“ Address: Pine Lake / Carnforth LA6 1JZ / Lancashire „
Pine Lake Resort, Carnforth, Lancashire
We had a very busy time in early December as not only did we have our week end away in Altringham with friends but the next weekend we spent in London and then we drove straight up to Pine Lake for a few days to stay in the chalets there and explore the area.
Pine Lake is one of the Diamond Resorts places and as I made a big boo boo this year and forgot to bank our points we had some that had to be used this year. By the time I realised this we were running out of year and so this was one option and the other was Devon which we felt was too far for a few days.
We stayed here previously with the children when they were in their early teens and i have to say the same sized chalet is a lot bigger with only two of us than it was with five! The resort is just off the M6 so very convenient to drive to from us and it is set around a smallish lake - Pine Lake. You can do watersports on the lake even if you are not staying here and last time the children tried water skiing, kayaking and we also brought along our blow up rowing boats and paddled around in them.
The Reception area is within the main building which is built in the same wooden log hut/chalet style as the accommodation around the lake. The main door takes you straight into the open and light reception area with the desk straight in front of you. I handed the young girl our booking number and after filling in my car registration and signing all I had to do was give them my credit card which is swiped as security in case you cause any major damage. I was then handed my keys and shown on the map where to go. There was lots of other information about the Leisure Centre and the restaurant but it was all written down on the information paper pile she handed me so off I went.
ALSO IN THIS BUILDING:
Just to the right of the Reception desk is a small shop selling bread, milk, basic frozen vegetables, coffee tea , biscuits, crisps and other essentials plus a few souvenirs like Lake District biscuits and aprons, Kendal Mint Cake and postcards.
Over to the left as you face the reception area is the bar and restaurant but before you get there you can find a large wall full of tourist information brochures and then next to that is a dvd rental area. You could also borrow family board games such as Monopoly and Scrabble from reception The bar sold drinks and bar snacks as well as sandwiches and bit like that. The bar also served breakfast from 9.30am till 11.30am daily; the bar served food until 9.30pm but stayed open for drinks till 11.30pm daily. The restaurant had full restaurant service in the evenings apart from Monday when it is closed and on Tuesday it is Pizza and pasta night; eat as much as you like for £7.95 a head.
To the left of reception and behind the desk area was the entrance to the 'Splashers' leisure club. When you check in you are given the access code number for the door. This is where you will find the pool, Jacuzzi, steam room and gym. There is also a small book exchange/library there for guests. The leisure are has specific times when families can use the pool and other times when no children are allowed. Children under 16 MUST be accompanied at all times by an adult and if like us you forget to bring your towel you can hire one for £1 a day!! The lockers also take £1 coins but you do get that one back.
Within this area there is a beauty salon and aromatherapy centre offering massages and other treatments at extra cost of course.
The centre of the resort is the beautiful lake with its water sports and water birds which you can watch paddling about all day. You are requested not to feed the wild birds and also not to throw the stones from the lake edges into the lake as this causes erosion of the lake bank edges. Pets are not allowed on sit at all but presumably guide dogs are not included in this.
At the end of the lake is where you will find the 'Club Nautique Watersports' where you can book water skiing and wakeboading. A beginners introductory lesson is £25 and there are other activities that require less skill such as the banana boat ride ( £8 pp), speed boat rides ( £15 for up to 3 people or £20 for 4-6 people) then there is the Flying disc ride ( £8 pp for 2 or 3 people or £16 pp for a single person, finally the crazy sofa ride for up to four people s £8 pp. There are also pedalo boats, canoes and kayaks for hire for about £12 an hour. Apparently if you want to launch your own boat in the lake you have to now pay a fee of £20 for non motor crafts for your week's stay or £5 a day, if you are not a guest ten it is £15 per day. No inflatables are allowed now so we would not have been allowed to paddle around like we did in ours years ago.
If you don't want to play on the lake you can choose to fish from the side so long as you have a valid rod licence which you can buy from the Carnforth P.O and then you have to get a permit from Reception. No price is mentioned in my information for either. I don't 'do' fishing so we didn't enquire about this further.
IN THE GROUNDS
Apart from the lake and the watersports you can play tennis which we did quite a lot last time we were here in the summer but we were not tempted this time as the weather was pretty unpleasant and wintery. You can hire racquets (£1 and balls 50p for 3) or bring your own. They do suggest you book the courts as busy times but they are free to use.
