Friday 14 June 2013

Sun Valley Holiday Park - St Austell PL26 6DJ

Sun Valley Holiday Park
Pentewan Road
St. Austell
Nr Mevagissey
PL26 6DJ

We decided we wanted to hexplore some of Cornwall this year and so we set about booking a holiday park where I would be welcomed and we could go out on lots and lots of day trips to do hexploring. 

We looked at the Hoseasons website and found a site in St Austell called "Sun Valley"  (it's not actually owned by Hoseasons it's a privately owned site) and decided to book it up for a weeks holibobs! 

We booked and paid through the Hoseasons website and received a confirmation email the next day. 

The day of our holiday finally arrived and we headed off to St Austell. We stopped en route at Wheal Martyn Museum and then made our way to sun valley. Check in was at 4pm and on arrival I sent hooman girl in to the reception to collect the keys and find out where the caravan is. The hooman on reception showed hooman girl a map and told her where to go and what times the shop, reception, club, swimming pool, etc all opened and closed. 

Sun Valley have static caravans and apartments on site or you can bring your own caravan or tent also. 

On site they have a camp shop, arcade, bar, soft play, park, dog exercise area, wabbits (pets and wild ones), goats, swimming pool, launderette, telephones, table tennis and a take away (but dogs aren't allowed in any of these - except the dog walk area obviously!)


NO I absolutely am NOT on the bed! 
we booked the sun valley standard 6 berth caravan - Though I am certain that is not what we stayed in coz it duznt got enough beds and only had 4 plates in the cupboard. As it turned out it wasn't a problem coz hooman grandad who was suppose be coming is in hospital and so was just me and my 2 hoomans so we only needed the 2 bedrooms that we had! 

The caravan is quite nice, it has a nice spacious lounge/living area and then you go through a door to the bedrooms and bathrooms. 

There was 2 bedrooms, a double and a twin and a bathroom with a shower and sink and separate room with the toilet and paw basin. The bedrooms are quite small but that's okay if you just using them to sleep in. They have plugs, heater, storage, etc in them which was good so I could plug in my laptop and store all my bandannas away. 

The showers were okay, but the water pressure wasn't very high (but it was fine), there isn't a shelf in the shower though which hooman boy was bothered by and had to buy shower gel with a hanger so he could shower without having to hold soap and bottles the whole time. 
There was a nice amount storage in the shower room and towel heaters (nice touch!), the toilet room is very small though so if your hoomans are a bit on the large side they should be careful when turning around in there that they dont get stuck or burn their bottoms on the heater BOL 

The cooky thing is gas and makes a scary noise when you turn it on and the kettle is one those you put on the cooker to warm up like the old hoomans use. 

There's 2 doors one at either end the caravan (Though one of our doors doesn't open!) so you can come in/go out from both ends! 
Access is via wooden steps - I was a bit scared at first but then I realised I can do them easy peesy! 

There is a wooden picnic bench outside every caravan which is a soopa touch and meant we could have our take away outside in the sun (on the one sunny evening we had). 


On site there's a smallish arcade, a soft play, a play park and a swimming pool. 

We didn't use the play park (no hooman puppies) but it looked quite good with nice modern equipment , the soft play looked soopa lots of fun and my hooman girl wanted to jump in and have a go. The arcade has some fun machines to play on too. 

The swimming pool is indoors and heated #bonus theres a large pool that gets 1.5 metres deep and a smaller toddler/splash pool too. Sun loungers around the pools and on the outside deck area. Separate male and female changing rooms with showers and toilets.
Sun Valley have a no lone swimming rule as the pool isn't lifeguarded and they wouldn't want you to drown or anything, and you aren't allowed take any inflatables in (unless they are to help you swim like arm bands). 

You can see the pool from the bar/club which is a bit odd but guess older hoomans can get a drink whilst the hooman puppies swim (as long dem old enuff to swim alone ofcourse) 

My hoomans went swimming one afternoon/evening and was the only ones using the pool so that was nice fur dems *nods* 

The pool is open 9.30am - 9pm (except it closed for a bit around lunch time for water treatment) 


There's a launderette on site. Washing machines are £2 a wash, tumble driers are 20p a go (lasts maybe 2 mins). There's an iron you can use too which is free to use and a hair drier too (also free). There a change machine in there too so dont worry if you dont got change when you need use it. 

The site shop sales basic necessities like bread, milk, squash, snacks, etc. The prices aren't bad for a camp shop but most the products are from lidl's by the looks of them. 

Other information

Kitty is fwend not food...
There is wild wabbits running all over especially in the dog walking area so if you are a non small furry friendly dog then your hoomans should make shur they hold you tight or muzzle you or something, there is also 2 cats (dont know if they belong to the site or just local but they hang around the caravans alot).

The campsite isn't soopa well signposted. We drove past the entrance a few times coz we missed the turning when coming back from days out. There is a brown tourist sigh opposite but the hedge is grown over it and the actual camp signs are small and not very bright so not easily seen. 

The phone and sat nav signal in the area isn't good so make sure you know where you going coz the sat nav may not work. 

Wi-fi onsite can be purchased for £20 for the week (there was also an hr or day option as well) the signal isn't greyt (one bar most time) but it's better than nothing. 

Dog exercise area is a small paddock. Small fence around it and the gate doesn't secure so not safe for off lead exercise (unless you very good ofcourse) and as I said lots of wabbits running around. There is a bin provided so you can clear up after yourself (or get the hoomans to do it). 

Good area, coast path opposite, close to other towns and the A road so you can easily go out for day trips, lots of pubs, cafes, take-aways near by, garage at end of pentewan road (towards st austell not mevagissey) and supermarkets near by too (Tesco and Asda), Mcdonalds, KFC, Dominos pizza. 


  1. I think those rabbits would be far too tempting for me - I sort of killed a mouse this mornign - whoops!

    1. I was much more tempted by the strippy feline that kept coming over to chat wiff mahself!