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Parkdean - Holywell Bay Holiday Park
Ranked #16 of 78 Specialty Lodging in Newquay
Reviewed September 25, 2012 via mobile

I have just returned from a weeks stay at Holywell bay with my husband and inlaws we had a lovely holiday caravan was basic but fine as a base the clubhouse was great and not too expensive and the food was top class with large portions and great value for money we would Definatly go back as it was a great location

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Reviewed September 21, 2012

Been all over Cornish parks, this is the worst by some way !! Caravans old, damp, dated, dirty, very poor layout of park , we travelled as a couple but were placed right next to the kids play area, literally 2 yards away from your back window which had no net curtains so for privacy it was curtains shut all the time. The bedroom window would not shut, the bathroom window would not shut, just "bowed" with age. Horrible stained seats, cobwebs in the lighting vents, ripped lino on the floor. This place needs shutting down and a complete refurb taking place before they take any more bookings. I should say, we got a deal for £18 per night for 4 nights so we just got on with it, but god help you if you pay full price to stay here ,, £600 for a van in peak season ... WOW ... DO NOT do it ... got to Hendra or Crantock ... overall ... stay away from this wreck of a site.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 17, 2012

Myself and my husband have just had two weeks at holywell bay. Although our caravan was well used and the uphostery was torn and a little dirty in parts we had no complaints. The staff were helpful and pleasant and the location was perfect for the beach which was a short walk away. We did not use the club in the evening we found a lovely 13th century pub in the village and the locals were very welcoming. We will be returning next year.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Jackie M
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Reviewed September 15, 2012

we have stayed with parkdene before and i would like to say this site is not the best, but the location is brilliant, just a short stroll to the beach. we had booked the best accomodation that they had to offer, a caravan new for this year, and overall it was ok. the bedroom/bathroom at the rear of the caravan was suffering from damp and there was mould growing on the walls, probably something to do with the positioning of the caravan as it over-hung the stream and was in the bushes. we were also disapointed with the facilities, when booking the brochure states club, restaurant and takeaway and maybe on bigger sites this is the case but at holywell it is all in one, everything operates out of the small club room and i dont really want to sit and eat a meal somewhere where i am surrounded by screaming kids running around or while the old ladies do there bingo. try the treguth inn just down the round, excellent meals can be found here.
overall for the money it was ok, got a good deal as it was out of season, there would be no way i would pay peak season prices.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 14, 2012

This was my third stay at this park, i've always had a good experience with Parkdean, having stayed two of their other parks in Cornwall as well as Holiwell Bay. The site is fairly small and not overcrowded like some ofther parks i have seen. The caravans are well spaced in little clusters in the valley so you have a reasonable amount of privacy.

I alway book the newer caravans with double glazing and central heating so noise and comfort has never been an issue. This year my caravan was new for 2012 and was very well fitted out. There is a full sized cooker, large fridge freezer and a microwave. In the longe there was a large screen freeview TV, a dvd payer and a cd radio.

The restaurant facilities had a major revamp in 2011 and are much improved. Without exception i have found all the staff friendly and efficient.

As others have said, there is no mobile reception in the site, i have tried Vodafone, T-Mobile and O2. You can get some signal on O2 at the entrace to the site, but really you have to accept that you are on a remote bit of the Cornish coast. There is free wifi available in the clubhouse, but i think we are sharing a very basic connection so when the site is busy, it can become all but unusable. But i doubt there could get anything better in such a remote location.

From the site there s a footpath to the fantastic beach. The sand dunes can be a little tough to walk across but the beach is well worth the effort.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled solo
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1  Thank KevinLeah
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Reviewed September 13, 2012

we stayed at this caravan park recently 3rd september on a sun holiday monday to friday never again we have had several sun holidays always had good sites and lovely caravans we always upgrade the site was not very good and the first caravan we were given we refused as it was very damp dark and dismal with a great view from the dining area of all the rubbish bins which were right outside our window. The second van was not much better the wife had to sleep in here dressing gown as the plastic covered mattress was so cold, also very lumpy, the seating area in the lounge area was also very damp, no sound on the tv, and the fridge fell apart when we opened the door, went home a day early as we cound not stand it anymore, so do not bother going here.Very noisy when people were leaving the club at night
If our van was an upgrade god help those people in a basic van, this has turned us off going on sun holidays for life

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 10, 2012

Chosen because of it's close proximity to the beach I had never been to Holywell Bay or this caravan park before. Our need is for a clean ,comfortable base in a good location from where we can spend the majority of time out and about , at beaches or exploring. We don't use the entertainment facilities apart from if there is a good swimming pool. Which there was ,albeit outdoors,and not as "heated" as we would have liked.
We weren't disappointed with the location. Holywell has a lovely beach with many aspects to it making it very suitable for all ages ; surf,sand-dunes and a small river as well as coastal walks and spectacular views. There are also just enough small shops and two very decent pubs in Holywell village. The only downside being no toilets on the beach so a bit of a trail back and fro to the village if you have small children. There also seem to be rather a lot of dogs running free on this beach.
The beach is a very short walk from the caravan site and we were lucky enough to have good weather throughout our stay. We were accommodated in one of the bungalows in a quiet tucked away position. I would have been less happy if we were in one of the caravans close to the club-house area which is fairly dominant on this site. The sound of arcade machines and amusements was extremely dominating. Seems a shame in such an otherwise quiet , tasteful and secluded village site. But I have to say this was reflected in some of the users of these areas. We just don't happen to agree with little children running in and out of amusements and pubs well into the night ; and apparently they don't switch off untill 11 pm !!
Whilst the site is just about the right size being neither too big or too small some of the accommodation does seem to be in need of general up-dating and although our bungalow was probably as clean as it could be for it's age and condition things like carpets in bathrooms just should not be allowed ! Unfortunately there was a general smell of age and damp about the place so I am just glad most of our time could be spent out and about enjoying the lovely weather and breath-taking beach area
. As others have mentioned there is a problem with no mobile signal in the area although I was able to use the Orange network on certain parts of the beach. The strength of signal did fluctuate though.
Would I go back ? Yes certainly to Holywell Bay. I probably would ,on balance , book this site again but would have to be choosy regarding the location and standards of the accommodation itself. Most definitely away from the club-house !!

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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Address: Near Newquay | Cornwall, Newquay, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cornwall > Newquay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #16 of 78 Specialty Lodging in Newquay
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 
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Holywell Bay Holiday Park Hotel Newquay
Parkdean - Holywell Bay Holiday Park Newquay, Cornwall

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