Written on: 09/09/2013
me and my girlfriend have been doing sun holidays for years and we always have the budget accomadation and have always had decent places to stay in but this place stinks,how they get away with letting people pay to stay in them the mind boggles,they should pay you.if you do decide to go here take a hoover some plug in air freshners and a tin of paint.we told the woman at reception that it smelled of damp but she then said they know they have a damp problem.the answer DON,T LET PEOPLE STAY IN... (read more)
Written on: 14/10/2012 by KIMANDED (1 review written)
October 6 – 13 2012 5 adults: myself, my husband 2 grown up children & one of their partners. Have just got back from St Ives holiday Village, Oakleigh bungalow ( budget one) I must admit I was very worried after reading the reviews on this website & from previous experience of a John Fellows site (not St Ives). Everything that was vital was great constant hot water from the tank, the shower was no problem, heated towel rail in the bathroom came in very useful so did the clothes... (read more)
Written on: 11/05/2012 by Jaynelangford
Well,,, after reading a few negative reviews I was thinking of not going but glad I did! Took Hubby and two Westies. Check in 10 outta 10 very friendly and happy to help with anything we needed, Chalet very clean and believe me I am a clean freak, shower and cubicle spotless, sink, toilet spotless, same goes for the rest of the chalet and by the way we had a budget one. Yes little outdated but that reflects in the price, if we wanted 5 star we would have paid 5 star prices. Club House,,,... (read more)
Written on: 29/04/2012
The chalets at the John Fowler site are sub standard accommodation which date back to the sixties and have clearly not been changed since; apart from the sofa and tele. The chalet resembled a shed with windows and as the weather was awful we had to have the one heater on and so the windows were running with condensation. The doors have paint chipped off them, the bathroom is so small I have no idea how an adult male or large woman would even fit in there. The front door had a huge gap at the... (read more)
Written on: 21/04/2012
arrived here after a 9 hour journey from scotland and entering challet it was horrible i knew by the filth on door that it was not going to be pleasant there was a horrible smell even my 12 year old son couldnt stand it! the chairs were worn done really needs an upgrade bed sheets were filthy went to reception to complain and ask for an upgrade got told there was no other places and it would not be dirty so they sent someone along and they changed bedsheets!!!then got told we could upgrade... (read more)
Written on: 17/04/2012
We have just come back from st ives John folwer,our party was four adults and two children. We had a budget woodland chalet,this was nice well equipet and clean ,only complaint was the bath was extreamly small !!! The whole site is attractive and peacefull. Pool was ok however there are no lockers or changing rooms. The entertainment team work EXTREAMLY HARD to keep every one happy. Close to st ives and not too far away from Hayle. We will be returning thankyou to all the staff who made our... (read more)
Written on: 16/10/2011 by drrock
We went to St ives in the April 2009, for our first family holiday and it was the best holiday everso good in fact as soon as we got home home we booked another holiday for the October of the same year. We went again last year and the staff made our little boy who has learning problems feel like a milion dollers cause the celebrated his birthday on stage with freddy. We are going back this year in a week in fact and cant wait. We as a family absoulutly love St ives we will never stop comming... (read more)
Written on: 02/10/2011 by Chloe222b (1 review written)
We booked a week long holiday, Saturday to Saturday. It took seven hours to get there and when we got into our chalet it was damp, smelly, the setee's and armchairs had brown stains of dirt on the arms, there was no blankets for the beds which were needed as we had one poxy little heater to heat the entire chalet and there was four sets of everything, four plates, four bowls ect. and we needed MORE, there was not a hanger to hang clothes that needed drying out the window, that could possibly... (read more)
Written on: 20/09/2011 by Plymouth
Tthis was the holiday from hell and was definately not worth the money. Everything about this place was awful and should be closed down! for one, the staff are so rude, unhelpful and miserable. The "childrens park" is FILTHY, has nothing but two slides, it is so pointless and boring with bird poo everywhere! The "perfect holiday lodges" are dirty, damp, cold and smelly. The arcade is tiny with hardly anything in there, not even a 2p machine! all arcades have one of them. The swimming pool is... (read more)
Written on: 04/07/2011 by Kerry_Louise
The John Fowler holiday park needs a lot of work and money spent on it. The shalets are very old, ours smelt of damp and the windows did not shut properly so we had to sleep with the heating on all night(In July). The insides of the shalets are very dated with wood effect walls and carpets from the 60's. The entertainment was ok, but all the staff in the park were really nice. Even though i have given the park a low rating we still had a lovely holiday. We were booked onto the park with... (read more)
Written on: 22/05/2011
Ok so we went on holiday we had a good time charlie took two steps buy him self and ate eeverything in sight the one downer was the so called holiday village small cold acomidation with beds that are rock hard .... over priced food that was not nice and NO BUSSES RUNNING AT ALL FROM THE PARK ... it is miles to walk so taxis where the only option and we spent nere to 100 pound on them ... the staff where rude and un helpfull and the bar at night shuts at quater past 11 !!!
