I have just returned from a 4 night stay at Parkdean, Holywell Bay.
The park is situated in the Elenglaze valley and is very remote if you don't have a car, as the nearest supermarket is Morrison’s in Newquay which is a 15 min car journey. Even though I drive I did not see a bus pass the park in all the time I was there, so if you don't have a car you will have to stay on the park if you can call it that.
If you are like me and are used to the bigger parks of Haven and other Parkdean sites then you will be disappointed at the services on offer.
They say they have Amusements, I don't think 5 slot machines and 2 arcade games can constitute as an Amusements especially as I found out after one of the machines broke and refused to pay out the prize my niece had won that the park DOESN'T even own there machines and we would have to wait for the technician who would arrive after my stay had ended meaning it wasn't an option or they could refund me the 30p play even though I had put in over £3 to win the prize.
There is no longer a takeaway as some other posters have said as this has been replaced by the Elenglaze Bar & Grill, which is overpriced as you can get a medium plate of fish and chips for £7.95! although I will say the food is of a good standard.
The entertainment is of a poor standard as they do not stick to time tables which resulted in my niece missing her favourite Sid and Lizzie characters on all but 1 of the nights we stayed.
If you like to be active on holiday then you will not be spending much time on the park as there is nothing for people over 5 to during the day, I ended up driving to the near by Haven at Perran Sands which has everything from Burger King to Poppa Johns Pizza and an indoor swimming pool.
Now onto the beach, it is a beautiful beach, its a shame that it is not 10 mins away as they say but more like 15-20 mins walk. The only way you colud get there in 10 mins would be to run. A word of warning to anyone with a disabled relative, you will NOT be able to get to the beach, I was very annoyed that they do not advertise anywhere that the beach is unsuitable for people with disabilities as the only way to get to the beach is down a massive slope across grass lands and a stream and then over a 20ft sand dune, the reason for the disappointment was the fact that this is the only holiday my disabled mother will go on this year and always wants to see the sea but could not as it was to inaccessible to her.
The accommodation is of a good standard and clean but nothing to shout home about, I stayed in a porthreath and found it clean and sufficient but the cooker did not work and when the reception was told, they told us they could fix it once we had left, which is of no use to me and mad me wonder if it is a scam to get you buy food in the overpriced Ellenglaze Bar & Grill as I spoke to a few people staying at the park and they all seemed to have broken cookers which the park refused to fix.
I will NOT be going back to Holywell Bay anytime soon, I think I will stick to the much better and more well run Parkdean at Croyde Bay, Devon called Ruda as the surf is just as good if not better and there is more to see and do on the park.
I will end on saying that the staff behind the bar are great, efficient and friendly its a shame they are let down by the arrogant staff in reception.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tucked away in the gorgeous Ellenglaze Valley, and surrounded by sand dunes, it's the perfect summer retreat.Just a ten minute stroll from a beautiful beach, a short drive away from Newquay's exciting attractions, and a million miles from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. * Direct access to the coastal path from the park * Only 7 miles from Newquay's superb attractions * Heated outdoor pool with 300ft slide * Kids' club fun with Sid & Lizzie ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Holywell Bay Holiday Park Hotel Newquay
- Parkdean - Holywell Bay Holiday Park Newquay, Cornwall