A review of our stay during July 2021
Where is Sand Le Mere Holiday Village?
You will find Sand Le Mere Holiday Village on the east coast of England, north of the Humber estuary. Its closest city is Hull and has a postcode of HU12 0JN
You can book your holiday via Hoseasons Sand le Mere Holiday Village in Tunstall, Nr Withernsea – Holiday Parks – Book Online – Hoseasons
A review of our stay at Sand Le Mere Holiday Village
We were lucky enough to win this holiday, following entering a competition in Cosmopolitan Magazine. Although saying that, all aspects of my review are my own and there were no conditions as part of my prize.
The prize was for a 2-bed luxury caravan which could sleep 6 people, with the option to take a dog and a choice of off-peak dates within 2021.
Sand Le Mere kindly allocated us a dog friendly 3-bedroom caravan which sleeps 8 people.
The location of our allocated caravan was Number 8 Fiona’s Way.
The caravan was nice and clean. There was a roll of toilet paper in the bathroom and a bottle of sanitiser in the kitchen (you can get free refills during your stay, but we just used our own).
It was a good-sized bathroom and the shower was a nice size and worked well. There was a shelf in the shower for shower gel etc which was useful and often missing in holiday rentals. There was a mirrored cabinet above the sink and a cabinet below.
The fridge freezer in the kitchen was a good size. Certainly big enough for everything we’d brought, with space to spare.
The kitchen was fully stocked with all the equipment we needed during our stay.
There could have been more plug sockets, particularly in the living room, as there only seemed to be one spare. Luckily, we brought an extension plug with us.
The bed was lovely and comfortable and the vanity area was set up nicely. If you read some of my other reviews, you will see that I have a thing about having a mirror, a table, a seat and a plug all in one place! The double bedroom had this, so got brownie points! For anyone who wants to use a hairdryer or put on makeup, it is so helpful!!
The beds are tiny both in width and length. In my opinion these are only suitable for children.
Location of caravan
No 8 Fiona’s Way was away from general foot or car traffic, so the only people about were those in the surrounding caravans, so it was a peaceful location. There was room to park up to 2 vehicles.
One of our neighbours had a Tesco delivery, so this is obviously a viable option.
If you have the mobility to get to the beach, it is perfect for dogs to have a nice off lead run.
Sadly, Sand Le Mere let down dogs and dog owners on one element, which was so easily solvable and completely unnecessary. I noticed three dog water bowl housing units, one by the Caravan sales building and two at the entrance to the entertainment building. One bowl was missing for the unit, the next bowl was bone dry, the third bowl had GREEN WATER IN IT. Luckily, we always carry clean fresh water and a bowl for our dog.
On site restaurant
We ate at the on-site restaurant once. It felt a bit of a muddle at first. We had the dog with us, but access to the outdoor seating area was all closed off. I asked at reception and they explained that there was an internal one-way system. We had to walk through the inside dining area, then head to the outdoor seating. So that was fine once we knew.
The process was to order and pay for your food at the bar. The food was lush and my husband’s burger was a challenge he succeeded in! The prices were also good. He had The Ultimate Challenge Burger for £13.25 and I had the Cheese and Bacon Burger for £11.35.
Although not owned by Sand Le Mere, you have a beach right on the doorstep of the Holiday Park. It was about a 5-minute walk from our caravan.
There are a couple of issues though
- There is evident erosion happening on this part of the coast, the beach wall looks as though it is only made from soil! So, things are likely to continue to change.
- There is no official safe route down to the beach. But there are routes that are relatively simple to navigate if you have no mobility issues. I doubt you would be able to get a pram down unless someone carried it.
That being said it was a lovely peaceful place for a walk and perfect for letting Archie our dog off his lead.
Would we stay at Sand Le Mere again?
Not in a caravan as the bedrooms are too tight and the twin beds are tiny. But we would certainly consider a Lodge, particularly if they offered dog friendly ones in the future.
As well as the lodge offering larger and better equipped accommodation, you also get fenced decking, which with a dog is perfect (if of course they were allowed!). Some of the lodges also have hot tubs 😊
How does Check In work
Currently a few days before your holiday start date a member of the Sand Le Mere team will phone you to do a check in on the phone.
On arrival day you can get access to your caravan from 4pm. They will phone you once your accommodation is ready to inform you which caravan you will be staying in. Then you are able to go straight there (even if it is before 4pm). One of the doors to the accommodation will be sealed with a safety sticker.
On departure day you must have left by 10am.
What accommodation is available at Sand Le Mere?
There is a mixture of standards of caravans, some of which are pet friendly. There are also holiday lodges, plus a touring field.
One thing that took my eye on the touring field was the plots with private use ensuite facilities. If I ever needed a touring plot, I would definitely investigate one of those!
You will also find residential caravans at Sand Le Mere and those that are privately rented out.
What extra items we took with us
- This was well used both in the living area and in the bedroom.
- When travelling with our dog, this is something we take with us standard, as we can keep our dog to one area where necessary, particularly if he has muddy paws!
