Sun Haven Valley Holiday Park7.7
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Peace, perfect peace. Escape the crowds for some quality shut-eye at this impeccable site tucked among the trees and bordered by a babbling brook: there’s no pub, club or evening entertainment, and a strict no noise policy applies after 10.30pm. The scenery and the facilities at Sun Haven Valley Holiday Park are great, and it’s a mere ten-minute saunter down a shady woodland path to reach the glorious Mawgan Porth beach.
Children are welcome (there’s a good playground and well-equipped games room) and campers will find some thoughtful touches around the site, such as the library and optional private bathrooms.
For the ultimate bucolic idyll, book a pitch backing onto the trout stream and keep your eyes peeled for otters, herons and kingfishers...
Aside from its acres of golden sand, rock pools and caves, Mawgan Porth has a café, supermarket and pub, as well as a small surf school, crazy golf and pitch and putt (more serious golfers will find an 18-hole golf course only a mile away).
It goes without saying that there is great walking in the area, not least along the South West Coastal Path, and Sun Haven’s friendly owners will happily supply guests with suggested routes for all abilities.
Anglers can fish for carp, tench and bream in the lakes next door to the park, or try and net a trout from the brook; there are plenty of other well-stocked lakes in the area, and regular sea-fishing trips depart from the likes of Padstow and Newquay. Both these towns can be reached in about 15 minutes by car (or hop on a bus outside the park gates) and offer a wealth of things to see and do.
Water quality at nearby bathing waters
North Cornwall, Cornwall
|Attractive old wisteria-clad stone inn, log-fire bar with antique coaching prints and falcon pictures, St Austell ales kept well, pubby food, good friendly service, compact stone-floored dining room, darts; children welcome, front cobbled courtyard and peaceful back garden with wishing well (they ask to keep a credit card if you eat outside), pretty village, four bedrooms, open all day in summer||Falcon
|Popular surfers' haunt with great coast and sunset views from open balcony, bar/restaurant upstairs with enjoyable food including interesting fish dishes, downstairs bistro bar, good friendly service, well kept St Austell Tribute, Sharps Doom Bar and Skinners Betty Stogs, decent wines, sensible prices; live music, TV and pool; well behaved children and dogs welcome, disabled facilities, plenty of outside seating, open all day weekends||Phoenix
|Great views from bustling modern beach bar with good mix of customers of all ages, surfing photographs on planked walls, cushioned wicker and cane armchairs around green and orange tables, weathered stripped-wood floor, unusual sloping bleached-board ceiling, big windows and doors opening to glass-fronted deck looking across sand to the sea, simpler end room, decent wines by the glass, possibly real ale, lots of coffees and teas, good modern food served by friendly young staff; background music; dogs welcome in bar, open 8.30am-11pm, 10.30am-5pm in winter||Beach Hut
|Massive recently built pub in magnificent setting high above surfing beach and small harbour, decent standard food all day from sandwiches, hot baguettes and baked potatoes up, open-plan areas well divided by balustrades and surviving fragments of former harbourmaster's house, good solid furnishings from country kitchen to button-back settees, soft lighting and one panelled area, friendly service, St Austell ales, games part with two well lit pool tables, excellent indoor children's play area; great views from long glass-walled side section and from sizeable garden with terrace and play areas, bedrooms, open all day||Fort
|Managed by Rick Stein as a traditional local rather than gastropub; enjoyable inexpensive food such as mussels and chips, steak and ale pie and scampi in a basket (can be a wait for a table and food at peak times), friendly staff, well kept St Austell ales, good choice of wines by the glass, log fire, fine slate floor, some 12th-c stonework and RNAS memorabilia; popular with families, dogs welcome, picnic-sets at front and on sunny side terrace under large heated parasols, nice views, open all day in summer from breakfast||Cornish Arms
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From the manager...
Thank you very much for such a lovely review, we really do hope that you can come again as we are constantly trying to improve the site and your comments are absolutely valuable to this!
Good quiet stay with beautiful views, pity about the rainy weather! 29 Aug 2012
Jesse_P (Young couple, 1 review) Confirmed
Peaceful site but not the cleanest 23 Aug 2012
christinashaw (Family with young children, 1 review)
From the manager...
