Only a few minutes’ drive from the North Cornwall coast, this holiday-village-style park nestles among farmland with extensive countryside views. Despite its size, Hendra Holiday Park has a surprisingly tranquil ambiance. But the aspect that impresses you most is its quality.
The dimensions of each pitch on the park are on the site’s computer system, so when you book, you will be asked for your unit’s dimensions. This ensures you get allocated a pitch of the right size that has plenty of room for access and space to spread out. It is worth noting the reason behind the technology is fire safety. Hendra takes the security and well-being of its guests very seriously which means you’ll be staying on some of the largest pitches Cornwall can offer. But should you arrive and find your pitch too small, or you’ve spotted a space that looks just perfect for you, Hendra’s staff will do their best to accommodate. The site’s attention to customer service even extends to giving every family a 24-hour mobile number to call in cases of any queries – even minor ones.
There are Super Pitches too, you can pick up Freeview on these pitches if you bring along a compatible TV. Along with the larger and even smarter Grand Premium pitches – of which there are 15 – you’ll get the VIP feeling staying here, as waste water drainage, lighting, fresh water, mains power and TV aerial points all come as standard.
While the touring pitch areas – and the bushes and flowers that give the fields shape and form – are immaculately kept, there is an air of relaxed tranquillity here. You’re in 85 acres of farmland and it’s hard to imagine you’re actually also only a mile or so from Cornwall’s top seaside resort. That quality, miles-from-anywhere, relaxed air is enticing – and reason in itself to come here. But there is another, even more exciting side to Hendra; the Oasis indoor fun pool complex.
Built at a cost of £3 million, it is the largest in the South West and features tube-style water slides, a river rapids pool where water sweeps you around a course, and a curving arrangement of swimming pools all designed around having family fun. There’s a toddlers' area too for safe, shallow, splashy excitement with miniature slides and squirty creatures to play with.
Hendra’s heated outdoor pool too is simply stunning, very Med in style and complete with palm trees. Here, too, there’s a quietness way beyond expectations. So quiet that, as we sipped morning coffee on the terrace overlooking the pool before any of the swimmers had ventured out, a lone duck took advantage of the silence to explore the pool.
Entertainment is totally family-orientated. There’s kids’ entertainment with Henry Hippo and the evening programme starts with fun for the younger campers. Magicians, hypnotists and a variety of bands are among the offerings, plus discos and talent shows to sing along to. Bowling, outdoor table tennis, nature trails, pitch & putt, arcades and air hockey are available too. There are also three play areas themed for different age ranges including a skate and scooter park, adventure outdoor playground and an indoor soft play zone.
When it comes to eating out, you can take your pick. There’s the Terrace restaurant and bar, (steak and ale pie, lasagne, for example), Mario’s Pizzeria for freshly made pizza and pasta, in a quiet lawned area of picnic tables, plus a traditional fish and chip takeaway, plus a supermarket on the site too.
There’s a strong environmental theme at Hendra that even extends to site vehicles being powered by electricity. Recycling opportunities are prominent and there is a programme of tree-planting on the 85-acre estate to offset your carbon footprint. Hendra now have their own 10-acre solar farm which powers 70+% of the park
Showering arrangements are to a high standard and include a baby bath. A shiny-clean finish was in evidence throughout our stay; little wonder that among this park’s array of awards is a five-star Loo of the Year trophy.
Motorhomers wishing to leave their unit on the site will appreciate the bus stop outside the park – although, with Newquay only a mile and a half away, a visit there presents an ideal walk.
Hendra cultivates all its own plants and shrubs and the site is as proud of its neat foliar appeal as it is of its quality standard. It’s that high standard that extends to the park being rather picky about its clientele. It sets itself apart from the Newquay reputation for all-male and all-female parties of fun-seekers. You have to be a family or a couple to come here. And if you’re not, you may well be turned away at the gate. Sounds strict – but it works. Dogs are allowed but there are a limited number of pitches set aside for dog owners and some breeds are not accepted. It’s best to check before you book or set off!
So, if you’re a family or couple looking for a tranquil pitch environment with pool-splashy fun, food available, a bar to walk to so that you don’t have to drive, and a beautiful setting, it’s worth giving this little corner of Mediterranean style a try.
Quintrell Downs, Newquay, Cornwall, South West
I've been taking trips down to Newquay every year for the last 8 years. The last 2/3 years have been with my two young children and I always stay at different holiday parks. This by far was the best...
Stayed Monday-Friday with my boyfriend and we had booked the park through the Sun holidays so we were only expecting the very basics (later pleasantly surprised!) We arrived three hours early and we...
Have stayed at Hendra many times and cannot fault them, accomodation is always clean, tidy and very spacey. Site has everything you need for an enjoyable break be it for a couple of days or a couple...