Just returned form camping in Pensagillas Park. What a lovely camp site. Great location, beautiful views, all the amenities you can think of are there- spotless shower/toilet facilities, hot water, well maintained grounds. You can even have breakfast cooked for you! My kids loved the lake! We would never want to go anywhere else now! The owners are extremely helpful. I give 10/10
Having got back from a lovely cornish experience(no thanks to the campsite experience!) I have read a handful of reviews and wonder if there are 2 pensigallas sites as we definatey didn't have the same opinion as the good reviews, they must have been looking through some very rose tinted glasses!
the road way in is treacherous and I spent most of the stay worrying if we would get the van out in one piece. Just pray you don't meet anything coming down the road. The wash facilities were dirty, poor quality and far from acceptable. The laundry was usable! just one machine working one out of order. The pictures are soooo air brushed that or the camera is deluded! we didn't see one level pitch and had to pitch in the hedge to get a reasonable area! the kids from other campers just walked into the awning and on more than one occasion just waltzed into the van! it was loud at night time, the shop was a waste of time! never open, the site owner we saw 1 he was a miserable non-plus kind of person, the facilities were run down non operational, the vending machines and games used as a puller to book were derelict! no food in them and those few bits left would have been out of date! we decided not to eat at the serving hatch having seen the rest of the site not wishing for food poisoning to add to the experience! we spent as much time off site as we could. The only bonus was mevagissey being so close, but we did sus out other sites in the area to go next time as hell will freeze over before we werete 2 weeks here again. Oh yer. And the hook up was a joke, it kept tripping out at the bar breaker box at least 20 times a night so impossible to watch t. V in the evening.
Just come back from a bank-holiday stay at Pensagillas. How to describe it? Bloody fantastic. There have been some serious improvements since the last time I was here. We rented a Touring Caravan. It was cheap but clean and had all the amenities that we required. The owners went out of the way to make sure that we had all we needed. The bar and shop were open for most of the weekend. The site is well laid out with large pitches and well mowed grounds. Great fun will definitely book again :)
This is a lengthy review but necessary to give this site the credit it deserves.
We stayed at Pensagillas for two weeks with three children aged 12, 10 and 5. This was our first visit.
What a lovely place! There is plenty of space to pitch, nowhere near the restrictions like other sites which have all jumped on a bandwagon of charging extra for kids, pup tents, utility tents etc. There is none of that here - it's a wonderful, traditional campsite, and is one of the main reasons we chose it. We were not disappointed.
The owners were friendly, approachable and take pride in their site.
There are five fields - four on the main campsite and another across the road where the fishing lake is. Electric hook up is available for most (75%) of the pitches. The site does slope in places, but the majority of the pitches are predominantly level. Pitches are well spaced, which only adds to the enjoyment of the holiday - I've seen plenty of sites where they cram you in like sardines - and for me there is nothing worse. At Pensagillas you'll have plenty of room to spread out creating a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere. The middle of the fields is a nice open space for the kids to play, with the pitches being all around the edges.
The bar is a friendly place with reasonable prices and gives people a great opportunity to meet up and get to know each other. There was bingo every Sunday which the kids loved. Big screen TV too which is nice if the weather isn't so good. However, we enjoyed two weeks of solid sunshine, with only two bursts of rain which came at night. There is a pool table and a few arcade machines, and a giant chess set outside. Plenty of seating inside and out, and free Wi-Fi. The lack of arcade machines was a big positive for us - it encouraged the kids to play more traditional games and use some energy! It makes it easier on the pocket too! I note in previous reviews reference has been made to the noise from the bar. Whilst it is lively, we didn't find it too bad - and we only had a row of trees between us and the bar. It's normally quiet again by about midnight at the latest, so it's not like it goes on until the early hours.
The shop is convenient - open in the morning and again in the afternoon. Very reasonable prices - and after we somehow lost my daughter's swimming costume we were able to buy another from here in the right size for £5!
Washing up facilities are good - very new and in the same new building as the shop, right in the middle of the site.
Showers were spacious and clean, nice hot water and even though there are currently only three, we rarely had to queue - sometimes a 5 minute wait but on the whole we were straight in.
The laundry has two washing machines and two tumble driers, plus a couple of irons, at very reasonable rates - half what you'd pay elsewhere. We did a few loads of washing whilst we were there.
The fishing lake is great (and huge) - very picturesque, well kept and very relaxing. The kids enjoyed it.
Overall the site is very well kept considering the numbers of people coming and going - everything was cleaned regularly and well looked after. I can't for the life of me see how people have had reason to complain in previous reviews - if you're moaning about a door needing a lick of paint then I think it's scraping the barrel and just looking for something to criticise.
It's not the ritz - and the prices mean you can expect good, basic facilities, but I would still say this site is above basic. It has everything you want/need at very reasonable rates and if you're not someone who wants a 5* setting then you'll be very happy here.
It's the perfect base to explore Cornwall - being quite central, everything is within easy reach with nothing much more than an hour away. St Austell is 7 miles for your shopping needs. Truro is 12 miles in the other direction. Mevagissey is 4 miles. A lovely fishing village with traditional shops and eateries. I can highly recommend 'Central Cafe' for superb fish and chips.
If you're in search of the best Cornish Pasties, then get yourself to Tregonissey Butchers, 145 Tregonissey Road, St Austell PL25 4DS - they will blow you away! The best we found by a mile.
Caerhayes, 4 miles away, has the most amazing beach - Porthluney Cove. Part of the Caerhayes estate, the setting is amazing - a beautiful sandy beach over the road from Caerhayes Castle. Parking is £3 for the whole day - very reasonable.
PorthPean, approximately 8 miles away on the Porthpean Road past Duporth is another gem - kayak hire at reasonable rates or just a nice sandy beach to relax on whilst the kids let off steam. Parking again is £3 for the day, dropping to £2 after 2pm.
There are others but those are the two I'd pick as the best local ones.
So, for Pensagillas Park Camp Site, the verdict is easy - it's a lovely place, and we loved it so much we re-booked for next year before we left. The kids had a great time and we loved the relaxed atmosphere. I genuinely can't think of a single fault for this site. It's fantastic value for money.
Many thanks to the owners for making our stay special, relaxed and enjoyable. We are already looking forward to returning to see you next year!
We stayed at Pensagillas Ėpark for 2 week with our 3 children, itís our second year. We had a fantastic time, the bar was always open for tea/coffee and soft drinks, and food was served in the morning 8:30 until 10:30 and in the evening from 6 till 9:30. There was a big TV screen and pool table area. There was bingo night every Sunday, my kids loved it.
Plenty of space around the tent, beautiful views down the lake. The owners are very friendly and helpful. The weather was beautiful and we were going on the beach almost every day, the nearest beach is 13 min to drive.
I was reading a previous review and have to admit Iím quite surprised of some peopleís high expectation, especially when paying less than normal price for the area. There were plenty of campsites around, but you will be restricted to almost everything: the arrival time, camp fire, shower etc.
The bar area, toilets and showers are basics but very clean. Shop was open from 9am until 11 am and from 4pm until 6:30. They sell basics food; bread, milk, eggs, butter, bacon, sweets and other useful items, what more do you need?!
We are coming here because itís affordable for us (having 3 children over age of 7). We have not been charged extra for children and dog, as other campsites do, we love the location (itís quite central to the most tourist attraction), the fact we have plenty of space around the tent, the fishing lake, and peace and quiet, but I guess you canít please everyone.
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