This was my third stay at St Minver, in May 2013. this time booked on a Sun weekend, although my two previous trips have been booked direct with Parkdean. We had caravan 39 Church View. The trip was for me, my five year old daughter and my 66 year old mum. Seeing as she walks with a stick, I emailed Parkdean the day before and asked if we could have a caravan near the Entertainment Centre. They called me and offered me an upgrade for £76 or a location fee of £20. I am glad that I paid the extra £20, as our initial caravan was right near the entrance which was quite a way away from the Entertainment.
I have previously stayed in a chalet as they are cheaper than the caravans. With this being booked through The Sun, we were given a caravan. it was privately owned, although it didn't have any extra touches. It was two bedroom with a shower room and ensuite toilet.
We arrived at 1pm and were able to use the facilities and had a drink while my daughter ran around the park. I went to reception at 2.40pm and our caravan was ready. This was brilliant as official checkin time was 4pm. This meant that we had time to unpack and then go swimming. You can use the facilities on your first and last day, which is not an option at some parks. It means that you really do get the most out of your short break.
The swimming pool is very clean and tidy, and we could stay in as long as we liked as it was quiet. We have never been asked to leave after 45 minutes. The pool is open from 9am to 5.45 pm, although it does close from 1-3pm every day. There is a small childs pool and also a sauna. There are places to sit around the pool if you wish to spectate and not go in.
The park is lovely, loads of things for children to do and it is right outside the chalets so great if you are staying there.
We ate there one night and the meal was adequate but nothing special. It was tasty and hot though so what more can you ask for.
The entertainment was brilliant. My daughter loves Sid and Lizzie and that is the main reason that I always stay in Parkdean sites. The entertainment starts at 6.30pm with music for the children, then Sid and Lizzie or just one of them, come out at 7 or 7.15pm. They then do games or fun with the children until around 8.15pm, then its bingo, then its entertainment.
The Parkdean Troupers were Cat, Kerri and Andy Pandy Saucepan Head. This made my daughter laugh. Kerri was there in October when we stayed and she remembered us and came and had a chat, which was lovely. They put on some great entertainment one night to a very small crowd as it was out of the main season, but they still put their all into it.
They were all brilliant with the children, talking to them, dancing with them and playing games and handing out prizes. My daughter was given a goody bag one night and a bubble wand another night. She was thrilled.
I won Full House on the bingo one night and won £40. The bingo isn't cheap at £13 to play all three games, but it is a bit of fun. We didnt play every night due to the cost though.
There is a shop onsite selling a lot of Sid and Lizzie items. After three stays here and two at Sandford, I think my daughter now owns every single Sid and Lizzie branded item.....
Every time I stay with Parkdean I get a £25 voucher on my return and I have already booked a break in August. It is £442 for four nights in a chalet, which isn't cheap, but it is a special treat for my daughter. I also intend to go back in October half term. Last year it was brilliant with lots of fun and games for the children on Halloween.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rock up at Rock Beach...Nothing comes close to feeling the sand between your toes and breathing in the fresh sea air. So it's great to know that our woodland holiday park at St Minver is nearto three beautiful beaches - Polzeath, Rock and Daymer Bay. And if you enjoy visiting villages when you're not busy building sandcastles, you're only a short drive from the quaint fishing posrts of Padstow and Port Isaac.* It's set in the grounds of an old manor house * Woodland walk and path to St Minver village * Close to quaint fishing ports and beaches * Heated indoor pool with toddlers' pool * Fun with Sid & Lizzie's kid's club ... more less
- Also Known As:
- St Minver Holiday Park Hotel St Minver
- Parkdean - St Minver Holiday Park Cornwall