Piran Meadows Resort and Spa

view from a caravan balcony, showing views of rolling fields, and blue sky

In an unbelievable record, our household have scored a hat trick on the successful holidays front this year! First Cornwall in May, then Wales in June, and now Cornwall again, this time the amazing Piran Meadows Resort and Spa, in the countryside that surrounds Newquay. My husband, whose job has the added bonus of being a lot less busy in the summer, found himself with a few days off in a row, and stumbled across the Piran Meadows website while looking for somewhere we could escape to for a few days.

It was a little further away than we were hoping to drive (2 hours 45 minutes for us,) but armed with snacks and drinks, and headrests adorned with TVs for the boys, playing Minions on repeat (I can now quote that film word for word, although I do have to admit to having an actual little soft spot for it…) we set off. It was worth every second of the drive!

Piran Meadows is a caravan park. Since having the children, and leaning entirely now on the staycation as we are far too terrified to fly with children (and if you get the weather, this country has soooooo much to offer anyway,) we have tried camping a few times, and have recently ventured more into caravan breaks. For me, caravans used to drum up pictures of dated mouldy smelling accommodation, with terrible organised entertainment in the club house, with an ageing DJ trying to keep a holiday vibe going. However, this stigma of the caravan holiday is definitely becoming a thing of the past, and Piran Meadows shows this on every level.

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Pictures courtesy of the Piran Meadows website

The staff who checked us in were really super friendly. Plus they offered us a glass of something sparkly and alcoholic, which after a long journey was tantamount to being offered a million pounds, and made me like the place instantly! The site is quite small, so it was then only a small drive to our caravan. The caravans are a standard size (with varying numbers of bedrooms depending on the size of your party,) and really nicely furnished. There are also lodges with hot tubs available too, but these are a fair bit more expensive. Probably the only problem we had the whole time we were there, was that as I was unloading the car, a train came past, really  quite close to our caravan, (I hadn’t realised there was a railway line there!) I was worried that if the trains were frequent, they might disturb the children as they were sleeping, so we phoned reception. They assured us that the trains started at 9am, and the last one was 8pm, that they were hourly only, and wouldn’t pass through at more than 20mph. To be honest, I didn’t actually notice them after that, but if you are really adverse to staying in a caravan in this area, it may be worth mentioning on booking. Only a handful of caravans are affected. All caravans have lovely balconies, and most have beautiful views.

The main reception building housed the spa and swimming pool, a small shop for essentials (which they opened up for us when we realised we needed something, despite it being shut,) a large softplay, and a large bar and bistro. Our favourite part of the whole place was the fabulous outdoor area, at the back of the main bar and bistro. The view of the surrounding countryside was just stunning. This area had a fabulous splash pad  on one side, and a lovely park on the other, all contained. Soooooo parents can sit and have a drink while the children enjoy themselves (not that I’m all for getting sloshed while taking care of your children, but a few Rattlers were going down very nicely! And if you haven’t tried Rattler cider, I suggest you put it top of your list of priorities NOW!!) Down a few steps and out of side of this lovely balcony area, was a grassy area where children were also playing, and then some tennis courts. There are loads of bookable activities on offer too, which you can check out here.

pictures of pizza, and rattler cider

There was an outdoor pizza oven too, where chefs were making pizzas to order, and they were AWESOME! My children rarely eat anything (even the slightly-less-than-healthy stuff,) but they devoured the pizza with enthusiasm I don’t think I’ve ever seen from them before! We didn’t try anything else from the bistro, but the menu looked good, and some of the food passing our table looked amazing!

piran meadows outdoor balcony, park, and tennis courts

While we were there, we solely went to the beach, as the weather was amazing, and the children will just play for hours there. Porth beach is lovely-quite small and not hugely busy. The Mermaid pub is really nice there too-don’t be fooled, it doesn’t look particularly enticing from the outside, but the décor is surprising New England kind of cute, the food really good, plus it has a lovely terrace going right out onto the beach-brilliant for watching the sunset while the children play next to you in the sand (it’s not all about the drinks, honest…!) Watergate Bay is possibly our favourite beach-a lot bigger than Porth, always with loads of things going on, music playing, surf festivals, and a really great atmosphere.

