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“Disappointing and run down” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Bay Retreat Villas

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Bay Retreat Villas
Certificate of Excellence
Neath, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Disappointing and run down”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2013

It is obvious when you arrive that the professional photos were taken when the villas were new. The externals have not been maintained and looks extremely shabby when you arrive, this is in addition to the realisation that you have entered a 1970s chalet park.

The villas themselves are spotless inside although the plastic brown sofa wasn't very inviting to sit on and I think we had the short straw on allocation cause there wasn't a garden as such to sit out in as it was extremely small and backed onto the road and chalet park, with a plastic table and chairs. We didn't want to spend too much in the 'villa' and as such we left a day early.

On a positive note It is a great location.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank Doherty001
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2013

We stayed here for a few days in mid July 2013, with our three teenagers, and had a fantastic time. The villa was spotless, with everything you could wish for in terms of facilities and equipment. We loved the little garden where you could have breakfast and lunch in the sunshine, it was a treat having two TVs, including one in our bedroom and it was a pleasure coming in to this cool contemporary villa, after visiting various beautiful beaches nearby or having dinner in local restaurants, including Rick Stein's Cornish Arms in St Merryn. It was great having a little supermarket on site and handy having a Tesco just outside Padstow. There is a tennis court too. We really enjoyed the complimentary dinner at Beaucliffe's Restaurant at the Porth Veor Manor Hotel - we had brilliant service here from charming waiting staff and delicious food - all included in our break! We also had brilliant service from Tracey Chapman, the manager on site, who couldn't have been more helpful (eg providing an i-pod charger for our daughter and a compressor for our flat tyre, along with useful advice and local knowledge as did the gardener). Also, Marie and Vicky were most helpful when we were booking our holiday. The weather was amazing, with 30 degree sunshine - why go abroad? Thank you all, we can't wait to come again.

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank AnnaMaria444
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Southborough, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2013

I won a competition to stay at this development and was not disappointed.

The Villa inside is very light and airy and furnished with modern furniture to a high standard. The kitchen had every conceivable utensil in it, plenty of glasses and crockery. There was a nice small area of decking out the back with a bit of lawn and just enough to enjoy a nice breakfast outside in the morning. The location of Bay Retreat is perfect to enjoy the lovely North Cornish coastline to with many fabulous beaches on its doorstep. There is a small convenience store on site which stocks enough for a break and is just a minutes walk away. A perfect place for a break down in this past of the country.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Mistycar46
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Essex, England
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27 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2013

Just back from a 4 night break, wonderful 30* sunshine. Stayed in villa 18, very clean and tidy.Bed linen good quality, so were our soft fluffy towels.The kitchen had everything you need and more.The small back decking and lawn were nice to sit out on, plus the front block paved own parking space was ideal.All electric, heating, shower etc is included in the price so no nasty extras to find. I read some previous reviews stating in need of better upkeep - our villa was fine, maybe we were just lucky. Yes there were a few faults, like a broken hook to hold open the French doors, but I can live with petty things....after all you are staying for a holiday so you don't spend 24/7 there.I hope to visit again took my 81 year old Mum too. The downstairs Loo was very nice and good if a few of you stay together. We love Cornwall and visit often, 3 times in last 12 months - this is a good area for beaches, Harlyn Bay only 5 mins drive, also Padstow, Wadebridge, Bodmin and Newquay quite close. Please give it a whirl !!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank denise g
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2013 via mobile

Just returned from 4 day break at these beautifully equipped villas on a girly break all in our mid 40's away from hubby's for a well deserved long weekend. Have to say weather a big plus as 25º every day and up with the birds 6.30 each morning scrambled eggs and tea cannot fault quality apart from unfortunate accident with bed cheap ikea and collapsed to floor one morning as slats broke and trust me not a big unit ! However that aside all good very spacious rooms and hanging space. Definitely need a car st Merryn just a mile away but not safe to walk local cab a fiver try cornish arms great food and extensive reasonable menu. Decided to avoid rick Stein in Padstow as heard overpriced so went to paul ainsworth what a smart decision staff excellent treated like royalty and invited into kitchen after meal to meet paul, what a down to earth top bloke def recommendation. Also watergate bay a must and the hotel serves fantastic cream tea with lashings of clotted cream and yet again superb attentive staff. Overall a fab stay and tried to book bay retreat villas for exmas but already full so speaks for itself.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank debbiewilson
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Cheltenham
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18 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2013

Like others we arrived to find our keys in the box and didn't see any staff the whole week. The accommodation was clean but lacked character and was in need of some tlc - several lights didn't work, the front door had warped so you had to wrestle it open and closed, the catches on the French doors were broken. Overall we did enjoy our stay, it was nice to have a garden, albeit very small, where we could relax with the dog but our villas backed on to the 'main' road which was quite busy with cars and people passing so it didn't feel very private. I'm pleased to say we had our full deposit returned as we did clean and hoover before we left. The location was excellent as you are so close to many dog friendly beaches and places to visit, Padstowe is just a short drive away. It's a shame I can't give a higher rating as with a little tlc, better towels, a few extra items like hand soap, a lick of paint then these villas would be lovely and more akin to the photos that advertise them.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank TheMightyBooshUK
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Reading, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
97 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2013

A pleasant stay in a well equipped villa. I was surprised that although we arrived at 5pm there was no one to meet us but we found the key box without any problem. In fact the only member of staff we saw was the maintenance man who very promptly replaced the 6 light bulbs which weren't working. The villas are very pleasant, the rooms downstairs felt rather bare, upstairs which is carpeted felt much cosier.
The villa was clean and is pretty well equipped- even a decent hair dryer. Check the inventory as there were odd numbers of glasses, plates etc.
The mobile phone signal was better upstairs and data access (when you could get it) was very slow.
The weekend was so cold and windy that we didn't use the outside space. We didn't have any problems with noise.
Dishwasher tablets are supplied but theres nothing else in the kitchen - there are salt and pepper pots but they are empty.
A nice place, well equipped but rather soulless.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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4 Thank AEGReading
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Property: Bay Retreat Villas
Address: St. Merryn Holiday Village, St Merryn, Padstow PL28 8QA, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cornwall > Padstow > St Merryn
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 12 Speciality Lodging in St Merryn
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Bay Retreat Villas 4*
Number of rooms: 50
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