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Trenython Manor
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Castledore Road | Near Fowey, Par, St Austell PL24 2TS, England (Formerly Trenython Manor Hotel & SPA)   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Par
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hampshire
1 review
“Fabulous location, no brainer for a cheap break”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2010

We knew we would be having the sales presentation for a time share but the pain of this outweighed the fabulous time we had. Four days and three nights for £109 for a family of four, you just can't go wrong. Beautiful location. The staff are really friendly and helpful and we weren't made to feel awful that we didn't sign up. We were hoping the children would play up during the presentation so we could escape but they were fully entertained in the kids club and we couldn't get them out of there. I did lose the will to live when we had to sit through a dvd with Jenny Bond to endorse the message and we asked to cut to the chase for them to tell us how much it was going to be. We had spent 3 hours so thought that was more than enough time. £14k for 57 years and a 34 month trial for £4k - we agree very good value if we had the money we would do it. They have set up the venue to be a marketing venue so its not all up to scratch but the potential is there. The lodge we stayed in was an old 90's decorated one and did smell a bit of damp but it was fine and had everything we needed. Comparible with a Centre Parcs lodge comfort plus. The view we had was amazing, rolling countryside and the sea, just can't be faulted.The new lodges were spectatular and definitely worth joining the scheme for. The manor house was lovely and the swimming pool was great. The ladies changing room shower was dreadful and the gym was tiny but these are all due to be refurbished but it was fine for our purposes. Fantastic family beaches very close by. We would definitely go again and recommend anyone to try it. Just grin and bear the presentation for an excellent cheap break in a beautiful place

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Swindon
2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2010

I had a phone call from a marketing company saying I had won a competition to go to a 5* hotel for £29 per person! I was very dubious to start with and looked into it a bit and realised it was a timeshare hotel. I asked the lady when she rang back if it was a timeshare holiday where we would have to attend a meeting, she said no, but obviously that was a lie!!!! We found out after we had paid the money and a few weeks before the holiday the hotel rang to confirm our presentation day and time!! We were absolutely dreading it then. We have always hated anything to do with timeshares, but decided to go anyway as it was a cheap weekend away in a 5* hotel. When we got there the check in staff were very friendly and helpful and was very quick. We were invited to champagne in the bar the first evening. All good. Hotel was lovely, I had read that it wasn't child friendly but they were excellent with kids and had an hour of kids entertainment every evening and had 3 large rabbits in the garden which they could go and pet. The room was fantastic, we had adjoining rooms so kids had their own room with TV and DVD player, their own bathroom which was great. We also had a balcony. Couldn't fault anything about the hotel was lovely and good, well heated swimming pool. Now the dreaded day of the presentation we were told it would last 90mins, the rep met us for breakfast and was all very nice just chatted about holidays and ourselves, kids then went into kids club and we were taken on a tour of the lodges, fantastic accommodation real 5* stuff!!! Then we went back to the basement (although nice not some dark dreary place!!) we sat there for about 2hrs whilst he went page by page through their holiday brochure, that was a bit boring. All the staff were friendly and polite. At the end they asked if we were interested, we said no and they were happy with that didn't push us at all, which was nice. It was very long, but I now know and understand about timeshares unfortunately not for us, but I can see why people do them. I would recommend people go along to this hotel for the presentation it is worth it just for 3hrs of your time one morning. They didn't bother us the rest of our stay (and were still polite!). The only down side was there wasn't a great deal to do around the hotel area. We went to Fowey quite a few times but kids didn't find that overly exciting. We travelled to Padstow which was fun, went on speed boat ride.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2010

Our stay was for 4 days as a so-called "free holiday" for which we had to pay £59. We had endured a a three and a half hour hard sell by Club la Costa last year in Bristol, but this time it was a three hour 'soft sell' over a very nice lunch by a salesman who had only been there for 6 weeks. They wanted us to part with £6,000 and £500 yearly admin charge which would have entitled us to one week a year outside peak holiday time. Not much good when your partner works in education. Needless to say we declined their offer. We had a champagne reception on arrival and greeted by some very over enthusiastic women. Our room was on the 2nd floor of the hotel via some steep stairs, there was no lift, so no good if you had mobility problems. The room was nice but faded, the duvet cover had some tears in it and the carpet was old and crinkled. There was only a very small window which didn't let in a lot of cool air (this was a hot July) and only a small, noisy fan. The room was cleaned well every day. The bathroom was nice but not much water pressure from the cold tap. You definitely need a car to stay here, there are some fab places to visit, especially Charlestown and Pentewen. Don't bother with St Austell, there is nothing there. All in all, not a bad 'free holiday'.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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bedford
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2010

Was invited by club la costa, then presented with a timeshare offer which was suppose to last 90mins with lunch...we were there for 3 hours and lunch was not very good (i was abit miffed cus we couldnt plan our day as our meeting was in the middle of the day. The facilities were nice, the room was well comfy but our room was above the service area for the kitchen and pool and doors were banging all night loudly too, so i have rated my sllep quality purely on my room. There was nothing to do there and not suitable for kids which suits me fine. There are dvds to rent for free (dvd playes in room) and the staff are very nice too

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Birmingham
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2010

We "won" this short break holiday as a reward for enduring a long, hard sell presentation for Club La Costa in Birmingham, last September.

