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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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