The so called... (read more)
Written on: 17/04/2011 by pedersonk (1 review written)
We have just returned from a severn day stay at john fowler resort st ives. We had a fab experience. We stayed in number 147 a woodland budget challet, extremely good value for money. The challet and site was very clean, the challet was basic but contained every thing we needed for a enjoyable week. The surroundings of the park is extermely peaceful with plenty of space for children to play and explore, all staff were polite and ready to help. I can not accept or understand some of the bad... (read more)
Written on: 20/03/2011
John Fowler Holiday Village St. Ives provides a good economy holiday. The Chalet was clean and newly painted and had all the necessary equipment needed. It is a woodland park and has lots of wildlife to watch.
The Manager and staff were helpful and friendly. The pool was lovely and warm and there was a life guard on duty at all times. Unfortunately the Sauna and flume were not available to use and there are no lockers for belongings.
The club was friendly with enthusiastic entertainment... (read more)
Written on: 22/01/2011
worst holiday ever....resembled a prison camp or army barracks but am sure they'd be cleaner! (read more)
Written on: 09/11/2010
Reading this site a week before we were due to go I decided not to show my wife the negative reviews and had my heart in my mouth as i pulled into the village. I was hoping our only holiday this year wouldn't be as bad as what I had read. My advice to people going is to ignore most of these reviews as we had an excellent time! My wife is a bit of a clean freak and the rooms were clean enough for her so I was happy. Everything under one roof, to cook full english's, chillis, currys and not to... (read more)
Written on: 31/10/2010
I have just come back from a 1 week holiday at St Ives Holiday Village with 2 adults and 5 children. I was in 2 minds to go after reading the reviews on the budget lodges. The accommodation was ideal for a base and the entertainment for the children was fantastic and at the end of the holiday every child received a freddy fox cuddly toy! Do not believe any of the reviews because I was really surprised, I have been to many different holiday parks and this was one of the best!!! I have... (read more)
Written on: 19/10/2010
The St Ives holiday village was our given park as part of a sun holiday deal. Wasn't expecting much from a £9.50 holiday but OMG! The site is awful!! We were given the woodland wood hut but I almost felt like crying after seeing how basic, dirty and mouldy the hut was. After asking if we could move cabins we were told that the site was full. We enquirer with John Fowlers head quarters who told us there was plenty of spaces. Returning to te reception to enquire again another lady said there... (read more)
Written on: 10/10/2010
Have Just got back from St Ives holiday Village i was expecting alot worse after reading the reviews. I stayed in the Trevacroft Chalet, which was well equipped, clean and tidy. I couldn't see any damp although there was a hint of a smell of damp in the lounge area although i think you can expect that as they are located in the woods. Plenty of hot water from the shower and no smell of damp on the bathroom. The surroundings are quite pleasant and the holiday park location is a good.
The... (read more)
Written on: 27/09/2010
We've stayed at St Ives Holiday Village twice so far this year (we've booked again for the October half term) and our Trevacroft accomodation was fine, clean, dry and warm.
