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Pentewan Sands Holiday Park
Cornwall (East)   (Browse area)
PL26 6BT
Tel: 01726 843485
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Pitches: 500
Open: 22/03/2021 to 02/11/2021

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 144 Reviews
                9/10 from 144 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   Not Open All Year 
 Coastside Pitches   Public Transport <1 mile  No Dog Walk 

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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 8 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. Thereís 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 thatís what youíre 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 1 review 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. 

Date of Visit: July 2018 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Cornishartist 2 reviews from this member

 Amazing site with some impressive tents, motorhomes, etc. The most upmarket site we have been. So close to the beach which was fantastic for the children. Friendly, clean and our pitch site was massive. We had gale force winds with rain yet no problems at all. 

Date of Visit: September 2017 Unit:  Campervan
Reviewer: The Dutchess 1 review from this member

 What a great site and so well placed to visit lots of interesting places. The facilities are excellent and the on site burger place Hubbox does burgers to die for. The pub in Pentewan sells great ale and tasty pub grub. Pitches are a bit dis-organised but plenty of room and no pitch is far from the beach. Great walk into Mevegissy which has become my favourite seaside place. Had crab at the Wheelhouse - it comes with the body prepared/dressed but the claws and legs you do yourself - great fun and so tasty. Cornish pasties in on site shop delicious. 


Date of Visit: October 2016 Unit:  Campervan
Reviewer: Explore with Dora 16 reviews from this member

 It would be difficult to better the location of this site especially if you visit 'out of season' when you can have the pick of pitches with fantastic, uninterrupted sea views - it is only literally a stones throw away. The site is easy to find and the staff are very friendly and helpful. Our pitch was on grass but it was plenty firm enough and there were units there a lot bigger than ours so I can't see the lack of hard standing would ever be a problem. The facilities are clean and warm and there is a really good on site shop which we used for the good offer on local beers! On the drink theme, there is a lovely pub in the village which is a few yards from the site. There is also a pub on site but we used the village pub. There is plenty of walking from the site and several gardens nearby including Eden Project and Heligan. I ran in the Eden Half Marathon and would certainly use this site as a base again. 

Date of Visit: August 2016 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Family mac 1 review from this member

 This is by far our favourite holiday destination! The pitches are very generously sized compared to many sites, enabling you space to bring your own boats and other water sports equipment, and wherever youíre pitched itís no more than a couple of minutesí walk to their privately owned beach. For us as a family this is a huge bonus as it saves the hassle of packing the car for a day at the beach, finding somewhere to park, paying to park the car for the day and staggering to find a spot like a pack horse with everything in tow. There really is nothing nicer than wandering down to the beach without the military precision of packing everything you could possibly need for a dayís visit Ė instead we take the basics, and when itís time to eat, a quick game of ďstone, scissorsĒ decides who will amble back to the van and get food for lunch, a refill of drinks and anything else we need! The beach has dedicated areas for swimmers, paddle boarders etc. Separate from the motorised water sports, and the very gently sloping sea bed makes it possible to wander quite far out and still just be up your knees in water! Knowing we have this great beach on our holiday doorstep leaves us more eager to jump out of the car and explore lots of other different coves and beaches that we pass while out and about, but rather than staying for the day, we have a quick wander and paddle knowing once weíre back to the campsite we can settle with everything we need on our beach! Equipment can be hired for water sports on site as well as life jackets and weíve always found the staff helpful and nice!

Pentewan Sands is a dog free site (except guide dogs) which also appeals having one child who is terrified of them, giving us all a relaxed week in the knowledge that no one will be scrambling up our bodies and trying to balance on our heads to escape from an excited canine running around at the sea front!

We spend many an evening on the beach playing ball games, trying a spot of sea fishing and collecting shells. All of which is our idea of a perfect family holiday evening! If you need to be entertained however, then the clubhouse is the perfect place to go where you can also order food, use the wifi and join in with the fun and games!

The site also has 2 indoor pools, tennis court, pub, Hubbox diner, large shop, Chippie and laundrette. Toilet and shower blocks are situated around the site, and the power of the showers is second to none! The Ship Inn located in Pentewan village has a great menu for the whole family, does a lovely Sunday roast, and is just a stoneís throw from the campsite.

If sitting still isnít for you, The Pentewan Cycle Trail is a great way to burn off a few holiday food calories while taking in your surroundings and bikes can be hired from Pentewan Valley Cycle Hire which is just outside the campsite. Failing that, you can take to the coastal path on foot and explore!

When the weather is on our side, most of our time is spent on the beach! However we always take a few trips to the harbour town of Mevagissey which is just a few minutesí drive down the road, or if youíre wanting some exercise and fantastic views, thereís a coastal path which requires some sensible walking footwear! The kids love Crabbing off the harbour walls in Mevagissey and weíve taken the odd boat trip to Fowey and back Ė well, excluding me as Iím not partial to boats and Iíve used the time to look around all the lovely little souvenir and local shops while the rest of the family sail the seas. Theyíve also enjoyed a couple of sea fishing trips with Aquila Charters and had a brilliant time as well as bringing home mackerel for tea!

