We stayed here over the Bank Holiday weekend in our rather large Outwell Vermont XL tent in ‘The Paddocks’. This was the very spacious camping area at the far end of the campsite and even with our enormous tent there was plenty of space. The pitch size easily exceeded 10 x 10 m and backed onto a line of tall trees and was separated from the other pitches by a well-trimmed hedge. We normally prioritise out locations by pitch size and this was possibly the biggest we have ever stayed on.
The ‘Luxury bathroom suites and campers kitchen’ were also amazing. I have never experienced a kitchen like it with a clean microwave to heat up kid’s meals (and the odd supermarket take-away) plus a freezer for ice-blocks. The showers were great with lots of room and always clean but the paid-for-baths were a disappointment. The water was barely lukewarm and there wasn’t much of it.
The other facilities on-site were fine for use but if you want a bar you will be disappointed. The take-away chips were great though; very handy for supplementing the BBQ sausages. The shop was pricey but what do you expect?
Our kids (8 & 5) loved the freedom of the site with little traffic and very friendly campers abound. We barely saw them and they had great fun playing in the kids’ area.
The nearest beach is a short, but steep, walk away and is quite small but quiet. Anyone who decides to drive down needs their head looking at as we saw several cars with scrapes and scratches. The walk up the hill is great exercise anyway.
The site is quite remote and you will need to take the car to visit anywhere else. This part of Cornwall is very quiet though and a visit to Mevagissey is recommended. It’s a great area for cycling with lots of narrow lanes and hills – perhaps not so great for the kids though. We loved the beach at Pentewan, which is dominated by the large, commercial campsite, but if you stick to the left you can find some hidden coves.
All-in-all, this is a site that appeals to the middle-ground. If you want wall-to-wall entertainment, this isn’t it. If you want complete seclusion with no kids, ditto. If you want a great blend of seclusion and good-quality facilities then you won’t find many better.
There is, however, one big ‘but’. When the wind picks up you know about it. If the weather is inclement you are on top of a cliff and unless your tent is up to it then it won’t be much fun.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Seaview International in Cornwall is a beautiful 5* family holiday park view incredible views of the sea. With a range of accommodation, from level, grass camping pitches through to luxurious 3-bedroom holiday lodges. Complete with heated outdoor swimming pool, Sea Breeze Cafe, convenience shop, off-licence and a fantastic games and recreation area. The whole Park is now covered by WiFi so you can always stay in touch. With BBQ areas, first-class, shower blocks, and a short walk to the beach, this is Cornwall at its very best. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Seaview International Holiday Park Hotel St Austell
- Seaview International Holiday Park Cornwall/St Austell