“ Address: New Road, Brandesburton, Driffield, East Yorkshire, YO25 8RT. „
Located in the small village of Brandesburton in Driffiield, East Yorkshire I recently stayed at Dacre Lakside Park on a Monday to Friday short break. The Park itself offers holiday accommodation in the form of a campsite for tents, pitches for tourer caravans, fixed static caravans available to book for family breaks and Scandinavian-style wooden lodges. I booked a lodge for 4 adults and my pet dog through the Hoseasons website not so long ago and whilst the holiday experience is still fresh in my mind I thought it time to share my thoughts on my short break away.
Having booked online I was sent details of how to get to the park with my booking confirmation, I was told that our lodge would be available from 4pm on the Monday and we arrived at the park for around 3:30 and waited until it was available in the park's reception. The reception/bar area is modern in design with ample, comfortable seating and the lady behind the reception desk was pleasant and friendly. She explained that the lodges were being prepared and that our keys would shortly be available and invited us to sit down and wait. After only 10 minutes she called us over to the desk and gave us our keys, a plan of the area pointing out which lodge was ours and asked if we required a passcode for the park's free WiFi which I accepted. As access to the lodge area of the park is through a barrier we also had an electronic fob which was attached to our keys, this activated the barrier and allowed us access to a long, narrow driveway which led into the lodge area of the park and we easily located what was going to be our accommodation for the next 4 days.
Built entirely from wood and featuring a large veranda and balcony I was immediately impressed with the size of the lodge and how it appeared from the outside. Set amongst neatly trimmed bushes, trees and landscaped gardens our lodge overlooked the 6 acre lake which forms the main focal point of the park as a whole. There were 3 narrow steps that lead up to the balcony and a side door allowed us access inside our accommodation. A further pair of double patio doors opened up at the front of the lodge giving us full visual access to the lake and on the patio area of the balcony was a table, 4 chairs and best of all; a hot tub. I'd been recommended a stay at Dacre park from another reviewer and the hot tub was the main selling point for me, they are available in all of the lodges at the site but I wanted one that overlooked the lake as I thought it would make for a fun and relaxing experience but I'll mention more about this further on in this review.
There is a large, open plan living room and kitchen as you enter the lodge which comprises a two and three seater settee, television with a DVD player and freeview box. A dining room table and 4 chairs are also included as well as a fitted kitchen which completes the living area and I was impressed at how well stocked the kitchen was. First impressions count for a lot and I was pleased the see that the living area of the lodge was immaculately clean and beautifully furnished with good quality curtains, a couple of pictures on the walls and a large coffee table which gave the place a welcoming and homely feel. The kitchen is very stylish in design with sleek marble worktops, an integrated fridge and dishwasher and plenty of glassware, mugs, crockery and cutlery to cater for its guests and other than the wooden floor showing signs of wear and being discoloured in the kitchen area due to plenty of use I immediately felt at home and was eager to check out the rest of the lodge and see what it was going to offer us.
Our lodge had 2 bedrooms; a master with en suite bathroom and a twin with separate shower and toilet. The main door that separates the living area of the lodge from the other rooms leads to a short, carpeted hallway with the other 3 rooms leading on from it. The master bedroom was huge in size and had a large, king size leather bed with bedside cabinets with lamps and featured fitted wardrobes and a dressing table complete with standing mirror. Windows run down the length of the outside wall giving the bedroom a light and airy feel and again the high quality fabrics used on the curtains and bedding give the bedroom a luxurious, top class hotel look which exude style, The en suite bathroom had a large white, oval shaped bath with overhead shower and the matching toilet and wash basin were stylish and modern in design. Again I was very impressed with both the master bedroom and its en suite, the attention to detail was magnificent, it looked very modern and up to date and best of all the bed was wonderfully comfortable to sleep in. Less impressive was the twin bedroom which was quite simply presented as just 2 single beds, a fitted wardrobe and singe bedside cabinet. This room was a lot smaller in size to the master bedroom but still had excellent quality bedding and curtains but lacked the 'wow' factor of the other bedroom. This isn't a criticism as the beds were still comfortable and the room offered everything anyone would need for a good nights sleep and would definitely be ideal for a family with children but the master bedroom did overshadow this one in terms how it was presented but I expected that to be the case anyway.
