Saturday, 22 September 2012

Sand Le Mere Review

We have just spent a lovely weekday break at Sand Le Mere in East Yorkshire.  The accommodation was fantastic, we stayed in one of the two bed roomed luxury lodges and they really were quite something.  There were spotlights in the ceiling, a fake fire with its own remote control (fancy hey!), a built in radio in the kitchen with speakers in the ceiling, the furniture was all modern and everything was clean and tidy.

I was pleased to see they included a scourer, a cleaning cloth, a couple of dishwasher tabs (we kept forgetting we had a dishwasher as we do not have one at home, so still did everything by hand – doh!) and a toilet roll!  Very handy little extra’s, but do make sure you arrive with some basics as depending upon the time you arrive the site shop may be closed.

The kitchen had plenty of cutlery, pans and everything else you could possibly need to cook up a delightful meal (if you felt inclined!).  But the restaurant had very affordable meals available so it was tempting to eat out every night.  We were trying to stay on a budget so only sampled the restaurant fare once, we both had chilli and it was delicious.  One of the restaurant staff kindly offered to wrap up our boys meals as they were so engrossed in the night time entertainment they had not eaten them.  I do like the extra mile the staff seem willing to take.  They really are very friendly and helpful here.

I was happy sitting outside with a glass of wine...

Hubbie was pleased that he found plenty of Wifi BT hotspots so he could go online; he does tend to panic if he’s cut off from his online world… whereas I enjoyed a break from blogging, with my scheduled posts doing the hard work!

My boys enjoyed everything the site had to offer.

We fed the ducks (at first we only had two and we were slightly disappointed but then there was a small army of ducks!)

We enjoyed playing crazy golf (a very fair extra charge of £6 for our family of four).

The boys loved the wooden outdoor play area, with slides, swings and a mini climbing section

The indoor soft play area is fantastic too, a good size for plenty of adventures and with an open fronted coffee shop conveniently located next to it, you can grab a drink then watch them play.

Eldest was excited to have his first try in a Hydro Dome (£5 charge to do this), although bless him he spent most of his allocated time on his bottom trying to get to grips with the giant ball!

We investigated what the beach looked like, I think it’s handy for somewhere to take your dogs to stretch their legs, but we did not return, it’s a bit to wild and rocky for us, especially when we are spoilt with our own more charming seaside at home.

You can really see that a considerable investment has been made into the site (over £4 million); the swimming pool particularly was brilliant.  The Splash Zone was a highlight, with both boys occupied there with the squirting water with daddy I even got to do a few lengths myself in peace.  Although the pool does open an hour early just for adult swimmers to make the most of the pool, without screams of laughter and random splashes in your direction!

The boys’ most favourite part was Matt and Rob from the entertainment team, as it was out of season the entertainment was in a condensed format, but in peak season they have a huge variety of different activities on for children.  I spoke at length to Rob about what they got up to over the summer and am sorely tempted to come back during the summer holidays to experience it fully!

The boys are very proud of their medals from winning reverse bingo and the dancing competitions (okay mummy and daddy got up and won the ones youngest are wearing!  But he is pleased as punch regardless!).

With so much on site it was tempting to stay there but we did venture off out, we went to Hornsea Freeport to the outlet shopping centre and the boys really enjoyed Neptune’s Kingdom.  I am amazed how cheap it was.  We only paid £1.50 each for the boys and we did not have to pay!  The soft play area was huge too!

We also visited The Deep (full review to follow) in Hull, which is a very worthwhile way to pass a few hours, with a great variety of sea life to be amazed by in the huge aquarium.

But most of all I was amazed by the cost of the lodges, they are very competitively priced!  You can also take advantage of money off days out in Yorkshire to save even more!

Thank you Sand Le Mere for letting us be your guests for this review.

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