96 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
We loved St Ives
"we stayed monday to friday and had a lovely time, the chalets are very basic but they are in stunning surroundings. The pool was very good and the food in the resturant.
The entertainment was very good my four year old loved the kids hour. St ives is a beautiful place and I can't wait to go back."
- Travel date: Sat 26th of August 2006
Just come back from the St Ives site. We...
"Just come back from the St Ives site. We stayed in the Oakleigh. We expected a nice cabin in the woods. We got a grotty chalet yes in the woods. The chalet was filthy. The sofa smelled, the carpets were full of dust.
The kitchen well I wouldn't cook a thing in there as the extractor was clinging full of grease. The bathroom we only showered with our eyes shut so we didn't have to look as the scum on the tiles. The beds were so hard it was difficult to sleep. We went to the evening entertainment once and walked straight back out. It was awful. The staff seemed completely uninterested in any holiday maker. No wonder it was advertised as half price. It wasn't worth it.
We couldn't stand it in the end and left early. St Ives is beautiful though we will definitely go back there. Especially for the fish and chips at the Kingfisher cafe (on the harbour)."
- Travel date: Sat 26th of August 2006
The Pits - Do Not Go ! This is horrendous place!
"St. Ives Holiday Village - Where do you start! this place really is a shambles - We are a fmily of 4 we stayed in the Oakleigh style of Chalet (rather grim shed) - Even though it was the hottest July in recent years - our washed clothes were still DAMP after 4 days the chalets are digusting they are dirty smelly and dark! the park itself is dated the club room is poor the arcade of kids would look old if it were the 80's the site shop is about as cost effective as shopping at harrods everyday! the pool is dodgy stinky and dark DO NOT BELIEVE the pictures they must have been taken in the 70's. But the worst is the accomadation you cant see daylight and damp is smelly ! I can only say Avoid. St Ives is really wonderful place dont let John Fowler put you off!"
- Travel date: Sun 30th of July 2006
Very disappointed with this holiday, no...
"Very disappointed with this holiday, no wonder it advertised at being half price. It wasnât worth the full price. Description of accommodation was very misleading, we thought we were having a pine bungalow with veranda, but our Oakleigh was no different to a chalet. No room at all for 2 adults and 3 kids, especially when raining.
As for the beds, it was like sleeping on a rock. Sofas were very uncomfortable and the shower was useless when trying to shower a 3 year old! The entertainment was the worst Iâve seen, too much time spent giving out certificates for the foxy club. The club was very basic and a poor selection of lagers.
The brochure advertised numerous eating places on the park but in fact there was only a room they called a restaurant with a poor menu, which was also a walkway through to the club, and bar meals. Both only started serving at 6pm, no lunch time meals. The swimming pool was freezing with the staff keeping the outside doors open.
The staff in general were very unhelpful and miserable. The facilities for children were very poor with a very over priced and poor quality foxy shop. As for St Ives itself, its beautiful. Carbis Bay was a lovely beach and the Tyringham Arms restaurant served the most gorgeous carvery, unbeatable! Next time Butlins here I come!"
- Travel date: Sat 15th of July 2006
Could be better.
"We went to St Ives Holiday Village in June 2006.
It lived up to my expectations, which were low. The 'Gold' class, ârecently refurbishedâ chalet was barely adequate. Even though it was June, due to the oppressive trees it was still pretty chilly in there, and smelt damp. (I saw de-humidifiers being taken to some other chalets) There was one plug in convector heater for the whole chalet, so bedrooms were cold at night. There were no sockets in the bedrooms, and only two available sockets in the living room, one of which was needed for the heater.
The main (double) bedroom had a tiny wardrobe, with no hangers. Though as it was full of the vacuum cleaner and clothes airer they would have been little use anyway. The other (twin) room also had a tiny wardrobe. Luckily there were only three of us so we could use the empty bad to store our clothes on.
The living room furniture was absolutely awful. The sofa bed (which we were told wouldnât be in our chalet) was so uncomfortable that it was useless. We sat on the dining chairs, which hardly makes for a relaxing time.
The kitchen was ok, with decent storage space, kettle, toaster and microwave.
The bathroom was ok too, though nowhere to hang clothes while you used the appalling shower.