We didn’t try any of the other attractions in the area, but places such as The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Newquay Zoo, Newquay itself, The Eden Project, and Crealy Adventure Park, as well known attractions, are all going to be good, and provide families with loads of entertainment! I’d like to go again, and spend a whole week there-it was THAT good. Two nights at Piran Meadows cost £270, but prices are seasonal. We wouldn’t normally go away during the school holidays, but the facilities were in no way overcrowded, which was what I had been expecting! The children even had a little cry about leaving…!

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I was not given anything in exchange for this review, I wrote it purely because we had such a good time, and were so impressed! And anywhere that you find that is so awesome deserves sharing!

53 Comments

  1. August 1, 2016 / 6:59 am

    Glad you had a lovely time. Can’t wait until mine is old enough to play while we have a drink somewhere like that. Really like the picture of your son by the sea. #bigpinklink

  2. Nige
    August 1, 2016 / 8:08 am

    Looks like you had a fab time what a wonderful place thanks for hosting #bigpinklink

  3. August 1, 2016 / 8:18 am

    Looks lovely. Anywhere that you have a win with kids in tow is totally worth shouting about! A rattler on the deck sounds quite divine. #bigpinklink

  4. August 1, 2016 / 8:41 am

    Sounds lovely! We’ve had some bad experiences with caravaning with the kids despite having spent the majority of my childhood on caravaning holidays! I’m not sure even this experience would convince my hubby but it might be worth a try!! #bigpinklink

  5. August 1, 2016 / 8:43 am

    Looks amazing. I love Cornwall but the 5 to 6 hour drive means I havent been in over 10 years. #bigpinklink Lifeinthemumslane

  6. August 1, 2016 / 8:50 am

    Looks like a lovely place, very modern too. Caravans have always conjured the same picture with me but this looks great. #bigpinklink

  7. August 1, 2016 / 9:17 am

    I so want to take the kids to Cornwall but as it is we struggle with the 2.5hr journey to our caravan in Norfolk!! This site sounds beautiful, as you said if you get the weather, the kids are more than happy to play on the beach all day. Glad you had a lovely time x #bigpinklink

  8. August 1, 2016 / 9:44 am

    This looks perfect – and so much to do near by as well. Glad you had such a lovely family holiday – the memories are very special. #BigPinkLink

  9. August 1, 2016 / 10:19 am

    That looks like a nice cozy little place to get away for a few days! Your husband had a great idea! Glad you enjoyed your time away from the world, even if it was only for a few days:) Thanks for co-hosting #bigpinklink

  10. August 1, 2016 / 10:54 am

    OOH looks like lovey place! I hope you had a great time x #bigpinklink

  11. August 1, 2016 / 11:08 am

    It sounds like you had a lovely holiday!The UK is such a great place to travel when the weather holds out. I agree that staycations are way easier when you have kids. That being said, we’re attempting a holiday to Ireland in a few weeks – wish us luck! #bigpinklink

  12. August 1, 2016 / 11:23 am

    This looks amazing. The only thing that puts me off is the journey time as we’re looking to book something up soon but we don’t want to travel far. Perhaps one for next year. The thought of those pizzas is making my mouth water. I’d probably end up living on those for the duration of my time!
    Glad you had a good time – the weather was kind to you too! #bigpinklink

  13. August 1, 2016 / 11:38 am

    Beautiful pictures, it looks and sounds like you had a great time, makes me want my holiday to hurry up already! Sounds like there is a lot to do as well which is something I love about going away, I’ve always wanted to visit Cornwall. #bigpinklink

