to think Centre Parks are shitting me?

(64 Posts)
MortifiedAdams Sat 06-Jul-13 09:28:10

A week in a standard cabin in August next to Longleat. Two adults one toddler. Total price....

circa £4.5k
Thats k

GetStuffezd Sat 06-Jul-13 09:29:22

Are you actually kidding?! What a joke! Imagine the amazing time you could have in Italy or France or somewhere with tat kind of money!

I have looked on their site many times and have yet to see how their holidays can be worth it.

GeekInThePink Sat 06-Jul-13 09:30:15

No way! Really?

needasilverlining Sat 06-Jul-13 09:30:34


It's not as nice as it used to be, either - they used to discourage stag and hen nights but I'm told these days they actively encourage them.

Shame, is lovely idea but I'd rather spend a LOT less for a week in the sun!

MortifiedAdams Sat 06-Jul-13 09:30:38

We could do two weeks in Florida for that! DD is still under two seat needed.

NicknameIncomplete Sat 06-Jul-13 09:31:57

It was probably £400 last month.

And people wonder why parents want to take their kids out of school for holidays during term time.

Portofino Sat 06-Jul-13 09:32:02

I am doing 3 weeks in French gite for less than that. Including spending money.!!!

I did 10 days san francisco to vegas for less than half that for two with spends! Admittedly a few years ago but not decades.

bruffin Sat 06-Jul-13 09:32:06

Go to the european ones. You will get a VIP last week in august for about 1K and less for a standard. My dcs loved it and we went back year after year.

pictish Sat 06-Jul-13 09:32:56

Fuuuuuuck meeee!!

youmeatsix Sat 06-Jul-13 09:33:18

maybe you are buying the cabin grin, even then i'd have to consider it, ))))center parc holidays(((((

memphis83 Sat 06-Jul-13 09:33:32

Really? Are you sure you put info in correctly? I was looking last night for 7 nights and they were about £1000-£1400, we decided against Longleat though as it is the dearest one.

Absolute joke & now we're going to be fined for taking our children out of school.

Did the government not stop to think why this happens? No, course not, the whole thing is shambolic angry

Longdistance Sat 06-Jul-13 09:34:48

We're going to Club Med in Phuket, all inclusive for less than that, for two weeks, and there's 4 of us confused

pictish Sat 06-Jul-13 09:34:52

And as I hear it, you have to pay for all the activities on top!

Longdistance Sat 06-Jul-13 09:35:08

Is it posh Butlins?

Growlithe Sat 06-Jul-13 09:35:52

We looked a couple of years ago for a Mon-Fri in school summer holidays and it worked out cheaper to go to Disneyland Paris in a Disney hotel. Stupid but true.

ilovechips Sat 06-Jul-13 09:37:20

A standard cabin for 2 adults 1 toddler at Longleat for 7 days week beginning 16 August is in their website now for £1700...still shockingly expensive but not 4.5k, are you doing tons of extras etc (which i agree are well over priced!) I must admit I do like centerparcs but Ffs the prices are getting absurd, with our weather the way it is I'd rather go somewhere warm for the same money!

MortifiedAdams Sat 06-Jul-13 09:38:27

Looking at work last night. Last week in august, no extras. The Fancy pants cottage was over £5k.

raisah Sat 06-Jul-13 09:38:40

I went once four years ago and only because we got 15% discount voucher which we were allowed to use on the late cancellation section. They don't usually allow you to do this so we got a comfort bungalow for £230 for a week. Haven't been able to get a better deal deal since so refuse to go back.

£4.5k for that money I expect guaranteed sunshine and everything included so I don't have to pay extra for food and activities. Centre parcs won't give you any of that so you are better off going to the south of france or anywhere with sun.

BearsInMotion Sat 06-Jul-13 09:38:57

Centerparcs is worth it for a midweek or weekend break in early December, even then it's a bit pricey. The rest of the year prices are just shock

TheMoonOnAStick Sat 06-Jul-13 09:39:36

I can't for the life of me see what the big deal is with CP either. Even people I know that come back and rave about it never tell me anything that makes me think WOW! I must go. It sounds like the sort of stuff you can do most places really: bike rides, swimming, walking...confused I can do that all from home.

catgirl1976 Sat 06-Jul-13 09:40:12

WTAF? We've been in February and is was £469 for a mid week in a cabin for 5 adults and 1 child

You could go somewhere amazing for £4.5k

Shocked anyone would pay that for CP. shock

newbiefrugalgal Sat 06-Jul-13 09:40:18

We went off season and loved it. Did no extras. Outdoors and pool were enough for us!

