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River Valley Holiday Park
London Apprentice
St Austell
Cornwall (East)   (Browse area)
PL26 7AP   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 01726 73533

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Pitches: 45
Open: April - End Of September

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 74 Reviews
              9/10 from 74 Reviews

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Date of Visit: September 2015 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Aliw 1 review from this member

Having been to many camp sites whether staying in static caravans or chalets from Wales to Devon to Cornwall we have never found a site as well placed for our needs. It was a brilliant site for being dog friendly despite this, was not noisy with dogs around.

Site was a nice size if you don't won't all the activities many have on them. Although we did not use the pool on site it looked very clean and useable. Toilet block was kept very clean and lovely hot showers whatever time of day you chose to use them.

Found all staff to be very helpful and friendly.

All in all would recommend this site 100% look forward to staying there again soon.

Date of Visit: September 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Dennis blatherwick 1 review from this member

We stayed at river valley for two weeks. The site and facilities are of 5 star quality. Very clean neat and tidy. Toilets and showers were always clean. The staff were very pleasant and helpful. We will be returning for another two week stay in 2016. Well done alison and paddy. We look forward to staying at your site again.

Date of Visit: August 2015 Unit:  Static Rating:
Reviewer: CazRiyadh 1 review from this member

We have just returned from a fabulous 4 day break at the River Valley Holiday Park. The holiday park is family run and Alison was very helpful and friendly. We stayed in a static caravan which was very comfortable, well equipped and clean. The site is immaculate and well maintained. There is plenty of space between the static caravans and similarly with the camping area. There is a nice playground for children and an indoor swimming pool. This site is smaller than others in St Austell but we liked that as it gave more of a personal feel.

The holiday park is located a short drive from St Austell and a 15 minute walk from the Pologoth Inn which serves delicious food. There are plenty of things to see and do in the immediate area.

Would recommnend for families and couples that want a relaxed and quiet break.

Date of Visit: August 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Lexiee82 1 review from this member

We recently came back from an 11 night holiday at the River Valley Holiday park in London Apprentice. It was our second visit, we'd enjoyed ourselves that much the year before that we persuaded another family to join us this time. Our first visit had been outside of school holidays, but due to some older children coming with us this year we ended up booking for the middle of the 6 week holidays. Although the sit was fully booked we were by no means crammed in, the pitches are well thought out with plenty of room to spread out. And although the pea gravel can seem unappealing when you are pitching your tent, it actually make for one of the better pitches we've stayed on, as the ground is more level and you have no chance of wonky chairs etc. It also meant that despite torrential rain (typical British weather!) the ground sheets and tent were kept dry as the pitches were able to drain the rain water well. We were prepared on both our visits and brought a sheet of visqueen to put under our ground sheet as we were initially worried about the gravel damaging the tents ground sheet, but the site owners are well prepared for this and have extra ground sheets on offer to guests to borrow.

They facilities are some of the best we have come across. I actually rave to most people about the fact that you have piped the radio throughout the toilet, shower and washing up areas! I think it's marvelous! Most people I have spoken to about camping have been put off by the prospect of sharing the toilet blocks etc with strangers but this seems to help persuade them! And everything is spotlessly clean! Even leaving a floor squeegee available for the guests to sweep away their water for the next user is genius.

The indoor heated pool is a welcome addition to any UK campsite as far as we are concerned, meaning that no matter what the weather we always had something to do. And the kids loved the playground and being able to cycle around the site on their bikes and scooters. The park also asked that children are back at their own tents/vans by 10. 30 and the warden cycled around to check that all was well, we thought this was great as it meant our smaller ones could be persuaded to bed early enough to enjoy the next days activities.

Lastly the location for us is a winner! It's a good 6hrs from home but once you are there you are within easy react of all that Cornwall has to offer. Newquay, Padstow, Truro, the Eden project, the Lost gardens of heligan, Lizard, Lands End etc etc. We got every where! And the local villages and towns are definitely worth a visit, including Mevagissey, Pentewan, Gorran Haven, Fowey and Charlestown.

