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A park worth considering....
Mullion Holiday Park (Cornwall)
Member Name: licclevicki
Mullion Holiday Park (Cornwall)
Advantages: location and facilities
Disadvantages: Park could do with a makeover
Mullion Cove Holiday Park
We booked two short breaks from the sun newspaper, and joined them so we had a weeks long break. We put a selection of holiday parks down, but our first choice was Mullion Cove for its location and this is the park we took our break.
Mullion Cove is set in Cornwall. It is about a 10 minutes drive from the Lizard, which is the most Southern land of England. It is a truly breathtaking region.
The Caravan Park we stayed in was a Park Dean Caravan site. We had never stayed with Park Dean before so didn't know what to expect.
On arrival after the long 5 hour drive to Cornwall, we found the park easily. It is located off the main road, and there are big 'Mullion Cove- Park Dean Signs, so you can't really miss it.
We parked in the car park, and we all got out of the car to check in. We were glad to finally be able to stretch our legs after the long drive.
Reception, was a small room, fairly modern. Luckily there weren't too many people checking in, so we were seen too quite quickly. The Staff were pleasant enough, and their was a wealth of leaflets on local places to visit. Which we eagerly picked up.
Check-in is only available after 4pm, due to the cleaners cleaning out all the caravans. But this wasn't a problem.
At reception they gave us a map of the park, directions to our caravan, our park passes, so we could use all of the facilities onsite, and various other leaflets about the site, and local attractions. They seemed helpful, and there was no problems.
The caravan park, had many, many caravans (luckily we had a map to find ours). The site also has Bungalows, which lm told were actually cheaper - which is useful to know. Apparently you can buy caravans on site too.
We however rented a 3 bed roomed caravan that sleeps 6, between four of us, so we were not short on space. Obviously it was a caravan, so the bedrooms were rather small, so we used the extra bedroom to put all our luggage in. It was rather handy.
The living area was an adequate size. There was a small television with a DVD player. Lots of seating which was fairly comfortable.
The Caravan, wasn't the most modern caravan l have ever been in. The Décor looked rather dated. But there was everything that you could need.
The living area, combined into a dining area, with the kitchen just off the dining area. Their was a nice dining table to eat at.
There was a gas fire available. We didn't think it worked at first, but with the cold evenings we had in September, we persisted and it did work. However it is quite difficult to get a light.
But once on it warmed the Caravan up in an instant.
Unfortunately it didn't really seem to reach the bedroom areas, they were still quite cold.
The Kitchen was well equip, with a microwave, cooker, fridge, small freezer, kettle, toaster etc. Their was plenty of cutlery, and plates, cups, glasses etc and everything worked. Not luxurious by any means but certainly adequate.
The bedrooms were as l said, rather small, but suitable.
The first bedroom from the dining room, had two single beds, and limited storage. Our friends stayed in this room. They told us there was a heater on the ceiling which was quite effective.
The second room, was a room with bunk beds, obviously a room for children, but as we didn't have any children with us, this is where we stored all our belongings.
The third room had a double bed. Quite a lot of storage space, and it was the bigger bedroom in the caravan.
Unfortunately it was the room that was probably the coldest. Their was a small wall heater, which got warm, but it didn't seem to give any heat out. So l spent most nights asleep with my feet against the side of the heater, which helped a little.
When we arrived at our caravan, inside was a bag full of our linen. It was all nice and clean though, and didn't take a minute to sort out. Their were extra blankets and pillows in the caravan.
The bathroom was the down fall of this caravan!
They left us one toilet roll, (we bought our own anyway). There was no soap, but l didn't really expect there to be.
Their was a 'tiny' shower cubicle. But the shower worked fine which was good, unless someone turned on the tap in the kitchen.
There was also a very good towel radiator. Possible the hottest radiator in the Caravan.
As the bathroom was rather small, (what you would expect in a caravan) some of my friends ended up burning themselves on the heater. So we tended to keep the radiator off.
The toilet looked clean and sufficient enough.
However there was a constant stench of stale urine. Which was horrible. Everything looked clean. But what we noticed was there looked to be some kind of leak in the toilet. We didn't realise at first. We probably should have asked to be moved. But we put up with it, partly due to the fact we didn't want the hassle of moving. But if there was any complaints about the Caravan, then this would be it.
What would have been nice, is if the caravan had provided some kind of chairs so we could have sat outside, but there was nothing. So l resorted to sitting on the grass, on those hot September days we had.
