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Pentewan Sands Holiday Park
Cornwall (East)   (Browse area)
PL26 6BT
Tel: 01726 843485
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Pitches: 500
Open: 25/03/2022 to 29/10/2022

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 151 Reviews
                9/10 from 151 Reviews

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Who's it for
 Families Welcome   Not Members Only   Rallies Welcome   Not Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   Bathroom 
 Baby Changing Facilities   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   No Battery Charging   Gas Exchange   Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   Freezer / Fridge    Motorhome Point   Wifi Access 
 Shop On Site   Bar On Site   Restaurant or Cafe or Takeaway On Site 
 Kids Playground   TV Room   Games Room   Evening Entertainment 
 Fishing On Site   No Wild Swimming   Indoor Pool On Site   Outdoor Pool <5 miles 
 Horse Riding <5 miles   Cycle Hire On Site   Golf <1 mile   Tennis On Site 
 Beach On Site   Watersports On Site   Boat Launch / Mooring On Site 
Other Features
 Sea Views   Not Working Farm   No Campfires Allowed 
 Coastside Pitches   Public Transport <1 mile  No Dog Walk 

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Date of Visit: April 2022  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 7 Travelling as:  With friends
Reviewer: Andrew 1 review from this member

 As per usual we had a great time whilst there…

We Would have liked the bar and chippy to be open later. Also more hot food and pastries available in the shop. We were informed we had to preorder these items the day before. Not good for business…. Maybe next time we won’t have to.

See you next year. 
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Date of Visit: September 2021 Unit:  Motorhome
Nights stayed: 10 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Barracudafish 11 reviews from this member

 We've avoided Cornwall for over 14 years due as it's normally so busy, however this year we decided to try Pentewan out of season and what a joy it was.

The weather certainly made the difference, we were lucky and had 19C all week and nearly everyday of sun.

We went for 10 days and due to the park's policy of releasing the front pitches for 1 week at a time we used 2 pitches. We had B130 towards the back and then moved to H3 towards the front for the last 7 days. Both pitches were good.

There was definitely more toeing and froeing from the pitch at the back as people left and new people came in but the pitches are large and the campsite despite being busy was quiet at night.

At this point in the season the grass is nearly non existent on parts of the pitches which I imagine could be a big problem in wet weather as it would just be mud, fortunately for us is was just mud baked dry.

Water is available near most pitches but the disposal of grey water and the Elsan points are not quite as prolific. This involves a bit of a walk! as does the toilet block depending on where you are pitched.

We used our own facilities so this was not an issue for us. We felt that the beach front pitches offered little privacy as they are facing the beach which can be busy.

The shop was useful but there was a definite end of season feel to the place, the shop was not fully stocked, the local pubs finished serving food at 6.

We ate at the Seahorse and at Hubbox, both were good but we did not use any other facilities such as the pool although it looked quiet.

The WiFi and TV signal are non existent so you either have to pay for WiFi or use the free 1/2 hour at the Seahorse. There was an intermittent signal on the beach.

Megavissey was still very busy. The coastal walk is simply beautiful but a hard walk, not really suitable for anyone with mobility or fitness issues. You do feel that you've earned the cream tea once you've done the walk!

Megavissy itself is beautiful and although busy was perfectly manageable, masks were advised in shops, indeed necessary in some and we notice how many people wore masks which was good.

We also cycled to the lost gardens and to Charlestown, both are worth a visit but St Austell is not. The bus stop is outside the campsite for those without transport.

Would we visit again?. Yes definitely again in September and if the weather could be the same! 

Date of Visit: August 2021 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Nights stayed: 14 Travelling as:  Extended family
Reviewer: Vanhens 2 reviews from this member

 Spent two weeks at Pentewan with Children and Grandchildren Ages 5-7. Due to COVID we did not use the indoor facilities.

Everything was clean and toilet blocks well ventilated.

Hubbox does great burgers (better than daddies ones) and breakfasts.

All of us really enjoyed our first holiday together for two years. 

Date of Visit: August 2021 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Nights stayed: 14 Travelling as:  Family with older children
Reviewer: Martin1010 15 reviews from this member

 I won’t repeat what is in previous reviews regarding the facilities as they are very comprehensive. Excellent for young families in particular.

