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Searles Leisure Resort
South Beach Road
Norfolk   (Browse area)
PE36 5BB
Tel: 01485 534211
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Pitches: 328
Open: Touring Now Open All Year

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 185 Reviews
                8/10 from 185 Reviews

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Who's it for
 Families Welcome   Not Members Only   Rallies Welcome   Not Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome   Motorbikers Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   No Bathroom 
 Baby Changing Facilities   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   No Battery Charging   Gas Exchange   No Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   No Freezer / Fridge   No Motorhome Point 
 Shop On Site   Bar On Site   Restaurant On Site   Wifi Access 
 Kids Playground   TV Room   Games Room   Evening Entertainment 
 Fishing On Site   No Wild Swimming   Indoor Pool On Site   Outdoor Pool On Site 
 Horse Riding 5 miles   Cycle Hire On Site   Golf On Site   Tennis On Site 
 Beach 1 mile   Watersports 1 mile   Boat Launch / Mooring 1 mile 
Other Features
 Sea Views   Not Working Farm   No Campfires Allowed   Open All Year 
 No Waterside Pitches   Public Transport 1 mile  No Dog Walk 

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Date of Visit: December 2018 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Dragon04 19 reviews from this member

I felt the staff, on arrival, could have been more helpful, found our pitch, we had an 10x8 mtr and it was fine for our 8 metre motorhome. Toilets were clean, but as others have stated wished they had toilet brushes. The deep sink/washing up area was left in a deplorable state one morning and it took over 24 hours for the sink area to be cleaned.

We used smokey joes twice during our visit, good value for money and food was o. K. We didn't use any of the other facilities whilst staying.

Staff were generally friendly but some seemed to just going through the motions.

Site is a nice walk to Hunstanton and as other have said Tesco's is just at the entrance to the site, the site shop was closed during our visit. The bars, restaurants and entertainment were only available at the weekend, if going out of season I would ask what facilities were available. The Fountain bar/ golf course was open everyday until dusk for food and drink.

Date of Visit: July 2018 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Handyrew 3 reviews from this member

Stayed on a area called the Hedges. 8 metre by 8 metre pitch size. Well run site, with clean facilities and friendly staff. Ideal for children with plenty to keep them occupied, and the beach is a short walk away. Plenty of ducks about to keep the children amused. We had a day out at Sandringham country park, ideal if you like walking as there is a 3 mile walk through woodland, with the usual facilities at the visitor centre, at the start of the walk. If you are lucky enough to see the sunset from the beach, they are amazing, worth the short walk from your pitch. One criticism with this site and many more, please supply toilet brushes!.

Date of Visit: May 2018 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Ghart386 30 reviews from this member

Another lovely stay at Searles. My major gripe is that after giving caravan dimensions, we were pitched onto Washway. Very tight for a twin axle to enter and then to find that the mains service post was at the centre of the pitch, what's that all about??? Great area for a two berth caravan but not for a big one!

Anyway, managed to get pitched ok with a bit of jiggling, due to bush at one side of pitch.

Really nice site but wished we could have been on Tennison field or a more open area of the site that had bigger pitches.

Grumbles over.

Love the site and facilities offered, push shower times could be improved.

Didn't use the bars or restaurants much, but when we did everything seemed good. Very nice to be able to sit with our dog inside at La Piazza and enjoy a drink inside as the breeze was a bit fresh outside!

Fountain Bar very good as regards dog friendly too, outside.

Had fish and chips from Harry's fish bar once but will will never do it again. The wait of 15 mins plus and the smell of rancid cooking oil put me off it before I got back to the caravan. Very little fish and what we did get was full off grease. Lesson learned.

Tesco very handy and a new Lidl about to open towards Heacham, so shopping not a headache. Shop on site also very good for newspapers and every day items and also licensed.

Very convenient for Hunstanton which is a short walk away, or a ride on the land train from the site.

Had dinner at the Honeystone very near the site, very good value for money, good service.

We like Hunstanton as it is a quiet, old fashioned little town by the sea with beautiful beaches. The sun also sets over the sea, which is unusual for Norfolk, absolutely stunning!

We will be returning.

Date of Visit: August 2017 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Hmgvs 12 reviews from this member

Took our grandchildren (4 & 2) here for 5 days mon-fri in August 2017. It was good that there was a lot for them to do – especially as the weather was so bad!

Just a few disappointing bits – the adult indoor pool looked extremely ‘murky’ and green, couldn’t even see the bottom, think it needs a good clean – didn’t even want to chance it!

On the other hand the new indoor splash pool for the littles’ is just right.

We never ate in the restaurants as they were always booked up. It would be good to give arriving guests a heads up that if they want to eat at any of them during their stay they need to book on the first night.

Entertainment staff lacked a bit of warmth and were a bit lack lustre apart from Sarah who was excellent. Was a bit disappointed that we only saw 2 characters – Cherry & Sidney – when 3 are advertised. This is peak season so they should all be around. Would also have been nice to see them around the campsite or even just in the Plazza without having to go to a show.

Shop is good but VERY expensive, staff can’t be bothered & very lack lustre – Tesco down the road!

Needed to hire a buggy as son forgot to pack it but was pleased to find one available on site and only £2 a day so not ripped off there.

Be aware that the camping area is right at the back of the site and it quite a trek for little people’s legs and those with mobility problems. It would be really excellent if there was some sort of transport running on a loop to take people back to their sites. There is a train but doesn’t run regular enough round the site as it goes into town and you have to pay for every trip.

There is a path to the beach near the camping area with a gate that’s locked at night but if you are coming from the beach area and didn’t use it to go out of the camp (i. E. You got the train into town & walked back along the prom) you will never find it! Luckily we saw some people walking up the path & asked them if they had just come from Searles and they had and showed us where the path was.

