Calloose Caravan Park7.8
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Ever felt you really wanted to let loose? And – even better – let the kids yet looser while you bask on a sun-soaked terrace in a suntrap valley, sipping a cocktail from the on-site bar? Why, we can almost hear the ice cubes clinking as we type.
Don’t get uptight at the thought of Cornwall being crowded in peak season: award-winning and family-friendly Calloose Caravan Park is over eight and a half acres of countryside at Hayles near St Ives, and is designed for those who want to get away from the hordes. And dogs: the park is dog-friendly with dog walking fields on site. Woof.
The park is teeming with things to do: freewheeling sprogs are free to do what they want any old time, with a kids’ paddling pool, adventure playground and games room with three pool tables, proper sized table tennis tables (for essential tournaments), crazy golf, driving and shooting games, and gift machines (perhaps helpful to bribe/console runners up at table tennis).
Naturally the grown-ups are smartly catered for too: as well as the spacious sunbathing terrace, non-kids have a bar, restaurant, takeaway and shop for the essentials, a tennis court, and – although the youngsters won’t be interested – a launderette, recycling point opposite the shop and chemical waste points at each toilet block.
Pitches on the park are large, terraced and individually marked/numbered to avoid overcrowding even in the height of summer, with seven areas for touring caravans and tents, and tarmac roads for easy access. Light travellers can book into a lodge or holiday home with fully-equipped kitchen and a TV even the sprogs might approve of, with 40 – 46 inch Freeview and DVD.
The Calloose team prides itself on its customer service and attention to detail, and the entire park is also carefully landscaped to welcome local wildlife and flowers – we think even the most Xbox-gripped youngster might be persuaded to let loose…
Pack your wetsuit, your swimsuit, your walking boots and your glad rags to soak up the contrasts of beautiful and active Cornwall, with most of the main attractions within easy driving distance; and eye-watering scenery, coastline and teeny towns and villages all within reach. You might want to throw your golf clubs and fishing gear into the car boot or caravan too: there are five spectacularly scenic golf clubs within ten miles of Calloose, from the challenging seaside course of the West Cornwall Golf Club three and a half miles away, to England’s most southerly course, Mullion Golf Club at Helston.
Fishing holidays are available all over and easy to arrange, including coarse and reservoir fishing (the rainbow trout-filled waters of Tree Meadow Trout Fishery are just half a mile from Calloose), and sea fishing from a hi-tech boat which can detect passing shoals as well as possible shipwrecks below the surface. Or venture west to the 140 or so islands of the gorgeous Isles of Scilly by ferry from Penzance or air from Penzance or Land’s End to see the capital St Mary’s or the world famous gardens at Tresco.
The beaches of Cornwall are rightly world famous and you could spend your whole hol around the cragged beauty of the north or the subtropical sands of the south. Calloose is centrally based, so pick a beach a day and work on your tan: the Towans at Hayles, three miles of golden sands, are 3.4 miles away; the surf of Praa Sands within six miles and Porthkidney/Lelant beach within seven miles (we strongly recommend some mussel foraging here). Elsewhere within a quick drive you’ll reach beautiful Marazion – take a trip from here to the island of St Michael’s Mount – and the family-friendly surfing beaches of Portleven and Portreath.
St Ives, Cornwall’s arty capital, is just over six miles from Calloose: the acclaimed gallery Tate St Ives to see almost 70,000 works of art from 3000 artists, including the national collection of British art. Nearby Newlyn is also known for its art and its nineteenth century Newlyn School artists' colony; its biggest collection can be seen at Penlee House just down the road in Penzance.
We also recommend a delve into Cornwall’s history and heritage – you’ll find old engine houses on the cliffs (take the walk from Perranporth to the St Agnes Heritage Coast); Iron Age forts and fogous, and Bronze Age stone circles. Round a history hunting day off with a visit to the Minack Theatre at Porthcurno, carved from the clifftop and with the feel of a Roman amphitheatre.
Water quality at nearby bathing waters
|The Towans (Hayle)
|Carbis Bay Porth Kidney Sands
|The Towans (Godrevy)
|Praa Sands West
|Praa Sands East
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Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
HAYLE ESTUARY (CURRENT BOUNDARY FROM 15/08/1996)
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Overall rating based on 41 reviews
78% would recommend this site to a friend.
70% would stay here again.
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From the manager...
Hello there, we are extremely disappointed to read this review and find your 1/10 ranking very harsh. We are a family site and advertise ourselves as being so on every site we are listed. Most people comment how lovely and warm the swimming pool is and how fantastic the facilities are for a site of our size. We have lots of free facilities including use of the heated pool, a large childrens play area, a tennis court, a small crazy golf course and free entertainment in the clubhouse every night in peak season.
