I always use this site for reviews on places so its about time I give something back, so here is my review of Parkdean's Holywell Bay Holiday Park done in the style that helped me the most.
We arrived at 3.05 in the afternoon after popping into Newquay town as we arrived just before dinnertime and we were told check in was at 4pm. When we went into reception we were greeted by a nice lady who was polite and pleasant and informed us that we could get into our van now but there might not be any linen yet. We were shown on a map where/how to get to our van. We were not told where anything else was I had to ask for the bar (after a 7 hour trip a pint was needed) but all in all it was a very god swift check in.
We stopped in a 6 berth caravan (No.86) it was out the way up a corner which was nice as you only had 2 vans around you, the parking was under a tree so I decided to park at the front of the van but beware of the potholes that seem to be around everywhere on this site.
The caravan was clean on first glance a few stains on cushions to be expected I guess, but there was a lovely cobweb above the toilet door and also a few dead flys in the windows! We also noticed that the windows had not been cleaned on the front of the van they had bird muck on the outside and on the inside someone had wrote something on the glass so this is something I thought they could have done better but all in all it was ok, The TV was about as big as my computer monitor "17 at best so from where it was to the sitting area was very hard to see especially when the footy was on!
We didn’t have the full amount of utensils that they say they provide but as we never had call to use them it didn’t cause a problem.
The site is very small, a young kids play area which for a toddler the bridge to the slide was tough for them my daughter is nearly 2 as she struggled to climb up off the bridge ! Apart from that there was not much else for youngsters, there is a kids play room which has a ball pit but if you have ever watched phoenix nights it’s exactly like the one Brian Potter made!
There is a bigger outdoor park for the older kids with swings, slide and climbing frames which my 9 year old enjoyed playing on but this is in-between a dozen or so vans who all over look you so you could be watched by other people.
As I have mentioned earlier the site is riddled with potholes where vehicles have struggled to get onto the grass verges and etc these can b tough for little kids and my daughter did become a cropper on one of them, in the rain it’s a nightmare!
Entertainment / Bar / Shop
We didn’t use the entertainment on the site so I could not comment on this.
As for the bar it’s expensive, as you would expect £3.35 a pint of Carling and its not a nice pint for what you pay.
The shop opens about 7:30 and has all you would need in there prices are ok a little expensive but that’s why it’s a convenience store I suppose.
There are 2 amusement rooms which are a little out of date with what they have to offer you to play, but my lad enjoyed the grabbers as we all do, they have 2 pool tables available to use but I play darts and was disappointed at no dart board but that’s just my little grimace.
They were all pleasant and helpful when info was required but over the week probably only interacted with about 3-4 of them.
Away from the Site
Holywell bay has one of the best beaches that I have ever been to, clean and beautiful the softest sand in the world and if you get chance on a sunny day do spend a day there you wont be disappointed we went on the Monday afternoon and again all morning on the Tuesday.
There are 2 pubs near to the campsite
St Pirans Inn, which has a lovely seating area outside in the sun and is about £3.70 a pint of Carlsberg, not much in side for kids but a little play area outside, food seemed to be on the expensive side but I only glanced at the menu.
Treguth Inn, this is where I will send you if you are looking for a pint in the evening great landlord made you feel proper welcome and was very knowledgeable on the local area, great locals in there as well a proper pub and it had a dart board for me which ticked the box well. It was £3.40 a pint of Carlsberg and was better than the other pub’s pint by far.
As for Newquay its about 5.5 miles away there is a bus service every hour which costs £2.30 but it takes in the back areas to get there so expect a time of about 30minutes and plenty of branches hitting the bus windows.
Chip Shop in Cubert is very nice fresh fish and not expensive so if ya looking for a chippy tea i recommend a pop in here on your way back.
My biggest Moan
No mobile signal, anywhere in the area the moment you leave Cubert village at the top and head into Holywell bay its gone, no signal anywhere, so inform people you will become un contactable for your stay. The site does offer wifi but you have to pay the Treguth pub has a BT Open Zone so if your with BT you can connect to the net there but apart from that its wilderness and newspapers to keep you up to date
All in all we enjoyed our holiday and was pleased we had a great beach to go to but Holywell bay is out of the way from the main places if you are on a family holiday with kids. We travailed a fair bit over the week to Newquay (Nice place some good pubs and shops to visit), St Austell (Not much there), KidzZone @ St Austell (Expensive but a great day out if raining for the kids), Truro (worth the trip great little shopping town), Perranporth (very nice beach and small shops rained on us however)
I hope if you are going here you found my ramble useful.
- 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