Ross, Grace and I were invited to spend the last week of our summer holidays at the aptly-named Seaview Holiday Village near Polperro in Cornwall and we also decided to bring my niece, Emily, along so that Grace would have some company. Due to the fact that most of our money has been spent on our fertility treatment this year, this was a welcome break and treat for us all.
Cornwall has always been one of my favourite places to go on holiday. In the past I have been to Land’s End, taken a trip to Bude and visited Port Isaac. I have also previously been to Polperro. The scenery in this county never fails to deliver.
Seaview Holiday Village is easy to find, situated on the road into Polperro before it starts to wind down into the village itself. The very tidy reception area greets you and is a far cry from the one we experienced on our holiday last year! There are regularly people out and about, tending to the gardens and keeping an eye on things. When we arrived, the dustcart was just finishing it’s rounds!
Check in isn’t supposed to be until 4pm but we decided to let reception know we had arrived, despite being an hour and a half early. This wasn’t a problem for them though and they confirmed that our caravan was ready and waiting for us – and so was the weather! We certainly had the best of the sunshine whilst we were there (with a little rain on Wednesday morning when we had planned to use the park’s swimming pool and on the day we left – which was miserable!).
Our allocated caravan was clean and tidy and really well laid out. You were able to park your car right next to the steps of your unit. The side door led you into an open plan kitchen, dining table and spacious lounge with a flat screen television. The scenery from the lounge window was beautiful, giving you a clear view of the sea (see the first photo on this post). A hallway from the kitchen lead you to a small bedroom with two single beds on the left and a toilet and shower room on your right. At the rear of the caravan was a double bedroom and I was pleasantly surprised to find an en-suite toilet too.
The park itself is really well laid out – and good exercise when you walk up from your caravan to the main complex! There is a small shop which the girls and I made good use of on the first day, purchasing ourselves a slushy each. Next to this is the reception area, an arcade and games room which then lead through to the main entertainment area, restaurant and bar. Behind the bar, in another area, there was a pool table and darts board and entry to the perfectly sized indoor swimming pool.
The evening entertainment is about right for the size of the park and we joined in with this on the Tuesday when Ross arrived. Joy Jackson from PinkOddy and her family were also on the park at the same time as us so it was great to be able to catch up with her. That evening we took part in the Pop Quiz and got a respectable 45 out of 60 (the winners just pipped us to the post with 47) and Ross, Grace and I all took our turn at karaoke. On the Thursday evening we decided to eat in the restaurant, having catered for ourselves the rest of the week. After a small darts tournament and a round of pool, we all enjoyed the food and the girls and I definitely chose the right dessert in the form of a cream tea each – Ross wasn’t as happy with his apple pie!
The swimming pool was put to good use by us all whilst we were there, using it 3 days out of the 4. On the Wednesday, we all went for a swim in the morning and Ross and I also made use of the sauna and steam room. The girls then returned for a lunchtime session of the Water Walkerz – which were far harder to stand up in than they looked!
Seaview are currently running a competition, challenging holidaymakers to take 500 photos on their smartphones this summer to prove that you do not need a fancy DSLR. We have taken up this challenge and you can find my images on Instagram using the hashtags #seaviewpix – all of the Instagram images in this post were taken on my iPhone 5s. Seaview are encouraging everyone to get involved and you could even win £500 towards your next holiday with them – you can find more information over on their site. They have also teamed up with Elaine Taylor to give you some top tips on photography using your phone.
App for Cornwall
One of the things we did want to do whilst we were on holiday, was make the most of the time we had there and ensure that we visited some of the local attractions. With this in mind, we downloaded the fabulous App for Cornwall which really helped us out in planning what we were going to do. It’s great app which helps you find different activities and places of interest by genre. With the fact that Ross had been doing a lot of driving for business, we didn’t want to go too far, so using the app we were able to see what was nearby and how long a drive it would be.
With Ross joining us on the second day of the holiday due to work commitments, we found that the nearest train station was Liskeard, so on Tuesday morning the girls and I headed off to this small market town to have a browse before collecting him. Our favourite part was most definitely this small, pedestrianised street which hosted lots of individual stores and a variety of different trades.
