A few weeks ago Ollie, Joshua and I set off on our travels and this time it was a first. On our family holiday rounds we have covered other major UK holiday providers but yet in all these years we had not visited Park Resorts so we were really looking forward to see what was on offer.
Barmston Beach is around 2 hours away from us and when we were selecting our holiday this one really stood out for us as it claimed “Barmston Beach Holiday Park is ideal for fun and relaxing family holidays” along with our continued love for this coastal area and the fact its claim was right up our street we were very excited.
On arrival, we travelled through the beautiful, sleepy village of Barmston to the Park Resorts venue to what can only be described as the most breathtaking view at the top of a cliff! With a car park located at the side of the main building and the sheer drop that is well fenced off it certainly blew those driving cobwebs away.
Having already spent the day in Bridlington (approx 6 miles from Barmston Beach) we arrived mid afternoon to a really small, yet tidy reception with a very smiley member of staff (I believe her name was Hannah) that was incredibly helpful at not only explaining where our home for the weekend would be but also, on 2 other occasions we visited the reception for advice on local buses, the local area and her advice on the Fish and Chip shops (that request was Ollie’s) she was more than knowledgeable and it seemed there was nothing that was too much trouble, it made for refreshing customer service.
On arriving at our caravan ( Gold Plus, 2 bed £215) I was slightly anxious since we are talking about a caravan in October, which is obviously coming up to the end of the season.
However I needn’t have worried, this caravan was the most spotless I had ever stayed in, the carpet was immaculate, and the caravan itself was well stocked with crockery and even came with tea, coffee and sugar to start the weekend too! The only little niggle is that why are caravan mattresses always to flimsy in comparison to a normal bed?! .. this is not anything specific to this resort, but it seems that all caravans are designed to have rather flat mattresses.
During the weekend we did have a member of staff knock and pro-actively inquire as to if everything was OK with our facilities and the negative me did .. wonder if this was just because I was there to review, however I was pleased to see that this member of staff visited all the caravans around us too as I was watched her for 25 minutes to make sure! … sorry I promise I am not really a stalker!
Location wise this resort has an almost sheer cliff face on one side and on the opposite its a gradual walk down the sand dunes to the beautiful beach, meaning you can access the beach directly from the park in a matter of a few minutes.
While at the site we did go to check out the on site amenities and are pleased to report that there is a onsite shop, its small but does have all the usual item you would expect from a campsite shop… not over priced either!
There is a bar area and a function room all within the same complex and there is some on site activities for children although at this time of the year that is far more limited than peak time.
We had the pleasure of attending a really lovely ballet class with pipsqueak and with a small arcades area on site it made for a lovely few hours after heading to the park on site too.
This has been one of the smallest sites I have visited and the size of the site is reflected in the site of the onsite facilities which are all reasonably sized for the amount of caravans.
There is also only a heated outside pool at this site which looks good .. but was obviously closed with it being October. I think for us that was the only thing missing on this site was to have an indoor swim, but we knew that when we chose the location so we can’t fault it for that.
I loved the pro activity of the staff to ensure customers are happy and content and have everything they need, which also helps ensure a really customer focused stay.
On a final note on the Monday we had intended to leave fairly early and have breakfast on site before heading off. We kind of expected that with serving breakfast the tavern would be open reasonably early and as we headed down around 8.15 we found it didn’t open till 9am and after going to reception to hand our key in that was not open either so we hung around and waited till 9am for breakfast. Maybe making customers aware of where the keys can be dropped off if customer would like to leave early on day of departure would be fab.
Overall we LOVED Barmston Beach and had a fantastic Friday to Monday stay. The site had more than enough to offer us, so much so we would certainly be interested in coming back to visit again.
Disclaimer: We were given a complimentary visit for the purposes of giving an honest review. All Opinions in this review were independently formed by members of The Oliver’s Madhouse.