On arrival the chalet was superficially clean, though on closer examination there were a lot of cobwebs around. As weâd been made to wait until 4pm to check in Iâd assumed that theyâd had plenty of time to clean thoroughly.
The clubroom was old and shabby, and very smoky. The entertainment was very amateurish. They tried hard, but due to a lack of talent, they failed.
The pool was adequate. Communal changing rooms are not to everyoneâs taste, and were tired and dilapidated. The water in the pool was cold, and the water slide is considerably less exciting than watching paint dry. Adults should avoid it unless they enjoy the embarrassment of getting stuck.
Overall, we had a good holiday despite our accommodation. Cornwall is a lovely place with lots of great places to visit. Would we go on a John Fowlerâs holiday again? Probably not. It wasnât terrible, but it should have been a lot better."
- Travel date: Mon 10th of July 2006
Damp, Depressing, Dingy
"Three couples with there children all arrived in July for what was supposed to be a great holiday, as soon as we locked eyes on the 'holiday village' we had a bad feeling. It was terrible in every way, the chalets and bedding were damp we couldn't even sleep it smelt so terrible we managed to get pints of water every day with a de-humidifyer we had requested, it was so dark and depressing(and these were supposed to be the 'gold standard supperior chalets) I hate to have seen what the inferior ones were like. The food was inedible we didn't even bother, and the so called restaurant food area was shocking and smelt like a hospital, entertainment if that's what you call it was equally shocking, bingo with a Â£5 jackpot all based in a dimly lit hall type place which was as equally depressing as the chalet, the so called swimming pool was disgusting, rust everywhere, really old and dated like everything else, and probably a health hazard, I would never have let my kids go in there. Thank god it was a hot week so we could leave first thing in the morning and return last thing at night otherwise we would have packed our bags and left there and then, a couple from the Midlands who were in a 'Gold' chalet next door also hated it, and when asked to be moved were told that these were the best chalets on the site. We couldn't wait to leave, it was the worst depressing holdiday we have ever had, and would not recommend it to anyone, it resembled on which we all agreed a down troden youth hostle or country prison, it was terrible. When trying to contact the owner with our complaint a few times we were consantly fobbed off with one of his side kicks and he never returned our calls, it wasn't cheap and I'm sure JOHN FOWLER is making a packet out of the smoky image he portrays of his holiday camp, I was dying to ask if he holidays there himself, however I'm sure with the money he's made from fools like us the answere would be no, he prefers something a little more up-market, the place is fit for one thing only, to be pulled down or used as a hostel of some sort, it's dark, damp and disgusting!"
- Travel date: Mon 27th of February 2006
We stayed for a 3 night break in May wit...
"We stayed for a 3 night break in May with Sun Â£9.50 holidays.
We booked into the most basic chalet - bronze situated in the middle of the wooded park. Even though it was the most basic of the accommodation it was excellent.
Clean and had everything we needed. Only problem was the bathroom was the smallest I had ever, ever seen. But we were very happy with everything else.
We expected 'chavtastic' facilities but it was lovely. Because of the detached nature of the chalets it was really quiet. The entertainment was basic but good fun. bingo a bit boring, and people let their flippin kids climb all over the stage so we were used to hearing lots of annoyed announcements for people to control their kids.
Good cheap meals and cheap drink. We were pleasantly surprised - would go again!"
- Travel date: Mon 6th of February 2006
"went for a long weekend, chalet was clean, dry and tidy, double glazed and warm air heating, clean kitchen and toilet.
Clubs house was a little outdated as most are, but was sufficient for our needs, plus being at the end of season I wasn't expecting great things. Food was limited unless you went into there resturant, if you got food over the bar it was all deep fried and looked it!
One big problem was the fact that we couldn't get into our chalet until 4pm, although we had to be out of the chalet at 10am, that seems a little excessive to me as we have a 2 year old with us.
Place was near St Ives which was cool for a wander and also other places such as Lands End and Corbis Bay.
Would go back there again, although we were there on one of those offers from the Sun newspaper, but for the cost it was worth it.
Overal a pleasant stay"
- Travel date: Tue 4th of October 2005
where's the prozac!
