Don't expect much from the rooms or the food. Adequate 'chalet-style' rooms with bunk beds for the kids. Living out of your bags for the week. Filling grub, served up canteen-style. Nothing special, but nothing wrong with it either. Given all that is going on you will work up quite an appetite, but you won't go hungry. In fact I came away from the week having put on a little weight!
However, the rooms and the food are not why families go to Barton Hall. It's the PGL activities that we go for. And these are brilliant.
I took my two children - aged 13 and 8 - and we had a whale of a time. My youngest isn't an adventurous lad, so he sat out for a lot of the daytime activities, but my 13-year-old threw herself into almost everything, and I had a go too. We paid half price, but the holiday would still have been decent value for money if we had paid the full price.
The PGL staff are friendly, helpful, organised and well-trained, and they made sure our holiday was action-packed from start to finish. In fact we barely had time to catch our breath. Everything was organised for us, there were few decisions to make, the kids were kept busy from start to finish, and I never once felt worried about them, even when they went off with the friends they made. The quality and quantity of staff meant that we could all relax and have fun, and the fact that kids couldn't just wander off site, and nor could strangers just waltz in, added to the sense of security.
Good stuff PGL
- Also Known As:
- Barton Hall Hotel Torquay
- Barton Hall Torquay, Devon