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Reviewed 24 February 2017 via mobile

A return visit to a place that is like home from home. Set just outside of St Ives this beautiful, peaceful place is heaven for a visit in any season. We return here every year at some point in Winter/Early Spring. We have been down for New Year, in January and February.

The holiday apartments in converted out buildings are nicely furnished and equipped for all your needs. At this time of year it is very quiet and relaxing. Well heated, they are warm and cosy with white bedding and towels and spotlessly clean. We arrived to a fantastic cream tea which was needed after a long walk on the beach. Cooking facilities are fabulous and adequate fridge space. Russ and Mel are friendly and welcoming, as are their lovely children and gorgeous dogs!

There are so many wonderful eating places around. We like the Tinner's Arms in Zennor, a great fire after the costal walk! Others to mention are the Sloop, the Hub and many others. We never tire of walking all the beaches in St Ives or wandering around the shops. The Lizard peninsula also has such pretty coves to visit and beautiful costal paths. Fantastic walks all around the area and if you have children, so many things to do, our particular favourite is Gweek Seal Sanctuary which does amazing work in nursing injured seals.

Mel and Russ pay particular attention to making your visit with children stress free. We have noticed a couple of negative comments about the offer of a their daughter as a babysitter. We thought that was a fantastic offer and years ago would have snapped an offer like that up on holiday, to have a lovely night out on our own.

All in all relaxing, peaceful and friendly.

Stayed: February 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank moretons
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Reviewed 2 February 2017

We first stayed here in 2012 when our son was 2 for our first family holiday. We found it by accident doing an internet search for family friendly holidays. We stayed in The Stable and had use of a highchair and travel cot which saved having to bring everything with us. There were also age appropriate toys and DVDs in the cottage which was great. Since then we have stayed twice in The Parlour which was equally well equipped with toys for our son. The owners have also been very accommodating with us as we had a horrendously long journey down and arrived late at night. The sight of a cream tea left for us when we finally did arrive was very welcome. We love St Ives and spending time on the beaches but it is nice to stay outside of the town in a quiet and relaxing countryside location. You can walk across the fields to St Ives to save driving and when we visited at May half term we used the bus from the campsite opposite. There are some lovely cafes and shops in St Ives and we have also visited other areas of Cornwall and the views along the country roads are amazing. We would definitely recommend staying in one of these cottages as they are very comfortable and also reasonably priced unlike a lot of other places out of term time which is a definite bonus.

Stayed: May 2016, travelled with family
Thank Claire P
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Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

This was our 3rd visit after staying last September and this January. It has now become our home by the sea! The cottages are located about 5 minutes away from St Ives with views of the sea and right on the costal path. Its amazing to sit and watch the sunset over the sea.
Russ and his family are so welcoming and now it is like catching up with old friends. The cottages are lovely, well maintained and clean. Our little girl loved discovering her little basket of toys left in the cottage. It is a great distraction while your unpacking or packing the car.
As it is a working farm it is perfect for kids. Our little one loved watching Russ on his tractor. Her favourite part was our numerous daily visits to see the ducks and goats.
The Playbarn has lots of toys and ride ons to keep little ones happy and there is also a new little play area with a slide and swing.
In peak season there is a bus that takes you direct to St Ives in 5 minutes which saves on the battle of trying to park.
We love coming here and can't wait for our next stay, we would happily recommend it to our friends.

Stayed: September 2016, travelled with family
2  Thank KRDavies
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Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

