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Polruan Holidays Camping & Caravanning
Polruan By Fowey
Cornwall (East)   (Browse area)
PL23 1QH
Tel: 01726 870263
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Pitches: 35
Open: 01/04 To 01/10

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 115 Reviews
                9/10 from 115 Reviews

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Who's it for
 Adults Only   Club Members Only   Rallies Welcome   Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome   Motorbikers Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   Bathroom 
 Baby Changing Facilities   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   Battery Charging   Gas Exchange   Recycling Facilities 
 Kitchen Facilities   Freezer Available   Motorhome Point   Fully Serviced Pitches 
 Shop On Site   Bar <1 mile   Restaurant <1 mile   Wifi Access 
 Kids Playground   TV Room   Games Room   Evening Entertainment 
 Fishing <1 mile   Wild Swimming   Indoor Pool   Outdoor Pool 
 Horse Riding <5 miles   Cycle Hire   Golf   Tennis 
 Beach <1 mile   Watersports <1 mile   Boat Launch / Mooring <5 miles 
Other Features
 Sea Views   Working Farm   Campfires Allowed   Open All Year 
 Waterside Pitches   Public Transport On Site  Dog Walk 

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Date of Visit: September 2010 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Renatekriegler 2 reviews from this member

Wow this must be one of the TOP camping sites out there! Absolutely nothing to fault. Every little thing has been thought of and provided.

The pitches are generous, flat and gorgeously green. There are only 26 of them, so there will always be peace and quiet. The views are AMAZING!

All facilities are maintained to a very very high standard. The lawns are mowed regularly and there are pretty flowers everywhere. The bathrooms are impeccable - not even a hint of that smell you get at most camping sites. Nice warm water. The toilets flush like a dream. The washing up area is spacious and practical. There are laundry facilities should you need them, as well as a microwave and hot drink vending machine - all hidden in one room, so you can ignore the 'anachronisms' if you like. The shop is well-stocked, and I was surprised to find many items with RRPs printed on them and being sold at the RRP. They could quite easily charge double, as there are only 1 or 2 shops in town - and that's way down the hill, and back up again, but they are totally not greedy. Ice pack freezing and mobile charging facilities are offered in return for donations to worthy charities. Books, etc. Are available on loan. The internet/phone room is very well stocked with brochures and information about the area (But you would have been orientated when you checked in!). Like I said, absolutely everything has been thought of.

O and a veggie man visits every other day selling fresh fruit and vegetables, juice, yogurt, etc. And you can have any newspaper if you ask at the shop!

A friendly, pretty, generous place to visit. And the location is just perfect - on top of the hill with awesome views, and a quick walk down-hill to the quaint and well-looked after old town of Polruan. Lots of beautiful walks from here; they provide you with information when you check in.

We will definitely return.

Date of Visit: August 2010 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Nelbert 1 review from this member

This really is a peaceful site, we had hoped for such and were very pleased to find this was the case. The site was spotlessly clean and well maintained and we had a wonderful sea view from our pitch.

We had a friendly welcome from Kevin who went out of his way to help us.

Toilet block was small but had no problem getting to shower. Clean and well maintained. There is an information room with a computer, books and leaflets, inc bus timetables. There was also a laundry room with a fridge and coffee maker.

There was a veg man who came on odd days which was great for fresh produce.

This is a great site if you like walking, with the coastal path minutes away. The road is steep down to Polruan but should be no problem if you are reasonably fit.

We preferred the Lugger Inn but both pubs are goot. Had great fish and chips in the Lugger. There is also a cafe but we didn't use it.

The ferry over to Fowey is frequent and we used it nearly every day. There are lots of nice shops and good pubs there, plus lovely coast walking.

Try not to miss the Headland Garden in Polruan, only open in Summer on a Thursday but well worth a visit. They do a cream tea too!

Overall we had a wonderful holiday at this campsite and can't recommend it highly enough.

Date of Visit: August 2010 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Baggie1 3 reviews from this member

We have just returned and would like to tell everyone what a fantastic site this is. When we arrived we were greeted by one of the owners, Kevin, who showed us to a pitch and set the tone of the holiday from then on. In a relaxed way, allowed us to set up and settle in before accepting payment. The booklet on the site and surrounding area was very helpful.

The site is very keen on recycling and encourages people to take part, and I was highly impressed by the amount of action taken to help people comply with their green responsibility. The facilities were so clean and well taken care of. If there is one fault, my wife found the timer in the showers a little embarrassing, if you forget to push the button you have to open the door and press to start the shower going. The caravan pitches are perfect and as someone has mentioned before, its like spending time in someone's garden. The owners, Kevin, Trudy and their two boys are so friendly and helpful, and ready for a chat if you want.

The walk into the village is a nice, easy walk. Coming back isn't so easy because of the 16% hill, so just take your time and enjoy the view. Other nice walks are the walk to Lantic Bay and the Hall Walk (according to the wife, I went fishing instead of the Hall Walk). Fowey is a nice place to visit and explore the shops and cafes. The pedestrian ferry will only take 2-3 minutes across the river, but well worth the £1.20 fare for an adult and 30 pence for the two pastie hounds (we have found out that is the breed our two dogs are.)If you want to go further afield we would not recommend Padstow or Ricks-ville as we re-named it. Too commercial for us.

To conclude; a perfect place to enjoy the walks, the rolling hills, the lovely towns, the local people. And a great place to try and grow a beard.

Date of Visit: August 2010 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Lindy Lou 52 2 reviews from this member

Just returned from 9 day stay at this wonderful site. Roads leading to site are a bit narrow so take care, but road users are very thoughtful and no problems. There are 7 hard standing pitches with electric in a circle on a large lawn which is surrounded by static vans. The toilet/shower block is close by as is the washing up/launderette/recycling area and shop. This leads through to two areas for tents and camper vans.From this area you have a wonderful sea view.

