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“Take Your Wellies!” 2 of 5 stars
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Beach Road, St Osyth, Clacton-on-Sea CO16 8SG, England   |  
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Crawley, United Kingdom
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“Take Your Wellies!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

We booked this through the newspaper and knew what to expect (sort of).. The Caravan was a Bronze and we couldnt upgrade due there being none available! However, the caravan was clean but scruffy to say the least. It wasnt the best we have ever stayed in but it was ok for £50 (3 nights).

We stayed in FL47... hopefully I can download some photos. We found we were located right in the middle of the site with nowhere to park close to the caravan because of the flooding... We wondered if we would be washed away during a rainstorm! It was a pain to carry your stuff backwards and forwards trying to avoid the flood water.. having to change boots/shoes everytime you went out... We didnt use the entertainment passes as we could never have found our way through the puddles in the dark.

The beach is 2 mins away and it has a nice walk along the promenade. The small shop was a bit rubbish with not much in it, probably because it was the end of the season. We didnt pay for the linen nor the entertainment passes but they were included anyway for some reason. There were no casserole dishes if you wanted to stick something in the oven or for salad. Tin opener didnt work, tears/splits in the very uncomfortable seating area... curtains in seating area and bedroom stained and falling down (I used two pillowcases to cover the window up)... take a small fire (oil filled radiator or halogen) it gets cold although there is a small electric wall heater in the bedroom and gas fire in the seating area. On the plus side the shower was brilliant... very hot water and quite powerful!!!

Take your own duvets and pilows... I wouldnt sleep with the ones that were provided.. they all were as flat as anything. We drove around Seawick to have a look, its close by and although Petre Andre was booked to play there in a couple of weeks I wouldnt stay there, it looked very sad!

All in all we only needed this as a base to try a new area to visit... we liked Frinton on Sea and Colchester.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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Haverhill, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

i arrived at caravan to find utensils dirty,fat up cupboards,egg still on egg cups,butter on bottom of fridge and other stuff in there,something frozen in freezer so had to wash everything and antibac sides, bedding was dirty shelf collapsed whilst cooking dog poo laying around. Kids fighting on park and no security in sight. We left after 2 days had enough would never go there again.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012 via mobile

Booked this hoilday in January, a week before my holiday in August I had a phone call to tell us that the caravan we had booked the boiler had broken( they had a week to fix it) so offered us a down grade which we did not want we had booked a 3 bed gold and was offered a 2 bed silver, we had to take it and was given a £100 discount, what a shock when we saw the caravan it was terrible smellie dirty and old doors did not shut, etc on complaining they gave us another cavavan which was a little better, (not much) we wrote to head office when we got home and we are still waiting to hearing from them, we have had a reply from the park and was told we would hear from head office within 14 days!!! What a joke they have our money. We will not be booking a holiday with them ever again.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

My partner and I have gone on many sun hol breaks, always bronze as we go for a bargain.
Like Clare G the worst I've ever stayed in. As soon as you drive in it lacks a nice feel to the place.
For a start there were no sofas around the window just 2 leather sofas in replacement - what! No net curtains so we were on view the whole time. No food served in the bar on Friday night even though it stated there was so we went hungry as we got back to the caravan to find no microwave and had nothing to light the hob with. Rust on the fridge and chairs, lights not working, stains on walls, holes in linen, nothing to hook shower on. It was freezing during the night I asked if we could rent a heater and they said we would have to sleep in the living room - what on a leather sofa that isn't long enough? So glad we did not have kids with us as they would have froze.
On the Sunday night the 'entertainers' said they would let us 'chill out' like they were doing us a favour, in other words no entertainment all night. What does it cost for them to sing a few songs - nothing, and we would have bought a few more drinks. Instead they sat at the dj booth eating takeaway they'd brought in!
In the restaurant you can only get a carvery on Sunday, not much good if you don't want a roast.
There is a fence reminding you that you are next to the most deprived area in England, Jaywick.

Good points:
Staff friendly, liked the link up bingo, flume in indoor poor.

My advice is stay at Seawick, has a nice big entertainment room and you can use St Osyth pool.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Westcliff-on-Sea
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

Just as the title says. We had a bronze. Was expecting it to be hell based on the reviews here, but it was fine. Van was clean, no problems with it. Pool great. Staff friendly. Entertainment poor but what do you expect the week before the end of the season when the park closes for 2 months? Nothing really to do except drive around the area, but it's a bloody caravan holiday for christs sake! Do ignore the bad reviews - some people want the moon on a stick :) Not really our thing, but as a cheap break, it was ideal.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, England, United Kingdom
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

arrived oct 19th, paid for gold plus, worse caravan ever stayed in, open the door and was greeted with a horrible smell, made worse with the heating on. had to clean everything before we used it, covered in grease and dirt, inc the utensils, crockery and pans. cooker filthy had food left on the baking trays. lined stained, no lighting on park at night, no outside light on caravan, no security so anyone can come and go, dvd didnt work, mirror smudged and dirty, had to have grill looked at as didnt work, maintenance man left our caravan unlocked and even threw his sweet wrappers on floor. entertainment poor, was told to shut up by staff when bingo on, even though kids running around screaming, avoid the food, £6.50 for over microwaved chicken in batter in a oversized bun and 10 cold chips, no salad or garnish, tasted horrible, a cottage pie over microwaved and tasted of washing up liquid. place dirty and worn. please avoid this park, ive complained to head office, worst park ive been to, im a regular user of park holidays, but this takes the biscuit and should be shut down. my friend went home day early as could not take it anymore, smell was horrid and just so dirty. no way was a gold plus. the dunes number 34. AVOID. close this park down

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

As a family of 7 all ages this break was nice for us and we all had a fantastic time. It was my mum, dad, sister, her partner and her 2 young children and I then joined them a day later. Cheap getaway break for all the family as we are all at different ages and this suited us all. The kids loved the evening entertainment and we felt very safe to let them run around the dance floor joining in all the games. The staff are very friendly and the entertainment staff we're very good at what they do infact one was also an excellent singer. Its good to go somewhere that actually has decent entertainment staff. The only problem I had that coming later due to work commitments I got to the club house at around 8 and the resturant told me they had stop serving food not great to be honest as I'd been travelling quite a while and I needed to eat! Maybe the hours that operates on needs to be assessed considering it was a saturday night to. We had a gold caravan which was fine no problems and it was very clean. The caravan park is directly on the beach front there to go for a walk and very close to the main beach/pier at clacton-on-sea. All in all an enjoyable stay.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Beach Road, St Osyth, Clacton-on-Sea CO16 8SG, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Essex > Clacton-on-Sea > St Osyth
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 4 Specialty Lodging in St Osyth
Number of rooms: 150
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
St Osyth Beach Holiday park near Clacton-on-Sea is just that little bit differentThe large indoor heated swimming pool comes complete with a flume and a shallow area for younger children but never seems to be overcrowded. The entertainment venue has a real family feel to it and you’re never far away from the stage for the live shows which feature at weekends and during the peak season. ... more   less 

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