Ilfracoombe (HELL) Holiday Park

Our recent adventure is nothing to brag about. BUT having such good friends is.

Last Friday, myself, Deakon, Kiki (My brother from another mother) and Kay (The BF), headed off to Ilfracombe. This was the third Sun Holiday we had ventured on over the last few years, they were cheap and cheerful and we hadn’t been disappointed yet. Afterall, what more do you need when you’ve got the sand, the sea and your friends.

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After a 4 and a half hour drive we could not wait to get unpacked and freshen up! This did not happen. After retrieving the key from the reception we drove to the far side of the park and came across ‘the dump’.

Now, normally, when I see the scruffy photos on trip advisor I think ‘oh geez’ what a waste of time but now I understand it.

Lets get the nasties out of the way. 

  • The club house is in serious need of a refurb. I know the park has been taken over and some accommodation has been refurbished however I feel the club house should have been the priority. It was dirty, dull and depressing. We felt it was so unclean we didn’t even attempt to use the pool or visit the bar.

  • False advertisement – There is no arcade. My friends and I love a good 2p machine however the promise of an onsite arcade was false. There were a handful of tacky machines dotted around the club room. It’s safe to say we didn’t look into this any further.

  • The hell hole we stayed in was awful. I am fine staying somewhere which is dated and has only the necessities but this was something else. Although the door closed there was a pretty big crack/split, (see photos), this made us feel somewhat insecure. The carpet was not just old but filthy, the mattresses didn’t fit the beds and they looked like they hadn’t been replaced for a century. They creaked and moaned but despite this three of us managed to get a half decent nights sleep. The bathroom was roomy but gross. The decor wasn’t that bad and I wouldn’t say that the room looked abandoned but cobwebs and dust clung to every surface possible. There was no shower. This probably caused the most uproar between us. I’m quite happy to have a bath but both Ki and Kay struggled with this concept, and the time is takes for 4 of us to bath compared to shower…

  • The kitchen was so small neither Deakon or Ki could really get to the sink or bin. The curtains didn’t fit the windows, the cooker clearly needed replacing and then we noticed to battery from the fire alarm was hanging down. We tested the alarm and it didn’t work. This is a huge health and safety hazard and I will be contacting the site to make them aware of this.

  • Overall, I can safely say we will never be returning to this site, even after the refurbishment. The staff were not very helpful, I was amazed when they appeared to be shocked after returning half an hour after we received the key to ask to be moved. This of course did not happen and due to being away over the half term period we could somewhat understand they were busy however I felt we were not considered guests or welcomed at the resort due to being part of the Sun Holiday scheme.

Okay so enough if the bad! The park was in a good location being a 5 minute drive from the harbour and it was just round the corner from Tesco. Every meal we had, including the Indian restaurant over the road from the holiday park was fantastic. Of course we indulged in fish and chips on the seafront and carried on the tradition of a weatherspoons pub grub on the last night.

 

We revisited Woolacombe, played a game of Pitch n’ Putt right by the seafront and even got to sun ourselves on the beach for a few hours. We brought lots of fudge, icecreams and won prizes in the (REAL) arcades.

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I will admit the weekend was underwhelming and I can’t wait to book a real holiday later in the year! I’m just thankful that I had Dea, Ki and Kay with me.

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