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Ayr Holiday Park
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Bideford, Devon
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Reviewed 29 January 2012

I love it here, we've stayed here twice now.
First time we parked the camper on the hard standing, had amazing veiws out over the bays and the beautiful St Ives, they have amazing shower and toilet facilities, a lovely walk around the campsite with our dog who had plenty of room too run around.
The second time we stayed there was NYE 2011-2012, and stayed in a static caravan, It had everything you'd need in there for a week away and plenty of room with 5 of us in there, plus the most amazing shower I've ever had. There was such a chilled friendly atmosphere, with every one in fancy dress.
It's only a 10-15 minute walk away from the town, which has some lovely shops. or a taxi was only £3 I think (The walk back is all up hill).
Would defo stay again :)

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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 9 January 2012

We stayed from 27/12/11 to 01/01/12 in our camper van and had one of the best New Years Eves ever. The campsite is very clean and well maintained. Lots of water and refuse points close by, nice level pitches so not too much chocking up required. Fantastic views over the coast. It is fairly expensive though, £25 per night for a pitch with electric hook up, but having spoken to family who stayed near Newquay for the same time in a less well maintained site it was reasonable for the facilities. Toilets/showers cleaned daily and were the last word in luxury with under floor heating in the showers (a must for camping in the middle of winter!) About 10-15 minutes walk into St Ives down some very steep hills, thankfully there are a few decent pubs to have a drink and grub to steel yourself for the walk back. This was our second visit to Ayr and we would definitely go again.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 January 2012

we have just returned after spending New Year at the site, we have stayed previously here in the static caravans and the touring park, and have had 4 fantastic holidays . I have to say that the caravan was not the best. It was a bit stained and grubby in the lounge area on the seating and carpets.It was very clean when we arrived,we did have a caravan where pets were allowed as we have a dog so I guess this was the reason.I would say to anyone staying there to request a caravan that pets haven't been allowed to use, unless of course you are taking your pet dog with you.This park is within walking distance to St Ives and makes a great base to stay, you do however have to climb a steep hill to get back up to the site.We travelled to Lands End and visited St Michaels Mount and Penzance, both are within an easy drive of St Ives.All of the beaches in St Ives are fantastic and clean and we even spotted seals and dolphins in the bay.Overall a great holiday as St Ives is our favourite UK holiday destination with its small quaint cobbled streets and the tiny fishermans cottages,the tiny tourist shops and art gallerys are mixed with designer boutiques, also a pint sat outside The Sloop public house on an evening always finishes the day!!

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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 November 2011

We stayed at Ayr Holiday Park in mid-November as a base to visit St Ives. We are travelling in a motorhome (or motor caravan as they are called in the UK), so this review is about the site location, service, and facilities, but not about static caravans that you can rent to stay at the site. We didn't use them, but they looked in good condition from the exterior.

The site is excellent in terms of location, as noted by other reviewers. We had an excellent view down to Porthmeor Beach and St Ives itself, and a sweeping view of the ocean. It is easy to walk down to town - it takes about 10 minutes to walk down to the Tate, and then you wander through the streets to the town centre around the marina. You could be at the Marina in under 15 minutes if you walked with purpose - but that is not the idea in St Ives. There are so many galleries and side lanes to explore, and a different view at every turn.

A warning that it is a walk "down" and the walk back is "up" a fairly steep hill.

There are several shops and mini supermarkets of good quality in St Ives to allow for self catering, and a multitude of restaurants of different price ranges to satisfy all tastes and budgets. We were there in the off season, and while some galleries and restaurants were shut, the majority were open and doing good trade. We had a great long lunch at Porthminster Cafe, and can thoroughly recommend that.

The facilities at Ayr Holiday Park are excellent for those touring. The main amenities block is heated, modern, and with good shower and toilet facilities. There are also family rooms ensuite style, including one with a bathtub. there i also areas to shower off in wet suites etc. We rated the facilities as good as we have seen in the UK in any caravan park, and we have been to a lot in the last 3 months travelling around.

For those touring with mobile homes, or caravans, this is the first site we have come across that supplied their own levelling ramps - which were ideal. That was excellent.

There is a walk down from the site that meets up with the Coastal path, but we found it muddy and slippery, and you definitely need to be cautious - although the views back to St Ives are worth the adventure.

Also well worth the visit is nearby Dunster and it's Castle. there are also some nice walks in the adjoining Crown Estate.

Lastly, as always with a coastal site, the wind can get up, and we were on the receiving end for one night, as the site is quite exposed. But you can't expect a glorious view on the coast, and not have to contend with winds, particularly at this time of year.

