DD is three but I was going to bring her scooter. She is quite good with it but I'm not sure about the hills...then again I'm not sure about me on hills either as I haven't cycled (apart from at the gym)since I was fourteen
Ooh had forgotten about the train, think that was in the brochure, DD would love that. In terms of distance is everything very spread out?
the 'things' are in a central area but the villas are spread out - i went running there and measured it on my garmin as 5k right round so that's more than 3 miles... your villa could be a mile or so from the central area... ok if you take all your stuff for the day with you but if you want to drop of swimming kit, change clothes, get sports stuff, shop etc... then that mile there and mile back can get a bit wearing when everyone else is speeding past on bikes.
one option is just to hire one adult bike for zooming around sorting out stuff and shopping etc but travel on foot as a family.
Longleat Map Walking really depends on your accommodation location and what activities you will be doing. For example, if you have a villa in Pine and will be spending most of your time at the Swimming Pool, then walking is perfectly fine. If however you are in Fir and will be spending most of your time at the Swimming Pool, then it's a good walk, down the cascade, round part of the lake, up the boardwalk, past the playground. In fact... I'd say it's easier to get the LandTrain - though that does not run on Monday or Friday (it does run those days in the evening, but not daytime).
Thanks fluffles and nanny nick, I think we are near the swimming pool although not certain. Good idea about just hiring an adult bike. There will be four adults and DD so we could just hire a couple to start with.
I think we will have to take the land train a lot as DD is obsessed!
We have had bikes for me, DH and DD> However went for a week last December with inlaws and PILs walked, didn't have bikes, and they found it perfectly fine. We were about 15 minutes walk from the centre I guess.
We were at the one near the Lakes and it was hilly!
We did not have bikes at longleat in June and managed just fine the only prob is the train does not run till later in the day on mon and fri, but was fab the rest of the time great with the kids they loved it. We usually have bikes but did not bother this time and had no problems, they laid on extra if raining or busy.
I think there is an Iron and Ironing board in most villas - though why you would want to use one I have no idea - If they aren't in the villa's anymore, I'm sure you can ask Guest services and they will get one from somewhere.
There is no laundrette at Longleat, so don't plan to wash anything there... back in the summer we resorted to washing pond water soaked clothes in the bath.
Landtrain runs every 20 minutes, except on Mon and Fri when it starts running at 6pm. Can be busy at times, especially when catching it from the Plaza stop to get back from the swimming pool. Starts around 8.40am, last train just after midnight (had a villa near the road in Ash area and heard the train coming past my window in the evenings).
Your villa number will be on your booking details - use the online system Pre-Reg part to look it up (if you can access that at this stage... how soon till you go?). If your villa is unallocated, then keep checking every week... as it often gets allocated several weeks before you go. Once you know the villa number, you can then find it's location on the map (see my previous post for a link to the PDF map of villas at Longleat).
Not all villa types have dishwashers. So pack a bottle of washing up liquid. When ever I've had a dishwasher, I've had a pack of 3 dishwasher tablets. Tip: crack the tablet in half - then use 1/2 a tablet per wash. It's usually plenty, if you wash off burnt on things first. Exec and Woodland come with towels (not for use at the pool). Best to pack swimming things separately - as then can go swimming when you arrive, before you have access to the villa and also on your last day.
Thanks all. Very good tips here especially about the washing machine or lack of. I had assumed they had one in the villa but will make sure we take enough stuff to last us in that case (or at least I will feel justified in taking loads of clothes!
Will definately get dishwasher tablets then thanks. I am excited at prospect of having a dishwasher (sad but true) and also a we have got cleaners coming in daily as have got the executive lodge I think. Off to check about towels now, have packed swimming towels but thats it.
Exec lodges are nice. I prefer staying in an Exec as then I get WiFi in the villa. Exec's vary slightly in what they have... some have a coffee maker, others have a smoothie maker. All Exec's I've been in, apart from the apartments, had a wine cooler.