Good gosh; some of the dross that I read on here compelled me to write this! I do wonder why some people go on holiday... We were 2adults+ 4 children (2 were 15) so a real breadth of ages. Our caravan was absolutely fine for what we needed it for: a base when we weren't body boarding. Our info from the helpdesk was great and we were straight in.
Facility-wise, it had everything we needed. When returning from a long day on the beach, we nipped in to dry towels in the dryers with our old-Skool 20p pieces and it was a wonderful asset! We went in the clubhouse for a few nights and ate: POSITIVE OPINION ALERT: we found the food great value for money and super sizes for us all, so totally opposite to another rant I read on here. They were incredibly busy, however, so I would suggest you time it well if you have littlies as we have. The entertainment was what I expected, so you can take or leave it. The jubilee was our theme, so we had a good laugh, but THAT part is how you take it on, of course - and as one reviewer wrote: "we don't do THAT sort of thing"..... Oh dear
On the nights we weren't in, we couldn't hear anything and we were relatively closeby. All the 'leavers' were very respectable and we never heard a peep from revellers..... you are on a campsite with entertainment!!
The beach was a massive attraction for us and we weren't disappointed. I read someone's review that was bemoaning the 'sharp stones' and shells ?!? Well, with the swell up, waves peaking, awesomely fun sand dunes and sun around, i would have to be picking holes to highlight that. What I would say is that for families with very small children, you don't even need to go near the sea, as it comes to you in the form of a steady inlet, so plenty of families were camped round this, as did we, for our smaller ones to frolic whilst the teenagers went for the hardcore wave; brilliant.
So, in summary, it was brilliant because we made it great, but as a base it had everything we needed as a positive family. We are going back for August bank holiday and it may be different. The gravy might not be warm, the shells may chafe my toes, the 5 mins walk to the beach with the body board bag may just feel too far.........but we'll give it a go!
Finally: Anne's cottage (I think) near Newquay airport was amazing for surfing stuff.....look out for the spitfire!
- 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