St Jude, the biggest storm in years, according to various media doom mongers, is due to roll across the UK the evening before we plan to head to Trevella Caravan Park in Cornwall. I am slightly sceptical about the combination of caravan and howling gales. It benefits us, that , she is our caravanning storm guinea pig. If she is not swept away, she will be able to send reports back. Thankfully, the Purple Family survive St Jude and the first Monday of half term, as the Purple Family head back, we drive towards Trevella.
On our first night in the caravan the rain lashes the roof and the wind is whips at the windows. We are snug and comfortable. Confident that if the caravan survived St Jude, it will survive anything.
Trevella is a multi-awarding winning caravanning and camping park. Situated a short distance from Newquay, it’s in a great position to explore Cornwall. October isn’t the most inspiring month to spend by the sea but I am great believer in the power of water proof trousers, a good coat, hat and clothes. Bad weather isn’t a barrier to having a good time. There is enough to do in Cornwall to make the most of sunshine and be entertained in the wet.
In less wonderful weather we explored the rock pools at West Pentire, the other end of Crantock beach. Proving grey skies are no barrier to having fun.
We spent a fantastic morning cycling the Camel trail. Hiring bikes at Wadebridge and cycling to Padstow. Stopping to spot birds on the Camel estuary. The rain arrived after lunch, so we spent the afternoon at the Blue Reef Aquarium in Newquay.
The nearest beach to Trevella is Crantock. Sandy, beautiful and sheltered by sand dunes. We walked from the caravan across fields, discovering rope swings on the way, to fly kites under blue skies punctuated with fluffy white clouds. We could have driven and parked in the National Trust car park or taken the bus from Trevella.
The caravan is immaculate on our arrival with a scent of cleaning materials, a good first impression. The living area is spacious, there is a TV. The kitchen well equipped with quality items, a small detail but often we have stayed in places with the cheapest plastic kettles and it’s nice to come across a quality kettle, toaster, crockery and cutlery.
The bedrooms and shower room are compact. Comfortable and very functional. There is loads of storage.
October is cold and often grey, insufficient heating would make for a miserable week. The heating was efficient and kept us warm and cosy.
Cornwall has a charm all year round. Trevella as well as caravanning and camping, provides glamping. It’s a small site, organised around grassy play spaces, the emphasis is on families. There are free ranger activities, such as pond dipping and fishing (they have their own lake). The staff organised a fabulous Halloween Party for the children, with games and prizes. There is a genuine feeling of welcoming and investing in visitors.
We had a brilliant few days of exploring in less than great weather. I can see the huge potential of the site, in summer days would we doubled by long evenings outside the caravan, using the pool and play areas.
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Cornwall is beautiful all year round, the benefits of being out of season is beaches free from the crowds. Trevella is the perfect base to explore Cornwall, it’s a little site with a big heart.
Disclosure: I received accommodation at Trevella Park in exchange for this review. All words and opinions are my own.