Unfortunately our experience was not quite what we read in some reviews but matches what we've now seen in others. To start with when we booked for our family and for my parents we had to book through two different sites and companies as one side of cottages is owned by the mum and the other by the son. One booking process was quick and simple yet the the other not so. When you receive your form you're requested to work out the holiday total then work out 1/3 of it as the deposit. Jean, the mum accepted our emails with full details and deposit whereas Russell the son would not. He had to have a paper copy signed. So we scanned it but he wouldnt accept it even though we'd paid £250 deposit! So in the end we had to post before he would confirm.
Our holiday-already we felt it a little unusual as you book a holiday to relax not do all the hard work for them!
Anyway we forgot about it and arrive dfor our holiday. We chose trevalgan for its family friendly rating and play barn and petting farm etc. The first thing we noticed was scones and clotted cream on the table which was a lovely warm welcome then we noticed other things-a hand dispenser of soap in the bathroom rather than a bar, a bottle of cif and sponge and cloth left out for us to use in the bathroom to clean up, the travel cot was made up but we didn't use it as the bed it was beside had no pillows, duvet or sheet only a large yellow stain on the blanket. When we told Jean we didn't use the cot she seemed
Extremely put out as if they were doing us a favour for being there. Overall it felt as if they wanted your money and we should be grateful for being there. Then came the the rule book- the handbook will tell you that children rip the tops of table tennis bats and squash balls, that parents and children should respect the toys and always replace things. It told you that if you want to play table football or pool in the games room after paying for your holiday you'll have to pay 50p p play. Then it mentioned that their 14 year old daughter would like to earn some
Money and can babysit anyone ages 6 months to 6 years. Babysitting services are great but saying your 14 year old daughter is looking for some
Money didn't feel quite right to us.
We have been to Cornwall many times and love to stay in cottages and farm stays but this was not anything like we've experienced and we do feel sad about that as we had been looking forward to it.
The play barn needs a
Serious update-it smells of damp and mould please change the carpet and paint the wall-of course little ones don't
Mind where they are and loved the toys-ride on and books but we only went in once because of the smell. Kids are happy anywhere but it's our holiday too and we felt disappointed. The petting farm is two goats and two chickens who were sweet .
All in all the area is beautiful and a great place to see the sights of st Ives and surrounding but we wouldnt come back were sorry to say. A spruce up and more welcoming booklet and emails may have helped but feeling like you can't breathe on holiday,tiptoeing around incase you get in the way doesn't feel relaxing to us. We appreciate other people have had a wonderful
Time here and everyone is different so please read all reviews to decide for yourself but for us we were ready to go and left early. Our parents agree with above. There is a park which the children loved and DVDs for them to enjoy. Carbis bay is lovely so is the lappa valley trains and paradise park. Cornwall gold is great too and lands end beautiful with a few new attractions for children
So remember
Respect the toys
Clean the bathroom
Strip the beds when you go
Bring change for the games room
Be grateful for your holiday!

Jean and Russell
We feel you need to just give the place a makeover and give a little more of a welcome
To your guests and trevalgan could be wonderful

Stayed: September 2016, travelled with family
10  Thank Philip P
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Reviewed 18 August 2016

I have been coming to Trevalgan on and off for over 25 years first visiting when my eldest son was a toddler. We started off camping, moved on to a caravan and the last few times we have stayed have used the adapted barns, staying in the parlour this year. We keep coming back because of the setting, it's out in the fields outside St Ives, the cliff walk into St Ives is stunning and if you don't want to walk because you are taking the kids to the beach there is a regular bus service as St Ives is so popular now it's hard to find a place to park. The other reason I have kept coming back was that it was great for children, they loved the animals, and could roam about making lots of friends with other children. Not this year! We brought two 8 year olds with us and their bikes as I remembered my older children loved roaming about the site on theirs. My eight year old grandson immediately found the playground opposite and being an avid footballer the football pitch where he made lots of new friends playing football. He did until half way through the week when he was chased away by one of the staff over there as it now a seperate business. Every time he tried to go over to see his friends and play football he was chased away. My wife went to discuss this with the staff member and was told that this was the rule and that although he had not been causing any disturbance or nuisance to anyone else he could not use the playground or football pitch. The result - one upset little boy who can no longer see the friends he has made or play football with them, and bemusement on my part that an adult could see it as an appropriate rule to follow to keep chasing a child away from his friends and a play facility. I think they are employed in the wrong kind of "camp".So less of a success this visit and not as child friendly as the place once was, as it's difficult to explain to children why business rules take precedence over making friends.

Stayed: August 2016, travelled with family
4  Thank callens17
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