Things did not go entirely to plan (when do they ever?) as Theo picked up a bug on day 2 which resulted in us heading home early on day 3. But we still had a great time and managed to have a good session in the pool on the first day.
What we liked....
The villa : The woodland villas are the original 60s design by Dutch architect Jaap Bakema, with fairlights in the kitchen and bathroom and large windows. They've all been given a contemporary makeover internally which is in sympathy with the original design. As a fan of 60s architecture this was a very unexpected perk of the trip!
The traffic free environment of the village : For young kids bikes really are a adventure of their own. Theo absolutely loved his kids bike trailer we had provided and it made any journey round the site fun.
The pool : Although we only had a short stint in it on the first day. The pool really does offer something for everyone. There is loads to do even for kids of Theo's age, with a lovely children's pool and a couple of good slides just for small kids. I am really sad we didn't get to go back for another go!
The Pancake House : The Pancake House is a Center Parcs institution and we loved the way it was styled like an alpine ski lodge. A lovely cosy place to visit on a cold day!
What we didn't like...
Being off-grid : There was very poor mobile reception (T-Mobile/EE) generally and no wi-fi in the villa. There also was no internal phone system in the villa for calls to site services. However we have been told though that they are working on upgrading wi-fi.
Being CP newbies : Center Parcs was overwhelming to begin with. It's a huge site (particularly if you have no sense of direction like me) and there are more than 150 different activities you can take part in. We spoke to lots of people who come back year after year and I think knowing the routine, the activities and the geography would be a bonus.
We are Center Parcs Family Bloggers and received our trip to Longleat free of charge. If you'd like to be in with a chance of winning your own trip keep an eye out on this blog for details of the next Center Parcs monthly challenge.