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.
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.
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!
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…!
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!