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First impressions run down looks like a prisnor of war camp.overgrown,empty flower beds.shop closed empty and dirty.nothing relaxing no country views very depressing.so much so didn't even stay one night.staff unhelpful no refund.looks nothing like web ad.trading standards should take a look!!!,
If you are thinking of staying at Sussex Beach DON'T !!!!!
I booked with 'Waves' letting agent to stay at Sussex Beach 13th--20th April 2011. The settees were disgusting, the cups, frying pan, cuttlery, microwave etc were all dirty. The hand tin opener didn't work and even the vacuum cleaner didn't work. When I complained I got nothing but insulting,patronising and intimidating remarks in letters. I couldn't believe anyone could be so rude to a customer.She never believed anything I said. Her husband on the other hand was very kind and understanding.Her final insult was that I'd only complained to get a refund! It was the first holiday I had since leaving my husband 18yrs ago so I was really looking forward to it. All this for an extortionate £210 for a week in a one bedroom chalet. It was like something out of Fawlty Towers. The whole site is very shabby with tins and rubbish in streams and ponds.I used to own a bungalow there but thankfully I sold it about 6yrs ago. Looks like eveyone else thinks the same as there are loads of the properties up for sale. Be warned!
I have been two Sussex Beach 4 time's and each time the place seems a little more run down. When I went in 1994 the entertainment complex was great with full size snooker tables, Pool tables and Table Tennis and down stair there was a brilliant entertainment.
In 1997 I went again and the place was very much run down entertainment was good but not as great as my last visit in 1994 and the out door pool had huge amounts of green alga growing in it also the tennis court had hole's in the fence's.
In September 2000 I was well and truly shock how bad Sussex Beach was. The entertainment centre was closed there was just one girl doing the entertainment in the Stags Head the out door pool had ducks swimming in it and was green Tennis courts were very very run down and no Table tennis Snooker or Pool Table's also the shop had been moved to a small room about the size of my living room.
I thought I pop in to see what Sussex Beach looked like. The out door pool looked in full working order again and the grounds look well kept. Sadly the entertainment centre or known as the Pink Flamingo was fully closed off. The grounds have been reland scaped and I would say its a very nice place for old people to chill out and relax. Sadly the Tennis courts still look as bad as they were some 13 years ago. The heyday of this holiday have well and truly gone which I think is sad as it wont take much to rebuild it to the Holiday village I love back in 1994.
We have been using this holiday village for the last few years (since summer 2006). We usually stay for a week hiring one of the chalets - two beds large lounge kitchen and bathroom facilities and a large deck outside. For four of us plus one large dog these facilities have been excellent. We even squeezed in my mother in law for one of the weeks we went there! There are plenty of things to do and to go and see as long as you enjoy the more traditional methods of enjoyment; that is where you have to invest your effort into getting the enjoyment. This is not a theme park place where you are spoon fed your pleasure. It's certainly refreshing to drag my teenagers away from their computer games for a week and provide them with walks on the beach 200 yards from the front door (it's a pebble beach which clears to lovely sand when the tide goes out), a lovely open air swimming pool, large expanses of grass areas to play cricket, tennis courts and without doubt a wonderful welcome from other like minded families staying there. West Whittering Beach is a short drive away (less than ten minutes) which in my opinion is one of the best in the country. It's not commercialised, it has basic facilities with a nice little cafe, easy access to toilets and parking. It does have a watersports place where you can hire kayaks, surfboards, wind surf stuff etc if that takes your fancy. The boat trip around Chichester Harbour is well worth trying out (we have gone every year). If you are a sailing fanatic you couldn't be happier with the facilities available around this area. As with any holiday in this country you are at the mercy of the weather but there's enough going on within easy reach using a car to please and interest everyone; Chichester's multiscreen and other indoor entertainments, Portsmouth and the spinnaker tower isn't that far to get to.... In summary if you are looking for a holiday where you sit on your behind and expect everything to be brought to you this is not really the place for you but if you're are into exploring the area and getting an involving experience for your holiday or just want somewhere you can sit back and relax in a very nice environment this is it.
