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Visitor Reviews - Polmanter Tourist Park

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Polmanter Tourist Park
St Ives
Cornwall (West)   (Browse area)
TR26 3LX   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 01736 795640

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Pitches: 240
Open: Easter To End Of October

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 143 Reviews
              9/10 from 143 Reviews

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Date of Visit: June 2014 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Homega 1 review from this member

Enjoyed a 7 day break at this very well laid out site ( last week in June). It is clean and tidy at all times and has first class facilities

An ideal base for the surrounding country side from newquay to lands end, and a 30 min walk to St Ives with a regular bus service throughout the day if you so choose

Will definitely return

Date of Visit: May 2014 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Sailor501 2 reviews from this member

Have just returned from this excellent campsite. We were on pitch 259 which was a corner plot. Great sized pitches and very close to the toilet and shower blocks. Lovely view from the pitch towards St Ives and the sea. Very helpful staff. We shall be returning next year hopefully on to the same pitch.


Date of Visit: April 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Vee4 Gaz 3 reviews from this member

We have just returned from 4 days and thought the site was brilliant. We were camping in Morvah with a sea view and privacy hedges either side. The pitch was a very good size. Walking around the site all the pitches are spaced out very well so you don't get that cramped in feeling.

The facilities were clean with plenty of hot water and enough spacious shower cubicles and toilets and family shower rooms. The dishwashing area was clean and tidy with a decent supply of hot water and plugs provided.

The Stable bar was just lovely, with dogs being allowed in the conservatory, where there were some very comfy sofa's! For those with children (and those without. We all go into our inner child at some point :)!) the play area had a good variety of swings, slides and climbing frames for all ages!(The pool wasn't in use as it was only April!)

The dog walking area was a good size, but on the down side of St Ives, there doesn't seem to be that many dog friendly beaches.

Having said that we weren't there is in the height of season and there were only a handful of people on the site.

The only down side to the site (that we could see) was that you had to be off your pitch by 10am, which doesn't give you a lot of time to pack up a large tent and all the gubbings, also the tent would still be damp with the dew this time of year (and the rain during the night).

All in all a very pleasant stay and we would recommend this site to others and hopefully return.

Date of Visit: April 2014 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: SecondLife 5 reviews from this member

We have just spent a lovely 3 night break at this site, we were greeted by friendly, polite and helpful staff who gave us all of the information we could want. Our pitch was lovely and close by the shower block. Only visited our own shower block so can only comment on that one but it was very well kept with plenty of hot water and free hairdryers. There is a very nice walk into St. Ives and you can then catch the bus back, there is also a nice walk up to the monument on the hill. We visited the Stable Bar and thought that it might, like so many others, be overpriced with below average food, how wrong we were, the food was excellent and plentiful and the beer was good with prices no different to anywhere else. In all we had a fantastic time and would not hesitate to recommend this site.

Date of Visit: April 2014 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: LlaniDavis 9 reviews from this member

Just back from 4 nights at Polmanter, and what a pleasant time we had.

Site is easy to find and access was excellent. Very friendly and helpful welcome by the staff.

Pitches are slightly sloping, but we didn't find this a problem, and certainly didn't need any extra levelling blocks. Taps seemed to be convenient and plentiful.

Ablution blocks were always clean and tidy, with plentiful hot water in the FREE showers. Ladies also got FREE hairdryers.

Bar and restaurant was excellent with a good choice of local beers, and my wife says a very good selection of wines. The meal we had was far better than anticipated, and far better than the usual microwave standard we have found in the past.

Useful bus provided into St Ives from just at the entrance, for 1:50 a head.

Date of Visit: September 2013 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Hooster 6 reviews from this member

At first glance Polmanter appears to well deserve it's five star rating - the site itself is clean and well kept, pitches are all a good size with privacy hedges between each one. There are a number of facilities blocks as well as a good sized laundry room. The swimming pool is a good size, well maintained and a good temperature and the existence of the bar and food area is always useful. Sadly however when you look a little closer you see that Polmanter is a tired park with some of it's shine having been worn off - undoubtedly the five stars were justified some years ago but maybe not anymore.

The toilet blocks were varied, the oldest one which serves Wicca and Consuls pitches is very dated, the tiles in the blocks are old and some of the grout could do with renewing, the tiles in the actual shower cubicles have been replaced however only up to a certain height above which the old yellowing tiles are still visible which ruins the effect of the new. The showers in these were also a bit hit and miss; water ranged from very hot to luke warm depending on which cubicle you went into and the pressure changed between showers too. The cubicles themselves are a little small - although there is a good sized area for drying and dressing the actual shower feels a bit claustrophobic. There was insufficient water flow away and so by 9am the whole floor of the block was wet from the showers making it a bit dangerous. The toilet cubicles in this block are also much smaller than those found in the newer block based in Morvah. In this new block showers are the same size but far better designed (the actual shower is a step down from the dressing area stopping the flooding problem) and the whole place has a newer cleaner feel. This block also has disabled facilities and family rooms.

The swimming pool, as mentioned, was a good size, clean and a good temperature however it opened at 9am meaning that if, like many people, you like to start your day with a swim your day had to start very late. 8am opening would be far better here.

The reception area is big and the staff very helpful however more information for dog owners about dog friendly beaches (not just those few in St Ives) would be really useful, especially as there are so many dog owners who use the site. Ont his note I should say the dog field is great - a good size and secure.

The shop is a good size and holds lots of useful items (camping essentials such as pegs etc) however when you look at the range of food on offer you realise that while the space is big the shelves are sparse. Maybe this is because we were there just outside of the main season but the park was around 60% full if not more so it seems a shame to have reduced stock so early.

The laundry room is a good size with lots of machines however in order to get clothes dry in the tumble dryers you will need to pay 2 for 30 minutes as the 15 minutes simply takes some of the damp off but no more.

Pitches were a great size however all had some slope on - in fact while at first we were a bit disappointed with the slope on ours (meaning that all furniture had to have something jammed under a leg to even it up) when we looked around we realised that there were some far worse off. Not so much of a problem with a caravan or motorhome but in a tent that slope can make life very difficult.

This last observation may be personal taste but we did find the park a little impersonal. Maybe because of its size or maybe we got a bit unlucky but when walking round the park at least 50% of the other residents you passed would avoid all eye contact, you were lucky to be able to say hello to people and on only a couple of rare occasions did we feel able to stop and have a conversation with people (this was mainly in the dog field with other owners). While it is important to have your own space etc on holiday one of the joys of camping is normally that you get a 'village' feel in that everyone will at least make eye contact and say hello to each other without intruding - at Polmanter this was lacking and it was a real shame.

In all a perfectly nice park with no major problems - just a lot of little niggles which all add up and do take some the shine off. While we don't regret having stayed there we wouldn't use it again.

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