We stayed in the annexe to the bungalow for a week in August. The place was very big, good value for the size but the decoration and furniture were totally bizarre. Almost like when they knew they needed something, they went to the car boot sale and bought anything vaguely appropriate, irrespective of whether it fitted or matched.
The bungalow wasn't particularly clean and had a MASSIVE damp problem (which could be smelt) - we had a dehumidifier on 24/7 which needed emptying out twice a day (capacity 1 litre) - this wasn't mentioned to us upon check-in and to be honest is not really very acceptable.
Park is reasonably well situated for St.Austell and Mevagissey and is about 25 mins walk from Pentewan beach. The best beach (Caerhays) is about 8 miles away though - the helpful staff on reception will give you a leaflet on beaches if you ask.
(Stupidly) paid £20 for a week's wi-fi access - on the payment screen it warned that it was slow and would only be good for surfing and email. Fine, I needed it for work email. It was utterly unreliable and useless for 80% of the time. Shocking that anyone could want to charge for it. No mobile signal to speak of on the park either. The park across the road (Little Winnick) had fast wi-fi, so there's no excuse for Sun Valley having slow internet. Every phone junction box you drive past in St.Austell and the local area says that they have superfast fibre broadband, so they are ripping people off and lying to then, making excuses that the local area has slow broadband.
Other than that, the park was OK - not great, but OK. Staff are all nice and friendly. Club house is OK too, entertainment only twice a week and even then it's not amazing but what do you expect?! Reasonably priced beer though. Didn't try the food but it looked acceptable yet uninspiring.
Pool was pretty good for a park of this type. and was open until 9pm which was great.
Did I mention not to pay for the wi-fi? :)
I'd probably not stay here again as there are a lot nicer parks in the local area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- St Austell in Cornwall is host to this Quality in Tourism 4star Holiday Park and AA 5 pennant Campsite. With landscaped grounds, indoor heated swimming pool, well equipped caravans and campsite, bar and Restaurant.Set in a stunning valley location close to all major sights in Cornwall ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Sun Valley Holiday Park St Austell, Cornwall