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Sun Haven Valley Country Holiday Park
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10 reviews
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“Best Caravan/Camping Park in Cornwall”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2012

This was our second visit to Sun Haven Valley and it won't be our last. We're not campers we stay in their static caravans which are excellent value and are located looking over a well kept lawn with the occasional duck,chicken and guinea pig for company.The Caravan we stayed in was perfect for us and our daughter and it was so clean and well cared for despite being one of their cheaper models. All the staff at Sun Haven Valley are so cheerful and welcoming and don't hesitate to answer any questions about the surrounding area.
Sun Haven Valley is in the most perfect location we have ever stayed in and we have stayed in many sites over the years. A 20 minute walk down a tree shaded lane will take you to the beach at Mawgan Porth and if you're feeling more energetic to the bays beyond.

Mawgan Porth is in the perfect location for visits to all the Cornwall attractions if you like exploring I would recommend a visit to the Tin Mines at Geevor and Levant the views are breathtaking.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Cheshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2012

This is our 2nd year to the site, and one of the reasons we came back was what every single review mentions - the silence policy. As previously mentioned there are patrols to ensure the rule is adhered to.... if you can't stand the heat...

Very friendly and helpful staff. We choose to camp on a stream side pitch as the only 'neighbours' close to you are left and right which suits us fine. We have a 9 year old who we feel very comfortable with allowing her off the leash a little more than we are able to at home. The park was used everyday and the guinea pigs were visited and patted (wish I could say the same about the one at home !)
Shower block clean, but at times the foot traffic proved too much, however when this happened I noted that the block was closed for full clean.
There is a small wooden building which houses leaflets, maps, books and magazines - brilliant idea and informative.
The small on-site shop has the essentials and even if they don't have what you want the staff are that accommodating that they offered their own soup from their kitchen cupboards.
The walk is a 20 min pleasant walk, mainly off-road to the beach. The beach shops will cater for all your needs for a full day/evening on the beach.
We had a great holiday and didn't let the weather spoil it, and having spoken to many of the campers, you tend to notice that they are mostly 'returners' and once again it's the noise policy which seemed to be a big pull.

Thanks Helen, Steve and all - had a great time !

Room Tip: Stream side pitches are quieter - unless you can't cope with the constant 'babbling brook...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2012

We stayed here in August in our campervan with a six year old and a dog. We had an extra large pitch which was roomy with plenty of space for awning table and chairs, etc. The site is in a valley with no phone signal and about a twenty minute pleasant, flat, off road country walk to Mawgan Porths lovely big surfy beach (dog friendly). O2 has no signal in Mawgan Porth either. The site is pretty with floral beds and free roaming guinea pigs,ducks and chickens, entertaining for the kids. The playpark is quite large and well kept, suitable for toddlers and up to about 12 I would think. The toilet blocks are ok. They werent as spotless as some we've stayed at but they were quite clean straight after cleaning, although deteriorated throught the busy times. The fold out chairs in the showers could do with a good clean. We did have to queue for showers at the busiest times. Other reviews state how strict the owners are about quiet after 10.30, but this suited us and we were glad of it. There are lots of mention of keeping dogs on leads etc, but the owners dog ran loose! There is a small shop in reception which does have a fair bit in it and a farm shop next door with nice sausage. There is no motorhome point, so the owners have to lift a manhole to empty waste water, an inconvenience for them and a bit restrictive in a motorhome as you have to wait for someone to lift it. We did find the owner and staff friendly and pleasant. I would stay here again as overall the positives outweigh the negatives and the owners are moving through a programme of upgrading.

  • Stayed August 2012
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Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2012

We have just returned from our fifth holiday here and once again we loved it. The site is perfect for down to earth families with children who understand how to amuse themselves and play in a traditional old fashioned way with all the other children. The large grassy area means that they make friends and come together to play football, frisbee etc whilst the adults enjoy a BBQ

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2012

well maintained and clean site. caravan we stayed in was fine for the four of us. very quiet site, perfect for families. i actually thought the emphasis on silence late at night made this a very enjoyable stay. good play park and free roaming ducks and guinea pigs made it a toddlers dream. 20 minute walk to Mawgan Porth beach with its restaurant, pub surf hire etc. would visit again.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Congleton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2012

A pleasant park with a range of caravans and well maintained lawns. The ducks and guinea pigs who roam freely are charming. The owners make you very well aware of their SILENCE after 1030pm policy, no talking, no TV, in fact no noise of any kind after 1030pm. This rule was tested by enjoying a board-game that accidentally finished after the deadline. Thankfully we were not escorted from the premises nor any other sanction.

I'm happy with the "science" rule, there are plenty of other parks available for those wishing for late night drinking etc.

