Sand Dunes was everything we had hoped for. The accommodation was spacious clean light and airy.
Every possible thing was there we could need. The complex is very safe we felt secure.
Its location is close to everything. Andy the caretaker was very helpful.
we will definitely book again
The apartment was spacious, clean and well furnished with good views from the upper floor across to the sea (though slightly spoilt by the presence of the plastic roof covering the floor below, which we hadn't noticed in the photo).
The seating area, dining room and kitchen on the upper floor were very well appointed, with a good range of equipment and kitchen items. The bedrooms on the lower floor were similarly well furnished and equipped, although I personally found the bed slightly uncomfortable and the duvet too high a tog for warm - not even hot - weather.
We liked Westward Ho but felt that the description of the beach and the name of the apartment "Sand Dunes" was rather misleading in that there are no sand dunes or soft, dry sand on the beach near the apartment. A person has to walk a little way down the "promenade" and down some steps and then negotiate an area of round pebbles and rough rocks in order to access the flat, wet sand. It was certainly a pleasant experience to walk across the flat sand towards the sea and foaming waves but a bit of a job getting there.
Although we had booked the accommodation partly because it was dog-friendly, in the event we did not take our dog. Had we done so, the nearby beach did not allow dogs (even though most of the nearby accommodation was marked "dog friendly).
Northam Burrows, where there is a surfing school, is a nice area with a good Visitor Centre and informative staff, and access to a path round the golf course. Car parking is £4 for the day.
We had two meals at The Drift which we thoroughly enjoyed - good food and wine at a reasonable price and friendly and efficient service. A table by the huge window of the Pier restaurant afforded stunning views of the sea but the food was only of average quality.
Walking to the right of the apartment block, brings you to the Pier complex and onwards to the coastal path which is a very pleasant walk.
Having stayed at Sand Dunes, we feel that the apartment was not particularly suitable for younger children since they only had access to the balcony, unlike the nearby static mobile homes where children could play on the surrounding grass while still being within sight and reach of their parents. And, as stated, getting to the beach required walking over stones and rock.
We came to the conclusion that the apartment would be more suitable for a group of 6 adults who could use it as a base for surfing/walking/driving to surrounding areas of interest. It may also not be suitable for elderly people because of the lack of easy access to the beach and because of the restriction re dogs on the nearby area of beach.
We spent three nights at Sand Dunes celebrating a family birthday , the apartment is massive, with great sea views.
The location is good too within easy walking distance of the restaurants and centre of Westward Ho.