This review is by Karen Whitlock who writes a wonderful blog over at Stopping at Two. Karen travelled to White Acres Holiday Park for a family holiday with her husband and two girls. Click here to see more from Karen. You can also follow Karen on twitter @karenjwhitlock.
During the Whitson Bank Holiday weekend we were invited to go on a Parkdean Holiday. Parkdean were Bronze winners in the 2014 British Travel Awards in the “Best UK Holiday Park Operator” category and have 24 family holiday parks across the UK. We chose to visit White Acres Holiday Park near Newquay.
The accommodation at White Acres is a choice between lodges and caravans. We stayed in a Tregone caravan which sleeps 6-8, having a double bedroom, two twin rooms and additional sleeping space in the living room area which was ample for our family of four. The caravan had double glazing and central heating and was plenty warm enough for us when we arrived after 10pm on the Friday evening.
I haven’t stayed in a caravan since I was a child, so it was really interesting to stay in one as an adult with kids of my own. I was expecting it to be fairly cramped and “basic” but it was far from that, with a decent living space area inside and decking with seating outside, and was clean and comfortable. The kitchen was well equipped with gas cooker, grill, microwave, fridge/freezer and all the utensils you would need for a self-catering holiday.
Unsurprisingly we hit traffic on the M5 as we travelled down to Cornwall from Gloucester and didn’t arrive until after 10pm, by which time the reception was closed. However, I very quickly found a member of the security team who was expecting us, sorted out the key to the caravan and a map of how to get to it. With it being dark at this point he insisted on driving over to our caravan so we could follow behind him without getting lost. He also checked that all was OK with our central heating and that we were happy with the caravan before he went.
The girls were fast asleep when we arrived, but there was a fantastic surprise waiting for them – some lovely goodies from the Parkdean mascots Sid and Lizzie. They quickly found these in the morning, got their Parkdean caps on (always on back-to-front for Emily) and very surprisingly decided who was having which toy without any argument.
We were all keen to get out and explore the park. Our caravan looked out over one of the 13 lakes on the site and there were already keen anglers out around the lake fishing when we set out. What I really loved about the park itself was there was plenty of indoor and outdoor activities to keep the girls entertained. There is an indoor swimming pool, with a separate toddler pool (and also a sauna and Jacuzzi for adults) which was heated so was a really pleasant temperature.
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