It seems I will have to shed my preconceptions about dedicated family holiday centres as we’ve been invited to spend a few days checking out Center Parcs. I’ll be honest and say…I really didn’t think I would ever go to somewhere like this as I thought it was all about torturous entertainment in low rent surroundings – forgive me, I was brought up mostly in Dublin where these types of holidays seem to have been skipped out of my youth!
A redesign earlier this year, has seen Tara Bernard, founder of architecture and design consultancy, Target Living, transform their lodges to reflect a contemporary atmosphere to lure in discerning guests. With a client list that includes Marco Pierre White and Selfridges, she’s certainly got me excited about visiting and I knew that something must be going right, when after expecting ‘quel horreur’ faces from our friends when we told them, even our mates without children are saying they’ve heard it’s the place to go.
With a warm, contemporary setting that brings the outdoors indoors with very retro landscape images on the wall mixed with cosy furniture and sleek details like decent spec kitchens not out of place in apartments, we’re actually excited, which trust me, we’re not the holidaying in England sort, never mind activity types! Parenthood has changed us but thankfully we can do it in stylish surroundings! I’ve been assured that there’s no dodgy entertainment to make me recoil in horror. Now all we have to do is stop bickering over which activities we’re booking. I can’t wait for the three hour spa session and the boyf has all sorts of cycling plans that I keep nodding my head at, but will probably skip. One step at a time eh?!
I shall report back next month. We’ll be staying at the Longleat Village in Wiltshire In the meantime, check out Center Parcs for yourself on their site.