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“Everything was clean and tidy apart from our private caravan”

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Hoburne Park Dorset
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Reviewed 14 July 2014

The caravan park is very clean and tidy with pretty flowers. We are a family with 2 children age 2 and 4. The girls loved the play area and the indoor swimming pool. They also really enjoyed seeing sammy seahorse and larry the lobster in the evenings. My 2 year old was copying all the moves to the dances and even a month on still remembers some of the words to the 'sammy wiggle' and 'bye bye sammy' songs. The park is a 15 minute walk through residential houses to the beach.
We visited loads of great places suitable for the girls which meant they thoroughly enjoyed themselves. If you go crabbing at mudeford quay, the best time is at high tide. We went twice, the first time it was low tide and we caught nothing but the second time was an hour after high tide and we caught loads. It's only a 5 minute drive away.

Now for the reason I only gave 4 stars and it's not hoburnes fault. The caravan we hired was r92. The owners have there own website called luxury hoburne holidays. This is what we expected. We booked the caravan 2 nights before going and they still tried to charge us the full price of £500 for the week. I managed to get them down to £450 but we still had to get the club passes on top of this. We were expecting high standards for the price. The outside had nice decking with a patio table and four chairs. I noticed it was one of the only caravans that had no shed to store extras in like a bbq for example which nearly every private caravan I looked at supplied. This was disappointing. We walked in and the first thing we did was clean. It was disgusting. Thick dust everywhere, grease all over the cooker. Chocolate buttons under the bed side table, dog hairs in the beds( they did smell clean so I'm assuming the owners had a dog, good job were not allergic though!). The dust and dirt that had collected along the corners of the laminate floors was thick and the crevices of the shower were orange with black mould that came out with a bit of shower pressure. The fridge was filthy. The kettle was a £6 tesco value with no filter and it leaked when pouring. A lot of caravans leave a welcome pack with bread and milk to get you started, nothing like that. It was all a shame because with a little care this could have been a lovely 3 bed caravan.
So I would return to hoburne park but I would definitely not book with the owners of r92 again.

Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
1  Thank K-Moo
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HoburneHolidays, Guest Relations Manager at Hoburne Park Dorset, responded to this reviewResponded 17 July 2014

Thanks for your review. It's good to hear that the park and your experience with Hoburne itself was good.

We're disappointed to hear that your experience with a privately-let caravan was disappointing. Hoburne as a group pride ourselves with having a very high standard of accommodation and cleanliness, something we cannot guarantee if holidaymakers choose to book privately instead of booking with us directly.

We're glad your experience with one of our owner's caravans has not put you off the park and look forward to welcoming you back.

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Reviewed 4 July 2014

had a weeks holiday at Hoburne park, with my son and family the park was clean accomodation was first class and the staff were friendly going again next year. thank you to the staff for making our holiday.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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HoburneHolidays, Guest Relations Manager at Hoburne Park Dorset, responded to this reviewResponded 17 July 2014

Thank you for your review! It's good to hear that you had a lovely time with us and we look forward to seeing you again for another great Hoburne holiday!

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Reviewed 29 June 2014

Just home from our family holiday ,this is the first caravan hoiiday we have done.
We stayed in a silver A caravan and we were very impressed it was ever so clean very comfortable and well equipt. Its a quite park and well maintained. The entertainment staff are a credit to you they work very hard and do very well even on quiet evenings always made very welcome our youngest couldnt wait to go see Sammy and the team in the evenings for a "wiggle and a giggle".
Lots to do close by the beaches are great , we also visited peppa pig world , bournemouth , new forest (Burley) is a nice little village ,and if you fancy a little drive out for some wonderful scenic coastline we'd highly recommend lulworth cove (wear walking shoes) its uphill but breath taking view .
Overall this has been our favourite family holiday and will be sure to return to this park in the future.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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HoburneHolidays, Guest Relations Manager at Hoburne Park Dorset, responded to this reviewResponded 1 July 2014

Hello and thanks for the great review. We take great pride in having a fantastic entertainment team and it's always good to hear that they leave a lasting impression with our guests! We're pleased that you really enjoyed all the great local attractions and places to explore, and we would love to see you again very soon. Thanks!