You are provided with towels, bath robes and even slippers which I thought was a nice touch and both of the bedrooms were again immaculately clean and tidy. I don't go around looking for dust or dirt but can safely say that there wasn't a single imperfection in how the bedrooms were offered to us, similarly both the bathroom and shower room were clean, smelled fresh and looked tidy and I had no concerns with how the lodge was presented when we began unpacking our bags and getting ourselves settled in. There were good quality clothes hangers in the wardrobes, 2 pillows on each of the beds (4 on the master) and simple white bedding with contrasting throws and I can't imagine anyone would find much to fault as far as the bedrooms and bathrooms go.
Back to the living area and whilst the bedrooms and bathrooms offered me no concerns it is worth mentioning here that our lodge was one of the dog-friendly ones and I was ever so slightly disappointed that we had quite a small, CRT television that had definitely seen better days. Given the luxurious feel of the rest of the lodge the sitting room area did look a little bit dated, the tan coloured leather sofa's were well worn and obviously well used and although still offered some comfort I do think these and the old style TV let the living room down slightly. We had a problem with the aeriel to our television as it kept coming away from the wall socket which meant having to retune all of the Freeview channels whenever it decided to be temperamental and whilst we didn't go on holiday to watch television it was nice to get settled down on a night time to a bit of TV before bed. I can't say for certain that it was because our lodge allowed dogs to stay that the living area lacked the impressiveness of the rest of the rooms, pets aren't allowed in the bedrooms so these rooms looked a lot nicer and more stylish so perhaps it was a conscious decision of the park's owners to concentrate more on other areas of the lodge rather than the places were dogs would be allowed. This isn't a reason not to recommend the site and the lodges to other people though and I don't want to dwell too long on the few minor complaints I had but it's still well worth mentioning here that I did think the living room area lacked the finish of the other rooms and I do suspect that the lodges that don't allow pets might be better presented to guests so if you don't need to book a dog-friendly one then chose one of the others would be my advice.
Inside of the lodge covered it's time to mention my favourite part of the lodge for me, the hot tub. Set on the balcony and overlooking the lake this is a splendid addition to the lodge and well worth taking advantage of should anyone decide to stay at Dacre Park. The hot tub is a luxurious experience that even in April and May offers the chance to relax and unwind, it's permanently on so you don't have to wait for the water to heat up and the water levels and quality is checked and maintained daily by a member of staff. After a busy day of being out and about there's nothing nicer than being able to jump into the hot tub and let the powerful jets of water wash away the stresses of holiday life and I can clearly see why these are so popular to many people and is perhaps the main reason why I would return to Dacre Park. It's a final impressive touch to the overall experience of staying in one of these lodges and I thoroughly enjoyed taking a bit of time out to relax and look over the lake. Some of the lodges over look a small pond rather than the lake so you do pay a little extra for a lakeside lodge but in my opinion it's well worth the additional cost as it can make for a fantastic experience that is highly recommended. In the summer months I could see this being a much used thing and though we didn't really have the weather to spend a lot of time outdoors it didn't really matter when I was in the hot tub as it is sheltered and relatively private with only the next door lodge being able to see our tub from their kitchen window.
The high quality fixtures and fittings, the luxurious look and feel of the interior of the lodge and the secluded and private setting made this a fantastic break away from home for me and it's an experience that I will repeat in the future with a return to Dacre Park already being discussed for a return visit early next year and overall I'd have no hesitation in recommending this site and its facilities to other people. Other than a few minor concerns with the living area of our lodge which could come down to me being overly picky than any actual real faults this was the chance for me to take a few days break away from home and I'd definitely recommend a lodge visit for anyone looking to stay somewhere a little bit different but still have their home comforts to hand as well as plenty of space to relax and chill out.
The wooden construction of the lodge makes them cosy places to stay, they seem to hold the heat for a lot longer than other traditional accommodations can and even in April and May I found ours to be very warm and inviting. They're incredibly weather-proof, even high winds and rain didn't dampen our experience here so I'd have no hesitation coming back during the the winter months were I suspect they'd feel snug and look rather special during the Wintry months when there's snow on the ground and a chill in the air.
Prices and Checking Out
Available to book for both 4 and 7 nights stays we paid £366.00 for our 4 night break at Dacre Park, this equated to £84.00 each for the four of us and I thought this represented fantastic value for money. We did have to pay extra for our dog-friendly lodge and its lakeside setting and prices do vary depending on where the lodge is situated and how many people they can sleep, ours was suitable for 4 although there are larger lodges that can accommodate 6 if you have are travelling in a larger party. Do bear in mind that this is a family holiday park so they don't take bookings from larger same-sex groups as late night parties are frowned upon and discouraged so it won't be the place for anyone looking for somewhere to hold stag party/Hen night breaks or for a bunch of friends to stay together and the welcome pack you are given when you arrive at your lodge informs you that they expect certain standards to be maintained.