We recently visited the Sussex Beach Holiday Village and although we thought it was a very pleasant location in terms of ameneties for both adutls and children, we were disappointed when we attended a family evening at The Stags Head, the on site pub. The evening comprised of a casino for adutls and children alike, where Sussex Beach Dollars could be acculated for goods on display later in the evening, which could be bidded for.. Not only we were very taken aback at the time that this bidding session took place, which was 11.15 pm, we were appalled at the jokes and the language being used by Terry, the resident singer and comedian - absolutely shocking, and totally inappropriate for the children present, some of whom were almost asleep by the time the event took place. Surely if the evening is promoted as a family evening, it be as such, not a platform for tasteless jokes and bad language. We would be unable to promote the Sussex Holiday Village as a true family destination!
I used to go to Sussex Beach in the 80's with my family we all loved it back then.... hiring out peddle karts, swimming in the outdoor pool,going to the kids ephalump club, dancing to "o o the monkey gibbon". Those were the days, so I thought ide see if it was still going and take my kids. Sounds like its had its day, its a shame with a bit of cash incentive it could be great once again.
SUSSEX BEACH IS A RUNNED DOWN SITE WE HAVE OWNED A CHALET ON THERE FOR 15 YEARS I HAVE SEEN THE BIG CLUB HOUSE BEEN CLOSED DOWN WHERE THERE USED TO BE ALL DAY ENTERTAINMENT THE SHOP MOVE IN 20 DIFFERENT PLACES AND I HAVE WATCHED THE SITE GET RUN DOWN BY THE DAY ESPECIALLY SINCE THE NEWER MANAGER HAS TAKEN OVER HE HAS TRYED TO TURN THE SITE INTO A RETIREMENT PLAN
We've been staying at Sussex Beach for a weekend or two each year and often for whole weeks at a time. We have enjoyed the benefits of an aunt who leased a chalet for a few years. Our children enjoyed the park which has steadily improved each year, with a good outdoor swimming pool and the recent additional of a shallow area for young children. The tennis courts are ingood condition although the location can be a little windy. plenty of safe areas for children to play. Best of all, it's a quiet site, equally welcoming of families and older people. The site benefits from a significant proportion of long term leases and generally people respect the site and your privacy. Some of the chalets are ageing but the site owners are steadily upgrading them and installing decking to increase the usable floor area for most chalets. Beach is quite stoney and except at low tide doesn't have much sand. Long pleasant beach walks are possible in both directions along a nice piece of coastline. Site would benefit from a better shop, but it would probably need more regular customers.
Time has past it By, Sussex Beach presents as a Retro holiday camp of yester year, however if it is peace and fresh air you require look no furture. not a place to take teenagers there is nothing there for them. on site there is a small shop for newspapers small goods ect and a small pub, though in need of a good tidy up. staff appear to be low in mood and in need of training to work with people.
Sussex Beach is becoming run down, no pro-active management, things are done by complaint only. Prices have rocketed with a 21 year lease costing in excess of £30,000.00 and yearly costs in excess of £3500.00 + Rates and only now open for 8 months. This has forced some to put thier leases up for sale in local agents at bargain prices!! Is it worth it? Well its on the beach,heated outdoor pool, and tenis court, there's a small working mans type club entertainment. Good fishing, close to Portsmouth etc. Here you will find a small comunity of fantastic people, a couple of buisinesses running holiday lets so you might get a bit of rental income if your fortunate.
