We travelled 11 hours as part of a family group to get here and the first view of Holywell Bay was a very welcoming sight. Check-in was straight forward and we were soon unpacking in our caravans which strangely didn't really seem to resemble the photo's on their web site(!) but at least were clean with plenty of crockery/cutlery although ours was lacking a frying pan (there was a lovely lady in Reception who was very helpful in providing one plus extra bed-linen when needed).
We then proceded to explore the park and wandered down to the beach (10mins walk, cross the road past St Pirans Inn and another 10mins walk through the dunes to finally get to the sea. It really is the redeeming factor of staying at the Park: the children absolutely loved it especially the stream which flows down from the land and was ideal for paddling in. Depending on the tide there are rock pools and side coves to explore and the Life-guards on duty keep a careful eye on the tides moving their flags accordingly - a simply wonderful place to spend time.
The Park has a launderette, Surf hire place and a small shop which does close early but there is a large Morrisons 5-10mins away for stocking up on essentials. The 2 play areas and ball court kept the children amused and the small indoor soft play one was great for the toddler. The outside heated pool with water slide was very nice but the kids were disappointed that so many of the machines in the small Arcade were consistantly breaking down.
The site isn't too big but it also has a touring park and therefore the Clubhouse is just too small to accomodate everyone - you had to arrive by 6:30pm if you wanted to have an inside table to eat or be near the stage area, we made the mistake on our first night of meandering across at 7:45pm and the place was jam-packed so we ended up sitting outside under the parasols in the rain eating our Pizzas which although were tasty and the best value food item on their menu was not an ideal start to our holiday!
Overall we really enjoyed our week in Cornwall going to the Eden Project, Newquay, perranporth and the local cider farm but back at the park apart from watching our Grandchildren enjoying the Starlanders evening entertainment - the young Lady who did this is brilliant we didn't bother with the adults version as it all seemed quite dated.
We thought the ground staff worked hard keeping the place tidy as did the repair man who made constant visits to my Sons Caravan to improve the TV reception and the Park is truly set in a wonderful part of Cornwall with so many interesting places to visit but I know that the money we paid for 1 week would have easily covered a fortnight s/c abroad so as much as I love caravan holidays I feel that Parkdean does not offer value for money - unless you were camping as then you get to use all the parks facilities.
We would certainly come back to Cornwall but would investigate other places to stay.
- 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