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Center Parcs: How much will it cost to holiday at Longford's €100m holiday resort?

Home holidays may not be cheap

Published 03/04/2015 | 02:30

Center Parcs - Executive Lodge exterior
Center Parcs - Executive Lodge exterior
A family on the edge of the 45-degree drop in Tropical Cyclone in Center Parcs Elveden Forest in the UK
A family enjoying a cycle through the forest
The Center Parcs resort is promising 100 indoor and outdoor activities, including a ‘Subtropical Swimming Paradise'

Center Parcs may offer a holiday at home - but that doesn't mean it necessarily comes cheap.

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A weekend for a family of four in Sherwood Forest this August starts at £659 (€900), while luxury four-bedroom accommodation boasting extras such as a hot tub and games room fetches over £2,000 (€2,730).

That's before you factor in the extra cost of activities, meals and bike hire.

Face-painting costs £5.50 (€7.50) but major activities such as quad biking or horse riding cost £35 (€48).

Hiring a bike for your stay costs £12 (€16) for children and £24 for adults (€32).

There are special offers - including late availability on offering a lodge for £329 (€450) if you're flexible.

Center Parcs has been regularly criticised for jacking up its prices during the school holidays when it's easier for families to visit.

But CEO Martin Dalby recently defended the pricing structure, saying:

"Any business has to make a fair and reasonable return to be sustainable, and leisure and travel companies set their prices throughout the year to produce the profits they need to invest back in the business."

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