Cornish Market World is the biggest indoor market in the southwest and is only 6. 5 miles from Pentewan. Itís definitely worth a look round although the rest of the family donít always agree (more shopping!) The incentive however, is that its right next to Kidzworld which is a fantastic place for the children to let off steam! It has a huge indoor soft play area including a roller-skating rink as well as things outside like dodgems, crazy golf and a skytrail. For one price you can revisit for 7 days making this a popular stop off on our way home from days out. A quick cuppa for us and the use of their free wifi while the kids have umpteen goes on the dodgems, yet another round of crazy golf and a quick skate before we head off home via the supermarket to stock up on food for the barbeque!

*Football Golf (6 miles) was a great few hours of exercise, fun and laughter as we all did our best to get the ball into the holes with the least kicks possible. With obstacles on the way itís not as easy as it sounds, and with a broken toe I was bound to loose, although I think I would have lost anyway!

Other places close by include

*The Lost Gardens of Heligan (2 miles)

*The Eden Project (8 miles)

*Wheal-Martyn China Clay Museum (6 miles)

There are so many places to visit while staying at Pentewan Sands 

Date of Visit: July 2016 Unit:  Motorhome
Reviewer: Faberje 1 review from this member

 Welcome pack ready and waiting on arrival. Staff friendly, helpful, cheerful and knowledgeable.

Grounds beautifully kept, grass neat and tidy. ( flowers around reception beautiful)

Electric hook up and water on each pitch.

Waste water and chemical disposal point within easy reach.

Masses of room for each unit.

Showers etc. , clean at all times.

Garden/park wardens always working. And it shows!

Beach clean and tidy and massive amount of space. ( sand a little 'course' in places. )

Nowhere on site is more than 2minutes stroll from the beach. Flat and level walk.

Pub and restaurants good.

Entertainment for adults ( evening) and children. We did not use personally but reports from neighbours was excellent.

Pools excellent.

Shop has a good range of essentials and gifts.

Mevagissey 5mins by car or bus ( bus stop right outside park main entrance)

Very quiet, so probably not for those wanting a more ' boisterous ' holiday.


Already booked to go again! 

Date of Visit: September 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Ghart386 32 reviews from this member

 Just got back from an absolutely marvellous week at pentewan sands. The location is well worth the price in my opinion. Bars on site very good, but tended to close early on occasions, but staff friendly. The Ship in Pentewan Village worth a visit, good food and beer, also Jude's Brasserie for excellent food within easy walking distance.

Food of a good standard at The Seahorse and the Hubbox / Driftwood Bar on beach also.

We were lucky and had good weather, this made sitting on the beach outside the Driftwood at a lunchtime a pleasure watching the kite surfers traverse the bay.

On site shop good, though St Austell offers Asda, Tesco, Aldi etc.

Mevagissey is only a stone throw down the road and is delightful.

The only downside is the lack of shower blocks and chemical and waste water emptying points. The shower blocks, though clean, are woefully outdated and not up to the capacity of the site. Waste water and chemical toilet emptying are all reliant on the physical ability to lift them up off the ground. Most modern sites have them sunken.

We stayed on H field on a very sizeable and level pitch, this meant that we had to lug our waste up numerous steps to enable us to empty them. Not good.

Moaning about waste aside, we had a great time and will definitely return. 

Date of Visit: August 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: LSMITH29 12 reviews from this member

 We booked this site after reading lots of different reviews, and I don't think we'll be returning.

Positives-clean, tidy site, very friendly staff, lovely area. Fish and chips are lovely, nice clean pool.

Negatives-pricey! We paid nearly £800 for 2 weeks. We have a caravan, small awning and pup tent. I refuse to pay an extra £75 to put a pup tent up on the pitch when others have huge awnings with bedroom annexes on each end, plus a boat at no extra charge. We were in the field nearest the very busy road. However, the pitches by the beach are even pricier and are more packed in-looked very tight to get a large 'van in. The toilets and showers nearest to us needed work-the hand drier in the toilets was out of use for most of our stay. The showers smelt damp constantly-there are no windows in there, and a plastic corrugated roof so absolutely no ventilation.

The beach is nice, however the prices in the beach bar are high-nearly £10 for a pint and a glass of wine. Wifi has to be paid for-and it's not great. However it's free in the clubhouse (because they know you'll spend money while you're in there). Phone signal is practically non existent.

The shop sells more beach and gift tat than it does food, so the nearby asda was handy!

My major complaint with this site is this-it's expensive-partly because it has it's own 'private' beach, which it boasts about constantly on it's website. However, there is a constant stream of people walking in from other sites/B&B's in the area to use the beach. Some days it was heaving. To me, this is extremely unfair, when we paid probably double what they are paying on their campsites because we had the use of a private beach!I did speak to the manager about it, but he wasn't bothered-probably because they would be spending money on his site while they were there!

This is a premium site with premium prices, but they don't offer premium facilities. I've stayed on better sites that were cheaper and we won't be going back. 

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