We did have several complaints about one pitch this summer who continuously disrespected other campers by being very loud late into the night, which led to our security guard making frequent visits and eventually the campers being asked to leave. The name on your review suggests this was you. Its unfortunate you decided to stay at Calloose, perhaps next time you might choose somewhere closer to Newquay, which no doubt would be better suited to meet your needs. People need to realise how damaging a review like this is for a small business when we work so hard to ensure our facilities are great and site clean and well maintained.
From the manager...
It was extremely unfortunate that we were unlucky in having an unusually heavy downpours in August this year. Sadly we can't control the weather. I can assure you that the pitches you were sited on do have sufficient drainage. Sadly where extreme weather is concerned, no amount of drainage can cope with continuous heavy downpours. When the ground is very wet and campers are moving on and off pitches and moving vehicles this will unfortunately create mud.
Our toilet blocks are cleaned three to four times per day and most people comment how clean the site is. However if the ground does get muddy this will unfortunately be walked into the toilet blocks by campers.
We do have lots of facilities for a relatively small site including free use of a swimming pool, childrens play area, games room, tennis court and small crazy golf. In the evenings we also have a restaurant and bar with entertainment in peak season, which does give the opportunity to get out of the rain should you need to.
We are sure if you came to stay at Calloose again your experience would be positive and in line with the vast majority of our reviews.
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Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Car parking by pitch
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Touring and motorhomes
Drainage hook-up points for tourers
Electrical hook-up points for tourers
Fully serviced pitches
Motorhome service point
Water hook-up points for tourersMax. motorhome length: 6.5 metres
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Cycle hire nearby
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Leisure/theme park nearby
Mountain biking nearby
Outdoor pool nearby
Surf school nearby
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Large (51-200 pitches)
Ordnance Survey maps (GB and Northern Ireland only) are available at lower levels via the drop-down menu.
- Coach stations
Copperhouse (Cornwall): Coach Stop — 2.9 miles
2.9 miles Hayle Coach Stop — 2.9 miles
2.9 miles Lelant: Post Office Coach Stop — 3.7 miles
- Train stations
Hayle Rail Station — 2.9 miles
2.9 miles Lelant Rail Station — 3.6 miles
3.6 miles Lelant Saltings Rail Station — 3.7 miles
- Ferry ports
Penzance Ferry Terminal — 8.3 miles
8.3 miles Helford Village Ferry Landing — 11.2 miles
11.2 miles Helford Passage Ferry Landing — 11.3 miles
Penzance Airport — 7.6 miles
7.6 miles Land's End St Just Airport — 14.4 miles
14.4 miles Newquay St Mawgan Airport — 24.8 miles
Travelling to Calloose is much easier now that you have the M5 to Exeter and a motorway style dual carriageway to Bodmin. There are only 20 miles of ordinary carriageway roads remaining to our park.
Leave the A30 at the roundabout north of Hayle and drive through the town until you see the large viaduct. Drive under the first arch and turn left at the small roundabout and take the B3302 road towards Helston. Leedstown is 3.5 miles along this road. Do not follow your satnav at this point. Just before Leedstown (if coming from Hayle), turn left down Trenerth Road.
Calloose is at the bottom of the hill. Turn left onto the lane where flagpoles and signs are situated. Follow the lane until you reach the caravan park. The reception is signposted.
Calloose is located centrally within west Cornwall. St Ives is only 9 miles away, Penzance only 10 miles, Lizard Point 18 miles, and Newquay only 25 miles away. Please note that public transport is limited in this area of Cornwall.
Permitted arrival/departure time
|Camping and touring|
|Arrive:||11 a.m. –||Anytime|
|Arrive:||3 p.m. –||6 p.m.|
No refunds within 30 days of arrival date.
We strongly advise that you take out holiday insurance and include it in your booking. Providing that it is paid with your deposit we will then refund your deposit and balance, if it has already been paid, if you have to cancel for any of the qualifying reasons:
(a) Accident, injury, illness or death of a member of the party
(b) Maternity of a member of the party
(c) Redundancy or jury service
An authoritative document in support of cancellation must be produced, i.e. doctor's certificate, redundancy notice or jury notice.
Please note, the cancellation plan is non-refundable.
If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.
Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.
Payment of balance
A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. Calloose Caravan Park will debit the balance from your card 30 days before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 30 days before arrival then the balance will be taken immediately.
Payment methods accepted on the parkMaestro
Terms and conditionsSite booking terms and conditions
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