The bathrooms were a little small but were clean and smelled fresh. The hot water did take a little while to come through but there was plenty of it.
The kitchen in the Trevacroft Chalets we stayed in was well equipped and clean, there was a lovely new flat screen DVD TV combo to watch in the living area although... (read more)
Written on: 12/09/2010
i thought it was amzing and i love steve and sam:) (read more)
Written on: 09/09/2010
returned last saturday from a weeks stay at j f st ives. after reading other reviews was quite worried but we decided to give it a try myself my partner and three children,while we were collecting our keys a few people were complaining but we were tired after a 300 mile drive we just wanted to unload the car and settle in we found our chalet which was cleanand cosy which was a relief,bathroom small but adequate although as the week went by we did notice the bed getting a bit musty pool was... (read more)
Written on: 28/08/2010
Having read the reviews of JF St Ives I felt compelled to make a phone call prior to our arrival. I had booked a Woodland Gold Chalet for my family of 2 adults and 2 Children(16 & 10).Check in was pleasant but only to be in the midst of other people complaining!Met the cleaner (Liz) who waited until we had inspected the chalet.It was ok but we did spend an hour cleaning to our standards, smelled musty as in woods? Location too remote to walk anywhere.2 good nights entertainment out of 7.In... (read more)
Written on: 27/08/2010
We have just returned home from a week at what was supposed to be at St Ives Holiday Park, but we only actually tolerated 24hrs their before we were moved to Tolroy, Hayle. We checked in on Saturday to St Ives Holiday park, into Woodland gold chalet number 191. When we opened the door to the chalet/shed the smell of damp hit us, it was awful. The chalet was very dingy and everything was damp including the beds. We left most of our clothes in the case because the smell in the (very small)... (read more)
Written on: 23/08/2010
Although a good base for touring Cornwall the chalet was mouldy and we left early. I could not get our clothes out of the cases because of the smell. There was only one electric heater for chalet which left everywhere stinking. Dark and dingy, couldnt wait to get away! The shower was nice, only good point. I wish I had taken cancellation as I had read the reviews and was worried, initially it didnt seem too bad but got worse as the week progressed. Wish we had been told there was no proper... (read more)
Written on: 22/08/2010 by Aboutabit (1 review written)
My initial expectations were low after reading some awful reviews a few weeks before going with my partner and 4 children.(aged 8,13,14&15) We arrived at 4.30pm and had the keys to our bronze chalet straight away. On entering the chalet it appeared from the outside that some of the wooden panels were rotting away and the windows were in need of a clean. On entering there was a bit of a musty damp smell but we didn't notice it after a short while. Although throughout the week I noticed the... (read more)
Written on: 21/08/2010
First of all we arrived in jf holiday park , it looked nice especially the one that were for sale excpecting the chalets to all look like that.
Then we went further into the holiday park to are silver chalet (shed 81) and are first impressions were it looked old fashioned, like a shed, small,not even double glazed, awfull , the bathroom was small and the bath was TINY!! , there was lots of spiders and you could only get 4 channels (dodgy !!).
