Spent a week with the kids doing more activities in one week than they probably do all year. Activities run into the evening 9-10ish if you have the energy. Staff is brill-- positive attitudes from everyone-even the catering staff. The buffet style food is good enough to get by, you generate good appetite from all the activities that you don't mind. Accomodation is basic but at least it's not camping! beds and linen were comfortable and clean. Shower is very lacking- dark, loud extraction fan. half broken shower curtain, took forever to get hot, looks grimy, slow drain. Not much closet space so we lived out of our suitcases. nowhere to put your wet swim/canoe gear (we ended up leaving on the rails by the swimming pool . unless you are ones placed in the chalets which open to porch area.)
lots of people used the bar in the evening to get popcorn and drink. Wifi is poor but shame on you spending your family holiday on the internet! if you want hot chocolate, bring your own as the hot drink machine is locked up after 8pm(inside the shop). you will get wet and mucky in canoeing and raft building so bring wet gear on shoes you don't mind ruining.
for all the inconveniences, the activities and experience was so good, a great bonding time with the family, you practically see the kids grow in confidence over the week. kids just love it (and it's a better environment for the adults than Butlins). you'll need another holiday to relax when you're done with this one.
- 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