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Craig Tara Holiday Park - Haven
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Reviewed November 19, 2009

I must be honest and say that I am not exactly in Haven's target market - I was here with some family, but would normally never choose this type of holiday. With that said, I did visit the park once as a child back in its glory days of the 1980s, so I had some nostalgia towards the place.

We stayed in one of the "Prestige" caravans and found the living area to be quite nice, but the bedrooms were fairly lacking. The main problem is the lack of space and, in particular, the beds, which are so unbelievably small I don't think I can do them justice with a description. Imagine a bed that is exactly the width of your body when lying flat on your back and you have a good idea of what they're like. You literally can't roll or shift your weight to the side at any point during the night or you'll end up on the floor! I expect a caravan to be a little tight for space, but this was just cramming so many beds into the rooms that it became quite intolerable to actually sleep in.

The main problem with Craig Tara, however, is the sheer lack of facilities within the park. The website displays a whole host of activities, but the reality is somewhat different. There's a swimming pool, which is so small that you wouldn't want to use it if you're over the age of 4, an incredibly small funfair, an amusement arcade which is both run down and a rip off, a large hall with outdated modes of cabaret-style entertainment and the rest is largely just a handful of places to eat and drink. There's a small golf course adjacent to the park as well, but if you're in this part of the world and you want to play golf then take a short trip to any of the wonderful Ayrshire golf courses that are nearby and don't waste your time playing glorified pitch and putt on the course here.

I had expected as much before arriving, but I really don't see what the appeal of a holiday park like this is in 2009. If you want a centre parcs type activity park then this is so far away from that notion that it's a nonsense to even compare them. If you want to visit the wonderful countryside, golf courses and tourist sights near the park then you'll get much better accommodation in a regular hotel for the same price. If you want some entertainment for children then you won't find much here other than a tiny swimming pool, some rip off amusements and what is essentially a traveller's funfair.

Overall, the facilities are poor, everything has a rundown/depressing quality to it and there really is little reason for anyone to want to visit such a place. I doubt it can exist in its present form much longer, so catch it while you can (or not).

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 18, 2009

Just got back from a 4 night stay to Haven at Craig Tara. Not without its down points but we had great fun. Arrived a little early and checking went smoothly, also had chance to say hello to Polly Popkins who was there to greet us!! Drove round to the apartments which looked fine from the outside, upon entering the apts our smiles started to fade :-( They were pretty bad, the décor was definitely passed it, it was dirty and the bed was so uncomfortable we didn't sleep for 2 nights. We decided to clean ourselves instead of loading everything back into the car to drive back to reception and wait for someone to come and clean it. Withih half an hour the apartment was just about acceptable. We complained to reception about the mattress and within 20mins we had a new, much comfier bed. At about 5pm that evening we went for tea, which was fine, there was plenty of choice for all the family, including soup, jacket potatoes, fresh salad, chips and lovely "naughty but nice" puddings. Next we went to the entertainment in the bongo wonga bar. The funstars were great and put on a good show. The only downside was having to move to the atlantic bar half way through the night as there was a private function in the Bonga Wonga. Next morning we were up bright and early for breakfast. Again plenty of choice (bacon, sausage, eggs etc., cereal, toast, croissants, fruit, yoghurt etc., etc.) and we were all happy. Went to morning entertainment for kids which again was good. Off to swimming pool in the afternoon. Changing rooms were acceptable but you need a token for locker which you don't get back when you reopen it. The pools were great loads of slides loads of levels and all seemed clean. One thing to note though was the slides and levels weren't all open at the same time and we had to wait until 11am most days for the big slides to open.
During the week we did many fun things including rollerbooting, laser quest, teddy bears picnic, cake decorating, climbing wall, bungee trampolines, meeting all the Zoo Troop, competitions, dressing up, Halloween party and even a morning exercise session.
For the money we paid for this break during the half term holidays it was cheaper than paying for holiday club for the week and I didn't have to do any cooking!!!!!

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 4, 2009

I can honestly say that the park need to do some serious refurbishment. The chalet we were in was very very cold. The size of the radiatior was about 40". It didn't even cover the corner it was in. I had 2 small children aged 18 months and a 4 year old. We was up all night with the freezing air. We arrived on the monday and due to go home on the friday. We short our holiday short by leaving the park tuesday 11.00a.m. The food was absolutely disgusting. Try eating cold fried egg etc. water heater in the swimming pool was broken down. The shop is expensive. The whole chalet need to be done right up. Like i say the room is very cold. Might not be so bad in the summer months but with 2 children to consider about we did the right thing in coming home. Before we left i paid for a luxury comfort room and i can't believe what the room would be like before i paid for a upgrade. Very dirty and very damp. The only good thing i could say about that place is the managress who was very understanding and kind. We won't be back, we'll stick with butlins.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 29, 2009

This was a family holiday, myself partner, mother in law and my 8 yo daughter. We booked through the Sun holidays on a half board basis Mon-Fri . We were appointed a 2 bedroomed appoinment which we paid extra for (£80 uppgrade). Well there was so much wrong i do not know where to start. firstly it was damp and stunk it was filthy, wall paper hanging off the walls, the window frae was rotten they are just a few things. We went to reception to report it and get changed i am asthmatic and was up all night due to the damp. they moved us to a caravan it was a little cleaner and better appointed but it was still damp and when the curtains were drawn they were green with mould what a hell hole this place really is. The food was worse than school dinners and that is sayying something. The entertainment is poor and veryy limited the best part of the holiday was getting of site for the day and going to the isle of irran on a ferry all in all i would never go back to a Haven site as long as i have a hole in my posterior.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 23, 2009

We arrived with our 2 children for a 4 day break in a platinum caravan (suposed to be best on site) on arrival were directed to check in thank god we got throught pretty fast as we were stuck to the carpet and the place was very dark and dirty smelling, we arrived at caravan to find it dirty with the previous occupants hair and food crumbs everywhere the dishes & cutlery were very dirty we went to complain they said they would send someone up which they did some hippy guy who himself could do with the once over we explained he said he would sort it so we left him to it, we arrived back 2 hours later ready to unpack but nothing much changed, in the main bedroom we found underpants (dirty) in a drawer the bed had not been changed that was it we slept n our clothes and at 8 am phoned to complain the manager said as it was the best caravan we would not get a refund they said they would send someone round but we said no asn they had not done much of a job up to now, he gave us free meals for rest of stay im sure that food in jail would be better we never used the tickets and just packed up and came home the place was in my view no fit for purpose and would be sure the hygeine would be a major risk to children please dont go there it is a huge rip off

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled with family
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