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Visitor Reviews - Sandylands Holiday Park ( Parkdean Resorts )

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Sandylands Holiday Park ( Parkdean Resorts )
James Miller Crescent
Auchenharvie Park
Ayrshire   (Browse area)
KA21 5JN   See Map
Tel: 0843 309 2591
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Open: 21 March To 31 Oct

Rating: Average Review Score: 6/10 from 13 Reviews
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Who's it for
 Adults Only   Club Members Only   Rallies Welcome   Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome   Motorbikers Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   Bathroom 
 Baby Changing Facilities   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   Battery Charging   Gas Exchange   Recycling Facilities 
 Kitchen Facilities   Freezer Available   Motorhome Point   Fully Serviced Pitches 
 Shop On Site   Bar On Site   Restaurant On Site   Wifi Access 
 Kids Playground   TV Room   Games Room   Evening Entertainment 
 Fishing <1 mile   Wild Swimming   Indoor Pool On Site   Outdoor Pool 
 Horse Riding <5 miles   Cycle Hire   Golf <1 mile   Tennis 
 Beach <1 mile   Watersports <5 miles   Boat Launch / Mooring 
Other Features
 Sea Views   Working Farm   Campfires Allowed   Open All Year 
 Waterside Location   Dog Walk   Public Transport 

Reviews:  13 in total, now showing 1 to 6                 Previous 6          Next 6
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Date of Visit: June 2018 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: FreeBird007 1 review from this member

Spent 4 nights on the touring site with my campervan after reading a lot of negative reviews I was understandably nervous the site was very quiet when I was there the chip shop is closed during the week open only at weekends I was there from monday- friday the train line is right behind the touring pitches but I did not find that to be a problem the shower block and toilets are right next to the touring pitches which is handy and they were clean enough I found the site to suit my needs it was really cheap to pitch down for a few days the only negative thing I'd say about the site is there overpriced food the chip shop was closed so I was told to go next door for a meal ordered a burger the price went up at the till when I questioned it the woman said by the time you add extras cheese etc I laughed at her paid the bill the burger was good but never worth what I paid for it eat elsewhere after that at the local chip shop in stevenston all in all I was fairly happy with what I got from the campsite it suited my needs and would go back again the staff were all friendly and helpful too.

Date of Visit: June 2017 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Fred Stubber 8 reviews from this member

The touring site is next to the railway line and the noise was quite disturbing.

The noise from the entertainment centre was horrendous.

We were told to go on Pitch 9 but the girl (who was very nice and friendly but somehow seemed a bit apologetic) explained that the pitches weren't really marked, 'so just go anywhere you can find a space. ' In fact people were just pitching anywhere; far too close for fire safety. We pitched about 6 metres from the nearest unit but before long someone else squeezed into the gap, so there wasn't room to get our disability scooter between the units. Really dangerous if there was a fire, having units crammed in like this. It might be relevant that our neighbours were Irish itinerants of some sort. They turned out to be nice people but I wonder if the site was afraid to make them space their units out properly.

We weren't given the disabled toilet key when we checked in despite me saying we had a disabled person.

There was no tap for filling the tanks by hose, so I had to stand there holding the hose onto a chrome tap with no means of attaching a hose.

The chip shop was good.

The whole place was was full of chavvy people; huge women overflowing all over their little disability scooters as they gobbled their chips and smoked their fags; dirty children running riot.

There is nothing at all in the surround area of interest or value. The three towns are utterly depressing.

Date of Visit: September 2014 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Chrisp86 4 reviews from this member

We arrived at Sandylands Late on a Thursday night and were greeted by the security guards who signed us in and directed us to our pitch- which was very helpful.

The next morning we were able to take stock of where we were staying, and the best description I can use is caravancatraz.

There is a playground, a swimming pool and an arcade type area.

The touring pitches are situated at the very back of the site alongside a very high fence immediately next to the railway line (this could possibly be considered a plus- as a well timed leap from the window of a moving train a train could well land you on the roof of your tourer of campervan- making its transport links ideal for some.

It is also next to the maintenance yard with rubble, bins, broken furniture etc strewn about and all in plain view.

The pitches are very small and very crammed in- the only hardstanding pitch available had faulty electric hookup so we ended up in a 'camping' pitch. I really feel sorry for anyone who has to try and put a tent up on this ground as I estimate its hardness to be at least that of Granite- we bent multiple pegs attempting to pitch our mini tent/awning.

It is situated between the railway line, a large transport yard and a golfcourse down a long drive through the back of a housing estate, with possibly the most vicious speedbumps I have ever encountered.

Whilst the toilet block must be relatively new, the floor in the gents was permanently wet and muddy for the duration of our visit. I found it was best to time shower tactically when everyone else had gone to bed to ensure good water pressure. One evening there was no loo roll in the stalls- it appears to be a preference instead to spread it all over the floor.

