We’ve been writing this blog since October 2012 and in that time we have received a multitude of offers to review this product and that, link to this site or the other and…. we have said no to all of the offers. Why? Well this blog is about us and our voyage of discovery and not an advertising forum! However all this said a while ago an offer was proposed that….. seemed too good to be true!
Now most offers that seem too good to be true usually turn out to be so but….. It would seem not this one. So after very careful consideration we decided that we should indeed accept the offer of a free holiday in return for a blog post about our time away. We apologise if you feel this is an error on our part but we are after all a family trying our hardest to pay our way in an expensive world and we decided this holiday was a reward! So….. here we found ourselves in a Gold Lodge at the Golden Coast in Woolacombe!
We arrived about 5pm on Friday and as we drove up the drive we came face to face with……. an on site supermarket called Fresco’s! Well that’s a bit of the park we could not explore! We collected our key from reception – we did our very best Roger Cook face and we think they suspected nothing. We found our lodge and were extremely pleasantly surprised. A lovely kitchen (with the same cooker hood as us – a sign of great taste) a very shiny new bathroom, a dining room, a sitting room, a shoe cupboard and three excellent sized bedrooms. All in all….. more space than Team Pugh HQ! Later on Mamma and Da joined us – they also like a freebie!
The site had a great selection of things to do including an indoor swimming pool, arcade and soft play for Ian, sorry we mean Lizzie. Just a few miles down the road was the lovely Woolacombe beach, slots and holiday type shops.
Now on both Saturday and Sunday with Mammar as our babysitter Becksie, Ian and Da went for a dip in the lovely clear sea. On Saturday the weather was lovely so only Becksie hired a wetsuit but as the weather was a) very windy and b) extremely wet on the Sunday we all hired wetsuits and body boards. For two hours they were just £6 per person – a bargain! To say we had fun is an understatement! With the wind howling, the rain pouring and the waves bashing to the shore it was totally amazing. The beach at Woolacombe is extremely clean and very well patrolled by lifeguards! A fab place, and well worth a visit if you have never been!
During our stay we visited nearby Ilfracombe and not only saw Verity but a lovely local food deli and….. much to Da’s delight the camra pub of the year. We also had some pips! That’s Lizzie talk for chips!
As Ian came on holiday to Woolacombe as a child we were able to take a trip (or five) down memory lane and visit some of Ian’s old holiday haunts such as the lovely Sunset amusements and take in the sights of Mortehoe!
On the Saturday night a few of us took a stroll on Woolacombe beach and took in the delights of Woolacombe by night – it was lovely and with the aid of welly boots and warm coats a very pleasant walk.
Now……. Holiday style entertainment is not very Team Pugh but as we were being Roger Cook off we went to cash bingo on the park….. we…… didn’t win as…….. we arrived too late to buy our tickets – doh!! Oh well!
So there you have it our review of the Golden Coast resort, our Gold Lodge and Woolacombe. We hope you aren’t cross we decided to take this holiday.
Wish you were here, weather’s weird, lots of love Team Pugh xx