**We were gifted a four night stay at St Ives Holiday Village by the lovely people at John Fowler Holidays. We paid extra to extend our stay to a week long stay. As always all opinions are honest and my own.**
We’ve just returned home from a wonderful week away in Cornwall and we all well and truly have the post holiday blues – Lucy the dog included….
We stayed at St Ives Holiday Village, a John Fowler Holiday Park that took our fancy for being family and dog friendly. As a child I stayed at John Fowler parks a-plenty and we stayed at Trelawne Manor last year.
About The Park
St Ives Holiday Village is set in over a hundred acres of woodland with a wide range of accommodation from chalets to wooden lodges.
John Fowler Holidays are a long established company with 11 parks across Devon, Cornwall and Somerset. The accommodation at St Ives is set amongst the woodland and it’s relaxing and quiet – the park is currently undergoing a multi-million pound refurbishment with much of the older accommodation being demolished and replaced with wooden-style lodges.
There is a swimming pool, woodland walks, Rafters Family Club, an on-site shop and much more.
We arrived a few hours early for check-in but the gentleman on reception couldn’t have been more helpful, suggesting we drove a couple of minutes down to the road to the Lelant Saltings Park & Ride where we parked up and got the train into St Ives.
A couple of pasties(a seagull pinched mine, be careful!), ice creams and a little bit of sunburn later it was 3pm and we popped back to Reception where check-in was quick and easy. We were given a map and it was marked out with the route to our lodge – I’m terrible for getting lost in holiday parks but everything is well marked and it was really easy to find.
We stayed in 32 – a ‘2 Bed Gold Lodge Pet’ wooden-style lodge which was more than big enough for our needs – we had everything we needed and more!
The lodges are spaced in clusters with parking areas nearby; there is plenty of room to park and it’s not too far to lug bags when unloading/loading the car. There is plenty of grass and space between each lodge and it’s quiet and peaceful – we felt really relaxed straight away.
Our lodge had:
After settling in on our first day we headed up to Rafters Family Club for Foxy Club which is on at 6pm every evening. The entertainment team(AKA the Stripey Coats or Stripeys) get all the children(and sometimes adults) involved in games, party dances and all sorts of things.
We Love Freddy
The little man loved Freddy the Fox and was especially taken with Stripey Leaya and Stripey Craig – he can be so shy and is hesitant to join in and they really went the extra mile to include him and by the end of the week he was off on his own!
It’s Time For Bingo Clap Clap Clap
We also loved Eyes Down Bingo after Foxy Club every night and won a few times – we found the bar prices reasonable and the boy loved the entertainment every evening. The Foxy Shop has lots of toys and flashing things to keep the smalls ones occupied which again we found quite reasonable.
There is a small amusement arcade and NextGen games consoles for older children too.
Lots To Do
The next day we went swimming and checked out the Woodland Walk; the on-site shop was reasonably priced with general groceries and souvenirs and there was a small Crazy Golf and play park.
The Cookhouse restaurant I believe has recently been refurbished and the staff were so friendly; the food was a little pricey but the quality was good and we ate on site a couple of times.
Dogs are very welcome at St Ives Holiday Village; they are not allowed in the main complex but the Woodland Walk is ideal for long walks and we loved Porthkidney Beach just down the road too.
Anything I Would Change?
If I was being picky:
- We had a washing machine but not an airer – drying was an issue but you can buy Launderette tokens from Reception for £1 for 20 minutes tumble drying which was enough time to dry a full load of washing.
- We only had a broom in the lodge and had a few issues asking for a hoover. With the lodges being in a woodland setting the carpeted areas get grubby quickly and it would be so much better is a hoover or even a carpet sweeper was left in the cupboard.
Our Best Bits
- Foxy Club – the Stripey Coats are amazing and a real credit to John Fowler, despite it being quiet and low season they were high-energy and went above and beyond to make sure the children had a good time.
- Our Lodge – it was just lovely to have so much space to relax and enjoy!
- The Location – we were ten minutes from St Ives, Penzance and Carbis Bay, five minutes from two supermarkets and the beach was only a short drive away. It’s a long drive down but it’s certainly worth it for the proximity to Cornwall’s best bits.
- Housekeeping – our lodge was IMMACULATE – you wouldn’t have known it was pet accommodation!
The Important Bits
You can stay for three, four, seven or more nights at any John Fowler Parks and prices depend on accommodation and length of stay; a seven night stay in a 2 Bed Gold Lodge Pet at St Ives Holiday Village is roughly £450 during off-peak season but please see below for the website for prices.
Prices are on a self catering basis but include entertainment, bed linen, gas and electric – remember to bring towels!
Thank you so much John Fowler Holidays for a fab week – for more information, prices, special offers and more please check out the website here.
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