We apologise for Ms Shaw's experience on her THREE night stay. The showers are not "often" flooded – the non-slip flooring slopes gently to a common outlet which has been blocked twice in the last six years of which was once this summer - if this was during her stay then I suppose one night out of her three may constitute “often” to her. It is a shame that customers who find faults don't report them to reception so that we can fix them rather than just complain in retrospect. Ms Shaw would have walked past reception and the warden’s residence to get back to her tent, but it was a Dutch couple who came and told us of the problem, and the drain was cleared within minutes, with the offending item of clothing thrown away. Similarly with the teenagers. Teenagers can see a warden coming and obviously will change their behaviour, but as we have very few on the park (it's mainly a young families park) they usually congregate in one group and we will talk to them on behaviour reported to us (as we have done this year) but there is little more we can do without a customer being willing to anonymously identify the individuals concerned. The ladies toilets and shower block are one room and are cleaned each & every day along with all the facilities. The cleaning process takes between three and five hours to do the block with one or two cleaning staff - we also do "quick" cleans at 7.30am and 9-10.30pm - and we are normally complimented on their cleanliness, but I am not sure how many visits Ms Shaw made in her three days(especially if she was also using the portaloos) or at what times . Obviously in a wet summer, people are walking in muddy footprints as the cleaner finishes. We note that whilst the toilets and showers were reportedly "not the cleanest", but not so dirty that there was any need to report the fact or spend £2 for a private lockable bathroom with bath, shower, loo and baby changing table and thereby avoid them totally.
We apologise for the temporary repair on one of our 25 toilet roll holder, but it clearly worked well enough for no-one to report it. When it was reported (on Mrs Shaws departure on a feedback form , it was replaced) . I have been to check the window sills – which at five foot off the ground, three inches wide and behind the toilet cistern may escape a cleaners attention – but these have since been cleaned, though the metal window frames need painting – a job that has been delayed as the staff have spent so much time helping campers in a very, very wet summer.
A very pleasant stay! 13 May 2012
Richard_H3 (Young couple, 1 review) Confirmed
Nice and peaceful campsite 19 Mar 2012
Zdenek (Young couple, 1 review)
Good park with everything you could ask for 31 Aug 2011
jmsuch (Family with young children, 1 review)
Well run site and ideal for families with smaller children. 15 Aug 2011
Francine_H (Family with older children, 2 reviews) Confirmed
From the manager...
The sign in the portaloos suggest that campers walk to the main toilet block 90 metres away and reserve the portaloos for night times /emergencies.( We have been to campsites where the toilet block is a walk further than this 90m ). However not everyone can be bothered and when this is ignored the three cleans a day cannot keep up - what a shame some people cannot flush the loo or put their dirty paper towels in the supplied rubbish bin. We emphasise our enforced silence at 10.30pm and that we will not tolerate music that can be heard off of the pitch ( e.g radio, car stereo) . Anyone who breaks this will be asked to leave - IF IT IS REPORTED TO US
Absolutely Brilliant 31 Jan 2011
MrSmithe10 (Family with young children, 1 review)
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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
Electrical hook-up points for tourers
Commercial vehicles allowed
Cycle hire nearby
Surf school nearby
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Nearby farmers' market
Public transport nearby
Large (51-200 pitches)
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- Coach stations
St Columb Minor (Cornwall): Church St Coach Stop — 3.4mi
3.4mi Newquay: Porthfour Turn Coach Stop — 3.6mi
3.6mi St Columb Major: Cattle Market Coach Stop — 3.8mi
- Train stations
Quintrell Downs Rail Station — 4.0mi
4.0mi Newquay Rail Station — 4.2mi
4.2mi St Columb Road Rail Station — 5.4mi
- Ferry ports
Padstow Ferry Landing — 6.6mi
6.6mi Rock Padstow Ferry Landing — 6.9mi
6.9mi Tolverne Ferry Landing — 16.5mi
Newquay St Mawgan Airport — 1.1mi
Follow the A30 down past Bodmin to the Newquay turn-off.
Take the off-ramp at the “Highgate Hill” junction, signposted Newquay A392 & Wadebridge A39, to join the roundabout underneath the A30. Turn right, taking the A39 towards Wadebridge.
At the next roundabout ¾ mile on, again follow the A39 towards Wadebridge.
At the next roundabout 2 miles on, turn left on the A3059 towards Newquay
Some 2¾ miles on, just past the garage ( still there in 2009) turn right on the B3276 towards St. Mawgan, Mawgan Porth and Watergate Bay.
Drive on to the T-junction (2¾ miles on ) & turn right on the B3276 towards Mawgan Porth & Padstow.
Follow the road & you will go downhill & round a sharp turn into Mawgan Porth at beach level.
Cross the bridge and a hundred yard or so further on, just before you start to climb the hill there is right turn (Chapel Road) that leads inland away from the sea.This is the only road leading inland from Mawgan Porth beach. Turn right into this, with the crazy golf course/pitch and putt on your left.
A quarter mile further on you will pass through a very sharp 'S' bend and we are half a mile beyond that on the left. Please note that this last half mile is a "Cornish lane with "Cornish Hedges" (6ft stone walls covered with turf) and this is effectively a single way road with passing places. We note that the local bus company travels it hourly in single deckers & once a day with a double decker bus. If you call us we can tell you what time the hourly bus will be travelling that last half mile.
We are on the left-hand side of the road – a double width entrance with a 13-foot arch over it supported by stone pillars, so if you are in the right place it’s difficult to miss.
Reception is just inside the gate on the left. We look forward to seeing you and hope you have a pleasant journey!
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Arrive:Sat 27 Oct 2012
Depart:Sat 3 Nov 2012
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