My first ever holiday when I was a child was a Haven holiday and it’s stayed with me for the many years since. It was the obvious choice when we booked our first family holiday back before Henry could walk, and has been my go to staycation holiday ever since.
For Dexter’s first Haven holiday we trekked across the South to Cornwall and stayed at in a two bed chalet at Perran Sands Holiday Park for four nights in May.
Perran Sands is set in open space before a hidden beach backdrop, and is a beautiful sandy dune filled home to caravans, chalets and beach huts. We stayed in a chalet (which I will talk about more further down) which was close to the main resort entertainment, perfect for the little legs we had in tow.
Onsite you can find the usual Haven amenities including a Mini Market, Laundrette, Fish and Chip Shop, an assortment of bars, a Papa John’s and their Surf Bay restaurant. All the restaurants are clean and well looked after, though the vegetarian offering across all the menus (perhaps aside Papa Johns) is quite limiting and a tad uninspiring which is a real shame for a such a large business. Then, of course, there is the main entertainment areas, including the pool and arcades.
Outdoors there are a number of play areas, including one right outside the doors of the arcades area, and a second close to the main reception area. Henry loved each of the play areas, though struggled with the older play area.
We only did one night of entertainment with the boys as they’re both still pretty young. Henry was good as gold, which was a relief after struggling to keep him happy and contained when we went to the Isle of Wight in October, but I thought the evening was still too old for Henry to really enjoyed. It mostly consisted of sitting listening to a few songs and the characters talking, which would have likely been great for the older children, but I think it could have been better with the kids actually being able to get involved somehow.
I was actually a little sceptical about our stay in a Chalet as I’ve always been a caravan girl and really didn’t know what to expect from the layout of the Chalet.
As it turns out, it was probably better for our younger family being in a Chalet than it would have been in a caravan. The layout is like an open plan holiday apartment with it’s own entrance and picnic bench outside.
Like a caravan it is self-catered with the usual kitchen amenitites including a fridge freezer, oven, hob, and microwave. We took our Perfect Prep Machine for Dexter for convenience.
Our Chalet was a two bedroom (one double and one twin) with a bathroom with a shower. And I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by the decor and furnishings. We had a premium chalet (it meant we also got a 2pm check in time) which I think contributed to us having such a lovely space.
And most importantly I was very surprised on how little noise we heard. We were in the middle of a terrace and despite neighbours on both sides we heard not a peep – whether we were just lucky to have quiet neighbours I don’t know, but we heard nothing at all which is different to our experience in caravans where we’ve often heard groups chatting as they walked past.
Over all we had a lovely time, the facilities are good and clean (though the indoor pool could do with a little more entertainment especially as the flume has a height restriction) and the whole area set in a beautiful and peaceful setting. Also we really liked that the park was dog-friendly, particularly Henry.
I’d absolutely recommend if you want to visit Cornwall with kids.
As a mother who loves to travel, I’d love to take Henry on a trip to Disneyland Paris someday. The trip won’t be cheap, but I’ve learned that I can buy or rent a Disney Vacation Club timeshare on the DVC Resale Market at a steeply discounted price.