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PONTINS BREAN SANDS - NOT ON YOUR LIFE!
Author Name: UTTERLEY DISAPOINTED
Advantages: The gate on the way out!
Disadvantages: IT'S THERE!
Having used Butlins and some Haven sites on numerous occasions, my wife and I decided that we would take our daughter and her friend away using the vouchers in "The Sun" newspaper for a week away with Pontins. When we rang to book, the guy on the other end of the phone said out of the four that we could choose, Brean Sands was the best one to go for. The cost of the holiday was £60, plus a further £10 for the linen.
After a 6 hour drive we arrived at about 5pm on the Monday, and were met by a very friendly team of Blue Coats. From there I'm affraid it was downhill most of the way. The accomodation was a "Budget" shallet. This consisted of 1 bedroom with a single bed and a set of bunk beds that looked as if they had been used for National Service Soldiers in the 1950s. The curtains in the bedroom were mouldy, and the wardrobe shelf was broken as if someone had sat on it. The Bathroom, with bath and shower (not all had both!) was a good size, but the shower curtain again was mouldy, the rail was rusty, the curtain in the bathroom was a piece of wipe clean material. In the kitchen, the cooker was rusty, there was mould in the fridge, and on the floor under the fridge. The taps were loose. To use the cooker, you had to turn a switch off that would turn the water heater off. You couldn't have both on at the same time.
In the living room the sofa bed, was old, broken and the cushion didn't sit on the base properly. The mattress was ripped and in some place the springs were actually coming through the mattress base. It appeared that Pontins had bought a job lot of cheap PVCu doors from housing estates that were being pulled down. They were battered, didn't fit the frames properly, and there were gaps between door and frame, which let in an awful draught. The buildings looked in a poor state, infact many looked as if they were being ready to be demolished. There is a number on your key ring to get things done if you need them, I'm still waiting!
The only decent place to get anything to eat on the site, was the fish & chip shop (Think this is privatley owned, and has nothing to do with Pontins). The burger bar inside was open during the night. The food was something that you would have to get used to - McDonalds or KFC it certainly was not. There is a Nisa shop that has some bits and pieces, and is generally well priced.
The restaurant in "The Queen Vic" was diabolical. The food was cold, the tables were not set, and trying to find knife, fork & spoon was like trying to find a needle in a haystack. There was no menue for the children. Whilst talking to a few people, it came to light that one mans wife had been bad all week since eating there, two families who were all inclusive actually got the cost of their weeks food refunded.
The entertainment, after the stupidity at the beginning of the evening was probably the highlight of the day. But why oh why, would anyone want to enter a competition there to win a free holiday!
Things to do during the day, not a lot. A swimming pool that was open for a few hours a day, the slide that looked as if it hadn't had a drop of water down it for months. Infact it had started to turn green. Paying £4.50 for 4 minutes of quad bikes, the "Adventure Park" or swings and slides as it was, a climbing frame, that cost £15 for the kids to go on, no thank you.
If this is the best that Pontins has got to offer then next year I think we will be going back to Butlins. Yes it may be more expensive but a least you get better choice.
The best part of the holiday - 10am Friday morning when the key was handed in, and the M5 came into site.
Total Rating: one star, and thats only so this review can be posted!
Summary: AVOID LIKE THE DREADED PLAGUE!