I have just come back from Ruthern Valley Holidays and I stayed there for a week, along with my family.
The first thing we noticed was that we had trouble finding the site, as Ruthernbridge is quite small, with many country lanes, which lead my family to get lost on multiple occasions.
We had been driving since 4am and got stuck in traffic on the way, we managed to arrive two hours earlier than the check in time (approx. 4pm), thankfully, the bungalow we booked had been cleaned by then so we were allowed to move in. On arrival, I noticed that the site was fairly small and quiet, which is nice, as it is peaceful. The bungalow was average, simple rooms, but uncomfortable seating.
I think that if you were looking for a nice and peaceful break away, here would be an alright place to stay. The bungalow has one double bed, a kitchen (with seating area and equipped with necessities), a small bathroom, a room with two single beds, and a living room.
As I am 19 years old, and my sister is 14, we are quite tech savvy. We love our wifi, etc. The main reason my family chose this site was because we specifically asked for a place with wifi. As myself and my sister didn't actually want to go away to Cornwall, knowing that they had free wifi, we cheered up and I got excited for the trip. I was soon disappointed when I struggled to connect to their wifi. Whenever it did connect, you were forced to either like their page on Facebook or follow them on twitter (which didn't bother me, however it stated that this allows them to post statuses, see who you're following, etc - which I think is a bit nosy). There was also an option to fill in personal details - which I don't like doing anyway. After having to fill this in many times, the signal would connect, although it would be slow and would cut out (leaving you to fill in your details/sign in again), this got very annoying. This then lead to it not working at all. Now call my family crazy but we brought 3 laptops, two ipods and I had my phone and my tablet. After trying to connect on our laptops, we tried our iPods/phones - nothing. So we turned to the TV (however, there is only 8 channels). I decided to walk around the site and found a play area (which was always very popular through out my holiday). There was also a little farm area where there are sheep, a pig and chickens. I thought this was a good idea because it would connect where food and produce come from for little kids, and it would help them connect to the outdoors. I also found the little pathways in the wood area which were behind the camping sites. I saw many kids with torches run around here. I thought this was a great idea and I know I would have loved running around and pretending this was a secret place if I were little.
When I got back to my bungalow, I tried the wifi again, still nothing. The next day, we talked to the owner and he told us that he'd reset it, on 6 devices we had, we had no wifi the whole holiday (although my mum had brought her laptop to him and magically got it to work. However, I think myself and my sister are tech savvy so I have no idea how he managed this as we thought we tried everything. As we didn't want to bring all our devices to him, we coped with the one laptop).
In the book they leave in your bungalow, they have instructions on how to connect to the wifi, these must have been old as they didn't work and whatever he did to my mum's laptop, wouldn't work on any other device. Throughout the holiday, I noticed people on their tablets and phones trying to get signal (and wifi probably). This was a HUGE disappointment for me because I only wanted to go if there was wifi. In the book, they say that the closer you are to their shop, the better the wifi, however where I was staying was only under a minutes walk away so I would hate to imagine what its like for those further. Although, I'm sure many of you are interested because of the area and it having a 'bringing back to nature' feel. I'm saying that if you are depending on their free wifi, don't, because it's rubbish. I feel like they shouldn't even announce that they have free wifi because it is terrible. I suggest that they get something to boost their wifi because it is clearly their own personal wifi as it's not close enough to reach anyone staying here.
On the other hand, it isn't all miserable. I suggest that it would be a great place to stay for those with small kids, or for those just looking for a relaxing holiday. The site is child friendly and I cannot tell you how popular that park was, every time I went past it there was so many kids.
The area in general isn't too far from towns and villages, so it was nice to visit these and admire the cute villages.
The shop on the site is okay, they supply the necessities. If you would like more variety, there is a sainsburys and a morrissons in the nearby town, Bodmin.
Two attractions I would suggest to those who have kids (/teenagers) or in general, would be the Eden Project and Bodmin Jail. Both are fairly near and interesting. I especially liked Bodmin Jail as it is supposedly meant to be haunted (those with young children, maybe won't like it as much). The jail is very detailed (and cheap) and includes stories and statues.
Overall, I personally didn't like Ruthern Valley Holidays because I do love my internet. Although I do highly suggest it for families with young kids.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in a beautiful wooded valley near Bodmin Moor, this is a holiday site that offers a selection of accommodation types, camping, camping pods, 8 timber cabins, 4 cedar bungalows and 6 static caravans. Ideal for families (a well equipped play area away from the lodges and tents), groups of friends and couples who wish to stay where there is no bar, no disco, no bingo. A quiet, peaceful get back to nature site. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ruthern Valley Holidays Hotel Bodmin
- Ruthern Valley Holidays Bodmin, Cornwall