For those of you who read my catch up last week you know that the past few weeks have taken a very different direction than planned – an extended family trip to France turned into a local family holiday to North Wales as last week needed a few extra trips to the hospital for monitoring.
The good news is that not only all good with both myself and the Bean but we also had an amazing week away. Sunday last week after having to cancel everything, hubby found an amazing deal for a Monday – Friday break at a Haven resort a few hours away which meant we could leave Monday afternoon after my hospital appointment and be back in time for the Friday morning follow up appointments. Win – win!
Now I’ll be honest my expectations were low….a week away in a caravan at a Haven resort? Definitely not our usual choice of break but we thought ‘what the hell’ – we were off work, had the time and for a change the weather in this country was due to be good so we went ahead and booked it and wow – aren’t we glad we did!
The Bear loved it!
She’s not an outgoing child, more like her daddy she likes to watch from the side and figure things out before getting involved. In complete contrast last week though she fell in love with a giant bear and played with all the other kids – we couldn’t have been more proud. Also sad though….why do they have to grow up so fast?!
OK – so the review bit:
Accommodation = we had a 3 bedroom caravan which was comfortable enough, albeit a little cramped. The living area was big enough for a family of 4 and the kitchen was well stocked with utensils. The water was hot and plenty and to be fair it was everything we needed for a lovely 5 days break away. The bedrooms were small though and very cramped but easy enough to manage for 4 nights away.
Location = Porthmadog was perfect for us; close enough to home to be able to get back quickly if we needed to but still far enough away that it felt like a break. The site itself is a short stroll to the beach and the town is cute with some lovely little shops and the Ffestiniog railway which made both hubby and the bear happy.
Site Facilities = the site was well stocked for the essentials and more with a supermarket shop, take out (fish & chips of course), a restaurant, a social club, soft play area, swimming pool and arcades. The staff were great and everything was so child orientated there is little surprise that the Bear enjoyed it so much. The entertainment wasn’t exactly our cup of tea (very am-dram) but they all got 10/10 or effort and enthusiasm and seeing how happy it made her and how much she enjoyed it, ensured that we had a great time too.
Overall I couldn’t recommend it enough if you have small children. I have little doubt that as the kids gets older, this kind of holiday will provide enough to keep them fully entertained and happy for a week which means that I have a feeling that this will be the first of many of these kinds of holidays…..