My wife and myself are here as I type this review. We are both in our mid to late sixties and both have difficulty walking far due to osteoarthritis. Neither of us are what you would call 'fit', myself worse than my wife.
Firstly the chalet - C41 Windmills.......The views are amazing but slightly spoilt by the double glazing having smears on the inside (condensation got in?) but it never really spoilt anything.
The chalet easily sleeps six and is very spacious and very clean on arrival. The three piece was a nice change from the old and tired caravan seats we have been used to over the years even though it is a little dated and tired looking, it is comfortable.
Toms Holidays is a place I would highly recommend based on this chalet and the warm and pleasant welcome I received on getting the keys. I was given a nice pack of tourist information which was useful. It is a very clean site and beautifully quiet (but it is May 18th - 25th)
We tried walking to the Hayle Estuary Beach on the first day but have to admit we got as far as the cliffs and gave up the idea. I believe there is a easier walk to the beach through Toms site in the other direction and will try that later in the week.
Driving to St Ives is not difficult, parking for the day at Smeatons Pier Car Park, on Monday, meant we were at the end of the shops and no hill climbing back to the car as we experienced painfully on Sunday when we parked in Barnoon Car Park - painful walk down and painful walk back up!
We found finding our way out of St Ives a lot more difficult with the sat nav failing constantly to guide us (and others we saw struggling too)
If you want the modern shopping mall experience, then Cornwall is not the place for you. It is full of the smallest streets I have ever seen cars trying to drive through or we have walked through but some lovely little shops and plenty of pasty or cake shops if that it what you want amongst fantastic gift shops, varying massively in what they sell - from £1.99 mugs to £3,000 old guitars!
The art galleries are amazing and when we came here years ago, I always regretted not buying a print from the best maritime artist I have ever seen 'Donald MacLeod' and so I made sure I bought one this time. The man himself is a very friendly gent and was most welcoming. Also loved the paintings/prints by Hilary Mayes - check them both out at www.stivesgallery.co.uk
The weather not so nice, after a glorious weekend, so today we are off to Flambards for the exhibitions not the rides. Flambards do days with just the exhibitions open and days when the rides are also open.
For our 'shopping kick' we will most likely visit Truro later in the week.
I think it is best if you are prepared to drive around but there is a bus stop close by and a shop just along from the reception area near the haven site
Finally, the coin in the slot meter. This is something I was worried about having read a couple of reviews and can imagine with the weather being cold and using the electric heaters in the rooms for a family and the water heater, it could work out expensive but adding it to the price of the chalet would be impossible in my opinion. For two of us, we only need to heat one room and i reckon we will get by on a tenner for the week but must admit we brought our own Halogen heater as that is very cheap to run and at our ages, cutting the cost is a must.
Sorry if I have rambled on but wanted to give people a genuine all round view as seen by me.
Toms Holidays is highly recommended but remember, we can only judge that on our stay in C41 - Windmills. Hopefully we will come back when we can afford to
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Self-catering beach huts / chalets to luxury properties. Views over St Ives Bay and right next to the 3 miles of golden sand of Hayle beach. Swim in some of the warmest waters in the UK. Easy access to most of west Cornwalls tourist attractions and quaint sea side villages and pubs. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Tom`s Holidays Hotel Hayle
- Toms Holidays Hayle, Cornwall