Southerness, Southerness Holiday Village Review

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peter mcdonald's review of Southerness, Southerness Holiday Village

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“As a young family of four our main concerns are is...”

Written on: 20/07/2004 by peter mcdonald (1 review written)

Good Points
Close to clean sandy beaches, clean site, clean toilets, good, sized fully serviced pitches, easy access from site to road home

Bad Points
Very expensive, no play area within view of camping area, reasonably well stocked horrifically expensive shop, have to book swimming pool sessions in advance, have to pay for children €™s soft play area even though we are led to believe inclusive passes cover access to all facilities on site, drunken, rowdy neighbours provide only free entertainment on site, swimming pool DISGRACEFULL!!!!!!!

General Comments
As a young family of four our main concerns are is Southerness holiday village clean? is it safe? is it good value for money? I have to say generally the site is kept in good order. The pitches and toilets/showers are kept in pristine condition and we didn't feel overcrowded. The beaches are within five minutes walking distance however the waters can be quite dangerous and are subject to riptides. There are no lifeguards on duty on these beaches. The swimming pool was a real cause for concern however. This was one of the few "free" facilities

but there seemed to be the unusual need to pre book sessions, in turn these sessions lasted a whole 45 minutes which is really handy if you have two very bored young children who have already waited half the day to use this "free" facility. We found on approaching the swimming pool we developed a strange choking sensation in our throats however we soldiered on and changed for a swim. We were then faced with a receptacle filled with at best murky, slimmey stuff. To top of this delightful experience we then became privy to one of the most stupidly dangerous displays of sheer irresponsibility I personally have ever witnessed. The chlorine level was regulated by no one testing the water and then by one of the lifeguards pouring an amount of raw chlorine into a medicine dosing cup and throwing it over the swimmers heads into the pool. At this point we decided to vacate the "pool". The play area was located at the "leisure complex" which is situated about 1/4 mile from the touring/camping area and there was no view of it from the camp area. The bars in the complex were extremely expensive as was the shop. To summarise we think the site was clean, unsafe and very poor value for money and if it hadn't been for our good luck with the weather we would have probably have went mad. Recommendation Don ' t do it for the sake of your families health and sanity or if you want to look at the positive side, GO, you'll have a great time especially if you and your family don't like to swim, eat or enjoy the pleasures that camping and caravanning bring.

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193021_Chel's Response to peter mcdonald's Review

Written on: 12/05/2005

To the unhappy visitor to southerness
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<br>I completely agree with each and everyone of your points. I was a regular visitor to southerness since birth, and watched the park deteriate.
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<br>The park changes managers more times than I eat hot dinners, and they change the park for the better!! Not happened yet. Sorry I tell a lie, they enclosed the complex, but then again that proved a problem. It was step one of the site becoming a prison camp.
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<br>I could go on all day about the site, as each year there was something worse, however, the area, and the resident locals are the nicest people on earth. I still have a caravan at southerness, but I am now on lighthouse leisure. I would not recommened buying a caravan or anything, but for a short break away it is the best. Its refreshing and worthwhile, and Dumfries is a lovely town.
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<br>Good luck on having good holidays in the future.

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Weemeggy's Response to peter mcdonald's Review

Written on: 10/04/2009

can anyone advise me on southerness, i use too go there years ago when i was a child it was a great site, now considering taking my kids one is nearly 4 other is 4 months old, is it worth going too??

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Djmarriott's Response to peter mcdonald's Review

Written on: 17/08/2006

we left site on tuesday august 2006 it is now a dump . the cavavan was dirty and stank of dogs. food is not fit to eat there is no sand left, it is just rock and stone and full of flies. don't go to this park.

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David Pearson's Response to peter mcdonald's Review

Written on: 29/07/2006

Just been for a week, had great time. Nice to have the option of visiting the village pubs which are very kids friendly, with bouncy castles and slides, play all night for a pound.
Not as polished as Haven, but far better value for money. Despite the site being small, the entertainment was excellent. Very safe Venue for Kids. And of course all in a smoke free environment, shame on you Tony Blair.

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223503_Robertjones's Response to peter mcdonald's Review

Written on: 03/01/2006

i have been going to Southerness for years. last year i took my 7 year old and my partner and they loved it. a holiday is what you make of it not just on site, so if you have a bit of imagination, why not try crab hunting, flying a kite, not everything needs to be about theme parks and money for this and that. the best things in life are free.

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