I'll be brutally honest, by the time we started packing for this trip, I was dreading it. I kept thinking about our last caravan park holiday, 4 years ago, and was wondering why we had gone back on a vow never to suffer that kind of holiday again (I should add that it was not a Parkdean holiday on that occasion). Still, times are hard and when we booked back in February this was all we could afford (and in fairness the customer service when we booked was fantastic). the sense of dread started evaporating almost as soon as we arrived. A warm and professional welcome at reception, immediate access to the facilities so the children could start straight on some well run craft activities before lunch and a swim. Then came the moment of truth, picking up the keys to the caravan. (It was the accommodation which caused the problem last time). On entering the caravan we were struck by the size, cleanliness and a faint smell of cleaning fluid - it was pristine and really well kitted out. This was a mid range caravan but it was new for 2013, the Esk model, and you couldn't ask for better. The site facilities are great, we ate in the restaurant a couple of times, decent value, well done pub grub and reasonable drinks prices. The pool is not huge but access is time limited on a wristband system, which stops overcrowding and the life guards seemed pretty switched on. The kids went to a couple of activity sessions which they really enjoyed, and saw one evening show, which was good fun. The entertainment staff work seriously long hours and they really graft - if the shows are occasionally a bit shambolic then it just adds to the fun, and is easily forgiven when you see how hard they work and how well they engage with kids of all ages (kids club is parent accompanied, so expect to join in, it is not dump n dash!). The beach is beautiful, worth a walk to the lighthouse, and fantastic for building sandcastles and suchlike. Be warned, the tides are fast though, these are not swimming beaches! The area around southerness is a bit of a hidden gem, some lovely coastline. In short, kudos to Parkdean for running a brilliant site, and restoring my faith in the good old British caravan park.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover why south west is best...If ever a park was in a perfect spot, this is it. Set right on the edge of a beautiful beach, Southerness boasts stunning sea views over the Solway Firth... with lots to explore nearby from peaceful sandy dunes to bustlingmarket towns.But one of the biggest and best attractions is on the park itself! A 25m indoor pool with giant flume, amazing water sprays and a really relaxing spa bath. It brings a whole new meaning to 'soaking up the fun'. * A sea view park, right next to Southerness beach * On the wild and rugged Galloway coastline * Spectacular sunsets over the Solway Firth * 25m indoor swimming pool with flume * Fun for kids with Sid & Lizzie ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Southerness Holiday Park Hotel Southerness
- Parkdean - Southerness Holiday Park Scotland