Hunter’s Quay Holiday Village
Reviewed by Stella Young
Since having a family, we have been big fans of self catering holidays, visiting various sites over the last few years. We hadn’t actually heard of the 5* Hunter’s Quay Holiday Village until recently, but after looking at their very comprehensive website, we were excited to be visiting pastures new. I looked up the location on Google, and noticed a ferry crossing was required to get there, an extra adventure for our children, a 3.5 year old boy, and 18 month twin girls.
The crossings are regular, every 20 minutes, we purchased a return ticket on board which cost £38.50, but it does say on the Hunter’s Quay website these can be bought in advance from them at a slightly cheaper cost. After departing the ferry, the holiday village is a short drive from the ferry terminal.
We located reception for check in, and were given maps of the village and instructions on how to find our lodge. We had to provide a credit card to swipe, which would cover any damage or missing remote controls etc… There is obviously no charge made if there are no problems.
Having only previously stayed in caravans on self catering holidays, the first thing that struck us about the lodge was space! As we eagerly investigated all the rooms, they were all huge in comparison with a caravan. We were in a 3 bedroom Comfort Plus lodge, which had one double bedroom, 2 twin bedrooms, a lounge/dining area, kitchen, shower room and a small toilet room. There was also a veranda area with patio furniture. The rooms were all pretty much exactly as shown on the website, only they are much bigger than they looked on the photos. The lounge area was equipped with a 42” television, and the master bedroom a wall mounted 32” television. Luxury indeed!
The park is set in 185 acres of ground. All areas seemed to be beautifully maintained, and views over the Holy Loch were just beautiful, Scotland at its’ finest.
Unfortunately our break was the week after the season ended, so there was no evening entertainment. Although this didn’t bother us too much as our children are young and were unwell during our visit, so we were more than happy being cosied up in the comfort of our lodge in the evening.
There were plenty of day time activities available to keep children of all ages entertained. We visited Rusty’s Funhouse, which was a good sized soft play area, with separate areas for Under 3’s and Over 3’s, there was a small charge for entry, or passes could be bought for the duration of your stay. There was no charge for our under 2 twins. There is also an outdoor play area, however weather did not permit us to try that area out. The is also an action packed Go Active program, including fencing, archery, water zorbing, activities ranged in suitability from around age 3, and the time table was handily colour coded according to age group. Unfortunately we didn’t get a chance to try many of the activities due to a cheerleading competition being held while we were there, we also noticed that Rusty’s Funhouse is in the process of being upgraded. There are also onsite gym facilities, and a variety of exercise classes to choose from, including Zumba & kettle bells.
Onsite eating facilities are the Hunters Bar & Grill, and there is also a Fish & Chip van which is open during peak season. We had lunch in the Bar & Grill, it was a reasonable £30 for lunch for 5 of us including drinks. The menu included all the traditional pub favourites, and our meals certainly filled a spot and went down well with the children as well.
So would we return to Hunters Quay? Absolutely! We loved our stay, and would be great to go back when the evening entertainment is on as well. Even had a few day dreams about a retirement holiday home. We can but dream….
Hunter's Quay Holiday Village is open all year round. For more information, to download a brochure or make a booking click here.