Although it was a freebie, we had to pay £87 (£29 per person) to cover "admin costs".
We had to choose 4 dates, and we were eventually offered our 3rd choice date, which unfortunately meant we could only stay for 2 of our 3 nights due to work.
We arrived quite late on the Friday evening due to heavy traffic on the M5 (it was Glastonbury weekend).

Check-in was very smooth and efficient, and we were provided with a map so we could drive to our self catering lodge.

Our first impression of the lodge was a collective "wow". It was absolutely stunning. It didn't look all that great from outside, but inside was amazing.
Our 16 year old son travelled down with us reluctantly, but even he was impressed when he saw the inside of the lodge.

As you walk in, there's a hall, 2 large double bedrooms, 1 of which has an ensuite bathroom, a 2nd bathroom next to the other bedroom, a huge open plan kitchen / dining room / lounge, fully equipped with all mod cons, including a washing machine, dishwasher, fridge freezer, oven, hob, microwave, kettle, toaster, coffee machine.
The lounge area has 2 huge comfy settees, 1 of which converts into another bed, a Sony Bravia flat screen TV, with DVD player and sound surround system. Both bedrooms also have smaller Sony flat screen TV's.
Outside there is a good decked area with a bench and umbrella.
The hotel had provided some basic groceries, a fresh crusty loaf, jam, butter, milk, tea and coffee.

The general area is very quiet, about 1 mile from a village called Tywardreath, 2.5 miles from a small town called Par which had a supermarket and some other small shops and a couple of nice beaches. We went to Par beach, for a couple of hours, which was very nice. A little further away is Fowey (pronounced Foy) which is about 3.5 / 4 miles an was our favourite place during our short stay, very quaint, with narrow streets, lots of interesting pubs and shops, and a small harbour. We also went to St Austell, but was very disappointed, we only stayed about 20 minutes!

The hotel itself looks very grand, although we didn't really see that much of it, just the reception area, bar and restaurant, all of which were very nice. There's a lovely large patio area at the rear of the bar with superb views over St Austell Bay.
The bar seemed to have a good range of drinks, but pricey (on a par with hotel prices in general I guess though).

We only went to the restaurant once for our freebie breakfast which was paid for by Club La Costa as part of a 2nd sales presentation which we knew we would have to attend as part of the deal.
The breakfast was excellent, very tasty and lots of choice. The only downside is that the Club La Costa sales rep sits with you during breakfast, having collected us from our lodge.
The rep was actually OK, quite a pleasant chap, who happened to be from Birmingham originally (what a coincidence!!!). The ploy is he gets to know a bit about you over breakfast, then takes you to see a show lodge, which was like the 1 we stayed in, but bigger and with a jacuzzi outside on the decking. Very nice indeed.
After this he takes you back to the marketing suite, to commence the "hard sell", which wasn't actually too bad, as we had said all along that we weren't in a position to commit to a membership, due to finances, work etc, but he kept calling his "boss" over, a middle aged lady who was quite pleasant initially, but became quite rude and intimidating towards the end once she realised we weren't buying! She even hinted that we had wasted the rep's time and perhaps we should pay his petrol money!!!
What about our time and petrol money?!?! Having said that, the whole thing (including breakfast) lasted exactly 90 minutes, which is what is stated on the form. I have read other reports that some of the presentations can go on for 4 or 5 hours!!
I noticed an elderly foreign couple in the marketing suite while we were in there, I dread to think how long Club La Costa kept them there for. I can see that some people could quite easily be bullied in to buying a membership.
I have to say that Club La Costa accommodation is first class, and is far superior to anywhere I have ever stayed - home or abroad, and if circumstances were different we might well be interested in a membership, but it just isn't right for us at the moment.

To summarise, I would definitely recommend Trenython Manor, I can't praise it highly enough, and if you can "survive" the presentation, I'd say go for it.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Peterborough, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2010

Stayed on a Marketing deal and was plesently suprised. They hotel was lovely & staff friendly. Had to sit through the Marketing sales pitch but wasnt too bad and lady was very nice. Said no thanks and they accepted it without being too pushy. Maybe we were lucky as not at all the experience as described on a number of 'chat room' type sites. I'd do it again in a flash to use as a cheap holiday.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2010

We really enjoyed our cottage at Trenython Manor. We had a two bedroom cottage with a fully furnished kitchen with a washing machine even. No dishwasher, but we survived. The beds weren't as comfortable as home, but they were fine. Very quiet and peaceful. The restaurant in the manor was wonderful. They had a fresh loaf of bread waiting for us in our cottage. The spa was very nice as well. We would definitely stay there again.

Stayed May 2010, traveled with friends
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Address: Castledore Road | Near Fowey, Par, St Austell PL24 2TS, England (Formerly Trenython Manor Hotel & SPA)
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Cornwall > St Austell > Par
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Par
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Trenython Manor 3.5*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set in beautiful landscaped grounds overlooking St. Austell Bay, Trenython Manor has earned the reputation of being one of the premier locations on the Cornish Riviera for fine dining, luxurious accommodation and total relaxation. The elegant manor house itself has tremendous character, featuring many exquisite Italian details, particularly in the magnificent entrance hall. Tastefully renovated to the highest standards, the resort skilfully combines Italian architecture with English charm to offer an oasis of tranquillity and a truly unique holiday experience.The extensive range of on-site facilities includes a fully equipped gymnasium, sauna and indoor swimming pool, while the treatment rooms offer the ultimate in relaxation and rejuvenation, specialising in Elemis spa-therapy face and body treatments. ... more   less 
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Trenython Manor Par, Cornwall

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