It was no were near St ives. But we spent as... (read more)
Written on: 21/08/2010
firstly let me just say we have been john fowler newquay customers for four years. Each year we stay in perran view and never had a bad holiday. St ives this yaer i would not personally board my cats in. Silver accomodation means you get one wall of wood pannelling, gold means you get double glazing! The chalet had pieces of wood missing and was smaller than our garage. It was clean but the bath is 4ft max and most adults i know would never get in or out. Tv 2 channels had to RENT remote.... (read more)
Written on: 19/08/2010
My family arrived at St Ives Holiday Village, which is in fact about 3 miles outside of St Ives, after a gruelling 9 hours journey from the Midlands. On arrival we were pleased with our first impressions. The outside entrance was bright and well cared for, neat and tidy. However that was where it ended! We parked up and went to the reception where we and other families, with young children and babies, were asked to return in an hour at the booking in time of 4pm and because our accomodation... (read more)
Written on: 13/08/2010
We booked a week stay at St ives, two adults and two children. The chalet we were first given was awful, musty dark damp and was no way good enough to live in. So we complained and were given another chalet,this time the smell was worse, less furniture no shower and the drawers full of mould. Next chalet was better, they changed the drawers. After two nights the smell was getting stronger in the main bedroom so we moved the bed to discover a wall full of black mould the stench was so bad!... (read more)
Written on: 11/08/2010
I was upset when my children went swimming in the pool the life guard was texting on a photo phone all the time and when approach he said the other life guard was looking so why on gods earth was he there!!! The accommodation was sub substantial to what we had paid and dirty linen was not removed for days well you have had my custom for 4yrs on the trot no more very sad holiday maker... (read more)
Written on: 05/08/2010
On arrival we were greeted by freindly staff, on entering the chalet we were greeted by an awful smell of mustiness. The bedrooms were cleary designed by some one who had an interest in prison cells and caravan interiors.
Over the years I have never being able to sit on the toilet and turn the bath taps on while at the same time clean my teeth in the basin, and still at the same time lock the toilet door, oh and close the shower curtain. You can sit and stand in the bathroom, but please do... (read more)
Written on: 01/08/2010
After reading the reviews we were very worried about our holiday to St Ives John Fowlers.
We expected the worst, but it wasn't that bad.
If you are expecting the standards of a hotel then i suppose you will be disappointed. If you are comparing the stay to a campsite then you will be pleased.
The chalet was rustic and there were a few mould areas on the outside of the front door but that was it. The rooms were clean, painted and the furniture was ample.
It was very warm and musty when... (read more)
Written on: 31/07/2010 by aggie 1958 (1 review written)
i work for the n.h.s learning disability sector , myself and my collegue and the s/u we took came back from john fowler holiday village in st ives yesterday we went on the 26th july and was really looking forward to giving our s/u a lovely holiday , we arrived after a very long journey ,and was given our key and to our shock horror was so diappointed the chalet was smelly damp dark and dingey , there was no wardrobe space so we lived out of our suitcases which was a pain , the beds were... (read more)
Written on: 19/07/2010
We have just returned from St. Ives and had the worst holiday ever!!! The Chalet was damp, cupboard doors hanging off, mattresses stank, toliet was disgusting, shower was horrible, black mould everywhere. Bedroom windows were covered in black mould and condensation. Waste water pipes broke!! Settee and chairs stank. We will never stay in a John Fowler site again. Please don't take young children there you don't know what they might catch!!! (read more)
Written on: 10/07/2010
OMG!!! Arrived 3rd July 2010 after a 400 mile drive. We have been here before early 2000 and really enjoyed it. But....things have changed....
Lets start with the one stop rip off shop. My partner went to the 'shop' for some bacon only to find an empty shelf. There was a box of bacon at the back of the shelf so he used his loaf and opened the box. Lucky for us, it was a BOGOF! He proceeded to the checkout only to be told by the snidey shopkeeper that these packs of bacon were not BOGOF and... (read more)
Written on: 07/07/2010 by nlea (1 review written)
I have just returned from 3 nights at john fowler in st ives and i must say that this has been the worst holiday i have ever been on. the problems started on arrival when our challet was still being repaired when we turned up. we were given another but this was damp and smelly. the paper was hanging off the walls, the windows had writing over them and the mattress was stained , the bedding was yellow, the front door had a hole in it and was rotten, the facilities were always shut and we... (read more)
