Our caravan was clean and tidy and clearly well looked after. The TV had a built-in DVD player so we were able to take a few films we could all sit down to watch. The mattress was a little on the soft side for me - I'm a big lump - but everyone else was snug as a bug in a rug and slept well.
The park itself is clean and well maintained with a good security presence and we were happy to let our children run about. Everyone was friendly and there were plenty of other children about so we had plenty of time to relax either in the caravan or next to the pool.
There are outdoor and indoor pools with an extra toddler pool. Both pools indoors are heated and all the pools are well supervised and I really felt my children would be looked after so was happy for them to be outside when I was inside and vice versa.
The camp is a short walk from Clacton and an ideal place to use as a base when exploring the local area.
I must highlight the entertainment. It's on a small-scale, low-budget and at times cheesy but it was faultless and always entertaining. The guest acts - anyone who saw the Streetball Xtreme display will known what I mean - were worth a good chunk of the rental fee on their own. Be ready for hefty bar prices!
There is a shop on site that could do with longer opening hours but there is a big Tesco just five minutes away. There is a launderette and restaurant with reasonable prices and the obligatory arcade. The mini-golf as a little tatty in places but great fun with no time limit (when we played). The playpark is suited to younger children but generally speaking there is always something going on and I just hope the resort can maintain this standard. We will definitely go back.
My only gripe is the state of the toilets in the entertainment pavilion. No locks on the cubicles and no visits or interest from the staff.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Action packed Valley Farm Holiday Park has it all, including great indoor and outdoor pools and a Boathouse Bar and Restaurant to enjoy a tasty meal and drink.Now open all year for our holiday home owners. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Valley Farm Holiday Park - Park Hotel Clacton-On-Sea
- Valley Farm Holiday Park - Park Resorts Clacton-On-Sea, Essex