Overall we had a good time despite the weather but at £227 for 4 nights camping I think it was a bit expensive.

Date of Visit: September 2016 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: RIMMER 176 reviews from this member

Don't usually use these type of sites but now it was out of season and had a 3 for 2 mid-week deal thought we'd give it a go. Generally a nice, pleasant stay-had a fully serviced pitch near the toilets. Quiet at night though heard some traffic noise in the morning, ducks didn't bother us and only added to the experience. Fantastic location near the beach and easy walking to Hunstanton or further to Heacham. Tesco and a Marstons pub just outside the site. Bus stop nearby to afar as Kings Lynn which we did once and another time caught the bus to the Norfolk lavender farm. Toilets/showers a touch basic but clean and functional, didn't use any of the facilities on site which would have been free.

Date of Visit: August 2016 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Dmurray1 3 reviews from this member

The weather was against us but we always had something to do here. The super pitch had ample space for our campervan and large awning. These were also separated by hedges, adding to your privacy. Large grass areas for the kids to run around and play football. The toilets/showers were very clean but the water pressure wasn't so good. The ladies block had useful plug sockets and large mirrors in separate cubicles. The pool areas were clean and even though we had drizzle we still went in the outdoor pools which were nice and warm and suitable for babies to adults. The soft play is decent and the entertainment was ok. More importantly, the chippy is very nice and actually reasonably priced. The beach is 5 minutes easy walk through the site with plenty of rides, crazy golf etc.

Date of Visit: May 2016 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Little ann 6 reviews from this member

Just visited Searles Leisure Resort at Hunstanton for 3nights.

Lovely clean site, great location easy walking distance into town and beach!Only problem we found was that we asked for a quiet area/pitch when booking over the phone?The lady at Searles assured me that all pitches where quiet? so when we arrived well we were put near the main park road to the toilet block and next to a caravan with 2 great big dogs? being a busy site you could hear all the maintenance traffic in a morning and throughout the day. The toilet block was clean, however why the constant music station playing away inside 24/7? pretty loud as well strange?

We found The fountain sports bar expensive for drinks, and in all fairness a bit of a disappointment, (tired looking and unfinished outside)nice location though. Would visit again now we know the site pitch layouts and can see pitch price sizes?

Date of Visit: April 2016 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Shapcott6 2 reviews from this member

We've just had a brilliant time at Searle's campsite in Hunstanton, they periodically do special deals and included in the offer is the use of the leisure facilities, swimming and sauna. They also provide an information booklet and vouchers for breakfast, two for £10 on your first arrival day and a voucher for a free drink at a golf club bar. Their facilities are heated and clean and roomy with the radio playing throughout. The pitches are very good, hard standing with serviced pitches, security is good, and an exceptional rate considering they are next to the sea as well. The only downside is the amount of ducks that are quite aggressive if you happen to encourage them with food. We just ignore them and they leave us alone.

Date of Visit: April 2016 Unit:  Static Rating:
Reviewer: Matt94 28 reviews from this member

We stayed at seals on Friday 15th April for 3 nights in a Static caravan, we normally use our 2014 tourer all year but went away with our daughter and granddaughter on the sun news paper offer £9. 50 special that worked out at £80 for the holiday, but the static caravan we stayed in was top of the range and easily worth the £80, while we were there we looked around the touring site, and we both agreed it was one of the best we have looked at (we normally use caravan club sites) The entertainment in the club was the usual family entertainment, not my cup of tea but our granddaughter love it, the staff and entertainment crew were all professional and polite.

We were disappointed with the “Sun restaurant” that is on site, the prices were on the high side and the meals were small, my daughter order a meal that came with piri piri sauce she tasted the meal but it had barbeque sauce on it, she complained to the manager, who in formed us that the kitchen had run out of piri piri sauce, she did offer my daughter another meal free of charge.

There is a pub called “the honey stones” that is just over the road from the site near Tesco’s and most meals were buy one get the second free, with a big selection to choose from, we eat their the other 2 nights.

The indoor swimming pool was lovely and warm.

Outside the site a small walk along the sea front is a small fair with rides for children and further along is a small town.

We don’t normally holiday in Norfolk, but if we do go to that part of the country we would use this site again

Date of Visit: March 2016 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Nikko136 45 reviews from this member

This was a short stay to visit relatives who have a lodge on the same site, so our use of the facilities was limited. The pitch sizes are very specific, as defined in the tariff, so what they offer is what you get. Make sure you allow for your car, awning, etc. When specifying your pitch. Roadways are reasonably wide, so with the hedge separation you don't feel too crowded despite this being a relatively high density site.

The site is separated from the beach by a row of housing, with access paths between some of these, so it's convenient for a beach holiday.

Toilets and showers were warm and clean, but spacing inside the cubicles was rather compact, with nowhere to adequately place dry clothing, shoes and towels etc when under the shower or getting dressed - the shower heads face outward, so water sprayed out under the curtain.

We didn't use the restaurant or bar areas as we had a dog with us but they looked OK. Outside the Fish & Chips and Chinese take-away were both closed during our stay.

There are no specific dog-walking or exercise areas - just walk the roads and verges round the site or the beach area parallel to the site.

Personnel were OK but somehow lacked the warmth and hospitality we have felt at the Premier and BoB sites we usually use. Our value-for-money rating is based on normal tariffs. We used a very special pre-season rate due to a number of the facilities not being available.

Hunstanton was a much better resort than we had imagined. We had dinner at The Lodge in Old Hunstanton, which is dog-friendly despite being a very good restaurant! Would recommend this, as the food is good and the menu interesting.

Note that Sandringham doesn't allow dogs anywhere other than in the Country Park (woods), so don't go there with your dog if you want to see the gardens.

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