Just a few “balancing” comments. This is now our second visit to Pentewan Sands

Many families had come as group bookings and each evening were clearly a very social get-together which looked good. Could be noisy but for a site at that time of year relatively minor and the security usually had words after 11pm

To go in school summer holidays you have to enter a ballot that occurs in October. For 2021 a lot of people missed out because so many bookings from 2020 were carried over. However, the mythology is that many long standing customers who have been going for years are “looked after” and return to the same pitch year in year out. Not sure if true but we did notice a fair number of people we recognised in the same pitches. Prerogative of the owners I guess.

The position is excellent with proximity to the beach if that matters. In hindsight we didn’t really use it so we could have considered a wider option of sites.

There are no serviced pitches. However, many people bought hose reels with them and tap splitters so they had a constant water supply. Some pipe runs were 50 odd metres! For those that couldn’t do that, and had to use their tap meant disconnecting it all and getting splattered as they were under high pressure which was an utter pain. It wouldn’t have mattered so much if one outlet tap had been left free. Most pitches had a rap between 4 pitches but for some reason those plugged in viewed it as “their” tap but apologised when I struggled to disconnect the apparatus. The owners really need to put a stop to it as this year for some reason it was ridiculous and I I saw some conflict on occasions.

Both years we have experienced either a storm or very high winds. Given the position of the site it is fairly inevitable so strong pegging and storm straps are advised and use the fatter plastic legs than metal as they ground is soft for legging purposes. What I have found problematic is that the pitches are all “grass”. However by mid summer the footprint of where caravans and tents have been are dead and are just hardened soil. The effect in heavy rain is that water rapidly flows into the awning and soaks the ground cover far worse than I have known in 10 years of caravanning. The ground just can’t absorb as well. I would in future (and several of my neighbouring families had through experience) taken waterproof floor carpet/covers which shouldn’t be used on grass but in reality there is no other option.

We didn’t use the on site restaurants this year. They were closed several days each week due to staff shortages (as were many in Cornwall). We did use the on site takeaway for Fish and Chips which were excellent but expensive at £11 per portion…. But convenience outweighed that.

The shower block was cleaned 4 times a day. I couldn’t fault it but there were lots of negative comments on a unofficial Facebook page for Pentewan Sands.

The Ship Inn in Pentewan is 200m from the site and it’s custom is virtually exclusively from Pentewan and a further site down the road. Clearly had suffered from lockdown. We tried to go one night and were told it was a minimum wait of 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Returned another night. Told an hour wait which was fine and then food came in 8 minutes. It was pretty awful fayre…Luke warm and from a very limited menu so we swerved going again.

If the beach is not a priority then there are other nice sites to consider. However, for boating and body boarding etc (some families spent all day every day in the beach) then it really takes some beating. 

Date of Visit: July 2021 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Nights stayed: 7 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Pixie_Hez 78 reviews from this member

 When we finally realised that getting to France this year was going to be out of the question because of Covid and I started to look for sites in Cornwall, I quickly discovered that most of the type of quiet sites that we would normally use were fully booked. Pentewan Sands had a pitch available though so we decided to bite the bullet and go for it, however I was very nervous beforehand as this is definitely not the type of sites that we would normally go to.

The site is enormous and laid out quite informally in long rows. There are no rules about what direction you can pitch your Caravan, as long as you’re within the bounds of your pitch you can pretty much do what you like!

The pitches are quite flat and we just needed one 1inch plank under one wheel to bring us level so it was quite easy to site the caravan. The pitch we had was massive, 12 m x 12 m and it shared a water tap with three other pitches so access to the water was very simple.

The facilities on the site were excellent. We were amazed at the number of toilets and showers that there were! We are used to caravan club sites where there might only be three or four toilets, whereas this site had several toilet blocks each with 10 or 12 toilets, all kept spotlessly clean and tidy.

There was also an excellent laundry which we made good use of as we we were away for a month in total and this week at Pentewan was right in the middle. There is also an exceptionally well stocked shop that sells great bread and pastries as well as Cornish pasties and a wide range of other food stuffs, along with their usual ice creams etc.

There are a couple of different eating places on site. Because of Covid we were a little bit nervous about going inside so we didn’t use the restaurant however we did use the fish and chip takeaway which although not outstandingly great was satisfactory.

The site is well situated on its own beach and directly on the coastal path so you can walk in both directions, however be warned that this section of the coast is extremely hilly. We set off on a walk heading east from the site and ended up not getting very far because part of the walk was almost vertical!

