I went with my two boys [ages 9 & 11] whilst hubby had to work. I was a bit nervous on how we'd get on but we really had so much fun. We were paired up with 2 other families with kids of similar ages. There were 4 activities each day, each one lasting about 1 hour 45 mins. Then after dinner there is a choice of 4 other activities at two at 7pm and two at 9am. Every activity we did was well organized, very safe, and if you really didn't want to take part that was fine too. The staff are a real credit to PGL, friendly, encouraging and relaxed.
Food is basic but plentiful with lots of choice. We never went hungry, there is also a shop on site in case you have forgotten anything and also a Sainsbury's within 5 mins drive. There are 2 bars on site and after some of the activities you definitely deserve a drink!!! Smoking is kept to 3 areas on the site just by the bars.
Accommodation is basic [think one step up from camping] and I heard lots of people complaining the beds were uncomfortable, but tbh if you throw yourself into the activities full on you will be so tired you would sleep well on a bed of nails!!!
The outdoor pool is heated, don't forget to take towels for the pool and the room, although bedding is provided we chose to take our own pillows. There is a laundry onsite in case you are unlucky with the weather. Take old clothes you WILL get dirty.
We most enjoyed the quad biking, giant swing, trapeze, zip wire, scavenger hunt, sensory trail and abseiling. The only activity we didn't enjoy was the mountain biking as it is designed specifically for beginners.
All the evening activities were fun [and most involved lots of running around to tire the kids out EVEN more ;-) ]
Leave your pre-conceptions at home, be prepared to have a laugh and expect to laugh at yourself, the more you throw yourself into this the more fun you will have.
Also look out for late deal special offers. We paid for 1 adult and 2 kids went free. I don't think it is possible to have this much fun for a week on just over £400!!! Oh and a real bonus for me was that there were no screens - yeah a week without TV and watching the kids having fun with other forms of entertainment.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A great location near Torquay and popular with groups of all ages. There are many blue flag beaches close by and Dartmoor is also within easy reach. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Barton Hall Hotel Torquay
- Barton Hall Torquay
- PGL Barton Hall Torquay, Devon