- Also, the caravans at Sand Le Mere don’t have fenced decking, so the trellis was even more useful, as acted like a stair gate on the door.
- We correctly presumed there would be no chairs to sit outside the caravan with, so took our own.
- Generally, there are never enough plugs, with all of our phones, computers etc, so this is a staple for us to travel with.
USB charging unit
- This is a new item I have started taking with us on trips, as for my camera and batteries, it takes the pressure off using all of the extension plug slots!
Also needed were towels, tea towels, toilet roll and washing ups equipment. There is a note about this on the website.
What facilities are there at Sand Le Mere Holiday Village
The only facility we used was the restaurant once and the beach (which isn’t owned by Sand Le Mere), so we can’t comment on the facilities. But here is what is available.
Swimming pool with steam room, sauna and splash zone
- At the time of our stay this was bookable
Crazy golf course
Kids adventure playground
Childrens play area
Adult and Childrens entertainment, various dates throughout the year. Mainly peak weekends.
Short walk to Tunstall Beach, but you have to do some minor rock climbing to get there!
- I’ll be putting a video out on my YouTube channel Ears and Ideas on Saturday and in that you can get an idea of the short climb to the beach.
Sonny’s sensory room
Indoor soft play
Sky sports + BT sports
- Age 1-4 Mini Meercats
- Age 5-11 The Meer Pack
- Age 12-17 Inbetweeners
What facilities did we have in our 3 bedroom Luxury Pet Friendly Caravan
Beds made up on arrival
Cooker and hob
Cutlery, utensils, saucepans, frying pans and Crockery
Double bedroom and two twin bedrooms
Pull out bed in lounge
Flatscreen TV with freeview
Gas/Electric fire in lounge
Large fridge freezer
Shower and toilet
For more information on Sand Le Mere we have a video on our YouTube channel (Ears and Ideas) of the drive to https://youtu.be/W6QPcMGA7aM and around Sand Le Mere and then coming soon we have videos on our experience at Sand Le Mere and places we visited during this trip.
What is nearby to visit?
- Garden Centre
- HU11 5QL
- 33 minutes from Sand Le Mere
- We had a lovely lunch here.
- This is a vast garden centre, well worth a visit
- Freeport Outlet
- HU18 1UT
- 28 minutes from Sand Le Mere
- We always use the Park and Ride and walk into Bridlington as the beach by the car park is dog friendly
- The postcode is YO15 3QN
- Time from Sand Le Mere is 50 minutes
- Seaside resort
- Large dog friendly part of beach
- Car park we use postcode YO30 7DT
- Time from Sand Le Mere 1 hour 36 minutes
York Designer Outlet
- Postcode YO19 4TA
- Drive time from caravan 1 hour 27 minutes
- 1 hour 22 mins from caravan
- 1 hour 56 minutes from caravan
- 1 hour 13 mins from caravan
- Parking postcode at the leisure centre DN35 0AJ
- 1 hour 20 minutes from Sand Le Mere
ASDA Hull Superstore
- HU11 4AL
- Time from Sand Le Mere 24 minutes drive
Here are some products that might add value to your visit.
🎁If you plan on spending time on the beach, or have a hot tub at your accommodation, a poncho is perfect to keep you warm once you come out of the water. It also allows you to remove your swimwear with privacy! I have the cheaper version, but I have also given you a link for the dearer option, that many sports people use.
1) The cheaper version, which comes in different sizes and colours https://amzn.to/3vG0QWO
2) The more expensive version used by surfers for example https://amzn.to/3cPYP1w
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This is the camera equipment we used
Camera – 📸We took the pictures on my Sony ZV-1 camera https://amzn.to/3u1VKCY
Camera Grip – We use a grip/short tripod with my camera – the Sony GP-VPT2BT https://amzn.to/2TeWJm5
Please note the links above are affiliate links, which means that we see a very small commission on any of the products you purchase. This will not affect the price you pay and is just a way of supporting our adventures
Can you get discounts on Greenacres Holiday Park?
As I write this there are no discounts from August 2021 onwards. But it is always worth checking the following
Tesco Clubcard deals
If you are new to Tesco Clubcard deals, I have written an article to help you. I use my vouchers for a mixture of hotel stays and Hoseason Holiday discounts. How your grocery shopping can help pay for your travels! – Ears and Ideas
***You can use Tesco vouchers to save up to £90 towards your break with Hoseasons as of August 2021***
As above if you are new to Quidco, I have written an article. But basically, if you are a member (free and paid memberships) just by going through their site you can get cashback. I have received almost £500 from the past few years. Save Money On Your Next Trip – Ears and Ideas
As of August 2021 there are no active offers for Hoseasons with Quidco, but always worth checking.
The final one I would suggest you check out is TopCashBack, again I have written an article if you’re a new to this site, it works in the same way as Quidco. Want to get your next trip cheaper? – Ears and Ideas
As of August 2021 there are no active offers for Hoseasons with Quidco, but always worth checking.