Written on: 08/09/2010 by kingstreet (5 reviews written)
Parkdean Southerness 30 August 2010 for four nights.
Booked through the Sun. Upgraded to "Annan" caravan for £120 extra. Total cost of break £162. Caravan on Cumbria View with close proximity to beach and seafront.
Location is 14 miles south of Dumfries on the pretty Solway Coast road, the A710. Weather was excellent for party of four, grandparent, two parents and one eight year old.
Caravan was two years old, fully heated and in good condition. It was surface clean with a little dust behind the TV,under the sink etc. Bed linen provided but beds not made up. Combination of privately owned and Parkdean caravans means there are lots of options - two beds, three beds, decking etc.
Check-in was quick and easy and staff are helpful. Decent Costcutter shop and launderette on site. Entertainment complex in centre has small pool, arcade, pub and venue for cabaret etc. Kids' entertainment not bad. Sampled once - eight year old was a bit "too cool for school" really but younger kids would love it. Pool and changing facilities need to be enlarged to give this park an extra star.
Area is remote with just another park next door and just a pub or two, shop, take-away in Southerness. Long round trip to Dalbeattie or Dumfries if you need anything. Mabie Farm Park is good for kids, with quad bikes, boats, bouncy castles, slides and animals to feed. Bit pricey though. Family of three adults and one child costs £20. Basically that's £5 for the child to play and £15 for adults to sit and watch!
Eating out in the vicinity is expensive. Cafe in Dumfries, with similar food on A710 on way back from Dalbeattie runs out around £9 per head for average pub meal which would sell for around £5 in England. Little competition up there, hence higher prices.
Overall, good value although a little quiet for families with older kids, both on and off the park. If you'd like a place where you won't be disturbed by noisy drinkers returning to their vans at 2am, Southerness would be a decent choice.