At the end of January my boyfriends family kindly booked for us all to go away for a long weekend at Centre Parcs for Caitlin’s 21st.
After a beautiful and incredibly scenic drive through Cumbria, we arrived and hurried in to our cosy lodge. The lodge itself had 3 double bedrooms, all en suite and it even had its own sauna. Myself and Jack picked which bedroom we wanted, which had a beautiful view in to the forest and a double shower! We quickly unpacked all of our food and suitcases for the next few days and spent the rest of the evening getting to know our surroundings and relaxing in front of the log fire.
Most of our day’s were spent in the amazing pool/waterpark that all of the Centre Parcs that I have previously visited had. However, on our second evening we went and played bowling. The lovely staff there even provided a bottle of moet as it was Caitlin’s 21st.
Jack and myself spent our last full day exploring the forest on our bikes. The weather turned out to be beautiful for this time of year and the lake was even frosted over which made it even more picturesque.
After exploring and working up an appetite we headed over to the Village for some lunch. We shared a cheeseboard and some garlic prawns at Cafe Rouge; which was set up beautifully to make you feel almost as if you were sat at a suave cafe on a street in midtown Paris (apart from the children’s play area behind us which was empty and therefore thankfully easy to ignore!). We have loved garlic prawns ever since visiting Barcelona on our first ever holiday together and although the one’s served at Cafe Rouge were delicious, they were no where near the same quality or quantity as those we have previously loved eating. Nevertheless, our lunch was delicious and it was just lovely to stop for a moment and spend some quality time together just talking and eating all the food we love to share.
We all went to the waterpark together on our last evening in Whinfell forest where we relaxed in the out door pools and had as many goes as we possibly could on the exciting indoor and outdoor waterslides. Then it was time to pack and cuddle up next to the log fire for one last time.
Visiting Centre Parcs always feels very nostalgic and is a home-from-home for me as it is somewhere I have been to many times with my own family since being a little girl. In fact some of my earliest memories of Christmas were from my first trip to Centre Parcs. This latest trip lived up to everything I remember Centre Parcs being; that cosy, magical and incredibly charming place that everyone of every age loves and I hope to visit again soon.