Just come back from a 4 day break at Parkdean, Holywell Bay. Me, my husband and 16month daughter booked in to a 2 bedroom Cubert Caravan from the Monday to the friday. I'll break the review down into sections as I know from experience that I find this most helpful.
We got at the site just before 4pm and found reception easily as it is just next to the enterance. Was checked in efficiently and with a friendly smile, given our keys, information pack and shown on the map how to locate our caravan.
Accomodation: Had booked the Cubert Caravan as these were the new models for 2012 and we had managed in January to find a very reasonable price for our stay. The caravan it self was very nicely furnished with modern fittings and fixtures, 32" LCD TV, fridge/freezer, oven, Iorn/iorning board etc.also central heating! My only one negative is that it has a very compact feel to it with not alot of room between the Kitchen and living space. However once we were in and settled it was a very comfy base for the three of us.
On arrival I noticed that we had no clean linen and that the dirty linen had not been taken away. Also I was slightly concerned as to where I was going to put my little girls travel cot. However this problem was quickly resolved with a trip to reception, within 5mins of complaining housekeeping came round with fresh linen and showed my husband how the beds fold away to accomodate the travel cot in the second bedroom, great.
The site offers a well stocked bar and restaurant, which is situated next to the entertainment/dance floor. It also has a lovely decked area which I would imagine would be nice to have a drink on in the warmer months. The decking area over looks the toddler play area which looked clean and safe. There is also a small indoor soft play area for the little ones which again looked nice however my little girl never got in there as we ran out of time.
On the first night we did have a few drinks in the bar and my husband was more than pleased that they had sky sports on the tv's for the football. The drinks were average price and what you would expect to pay when out, pint £3.50, bottle of wine £8.95. I cannot comment of the food as we didn't eat there, we preferred to visit the nearby Morrisons and cook our own food. I will say however that what I saw coming out of the Kitchen looked lovely and they had a good menu.
There is also a shop, laundrette and small arcade on site, as well as a larger adventure playground and outdoor swimming pool, which looked lovely but sadly we didn't have the weather to use it. My daughter however did enjoy the swings in the playground.
The site itself is situated in a lovely valley, which would explain the lack of phone signal, and is a 10 mins gentle walk away from the beach. This is great for nature lovers as there is plenty too see. The beach itself is accessed through sand dunes so prepare for a little climb but it is well worth it as the beach is beautiful and clean, my little girl loved running around on it.
You are about 5 mins drive away from the centre of Newquay which offers a variety of things to do and see, the town centre has a variety of shops and pubs as well as the stunning beaches on the front. There is also Newquay zoo and the blue reef aquarium. We wanted to take our daughter swimming while we were there so we visited the Oasis pool situated on Hendra holiday park, it is a bit pricey but the pools are lovely with nice splash pools for the toddlers and a couple of flume rides for the older kids.
We also visited Looe/Polperro while we were there, Padstow and St Ives all are with 45mins of the Caravan site and were well worth the visit.
All staff who I encountered during my stay at Holywell were friendly and very helpful, esspecially the ladies on reception who were able to give me information on the surrounding area and solve any problems I had. The bar and shop staff were also very friendly and always had a smile for my daughter.
All in all it was a good stay which as a family we really enjoyed. We didn't use the entertainment every night as we like to relax in the comfort of our caravan with a bottle of wine. I understand that some people are put off with the lack of mobile signal but you only have to drive 2 mins out of the valley to get a signal again, so you would be able to contact home if needed. I will agree that there wi-fi does need to be looked at as it is painfully slow or non exsistent but this is a minor detail. I would definitley book with parkdean again!! I would also like to add that a couple of days after our stay we received a postcard from one of the reception memebers at parkdean thanking us for our stay this was a really nice touch.
- 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