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Hendra Holiday Park 2.5

Newquay, Cornwall, England

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Pros

  • Caravans, or trailer homes, are clean and updated with large flat-screen TVs
  • Most accommodations have kitchens
  • Well-maintained grounds feature nicely manicured lawns and pretty foliage
  • Food options include a pizzeria, fish-and-chips joint, and pub-style restaurant
  • Outdoor pool, as well as an indoor pool complex with two-story-high tube slides
  • Family-oriented atmosphere with a mascot, Henry the Hippo, who plays with children
  • Evening entertainment includes live music onstage
  • Glamping pods sit in a quiet corner of the park
  • Three miles from Newquay, a Cornwall town with beaches, restaurants, and shops
  • Green and environmentally-conscious property has a solar farm
  • Free Wi-Fi in restaurants

Cons

  • Entertainment facilities are a little run down
  • Bathrooms are tiny
  • No fitness center or business center
  • Fee for Wi-Fi in accommodations
  • Guests must bring their own linens or rent them for a fee

Bottom Line

This holiday park has well-kept grounds and offers a full range of varied accommodations -- including caravans (trailer homes) for rent, wooden 'pods' for glamping, and pitch sites for privately owned caravans and tents. None are upscale, but most feature flat-screen TVs and kitchens, and tiny bathrooms. The park has its own recreation facilities (including water slides and an arcade-style facility), dining and bar options, and evening entertainment. The famous surfing beaches of Newquay are a few miles away, as are the zoo and golf course.

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Scene

Clean option for budget-minded families

It's a holiday park -- so this property is not a reasonable choice for business travelers. It's strictly for tourists, and is geared primarily toward families and older couples at leisure. The park is expansive and well-maintained, with nicely manicured grounds, pretty foliage, and a friendly atmosphere -- guests can tour the park on a little train that departs every morning. Restaurant facilities are simple and clean; the Terrace Bar and Restaurant has a pleasant stone patio with black tables and chairs for outdoor dining, in addition to indoor leather couches around a TV. Some of the entertainment facilities are a little run down, and the arcades section is somewhat reminiscent of a low-budget Atlantic City casino -- but this is a common theme across holiday parks.

Location

Vacation spot close to Newquay sandy beaches and surfing

The park is located just off a countryside motorway, lined with trees and picturesque wind-blown hedges. There are farms and fields in the vicinity, and the park is about three miles outside Newquay -- a major Cornwall town, known for its surfing and long sandy beaches,that is home to restaurants and shops. The location can be reached easily via bus or taxi from Newquay, but most find a car is convenient.

Rooms

Caravans, glamping pods, and tents

Many types of accommodations are available, such as a simple platform, pitched tent, and modern caravan with kitchen, living room, and several bedrooms. The park has "glamping" pods resembling tiny cottages; they're located in a secluded green corner of the park, have enough space for two, and come with a futon and small terrace for lawn chairs. Caravans are offered in Budget (built in 2007), and Classic or Premium (built in 2010 to 2014). All caravans have flat-screen TVs, microwaves, mini-fridges, gas cookers, pull-out sofa beds, kitchenware, and bed covers. Guests must bring their own linens or rent them for a fee. Premium caravans are attractively decorated in organic tones of brown, cream, and gray, and have a nice mix of blonde and dark wood cabinetry and flooring. Premiums caravans have separate dining areas, bigger bedrooms, larger TVs, and separate powder rooms; some have iPod docks and DVD players.

Features

Family activities surrounded by nature, plus fresh pizza and water slides

The park-like campus has a central lounge fringed by food outlets and an abundance of recreational activities, including swimming (indoor and outdoor), archery, nature trails, pitch and putt, playgrounds, and a skate park. Evening programs include cabarets, bands, comedians, illusionists, magicians, and theme nights. A mascot, Henry the Hippo, engages kids, and there is kids' dancing in the early evening in The Club -- which also has a number of bars to keep parents entertained. The Amusement Arcade has many arcade-style games and bowling lanes. An on-site restaurant/bar makes pizza from fresh ingredients and is generous with toppings. The massive indoor-pool complex has two-stories-high tube slides.

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