All gas and electricity is included in the cost of the holiday and you can keep the slippers they provide and all they ask when its time to go home is that you remove the bedding from the beds and leave the lodge as you found it which I don't think is too much to ask. Check out time is 10am, keys need to be handed in at the reception although there is a black box fixed to the outside wall for you to put your keys in should you leave before the reception desk is open and additional barrier fobs are available for a refundable £5.00 deposit should you be travelling in more than 1 car. The park as a whole is beautifully maintained with neatly trimmed grass areas and although my experience is only limited to the lodge area I did have a drive around the park on our last day there and thought it looked very welcoming and appealing.
Brandesburton is located in Driffield which is quite close to Beverley, Hull. The popular seaside town of Bridligton is about 25 minutes drive away and Hornsea is also in close proximity. Brandesburton itself has a small local supermarket, a couple of pubs, Chinese take away and a fish and chip shop which are all in easy walking distance or a short drive away so the park is well situated with plenty going off in and around the area. There are various water sports activities available to take part in on the lake in the park should you want to and I'll provide the link for the website at the end of this review should anyone want to see what else is available there too.
I had a fantastic time at Dacre Park and loved the experience of staying in a lodge, it made for a relatively inexpensive break away from home and would be a place I return to again. Even though I did have a few minor complaints about the living area of our lodge I'd still return to the park and would definitely recommend it to other people. Thanks for reading my review.
I have booked several short breaks in lodges through Hoseasons now, and with the exception of one terrible experience, I have always really enjoyed my lodge breaks away. I only go away to lodges with hot tubs, as I love sitting outside in the winter months in a 40'C hot tub whilst sipping wine. For this reason I tend to book them in the winter months, and usually in January when the prices are often less than half of what they charge in the summer months. On my most recent short break away I chose to go to Dacre Lakeside Park, it sounded great on the website and my mother had been here in the past so I knew it should be good.
Dacre Lakeside Park is situated in Yorkshire, quite out in the middle of nowhere but it does have a small village right next to it. I've stayed in a few lodges in the York area, and they are usually only a short drive away from a Park and Ride into York itself, but Dacre Park is actually a 1 hour drive away from Monks Cross Park and Ride, and it's a similar distance away from Scarborough. The site itself is large, and is also a caravan park. When pulling into the site you come first to the building which is the reception. Check-in isn't until 4pm, and if you come any earlier there is a small bar so you can sit and have a drink and play some pool whilst waiting for your check in time. We arrived not long after 4pm so after giving our name, we were handed a map and told our lodge number (number 6!), the keys would be already inside the lodge. We drove along a short road which is for lodge access only, and you immediately come to the lodges which directly overlook the lake. I was surprised at how close the lodges are to each other, and it's more cramped than other lodge parks I have been to. There is also a cluster of lodges around a pond, and it was here that our one bedroom lodge was situated.
Upon entering the lodge we were greeted with warm, comfortable surroundings with a modern décor. The front door opens directly into the lounge area, and the kitchen is just behind it. The kitchen had everything you could possibly need with plenty of cutlery, cooking equipment and space. There is a small fridge with a freezer drawer, big enough for ice cubes, and we didn't manage to fit a good amount of food in the fridge. You are supplied with a cloth and 2 tablets for the dishwasher and a tea towel. The lounge/kitchen area was small but definitely spacious enough for the two of us. This is helped by the large windows letting in lots of natural light and peaceful views out across the pond. There are two sets of patio doors, one set opens out onto the decking area where there are a couple of wooden chairs and a barbecue. As soon as you step out onto this decking, the ducks that occupy the pond immediately come charging towards you excitedly, expecting you to feed them. The ducks like to circle the pond waiting for someone to come out onto the decking, before making a charge towards that lodge. It was quite amusing to watch them! The other patio door, which is right next to the first set, opens straight out onto the sunken hot tub. We lifted off the cover and were pleased to see the hot tub was already hot enough to be used! Despite the lodges being quite close together, the hot tub was surrounded by the lodge itself and some wood fencing, the other side faced out towards the pond so they do feel private enough. Each morning between 10 - 12 two men would come round to check the hot tub and do a dip test, checking the chemicals in the water to ensure it's safe to use.
