Location, location, location! Few coastal holiday resorts can match Sandhills, sitting neatly at the point where picturesque Christchurch Harbour meets the Mudeford seafront.
Operated by Park Holidays, Sandhills has over recent years made the transition to become one of the more tranquil parks of its type. We like the fact that the Bolt Hole is sited in one of the wooded parts of the site yet is still only a short walk from the seafront.
The park has a heated outdoor pool and toddlers pool operating between April and the end of October and enjoying lifeguard supervision. The park has invested in stylish poolside furniture to create a relaxing atmosphere. From there, it’s a few steps into the bar and clubroom for refreshments.
The bar and wider clubhouse benefit from satellite TV and free wi-fi, with entertainments on offer during the peak periods of the year. Having said that, Sandhills doesn’t try to be Butlins – it’s more about a quiet drink than karaoke! Elsewhere, the park has a well-equipped children’s playground, small gym and launderette. You can buy a limited selection of essentials via a reception-operated kiosk.
Now substantially converted into flats, the Sandhills clubhouse has its own historical interest. It was once the holiday home of Sir George Rose MP, who was a close friend and advisor to prime minister William Pitt. Sir George's other great friend was King George III who stayed there on a number of occasions in the early 1800s and in doing so made Christchurch a fashionable tourist destination. In the 1940s and 50s Sandhills was used as a school.