This has to be the cleanest, neatest, best kept site we have been on in over 30 years camping. Usually I wear flip flops in camp showers, but these were so clean.There is a mop which obviously everyone used as I never went in to find mud or grass visible. However, the owners work very hard to maintain the high standards and are also very friendly and helpful. The shop sells basic stuff and prices are good. You can order a daily paper. There is a fruit/veg/egg/milk/bread van which calls at the site every other day. I really cannot find any fault with this site at all.

Polruan is a pretty village and as previously stated, the walk down is quite steep, as of course is the walk back, but you get used to it. There is a bit of a short cut through the tent field. The two pubs both serve good food and both sell St Austell ale. The foot ferry to Fowey is great as is the car ferry at Boddinick. There are some really good walks around. We did the Hall Walk from the site to Boddinick which has some fantastic views and is not too hard. There is a welcome Inn at the other end! We then boarded the car ferry as foot passengers, and completed the circle by catching the foot ferry back to Polruan. Wanted to do Lantic Bay but weather and time didn't permit. There is also a ferry from Fowey to Mevagissey from there it's a 5 minute bus ride to The Lost Gardens of Heligon. 2 return tickets were £3.60 and if you showed them at Heligon they deducted £2 p.P off the entrance! Much better than driving all the way round - and you could have a couple of pints here and there. We did however visit Mevagissey by car before ferry ride. Good tip = park in the Charity car park on the right before the main car park. It's much cheaper and is open till 10pm and evening charges are half price - plus the money is going to a good cause. Whatever you do DO NOT drive into Mevagissey! You would think they would have a one way system as cars were nose to nose with no one moving = chaos !

There is so much more I could say and hopefully you haven't lost interest. The only down side to camping at Polruan is there is only one road out to where ever you want to go, but don't let this put you off, it is a beautiful area, beautiful site and well worth the drive. 10 out 0f 10 for everything.

Date of Visit: July 2010 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Morphthecat 3 reviews from this member

This campsite sits just outside Polruan on top of the hill next to the coastal footpath.

It consists of two small, well protected fields, the lower field overlooking the sea. All the facilities are clean, well thought out and sit unobtrusively within the campsite. The shop and reception area is well stocked and well run. The owners are very obliging in every way. Each individual pitch is separated from the next by a marker so there is always 7 or so metres between you and the next camper. The site is gated.

There is a shop and two pubs in Polruan and a ferry ride away in Fowey, you can buy everything and a boat to boot.

This is classic coastal walking country. There is a bus to Polperro and Looe weekdays, so a return walk from either is very feasible. Be warned though, there are some big hills to climb!

Date of Visit: July 2010 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Meridienmick 5 reviews from this member

Polruan Holidays is a superb little site. In some 40 years of camping and caravanning it is probably about the best we have stayed at outside of the Caravan Club network. We have just spent two fabulous weeks there and really enjoyed every minute of it. Kevin and Trudy, the owners, plus their two sons work incredibly hard to keep the site in pristine condition and to make sure everyone can have an enjoyable and relaxing time - in fact making the place pleasant and enjoyable is clearly their main priority as I am sure they could “milk” more profit out of it if that was their main objective.

There are a few rules designed to keep the place peaceful, such as no ball games in the pitching areas, no cycling, skateboarding etc around the site, no noise after 10.30 pm, etc, and this was part of what attracted us to the site, and it definitely results in a beautifully quiet, relaxing site. Not once during our stay were we subjected to the awful “boom boom boom” of someone else’s taste in music thumping out from a ghetto blaster, the annoying thump of a football being booted about, or the infuriating clatter of the plastic wheels of ride-on toys hurtling around the site. There were kids on the site and they all seemed to be very well behaved, and I think this reflects the type of clientele that the owners are aiming for.

Other reviewers have spoken about the location, which I have to say is absolutely superb. Out of a fourteen day stay, we only used the car on six days. There are lovely walks from the site, and a walk down to the village of Polruan gets you a small passenger ferry to Fowey where there are more walks, shops, pubs, restaurants etc, or boat trips up the river or, as in our case, a boat to Mevagissey. You can take the bus from the site gate to Looe or Polperro, and the coastal path joins these with Polruan so you can mix and match eg a bus to Looe, walk back to Polperro then bus back to the site. We walked to Polperro from the site and took the bus back. We tried both pubs in Polruan, both are dog friendly and gave a warm welcome and good beer. We felt that the food in the Russell was a bit better than the Lugger, they seemed to do better with the more challenging dishes. The Lugger’s fish and chips was great, but the veg lasagne was a wet mush, and the scallops were swimming in a bowl of molten butter. The Russell served excellent stuffed peppers (veg option) and a wonderful steak and ale pie, although it still came with sauté potatoes despite twice asking for chips.

It’s hard to find any real downsides to this site and its location. I think most fellow Caravan Club members would share my surprise at how close together the hard standings for touring vans are, and I guess this could be a problem if you were unlucky enough to get grotty neighbours, but as I said earlier the site and the location do not seem to attract the “neighbours from hell” types, and I’m sure the site owners would quickly sort it out if anyone were disturbing the peace. Others have mentioned the seven minute shower timer, not a problem for either of us although a slightly larger shower cubicle and somewhere to put the soap and shampoo would not go amiss. Neither of these points were in any way significant enough to detract from the enjoyment of staying at Polruan Holidays, and I think we will definitely be back. Oh, and just a mention of the three miles of single track roads with passing spaces as you approach the site – great fun with a caravan on the back!

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