Growlithe Sat 06-Jul-13 09:41:05

Yes Pictish, and they are definitely not cheap activities.

We don't mind paying a bit for a good holiday but since the DCs have been in school we just can't justify the prices there. We had a great time there when they DD1 was a toddler, so it's a shame that now they are of an age that they would get the most out of it it is just extortionate.

I know about supply and demand, but this company really takes the piss in school holidays and for that reason they won't get our money.

Triumphoveradversity Sat 06-Jul-13 09:41:12

I went to France for almost two weeks in August last year. Had a nice apartment overlooking the sea, car ferry, ate out every day and did lots of visiting museums and attractions and it cost far less. I also went to Disneyworld five years ago and it cost about that for two weeks and we stayed in a five star hotel in Sarasota for the second week.

It's a holiday camp and it is just posh Butlins

pictish Sat 06-Jul-13 09:42:08

Yes posh butlins.

It's still dirty and overcrowded and full of overpriced crap, but you pay extra so you can be assured there will be no chavs impinging on your good time.

ilovechips Sat 06-Jul-13 09:43:50
PatPig Sat 06-Jul-13 09:44:48

Not £4.5k at all, sorry.

23rd August £1728 in a Comfort, £1728 in a Comfort Plus, £1808 in a Woodland Lodge, £1828 in an exec 2 storey, £2028 in an exec lodge.

All 2 bed.

The most expensive accommodation, exec 4 bed villa is £3348. Which is a lot, but it's not what you said, and it's not for 2 adults and a toddler, it's designed for two families to share I believe.

pictish Sat 06-Jul-13 09:47:03

I think £1728 is still a phenomenal amount!

soapboxqueen Sat 06-Jul-13 09:47:11

I love Center parcs. I think the 4.5k would have been for the tree house or similar. they are very expensive.

Growlithe Sat 06-Jul-13 09:48:05

Still daft money PatPig.

lemontwist Sat 06-Jul-13 09:48:56

Are you sure thats right. Ive just done a search with those criteria and you can get the exec penthouse for approx £1300!

katydid02 Sat 06-Jul-13 09:49:05

£1668 is the price quoted for a week at Longleat in a standard villa from Friday 1st August.

TheSecondComing Sat 06-Jul-13 09:49:19

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

katydid02 Sat 06-Jul-13 09:49:45

£4000 would get you a week in an exclusive 4 bedroom lodge for 8 people.

lemontwist Sat 06-Jul-13 09:50:26

Sorry x post. Agreed still silly money though consideringt the cost of alternative hoidays.

sweetsummerlove Sat 06-Jul-13 09:54:10

try BLUESTONE WALES much newer and better than CP and much cheaper! Paid 250 for 4 adults/2 children in march, mon-fri. it was sooo good.

landofsoapandglory Sat 06-Jul-13 09:58:37

We're going to Majorca for a week for £1200, that's 2 adults and a 16yo.

It never ceases to amaze me how much holiday companies put their prices up in school holidays. It's daylight robbery IMO.

Vivacia Sat 06-Jul-13 10:00:35

I don't understand the outrage.

Branleuse Sat 06-Jul-13 10:04:06

its a quarter of that for a 4day break in elveden.

centerparcs is lovely off season when you can get a good price and weve been a few times, but i wouldnt pay that much in a million years

floatyjosmum Sat 06-Jul-13 10:20:16

We've discovered the only way it's affordable is to go midweek during term time!

malteserzz Sat 06-Jul-13 10:23:27

I love center parcs but wouldn't pay that, we normally go in one of the half terms look for the cheapest one ! Can't wait till the new one opens at Woburn so we can try there

bruffin Sat 06-Jul-13 10:36:40
PearlyWhites Sat 06-Jul-13 12:47:24

Mortified have you done a lot of prices because the website will " remember you" and charge you more try clearing the cache.

