After Reading some reviews I was a bit worried about what I had actually paid for.
Well dont be that concerned as I have recently stayed there in a Gold Apartment -room 6T which was overall fine.
I contacted John fowler direct at the site and asked for a top floor apartment with a nice sea view if possible. I was told that would be no trouble and was booked in there. Excellent service . JFH Thank you.
I must say how friendly all the staff we met here were. From first arrival the reception lady on duty was excellent and made me feel valued. Thank you all.
The main swimming pool and club rooms were fine and well decorated and clean. The bar area was large and fine too. The amusements are situated in the main entertainment/bar room which is a little strange and could be in a different place all together. There was a chef corner café to eat , but we never did as we went out for the days here.
We found the site nice and quiet for sleeping at night and not over lively during the day. It was ideal for us as a couple.
Nice bathroom area with shower cubicle.
Now for a constructive comments :
Bathroom fittings were very loose and I was concerned that the glass shelf might drop off the fixing (it didnt) - Just needs tightening up .
There are a few little niggles which if John Fowler would address - would make the rooms more cosmetic and comfortable and would get you 5 stars from me.
The few little things namely being the sofa bed (not used as a bed this as only two of us ) was really very uncomfortable to sit on for long and very hard to get up from as it sank in the middle and you are left with your legs against the bar frame and your bum lower and stuck !!!
The other things that I just could not understand in the apartment was that the two doors on both bedrooms had two or more holes in that had been filled -but looked a different colour to the rest of the door so cosmetically looked bad. If only the doors had been either fully painted over or replaced would have made a great difference.
Again one small niggle is the main dining table looked well worn on the top surface. The varnish or laminate top surface was very marked and worn. With a little love and care - either re-sanding and painting the table would make it look great or just replace.
Also one of the four chairs had a definite wobble , so we never sat on that one again.
The actual kitchen area was ok. It had a dish washer, fridge freezer, toaster, ceramic hob, and some fitted cabinets ( not like in the illustration images of the gold apartments though) but not fully fitted along all walls though.
The cutlery was basic and cooking utensils were good.
The outside wall areas of some of the buildings on opposite apartments did look stained brown / green patches all along the building. Again if this was repainted or washed off would look better John fowler !!
The overall site was very nice and pretty quiet. The food from the Ranas tandoori mahal -over the road (I think John fowler has some link to them as the staff were wearing polo shirts with the john fowler symbol on them)
The food was ok ( one x chicken patia vindaloo hot and one x chicken korma) but in my opinion nothing special as the food did not look like it was authentic and tasted more like from a Tesco jar with a few added chopped onion on top! With two pints of Cobra it was £26.
I might be wrong here but I have a lot of curries and I did not go back again for another one, but the staff there were really nice though .
The John fowler holiday park is at the top of a steep hill area. You really do need a car to travel into town and back but it cost us £3 by taxi up the hill one way.
There is a large Tesco very close to this park for you to stock up on grocerys, but not petrol.
If you want fish and chips from Town centre then shops only stay open til 8pm which is hard to believe in a seaside town of this size.
The witherspoons pub at sea front stays open till 11pm doing food if that is of interest to you.
Overall we had a great time here at this holiday park. Please dont let my comments put you off staying here as I am sure you will enjoy your stay too.
Thank you All the staff at John Fowler Ilfracombe Holiday park.
I am hoping that the management of John Fowler will read my review and put the little things right to make this holiday park even better all round for us customers to enjoy and recommend & come back to again.
Would we come back here again - YES
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Ilfracombe Holiday Park has everything you could want on a family holiday. A 56’ heated pool, a sauna, children’s play areas and an internet cafe provide you with all the comforts of home and more. Relax in our pool during the day, and then head to the Exmoor Club for the evening’s entertainment, free to everybody staying at our Ilfracombe Holiday Parks. This park is set at the top of the valley Ilfracombe lies in, so you get views right down over the town and out to sea, exactly what you’d expect from a Devon holiday. If you don’t want to deal with cooking on holiday then our Farmhouse Kitchen Restaurant can cook you up a wide variety of fare, from low price snacks to full grills and specialty dishes. We even offer takeaways. If you are going to cook for yourself, our onsite shop sells everything you’ll need, and there’s a Tesco superstore just a five minute walk away. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- John Fowler Ilfracombe Holiday Park Hotel Ilfracombe
- Ilfracombe Holiday Park Devon