Whitemead Forest Park re-launches after £3m redevelopment
Whitemead Forest Park, the family woodland resort set in the heart of the Forest of Dean, has re-launched following a £3m redevelopment of the entire site, including accommodation, the bar and restaurant area, and communal facilities and venues.
Designs for the improved site placed an emphasis on creating the ultimate haven to relax and unwind, and the resort is now open to guests to enjoy.
Owned by membership organisation Boundless (formerly CSMA Club), Whitemead’s redevelopment, which spanned three years, has led to the creation of four additional full-time jobs at the resort.
A number of ‘glamping pods’ – individual wooden pods featuring futon and bunk beds, and full amenities – have been installed at the park, with a view to further increasing the number of pods during 2017.
Featuring stylish modern décor and furnishings throughout, the resort’s newly-configured restaurant has been designed to provide an intimate and sophisticated dining experience for guests and visitors, while the new café layout offers a bustling and vibrant atmosphere.
The bar has been relocated to become a focal point for the main communal area, and the function venue, which is available to hire for weddings, parties and corporate events, has been redecorated in line with the rest of the space, enhanced by a brand new ceiling and lighting scheme.
The park’s 32 premier apartments and 12 log cabins - all self-catered - have been newly decorated throughout, and have been fitted with stylish new kitchens, flooring and bathrooms – including en-suites, as well as luxurious new soft furnishings, and lounge and dining furniture.
The park’s camping and caravanning pitches have been resurfaced, roadways widened and the area sympathetically landscaped within its beautiful forest setting.
A new guest services desk has been positioned at the park’s main entrance to welcome guests, and has been integrated with the resort’s shop which will also extend its opening hours.
A second phase of development is currently being planned to allow the outdoor dining area to be covered, which will provide additional dining capacity all year round.
Mandy Thomas, general manager at Whitemead Forest Park, said: “All of the staff here and I are really excited about the changes to the resort, and it’s really pleasing to be able to provide additional jobs for people in the area as a result.”
Carl Fillery, chief executive of Boundless, said:
“The £3m that has been invested in developing the park is aimed at creating a relaxing and stylish haven within the beautiful woodland surroundings that we’re lucky to be at the heart of. Whether staying as a couple, with friends or as a family, the park has been designed to provide something for everyone. The reconfigured shared space gives guests the choice of either a more intimate, or a more communal experience, including a range of options for dining and entertainment. All accommodation has been brought up to the same high standards, and we’re really excited to now reopen to provide guests with the ultimate forest holiday experience.”
To book a stay at Whitemead Forest Park visit boundlessbreaks.co.uk/whitemead
About Whitemead Forest Park
With units sleeping up to 8 people, and accommodating over 700 guests in total, Whitemead Forest Park makes for the ideal setting to enjoy time out with family and friends. Log cabins and woodland lodges each have private verandas with outside furniture, and all accommodation has fully equipped kitchens, cosy lounge areas and beds made up on arrival. Pets are also welcome in selected properties.
The park’s detached log cabins are nestled in their own quiet spot of forest and offer a real home-from-home with excellent self-catering facilities, meaning you’re sure to leave Whitemead feeling refreshed and relaxed.
For those who really want to be close with nature, over 110 caravan and camping pitches combine beautiful surroundings with fantastic facilities.
There are many facilities for guests to enjoy, including a free indoor swimming pool, hot tubs and sauna. Guests can also join in with some great activities and entertainment for all the family including archery, fencing, sea scooters and much more.