At the beginning of half term, we were invited to stay at the Seaview Holiday Village near to Polperro and Looe down here in Cornwall.
As you may have guessed if you are a regular reader of my blog, I love a staycation. To me, it doesn’t matter how far from home you go for a break, so long as you treat it as one and have some quality family time.
With this is mind I left my laptop at home during our stay and even my big camera. Although the camera wasn’t needed, as Seaview challenged us to only use smartphone photography whilst we were there. They are challenging all Seaview holidaymakers to take 500 amazing photos on their smartphones.
The idea is that you share your favourite Seaview holiday photos with them by using #SEAVIEWPIX on any of your social media photographs whilst you are there and the one picked as their favourite will win £500 towards their next Seaview Holiday Village holiday. You can find out more and see the terms and conditions etc over on the Seaview website.
There are tips on the site for improving your camera phone photography as well. It wasn’t hard to find things to take beautiful photographs of whilst we were there, I love the Looe area. The views around the Seaview site are also just stunning, you can see right to Talland Bay.
The caravan we stayed in was a luxury van, which was spotlessly clean and well equipped. Our bedroom actually even had huge wardrobes, a dressing table and an ensuite. I could have happily lived there.
It really was warm and cosy in the caravan in the evenings with the electric fire on and the central heating. Just as well as one of the evenings was pretty wet and stormy. I loved being indoors all cosy with my favourite people whilst listening to the wind and rain outside.
There is a lot of entertainment on at Seaview in the evenings, but after a manic few months we really just wanted some relaxation. Other than one night when we had a lovely tasting meal in the restaurant we hibernated playing card games, watching television, doing crosswords and just talking.
That may sound boring to many, but just being all together and relaxing with no decorating to do, no laptop or blog posts to be working on, was perfect for us. I even snuggled up to Si and read a book on one of the evenings. I rarely allow myself that luxury as everything is just so busy usually.
On one of the days, we went into Looe which is such a beautiful place. Si and I went to Looe and Downderry earlier this year for the first time in years, and this was actually crazily the boys first time visiting.
Despite all the beautiful views in Looe, I think the boys favourite part was definitely visiting the amusement arcade on the way back to the car. To their absolute delight, the 2p machines in there had Pokemon prizes in and ones they could actually win.
I love the places where they actually make it possible for children to win prizes. Yes we probably spent quite a lot of money to win cheap things, but it made the boys day and was well worth the money spent.
Looe didn’t end especially smoothly after that though as my car decided to not want to start. Luckily it did in the end, but we had to pop home to St Austell to swap cars over to be safe. Just as well, as it still won’t start properly, crossed fingers I have a car again soon. Another bonus to staycations proved here for us too, if something goes wrong being close to home can be very handy.
Our other excursion whilst at Seaview Holiday Park was a nice long walk to Talland Bay down one of the steepest paths around, which sadly meant a calf-aching walk back. However, it was probably a good idea as it walked off our pretty epic hot chocolates that we bought in Talland Bay.
The walk was beautiful through the woods. I found a house in the middle of the woods that I want to move into, so if you own the house and are reading this, please can we have your house? Pretty please? … I think maybe I need to keep doing the lottery.
Seaview has all the basic amenities you could need on a holiday, a shop, games area for children, evening entertainment, restaurant/bar, laundry, children’s outdoor play area, swimming pool and possibly something I’m forgetting ;)
We loved the swimming pool, the majority of it is really deep which meant that we had a huge chunk of it to ourselves as most people there had small children. However in the changing room, I did drop my jumper in a puddle of someone else’s pee … if you feel a little queasy reading that, then you can imagine how I felt yuck. The changing rooms weren’t especially clean at the time either, but it was a Sunday and they had been busy.
Overall Seaview is a lovely place to stay. For us, we usually use a holiday park just as a base and this worked perfectly for that. In a good position close to so many beautiful places and with some stunning views of its own, I would happily stay there again.
*If you’re looking places to visit in Cornwall, I have a post with over 100 places to go in Cornwall, one with things to do in Cornwall when it’s raining and another with places to go in Cornwall all year.