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Camping on a dried-up river bed, we discovered when it rained during the night and half of our equipment and clothes were already most of the way to the Irish Sea why you shouldn't camp on a dried-up riverbed. Tell us about crappy holidays.

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(, Fri 15 Aug 2014, 10:32)
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When child 1 arrived, we had a few things go wrong around the house - washing machine and central heating packed up with 2 days of each other and with a new baby at home, we needed both of them. So our little holiday pot was used.

So my nan, without our knowledge saved the vouchers from the paper for the "holidays for £10" and then booked it. For February half term.

We drive down to some shitty Haven holidays called Devon Cliffs, getting there about 4pm, and first question is do you want to upgrade for £20. I jokingly say "Are we in the shit caravans then"?

I'm sure she wanted to say yes. Due to the baby we did upgrade, and then were given a map to where our van was.

This deluxe van was one of the best on site. but that didn't include any form of heating at all. Or a door on the toilet. And no gas in the bottle. And a hole in the roof. No plates/cutlery/glasses. It had a TV, but no ariel.

We went back to the front desk and complained, "no other deluxe ones available - all booked". I hadn't seen another person on the site. Swimming pool was closed. Entertainment was cancelled due to not enough people on site that week. Restaurant had closed at 6pm due to having no staff.

That night, we discovered the bed came with sheets, but no duvet. The hot water was powered by an on demand heater, that didn't work. It was -4 the first night outside. And the same in the caravan. We went to bed fully clothed. Found frost in the carpet in the living area.

At 6am we woke to give baby food. I went to see about moving to any other accommodation on site and was basically told it would cost £350 to move to another van, and they would also charge me for the repairs on the van we were in (Their words - "No-one else mentioned a hole or heating not working, so you must have done it").

We were packed and on our way home 8 minutes after I got back to the caravan. We took pictures and sent it to Haven head office and to the paper my nan had booked it from. We got a full refund and a free stay in the summer. We did not take it.
(, Sat 16 Aug 2014, 20:33, 11 replies)
We went to a place like this
except we had to listen to a time-share pitch.
(, Sun 17 Aug 2014, 1:47, closed)
No ariel?
(, Sun 17 Aug 2014, 12:15, closed)
Was this around 1998?
I was working at Haven head office back then and I remember a letter being received from a customer that was so shocking it unofficially did the rounds of every department to gawp at the incompetence of a site that we all already knew had serious issues

The story was very similar - although I dont recall exact details due to how long ago it was.
(, Sun 17 Aug 2014, 15:41, closed)
I do love those heart warming stories,
where an incompetent berk meets an angry cheapskate and they reminisce about how, decades back, they ruined each others day.
(, Mon 18 Aug 2014, 12:32, closed)
Had you booked it in a hurry...
.....because the Yew Tree squad were looking for you and needed to lie low?
(, Mon 18 Aug 2014, 21:46, closed)
nothing creepy as fuck there

(, Mon 18 Aug 2014, 21:53, closed)

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