This was well priced for a the school holidays but the site leaves a lot to be desired. The Beach field has no toilets, bins or washing facilities. While we were there it was strewn with litter including a sanitary towel and glass bottles. The facilities are very tired, not particularly clean and insufficient for the numbers of people staying, resulting in frequent queues for toilets and showers in the mornings. Bizarrely, toilet paper dispensers are located outside the toilet block and you have to take in what you need! With toilets being a 5 minute walk from the Beach Field, you would be well advised to take a camp toilet if you have one.
The showers cost 20p for 3 minutes which is inconvenient as the coin box is outside the cubicle and a bit of a cheek given the poor condition of them.
The entertainment was pretty good and the kids were happy, with staff even joining guests on the beach for sandcastle competitions and crab races on one day.
The Pool is OK, but you do have to pay extra for that. There is a water slide that they open up for 10 minutes every hour if they have staff available with a shallow and a deeper pool. It is however a bit grubby with names scratched into the scum in one area. The lights were not working in the changing rooms during our visit and there were no showers, but it looks like they are in the process of installing some new ones.
You can however, forgive the site for some of it's failings given the location. Camping in the Beach field you are only 2 or 3 mins walk from the beach, which is a great beach, reasonably sheltered and felt safe. You are also within walking distance of a Lifeboat station, Lighthouse, a great coastal path and some other nice bays.
Overall the facilities are tired, a bit grubby, insufficient and there seems to be an approach of make do and mend. There are better beach side sites, but for the price and allowing for the location you can look past some of these failings.
The positives about this site are the great location, all amenities on site that you could need, the fact they are happy to accept just the odd night or a discount for 2 rather than the standard 3 or more during school holiday, very reasonable price and if you're into night time entertainment there is plenty on offer.
The negatives, going during peak season we were in the overflow field. We were shown to our plot by a very helpful man on a bike as it wasn't clearly marked out. Asking for electric hook up when booking we found that the one nearest our pitch was completely used up by other campers. I had to fetch a warden to ask advice. He was great at sorting it all out for us. It seemed those with very long extensions were using ours! I plugged in only to find half an hour later someone trying to take it out as they couldn't find a spare electric hook up for their pitch! The view from the pitch is fantastic but the pitch was cramped. We used our old tent that had seen better days and we were slotted between a caravan with a gazebo and a very large tent. We struggled to get our tent pegged properly with the limited room and at night time with no lights in the field a torch was essential because of trip hazards! I doubt very much that our new tent & porch would've fitted into the same plot. The shower/toilet facilities were rather a trek. A case of thinking you need to go at least half an hour before you do in case of queues and it was only after the 3rd visit we discovered the toilet roll on a dispenser on the door! The showers seemed a bit dated and my children weren't keen.
The pitch was on a slope but not too bad, water taps were at the end of each row of tightly packed tents and not too far to carry. The bonus of being in the overflow field is that you're closer to the path down to the beach which is just minutes away.
We didn't make use of any of the extras on offer such as the swimming facilities as that was extra cost.
Would we visit again? I suspect we would, although I would attempt to get a slightly better pitch next time if possible as those nearer the hedge at the top seemed to have more room.
You can't beat the location. Numerous perfect beaches within walking distance and spectacular views en route.
We stayed on one of the permanent pitches, which was flat and a decent size. Some of the other reviews state sloping pitches, this is just in the overflow field. The pitch fee includes electricity, which we don't use.
The facilities are clean and look nice, although the layout is a bit weird with no showers in the gender specific blocks (just toilets and basins) and ten showers in the laundry/ washing up block.
Showers are 20p for a few minutes, which is only just enough and the water was a bit too hot (no adjustment available).
The bar was typical holiday park, with cheesy DJ's and loads of stuff for kids. Food and booze was reasonably priced. Swimming pool is great, but only required if the weather isn't good.
Shop has the basics, more in St Merryn and more still in Padstow. We cycled through the other local sites, and this appears the best of the three (others are sloping).
We went to Harlyn Sands Holiday Park for the 9th year running as we love Padstow and the surrounding areas and beaches.
Most of the years we have visited Harlyn Sands I have done a nice review of this site, however this year I am struggling.
