Ayr Holiday Park
St Ives, Cornwall TR26 1EJ
Ocean vista and prime spot in arty St Ives.The views; a 5-minute walk to town.
Many an artist has gravitated towards St Ives for its quality of light and inspiring coastal scenery since big names like Barbara Hepworth first settled here after the Second World War. In 1993, Tate opened an impressive gallery in St Ives in recognition of resident artists and sculptors’ contributions to the British art scene. The building has a view over the sandy stretches of Porthmeor – St Ives’ main beach – with its consistent surf and spectacular sunsets. Also overlooking the pretty reaches of this bay is Ayr Holiday Park – best of the campsite crop here.
Away from the rows of caravans, the camping fields are very much their own domain on the brink of the wave-lashed Atlantic scenery, yet along with this wild and beautiful location comes a far tamer camping experience. Everything about Ayr Holiday Park is organised and professional – from the spotless facilities block and soft-landing of the children’s play area, to its well-placed picnic benches and outside showers for salty wetsuits.
Unfortunately, the tariffs reflect all the care and attention that goes into maintaining the site, so all this luxury does come at a price. But when you consider Ayr’s location, and peer down over that incredible vista, the cost seems justifiable.
You can also make the most of Ayr’s proximity to St Ives and stroll down the hill to find wide- open beaches, trendy bars and cafés, any number of restaurants – from chip-cheap fish shops to contemporary fusion affairs – and, of course, the galleries. So it’s fitting that Ayr, enjoying its position in the midst of a town steeped in creativity, has got the art of camping just right.
The Owner Says
My favourite campsite
The stunning views alone are worth the high tariff for this campsite. I have been here every summer with my four year old daughter since she was six months old. This is an ideal place to stay if you have young children and are looking for a few creature comforts. The showers blocks are warm and spacious with power points and there is a separate family bathroom with shower and a built in bath for children up to about the age of four. One of the things I love is the location and the fact that you can park the car up and not use it for the whole week. St Ives' stunning beaches are a short walk away, as is the Tate Gallery, but do be warned that it is steep walk back up the hill. The site itself has a play park and is also adjoined to a hotel which is ideal because on rainy days you can use the hotel pool for a few pounds and have breakfast etc there. I have always stayed here In August and have never booked, but managed to get lucky with a pitch in the backpackers area. Traveling on my own with a young child, it feels very safe, just watch out for the seagulls - they will,take anything, one even stole my daughter's pencil case!
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This campsite has excellent facilities, with plush showers and toilets and brilliant on-site cafe with a small but nice pool next to it. However, as mentioned above and in the other reviews the main draw of this campsite is the stunning views of the town and beach below. Just on the outskirts of St Ives it is only a 10 minute walk to the centre. Obviously the view comes with a steep old climb on your walk back so bear that in mind after you've eaten your weight in fish for the evening.
The price is high, even for St Ives, and we were a bit disappointed to have been given a pitch directly opposite the kids play park. However, we were late in booking and it was obviously one of the last tent pitches with a car space available. Some prior warning before we paid over the phone would have been appreciated. Something for others to keep in mind.
Overall an excellent site though. Very pleased with our stay.
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St Ives itself is a picture-perfect little Cornish town and it was great to be only a 5-10 minute stroll down the hill to Porthmeor beach and the town, particularly as it is near impossible and very expensive to park in St Ives. It is worth mentioning that, if you struggle to get about, the hill climb back to the campsite is very steep and could be a bit of a struggle, but it is the hill that makes the vista down over the town and long beach so amazing.
The site was well-maintained and tidy. The shower and toilet facilities were very modern and clean, with hairdryers in the ladies too, and, despite going during the peak season, we never once had to wait for a shower.
There is a little cafe on site, also with an excellent view, that does a very nice cooked breakfast.
The only downside to our stay was that we were placed right by the childrens' play area. Being the middle of the school summer holidays it was quite noisy from quite early on until late evening, the sound of the zip wire was particularly irksome! But it is a family friendly site and, if you have children, the play area looks excellent, and...the zip wire I'm sure is great fun! There was also a party on the Saturday night at the cafe and the music and goings on were quite loud from where we were placed, though it did not go on too late.
To finish on a positive note, we couldn't have asked for a better location, the campsite was pricey but so is everywhere in St Ives, and you ARE right in St Ives. The site was well kept, the facilities were excellent and the view made it worth every penny.
A tent with a bath...
This has the most wonderful shower block of any campsite I have been to - spacious, plenty of showers, spotlessly clean and music. It even has private rooms tucked away with a bath which is sheer luxury when camping. Combined with the amazing views and the short walk into town this is the perfect site.
