After reading all the negative reviews Sue and I stayed at Seaview for three nights and found the campsite to be very nice.
Pitches, It is the first time we have been away in peak season and was very pleasantly surprised to find that there was a decent amount of space between us and our neighbours, we have been on some sites where you can open your window and shake hands you are so close.
There are two main camping areas, the terracing where you have hedges between you, or the wild camping field where you get large open pitches, both have electric and non electric pitches. We had an electric pitch in the wild camping.
The pitch was fairly level, but we did need to use the levellers as it fell away on one side. We had a lovely view out across fields to the sea beyond, so this more than made up for this.
Also, there is a lot of flowers, shrubs and bushes planted around the camping areas and the park as a whole, which gives a really pleasant feel to the site.
Facilities on site were
Swimming pool, open between 10am and 5 pm, it isn't heated, but on very hot days it is nice to cool off, and there were sunloungers around the side to top up the tan.
Toilet and showers, these are basic and a little dated, but apart from the obvious, what do you want to do in them. The showers were of the electric type and provided a nice hot shower. There is a sign warning that there may be a pressure flucuation between 8 and 10, this is because they also have a lot of static caravans and the mains water coming in to the site, and the toilets were clean, so no complaints there.
Bar, the bar was open and did food but we didn't use it, so can't comment but stuck our heads in and looked nice, as we preferred to walk up to the First and Last Inn, may be 100 yards up the road.
Childrens play area, this is placed very convienently in the park, for both campsite and statics, and looked really good. Think our Grandchildren would love to play in it if we return and bring them with us.
Shop, again we didn't use as we bought food with us, or ate out. There is a Costcutter at the opposite end of Sennen, on your way in.
First and Last Inn, about 100 yards from Seaview, does really good food, good selection, but is best if you reserve a table as does get busy. We can whole heartedly recommend the Sunday roast, they say its the best on the coast, and they aren't lying. They also have a live band on Staurday nights at 9pm, for those that want entertainment.
There is a Costcutter on the way in to Sennen that does a very good selection of Frozen, tinned and fresh food and has a good variety of wines beers and ciders. Saves a 10 mile trip back to Penzance to go to Tesco!
Next door to Costcutter is a Fish and Chip shop, for those prefering a take away there is a fish and chip shop, which does very good fish and chips, and you get a large portion of chips, so be warned. They have a sign board up near Seaview saying 600 yards, but I think it is a bit further than that.
Out and about
Land's End is about a mile down the raod so you can either walk or drive down. It will cost you £5 to park, but if you take your ticket to the Visitor Centre they can give you a voucher to park for free for the next seven days. You have to ask, they won't tell you.
Minack Theatre, this is about 3 miles away, but is well worth a visit, especially if you can get booked up to see a play. It is a suntrap, so gets very warm, but when you look out the sea is so clear and blue you can be on a Greek Island, with the theatre back drop.
The nearest beach is Sennen Cove, which is the one we used, it is walkable, but there is a very step hill to go down, and back up when you leave. Again the sea is very clear and the beach is lovely and sandy, but does get busy, but it is long enough to not feel cramped.
There are two car parks, beach and harbour, but they do get busy, so you have to park early, or go down in th eevening. Alternatively, there is the 300 bus which leaves outside of Seaview and goes Land's End, Sennen Cove and St Ives, for those not wanting to take their car or walk.
We had a very enjoyable time at Seaview and will definitely be returning, probably with the Grandkids so they can take advantage of the play area. It had everything that we needed to use and the toilets and showers were clean, that is why I have scored everything 10 out of 10, as I couldn't find anything to complain about
Where to start is the question?, Answer: STAY AT HOME, This has to be the worst holiday site I have ever staid at, I renamed the camp STARLAG 17, unfriendly to say the least, very poor facilities, a rule list of 25 that must be adhered too, unless you upgrade in the time given for get it, when you arrive you can ask until you are blue in the face it wont happen. Keep kids on a leash as they are not allowed to play out on there own, old dated caravan poor heating poor comfort sitting and sleeping, cooker just worked, no oven/grill its there just didn't work, gas fire lit but that was it no heat at all for that we had to use the cooker hobs to heat the place. You will be asked to pay a deposit of £20 when you arrive this comes with a form to ask if you wish to collect deposit back later in the day you depart or have a cheque posted what ever you go for you wont get it or only a part of it, we opted for cheque which arrived a week later and only for £17, contacted owners and got told 'you signed the form for post that's what you get', , , phone went dead. We booked through the SUN paper as funds are tight this year but kids and us needed a break for Easter school holidays, normally a great idea, not this time and I will be informing them the sun paper of the disappointment and disgust we had and have. By the way chippy is great but its not the stated 600yrds from the site its a lot further away, lands end will cost a fiver just to park so be warned on that as well. There are some fantastic sights all around and we are sure there are some far better caravan/campsites, in the area. You have been warned
I have just come back from Seaview Holiday Park with my family of four adults and two children. We were aware this is not a holiday camp but an activity centre, thought fine use as base to explore the area and the children can use all the facilities.
But alas the facilities were not open this was half term week, but although times were on the door of opening but those times which were up it was closed - the bar was never open.
We did have a good week but was disappointing we paid for passes which we could not use - also the upgrade in my opinion was not so.
This park could be great but needs a lot of updating and the facilities should be open when stated and perhaps for longer as the British climate the way it is the indoor area could be good for wet days.
Don't bother unless you like it very quiet and very old caravans which need updating.
The site has beautiful established gardens / flowers. The pitches are a little small but we had privacy. The bottom field entrance is on a corner with a very narrow gate which made entering with a caravan a spectator sport. There are three other camping fields which looked very nice.
There is a lovely children's play area, not that we have small children anymore. There are several shower blocks however, we had one key, £5 deposit. The showers did not work, the toilets overflowed and there was no hot water to wash up. It was also very difficult to get water from the outside drinking taps, no water pressure.
This is a lovely location, so close to Lands End, beautiful walks, beaches and villages, quiet and remote. There are local pubs, a shop and post office. This site could be great with a bit of work and care for customers from the owners.
After booking this site I then read the reviews and I was to be honest slightly worried. After an initial mix up with the booking that was eventually rectified over the telephone we arrived and checked in with no probs and were directed to our pitches that were right by the park as they suggested we did having six children with us.
The park was super for the kids and they really enjoyed it and used it a lot. We were also given our keys to the toilet blocks and as we were a large party with a lot of children we were given an additional key.
The toilets were always clean and stocked up. Showers are not roomy but plenty if hot water was always readily available. They have some private bathrooms in one of the blocks and they were great for using with the kids. They get grabbed early but worth the wait. The laundrette was useful but machines took a long time.
Handy fridge for those with no hook up in the laundry room and a freezer to make ice cubes for Pimms! The swimming pool was lovely. Proper little sun trap. Water cold though. Indoor play area was good but we didn't use it much. Neither did we use the bar or restaurant so can't comment other than to say it was quiet in there. Small shop on site that stocked necessities.
We did go and eat out one night at the first and last pub and would say not to bother. Overpriced and poor food and limited menu! Nothing to do with the campsite it is just the nearest pub.
Sennen is lovely. The beach is fantastic. Bit of a trek up and down to the car park but you need to get there early to get a space at the bottom.
The site is well laid out, very tidy and well landscaped. Where we were was quite well sheltered as well and we ha some fairly bad weather during our stay.
We enjoyed our stay and would def go back. Would recommend for families.
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