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Reviewed 29 June 2014

We stayed here on a Mon-Fri break after having read so many good reviews, and the park lived up to its reputation. Everything looks immaculate, spotless Silver caravan, lovely indoor pool, great on site restaurant, and a 10 minute walk to the beach. The staff were probably the friendliest and most helpful we have experienced.
The surrounding area has so much to offer too, definitely going to return!

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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1  Thank Jacqueline F
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HoburneHolidays, Guest Relations Manager at Hoburne Park Dorset, responded to this reviewResponded 1 July 2014

Thanks for the kind review, it's really good to hear that we live up to the high standards our customers come to expect from us! Come and visit us again soon!

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Reviewed 28 June 2014

Just back from a 4 night break to this site, one of the best we have stayed on. Very clean and quite while we were there, the staff very helpful and friendly. Excellent food in restaurant and good evening entertainment.
Only a short walk to the beach and Christchurch harbour, would highly recommend.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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HoburneHolidays, Guest Relations Manager at Hoburne Park Dorset, responded to this reviewResponded 1 July 2014

Thanks for your review, we agree that Christchurch harbour is well worth a visit! Thanks and we look forward to seeing you again!

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Reviewed 28 June 2014

Just returned from Hoburne Christchurch and had a wonderful few days. On arrival the reception staff were very friendly and helpful and the park looked well kept with nice flower beds.
We went into the gold caravan we had booked and found it to be very clean and very well equipt. The bed was ready made up and we were very pleased with the well laundered bedding and good quality quilts provided - the best we have had in a caravan (and we've been to many sites).
There was tea and coffee sachets so we could have a drink and there was a pack with cloths and even washing up liquid to get us started.
We went to the bar a coupe of times and everything looked very new, even the carpets. The whole place looks quite new.
We had a walk to the beach a couple of evenings, it's about 15 minutes flat walk and this takes you to Avon beach where you can walk to Mudeford Quay. A lovely evening walk with the sun shining on the IOW needles.
We did have one problem with the caravan but reported it to reception and someone came and sorted it immediately which impressed us.
We will definitely return and would recommend this site.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Thank cds5
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HoburneHolidays, Guest Relations Manager at Hoburne Park Dorset, responded to this reviewResponded 1 July 2014

Thanks for your review. It's always good to hear that our customers enjoy their time at our parks and that you liked the presentation of your caravan on arrival. We'd love to see you and your family again soon!

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Reviewed 27 June 2014 via mobile

Stayed here a couple of times now and stayed Whitsun week this time. Firstly the staff were friendly and we stayed in our friend's caravan so can't comment on Hoburne's caravans but the facilities were good. The indoor and outdoor pools were good, a great sauna and also a good fitness room. The food onsite was quite pricey especially the breakfast in the restaurant and the snack bar at times but you're on holiday so you don't care about the costs. The food was nice though. The entertainment was very good with many external cabarets the week we stayed and some Hoburne Hostz shows which we're surprisingly good with them putting a lot of effort in.Only criticism is that the owners think they own the place sometimes especially at night. The wifi is also free in the clubhouse. Overall would highly recommend.

Stayed: May 2014
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HoburneHolidays, Guest Relations Manager at Hoburne Park Dorset, responded to this reviewResponded 1 July 2014

Hello and thanks for reviewing your Hoburne experience! We're pleased that you had a great time and found all the facilities to your liking and we look forward to seeing you again for another great Hoburne holiday!

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Address: Hoburne Lane, Christchurch BH23 4HU, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Christchurch
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 9 Speciality Lodging in Christchurch
Hotel Class:5 star — Hoburne Park Dorset 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A luxury caravan park in Christchurch set on manicured lawns, welcoming entertainment complex for all the food, drink and fun you demand, and pools, fitness room and tennis court for a spot of healthy exercise - Hoburne Park has everything. But there's no need to overdo it - this is a perfect, peaceful place to just relax with a good book. A short drive brings you to the stunning beaches and bustle of Bournemouth, but many locals prefer the smaller, quieter, more friendly beaches of Friars Cliff and Avon Beach, just 10 minutes walk from the Park. A few minutes further on is Mudeford Quay, a favourite place for local, fresh fish and seafood, a few hours crabbing, or just watching the boats go by. This is also one of the few places nearby where you can sit outside a charming pub and watch the sun go down over the water - blissful! Add in the New Forest a mile or two away, and historic Christchurch to be explored, and it's no wonder people come back to Hoburne Park again and again. ... more   less 
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