Our nights sleep was frequently disturbed by the passing coal trains, also the entertainment was very, very loud.

As an aside, if you are feeling lazy one morning but fancy a cooked breakfast- there is a Morrisons and a Wetherspoons close by. The breakfast on site are best avoided being both overpriced and exceptionally poor.

Cigarette butts EVERYWHERE- quite a lot of litter especially around the toilet block

So overall at best a poor show, could not recommend this site to anyone.

Date of Visit: June 2014 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: LBaker 2 reviews from this member

We booked a pitch for one night in a motor home.

The site is next to a beach but situated in the middle of an industrial park.

The site is very clean and the staff very friendly and helpful.

However the site is very similar to a Butlins holiday camp but with static caravans, so if this is not what you want then its better to avoid it.

Also the pitch they gave us was a few meters from a busy railway track so we had the sound of trains thundering by all night. There had been a fight the night before we arrived between two of the holidaymakers staying in the static caravans which resulted in a man sadly losing his life so a lot of the facilities had been closed. The police were still on site carrying out forensic investigations so the beach road was closed as well. This did not affect us as we were intending to depart early the next morning but it would have been nice to have been able to sleep.

Date of Visit: September 2010 Unit:  Other Rating:
Reviewer: Prettynice 1 review from this member

We hired the caravan from a friend, we went for a long weekend. The park itself was very quiet except on the Friday but just the usual people going home after being in the club. We didn't go to the club as night as they wanted 7 per night or 35 for the week, it would have been to costly for the 3 of us so we went in through the day. There's still two pool tables but they don't have smaller cues for the kids which would benefit them better. The swimming pool was open but we couldn't get in due to not buying the passes but there is swimming pool and ice skating not far, I'd say 5 minute walk, but its not free. The railway is a put off but you get used to it.

The staff were very friendly. The play park could be bigger, there's no longer the kids football play area that's now got caravans on it, so a great loss for the kids. The chip shop food is nice. The laundrette is great if you want to get your washing done and not want to have all the washing when you get home. With a few small tweaks it could be better

Date of Visit: August 2010 Unit:  Static Rating:
Reviewer: Afcbian 2 reviews from this member

Stayed here just really to use as a base for visiting family in Kilmacolm (40mins away).

Stayed with Park Resorts in a bronze 6 caravan.

Caravan was brilliant but we did have a cooker with an oven that wouldn't work. The staff & security guards were great. We eventually got upgraded to a bronze 8 caravan, after several attempts were made to fix the oven. They also offered us some free fun passes for our family visitors to use the swimming pool.

The drive up to Sandylands is on the back of a housing estate, golf course, industrial units & the (old?) football grounds. There is wired fencing surrounding the entire park and it doesn't look very appealing. Some reviews say there is a security gated entrance to Sandylands-i never saw this.

The childs park is right by the entrance to Sandylands but I expect this is because the play park is right next to the entertainment centre. I wasn't so keen on it being right next to the road entrance to the park.

A lot of the park appeared to be privately owned caravans. It is a very sparse looking caravan park & could do with some trees/bushes around the park perimeter & planting to cheer it up. There are no sea views at all from the caravan park, because first you have to go over the railway bridge, then the dunes, to get to the sea.

The railway track runs right in front of the caravan park but there is a huge wired fence protecting you. The trains do run throughout the day up to 1130pm. However I was quite surprised that they were quite quiet when they passed, apart from the odd freight train. My kids loved seeing the trains go past though!

We didn't use any of the evening entertainment, so can't comment on that. We did however use the indoor swimming pool. Ok, the pool was cold (not what I'd call heated) but you got used to it, although we couldn't stay in it for long.

They did provide inflatables for the kids to play with. There are lockers by the poolside for you to put your clothes in etc. I can only comment on the female changing rooms(2 showers, toilets & washbasins) The toilets were filthy & the showers looked. They really need a re-vamp! The indoor heated pool was like an outdoor pool with a metal shed over it.

We went towards the end of the Scottish summer season(kids back at school) & were told it was busy but the caravan park felt very quiet.

Not sure I would ever want to camp at this site as you are right next to a train track. The shop looked well stocked & the launderette must have been good as it was very busy.

Overall it was a quiet holiday base for us to visit family & the kids loved staying in the caravan. It just all looked a bit grey. It just needs a bit more TLC, landscaping & trees/bushes planted (instead of looking at grey wired fencing).

Shame the pool was cold when we visited & the swimming facs were poor but it's a great base to visit Ayshire. We loved Ayr itself. It has super beaches & a great kids beach front park (even the adults enjoyed the park).Oh & you can get free parking right along the sea front for 3 hours!

The staff were very welcoming and friendly.

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