"I have just come back from one of the most depressing holidays I have ever had! Booked a "gold standard" forest lodge directly with John Fowler holidays. On arrival we were thoroughly depressed just looking at the outside of our accommodation, it looked just like a shed and was situated in an area where all natural light was blocked completely by the "forest", we did expect there to be woodland but not quite so oppressive. On enetering our gloom thickened as we found that "complete refurbishment last christmas" actually meant pine panelling almost everywhere, two bedrooms that were so small only about a foot of floor space remained between the end of the double bed and the wall and the other had just about enough space to close the door! When we booked the very nice lady told us the only difference between this and a 4-6 berth was that as there were only 3 of us we would have a 3 piece suite in the lounge instead of a sofa bed, it seems she was wrong as all other accommodation seemed bigger and it was just as well there were only 3 of us as the furniture consisted of yes you've guessed it a sofa bed and one rather uncomfortable chair. Add to that no bedside lights, full length mirror, hooks for robes in the bathroom, patio furniture (which other lodges had), no sockets in bedrooms, a window which would not open, no privacy as on the path for all to get to their lodges, damp, (when we complained were told "all cornish property is damp") given dehumidifier which collected about 2 inches of water after just a couple of hours, all in all a thoroughly depressing holiday, definitely not worth the money and will not be staying again. The one redeeming feature was the very pleasant and helpful staff who would have moved us to another lodge except for the fact this was bank holiday and all were completely booked solid."
- Travel date: Sat 3rd of September 2005
Basically a good park, set in woodland,...
"Basically a good park, set in woodland, although is very overgrown in places. There is a Club on the site and swimming pool, the pool is excellent albeit a bit on the cold side! The club itself seems to lack atmosphere, and too much time is spent on Bingo.
The accommodation leaves a lot to be desired, we had originally booked a Gold Chalet but later told there were no vacancies so were put in a Bronze woodland chalet, which certainly deserves the description of Basic! Not a picture mirror or anything on the wall. The shower had a hose of about 14 inches making it very difficult to shower a toddler.
The mattresses on the bed were the most uncomfortable I have ever slept on and the sofa bed, well, you sat on it and nearly fell through.
I did ask for alternative accommodation once I had seen this but nothing available so had to grin and bear it!!
The area to visit e.g. St Ives, Penzance, Lands End, The lizard were excellent venues and thoroughly enjoyed them.
The place for super food is the Tyringham Arms which is about 1/2 mile out of the site, fabulous carvery, and desserts to make you drool!! Well worth a visit, in our case went four times!!
If the accommodation was improved then the site would be more appealing, might consider revisiting, but not if it stays as it is."
- Travel date: Wed 31st of August 2005
My Husband and I spent our honeymoon in...
"My Husband and I spent our honeymoon in one of the Gold rated chalets. It was perfect, very clean and absolutely everything was supplied, right down to a bottle opener and wine glasses. I would definitely recommend the site, lovely settings too and great transport links directly from the site.
The club and bar was the only thing that let it down (very Butlins), quite dark and lacking atmosphere. We headed down to St Ives most evenings for great food and classy bars. It's the perfect place to explore the local area from.
- Travel date: Wed 31st of August 2005
john fowler holidays at hayle
"we first visited st ives three years ago with some friends who asked us to make up the party so as we needed a holiday we decided to have a change and go to st ives.
what a nice surpise it was for us the site we stayed at john fowler holidays in hayle was really nice, its clean, the staff are very helpful and its set in woodland which is nice and quiet.
there is a big family room where you find foxy club for the kids and even though none of us have children we really enjoyed orselves, there are shows on every night for the family. there is a shop on site for your shopping and all the necessities, a small restaurant fro the times when you dont want to cook.
there is a bus service that will take you to st ives or penzance which comes on site every hour, the pool is ace and my husband recommends the massages,
we are definately going back again this year and really looking forward to it, we go to carbis bay which is a lovely sandy beach where you can go swimming in the pure blue sea, or go round the shops of st ives looking for trinkets etc, we always visit lands end and have our photo taken but this year we are doin lands end and john o' groats. not on the same holiday of course ha ha ."
- Travel date: Sun 30th of January 2005