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John Fowler Holiday Parks (England)
Member Name: westcountryboy47
John Fowler Holiday Parks (England)
Date: 15/03/13, updated on 26/03/13 (122 review reads)
Advantages: Suits the average person's pocket. Good entertainment. Nearby the sea. Places of interest to visit.H
Disadvantages: Due to hills, will need a car.
JOHN FOWLER HOLIDAYS - THE BEST IN THE WEST FOR UK HOLIDAYS.
There is a global recession on; the UK is not excluded. Times are hard, and harder they are going to get. Make no mistake about that! However, that is not to say that we can not afford to have a holiday this year, next year and for many more years years after that. There are times in our lives when we have to budget on many things, just to make ends meet. In doing so, we sometimes have to lower the qualities of life that we all have been so used to for years. It may be hard to accept, but accept it we have to. I am talking mainly about the everyday working class, 'down to earth' person; the average family on average income who strive so hard for 365 days of the year to keep their families fed and clothed, AND who surely at the end of it all, are entitled to have that well earned break of a fortnight, a week or even a mini break of just four days, simply to getaway from those same four walls of their home.(A change of scenery).
If you think you cannot afford an U.K. holiday break, then think again. There are many budget holiday breaks on offer to suit the poorest of pockets, and a very enjoyable holiday at that. Simply pick up a national newspaper, or often, even a local one. LOOK OUT FOR ' JOHN FOWLER HOLIDAYS'. They have several holiday sites in Devon and Cornwall (South West England) and most are situated where you will find some of the best coastal views in the UK. The places of interest to visit for all the family are endless, and JOHN FOWLER have an endless array of brochures packed with information on where to visit for the day, if you choose not to stay on site.
Following your day out, simply return to your holiday site, and prepare for an evening at their licensed clubhouse where you can relax and enjoy a cool drink from large variety of refreshments of soft drinks or alcohol of well known quality brands at comparable prices you would expect to pay anywhere else. Join in for a game of prize money 'Bingo', make use of the clubhouse internet. Being entertained by a comedian or singer. Whether you are a talented singer or not, then join in the fun and give your voice a break from talking, and give it a try at singing some of your favourite songs on Karaoke nights. You'll be surprised at the amount of applause you will receive from the audience. It's great fun. And if you need a tonic/pick me up, then laughter is the best form of medicine you will ever receive, so the doctors say.
As for any children in your party, then no need to worry, 'FOXY' the famous JOHN FOWLER CHARACTER, and his striped coat staff, whom all the children love to meet, will take care of them in a professional way and will ensure that they will have a great time, make new friends, join in fun and organised games, receive prizes and take home with them an experience and memories of a lifetime. Their clubhouses are well managed, and trouble free. The staff are polite, pleasant and friendly. They keep an orderly clubhouse and bar, and show respect for all their customers. The furnishings and décor create a very enjoyable and relaxing surround, and is the ideal place for meeting and making friends with people from all parts of the UK., and sometimes from other overseas countries. Many keep contact with each other, and arrange to meet up again there the following year.
My friend and I are now into our 14th uninterrupted year of holidaying with JOHN FOWLER HOLIDAYS, at their sites in Devon and Cornwall; some years we have returned for a second visit. We are not people of wealth - far from it. We have managed to return for two holiday breaks in the same year, not only because we have enjoyed their holiday sites and the beauty of the coastal areas so near to where they are situated, but also because JOHN FOWLER HOLIDAYS has made it possible for us to do so. MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT, YOU WILL FIND IT HARD TO FIND A HOLIDAY COMPANY THAT OFFERS SUCH EXCELLENT VALUE FOR THE MONEY YOU PAY.... and it is WORTH NOTING, THAT IF YOU MAKE FURTHER BOOKINGS WITH THEM, YOU WILL BE GIVEN V.I.P. STATUS. This means that a 10% discount is afforded you, which is deducted from your next booking with them. Each year they will post you one of their annual, good quality, easy to follow brochures giving you all the information you need to know. You can choose your holiday site by location, by the time of year you prefer spend during their open holiday season, and also according to the price you can afford to pay.
Accommodation is graded, you can choose between a basic caravan and one of a very high standard and luxury. Likewise with their chalets, and apartments. Whatever you chose, you can be assured of having good value for what you pay. JOHN FOWLER HOLIDAYS accommodations are primarily intended for self catering, are very well equipped for doing so (Microwaves, cookers, toasters, kettles tea pots, saucepans, frying pans, cutlery and crockery) sufficient for your party's needs for self catering, in a clean and hygienic kitchen setting, then for those who wish to spend their holiday strictly to a planned budget, then that is fine. You can either bring your own food, purchase from the on-site shop, or take a trip to a nearby supermarket. However, the clubhouse has a 'Chef's Corner' which is where you can go and sit down for a choice of meals from their menu; alternatively catch a bus, or drive into town for a pub meal, or a meal at a restaurant or café. We have always chosen to eat out. We personally choose not spend our time being tied down to preparing meals, cooking, and washing up afterwards, but to use that time enjoying on-site facilities, and/or go into the nearby town or visit places of interest. Of course everyone is different. If you enjoy spending your time self catering, then JOHN FOWLER HOLIDAY SITE accommodation is the ideal place to enjoy your own cooking and eating.
The size of each holiday site varies, and so do their clubhouses. ILFRACOMBE has a considerably large clubhouse which provide its holidaymakers with a good variety of entertainment. Likewise with Brixham, Trelawne Manor, and St Ives are of the larger type. However, we have in the past 14 years had a preference to book up for Sandaway Bay holiday site, Coombe Martin, Ilfracombe for the simple reason we find it a little more peaceful. We like the clubhouse, the staff have always been polite and friendly. It has a fantastic view across the bay into the Bristol Chanel. Ilfracombe town and harbour is a short drive away. If you like fish and chips, whether they be take away, eaten from your hand, or you choose to sit down within the fish and chip shop/restaurant/café, then Ilfracombe harbour is the place to go and enjoy daily caught fresh fish fried in crispy golden brown batter. There are several gift shops, and vendors selling Devonshire, and Cornish ice creams in umpteen flavours. If you enjoy fresh cockles, mussels, and other shellfish, they are available at shops at the harbour quayside. Car parking, just as so many other cities, towns and seaside resorts is available at a charge per hourly rate or multiple hours thereof. There are no concessions for 'disabled parking' places within the car parks. Ilfracombe town centre however, does provide disabled drivers with roadside parking bays, clearly marked as such.
The main John Fowler's holiday site, and head office, is approximately 3 miles from Ilfracombe Harbour. It is situated a nearby comparatively large Tesco Store, where prices are set to their national price guide. What you pay at \Tesco's Supermarket at or near your home town, you can expect to pay the same at Ilfracombe. Overall, and in general, our rating for JOHN FOWLER HOLDAYS in the Devon and Cornwall sites we have visited, have been very enjoyable. They have been excellent value for money. The standard of cleanliness as maintained by the cleaning staff of our apartment, each time, at whatever site we have holidayed at, has always been 'A1'.
As aforementioned, we do have our preferences of holiday site. We prefer to holiday at JOHN FOWLERS HOLIDAY site at Sandaway Bay, Coombe Martin, Ilfracombe, North Devon. We choose to holiday normally in March/April or September/ October, which we consider to be of a very good price that suits our pockets. We take a gamble on the weather, and have in the past been lucky enough to have had a dry and mild climate. However, this March has proved to be extremely bitterly cold, far from ideal for holidaying in any shape or form. One can hardly blame JOHN FOWLER HOLIDAYS for that ! We do not live in a perfect world; what can go wrong, will at some time or other go wrong, JOHN FOWLER HOLIDAYS not excluded. Our personal experience of holdays spent over a period of 14 consecutive years at JOHN FOWLER HOLIDAYS sites have always been very enjoyable ones. If we experience a problem with our stay at a site, and are not happy, then we bring it to the attention of site management. If it is genuine, and a justified complaint, then where and when the matter can be put right, the matter will be put right. Finally, and having considered all, we would be somewhat unfair in giving JOHN FOWLER HOLIDAYS a lesser rating than 'FIVE STARS' for looking after the pockets of the average person and providing a far better than average holiday. What has been said in this review is true.... You can 'BELIEVE IT OR NOT' and that's from the 'westcountryboy'
Summary: JOHN FOWLER HOLIDAYS is excellent value for money. You will not find better elsewhere.