The Eden Project
This was one I was really looking forward to. After collecting Ross from Liskeard Station, we headed for The Eden Project to spend a very sunny afternoon wandering amongst the flowers. As you enter walk through the reception area and out the other side, you are greeted with the now very recognisable biomes. There are two main biomes; one based on a rainforest and the other was the Mediterranean. I have to say that the latter was definitely my favourite. I found the rainforest overwhelming and was disappointed by the very large queue to climb to the very top to see the birds eye view. I did love the waterfall though.
I really enjoyed the Mediteranean biome. It was far calmer, in a less overwhelming space. With all the beautiful flowers, there were some amazing smells and we were surprised to find a number of different birds inside including a robin, a blue tit and a chaffinch. The girls were also having a wonderful time using phones to take photos – and Grace got some great pictures on mine!
Whilst we were there, the Eden Project were holding their Dinosaur Uprising exhibition. We saw the Pterodactyl’s hanging from the ceiling and, the girls favourite part of the day, the Tyrannosaurus Rex on it’s walk about of the park.
Whilst the rest of the family weren’t that taken with the Eden Project, I found it to be a very beautiful place and somewhere I could have happily photographed the whole day – although I think I may have been better placed doing that on my own!
On the Wednesday, after a morning at the swimming pool and with the weather clearing up, we all decided to head down into Talland Bay using a very steep but very beautiful path. Upon exiting the woodland, you were confronted with a beautiful shingle beach with plenty of rock pools either side of the small bay. The girls had purchased their telescopic-handled nets that morning in the park’s shop in anticipation of this. They spent ages hunting around whilst I photographed them and Ross made the most of the peaceful scenery by settling himself on a far rock.
As the tide started to come in – and after a bit of rock smashing fun! – we decided to take up a table over looking the beach and pay a visit to the Talland Bay cafe for a Cream Tea. This was the perfect way to spend an afternoon in the sunshine. As we were sitting there, I noticed another blogger in my midst! Mary from Over 40 and a Mum to One was also holidaying in Cornwall and we had coincidentally landed up in the same bay together.
After polishing off our scones (jam THEN cream!), we made the very steep climb back up to the park in order to work it all back off again ready for our tea and a family games night in our caravan.
We chose exactly the right day to spend it at the beach! Definitely the most sunny day of our stay. Parking in the large car park on the other side of town (£5 for 24 hours) meant a 10 minute meander across the bridge and down the quayside, through the town and onto the beach. I was so glad we had a chance to do this as Looe is picturesque enough from the car, so to see it on foot was a pleasure.
Arriving at the beach, we decided to take up residence on the very large steps towards the left hand end of the bay. We all loved this – it meant less sand getting into everything and a prop for our backs! The girls made good use of their body boards and enjoyed exploring some of the rock pools whilst the tide was out. With Ross reading his book, I took a walk back into town to collect some traditional pasties from one of the many bakeries for our lunch.
Once we had had our fill of the beach, the girls decided to visit a couple of gift shops to pick up some traditional seaside confectionery and, of course, our day wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the ice cream parlour. There were far too many to choose from but I opted for a scoop of Chocolate Peanut Butter and one of Key Lime Pie whilst the others chose from things like Millionaire Shortbread, Bubblegum, Espresso and Mint Choc Chip. We found a bench by the quayside and watched some people crabbing as we ate our ice creams before making our way back to the car.
With so many beautiful places to visit, we found Seaview Holiday Village the perfect base for us. It wasn’t overwhelming or tacky, the staff were friendly and helpful and the place was clean and tidy. You really can’t ask for anymore than that – and we would definitely love to return.
We were invited on a Smartphone Photography Press Trip to Seaview Holiday Village which included some discounted and free attractions. Please note that we have not received any financial compensation. Thank you so much to the staff at Seaview Holiday Village and their promoter.
You can find more reviews of Seaview Holiday Village and the Cornwall area on the following blogs: