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Trenance Holiday Park (Cornwall)
Member Name: magenta23
Trenance Holiday Park (Cornwall)
Advantages: Cosy, cheap
Disadvantages: Musty smell
Newquay has a range of places to stay from grand hotels on the beachfront, luxury to not so luxury B&Bs, hostels, surf lodges and holiday apartments. I think I've tried most of these types of accomodation holidaying over the years but looking for budget accomodation this year, I looked at an option I'd not found to tempting in the past, the caravan park.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not a snob, but I had the stereotypical image of a caravan, as I'm sure a lot of people do, as being a poky little shed on wheels with a chemical toilet (if any at all) and a long walk to a cold shower block in the mornings. Though having looking around at the other accomodation on offer, the caravan parks of Newquay seemed to offer the cheapest accomodation, and the pictures of the vans looked a lot nicer than the image in my mind. Somewhat hesitantly I paid the bargain price of £160 for a two person static caravan for 5 nights and I have to say it was worth every penny.
Trenance Holiday Park is the closest holiday / caravan park to the beaches and main town centre in Newquay. It's about a ten minute (uphill) walk into town and it just around the corner from Newquay Zoo, Waterworld Leisure and pool complex and a crazy golf course! Just over the road is Trenance Gardens and boating lake which make for a pretty moring walk. Buses to Truro and other mains towns go from just outside too, saving that uphill walk into town if you want to explore a bit further afield.
The park is made up of a mixture of two-berth, four-berth and six berth static caravans, pretty little chalets (for a little but not a lot of extra money), touring and camping pitches. It's not much to look at from the outside, but inside the caravans are cosy and comfortable.
We arrived on Bank Holiday Monday and there wasn't a sole about. Visiting reception, we saw our names along with a few others were pinned on the window with the number of our caravan next to it. We found our caravan easily enough and the keys were inside for us. In fact, I can't say much for any of the staff as we didn't really see anyone apart from the lady in the corner shop on site. At the end of our stay we simply popped our keys through the reception letter box. Bizarre! It's worked ok for us however
and we didn't have any problems or want for anything. Just as well, I guess.
The caravan we stayed in was a two-berth. It consisted of..
A cosy living area with built in sofas, dining table, gas fire and teeny weeny TV
Kitchen with gas oven and hob, microwave, kettle, fridge and all cutlery and crockery we needed.
Flushing toilet (hurrah!), basin and shower with hot and cold running water (though you didn't always get the one you asked for!)
Double bedroom with wardrobe, dressing table and safe for valueables.
I cannot fault the living area. On a few of the nights we were there it got a bit chilly and sitting in front of that fire was lovely. The kitchen again I can't fault. I was impressed at all the equipment there was to use. Full dinner sevice and even wine glasses. They thought of everything!!
I had a few issues, shall we say with the shower. I simply could not get it to the comfortable temperature. One small move of the tap tuned it from boiling hot into freezing cold and I must admit I threw a screaming hissy fit at it the first night after a long sweaty journey I was dying for a shower! Now, looking back I can see it was an overeaction, poor little shower. I did get the knack of finding 'warm' water after a few days!
The one gripe I think I have is with the bedroom. It was small but comfortable however, smelled damp and musty. I think this is just where it was the beginning of the season and it hadn't been used much over the winter but it wasn't that pleasant and for the first few nights, I didn't sleep too well. I have to say it faded and I'm sure in the summer it would have been perfectly fragrant. Ben linen is not provided and that was stated in the booking details, however even with our own gear, it was still noticeable. Maybe as a suggestion to Trenance, a little warm up of the vans and an airing before guests arrive but sort this problem during the off peak times. I did think it was a bonus having a safe in the van, whilst we took most of our stuff out with us it was a useful thing to have.
Overall I was highly impressed with the accomodation for the money and would do it again. The surf lodges in Newquay are known to be the best value accomodation but thay charge per person per night and around May this goes up to around £20 or more. Still not bad but Trenance charge per van and £32 a night for two people I couldn't beat. Plus, we didn't have to share our bathroom and could make a cuppa whenever we liked. Can't be bad!
Thanks Trenance for killing my stereotypical view of caravaning, I'm a convert!
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