Crazy golf is another option and the clubs and balls you hire from reception for £ a set.
You can of course just wander around the resort and enjoy the lake and watch the wild waterfowl on the lake.
There are studios and chalets. The studios sleep only two while the chalets sleep up to six if you use the sofa bed in the lounge.
There are at least 100 chalets around the lake and we were in number 89 so almost as far from the main building as you can get. There is one parking space per chalet allocated pretty close to each chalet. If you have more than one car per chalet then you need to ask at Reception where to park that.
The chalets are all very clean and well appointed. We walked in through the hall way where there are plenty of coat hooks and a large storage area for suitcases and cleaning equipment, boots or whatever else you want to leave there. You then come into the main room through a second door into main room.
The sitting area is tastefully appointed with two sofas in a gold colour and a nice thick soft brown carpet and all the wall throughout the chalet are wood panelled. Although I would not choose that decor myself it suits the style of place as it is very Swiss chalet cum Scandinavian in looks. Apart from the sofas w had a huge Sony flat screen TV with dvd player and a coffee table.
The dining area is part of the same room with a pine table and four brown mock leather modern chairs. The other two chairs are in the bedrooms should you need to seat six.
The kitchen is also pretty well equipped for self catering with a large fridge freezer, washing machine and dishwasher. We were left with two washing machine tablets and two dishwasher ones as well as washing up liquid, sponge and tea towel so we didn't have to rush out and but those.
There was a full electric stove, kettle and four slice toaster, delonghi coffee machine and a microwave too. The crockery was all white with sufficient large plates, bowls, small plates, cups and mugs for six. There were also plenty of glasses and cutlery. Only three smallish saucepans and a frying pan were there but you could also ask to borrow toasted sandwich makers, pizza plates, vases, juicers as well as waterproof mattress protectors from reception. It had all we needed for the kind of cooking we do while on holiday as it tends to be pretty simple stuff.You do get a welcome pack of coffee,tea, sugar, mini UHT milks and salt and pepper to help you when you arrive.
The main bedroom had a small double bed, a wardrobe with plenty of hangers, a table/shelf area with a lighted mirror behind and then a small bedside table with light on either side. There was plenty of hanging space but no drawer storage at all. I was happy with the reading lighting as there was one above my head and the other beside me on the little table and the same on the other side too. The bed was small but comfortable and the pillows were great , full but soft and there were two each so I could read with two then sleep with one.
The other room was pretty much the same except that it has two single beds instead of the small double. The person or people sleeping on the sofa bed also had a wardrobe in the lounge area but once again no drawer storage.
The bathroom is quite small and there is only one for the chalet, there is no ensuite bathroom. It had a heated towel rail a toilet, basin and long bath with an electric shower over it. I found it really hard as the shower door only opened in over the bath this blocking the taps and shower controls. The only way you could reach was to be in the bath which meant that you could either get a cold initial shower or scalded by hot water from the taps if you were not careful.
The toiletries provided come in a smart clear zipped bag and we had a shower cap, soap, shampoo, shower gel and body lotion which is what we usually get but sometimes they are in a basket and sometimes in the small toilet bag.
We stayed in winter and found the electric heaters were very efficient , rather too warm in the bedroom as we don't have heating in ours and we get very hot when there is.
NOT SO GREAT:
I got a got fed up with all the extra £1 we needed for things like towels and crazy golf and then on top of that we had to pay an extra £4.75 a night for electricity. This does go down in summer to £ 3.36 but still I think that is cheeky as we have already paid for the accommodation and that should be included. I wish I had known and I would have brought the pile of washing I left at home and done it here using my expensive electricity!
If you had a week here with a family all the little extras could really add up after a while.
WOULD I RECOMEND?
Yes and we will probably come here again as we often have a few spare points and if you book at the last minute you can get a good deal but I will try to remember to bring my pile of washing to do while I am here and also make sure I bring extra dishwashing tablets to save washing up. I would want to get full value from my electricity charges.
The accommodation is very comfortable and there is a lot to do both on the resort and also within an easy car journey there is so much to see and do. Sadly as we went in December many of the NT places were closed so I think our next visit will have to be before October.
This is a great base for exploring the Lake District, the area around Morecombe Bay, Lancaster and we even drove up to Hadrian's Wall when we were there.
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