    Jordanne || Thelifeofaglasgowgirl.co.uk

  14. August 1, 2016 / 11:45 am

    What a lovely looking caravan site. I love how the excellent customer service really comes across in your review. I still think it is a little pricey, but for Cornwall in the summer holidays I am guessing it is pretty average! However, I would prefer to go abroad and get the guaranteed sunshine that we so often lack in this country. Flying with my son is actually easier than driving! #bigpinklink

  15. August 1, 2016 / 1:01 pm

    This place looks great! I have the best memories of going to a caravan in Wales every year when we were kids and I’d happily do the same with our children, especially somewhere like this which looks like so much fun! #BigPinkLink

  16. August 1, 2016 / 1:28 pm

    Fab review and pictures too. Glad you had such a wonderful time. We have a weekend get-away planned for later this year, and a few days in Denmark, but I’ve flown alone with Caspian quite a few times now, so it’s become easier. #bigpinklink

    Nadia – ScandiMummy x

  17. August 1, 2016 / 2:36 pm

    It looks beautiful, I would love to check it out one day. I would need to take my kids on an international flight however, and like you I am not ready for that. #bigpinklink

  18. August 1, 2016 / 2:39 pm

    This place looks so idyllic! I have two little goddaughters that live in Newquay and I have so many fantastic memories from our visits there. I’m with you in that we have no desire at all to fly with the tots, and with such stunning places just a drive away we really don’t see the need. So pleased you had a lovely time. Your description makes me want to be there right now 🙂 xx
    #bigpinklink

  19. August 1, 2016 / 3:54 pm

    Looks amazing!! I love holidays like that and I enjoy the alcohol recommendations too haha. I completely agree that I don’t feel the need to go abroad although my partner is a bit of a sun seeker so I think he’d like to. I wish we were closer to Cornwall though as that’s a good 6 hours from us I reckon, maybe more with traffic. Hmm maybe we could incorporate an overnight stop on the way?! #bigpinklink

  20. August 1, 2016 / 5:11 pm

    Sounds like a fab break – I do love Pizza from a proper pizza oven! #BigPinkLink

  21. August 1, 2016 / 6:13 pm

    Wonderful photos! Looks like you had a lovely time 🙂 #bigpinklink

  22. August 1, 2016 / 6:23 pm

    This is a really good review. I’ve thought about caravan holidays and as you said, been put off by that old fashioned view of mustiness. These look lovely though and what really appeals to me is the fact there are views. Your photos sell that holiday! Thank you for sharing. Alison x #BigPinkLink

  23. August 1, 2016 / 6:24 pm

    I wouldn’t normally go for this type of holidays but it looks pretty amazing and so many facilities! #bigpinklink

  24. August 1, 2016 / 7:10 pm

    That looks heavenly, so pleased you were able to kick back and relax! Looks like amazing weather and fun was had by all! #bigpinklink

  25. August 1, 2016 / 8:15 pm

    I love a good caravan holiday – you are right they have come such a long way. I’m a total convert!
    Thanks for hosting #bigpinklink…it’s nice to pop back while taking time out from my own linky – Missed ya!

    xx

  26. August 1, 2016 / 8:47 pm

    Always fancied Cornwall …might give it a go now! #bigpinklink

  27. August 2, 2016 / 6:45 am

    Sounds like you had a fab time!! I’m currently in Devon which took us 4.5 hours to get here, which was mammoth let me tell you!! Since I’ve been here I’ve been craving cider so I’ll be checking out Rattler for sure! Thanks for hosting #BigPinkLink X

  28. August 2, 2016 / 8:49 am

    Looks so lovely! Making me want to book a holiday ASAP! 😀 #bigpinklink

  29. August 2, 2016 / 12:21 pm

    I agree nearly 3 hours travel in a car deserves some bubbly! This looks lovely #bigpinklink

  30. August 2, 2016 / 1:06 pm

    That looks really impressive, and so peaceful. My type of holiday. We are very much in staycation mode since Little Button came along, so it’s nice to come across new finds. #bigpinklink

  31. August 2, 2016 / 2:48 pm

    It looks like a lovely place to take the family and chill. It must be wonderful to go and visit the sea X #bigpinklink

  32. August 2, 2016 / 4:45 pm

    Looks amazing and a world away from the *ahem* more budget friendly ones we’ve been to.