It was a few years ago that we went there, but we're thinking about going back. Beautiful site - facilities were brand new when we were there, and excellent. Only drawback was that it was foggy all week!! But the site's brilliant.
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Definitely the most expensive site we've ever stayed in but so worth the money! You cannot beat waking up to the view every morning or having a BBQ to it in the evening. The only campsite actually IN St Ives and not just near it. Worth every penny.
The site was immaculate, toilet blocks fantastic and, as we stayed in high season, there was never a problem finding a shower so it wasn't over crowded.
Family friendly site, it has a park the kids love and if you're feeling lazy of a morning there's a breakfast bar selling bacon sandwiches and tea or coffee although no-one seemed to use it except when it was raining it was still a nice touch.
Very short walk to the beach and fantastic views again if you go via the costal park which is acccessed from the small camp-field at the back of the site. Beware though: The walk back up the hill is a killer if you're not in peak shape! We'll be returning here many times in the future.
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This is our all time favourite camp site. Just a short walk (downhill) into town. The views from our pitch were absolutely stunning. The facilities were modern, a plenty and clean. We can't wait to come back.
Ayr Holiday Park
As soon as we drove up to our pitch at this site we were blown away by the incredible views. I could have just got a camp chair out of the car and sat and looked at the view for hours. The views are worth the fact that this is the most expensive campsite we have ever stayed in. On a practical note, the toilets and showers are also the best we've experienced camping. There's a great playground for the children too. The campsite is at the top of a rather steep hill – which is testing with a toddler, a 5 year old and all the beach gear – but it definitely raises the heart beat, which can't be a bad thing! We stayed last summer (2012) and have booked to go back this summer. We were shocked to be told that we had to book a full week and had to arrive Friday or Saturday, with no flexibility. I advise booking very early if you want school holidays. We booked in March and got the last pitch for a week in August.
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We stayed here in Summer 2008 and although it was a bit pricey, it has fabulous showers/facilities and a great location. The greatness of the location does depend on the weather! For us it was raining and windy, the camping part of the site was quite exposed, however if the weather is fine, it would be absolutely gorgeous. Felt very secure and safe on the site. There’s a shop and a small hut with games etc in it (good for the bad weather days) though as it was only a short (and lovely) walk to the main town, we spent lots of time in the Sloop Inn and the shops. Also easy to get buses to places like Zennor. Beach was fab, the vibe in St Ives is so chilled and natural, we felt really relaxed there. It’s true, the light is different down on that coast and you really feel it. Would return to Ayr, only issue was we asked the bus driver for tickets to the Ayr holiday park and after 20mins on the bus he pulled up at the St Ives Holiday park, thinking I’d said ’errr’ rather than ’Ayr!’ The site is within walking distance of the main train/bus stations even with camping equipment.
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We stayed for 3 nights in July 2011. Drove in and had a scout around the site (as we always tend to do before committing to camp) and were very impressed with the sea views, level pitches and the standard of the toilet facilities.
The prices were a bit steep but on the upside it was a very quiet campsite with no screaming kids and in a fantastic location, so in our eyes worth the money. The campsite offers a play area for kids and also a small games room which we as a relatively young couple took no interest in. There is no onsite entertainment, just as we like it. There’s no shop, but a supermarket is only a short drive away so you can load up there at reasonable prices. BBQ’s are permitted but must be off the grass and not the disposable type.
The weather was a bit rubbish for the duration of our stay but we still found plenty to do in St Ives and its surrounding areas. We visited Penzance, Porthleven and Helston which were all only a short drive away. St Ives itself is a fantastic base and has everything you really need, great pubs and restaurants and some good coastal walks. It’s only a 5 min walk to St Ives from the campsite, walking back up the very steep hills makes the journey back a little longer.
The sloop Inn is a fantastic 14th century pub right on the harbourside with good ales and a good choice of locally caught fresh fish meals, getting a seat outside and watching the world go by with a pint of Doombar is perfect - although a bit more sun would have made it even better! The fish and chips from a place just a short distance from the Sloop were fantastic, cooked to perfection and better still when eaten overlooking the picturesque harbour.
Positives: Location, panoramic sea views - directly from your tent! Walking distance to St Ives, good toilet facilities.
Negatives: campsite prices were a tad steep.
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There are not many camspites with such a spectacular view- it really is amazing, looking right over st Ives. It’s the nearest site to st Ives too, you can walk in, though the walk back is uphill and would be hard with young children/buggies ,however in peak season the site run a minibus into town . There is a charge for this though. The loos and showers are fantastic (love the music!) and there are facilities to wash wet suits etc. A great site but it is expensive and it does get very busy and packed in in the Summer to the extent that you feel crowded . Off peak and its one of the best there is.