Rough and ready UK holiday park with drunks and babies in smoking shelter

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    A UK holiday park has been dubbed "rough and ready" by disgruntled customers, prompting one brave mum to investigate.

    Sand le Mere in Tunstall, East Yorkshire, has received mixed reviews from its many guests over the years, leaving many families wondering whether it's worth the trip, YorkshireLive reported.

    And despite boasting a four-star average TripAdvisor rating, many are hesitant to book in at the resort thanks to reviews recalling "unbearable" shouting and swearing and "babies in the smoking shelter".

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    One reviewer, who stayed at the family-friendly park in April wrote: "Rough and ready… Child services needed" before describing how the family was met with "crowds of drunk adults with babies/young children walking in the road" on arrival.

    They also added "the amount of shouting and swearing was unbearable" and that they spotted "babies in the smoking shelter".

    Other reviews also complained of the park being loud, with one simply entitled "Noise!!!!"

    Given the park's polarising nature, many UK holiday-goers might be tempted to give the resort a miss and opt for a safer alternative.

    But mum and YorkshireLive writer Caroline Hemmingham decided to take the plunge and spend a weekend with her family in one of the park's caravans – and she wasn't disappointed.

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    "On arrival, I was instantly impressed. The site itself is really picturesque, with several pretty lakes, lots of trees and grassy areas and the rustic Tunstall beach along one side," she wrote.

    "When we arrived at our caravan I was again impressed. I have no idea how new it was but it looked and felt really modern and had everything we needed for the weekend."

    Having been quoted just £129 for three nights in a "gold" standard caravan, Hemmingham was already blown away by the quality of her accommodation.

    And there were more pleasant surprises in store.

    Hemmingham said she spent the week enjoying entertainment by the likes of Bucks Fizz and Katrina from Katrina and the Waves, splashing around in the pool and exploring the grounds, which includes an area to look out onto the stunning Tunstall beach.

    She added there was also plenty of entertainment for the kids, too, and that her two young sprogs "loved getting up and having a dance" at their own age-appropriate events.

    But despite how action-packed the weekend turned out to be, Hemmingham said her fears about the park's noisiness never materialised.

    She wrote: "Despite what I'd read in the reviews, the area of the site where we stayed was also really quiet. So quiet in fact that I was mindful of how noisy my own children were being – I didn't want us to be the subject of future bad reviews."

    Hemmingham, who lives in nearby Hull, was so delighted by the park that she and her family opted to stay an extra night and drive home on Monday morning before the school rush.

    "All in all, we had an absolutely brilliant family weekend away. It really did feel like a holiday even though we were so close to home – which also cut out the stress of travelling far with two young children," she added.

    The Daily Star has contacted Park Holidays UK, who manages the resort, for comment.

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