Just back from great weekend at sun valley our first visit. Staff very helpful friendly. Pitches good size. All well maintained. Kids loved the outside and indoor play areas. The swimming pool was warm clean and free. The toilets and showers were hot and impressive. Good location nice walk and ride on trail opersite site. The TV reception bit patchy only negative point. We live in Cornwall and we will definitely be visiting sun valley again soon.
We stayed here for 2 weeks and we thought it was great. When we arrived we realised we had lost the instructions for our awning and only having used it once some 3 years previous we had no idea! the staff were great and very helpful, we actually had fun putting it up with their help!
The location is really good for access to places. We hired bikes from the site and cycled along the local tracks that you can access from the site, it was great.
The pool was great, clean and warm, our 11 year old was in it virtually every day and it was warm enough for our 3 year old to spend quite some time in unlike others we have experienced. The only problem was my daughter had to be accompanied as she was under 15, she is a very good swimmer and this caused some issues.
I agree with the previous poster that the shop was very poor. Toilets/showers could possibly do with a bit of an upgrade but they were clean and lots of hot water with none of those stupid push taps.
Just spent a week at Sun Valley in a standard static caravan. Luckily for us the caravan was in a good secluded area with nobody able to look in (not that we had anything to hide!). The caravan was clean and quite smart and at the end of the day it is just a base. Apart from a kettle that took an age to boil and didn't whistle I have no complaints at all there.
The site is quite pleasant with plenty for the smaller children to do. The donkeys were no where to be found but the goats and rabbits were there.
The club is fine but doesn't open until 6pm even on a Saturday and after a 270 mile trip a coffee or a beer would've been nice as the accommodation wasn't ready. It opens 6 until 11 every night and the entertainment is dreadful when it happens at all. It is quite a large site but very few people use it and the number goes down as the week goes on.
We didn't eat in the clubhouse but used the takeaway a few times which is prepared by the same people. The prices were holiday prices but we enjoyed the food. The ordering time though is 6pm until 9pm so again not the greatest.
The shop too is the poorest I've ever come across. Practically nothing in it and they only seem to stock one of anything. If you need milk and a paper you might be alright but that's about it really. It opens until 6pm but we went around earlier in the day and it was mysteriously shut.
There is an arcade that never seemed to have anybody in it, staff or customers.
We never used the pool so can't comment on that. The staff were very good and friendly so no complaints with them.
Overall I enjoyed the holiday and the site but just think that it needs better management, later takeaways, better entertainment and a better shop.
Its in a good area but could be a goldmine if they ran it correctly.
We spent few nights at this site. We have stayed here many times in the past when owned by previous owners. We were shocked how the site has gone downhill.
The showers were a little shabby and in need of tlc. Admittedly we have had an awful summer but the whole camping field was totally waterlogged. They had a pump going to try to empty the stream alongside site to try to drain pitches. Grass was like a bog. You sank into water if you trod on grass, luckily we were on hardstanding.
The pool is very good. The staff very pleasant but overall appearance of flower beds etc scruffy. The clubhouse is pleasant enough. The food could be improved upon, very ordinary, burgers etc. We did eat in there twice but no atmosphere as apart from some men playing pool it was empty. Ate our food and returned to van.
The whole site appearance is sad. Even static vans are old looking. Needs tlc. We found it impossible to get tv to work, shame we had not been told before hand about bad reception. Certainly no longer 5star but still 5 star prices. Such a shame as setting beautiful, lovely walks, nice area. We knew this site as a wonderful place to stay but no more. Will not return.
This is the first time I've written a review on a site but I felt I needed to say a few things about it.
Have just returned from 2 weeks at this site. It says it's a 5 star site, it maybe for the static vans but not for the campers, possibly a 3!. I know the owners can't help what the weather throws at us but the site is in need of TLC. If we hadn't paid up front for the whole 15 nights we would have moved on, as it was we left early.
The grass on camping field wasn't cut while we were there, leaving it long & the field seemed to be always waterlogged. We ended up going to B&Q & bought a dozen decking tiles just to keep off the grass & mud.
Toilet, shower & sinks in one unit, with 2 that are loo/sink which is fine until all 8 are full & you just need the loo. With the awful weather the units were left muddy & wet, so beware of the floor when having a shower, always had to have shoes on just to keep clean or rewash your feet when back at your van. They could also do with putting extractor fans in as condensation was bad, which made units smell musty. Soap dispensers not in use so sinks had hand wash bottles which were quite often empty. Loo rolls again ran out, so had to check before using the loo. I dread to think what it's like when the camping is full, there was only about 15 vans/tents & the site can take 28? units.
Staff were friendly & helpful.
Washing up facilities were fine, always had hot water & under cover.
Pool was good.
Bar seemed ok. (we didn't use it)
Location is good, can get to many places with ease, loads of local attractions & some lovely walks from the site.
To sum it up if you want a static caravan holiday go for it. We won't be making a return visit
I stayed in a static Caravan for a few days at the end of August, now the caravan was meant to be high quality but it was a bog standard one to be honest, the TV did not work properly letting it down too.
The site itself is alright, I love the trees scattered around, the swimming pool is decent, there is also a small bar just above, but they are limited in range of drinks. I quite like it's location and is not that far from St Austell and Pentewan.
You can feed Donkeys and Goats on site, in fact I thought that was a bit of a cheek as they advertise that you can buy carrots their etc to feed their animals.
I checked out the camping facilities, it has flat Grass pitches and it seems safe enough to camp alone or with children. The showers and toilets are decent too. It is very expensive to camp here and I don't think it is worth the money.
Overall Sun Valley is a decent campsite, nothing too special but it is alright just the same.
Places to visit.
St Austell is down the road and if you park on the Travel Lodge car park along with McDonald;s and Pizza Hit, it is free to park on. St Austell is surprising, as you get into town you see what looks like modern apartments, when actually hidden ammongst them is a shopping center and a car park.
Charles Town, A pretty little fishing village, nothing much there to be honest but it is worth a few pictures. If you must park it is worth parking further up the hill and walking down as parking is on the expensive side.
Fowey. Just outside St Austell roughly 7 miles away is Fowey. A picturesque town with lost to see and do, also offering great views and sea air. I would suggest catching a bus rather than driving. If you park, the main car park is on a hill and like most places in Cornwall it is expensive to park, and if you wish there is a local bus service taking you into town but that adds to the cost after all, I would suggest walking down and if you need to catch the bus back. There are parking bays in the main town but it is difficult to drive around.
Mevagissey, compared to Fowey is a little bit of a let down, but still worth a visit. It is better to park on the charity car park if you intend to stay longer than a couple of house. It is still a pretty town but save your money for parking and visit Fowey or Looe.
Looe, is one of my favourite places to visit, say no more, it's great for taking pictures, has it's own character and has a small sandy beach as well as a harbour.
As for beaches, the best one we found was Boswinger and you can park for free if you are lucky.
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