Turned up at sussex beach when it was pouring with rain, unloaded car to chalet, got soaked as the guttering was blocked and broken. Went over to the entertainments lounge which was leaking from the rain, staff were in a mood. there were about 8 pensioners looking very bored...Bingo with cards, they werent impressed. went back to chalet and sleep. next day preparing dinner, oven had a door switch which meant that when the door was open it was a grill and when closed it was an oven...found out this didnt work when the closed door grilled and burned my chicken leaving the bottom raw. Oven was replaced, but by then the rain, lack of entertainment had taken its toll...Reloaded the car and went home early.
A couple of months ago we decided to collect the tokens in the Sun for a £15 holiday. As most of you know I am a poor student and we decided that as I couldn’t afford a holiday abroad we would go away for just a weekend somewhere close to home. Sussex Beach wasn’t our first choice. It wasn’t actually in our list of choices but it was one of the only places available to go and it was relatively near to our home. We arrived late last Friday night as we went after work. We had already rung them to inform them that we would be late and they instructed us to go to the pub on site to get the keys. We were sent instructions in the post but we thought it would be best to also print out instructions from Autoroute. Our first problem was one of them took us in one direction and one in another. We finally got there after several wrong turnings to discover a holiday camp in what seemed like the middle of nowhere. The accommodation is actually chalets and the first half of the park is privately owned. These chalets looked really nice with gardens and lots of pretty flowers and garden gnomes. However we were at the other side. We went to the pub to get the keys and bought some electricity cards for a pound each. We got given a leaflet telling you a bit more about the place, two menus and a map with instructions to get to our chalet. Off we went again round in a big circle. We eventually found our chalet to discover the park was not actually as big as first thought. The outside of the chalets looked quite old and the paintwork looked in need of major attention. The ones next door were in the process of been refurbished and looked a lot better. We got to the door and we were a bit worried about how the place was going to look. We were actually pleasantly surprised and fairly pleased with the condition though. The rooms were very spacious with a separate bedroom with two single beds and the main living area with a bed settee. There was
a small bathroom with a bath and power shower and it was in quite good condition apart from a few chips in the bath. There was also a small kitchen with an oven and a nice clean fridge. The oven hobs could have done with been renewed as they were very worn. There was plenty of space to put your clothes, as there were two wardrobes with lots of coat hangers, and a few chests of drawers. We unpacked our clothes and then went to the pub. As the park is so small it was only round the corner and we had chance to look at what else the park had to offer on the way. There was an outdoor swimming pool with a little splash pool for the children. There was crazy golf and a big playground, which became known to my nephew as the obstacle course. As it was still light we got dragged in there before having chance to look anywhere else. It was a very good play area suitable for all ages and I must admit I quite enjoyed playing on it myself. Over the weekend we played dodge the crocodiles, which involved my four-year-old nephew Luke running around trying not to touch the floor. I was quite keen to join in and by the end of the weekend we had my fiancé acting as the crocodile and made him chase us. Trust me you had to be there. We finally got to the door of the pub to discover an amusement room. Luke spotted it straight away despite our efforts to get him to look the other way. We went in to discover a fairly small arcade a lot smaller than what I am used to, coming from a seaside town. We tried our luck in the teddy machines which I always become hopelessly addicted to but discovered they were pathetic and it looked like it had been the same teddies stuck in there for years. Luke ran to the air hockey and enjoyed playing his grandma whilst my fiancé and I got some change. The next time we looked round they were racing each other on the motorbikes. Seemed like grandma had become a kid as well. After a good fifteen minutes we went out promising Luke to come back the
