We're all familiar with advertising slogans which hint at the super within.
Ajax claims to be ‘‘stronger than dirt’’, while Harley Davidson roars ‘‘American by birth. Rebel by choice’’.
And Hoburne Holidays, a small British company which punches above its weight with just seven resorts at its disposal?
Well, after our holiday at its original Hoburne Park site coincided with 100mph winds just across the English Channel on the Isle of Wight, there can only be one verdict.
And that’s ‘‘Hurricane Safe Hoburne’’ (with apologies to the late Alex Higgins).
Imagine the scenario. There we were in our Gold, three-bedroom static caravan, raised above the Dorset soil.
Just across the water, the country’s highest windspeed was being recorded during the great storm of October 27/28, 2013.
Did we worry about being blown over on a site that has stood the test of holiday time for 101 years? Absolutely not.
We were as warm as toast in our bolt hole, barely able to hear the wind and rain outside and perfectly placed to make the most of watching Mother Nature at her best.
Hours before the hurricane, we were down on the pier at Bournemouth, watching surfers enjoying the giant waves.
It all looked a bit precarious to me... grown men bobbing about like seals while trying to avoid each other.
When we needed to warm up, the Key West restaurant / cafe towards the end of the pier was fabulous, with a dazzling ceiling to match.
Heading eastward along the coast was a reminder of the dangers that adventure brings.
High up on a cliff, ‘‘Always follow your dreams Blue skies’’, a memorial to the late Red Arrows pilot Flt Lt Jon Egging, reaches up towards the gods in the sky.
Further east, engraved name plates on Boscombe Pier benches recall the names of young surfers who have died enjoying the thrill of the sea.
Back in the safety of Hoburne Park, there’s a restaurant and a bar with entertainment which kept us going all week (though neither sells real ale).
There’s no need to watch TV when there’s a string of entertainers on night after night, ranging from the ever popular children’s character Sammy Seahorse to Britain’s Got Talent stars The Shaolin Monks and a brilliant covers band from the Midlands called Got The T-Shirt, who left the centre’s own entertainers in the shade.
Despite the appalling weather in the hours of darkness, which saw us shamefully driving just a few hundred yards from our caravan to the centre most nights, we didn’t see a drop of rain during daylight all week.
The day after the big storm we visited the nearby Avon Beach, surely one of Britain’s finest with its view towards The Needles, cliff top walk and, yes, decent waves.
Once again, people were surfing and wind-surfing only this time in brilliantly-rich sunshine.
Best of all, The Noisy Lobster restaurant (and chip hatch) serves outstanding food at a very fair price. The staff here are tremendously proud of what they are doing and, if every catering establishment was like this in Britain, we’d worry even less about the weather.
The Hoburne story began 100 years ago in May, 1912 when current chairman Rosie Kennar’s great-grandfather bought the plot of land for Hoburne Park at auction.
Today, much of the best that Hamsphire and Dorset has to offer is within an hour’s drive in either direction – east or west – and you’ll be given a bus timetable on arrival, too.
Graham Young was a guest of Hoburne Holiday Parks, Hoburne Park, Hoburne Lane, Christchurch, Dorset BH23 4HU, which won the Family Business of the Year Award in 2013. With a choice of lodges, caravans, chalets, apartments, touring pitches and camping, Hoburne has something for everyone at four or five star holiday parks in Dorset, Hampshire, Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and The Cotswolds.
Different leisure facilities are available at each park, but Hoburne Park has an indoor leisure pool with sauna and steam room, heated outdoor pool (mid-May to mid-September), fitness room, crazy golf, tennis court, indoor soft play area and nature trail.
There are also some stunning new luxury lodges for sale from £149,450 at Hoburne Naish, New Milton, Hampshire. Other homes available to buy elsewhere from £9,995. For further details visit www.hoburne.com or call 0844 288 1925 (Hoburne park) or 0844 288 2050 (general booking line).