We will be definitely booking again next year, 14 nights this time for our 10th wedding anniversary, as we can't get enough! The owners are lovely and are extremely helpful (we love the board that is put out everyday with the weather, high tide times and suggestions for the days activities). Love the Marsdens!

Date of Visit: July 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Tanya Watt 1 review from this member

We have visited this site for several years now and will go back again! The staff are always friendly and really helpful. The toilet block is always clean and fresh. Each pitch has an electric hook-up. The pitches haven't been squeezed tightly together so there is a feeling of space and lots of grass for the children to play. There is a playground for small children and a zip wire which the older children love. The Pentewan Valley Cycle path runs from the back of the site so you can cycle from the site to Pentewan village off-road (about 4 miles). We took a picnic lunch there on a grey day and wheeled the bikes the last little bit to the beach. There is a laundry room, a games room and an indoor swimming pool (which we tend to use on rainy days as it gets very bright and hot on sunny days - tinted goggles would be helpful!).

There are lots of beaches nearby - we would recommend Porthpean which has rock pools at low tide and nice sand as well as fish and chips and a toilet block on the beach. We also like Caerhays which is a bit further away, but worth the drive.

The Eden Project is worth a visit, especially on wet days.

Our only suggestion is that the hot water for the washing up could be fixed - it is regularly cold or intermittently hot.

Overall this is a fantastic site and perfect for those who enjoy peace and serenity.

Date of Visit: April 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Beerandtools 8 reviews from this member


What an absolutely fantastic site.

The wife, the pooch and I spent a marvellous Ester Weekend here. We have used other sites in the Pentewan Valley, but this was our first visit to this gem of a site.

On arrival you need to have a £10 note at the ready as a security deposit for entry barrier card. This will be received by some of the friendliest reception staff I have ever met.

All the pitches are generously sized, level, and gravelled with a coarse shingle so good stout pegs are required for your awning or tent.

The grounds are very well maintained and you can tell that the staff take immense pride in their work.

The site, although quite close to a road is peaceful and enjoys all day exposure to the sunshine. (YES WE HAD SUNSHINE. AT EASTER. AMAZING)

The swimming pool, which is under cover is a great facility, included in the pitch fees.

SHOP: A small table in the reception sells a few basic items but there is no shop to speak of. However; do not fear, Queenie's here. Across the road from the main entrance, is a great little shop called Queenie's. It is a proper Aladdin's cave of produce selling everything from Alcohol to soft toys. Fresh baked pies, pasties and cakes etc. And Newspapers, should you really want to stay abreast of the outside world.

BAR / RESTAURANT: None. But there are some great drinking houses not too far away. My favourite is the Ship Inn, at Pentewan Village, which is a 5 minute drive away r a relaxing 50 minute walk along the river bank. Can also recommend very highly The Polgooth Inn which is a one mile walk along a wooded road. The Kingswood Bar and Restaurant is only a 2 minute walk away.

TOILET / SHOWERS: Immaculate. I would fear, however, that inn busy times there would be a queue.

ELSAN DISPOSAL: Perfectly situated at the Shower block.

PLAYGROUND: BRILLIANT, safe play surfaces with swings and slides and a zip wire.

BEACH: Pentewan Sands is a 50 minute walk or 5 min car trip down the road. It is a beautiful beach attached to the Pentewan Sands Caravan Park.


LOCAL AREA: You are situated in the heart of some of the most picturesque places in Kernow. The Village of Pentewan is stunning with the Ship Inn, and a great Ice Cream / Gift shop and Tea room. There is also a Petrol Station on the main road as you turn toward the village.

I can recommend a visit to Gorran Haven, which has a lovely Dog friendly beach a and a superb array of quaint shops and cafes

Mevagissey is always worth a visit. Fantastic Bars, shops and fresh fish stalls.

St. Austell Town is only a short journey away, and I can recommend using the buses t get there.

ASDA TESCO ALDI all in St. Austell.

SUMMARY: A great Dog friendly site, with some lovely walks and plenty of things to see and do. AND IN MY OPINION ONE OF THE BEST VALUE FOR MONEY SITES ANYWHERE


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