I am thinking of booking an easter break with either of the above. I have a four yr old and one year old. Has anyone been to both and think that one is superior to other? I would like to book a nice room/villa and do some easy cycling!
Longleat is a bigger site but extremely hilly so not totally great if you have a pram or even cycling as, in some parts, you have to get off and walk as it is very steep. Having said that Longleat is more interesting than Elveden as it is more spread out and things are on different levels. Elveden is small and much more manageable and easily walkable without having to negotiate hills plus cycling very easy too.
I've been to both (am v. boring) and both are good. Longleat IS hillier but good for thighs! To be honest for me the drive is the most important thing so I go to the one nearest me (Longleat) - they are v. similar.
Sorry-bit of a hijack, but is CenterParcs worth a visit? I've been tempted for a while (primarily by the idea of no cars and the water thingy-dd would love it.) But, worried that it might be a bit holiday camp-ish (no offence if thast's your thing!) and that the restaurants might be a bit themed and naff-sort of Harvester/Beefeater affairs that I would rather die than eat in!
Moon: They aren't REALLY holiday camp-y but I think that the price means that you get a 'better class' of camper (god I'm going to get poo shoved through my letterbox for saying that). I always find that the children are really well behaved and most of it is CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN. There's no redcoats or anything or obligation to join in things.
Also the villas are REALLY great - especially the new executives which have saunas and jacuzzis if you are feeling VERY posh. Also the indoor open fires are nice. It's much posher than a holiday camp - and I went to a Dolphin camp in Dorset last year which appeared to have a lovely tinkling stream of toxic waste going through it, so I've been to a few...
The eateries ARE a bit naff but generally the food is good and fresh - I'd REALLY recommend the Grand Cafe at Longleat for the BEST breakfast I've had for a long time!
Well thanks for that morningpaper!!
Yes,was a BIT worried about being surrounded by tattooed blokes with beerguts and fags clamped between their fingers and women with no teeth screaming 'Jasmine!!!! F*ing gerrover 'ERE!!!'
(Now I will DEFINITELY have poo pushed through my latter box!)
Hey, not that I'm too fussy, but sometimes you just want things to be...nice, if you know what I mean. The 'no litter' thing appeals to me.
Can you cook your own food? Do they have supermarkets on site selling good food (ie not just ready prepared stuff and basics) or can you take your own stuff in?
Moondog: They have supermarkets there and they are ok (better than your corner shop) but we always take our own food. When you get there you can park outside the villa and then unload all your boxes into your villa and then drive your car to the carpark.
It's not luxury but it's probably the best you can get with kids (in terms of a 'holiday park')!