Back inside the lodge there is a door which leads into the large bedroom, off which is the dressing area and the large bathroom. The bed was a large four poster and on it were our towels. There was a hand towel and a bath towel each, as we would be going in the hot tub plenty of times, I had brought extra towels with us anyway, however the welcome pack provided stated you could hire more from reception, though it was closed during the time we were there so I would take extra towels. Inside the bathroom was a large walk in shower with one of those lovely 'rainfall shower heads' as I call them! The bath was a huge oval free standing tub, making the bathroom feel very luxurious. In the dressing area is a small desk and chair, and a large storage shelf unit which has a space for hanging clothes. Here we were supplied with two gowns we could use during our stay. There was a welcome pack on the coffee table in the lounge which mentioned we could keep the slippers provided however we weren't provided with any slippers. The welcome pack also contained simple instructions on how to use the oven and DVD player, along with a guide on what's in the local village and recommendations for restaurants a bit further afield. In the village there is a fish and chip shop, Chinese restaurant/take away, a couple of pubs and a cost cutter. We didn't intend to eat out however on our first night in the lodge there was a power cut. We were in the hot tub at the time and hoped it would come back on shortly but when it didn't, and with the sun quickly setting, we thought it would be best to preserve the heat of the water in the hot tub! With no torches or candles in the lodge we were sat in darkness so decided to wander down to the village, but just as we were leaving a man was going around the lodges handing out torches and explaining the power was out in the village too, but explained the cookers in the lodges were gas, or the town of Beverley was just a short drive away. We decided to find somewhere to eat rather than sit in the dark however as we were leaving the site the power came back on!
The site is obviously quite busy in the summer and on weekends, as it was off season and midweek, the reception wasn't open Tuesday-Thursday, and whilst the welcome pack boasted activities such as bike hire, kayak's and tennis, this obviously wasn't available in January.
The DVD player was in one of the kitchen cupboards, and there was a large flat screen TV in the lounge and in the bedroom. The DVD player could be used for both TV's, you simply had to switch the SCART cable over depending on which TV you wanted to use. We had a problem with ours though, we plugged it in for the TV in the living room but the sound came through the TV without the picture. It worked fine in the bedroom so it was clearly as problem with the SCART cable, however as this went under the floor it wouldn't be an easy problem to sort out! We called the mobile number provided and a man came out who admittedly didn't know much about the system, so my partner asked if there was a space SCART cable available and we could just plug the DVD player in next to the TV. Luckily there was a spare SCART cable so the problem was sorted.
I had a lovely relaxing break in the lodges, and you can forget there are other people there. You can see the other lodges on the opposite side of the pond, and indeed you can see into them, but we seemed to be the only ones who actually used our hot tubs, nobody else seemed to use them at all. Around the pond there has been a hill built around the perimeter and some trees have been planted, once they are grown it will make it seem more peaceful as there is a main road just over the hill and you can see and hear the traffic going past. Whilst we were there they were also building another lodge near the entrance, it seems they like to squeeze them in every available space. The lodges are decorated to a very high standard and I wouldn't refrain from coming back again in the future. We paid £210 (combined with NHS discount) for a mid-week break from Monday-Friday, though the prices do rise much higher than this in the summer months especially during the school holidays. I would always check on Hoseasons for discounts and special offers, which are frequent during the quieter months.
stayed 15/05/2010 22/05/2010we had a geat week at the park the loge was very good with every thing you need.the only disappointment for us was the fishing,we were told the lake had carp and bream in it.there are carp but as the water is gin clear they are very hard to catch we saw no bream roach tench or perch.there is a large head of pike that feed most days.we have been told the lake has been treated for weed hence the clear water.but the hot tubs are emptied into the lake chlorine and all not good!!.if the lake gets restocked it would make the park so much better.
Spent 4 nights here March 09, Monday to Friday and relaxed completely!
The lodge was lovely, very clean and well equipped with everything you need, two bedrooms, one with a huge shower in the en-suite and one with a bath. The lodges are set round either the main lake (view of the lake and caravans on the other side) or round the pond, (view of the pond and other lodges accross it).
The park is walking distance to the village of Brandesburton, the lodges are furthest away from the entrance (there are static caravans, tourers and the reception/bar/shop area nearer the road) so say 5 mins to park entrance and 5 mins from there to village. As previously mentioned theres a Chinese (fine) fish and chips (didnt try it) and two pubs serving food. One of the pubs , Dacre Arms, was really busy and the food was lovely. There were menus in the park reception (but not in the lodge) and you can ring and order a meal and go pick it up! It's all plated, covered in foil exactly like you'd get eating in the pub! All they ask is you take the plates back the next day, lovely.