next day. We finally got into the pub (The Stags Head) and instantly got some bingo cards thrown in our face. It was the bingo where you have to match seven playing cards up. I was not used to this type and I was confused at first. By the second night we were experts at it and won ourselves £32. As for the food on site we were quite surprised. They had two menus one for the bar and one for the restaurant, which was just the upstairs of the pub. They called it Legends and it had the American film star theme with the red checked tablecloths and photos on the walls. The prices of the food were quite reasonable and it was nice although it took a long time. They also did meals slightly different to the menu which we needed as Luke can be fussy and doesn’t like chips. They were pleased to offer him Sausages and mushrooms although on the last night when we ordered Sausage, chicken nuggets and mushrooms they misunderstood and missed off the mushrooms. Fortunately little Luke didn’t notice so it wasn’t too much of a catastrophe. Luckily for us when we woke up on our first morning there it was sunny and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. As the place is so near the beach though it was really windy and didn’t feel as hot as it looked. We decided to go for a walk along the pebbly beach towards Bracklesham bay. It was quite a long walk but was made enjoyable by grandma falling over and ending up at the bottom of a hill with her legs in the air. Luke also found a spade that made his day and got a banana lolly at the end of it all. We had to walk back though and decided to walk the road way instead. It was probable the wrong decision though as most of the way there was no pathway so it meant Luke on our shoulders (they are still aching now). Later on that afternoon we took a dip in the pool, which I deeply regretted after feeling very cold when getting out. It was quite a nice pool with one evil lifeguard that see
med to spend all his time shouting at people. He made Luke cry by shouting at him and telling him to get off the stones. Luke spent the rest of the weekend determined to hit him with a tennis racket. My fiancé and I went to play tennis as there were two tennis courts on site. As it was so windy it seemed also impossible to hit the thing from one side and you only needed to touch it from the other side for it to go flying out of play. We soon gave up but they were quite good tennis courts. We all went to play Crazy Golf next which Luke really likes. It bored the pants of Simon and I as it was too windy and the ball wouldn’t stay still. We kicked the football around whilst Luke and grandma went round every hole. Luke then seemed fascinated by the children that had gathered around my fiancé and I wanting to join in so he forgot about the golf and ran over to us. There was a small shop on site which only sold very basic things and I was surprised to find out they did not sell newspapers. We went back into the arcade and spent over a pound of two pence’s to get Luke a little toy gremlin on a parachute with some sweets. By the swimming pool for two hours a day was a bouncy castle. Both Luke and I enjoyed this as they let me go on it as well, to look after Luke of course! On Sunday we went for another walk on the beach and decided to go the other way to West Sands. It was scorching hot and we burnt badly, but it was good fun. When we finally got there after ages of throwing pebbles in the water, we found a pub and a big arcade. Here we were in our element and spent ages on the machines and managed to win Luke and his little sister who wasn’t with us, two teddies each. Luke was really chuffed but was only satisfied when we had won an even number amount so he didn’t have to share. We spent the whole walk back pretending to be trains, a favourite game of Luke’s and although we looked st
upid we obliged to keep him happy. Imagine the four of us running along the beach with our arms going up and down shouting choo choo. Luke fell over after running away from Diesel 10 an imaginary train I invented chasing us. He soon cheered up after a couple of minutes on my shoulders and jumped down again to remind us all we were trains. Anyway we had a really good time and thought Sussex Beach was really good. The staff were ok but most of the work was done by a women called Lisa who I think was the entertainments manager. I don’t think any of them would win any awards for politeness, as they seemed to have mood swings perhaps brought on by the hot weather. It is a good place when the weather is good but I think if it had been raining we wouldn’t have had a good a time as we did. There is quite a bit to do for young children but I think teenagers would be bored here. We didn’t spend much money at all as all the activities such as swimming, golf and tennis were free and provided free hire of the equipment. Most people say these Sun holidays are a waste of time, as you have to pay for a lot of extras. We could have hired out bedding at an extra charge but was warned of this beforehand and we took our own. You cannot compare this holiday camp with any Haven and Butlins sites, as it is not big enough. There is definitely room for improvement though and I think it could be better than it is. To end on a sad note, overall this was a very successful weekend, well so we thought as our weekend came to an end. It was only when we got back on Monday morning we discovered my fiancés car had been broken into and his CD player pinched from it.
Earnley, Bracklesham Bay, West Sussex PO20 7JP. Tel: (01243) 671213