However I was rudely awoken every morning by the owners "maintenance vehicle", an old peugeot estate in very poor condition with a failed exhaust. Whilst this isn't normally the sort of thing that would annoy me (I'm pretty tolerant), I was rather surprised that the same people who go to such lengths to enforce silence make so much unnecessary noise.

Also the "games room" was so bad as to be hilarious. Imagine the worst condition pool table you have ever seen some prehistoric computers (complete with CRT monitors) and a few 90s arcade machines / fruit machines all crammed into the smallest room possible.

Overall I really enjoyed my stay. We picked one of the newest vans, which was comfortable and well appointed. Some of the other vans were clearly a lot older so choose your van carefully and (as with most things in life) you get what you pay for.

BTW: It really matters to the owners of the park not only where you park but also the direction your car is pointed in when it is parked.

Room Tip: Choose one of the newer (more expensive) vans. The older ones looked much poorer.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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SunHavenValley, General Manager at Sun Haven Valley Country Holiday Park, responded to this review, September 2, 2013
- my response to the review I thought I'd posted seems to be missing so let me repost it

The Pool Table works like this. Our games room is aimed at the children, not the adults. Every year in July a small boy will come and say "Mister - the white ball is missing" - so we give him another. An hour or so later it will happen again - but if you check the pool table there will now be three white balls.

What this means is that the five and six year olds can play their version of "pool" with the white balls - for free ( as these return to you without payment). It clearly works best when there are four white balls as that's how many the kids "wangle" each year - so that's what we leave down there for the summer season. It keeps the small kids (and their mums) happy; the children move off the table when a paying customer comes in and watch a real game - however you can imagine the state of the cues and table. We are sorry you wasted your 50p, but can recommend local facilities with professional tables at £3- £5 a go; perhaps as you say - you get what you pay for ? IF customers are looking for a really good games room, that's not us, I would recommend a local and nationally known holiday park in central Newquay - lines of video games, fruit machines in the bars and disco, late night pool tables - and lots of staff to look after them, who walk home noisily at 2am when they close down - absolutely excellent if that's what you want. We provide a small games room and a small TV room to keep the kids entertained for an hour or a few whilst mum makes tea - as well as newly refurbished ( & highly popular) playground adventure towers, a thirty foot play train and a "crooked house" for the toddlers - all pictured on the website.

My comments on vans are provided elsewhere - the older ones are clean, efficient and in at least one case are used by people who want to come to our park several times a year and not just the once for their money. Whilst I don't think you've seen inside them, I can tell you that if the intensity of the colours of the upholstery and having the latest fashion in wall coverings is important then these vans are not for you, you want one of the newer caravans (at a higher cost) -but if you want two weeks and not one, or plan to spend most of your holiday out walking, on the beach, travelling around on the bus that passes our gate, then these are a "good value" option. - We have pictures of the interiors of each and every van on our website so can see and select BEFORE you pay for your holiday

We apologise for the Peugeot exhaust - the problem with the ever-cracking weld has been cured - and the direction of parking is simply consideration for other people - on a one-way road, if everyone faces towards the gate when the children are impatient to get to the beach it's an easy exit. When someone decides they have to be "different" and needs to drive against the traffic flow to go to the turning bay, then the reversing, reparking and manouvering annoys all the other customers - and all for the sake of turning a vehicle around when you get home rather than delaying the 45 seconds effort.

Thank you for the 4 point/star rating. I hope that indicates that you enjoyed Cornwall and Sun Haven Valley despite our ,dare I suggest minor, faults
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2012

My partner any myself stayed here in early June, although the weather wasn't great we still had a fantastic time. It was just what we wanted, a nice and quiet break away from the noise and crowds. The site is equipped with everything we needed, they had a well stocked gas cage and were happy to change it for us even though it was out of hours. The walk down to the beach was a little longer than 15 minutes but we weren't in any rush. I loved the guinea pigs out on the lawn it was nice to see that they were allowed to roam the area rather than being stuck in a hutch or peg for people to look at, we adored the ducks as well. This site is more for young families and not aimed for teenagers, as there is no entertainment except a small TV room and games room, (we used neither). We'll be sure to visit again because we absolutely loved it.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Sun Haven Valley Country Holiday Park
Address: Mawgan Porth | Near Padstow, Mawgan Porth TR8 4BQ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cornwall > Mawgan Porth
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Mawgan Porth
Number of rooms: 39
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Peaceful, relaxing, self-contained, self-catering bungalows (& holiday caravans) on a countryside park just 10 minutes woodland walk from a large sandy beach ... more   less 
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Sun Haven Valley Country Holiday Park Mawgan Porth, Cornwall

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