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Visitor Reviews - River Valley Holiday Park

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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 75 Reviews
              9/10 from 75 Reviews


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Date of Visit: May 2016 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Kernow Camper 137 reviews from this member

We have just returned from spending the long bank holiday weekend at River Valley.

The positives:-

Easy to find, easy access onto the site, well priced pitches (a good choice of large, small, grass or hardstanding), friendly and helpful owners and staff, swift booking in (10 cash required for barrier card but it's refunded in full on return), immaculate grounds and facilities, small shop with essentials including daily newspapers and a fantastic pub (Polgooth Inn - highly recommended!) within an easy walk from the site.

The negatives:-

Once the site was almost full we had electrical problems. We were told it was 16amp but it seemed that both us and our friends couldn't run our heating and fridge at the same time?! We also heard a few other campers with the same problem. However when our friend mentioned it to reception he was told there were no problems with it?

We were pitched next to two families who's clear mission was to consume as much alcohol as possible over the weekend and to let their kids run free, on and off both our pitches, without any consideration for anyone else. One evening 2 adults walked straight through our pitch to collect wood for their open fire from the hedgerow behind our motorhome, even though the site rules clearly stated no open fires!

Kids were unsupervised both on the playground and in the toilets where our friends witnessed 3 or 4 teenage girls running riot and soaking the showers and toilets.

We in no way blame the owners/wardens for any of the bad behaviour it seems to be the way of the world these days sadly.

We would not return to this site during weekends or school holidays but would out of season and mid week in the hope that our break would not be spoilt by the minority.

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.

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