Every year since Joe was born we have spent the weekend before Christmas at Center Parcs, Whinfell Forest. The first year we booked it because it was the only time we could fit in a break that year. But we fell in love with the Winter Wonderland vibe, and have visited every year since.
And on this trip we stayed in the Executive 4 Bed Games Lodge
Over the years we have done so many Center Parcs activities in that time, to the point that this year the boys were just not bothered about booking activities. I think this had a lot to do with the fact that we had only booked the 2-day pre-Christmas break this year due to the way Christmas fell. As we like to come home just in time for Christmas, the week before would not have felt the same.
We also decided to share an executive lodge with our friends Ruth, Darren and Fin. And figured as we have been away together for 6 years and not fallen out, and were constantly trekking to the sports plaza so the boys could play pool so decided to book an executive games room lodge together. I must say we all got on so well, this is a great option when traveling with friends. The Woodland Lodges next door to each other are usually our lodges of choice; however it worked out slightly cheaper to share and with better facilities.
The differences between the woodland and the executive games room lodge at Center Parcs are all listed on the Center Parcs website.
However for me the main difference was that it felt cozier, the colour scheme is a lot calmer than the green and orange of the woodland lodge.
Do Center Parcs Executive Lodges have en suites?
Every one of the 4 bed rooms has an ensuite and 2 of the bedrooms have a bath, 1 of which was a spa bath. Toiletries are provided but they are basic and towels are changed daily. We found the housekeepers came a little too early for us. But they did return later when we asked them to.
The executive 4 bedroom lodge theme is based around red and purple tones, with the addition of lamps to make the lodge feel that bit more homely and cozy. And with whirlpool baths, and extra luxuries in the kitchen such as a coffee maker and wine fridge. And for the adults there is an infra-red therapy room.
Centre Parcs kitchen facilities in the 4 bed games lodge
The kitchens are well equipped with a fridge with freezer compartment, wine fridge, gas oven and hob, dishwasher, 4 slice toaster and microwave. Dish-clothes, sponges, bin bags and tea towels are provided as are dishwasher tablets. Washing up liquid is also provided but in small sachets to I suggest buying your own.
If you like a spritzer, I found the wine glasses are very small, I suggest taking your own.
And the Center Parcs Whinfell coffee machine is a Bosch Tassimo machine
We were provided with 3 Kenco pods per day, and also tickets of coffee, tea and individual tea bags, however also took our own to ensure we had a good supply of coffee.
The best feature of the Executive lodge at Center Parcs was the games room.
What’s in a games room at Centre Parcs and what Games Console is the Center Parks Executive Games Room Lodge?
The games room features a pool table and Xbox 360 and flat screen tv with a sofa. It’s a large room with plenty of space to fit the whole family for a games night, to also perfect to use as a teen chill out room. You must pay a refundable deposit of £100 to hire the Xbox games and the remote controls from the village centre. And there is a choice of family friendly games available or you can take your own.
The great thing about swapping your games is that you can have many hours of fun dancing away to Now Dance one night and the next evening testing your agility on the Family challenge.
I didn’t think I would enter the games room its just not my thing, but when traveling with friends it is such a great option, and as the weather was so bad that weekend that it was a godsend having a space like this. We were also able to enjoy mulled wine but the open fire whilst all the boys battled at pool.
This Executive lodge At Center Parcs is a fantastic option when traveling with friends, especially with kids, and most definitely an option I would consider again.