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.
We have just stayed for 6 nights at the Seaview Holiday Park, after much planning, and mulling over the many, many negative reports which I have seen on it. We were camping, and really just using the site as a base.
In planning, I emailed the site to clarify the cost, had an email response, rang them (verifying the costs) and then followed this up with another email. Then I sent off the booking form with the required £50 deposit.
After a very long drive to reach the site we went to book in and there was a (polite) issue over the site costs for us, and this revolved around the inclusion/exclusion of an awning. We had pre-checked that our total nightly cost was £22 (not cheap), that being x2 adults at £3 each, 1x child at £2 per night, a 4 man tent - which I believe to be medium sized tent - at £11 per night and £3 per night for the awning.
Upon arrival, we were told that it was £14 per tent per night, and then the awning on top of that, ie Another £18. That would be charging at the plaza rate for tents, but this is not correct for a four berth tent. A plaza tent is an 8/10 berth job (in my book). I had printed evidence from emails and showed it. We were allowed the original rate of £22 per night. This, I stress, was amicable.
The reason why I am explaining this in detail is because I guess there can be something lost in the 'translation' in the pricing structure, and when the booking form comes back it states in an attached note that final payment can be different. I quote: 'The quotes given are only approximate and for camping will be confirmed on the day due to size, additions and alterations. See camping price list enclosed' (there wasn't one).
It also states in the note that: 'Quotes given in writing or over the phone are only approximate and valid for the length of the call or date of the letter'. I think they need to sort out the distinction between an estimate, and a quotation.
As far as I am concerned, the price list on their website is quite clear, and it is this which we went by. The booking form I had sent back to them clearly stated our tent size and £11 per night,with awning separate at £3 per night, yet the one sent back to us by them had a tent rate of £14 per night (ie plaza rate)and nothing down for the awning. Now refer this back to the attached note, and its message.
Read into that what you will. It all seems remarkably 'flexible'. How many others has this happened to, who just paid the extra to carry on? Or was it just a cockup in the first place?
Also clearly in the booking form returned was the point about visitors and being charged £8 per person per day.That is simply scandalous! What are you paying for? The indoor amenities cost extra anyway.
The site is in a fantastic location, being on the Lands End side of Sennen, and only a mile from Lands End. An easy walk. Clean, good showers / toilets and a good atmosphere. We saw no evidence of aggro as per many others reviews. There are multiple areas to camp: three tiers, plus others, including wild camping. There is a decent shop open till 5.00pm. Two shops in the village, one a Costcutter. Very expensive for drink. I heard gripes about the bar not being open, but the following was a much better attraction.
A few minutes walk from the campsite is the fantastic The First and the Last pub, which is a gem. Steeped in history, great range of real ale, child friendly all day. Plus good live music, and very friendly.
We missed the beer festival; what a pity.
We walked to Lands End, and along the s/w coast path to Portcurno. The views in good weather, are out of this world. We got stunning weather that day, fortunately. Saw peregrine falcons, buzzards (an eagle?), a seal, lizard and numerous others. Lookout for adders, apparently. No basking sharks this time but the walk gives a good elevated location to look down on them, when they are close in. Especially near Porthcurno.
The whole area is magical, and Mousehole with the Ship Inn and the Coastguard pubs/bars is essential. The Ship is idyllic, but pricy. Always busy. The Kings Arms at Paul is also a cracker, with good food. St Buryan ditto. The Lamorna Wink too. Good reports for the Cable Station in Porthcurno, and The Admiral Benbow, and The Turks Head in Penzance are fantastic. Avoid the Swordfish, and The Star in lower Newlyn. The latter did not serve us, anyway! The Red Lion and the Fishermans Arms in upper Newlyn are both terrific and friendly. Shocking for parking, though.
Would we go back to The Seaview? Yes, definitely, and were agreed on that. Some shocking weather did not put us off (it can get very windy). I also have no doubt that some have abused the site and its location. It isn't free, you know!
What - however - is needed: a complete overhaul of their camping prices, how they charge these, their booking system and the very authoritarian approach to rules and regulations they seem to adopt. The visitor rate is sheer ridiculous.
Cornwall seems to have adopted the attitude - of late - of grab every penny, in some ways. Parking is the huge one. Why should you have to pay a full days parking when you only want to park for an hour? Many car parks do this here. The main upper one at St Ives is a bad one: £3.50 to park all day, and that the only rate advertised. So people pay it. Only in this, next door/joined is the leisure centre car park. You can pay for an hour there, or 2 hours (for locals, principally). But these are valid in the main CP too, WITHOUT being advertised there. What a swindle!
The Seaview is a bit like this, in my view. It is unquestionably a great site and location, and they are wringing every last penny out of you because it is a unique 'selling brand', as there is no other campsite very close, and walkable to Lands End. But it can price itself out of the market, if not careful. When we went, there were very few camping there, and that was August.
People do read these reviews, as said The Hotel Inspector in the programme on TV.
It could be awesome. Pity the Wreckers pub opposite has closed.
We just come back after spending 5 days at this site. The caravan we stayed in was clean apart from the window latches were all rusted and the decor was green very much 80s so could do with being updated. They dropped off table and chairs the evening of our last night so did not get time to use them.
It has a lovely outside play area for children however you were not allowed to use the indoor play area unless you purchased food or drink from the bar, the bar was only open for a few hours in the evenings and only on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday the same rule applied to the bowling and also incurred extra cost of £4.50 something they forget to mention when you book.
Overall the site is well maintained and the only free facilities are the outside park and pool. We did enjoy the coastal walks and sennen beach is worth a visit. Was glad went with the sun holiday as it was not worth the prices they charge.
On arriving at the site we, 8 families, were delighted as we were given 8 pitches together and right next to the play area. The children loved the play area and were happy to play there all day. The first night was great fun and apart from the shop being shut we had no real complaints.
The next morning we went to the pool, the gate was open when we got there so we all just walked into the pool area. The only signs displayed were telling us children had to be supervised. So out came the inflatables and as we had the pool to our selves a game of volleyball started. Shortly afterwards a lady asked if we had signed in and told us that no inflatables were allowed, even beach balls were banned as they could hurt! When a member of our party enquired as to why beach balls were not allowed she told them she did not have to explain herself and told them to leave the pool area!
The next morning the Ladies toilets were blocked so when a member of our party informed reception we were accused of putting nappies down them! There was limited hot water for washing up but luckily the showers worked well which was helpful as the farmer in the field behind constantly showered us with earth for a day!
On our second day 4 friends; 2 adults, a 4yr old and a baby wanted to visit us on the site, they were told they had to pay 32 pounds just have a coffee with us!
It is such a shame as the site is lovely and could give wonderful holidays if only the staff could be bothered! We did have a great weekend in spite of being made to feel very unwelcome, but it goes without saying that we will not be returning!
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