“ Address: Perrancombe / Perranporth / Cornwall TR6 0JQ / England „
We stayed at Leycroft valley back in October 2008 for one week.
We booked our 2 bedroomed lodge with hot tub through Hoseasons which we have used many times and always been very impressed with. We paid about £350 for the week, which is good because in season you would pay about £1000 for it.
Leycroft valley is near Perranporth in North Cornwall, the park itself has a number of new lodges with hot tubs like we stayed in and also older chalets too.
The park is down a small lane (with few passing places) right out in the sticks. The setting is truly lovely, its in a valley, plenty of green and trees and extremely quiet.
Upon arrival we were greeted by a clean and clear entrance, we found the reception area on the left hand side but there was no clear parking places so we just sort of parked next to it.
When entering the reception we were greeted by a very kind friendly face who welcomed us and asked we had a good journey. He took our electric money which was £10 for the week, which to be fair is quite good since it is constantly heating a hot tub.
The chap took us over to our lodge which was almost opposite reception, he showed us around and then left us to it. He was very friendly and thorough, we were very impressed.
The lodge was very clean, the living room was open plan with a kitchen and small dining table. There was fresh fruit in the bowl and a cream tea in the fridge which was a lovely added personal touch.
The kitchen has all of the utensils we needed to cook a meal etc.. a fridge which only has a very small freezer drawer which was annoying because we had purchased a few frozen items, a gas cooker and hob, sink and a washing machine.. The past lodges we have been in have all had dishwashers, i didn't quite understand why we had a washing machine because the site had an onsite laundry room. A dishwasher would have been a better option i think.
The dining table was round with 4 seats and included place mats etc.
Above the dining table was a small flat screen tv with built in freeview, this was great when you were sat at the table but sitting on the sofa you could barely see it, and because we were down in the valley the reception was awful and barely watchable. It did however have a built in DVD player and we brought a few along.
The opposite side of the room had a large comfortable leather corner sofa and coffee table.
There was 2 bedrooms in the property, one with a double bed and a chest of drawers and the other with 2 single beds and a small wardrobe.
We slept in the main room with double bed and it was very very small, barely room to move at all, disappointing it didn't even have a wardrobe, we had to keep our clothes in the other room, which would have been very inconvenient if we had other people staying with us.
The bed was comfortable with clean linen and 2 pillows each. There was a small flat screen tv on the wall again with no reception but okay for watching dvds in bed.
The other room with the twin beds was also clean but very small.
The bathroom was small with only a shower, disappointing it had no bath, but was very clean. The toilet was so cramped it wasn't very comfortable to sit on and it was also very wobbly on the wall.
Outside was a large veranda with table and chairs, hot tub and about a thousand leaves! Because you are right under the trees they leaves fall off and go everywhere! But the park caretakers were very good and sweeping every day.. even if they were back 5 minutes later.
In the lodge we were given 2 white robes and slippers. The robs were so small i was glad i brought my own dressing gown with me, the slippers were great and you were allowed to take those home.
All in all the lodge was very clean, basic, small and modern, it wasnt as cosy as some we have had before, but nice all the same.
The park itself does not have many facilities, there is the reception room where they sell a few basic items like milk and eggs and cider. Lots of local leaflets to look at for ideas of what to do.
There is a games room with a pool table but i think that only opens in the summer.
There was a laundry room which i never saw anyone use and that was about it.
If you have kids there really isnt much to do for them on the park, it is definitely a quiet retreat for couples and older families. They do accept pets though and most lodges i saw had dogs.
The two men who run the site are very friendly and helpful. Most days they were out on the park and on hand to chat and give advice on places to go.
There are not really any pubs or places to eat that locally, everywhere you want to go is a drive away so anyone without a car would be quite stuck unless you plan on spending a lot of time in your lodge.
The hot tub is always a very nice added bonus, we spend a lot of time in it. It's cleaned and maintained regularly. Unlike some other hot tubs this one did keep its temperature very well and got very hot.
We had a chap in the lodge behind us who was a bit of a perv.. as the lodge behind was higher he could see right into our hot tub. I like to go in topless and he was staring most nights, but never mind it obviously gave him a thrill so we let him get on with it. The problem is where its such a small park, everyone is quite on top of each other and its not very private at all.
To book the newer lodges you need to go through hoseasons, as the leycroft valley website is very old and outdated as you can only book their older chalets on it.
I give the park a 7/10 as the staff were very friendly and helpful, but the lodge let it down a little by being so small.
Situated in a beautiful wooded valley between St Agnes and Perranporth, the park offers 29 self catering chalets.