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Parkdean - Southerness Holiday Park
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Leominster, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
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“Beautiful location and friendly park.”
Reviewed 8 May 2010

Went to Parkdean Southerness Park first week in May, and stayed in a Clyde caravan. The caravan was spacious, great view overlooking the Solway Firth, freeview television, central heating, double glazed and a full sized fridge freezer. The staff were extremely friendly and always cheerful. We ate in the Coast most days and found enough variation to suit our needs. The food was very good and substantial servings, Sunday Lunch good value at £7.95 for two courses. It was our very first visit to Scotland and we found the location stunning, we visited Loch Ken, Castle Douglas, Sweetheart Abbey and Kipsford. We like rural locations so this really suited us, the air was so clean and it was very peaceful. A great holiday and good value too. But please bear in mind that the Solway Firth is actually an estuary so if you want somewhere with a proper sandy beach where you can swim in the sea you need to find a different location, however if you like walking on a shoreline - especially if you are a dog owner - and watching sea birds and breathing clean air, and just being chilled out for a week, I can say Southerness will give you all that and more.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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musselburgh
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Reviewed 22 February 2010

we stayed here in November last year and we can only say you get what you pay for to pay £9.50 for 4 days as Neal2K is moaning about what did he expect,we stayed in Paul Jones Bay and what a stunning view of the Solway Firth the wildlife and the geese were awesome 30000 geese a great sight to behold

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled as a couple
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Fife
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Reviewed 25 September 2009

just returned from a 5 day stay at southerness holiday park booked throught sun holiday offer. After reading some reviews on here, was not looking forward to it. We were allocated a lovely clean caravan, and found the site clean as well. The entertainment was passable and the entertainment team were friendly. lovely walks along the beach although it was a bit rocky. Would definately go back again one day.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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inverclyde
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Reviewed 12 September 2009

Having booked a non-smoking caravan as we have 18 month old child our caravan was saturated with smoke. Child cot was stained with mould. Eventually given another caravan which was better.whole site seemed tired and had seen better days. well advertised beach was poor and very dissappointing. Overall holiday poor in comparison to other sites we have been to.wont rush back.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 18 August 2009

Just returned from a three night stay at Southerness.

Arrived to find an over-flowing wheelie bin with bags of rubbish surrounding it.Phoned and was told it would be emptied in the morning.It was finally emptied at lunch time after phoning again.

The caravan was dirty,esp the bathroom. the toilet had not been cleaned and the floor was filthy.Dried on tomato on the kitchen floor - God knows how long that had been there.There was a wristband from swimming in the cutlery drawer.

The pool only holds 25 people and sessions are on a first come first serve basis.

Staff very friendly and helpful esp the maintenance man who came when the kettle fused the power supply.

The path to the beach was strewn with rubbbish.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with family
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manchester
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Reviewed 24 May 2009

Stayed at the park on a mid week break just before school holidays in May so it was not that busy fortunately as i do not think the facilities are sufficient enough for the size of the camp.
I will start with the acommodation which was the 3 bedroom Annan. This was very good with all the usual equipment plus central heating and it was tidy. The site itself is set on the Solway Coast and we had a lovely view overlooking the 2 mile stretch of beach. The only problem with the location is the fact it is quite far to travel to the various places of interest in the area with Mabie Farm Park being the nearest around 7 miles away (country roads). The nearest main town is Dumfries which is around 14 miles away so if you need shopping or a bank then you have to travel. The Costcutter shop on site was open 8 till 6 but only stocked the very basics.
The main problem we encountered was the childrens entertainment. As i said the site was not that busy and whether that was the reason but the staff did not seem very motivated. Also the site has childrens characters namely Maxi, Milly and Moultie who provided a show everynight. One of the characters then came back out after the show so the children could have their photos taken with them by the camps photographer. However the compere failed to mention until all the kids were all queing for the photos that it would cost £5 per photo which had to be paid first and that the photos would be ready the following day but there would be no choice of picture. Also they were offering prizes to the kids (mainly aged 3-7 years) however this was basically a raffle and the kids were told if they didn't have a ticket they would not win the prizes so they should all go and get a pound from their parents to buy a ticket and they only had the length of time of a record to buy one. Basically the entertainment all seemed based around making money from the kids which obviously i feel is wrong.
A good park slightly let down by it's location but mainly by it's entertainment programme.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled with family
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Glasgow, Scotland, UK
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Reviewed 5 May 2009

stayed at southerness in a tay caravan for 3 nights over bank holiday weekend.

I arrived quite late on the friday night so had to pick up keys from security at the entertainment venue but was a very friendly security guard who explained exactly where caravan was. When i entered caravan very clean and spacious (compared to superior caravan at haven @ haggerston). double bedroom with ensuite toilet which i wasnt expecting. bed linen is provided but you need to make your own bed linen was very clean too. heating panels in double bedrooms and toilets and had a ceiling panel in the twin bedroom. was impressed with the caravan although my 4 year old wasnt impressed as tv only had 5 channels.

entertainment team was small only 5 on the teamthey tried there best but i think they could be doing with some more entertainers as quite a large park.


mini supermarket onsite stocked with all the essentials is a cost cutter so is reasonably priced.

there is only 1 restaurant onsite which had good quality food but a relatively small menu but again i found this to be reasonably priced similar price to pub food and menu similar also.

there is 3 play parks around the site and an indoor soft play area too which is included in cost of your holiday / pass. There is a small indoor swimming pool too but you need to pre book which time you want to go i did not use the swimming pool as my little boy was happy going to kids clubs and soft play he had rotten cold so didnt want to risk taking him swimming.

kids club was a t 10 every morning and usually ended with one of the characters from treetops grove making an appearance.

i found the park to be really good value for money not overly priced like the haven parks can be, at night the kids can get there faces painted for only £1 which i thought was fab.

never met 1 unhappy member of staff they were all smiling and so friendly.

if anyone has any questions dont hesitate to get in touch.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled with family
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Property: Parkdean - Southerness Holiday Park
Address: Off Sandy Lane, Southerness | Dumfries, Southerness, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Dumfries and Galloway > Southerness
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality Lodging in Southerness
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 
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Southerness Holiday Park Hotel Southerness
Parkdean - Southerness Holiday Park Scotland

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