As part of my turning 32 celebrations I decided I wanted to do a little bit of relaxing, recharge my batteries a little following Christmas and I knew Whinfell Forest wouldn’t disappoint me…
…I’ve been to Center Parcs villages several times before and more often than not end up at this little haven in Whinfell Forest just outside Penrith in Cumbria. It’s very easy to get to (conveniently close to the M6) and it is also the largest of the five Center Parcs villages in the UK, however, it feels wonderfully secluded.
Having checked in online our time at the arrivals lodge was minimal, we arrived early afternoon and had a few hours before we could go to our apartment that we had booked for the weekend. In order to maximise your stay at the village you are able to get on site from 10.30am on your arrival day and use the facilities before your lodge access time and so we parked up and headed up to the Village Centre for a spot of lunch at The Pancake House. One thing I was eagerly looking forward to.
Surprisingly we managed to get straight into the restaurant and found ourselves having a wonderful view of the lake to enjoy whilst we devoured our pancakes. Stupidly I decided to put all intolerances aside (I thought a pancake would be fairly safe, I was wrong) and plumped for ‘The American’ a traditional pancake with Streaky Bacon, Cheese & Maple Syrup whilst Paul went for ‘The All Day Breakfast’ option. The pancakes at The Pancake house are simply amazing and like no others I have ever tried before and thankfully I now know they have a special allergy & intolerance menu that I can ask for next time!
After lunch we had just enough time to walk down to their Aqua Sana spa and book in for that evening’s ‘Twilight Spa & Dine’ package before collecting the car and driving up to our apartment to unload.
We had booked a weekend stay in a Lakeside Apartment and had a wonderful view of the forest from our room and a couple of pet ducks to look after throughout our stay! The Lakeside Apartments possibly have the best location in the village, conveniently close to both the Village Centre and Sports Plaza and not a
massive walk from the Car Park either. Once unloaded there wasn’t a minute to spare as our spa session was booked in from 4pm until 9pm and after grabbing our swimwear we walked the short distance back to Aqua Sana, changed and settled in for an evening of R&R in their many spa experiences, including their citrusy Laconium, the Japanese Salt Steam Room and of course the heated Outdoor Spa Pool & Hydropool.
Midway through our time at the World of Spa experience, we headed out to the Vitale Cafe Bar situated within Aqua Sana for a bite to eat a glass or Prosecco. Within our package (alongside our glasses of bubbly) we also received a Tapas board which included delights such as Buffalo Mozzarella, Sundried Tomatoes, Olives & Prosciutto Ham. I was slightly concerned that after a few hours sauna hopping in the spa I
would be cold in the cafe but the heated floors soon eliminated any risk of that!
A few hours later and thoroughly relaxed we headed back to our apartment and layered ourselves up, it was a wonderfully clear night, not a cloud in the sky and thanks to a lack of city lights polluting the sky you could see the stars clearly. It would have been rude not to try and get a few shots of them.
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