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Visitor Reviews - Southerness Holiday Park ( Parkdean )

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Southerness Holiday Park ( Parkdean )
Southerness By Dumfries
Dumfries and Galloway   (Browse area)
DG2 8AZ   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 0844 335 3548

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Rating: Average Review Score: 7/10 from 36 Reviews
              7/10 from 36 Reviews

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Date of Visit: July 2014 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: AhgdP 8 reviews from this member

On arrival, the reception staff were very friendly and helpful, agreeing to move our pitch having concurred that it was rather unpleasant to be located directly next to the toilet block! A meander through the site after we checked in confirmed that this wasn't perhaps the kind of site that really suited our family so our review will clearly reflect this. Our alarm at being told that we would require ID cards in order to get past the security guards at the 'family' restaurant confirmed our fears! Having fought our way past the multitude of families busily feeding change into the slot machines, the food really wasn't too bad at all. We left well before we had to experience any of the entertainment!

The staff cannot be held responsible for the poor behaviour of other users of the site, both children and adults. The washrooms had been left in a bad state by residents who clearly had not been instructed in basic hygiene procedures. Noise, shouting, swearing etc continued well into the night. The site is surrounded by a collection of holiday homes in various states of decrepitude and we had to instruct our children to watch carefully where they walked as people were clearly as disinclined to clear up their dogs' mess as that of their own.

The pool itself was clean and well maintained and run by efficient, vigilant staff. This was a very pleasant surprise.

Soaring above the site, although clearly not visited by the many of the residents who seemed to sit outside their caravans drinking all day, was the summit of Criffel which could be seen for miles around. Although we would not stay at Southerness again we will certainly revisit the area to take on a hike up this beautiful peak which took on the reflected colours of the sky as the light continued well into the evening.

The location is a good access point for mountain biking in the D & G forests, particularly Mabie which is a short drive away. We had a fantastic day here and there is a great play area (not frequented by rude, abusive children, as at Southerness).

Date of Visit: April 2014 Unit:  Static Rating:
Reviewer: Melvi 4 reviews from this member

We booked this site through the sun 9.50 holidays. We always use our touring caravan but on this long weekend seven of us were going(5 adults 2 kids). On arrival we were greeted with a very friendly welcome at reception. Once settled in we then had a visit from housekeeping to make sure everything was fine which there were no complaints from us as everything was spotless. All the staff throughout the whole park are friendly and very helpful. The pool is one of the cleanest I have used in a holiday park as was the entertainment complex. Cant comment on the showbar as we didn't use it. Food looked good at reasonable prices. I would go back again with my tourer as the touring area looks good but couldn't see inside the toilet block as this was a security code. Going by the rest of the site I think the toilet block will be a high standard

Date of Visit: August 2013 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Bec_xx 8 reviews from this member

A fantastic welcome when we arrived! The best I've ever had from a holiday park company such as park dean.

We found our pitch easily and set up with no fuss. Ground is soft and pegs sometimes worked there way out of the ground. Pitches were evenly spaced on fairly even ground.

Toilets and showers were clean and adequate for the site. A park on the camping field kept the kids amused and allowed them to make friends whilst being in view. Washing up facilities are good, though no plugs in sinks so travel plug or bowl is required.

Pool was lovely and clean. Beware it is timed slots of use. You are given a band and only have 50 minutes to get in and splash about before you have to get out. Has a viewing area so if kids are over 9 years you can watch them without having to get in.

Restaurant with lovely food and not to badly priced. Drinks in the clubhouse are the usual holiday park prices. Entertainment was good and kept the kids amused for a while in the evening.

Shop and launderette were useful to the site as a half hour drive to dumfries had to be driven before anything else was close by.

Date of Visit: July 2013 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Kiltoony 3 reviews from this member

Just back from camping at this site. The toilet facilities were ok the toilet block was broken so you had to use the wash rooms to do the toilet and where always spotless thanks to the warden. Entertainment was good with the Troupers giving it there all and the swimming pool with the flume kept the Grandkids happy. Only bad point was the wind this is the second time we been there and it always the same it puts you off coming.

Date of Visit: September 2012 Unit:  Static Rating:
Reviewer: Raftguid1977 5 reviews from this member

This has been the best time in a static in a long time, 4 nights midweek the caravan was really clean, the entertainment staff where a bit well not quite bigger park, but dam if they didn't give it 110% even though their where maybe 50 people in the club, the drinks are not to over priced (on average 3 quid cheaper than haven sites).

The food court well the mixed grill was mighty fine we ate their 3 nights and not one complaint the food is really good and well prepared.

I must say the dark skies car parks spotted about Galloway Forrest are worth that late night trip.

Dalbeattie is 12 miles away (cheap fuel than most areas) and some small shops and cash machine (site charges 1. 75 for use of cash machine) plus the love heart stone is here.

Dumfries is 15 miles away with better shops.

But the trip to dalbeattie is well worth the drive. Be careful of a night I've never had to brake and dodge so many animals.

Well worth the trip and we have already booked for next may.

We didn't use the pool but it seemed pretty big with a slide for the kids.

Laggan Outdoor is a must for the more adrenaline type we did the longest uk zip wire (15 quid 10 quid if you want a repeat) and dam if I didn't go back up a second time. I could go on but the area is studded with things for everyone to go and see or do.

Date of Visit: August 2012 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Dieseldonkey 5 reviews from this member

Friendly staff who were willing to change our pitch to one closer to play park to accommodate the kids in our party. Mark the warden was a nice chap and very helpful. Pitches all seemed to be concrete base with chipped awning area and fully serviced with water drainage and EHU.

No real scenic views though from this site although its only a two minute walk to the beach. Didn't use the pool on this occasion. Evening entertainment a tad cheesy but its the sort of thing you expect from Parkdean.

On site costcutter shop certainly doesn't cut costs. Its pricey.

Toilets were unusual in that each cubicle had a shower, wash basin and toilet. They are modern enough but its a constant job for the warden to keep them clean given the amount of child traffic that goes through them.

It wasn't a bad site but having done it once it wouldn't make me want to return.

Would try somewhere different if I was to return to Solway Firth area.

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