The Perfect Family Holiday at Trelawne Manor in Cornwall!
Hey there and welcome to me and b. We hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend. It feels ages ago now though. We spent three nights down near Looe in Cornwall. Before we had little B, mr D and I would holiday in Looe fairly often. There is something about that seaside town which we really love. A bit like Whitby I guess.
When John Fowler Holidays invited us to stay at their Looe holiday site, Trelawne Manor Holiday Park, we were super excited. Today on the blog we’re sharing with you our review of the park. We’ve stayed at a LOT of holiday parks now, so we know what we like and what we don’t! Carry on reading to hear our thoughts on this one. Oh and don’t forget to take a look at our packing list for caravan hols here!
I absolutely love Cornwall. And I particularly love the sleepy fishing towns and villages of Looe, Polperro and Fowey. They’re actually not that far at all from sunny Weston-super-Mare. Just over two hours. John Fowler’s Trelawne Manor Holiday Park is a couple miles out of the centre of Looe. It was easy to find and is well based for exploring Cornwall. If you want to go back into Looe, it’s literally a five minute drive or so from the park.
The holiday park is set in the grounds of an old manor house. It’s clean, pretty and there’s plenty of space to enjoy a drink in the sunshine – if you’re lucky to get some.
We stayed in a two bed platinum caravan and it was super cosy. With the platinum range you get to check in a little earlier too which is nice. We arrived just after 2pm (check-in time for us) and our caravan was ready and waiting.
The caravans these days are a million miles away from what Mr D and I stayed in years ago. A lot of the high spec ones come with central heating, double glazing and even a dishwasher.
The living area is modern and spacious and it comes fitted with a 32″ TV and DVD Player, as well as an MP3 sound system. We didn’t use this though. To be honest we were either out during the day or shattered from all the fresh air on an eve.
The kitchen area comes with everything you need – a gas oven and hob, a fridge/freezer and a microwave. Everything was clean and ready to use when we checked in. There is also a handy kitchen kit with a few essentials if you forgot to pack anything.
We’re typically pretty organised with what we take on these types of holiday now.
There were two bedrooms which were perfect for the three of us. The master bedroom has a double bed, a wall-mounted TV and en-suite, with toilet and sink.
B’s room had two single beds and we pushed these together to make one big bed. He tends to fall out of bed sometimes so we did this just to be sure. He fidgets a lot in his sleep!
The bathrooms are modern and clean, and the master bedroom even has an en-suite. This is nice if you have little ones and don’t want to disturb them in the night.
The evening entertainment at Trelawne Manor was pretty similar to any other kid’s entertainment we’ve been to. It is typically cheesy and requires a few wines to get you through. B enjoys it most of the time, even though he sits on our laps, snuggling his blanket. I think he prefers to watch and observe.
The main kid’s entertainment was the Foxy Club. We went each night and saw Freddy Fox, the badger and a rabbit. B liked seeing the characters but he wasn’t fussed with taking part in any of the games.
There’s also bingo and game shows on for adults but mr D and I are always shattered. We much prefer to get B to bed and have a quiet drink in the caravan. If you fancy a dance though, the disco is open until midnight!
If you want to stay onsite during the day then there is plenty to keep the little ones entertained. When we checked in, we were given a full entertainment leaflet which details what’s on each day. Activities ranged from zorbing and kayaking, to build a bear and sand art sessions.
While we were there, Pirate FM held a fun day onsite and B did a lot of bouncing on the free bouncy castle. This was nice because often you expect to pay a few quid for five minutes!
If you’re into fishing (we aren’t) then Trelawne also has a fishing lake on site. It’s open 24 hours and stocks fish such as carp, tench and rudd. These names are all familiar because my dad is a keen fisherman and used to drag me and the sis on fishing holidays when we were kids. Fun times.
Fun in the Pool
If the weather isn’t great then you’ve also got the onsite swimming pool. It isn’t huge, but fine if you just want a little swim. There was a small toddler pool, and it is small. I know B would have been up and out and off to the big pool when he was toddling around!
A massive plus, if you visit during the peak season months, is the outside pool and flume. It wasn’t open for us but if you take a look on their website, it looks really fun during the summer months. The images included here are stock photos – unfortunately it wasn’t this sunny – and, well who really takes their phone in the pool!?
Food and Drink
If your stuck for food and drink then you have a few options at Trelawne Manor. There is an onsite shop which stocks all your basics – wine, beer…oh and bread, milk, butter – that kind of thing. They stock a load of swimming gear, swim nappies, souvenirs and gifts too.
If you want to eat onsite there is the Chef’s Corner Takeaway and Cafe. This is open daily and offers a range of takeaway items such as pizza, curry and burgers. The atmosphere is more cafe style than pub.
There is a bar in the main manor which also couples up as reception too. Handy if you’re a bit early to collect your key at check-in.
We preferred driving a mile or so down the road to the Jubillee Inn pub in Pelynt which was family friendly and did some really yummy evening meals.
As I mentioned before, we’ve been on loads of caravan holidays in the UK now. There are so many to choose from and Trelawne Manor is a great choice if you want to explore Cornwall. The location is great, the site is well maintained and clean. There’s plenty onsite to keep the little ones happy, and options for food and drink if you don’t want to leave the site.
We’ve holidayed at a number of larger sites like Primrose Park in Yorkshire, but I actually really liked the size and layout of this one. Our caravan wasn’t miles from all the action and even though it was Easter weekend, the resort didn’t feel super packed.
Have you stayed at Trelawne? Where do you love to holiday in the UK?
Disclaimer: We were invited to stay at Trelawne Manor. All thoughts and opinions are honest and my own.