The toilet block was half closed in both male and females, half the hot taps weren't working and a few times there was no toilet roll.
The showers were nice and hot, however you have to pay 20p to use them this could be quite costly when all the family needed a shower. This is the only site I've been on that you have to pay for showers!.
The clubroom was a big let down again this year there was one pool table in use, one out of order and one working but no light above it working.
The swimming pool is lovely and warm with a flume that is turned on (i think )every hour for about 20 mins, however you have to pay to use this facility.
The pitches are a nice size, however when my husband went off to get some water he struggled to find a tap that was working!
There is a park for younger children but nothing for older children like a footie field etc.
I wish the owners would look at this review and all the others and make some well needed changes to this site. Although this is quite a negative review I will still be returning to Harlyn Sands mainly because of the excellent beaches and the fantastic meals on the site.
We visited this campsite for the first time this August with a 10 year old and 5 year old.
Positives:lovely view from tent (we were on beach field), it over looked Harlyn Bay and the sea, a short walk to the main beach when the tide was out.
The pool was nice although it cost £30 for a family for a week to use and there is no showers in there so not only could you not clean yourself after swimming, you couldn't swill yourself off before going in the pool which I found very unhygienic!
Negatives: the website stated a 5 minute walk to the toilets and that is very true. A long 5 minute walk, no way you could let children go on their own. There were plenty of toilets but rarely did you see anyone cleaning or feel that they were clean. Not a pleasant smell at many times throughout the day! There was NO lighting from the beachfield to the toilets, it was literally pitch black.
The site was huge . The touring tents/caravans on the main site were really cramped together!
As I said a huge site, yet just 10 showers! One day we had to queue for 40 mins for a dirty shower. Again no sign of them ever being cleaned. There was nowhere to put your clothes while in the shower, yet we had to pay 20p per person for the privilege!
WE went in the clubhouse for about 20 mins, it was very overcrowded and small for the amount of people staying on the site!
The walk back from the beach was quite long as it happened to be high tide each day. This was a muddy and difficult walk. 2 difficult styles to climb over plus thin muddy paths to negotiate for small children. Not suitable for pushchairs!
Playground looked good but far too far away from the tent to let the children go on their own! Way out of site and hearing distance. A good 5-10 min walk from tent!
Shop:very expensive and not very well stocked!
This site desperately needs clean toilet and shower facilities on the beach field to make it a far more appealing place to holiday!
We stayed here this summer, and feel quite mixed about our experience. The site was in a fantastic area, and several beaches could be reached on foot- 5 mins- 25 mins depending on which one you chose. The footpaths were quite difficult to Harlyn beach but not too bad- just needed the nettles cutting back.
The pitch was a tight squeeze for our trailer tent and left no room for the children to play- the access roads were very narrow, so very difficult to drive our car out when the pitch opposite had parked across directly.
The main problem we experienced was the showers. There were only 10 for the entire site, so queues were very long at peak times. They cost 20p for a few mins and were often scalding hot, you could not adjust the temperature so totally unsuitable for small children. I often resorted to a quick flannel down for my kids in the toilet block- not ideal but better than 3rd degree burns!
The swimming pool was new and looked lovely, but children with arm bands were not allowed into the main pool or allowed to use the flume, so we found this very difficult for our 4 year old. The showers in the pool were not working (a way of getting you into the 20p showers) and this was our main problem. After a swim we had to wrap in our towels and run dripping wet to the shower block situated further down the site- then queue, by the time we got into a shower our towel was soaked and the little children shivering and tearful- not a good experience! Unfortunately we had paid for 2 weeks use of the pool and hardly used it because of this reason. The management were not interested and said its this or no pool at all- very helpful
The play area was ok but small and there was nowhere for teenagers, so they were using scooters and skateboards around the play area and frequently knocking the little kids over. The club was again small, and if you wanted a table you had to be there early. They did have some brilliant entertainers for the kids and an animal man which was unusual and very interesting.
Not sure if I would visit again- this site could have been great but I think the owners have just got too greedy and are cramming too many people on. Would definitely not go again until the showers are sorted out.
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