing issues with dirty water backing up into the sinks and bath – an issue that remained unresolved for the duration of our stay. Many lodges have since been refurbished, our last stay in a Woodland Lodge was in 2015 and we would recommend selecting a refurbished lodge unless specifically interested in the lowest budget option.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Center Parcs in a Woodland Lodge. The atmosphere is idyllic, the facilities top-notch and we didn’t want to leave at the end of our short break. The Woodland Lodge easily claims the award for one of our best budget breaks in England. At around £10 per person per night at low season, you can’t afford not to go.
Book your stay through Center Parcs
Price: ± £229 – £1899 (2-4 bedroom Lodges for 3/4 nights)
Season: Open year round
Accommodation: 2,3 and 4 bedroom Woodland Lodges available
Location: Longleat Center Parcs
Booking: Secure online booking
Check-in: 3pm but on-site facilities available from 10 am
Check-out: 10am, but on-site facilities available until 10pm
Timed restrictions: Vehicle use is restricted to change over times and remain in the car park for the duration of your stay.
Age range: Excellent family venue
Dogs welcome in specific Dog-friendly Woodland lodges.
Parking: Free parking in the car park – some of the luxury lodges have their own parking
Access: Highly accessible venue, read their detailed accessibility info here.
Map: PDF map can be found here.
Nearby: Longleat Safari & Adventure Park
Center Parcs UK has an established reputation for providing top quality family-friendly short breaks. The first UK-based village was established in Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire over 25 years ago. There are 5 villages in the UK, each set in about 400 acres of woodland with a Subtropical Swimming Paradise, Spa, Restaurants and Activities that accompany self-catering accommodation. Read more here. Center Parcs was acquired by Brookfield Property Partners, “a global commercial property company that owns, operates and invests in best-in-class office, retail, multifamily, industrial, hotel and triple net lease assets.” Brookfield Property Partners is environmentally conscious and their sustainability policy and 2015 Corporate Responsibility Report is available here.
We based our Ergohacks Verdict on two 4-night stays in a 3-bedroom and 4-bedroom Woodland Lodge during January and March 2015 respectively. This article was first published on 6 May 2015 and last updated on 9 February 2018.