Since the last review the caravan park has obviously undergone a major refurbishment. There is a smart new reception office and a friendly welcome, as it's a family-run business. We were immediately struck by how neat and well-maintained the site was.
As the previous posts say, the park consists mainly of statics, but the touring area is nearest the sea and has roomy grass pitches with individual EHU, water and waste water disposal.
The toilet block is brand new and very smart and comfortable. Access is via an electronic fob, which also controls the entrance gate and coastal path gate. Instead of the usual row of toilets/washbasins/showers there are individual spacious bathrooms with loo, washbasin and shower (this is token-operated, as is usual in Ireland, tokens costing 75p and giving a good, long, hot shower. ) There is one cubicle with just a loo and washbasin. Everything was immaculately clean.
In the same building there is a smart laundry room with 2 sinks, 2 new washing machines, a dryer and an ironing board. The machines are among the cheapest we've encountered anywhere in Europe, at £1. 50 per wash, and £1 per dryer.
Wifi is available throughout, a bit expensive at £10 for 24 hours.
As other reviewers have mentioned there are good takeaways nearby, a cafe, and the store which is now a Nisa rather than Centra. The harbour area is a great place to watch the fishing boats come in. The seaside resort of Newcastle with a lovely sandy beach and all the usual attractions is about 15 minutes drive. We can recommend both Niki's and Maude's for excellent snacks, cakes and ice creams.
The scenery is wonderful - the Mountains of Mourne provide a backdrop to the site and there are many routes to explore them, both by car and on foot.
A couple of minor drawbacks - it's quite a long walk from the tourers' pitches to the shower block; and children's facilities are fairly limited. There's an enclosed playground with modern play equipment behind the shower block, but nowhere for kids to kick a ball around, which means they tend to do it around the caravans. A small games room for older kids to congregate in would be useful too.
12 pitches at the sea front. 10 of the pitches get a great view (1 – 10) but numbers 11 & 12 are on a slight incline to the side (left to right). Pitches 1 – 10 require you to reverse onto the pitch as they are on a slight back to front incline, nothing major.
No beach as such but a coastal walk. The walk is unfortunately spoiled slightly by the dog waste on the paths. Another point about the coastal path is the gate to the site is open throughout the day and there is nothing to stop locals coming through the park.
There is a nice water mill and bridge area near the harbour but it would be useful if there was some information on water mill i. E. When it was used, what it is used for.
The Harbour Inn bar/restaurant is about 5 mins walk down the path and is situated in the Annalong harbour. It has a good reputation and the food is good. It can be quite pricey though, £12. 95 for Sizzling Chicken and £3. 00 for Sweet Chilli and Creme Fraiche fries.
Next time I would be more tempted to go for the Bistro menu which seemed to offer better value. £4. 50 for kids meals without drinks or puddings. Good thing is that they do a good Ice Cream and Jelly for £2. 50. That said, there wasn’t much left on our plates!
A good place for food and service is the Galley chip shop which is opposite the reception gate. They are very flexible if you want to vary from the menu and the Fish and Chips were outstanding.
There is an Asda in Kilkeel which is 6 miles down the road and a Centra across from the site which will provide you with anything you may have forgotten.
Has grey waste, water and tv point (male fitting so you may need a female adaptor). TV gives you your 1 – 4 channels and RTE 1, 2 and TV3.
Water needs a push on fitting, ideally the one with a jubilee clip as the pressure is quite strong. Also, the water is a push down tap so you will need to hold it down whilst the tank fills.
The toilet block is hardly 5 star. More 3 star and needs a good refurbishment. The showers are very powerful and too hot (scalding) at first. Would be concerned how children could be washed safely in them.
There is not much in the way of changing areas so you need to dry off in the open area of the toilets. The shower/toilet block is not the cleanest I have seen and there is little in the way of soap or drying facilities.
The block is situated in the middle of the static caravan area which is strange seeing as the statics don’t need it. It is too far away from the touring pitch to be considered handy.
The bins are supposed to be situated around the park but are actually all situated in one bin bay opposite the reception, which is again quite a walk away from the tourers. There were about 10 green bins all next to each other for some reason!
The play park has 2 swings, 2 infant swings and a climbing frame area. Again not the biggest and in the middle of the static area.
My kids (3 & 6) like to ride their bikes and scooters around the roads on caravan parks and most have some kind of loop on which they can do this. Annalong unfortunately is not suited for this.
All in all, a park suited for statics a lot more than tourers. Given the great choice of caravan parks in Northern Ireland, I would not go back here again whilst they are available.
We have been to this site a number of times. The touring pitches are along the very front with uninterrupted views over the sea. They are all on grass with hook up, water tap, grey water drainage and tv aerial. You do need to be able to reverse onto your chosen site or rely on friendly fellow caravanners for a push as they are all on a wee bit of a hill, but once you are on site it is always easy enough to level your van.
The shower/toilet block is a short walk up the hill amongst the static vans and is very clean. The showers use tokens which (depending on which one you use) last between approx 3 to 5 mins, I always take a spare one just in case. Even in high summer I have never had to queue for a shower which is great. After 11pm the main block is locked and you can use the night toilet (you are given a key for both for a small refundable deposit).
There is a children's playground next to the block which is fenced in, but is not really convenient to the tourers and is used mainly by the children who stay in the static vans.
The site managers live inside the entrance and don't seem to mind late arrivals, they are very friendly and always about, keeping the site clean and the grass cut.
For those interested there is an excellent Sky signal on every pitch!
You can walk along a path that runs along the sea front, just in front of the park, from Annalong Harbour (where there is a good pub/ restaurant aptly named The Harbour Bar) to Kilkeel Harbour and probably even further, or drive up into the Mourne Mountains for some breath-taking scenery and some fantastic walks. There is the Silent Valley Reservoir where you can walk or take the bus along the side of the Dam up into the mountains to Ben Crom Reservoir. It's quite beautiful and when you return to the bottom there is a wee cafe selling coffee and cakes for sustenance!
Kilkeel has shops and cafes and is only a couple of miles away and Newcastle isn't far away either for more of the seaside town sort of thing.
There is a smashing fish and chip shop called The Galley just across the road from the entrance to the park. Also a grocery shop with off licence and ATM just next door.
We go here at least twice every year and have always had a very good experience. We would recommend it to anyone.
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