Best bits- hot tub, Hornsea outlets (only Laura Ashley outlet in the North) Beverley-lovely town to visit.
Didnt like-cant think of a thing-enjoy.
I stayed here at Dacre Park for a Mon - Fri break in Sept 08 with my partner. I booked it with Hoseasons via Topcashback and received £9 cashback, the holiday cost around £190.
The park is located in Driffield not far from Beverley, and I chose it because it looked fantastic in the brochure with lodges looking out onto the lake.
On arrival we were greeted warmly by Tracey, the manager, who directed us to our lodge and said her husband Steve would meet us there and explain how everything worked etc.
We arrived at the lodge which was just as good as it looked in the brochure and had a verandah which jutted out over the lake. The hot tub was on the verandah, also patio table & chairs.
Inside the lodge was very clean, modern and luxurious with flat screen TV and DVD player operated via 'magic eye'. The speakers were in the ceiling. There was a pebble effect fire, wooden flooring, a corner suite, fitted kitchen and table and chairs.
There were 2 bedrooms, one double and one twin , all made up and with throws and cushions etc as a nice touch, on the leather framed beds. Also provided were robes and slippers ( you could keep the slippers) and a towel. I thought the robes and slippers idea very good and again a nice touch, as ive been to other lodges and this is the first time I have experienced this.
One bathroom had a bath with overhead shower and vanity unit with 'bowl' sink, and mosaic tiles - all very modern and new looking. The other bathroom was a smaller shower room, but again very nicely tiled.
The lodge was very spacious and also very warm, we did often have the french doors open which lead out onto the verandah.
Steve explained to us how the hot tub operated and the magic eye system etc. I thought this was a nice touch as other places ive been to just give you the keys and let you get on with it. Then he left and we settled in to begin our holiday.
The setting is very peaceful and relaxing and we enjoyed walking round the lake and chilling in the hot tub. Also a swan and plenty of ducks would come to the lodge to be fed every day!
Inside the lodge was a folder with useful info inside and also a part for guests to write 'reviews' of their holiday and places they visited for food etc. This was very useful and we decided to take some of the advice and walk to the nearby village of Brandesburton, where there was a fish and chip shop which served some of the best fish & chips ive ever tasted!
There is also a Chinese restaurant, but we never got round to trying this, and two pubs which served meals. We visited one of them on the recommendation of someone who had wrote about it in the folder, and weren't disappointed! The portions were huge! It was a lovely meal in a friendly country pub.
There was also a small store/off licence so there was no need to travel further afield for food etc.
On the first night we had a problem with the freeview and rang Tracey on the mobile number she provided, and Steve came right away and rectified the problem.
He also explained to us that the electric supply would be turned off the following morning between 8am and 11am as some power cables were leaning on some trees, and workmen would be cutting off some branches.
He apologised for this and we just thought well we'll have a lie in and by the time we get up it should be ok.
However, by 11am the next day the power was still off, we waited until midday before ringing Tracey who was very apologetic and said the workmen were still cutting branches, and had cut off a lot more than they had said they were! She said they shouldn't be much longer and she was quite angry as it looked a mess, but to be honest by this time I just wanted to be able to have a coffee and a shower, and was starting to get a little annoyed.
I know these things can't be helped but it was the first morning of our hoilday and we had no electric all morning.
We didn't want to go out until we'd had a shower so we sat and waited. It was beginning to feel cold as we had no heating and just sitting around with no TV or hot water was getting irritating.
Finally around 2pm the power was restored but I did feel like we had missed a few hours of our holiday and don't really think 6 hours without power is acceptable. Tracey and Steve did apologise again and the rest of the week passed without any other problems.
All in all we had a lovely time and would like to go back this year sometime as we thoroughly enjoyed it, apart from the few hours without power, which was just a one-off occurrence.
Visit Hoseasons.co.uk for more information, to book online or to request a brochure.
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Dacre park can be found in Bradesburton in Yorkshire. The park is about 25 minutes from hull, and about 15 minutes from the sea in Hornsea.
The park offers a number of lodges with private hot tubs and also has pitches for caravans.
We spent a week at Dacre park starting 14th February 2009.
We booked our 2 bedroom lodge by the side of the lake with hot tub through Hoseasons. We booked back in August 2008 and were really looking forward to our break.
The break was £400 for the week. That includes bed linen, towels, robes, slippers and electric/gas.