We would highly recommend St Ives itself, and Ayr Holiday Park, and we hope to return one day. The proof in the pudding is that we had only booked for 2 nights, and ended up staying 4 nights.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 October 2011

we have been comming here every yearfor the last 15 years staying in a large caravan, the site is family run and very well kept the views are fanstastic and you can walk into st ives or catch the bus from the site. worth the money

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 September 2011

Stayed for 3 nights in a tent, can't beat the location of the site; about 10 minutes walk from the lovely town and fabulous views from our pitch :-) the campsite itself is hidden away in the corner of a residential area so is abit tricky to find at first but this does not diminish from it's qualities.
The site is kept clean and neat at all times, and the shower and toilet blocks were very well maintained with music and good lighting, no shortage of space there. Always clean and tidy, the cleaning ladies were there every day and could not fault them :-)
Would definetly recommend this to anyone thinking of visiting St Ives. Suitable for all ages and motorhomes/tents etc. Caravans looked nice and spacious even though we did not stay in one.
Overall no complaints and definetly worth a stay :-)

Emily and Arron; Torbay

  • Stayed September 2011
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Reviewed 5 August 2011

I've never been to St Ives before and, now having been, am sorry that I put it off for so long!

First things first, arriving.

We arrived at St Ives Station from London, changing via St Erth. We had to hang around a bit before a taxi arrived (several people had pre-booked their's) but eventually we got one and after a very quick drive up a couple of hills (6 mins?) arrived at Ayr Holiday Park.

We checked in at reception and after picking up the keys, made our way to the 'caravan' / static mobile home - whatever you call it!

There were just two of us staying but you could easily fit 4 or possibly 6, at a push.

It's pretty large, with a view just above St Ives looking down at the sea. When you book, check whether you'll have a view of the sea, it's worth getting one if possible. Make sure you're not next door to the children's playground, the toilets and the main entrance where the reception is. Quite honestly, the holiday park is so quiet at night that you won't be bothered by noise but it's probably best to avoid staying next to these areas if possible (just in case!)

Anyway, back to our caravan.

It was large, had a tiny little garden planted with pretty flowers in front of it. Walking up a small ramp, we opened the door (locks a bit tricky initially) and let ourselves in.

The lounge/kitchen area was large: table with seating, fire (definitely not needed while we were there) and more seating that frames the edge of the room. Big TV set (satellite) with controls that we found a little tricky but soon got the hang of it. The room was nice and bright with lots of windows but with curtains for privacy as well. The kitchen was well equipped: sink, washing up kit including tea towels (but no washing up liquid), fridge, oven, hob, fan, microwave, saucepans, cutlery, bread bin and crockery. Basically all you really need. There was a teapot but nothing for coffee I'm afraid (I am a coffeeaholic!)

There were two bedrooms: a pretty small twin with very little storage and a larger double room with storage. Off the corridor and also off the main bedroom is just one small bathroom; toilet, sink, cupboard, blinds, fan and lovely hot enclosed shower. This was fine for two of us but I reckon if there's more of you sharing, it might be a bit of a push. Bear in mind though that there are separate showers/toilets in a large building a short walk away and it's in fabulous condition, pretty recently refurbished (I think), hairdryers and all absolutely spotless.

Yes, our beds were pretty springy and not the newest in the world but, despite normally being light sleepers, we slept brilliantly the whole time we were there so the beds must've done the trick!

Anyone who's concerned about the thin walls should really stay in an hotel though - it's unrealistic to expect a carvan to have good insulation so just block your ears instead and lie back and think of England!

We'd pre-booked sheets and pillowcases and these were provided efficiently - cotton (no nylon, thank god!) and very nicely laundered. No soap or towels so don't forget them. A roll of toilet paper is provided but that's all.

In a small cupboard next to the bathroom, there's a vacuum cleaner, mop, clothes dryer and other bits. There is an onsite laundrette (next to reception) but as we were only there for a week, we didn't need to use it.

The holiday park itself is well laid out, very clean with helpful staff. The caravans aren't too close to eachother so a bit of privacy is on offer. Most people were quiet at night - after about 1030 - so you'll be able to get a good kip at night. The site itself is split into different sections - static mobile home area nearest to reception (where we were) and where the main showers/toilets are located, another area for caravan and campervans and some tents, then two further fields mainly for tents with fab views above the sea.

There's also a children's playground (good facilities) and I think, scattered around the holiday park, there were also picnic tables which some people cleverly pitched up next to (unless they'd brought them with them!). There's also a games room

There are two shops near to the holiday park but each require a walk up a hill. There's also a regular (I think every morning) mobile shop but we never saw it. There's no shop on the park itself, that's because they want to encourage people to use local facilities and shops which is very generous of them.

