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Luxury Caravans in Cornwall: Trevella Park Review

Trevella Park

Cornwall remains one of the most popular destinations of the UK to visit, particularly during the summer months. So if you are thinking about a break for next year, now might be time to start booking.  If you are considering a stay in a luxury caravan, here is Elli’s review of Trevella Holiday Park.  

(We are not affiliated to Trevella in any way, however they have kindly offered you guys a discount.  For holidays taken between before 23 October,  quote FAMCORA to save 25% on static caravans and glamping. For school holidays in the October half term, quote FAMCORS to save 10%)

Trevella Park - Cornwall

Who went?

James and Elli, with our son (almost 5 years old) and daughter (18 months old)

Where did you go?

Trevella Park, Crantock, Newquay, Cornwall 

When did you go?

A 4-night weekend break right at the end of the summer holidays.

How was the weather?

After some fairly bleak August Bank Holiday weather, the sun came out and, a few showers aside, it was pretty good!

How did you travel there?

We drove from London down to Cornwall, although the traffic was slow going travelling in the bank holiday week and it ended up taking about seven hours! The usual travel time from London is just under five hours. If you don’t fancy the drive, Newquay has a train station, so that’s another travel option (five hours from London Paddington to Newquay).  You can also fly from London and other regional airports to Newquay Airport (just over an hour from Gatwick).

What did you think of Trevella Park?

Trevella Park offers a range of accommodation lodges, holiday homes, glamping in safari tents, and space for camping or caravans. We stayed in a 3 bedroom Luxury Caravan in the central area, near to the children’s playground and swimming pool. We’d never stayed in a caravan before, but were really impressed it was modern and clean, with everything you might need for a family stay.

Highchairs and travel cots can be supplied, although you might want to bring an extra travel cot mattress if you have one as the one provided only had a very basic and rather thin one (bring your own cot bedding, plus towels for the family too).

TRAVELLA INSIDE CARAVAN

Trevella inside caravan 2

How were the facilities?

Great for a quiet family getaway. There was a heated outdoor pool with a smaller toddler pool alongside, two playgrounds suitable for younger and older children, a small indoor games room, a crazy golf course (50p per round), and some enclosures with animals (our little ones especially loved visiting the rabbits, cockatiels and eagle owl). The park also has a small shop stocking a range of supplies and a café. All the staff we met were very friendly and helpful, and the facilities were well cared for and in good condition. The main selling point of Trevella for us though wasn’t the facilities (as nice as they were) but rather the fact that it made such a good base from which to explore the beautiful local area.

The weekend we stayed, Trevella was quiet in the evenings. As the sleep-deprived parents of two small children, this suited us perfectly! The café stays open late for people who wanted an evening drink or food (they offer take-aways too), but it seemed like most people staying at the park either had children and were happy to stay in their accommodation or were heading into nearby Newquay for the evening. Newquay is a short drive or taxi ride away, and is famous for a lively night out.

Trevella pool

Trevella activity park

Was there a kids club?

No, but there are activities with a wildlife ranger who is on site everyday during the school holidays. Twice a day, he provides activities such as pond-dipping, fishing, crabbing, and even a night-time animal walk. We went to the fishing session and it was fantastic. The ranger was brilliant with our 5-year-old, patiently teaching him how to set up a rod, add the wriggly bait and cast it into the beautiful fishing lake at the bottom of the site. Everyone caught at least one fish!

Trevella ranger activities

Was there a beach?  

This part of Cornwall is full of beautiful beaches. Crantock Beach is a short walk over the fields from a gate at the bottom of the site. After a rainy couple of days, the path through the field was pretty muddy, so being soft Londoners we got in the car and drove five minutes up the road to Holywell Beach. We couldn’t recommend this highly enough- a quiet, sandy beach; rock pools teeming with creatures for the children to catch; sand dunes to climb and slide down; an ice cream stand and a pub on the beach; and the surf looked good (to the untrained eye!)

Trevella Park

Did you do any trips/excursions?

We crammed as much into our stay as we could. Trevella is in a great position to explore this part of Cornwall. Over the four days, we visited:

Blue Reef Aquarium, Newquay- Not the biggest aquarium, but it was full of interesting things to keep the children occupied for a couple of hours on a wet morning. Some good sea life (sharks, piranhas, and even a turtle!)

Fistral Beach– A beautiful beach just a short walk from the centre of Newquay. Acres of sand, good surfing (apparently), and the family-friendly Rick Stein Fish and Chip cafe make this well worth a visit.

Eden Project– Probably the most famous attraction in the area. Well worth the 45-minute drive to get there. If you’re interested in plants or ecology, you’ll love it. Even if you’re not particularly, the site is spectacular, with huge glass biomes that make you feel like you’ve stepped into a rainforest. There was special dinosaur event running on the day we visited – perfect for a dinosaur-obsessed 5-year-old, and both the kids enjoyed the dragon-themed story telling session in the Citrus Grove (twice daily sessions throughout the year – https://www.edenproject.com/visit/whats-on/storytelling)

Eden Project

Boat Trip- We took a boat trip with Newquay Sea Safaris and Fishing to explore the coastline and see what creatures we could spot. The captain was knowledgeable and interesting. We saw lots of seabirds, a sunfish, and pulled up a lobster pot to see some huge spider crabs (which the boy was allowed to hold, much to his delight) on our trip. If the sea had been less choppy we would have headed round the coast a bit further to see a seal colony. Dolphins and basking sharks are also often spotted on these trips. The fact we didn’t make it to the seal colony was more than made up for by the fact a friendly seal was waiting for us in Newquay harbour when we returned!

How was the food?

The food in Cornwall was great. We gorged ourselves on fish and chips, local seafood, ice creams, and the obligatory Cornish pasties. The café at Trevella Park does a very generous English breakfast, which must have added at least and inch to our expanding waistlines. As the accommodation was self-catering we tended to have breakfast and dinner at home and eat out at lunchtimes. There were three big supermarkets within a 20-minute drive of Trevella Park, plus smaller stores and a host of independent food shops (butchers, bakers, greengrocers) in Newquay and the surrounding villages.

How were the staff?

Amazing. The Trevella Park team were helpful and efficient when we needed to change some details of our booking. On arrival, the reception staff were full of suggestions for things to do in the local area. The ranger who led the children’s activities was brilliant: knowledgeable and patient.

Trevella Park - fishing

How was the trip overall?  

Fantastic. We tried to see and do as much as we could in our short break and the weather was kind (mostly).  The children loved it too. There was plenty on site to keep them occupied, and if they were slightly older they probably would have enjoyed making friends and playing with some of the other children who were staying at Trevella Park.

Would you go back?

Absolutely. There’s so much to do in this part of the world and we just ran out of time. Trevella Park was the perfect base for exploring Cornwall’s sights. Next time we’ll try to spend a bit more time on the beaches, explore some of the beautiful little towns and villages, and visit some of the attractions we didn’t make it to such as St Michael’s Mount, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, and Tintagel Castle. In fact, it’s not a question of if we’ll go back, but when we’ll go back- the children have demanded it!

 

 

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