MortifiedAdams Sat 06-Jul-13 12:49:21

Never thought about the cache but it is a works computer so dont how many other people have looked.

A guy in the office suggested it; I put in all the right info and pressed search. He nearly fell off his chair too.

katydid02 Sat 06-Jul-13 13:10:18

Woburn is open for bookings now, it has been for a couple of weeks at least.

perplexedpirate Sat 06-Jul-13 13:12:16

Whaaaaatttt?! I had no idea it was that kind of price.
How do they justify that???

Yes I think the price goes up every time you look at the site. Same with all holidays. Boggling how they manage that one. Imagine if every online shop did that!

IsaacCox Sat 06-Jul-13 13:20:20

shock We can go to Florida and stay on Disney property for two weeks for that! Plus money left over.

We went to Centre Parks over new year last year (3 nights) for £500ish. Can't remember exactly. It's good but it's not 4.5K good.

ENormaSnob Sat 06-Jul-13 13:51:40

Fuck me shock

We go every december to the winter wonderland and pay about 500.

And we have more kids than you.

Xales Sat 06-Jul-13 13:56:24

Not a holiday however...

It worked out cheaper to send ex to Australia for six weeks, including flights, hotels, meals etc for training than to send him 3 stops on a train for 20 minutes to Reading!

He wasn't the only one in the company went!

I just don't see how that can be possible. Crazy.

TwasBrillig Sat 06-Jul-13 13:59:08

How on earth? Its over a grand a ticket to Australia or do you know something we don't?

McNewPants2013 Sat 06-Jul-13 14:01:00

it eye watering amount, and no wonder people choose to go abroad.

greenfolder Sat 06-Jul-13 14:04:59

We are going to landal in holland-think centerparc 15 years ago. It is costing 1200 for 10 Days plus tunnel. A 3 bedroom villa.

ClartyCarol Sat 06-Jul-13 14:05:53

Xales - you really need to quote the figures because that just sounds unbelievable to be honest!

PoppyWearer Sat 06-Jul-13 14:08:20

Just searched on a 2-bed basic villa at the new Woburn one for half term Oct 2014 and it's £1200 for 4 nights! shock

That's a hefty/cynical markup compared to what we paid at Easter just gone at Elveden, which came in under £1000.

And I hate the way there is never an early-booking discount, apart from the measly CBSOON. Booking for Woburn wasn't open when I had that offer available. angry

We could go to Disneyland Paris for that, and will probably just do the instead!

Or indeed Bluestone or CP Europe. In fact we could do CP in France AND Disneyland Paris. Now there's an idea.

Xales Sat 06-Jul-13 14:08:54

Can't remember numbers as it was when I was pregnant with DS so over 12 years ago.

However I worked at the company and was the one doing the bookings so I know it was true.

Was gutted as I was 38 weeks when he was due to fly back so couldn't go.

DorothyMantooth Sat 06-Jul-13 14:23:18

Bloody hell, I was horrified when I realised it would cost more to do a 4-day stay in a Forest holidays thing (accommodation only) down the road from us than a week abroad - we had foolishly thought staying in the UK would be a cheaper option. That was only £700+ for two adults and a baby in a bog standard cabin in early Aug. If I'd been quoted more than a grand for CP I think I'd have had a stroke.

Xales it is not quite the same but the first time we went transatlantic, flights from Gatwick to New York were cheaper than the cheapest train ticket available (and we exhausted EVERY possible booking method) by £50 for yorkshire to gatwick. It is ridiculous but true.

ARealDame Sat 06-Jul-13 14:29:13

I just looked it up myself on their website. And the price was £2,000 for a week in August at Longleat, not £4,000. Still expensive mind. Did you have extras?

ARealDame Sat 06-Jul-13 14:29:47

p.s. I paid about £120 for a 3 day weekend a few years ago, myself and my son (though we were sharing a cabin).

ARealDame Sat 06-Jul-13 14:31:21

Sorry, cross post, see you corrected it to £2000.

Do you have to cook your own food.

You could camp for £70 a week nearby, probably.

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