I've only ever stayed at Haven sites before, or a couple of times, John Fowler. So Park dean was a bit different. Although it had many similar features and facilities.
On arrival we were given passes so we could use all of the facilities and the entertainment. However the only time we ever needed them, was once, when we played bingo (we didn't win).
On site, there is an indoor pool, it was a lovely large pool, suitable for all the family, and open daily. An outdoor pool which we couldn't use, because it had to be cleaned because of vandalism.... This was a bit disappointing, but generally it is open July - September and there is sun beds around the pool.
There was an amusement arcade, which got quite busy and noisy. There was often security guards in this room. This room linked on to the Stargate Entertainment bar, where there was a variety of entertainment scheduled. Entertainment for children and adults. Nightly bingo, and cabarets, discos, all lasting throughout the evening. I believe this went on until the early hours of the morning.
This entertainment room was actually huge. We went out of season, so there was plenty of seating available.
Drinks at the bar were a little on the pricey side, they also sold a variety of cocktails.
Next door was a games room. It had a mini bowling alley, pool tables, and free use of the dart boards. We spent quite a bit of time in here, playing pool. The room is nice enough but nothing special.
To be honest most of the facilities looked okay, but sometimes they looked a little old and dilapidated, in need of refurbishment, much like the caravans.
There was also a take away. You could get a burger and chips for under £5, but the food really wasn't that great. If your stuck for food its an option, but l wouldn't really recommend it.
There was also another Bar and restaurant -Kyance bar and grill. The bar had free wifi, which is useful. I think there was use of some computers too.
The restaurant was really nice. It looked like the restaurant had just been done up. We didn't go in for a meal, but had a look round, they had a good menu and did a carvery. The prices were moderate, but not totally unrealistic.
There was also crazy golf on site, and you could hire bikes. Again we didn't use many of the site facilities, as we didn't spend a huge amount of time on site, but what we did use, was fairly good.
There was an onsite cost cutters which was useful. There was a Children's play room, 'Crazy Caves indoor soft play area, there was also a kids club, the kids clubs catered for children 4 -15 years. There was also an outdoor play area for children, and tennis courts.
So there was always something to do, especially if the weather was good.
Things to see and do
I would say Mullion is a perfect location. Its set in a small village. Which has a small local shop. Around and about there is a nice beach and there is also a working harbour in Mullion. There are some great coastal walks locally and the harbour is a lovely working fishing harbour and has a nice café. There isn't a lot to do in Mullion but it is very quaint and pretty village.
If you choose to stay in Mullion you need a car, but if you have a car there is lots to do.
I highly recommend a visit to Kyance cove, it is spectacular here, and if you go in the evening you don't have to pay to park. Here we watched the sun setting one evening -magical. But it is quite a walk down to the beach from the top of the cliffs.
Penzance is also not too far, this is probably one of the biggest local towns. We took a lovely boat trip from here, which took us around st Michaels mount and seal spotting. It cost us about £10 each but it was worth it and we thought this was a reasonable price when the boat trip lasted a couple of hours.
As l mentioned previously mullion cove is really close to the southern most tip - Lizard , which is definitely worth a trip. Its beautiful, and has a couple of nice cafes where you can get cream teas, and there's a gift shop.
I think your only about half an hour away from lands end too, so this is worth a visit.
There really is so much that you can do.
I've never been this far south in Cornwall, and would highly recommend a trip. Absolutely stunning.
There are lots of other things to do, but these are some of my favourites.
Things we didn't get to visit were, flambards theme park, Falmouth, National seal Sanctuary, local mines, Cider tasting factories, Chocolate tasting factory etc.
If you don't mind a drive, St Ives and the Eden project are definitely worth a visit also.
Overall this site has much to offer the family holiday. Location wise, although Mullion itself doesn't have a great deal to offer, the fishing harbour is stunning, there are lots of attractions locally, including local beaches. However this means having a car, and even if you do have a car, driving in this part of Cornwall is a slow process.
The area really is beautiful and l highly recommend a visit.
The holiday park itself isn't the best l have ever been to. But it has lots of facilities to keep the whole family entertained. it's a big park, so caters for lots of people.
I cannot speak for all caravans, but ours seemed a bit rundown. It was practical, and as we had paid next to nothing to stay, l wasn't complaining.
Parking the car next to the Caravan wasn't a problem either.
We had a great holiday, and l think that this is definitely a park worth considering. Its not luxurious, but its practical and functional and l would definitely go back again!
Mullion Holiday park
Summary: A nice placet to holiday... but dont forget your camera!
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