However we did have a nice walk in the other direction to Mevagissey, which was really nice but still very hilly! We visited the lost gardens of Heligan, and a range of National Trust places nearby and really enjoyed our week.

I was expecting the site to be noisier than the usual caravan club site, and it was a bit noisier, however because the schools hadn’t broken up yet it meant that most people on site were actually quite like us, slightly older couples without children with a few students thrown in.

I was very surprised to find that I loved the site and really had no need to be nervous before we went. I can imagine in the height of peak season when it’s overrun with children it could be very unpleasant if you want peace and quiet but at the time of year we went, end of June beginning of July, it was ideal and we had a really enjoyable time. 


Date of Visit: June 2021  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Touring Caravan
Nights stayed: 14 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Sbott2 1 review from this member

 Love this site but sadly we our unable to go anymore as they don't except dogs.

So lovely to open your caravan door and be so close to the sea.

We passed by this year such beautiful views 
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Date of Visit: September 2020 Unit:  Motorhome
Nights stayed: 4 Travelling as:  Retired couple
Reviewer: Welshscot 2 reviews from this member

 Large site with lots of facilities, unfortunately not all available due to COVID restrictions during our visit.

Great location with beach and Pentewan village only about 200 mtrs from our pitch. Pitches are large and well laid out giving an open feel to the site and in September site was not overly busy. Added advantage was being able to book a specific pitch online through their well presented website.

Beach lovely, had good weather most of stay so managed a few days on the beach which also offers good fishing, particularly on an evening tide when the beach was quieter.

Cycled Pentewan Valley Trail off road cycleway to St Austell which was a delight. Also cycled to Charlestown and had a day wandering the harbour and village well worth it.

Would also highly recommend Pentewan Valley Cycle Hire, we had our electric bikes serviced here, Andy and Rachel who own it are great and very helpful with good customer service.

All in all a great site and highly recommend. 

Date of Visit: September 2020 Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 10 Travelling as:  Other
Reviewer: Kevd56 1 review from this member

 Good site, great location.

The staff were very helpful and the cleaners did a superb job keeping the facilities spotless.

The location next to the beach was a bonus and with the fantastic weather a great time was had. 

Date of Visit: August 2019 Unit:  Motorhome
Nights stayed: 7 Travelling as:  With friends
Reviewer: Ian29 9 reviews from this member

 This is possibly our favourite destination in the U. K. The pitches are all a good size, in fact some are massive. If you book online you can see the size of the pitch when you book.

Facilities are excellent and kept very clean by the hard working staff.

The beach is on the doorstep and the beachside water sports caters for every water sports activity you can think of. There’s on site entertainment at the clubhouse which also serves food, a shop and a chippie all on site.

The Ship in the village next door to the site serves excellent food and a good pint of beer, very friendly staff too. The bus stops just outside the entrance and takes you either into Mevagissy or to St Austell.

We have been going to this site every year sometimes 2 or 3 times in the year as it has everything a family could want.

Definitely not somewhere to go for a quiet holiday, if that’s what you’re looking for then look elsewhere but if you want a fun packed holiday then this could be the place for you. 

Date of Visit: July 2019 Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 10 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Woodingsd 2 reviews from this member

 Great beachside location, lovely stretch of sand to walk on.

(in parts) The sea was a bit hit and miss (in relation to seaweed) which I realise is not the fault of the campsite, as in the seawead in the water, as some days there was loads of it at certain times and other times non at all, but obviously the seawead that gets left and dried formed big mounds on the beach and I think this could be collected by the site to keep it down. I think a routine maintenance collection with this would help a lot as this is the only thing that spoils the beach.

It is a great site for families as there is everything they need but the only thing that is lacking is an outdoor pool. (which they used to have) They do have an indoor pool but because of the amount of people on site (and we were out of school hols) it was busy.

There is plenty of room for an outdoor pool on the site which would have added to the experience of the site as a whole, especially for those with smaller children as the inside pool is ideal for older children but not so for younger ones. An outdoor pool would mean a family could all be together around the pool.

Credit must go to the cleaners of the swimming pool which I encountered several times who cleaned the changing rooms and grids which were changed daily (and needed to be as to what the cleaners came across from not so respectful people was shameful for both users of the pool and cleaners to clean up! For the girl/woman who had left a used tampon on the changing room floor is disgusting.

Overall a good site which delivers a good family holiday experience and gives good size pitches. 

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