    #bigpinklink

  33. August 2, 2016 / 6:34 pm

    Ah it looks lovely, the caravan is palatial! You were lucky with the weather too. Glad you had a good time. #bigpinklink

  34. August 2, 2016 / 7:19 pm

    What a lovely place. I love the photo your son playing with the water and the one by the sea. Looks like you had a really lovely time x #bigpinklink

  35. August 2, 2016 / 8:09 pm

    #bigpinklink – og how I wish I was on the other side of the ocean and able to visit that place! It looks lovely!

  36. August 3, 2016 / 1:16 pm

    Congratulations on the third successful holiday that really is a milestone (we should definitely make alternate milestone cards). That Ho,I day really does look lovely, I love Cornwall but it’s a little too far for us, I can’t quite brave 4/5 hours in the car with my two, yet I did a flight…. Bit weird admittedly. Anywho glad you had a good time lovey xx

  37. August 4, 2016 / 8:09 am

    This looks gorgeous – how wonderful to have time away. Can’t wait til my little one is old enough for us to enjoy something similar 🙂 thanks for hosting #bigpinklink xx

  38. August 4, 2016 / 4:52 pm

    Hi Lucy, isn’t it wonderful to find the perfect holiday place? A place where parents as well as the children can relax and have a good time. My sister and her family have one caravan holiday a year, and they have a fab time. Caravan holidays are not like they used to be.

    I can give Crealy Park a big thumbs up. My sister gets a season ticket and when we went over when the children were small we went there a couple of times. Christmas was nice there too.

    xx

  39. August 4, 2016 / 6:38 pm

    Oh wow, this place looks fab! I always love it when the staff are friendly, it can really make the holiday 🙂 #bigpinklink

  40. August 5, 2016 / 2:31 pm

    Wow! This place looks so fantastic, I’m so glad you’ve managed to have such lovely holidays this year. You deserve it! Did you make it to the spa at all?

    • This Mum's Life
      August 5, 2016 / 2:59 pm

      No I didn’t…! But it was still amazing just to be there!! X

  41. August 5, 2016 / 7:59 pm

    Does sound pretty cool and even though it was a short stay, it sounds like ye had a great time and where far away from the stress & hustle of everyday normality. If you can come back relaxed from a break (however long or short), you feel like a million dollars. Good to hear you enjoyed yourselves. #bigpinklink

  42. August 7, 2016 / 3:12 pm

    It looks really lovely and not the typical caravan that I had pictured – Will have to consider this an alternative for a future holiday, particularly if its so child friendly. #bigpinklive

  43. August 7, 2016 / 6:57 pm

    It sounds brilliant and perfect for families, we’re thinking about having another holiday at the end of the year and were talking about Cornwall so I’ll definitely remember this one. So fab about the wine on arrival! Definitely needed after a long journey. Pizza outside sounds lush too #bigpinklink

  44. August 7, 2016 / 9:41 pm

    Surprisingly luxurious and a lovely part of the world too. We’ve stayed in static caravans with the kids in Europe and the kids love them. #bigpinklink

  45. August 7, 2016 / 11:45 pm

    That sounds and looks really lovely! I’ve never been on a caravan holiday & I tend to always think of the little moving ones, which I think I would hate as I’m claustrophobic. I think I could do the statics though – they look great and pretty spacious! #bigpinklink

  46. August 8, 2016 / 6:02 am

    I must admit since having Monkey we have done the same I always stayed clear of caravan parks prior to that!! This one sounds lovely and I will be pinning so I can remember it, as we are intending on having some weekends away once Monkey starts school. I mean spa? Fizz on arrival where do I sign? #BigPinkLink

  47. August 9, 2016 / 11:51 pm

    It looks amazing! Cornwall is on my bucket list. Someday… M’wah! #bigpinklink

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