A Weekend Away in Center Parcs



A couple of weeks ago me and Tom headed for Center Parcs in Elveden for a weekend away. I'd been there before with a friend but hadn't ever thought to actually plan a trip myself as I've always (wrongly I might add) thought of it as a bit too pretentious/active/pricey for my liking.
I was wrong. I actually chose Center Parcs as a birthday present for Tom after realising my passport had ran out so we couldn't go abroad. I had a look at prices and was pleasantly surprised, I parted with £250 for a hotel room for both of us for 3 nights from Friday to Monday but it's the same price for 4 nights if you go midweek- Monday to Friday.
Ha I sound like a complete CP rep (I'm not) but we were also looking at going back with some friends and hiring a villa, just had a quick scan now and found it for £450 Moday-Friday which, when split between 4 people, isn't actually that bad at all! And for that you get a kitchen as well which I'd recommend as eating out every night can get a bit pricey.

I'll stop blathering on about accommodation, activity wise I can't really go into detail as we went with a relaxing weekend in mind and didn't pre book much. We did however play squash, hired a pedalow, swam, did a bit of mini golf (I lost obvs), and bowled (again, I lost). The prices for activities are quite high so I paid for ours beforehand online so it didn't feel like I was blowing wads of cash whilst I was there. If you're starting to get a little into the idea then there's a price listing here for activities which can give a little more info. I reckon some of them aren't really worth the money to be honest, I was all for segway-ing until I saw it was double the price of anywhere else : /
Another negative nelly thing to point out activity wise was the swimming, they call their pool the Subtropical Paradise and I remember it being all modern and clean when I went many moons ago but eight years later and you can see it's been beaten down by the millions of screaming children and the general uncleanliness of the public. I can be a little obsessive when it comes to hygiene and I didn't even like walking barefooted on the changing room floors, but when I saw clumps of hair in the drains near the showers I felt a little queazy and even Tom was a bit grossed out. Luckily our hotel room was lovely and clean, and only a 5 minute walk away so scrubbing the filth of the general population from my body afterwards was a nice feeling!

We also ate, oh how we ate. Our hotel room had a large fridge but nothing to prepare food with so we had to eat out every night. On the first evening I had the best burger I have ever had. Ever. I don't think the picture quite does it justice. I'm useless and can't remember what we ate on the second eve but on the Sunday we walked to "the country club" which I couldn't see anything clubbish about and had a three course sunday lunch for 15 squid each and it was lahvley.
As nice as the food was I would point out that despite being an active place where people seem to bike for days, the food is all quite unhealthy. Three of the bars/restaurants are burger based, there was also a pancake house where you die and go to chocolate heaven. They had a Cafe Rouge and a Bella Italia which had healthy options but it wasn't as salady as I'd have thought.

So over all, an awesome weekend minus the hair clumps. With me working 9-5 and Thomas working shifts it can be hard getting more than one day at a time together, so having our own little balcony overlooking a lake in a forrest setting was amazing. I'd definitely go back and will be keeping my peepers peeled for offers.




25 comments :

  1. Looks wonderful! The photo of the bird is amazing! :)

    Amy| The Little Koala Blog ♥

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  2. I've never been to Centre Parcs as i've always thought it was a bit pricey, but may look into it :) Lovely photos!
    xx

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  3. This is beautiful! Hope you had fun :)
    xx

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  4. I was actually just looking to to go to Centre Parcs for a lil holiday! I'd love to go with a big bunch of friends and get one of the villas! Great post!

    grannygee.blogspot.com

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  5. glad you have fun. The pictures are very appealing and sounds like perfect get away and break. I feel your pain about changing room floors etc, I would be on tip toes and it's just something that makes me cringe. lol. But it seems like a great time if you have a little money saved. hehe xx

    http://kimiandme.blogspot.co.uk/

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  6. ooh looks lovely! It's been years since I have been to CP
    Carissa xx
    Vanilla Crush Blog

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  7. I'm going to centre parcs in June and have never been, quite looking forward to it now after seeing all your pictures. Well minus the hair in the drain bit. Glad you had fun :)
    -x-

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  8. This looks lovely and that burger looks so amazing! Xx

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  9. looks like you had a lovely time, my friends and i are hoping to go to centre parcs next summer! xxx

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  10. looks like a lot of fun! :)

    xx

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  11. I remember we ate so much last time I went to Centre Parcs!
    That burger looks amazing tho!

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  12. It sounds absolutely gorgeous, and nice that you two beans got some time away together. When's your next hol? <3 Claire @ Jazzpad

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  13. Ohh love the idea of the pedalos and golf and all that - Not keen on the dirty pools so much, I hate that! I once went into a changing room where someone had peed on the floor, very kind! Absolutely gross! Definitely wanting to do CP though, never been! Worth it just for the burger eh? ;)

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  14. I've been going to Elveden Centre Parcs every Christmas with my family! We do a long weekend and stay in the Lodges. Elveden is such a pretty and tranquil place, I love it there!Xx

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  15. I've always fancied going to CP. Looks like you had a lovely time. A holiday filled with food sounds like my kinda holiday! Ha!

    Halima

    xx

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  16. Ohh this place looks lovely and like the perfect getaway destination! Looks like you had a fab time! <33

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  17. I have never been to Center Parcs but I think I will look into it for next year :)

    Maria xxx

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  18. I love a good UK break but I've never ever got the appeal of centre parks, it seems far too expensive for my liking. (maybe its cause we live in the countryside already?!) x

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  19. I'd love to go away with a few friends for a long weekend to something like this, but I guess it's all about getting the prices right! Hello broke student alert. Looks like you had some lovely weather for it though, a rare treat I'm sure!

    louisejoyb x

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  20. I've never been to a holiday park like this before, I always sort of assumed they were for families with kids so had never thought of even looking into it. SOunds like a lovely weekend away though.

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  21. Minus the hair clumps, of course..

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