we stayed for a half term break 28th oct - 1nov, we have been on many of this type of holiday before so have a realistic expectation. The caravan itself was in a good clean condition, however the curtains were so wet i actually rung them out, quite a common problem in caravans (we take a oil rad and fan heaters with us to sort out any damp and keeps van warm at night since having kids a must). We were also missing a frying pan.
We arrived early which was not a problem as the kids were allowed straight into club house to join in activities (the entertainers and the activities were good). However we noticed the bar was shut and no food or drink available as the shutters were down. When our friends arrived we asked if there was any where to get something to eat and were directed to the cafe 800 yards away down very steep slippery hill (all literatures does state that this site is hilly and I would suggest anyone with mobility problems avoid this particular park) - now the moaning begins!
Arrival day - The cafe had a very limited menu from 12:00 it was sandwich or jacket potato, we ordered to find out no potatoes available and two of sandwiches not available. The food was passable but not good value (never is on site).
Day Two - swimming pool was small for the size of site so was restricted to a 40min time limit. In the evening we left for the club house at 17:30 as I had promised the kids a go in the arcade before kids club started at 18:30. However the arcade was very limited and not a great deal for children aged 2-4 and many of the little games they played just didn't work or swallowed their money so at 18:00 we walked into the club room bar. The door was still shut and no one was inside, but decided to take a seat and wait. A security guard came in and asked us to leave as this room (just off the arcade area, just separated by two swinging doors) had not yet had a fire risk assessment done for the evening?! by 18:30 people queuing through arcade/reception out the door into rain, then they opened the doors to a full on search from the security team, i mean pockets/handbags/buggies it was unreal I've been to night clubs with fewer bouncers and searches , this was for a tots club very strange experience . i felt a little uneasy having my kids in a venue that feels it needs this level of security, but didn't witness any arguments or aggressive behaviour .
day three, was spent at paigngton zoo (good day out)
day four, all hallows eve oooh! made some spooky masks, tomb stones etc. at kids club, for lunch we attempted the on site cafe again, big mistake we got a cheese sandwich with half a tub of marge in it, a ham sandwich dry so made our own still had marge to spare, all served with chips, not crisps and coleslaw as advertised (i try to limit the amount of chips the kids get on these holidays which isn't easy as they tend to offer chips with everything), and best of all was a prawn sandwich with 4 yes FOUR small prawns in it (£4.95) we sent this back to the kitchen and was told this was how they were told to make it by the management so asked for refund. we went for dinner at a local pub we had to find ourselves, as reception staff could not recommend any local pubs in the area?(very helpful NOT!) there are a few pubs close by thank god for the internet, we went to the PEN INN on the A380 a true gem excellent food, friendly staff, real value for money would highly recommend even if only passing through. Back to the site for a halloween party what we have all been looking forward to all week, we arrived at 18:50 to a packed club house, people, buggies everywhere walkways blocked dance floor solid, a real fire risk! could not even get to the bar, no singing or dancing for kids they got so bored and asked to leave, it was a total disaster the club house is far to small for the size of site, on such a busy night, would have been nice to see the security team from earlier in the week, perhaps with a counter checking venue capacity!.
We also needed to use the laundrette as our youngest was sick in bed one night, there were signs on wall not to use liquid or tablets in the machines fair enough i thought, so i went to the on site shop next door to find it very limited and expensive, in fact all they had in the way of washing powder, was ariel liquid tablets bio (we like to use non-bio). but standing there with blankets and teddys covered in sick what choice did i have.
we have stayed on far cheaper sites with much better facilities DO NOT RECOMMEND AT ALL!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- It was the Vistorian's who coined the phrase 'the English Riviera', likening this stunning 22 mile stretch of Devonshire coastline to its French equivalent. And with its balmy weather, sub-tropical plants, gastronomic delights and colourful waterfronts, it's easy to see why. So where better to spend the summer than at Torquay holiday park, close to all the Riviera's finest attractions. * A lively park in a country hillside setting * Stunning views towards nearby Torquay * Close to Brixham and Paignton seaside resorts * Blue Flag beaches just three miles away * Fantastic Showtime Entertainment ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Torquay Holiday Park Hotel Torquay
- Parkdean - Torquay Holiday Park Devon