Over half term we took the kids to Potters Resort for a 4 day break.
Potters Resort is a modern five-star holiday village situated on the coastline border of Norfolk and Suffolk, in Hopton-on-Sea. Potters was the first permanent holiday camp in the United Kingdom, opening its doors for the first time in 1920 and it is still run by the same family.
It took us an epic 5 hours to drive there from Bournemouth and we couldn’t wait to get checked-in and explore everything it had to offer. We were given our room key and an itinerary and instructions of how to book activities before we headed off to unload the car and see our room.
I have read lots of amazing reviews about Potters Resort but I was not prepared for the sheer size of the rooms – they are huge!. As a large family, finding rooms big enough for us all is a real challenge, but Potters have it sussed.
In the main part of the room were huge wardrobes, a large dressing table with hairdryer and plenty of drawers, flat screen TV, seating area and tables and even a balcony with a small table and chairs with glimpses of the sea. The room was so large that they even popped an extra bed in for Sebastian.
The next room along was the massive bathroom with his and her sinks, the all important toilet and a bath with a decent shower and a further room was for Isaac and Eliza with twin beds.
They even had their own TV plus a Xbox360 so they could watch DVD’s or play games.
There was also a large coat rack in the hall with plenty of space to leave shoes by the door too.
At no point did the room feel cramped and there was plenty of room for the kids to play and store all the things they made at Bamboozles club.
My only grumble with the room was that we were on the outer edge of the hotel and as such the wifi wasn’t very strong which meant I couldn’t get any work done in the room. Not that the kids cared as it meant that we got to go to the games zone where they could play on ipads or enjoy soft play whilst I caught up on what I needed to do.
I have to say the whole resort was spotlessly clean and well maintained and it is obvious that the staff love working there as they all bend over backwards to make sure your stay is comfortable. The resort is all-inclusive, with the exception of alcoholic beverages and fizzy pop, with breakfast served in the restaurant at 8.30, lunch at 12.30 and dinner at 18.30.
You are allocated your table on the first day which you use for your whole stay and are served by the same member of staff for the entire break. By the second day, our waitress Tracey, knew all our names and the kids likes and dislikes. She could not have been more helpful.
There was the option to choose from a set menu, enjoy the daily carvery or a lunchtime have an omlette specially made in front of you. The food was very good, with choices that would appeal to everyone, however, we were disappointed by the kids menu.
The kids had a choice of just two meal options every day and it was often over-cooked and greasy – not appealing at all. Thankfully there was a large choice of fruit available which kept them happy and full.
I have to say that Potters Resort are feeders and there was so much food on offer that I felt guilty turning it down, but I guess it is good to have too much choice. Thank goodness there were lots of activities provided to burn all those calories off again!
To be continued…………