We arrived around 4.30pm (half an hour after arrival time). We pulled into a small gravel car park next to the reception/clubhouse. Our first impressed were the park looked very clean and tidy and welcoming.
The chap who greeted us at reception did come across rather blunt and quite flustered and not as welcoming as some other parks had been before that we had visited. He told us to follow his van to our lodge and said nothing more. He didn't ask our names or for confirmation.
We followed his van down a gravel track which was full of pot holes and very bumpy. We had lodge number 18, right in front of the lake which was beautiful.
He showed us into the lodge and showed us around and how to use various things. When we went out onto the veranda to see the hot tub we were greeted by around 15 ducks which was lovely.
Once he had left without saying much at all we had a good look around.
The lodge has an open plan living area with 2 brown leather sofas, coffee table, lcd tv and Dvd player. A dining table with 4 chairs. A kitchen complete with gas oven, dishwasher and fridge (with only a small ice pack freezer). The kitchen has plenty of cupboard space and includes all the necessities to cook and eat in the lodge.
The lodge has gas central heating which heated up so quickly the windows were often opened to cool down again.
The main bedroom was lovely with a big kingsize leather bed which was very comfortable. There was lots of wardrobe space and a dressing table with mirror. There was an ensuite bathroom also, shower over bath, sink, toilet and heated towel rail. The sink was very slow draining but i poured some hot water down it and it seemed to improve it.
The 2 bedroom had two twin beds and a small wardrobe.
The main bathroom had a shower cubicles, sink, toilet and heated towel rail.
We were given 1 bath towel and 1 hand towel each. Which to be fair i wasnt very impressed with. There is no laundry on site and no washing machine so using one towel the whole week was not that nice especially when you are in and out of the hot tub, and meant to shower before and after use. But we had to make do.
We were also given a robe (which didnt even go around my boobs, so luckily i brought my own along) and some slippers which we were allowed to take home.
On the veranda there was a large hot tub and a table and chairs. There is also a bbq that you could hire gas for. Apparently you could hire a patio heater too.
Everything in the lodge was very clean and tidy and welcoming.
We were given a welcoming folder (which had seen better days), this included a letter which annoyed me from the start. Stating they had left mop and bucket and broom for us to basically scrub the lodge before leaving and also we had to remove all of the bed linen and leave it "FOLDED" at the end of the bed! I had just paid £400 for a lodge i don't expect to have to scrub it aswell... they have cleaners who come in and are paid to do that why on earth should i have to? And leave the bed linen folded? did they want me to wash it and put it back on for them aswell? cheek lol!
Our stay in the lodge was lovely and relaxing, the hot tub is a fantastic added bonus. It was also covered so even if it rained you could have a dip! Looking out on the lake every morning made the stay even better, and the ducks were cute. We had some lovely walks around the lake, and took some fantastic photos.
The position of the park isn't fantastic.. all of the places we wanted to visit like York, Scarborough, Whitby etc are all well over an hour away and seemed to take forever to get to.
The little village the park is in has a local shop, costcutter, fish and chip shop and a Chinese restaurant. We used the fish and chip shop once and it is highly recommended it was delicious. But we didn't use the Chinese but it is apparently very popular with the locals.
It is about 25 minutes into Hull city centre, which to be fair doesn't offer a great deal. The shopping centre was rather boring. There is a large aquarium called "the deep" which we didn't visit but is very popular it seems.
The local market town of Driffield has a market on Thursdays (not worth getting out of bed for) and some local shops. It was okay for a little walk around.
The closest beach was Hornsea, we visited and had a nice walk along the beach but again it wasn't much to write home about.
The best places to visit if you don't mind the drive are Scarborough and York.
Scarborough offers the commercialized seaside town experience, plenty of arcades and fish and chip shops. York is very historic and has a lot of things to do such as the minster, dungeons etc.
Local shops to stock up (we went to Asda Hull what a nightmare!!) i would use either the costcutter in Bradesburton or Tesco at Beverly.
If you visit the park in the summer they have a wide range of watersports available at an extra charge. But the park was out of season so we didnt see or do any of this.
About half way through the week the chap who had welcomed us came and told us quite bluntly that we had to go around the lake to get out of the park now because they were relaying the much needed road into the lodges! Luckily we didn't get any noise from this!
Upon leaving we were told to leave the keys in the kitchen so we didnt even get to see anyone upon leaving and i didn't scrub the place either!
All in all our stay was lovely and relaxing, i would recommend the park to anyone who wants a quiet break but if you are looking for top customer service i wouldn't bother!