Every day, we walked down to the beaches - the nearest one is about 10 mins walk away and absolutely gorgeous. So in the morning, we walked out of the holiday park, turned left and walked down the steep hill. However at the end day, we avoided the steep hill and walked past the Tate Gallery, along a path and up the coastal walk.

Finding the turnoff for the holiday park via this route was a little tricky but we soon got the hang of it. Basically get on the coastal path above the bach, pass the public toilets, pass several seats, walk slightly up the path, keeping the sea to your right, pass the organic kitchen garden belonging to a restaurant (located elsewhere) and then turn left and clamber over some big rocks (might be tricky for some people), then walk through a well cleared path, keep to the right path, and you'll eventually come out via a couple of gates, into the campsite section of the holiday park. This route is far preferable to walking back up the road which is VERY steep! There's still a bit of a hill but it's a much more attractive route with a great view of the sea to distract you!

On the other hand, you could always catch a bus down to the beaches - they're VERY regular and cheap.

There are four of five beaches at St Ives - the one nearest to the park is Porthmeor - big, clean, great cafes, good facilities, clean toilets and great waves (not too big) for body boarding or, if you dare, surfing. It can get a bit windy though. The cafe overlooking the beach is great, on the top is a restaurant serving great breakfast and then at lunch main courses or tapas style dishes. It's situated right on the beach so a perfect location. There's also a takeaway cafe below which sells good quality food as well. Plus toilets which are fairly clean.

A short walk thru the town is Porthgwidden Beach - much much smaler but perfect for kids because it's enclosed so they can't escape! Yet another good cafe and a good takeaway. By the way, if you're after good crab sandwiches, there's a fish shop not far from here which sells great ones, nice and simple without trendy rocket and lemon mayonnaise which others were selling!

The third beach is Harbour beach - pleasant enough with a resident seal who was begging for food! The beach itself is OK but not as nice as the others.

The fourth beach is Porthminster - very attractive, long, gorgeous sand and pretty sheltered. Didn't like the toilets here though, they weren't as clean as Porthmeor. The beach is the nearest to the railway station as well. If you come to this beach, make sure you book at the Porthminster Beach Cafe - it's a fab restaurant and has, I believe, a Michelin star. We were lucky, we got tables on two days without booking but I suspect we were very lucky. The food was fab and pretty good value. If you want something a little cheaper then underneath it is the takeaway section, selling wonderful fish and chips with a slice of lemon and home-made tartar sauce. Lovely stuff.

Other things we did, all without a car!
1. Barbara Hepworth museum - pretty garden, nice museum, her workshop is exactly how she left it.
2. Leach Pottery - really liked this, original kilns, nice exhibition, lovely old film, again worth a visit.
3. Tate Gallery - it's massive on the outside but quite frankly, not an awful lot of exhibits on the inside. Being a Friend of the Tate, I'll admit I was a bit disappointed. It's such a shame they don't have a permanent exhibition, there are and were so many fab artists assoc'd with St Ives, that it seems a shame. I reckon more space was given to the rooftop cafe than the art! Great place for kids though, films and interactive installations on show.
4. Carbis Bay - nice walk via Porthminster. Nice beach, quite oldy-worldly, ordinary cafe, nice clean sand. Good hotel overlooking the beach. To avoid the hills, walk up a hill (well, you are in Cornwall!) and catch the train back (£1)
5. St Michael's Mount - get the bus across to the other side of Cornwall to Penzance. We loved St Michael's. The tide was in so we caught a boat over to it and, being members of Nat Trust, got in for free. A wonderfully interesting place with great views. Then, if the tide's out, walk or wade back to the beach, great fun and very exciting for kids. Penzance Beach itself isn't particularly nice and the sandy is definitely not as nice as St Ives. We walked from Penzance to St Michael's - an OK walk but rather a lot of dog pooh on the path by the railway track, not pleasant!. We then caught the bus back from the village all the way to St Ives - perfect.
6. Open top double decker bus. We never did this but several people told us it was a great trip.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Ayr Holiday Park
Address: Ayr Holiday Park, Ayr, St Ives, Cornwall | Off Alexandra Road, 600 Metres From Tate St Ives, St Ives TR26 1EJ, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Cornwall > St Ives
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Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #5 of 27 Speciality Lodging in St Ives
Number of rooms: 82
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The only holiday park in St Ives itself, offering holiday caravans for hire and pitches for motorhomes, touring caravans and tents. We are open all year, have great sea views from the park and are just a ten minute walk from the town and beach. Our sister hotel, The Garrack, welcomes Ayr guests for dining in the AA Rosette restaurant and for drinks and snacks poolside. ... more   less 
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