Cornwall with Kids: Trelawne Manor Review, John Fowler Holidays, Looe

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We had a fantastic week away visiting Cornwall with the kids this June – staying with John Fowler Holidays at Trelawne Manor. We were on a budget (as usual!) so keep reading for my review and details about how much we spent on our UK staycation. I’ve also included what there is to do on site; information about the attractions we visited during our holiday (like Tintagel Castle, St Nectan’s Glen, St Michael’s Mount and The Eden Project); what the accommodation is like (we stayed in an apartment); swimming pool highlights; family photos and lots more!

Holiday: June 2021

Things to do: What activities are there at Trelawne Manor?

The swimming pool

Despite the forecast looking a bit dodgy before we left, the weather was absolutely boiling while we were visiting Cornwall. We couldn’t have picked a better week for our trip, so the outdoor pool (which was often practically empty!) was a huge hit with the kids!

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I’ve never been in such a warm swimming pool – it was gorgeous. Heated like bath water, the pool was fantastic for a swim even if the sun went in and the day cooled down. The kids spent hours swimming and going on the flume over and over again! With barely any other swimmers around, they really made the most of it.

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We decided to have some UK adventures this year due to the unpredictable nature of the pandemic travel rules, but it was easy to pretend we were abroad with this amazing pool and such stunning weather. There was also an indoor pool, which we didn’t use, but it was great to have it as an option had the weather been unkind.


Other activities

Also on site, the complex had a play park and other activities such as crazy golf, at no extra cost. It wasn’t the most amazing mini-golf but it gave us a laugh on an afternoon when we weren’t too busy, and it’s a breath of fresh air to visit somewhere that doesn’t charge extra for every activity.

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We booked our holiday directly with John Fowler, and we would definitely use them again. It was really easy, we loved our trip and every interaction we had with the staff was friendly and positive. One thing I can’t report back on is the evening entertainment. Because we only had 5 days to explore we were so busy that we didn’t have time to check it out – Cornwall has so much to offer!


What’s the accommodation like at Trelawne Manor?

The apartment we stayed in was absolutely brilliant, and it was such fantastic value for money. Everything seemed new and clean, the kitchen was well stocked with utensils and equipment, and nothing seemed tired or run down.

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We booked their Gold Range, and this particular apartment had two bedrooms, an open plan living / dining / kitchen area and a bathroom. Because we usually book self-catering accommodation, to travel on a small budget, the kitchen is really important to me.

A decent size fridge, a good oven and somewhere to sit for a meal are vital – and Trelawne Manor really delivered with their high standards in this affordable accommodation. We enjoyed a week of picnics and home-cooked meals, to help make our holiday cheap and cheerful.

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The beds in both bedrooms were really comfortable, with decent bedding (which was included in the cost) and pillows. We all slept really well during our stay and found it to be a home from home with plenty of space for us to relax in the evenings after busy days exploring.

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The bathroom was very clean and the power shower worked well – this apartment had everything you’d need for a comfortable family trip away.

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The welcome pack was a lovely addition too. They’d included a box of tea, coffee, biscuits and condiments, as well as a tea-towel, dish sponge, washing up liquid and bin bags. For a self-catering holiday, when there is so much to remember pack, these extras were a lovely touch.

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Local Area: What is there to do near Trelawne Manor Holiday Park?

The town of Looe

The only downside to Trelawne Manor that we found was the location. Don’t get me wrong, the area is lovely and it’s only a short drive to the lovely town of Looe – which we enjoyed a lovely morning exploring. We had this gorgeous waterside view for our picnic lunch; it’s a popular place for crab fishing too, and our two loved the arcades.

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However, the holiday park is quite far away from a lot of the places that might be on your Cornwall to do list. So, we found ourselves spending a lot of time in the car, as the places we wanted to explore were generally quite a distance away. The Cornish roads are also not very fun – narrow and windy, with few motorway type roads, so that makes some journeys quite long and tedious.

Having said that, this holiday park really enhanced our trip, and if we were to book again I wouldn’t stay anywhere else. If you are headed Cornwall way, Trelawne Manor is a great option. And we had great fun exploring anyway…


St Nectan’s Glen Waterfall

I’ve got to say, our morning at St Nectan’s Glen waterfall was absolutely fantastic, and I’m so pleased we went. We are big nature lovers, and there’s nothing we love more than a beautiful place to explore. It has an interesting history too – and it’s only a 15 minute drive from Tintagel Castle if you’re in the area – it was our favourite of all of the places we visited on our Cornwall staycation. Check out my full review of St Nectan’s Glen Waterfall for everything you need to know.

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The Eden Project

With it being such a unique place, we decided that we definitely had to visit the Eden Project too. As you walk down towards the domes, it all looks very exciting and we couldn’t wait to get inside. The rainforest dome fantastic – the children enjoyed exploring and the scale of it was amazing! I definitely felt like Dora the Explorer in my khaki shorts! Unfortunately it wasn’t all quite what we expected, and it can be very expensive, so make sure that you read my full review on The Eden Project (and whether it’s worth it) before your visit.

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St Michael’s Mount

St Michael’s Mount was at the top of my list of places to visit with the kids during our family Cornish getaway – a magical island accessed only by the water was always going to be a hit! I think that getting to and from the island was the most exciting part of the day for Finn and Lola if I’m totally honest! 😂 We paddled across from the beach and hopped onto a speedboat – they loved it! To find out more, take a look at my St Michael’s Mount review.

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Tintagel Castle

On our family holiday to Cornwall, Tintagel Castle was the first place that we visited. The views online looked stunning and it didn’t disappoint when we arrived! Tintagel isn’t actually much of a castle nowadays, as it’s just the remains left now, but it’s definitely a magical place to visit. If you’re after stunning views across the Cornish coast, and a quirky family day out, then you’ll want to check it out with the kids. Check out my Tintagel Castle Review for more info.

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Is the holiday park dog friendly?

Dogs are welcome at Trelawne Manor, so if you’re looking for a dog friendly holiday park this is a great option. And with loads of beautiful countryside and beaches to discover in the surrounding area, the location really lends itself to a walking / exploring type of holiday – perfect for bringing your pooch. You’ll need to book for your furry friends in advance, and there is a fee as well, so contact the holiday park for more information.


How much is holiday at Trelawne Manor – is it good value for money?

Cornwall is quite a drive for us, so we drove down on the Sunday and booked a Travelodge for the night for just £35 – this meant that we were then able to enjoy a full five days of fun! Our Monday-Friday family holiday at Trelawne Manor cost £280 – this was a 2 bedroom Gold Apartment, booked term-time in June – and our stay here was definitely great value for money.

A money saving tip for you – John Fowler Holidays often feature in The Sun Newspaper Holidays, so if you’re looking for a Cornwall family break on a budget then that could be an excellent way to have a really cheap adventure with the kids. We’ve booked several holidays through the Sun Newspaper for less than £100, so it’s a brilliant way to travel around the UK and Europe on a small budget. Read more about the Sun Newspaper Holidays here: The Sun Newspaper £9.50 Holiday Guide, Review and Codes!

We loved our stay at Trelawne Manor so I’d definitely recommend it for a family holiday and, as for Cornwall itself, it really is a brilliant place to visit.


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Useful information for your stay at John Fowler’s Trelawne Manor Holiday Park…


Address and Post Code: Trelawne Manor Holiday Village, Trelawne, Looe PL13 2NA


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