Written on: 28/06/2010
Stayed for 3 nights with friends in a 2 bed cabin. Cabin wasn't spotless, but wasn't dirty either, just looked tired. Slight damp/musty smell, but nothing horiffic (although it could have an adverse effect on individuals with asthma). Seemed very quiet for the time of year (June/July). Bar and shop very expensive, but pleasant. Staff looked obviously bored but tried to make an effort to be friendly. Pool smaller than it looks in the pictures and chilly(!), a bit pointless for adults... (read more)
Written on: 27/06/2010 by rolcaine (1 review written)
We have been on 3 John fowler holdays all in different areas. We had a wonderful time, Clean, comfortable and very good value for money with the half price. It was just the two of us and our dogs with own transport. We look forward to our 4th holiday with them. Very peaceful and relaxing. My only complaint is that dogs are £40 each so it add alot more on the bill. Wished they were a little cheaper. (read more)
Written on: 21/06/2010
Filthy. Greeted by a large t.u.r.d in the bathtub on arrival at the chalet. 'Entertainment' was painfully unfunny. Sour-faced, miserable staff. Most utilites either closed/out of order/unstocked. Foul smell all over the park. (read more)
Written on: 15/06/2010
Have just returned from a 4 night stay at JF in St Ives. After reading through some of the reviews, my partner and I were really worried, so upgraded to a woodland gold chalet. On arrival the grounds were lovely, the check-in was smooth and the staff very pleasant. The chalet was very spacious, clean and warm. The pool was lovely (although the slide and sauna wernt working)and there was a shallow pool suitable for the children to play in. We didnt eat at the resturant or use the shop... (read more)
Written on: 12/06/2010
stayed at john fowler st ives holiday village,never again.it was damp and smelly.wallpaper was hanging of the walls, the shower looked like it had never bean cleaned.the best part was the meal we had at the restaurant.only problem was they did not open untill 6 o clock pm .no were to get a hot meal at lunch time .after i went and got my bleach and cleaning things i felt better. it was a lot cleaner when we left' (read more)
Written on: 06/06/2010 by plasterpowerman01 (1 review written)
how do i start well here goes. just got back from john fowler st ives holiday village. we got there i could not belive my eyes. we opened the door and the smell we got was horrible. there was holes in the carpet, upholstery was all dirty, everything was sticky with greas,there was black mold all over the walls in bedroom. they sent someone to clean it for us all they did was spray air freshoner, after 3 days the final straw was the bites on our legs with fleas out of the carpet. never would... (read more)
Written on: 05/06/2010
Just got back from a 4 day break at JF's in St Ives and i was impressed with the place. I was realy worried about going there after reading some of the reviews on this site. We've stayed at Pontins at Brean Sands and Butlins at Minehead over the past few years as we have 2 small kids. The accomodation at St Ives was better than either Pontins or Butlins. Butlins of course offers much more entertainment but all we wanted was a few days on the beach (Carbis Bay is beautiful but get there... (read more)
Written on: 01/06/2010
Just returned from a week in St Ives Holiday Village 10 of us in total three chalets between us and not one complaint, beds were comfortable everything was clean, ok things are a bit worn but for what we paid I certainly had no complaints showers worked perfectly no mould in bathroom overall not bad at all. Set in woodland lovely and peaceful no noisy neighbours each chalet detached, if you did need anything extra staff were only too willing to help you, they were all lovely from the guy who... (read more)
Written on: 29/05/2010
we have just come back from a weeks stay at this park...and we had a lovely time!!
before we went i read alot of the reviews on this page and panicked even said to my hubby should we cancel??he however managed to talk me out of it so we went with open minds and im so glad we did,we booked into our oakleigh bungalow an hour early(with no probs)infact the people that checked us in couldnt have been nicer!we went to our bungalow/chalet and it was very clean and tidy smelt a little bit musty but... (read more)
Written on: 25/05/2010
THIS HOLIDAY AT JOHN FOWLER ST.IVES VILLAGE WAS DEFINATLY VALUE FOR MONEY THE ONLY THING I WOULD ADVISE ANYONE STAYING HERE WOULD BE TO HAVE YOUR OWN TRANSPORT TO HELP EXPLORE AREAS AROUND CORNWALL,THE ONLY THING I FELT LET THE SITE DOWN WAS THE NIGHT ENTERTAINMENT WHICH SEEMED TO CONSIST OF THE STAFF TRYING TO DO THERE BEST BUT MAYBE NEEDED SOME MORE EXPERIENCED SINGERS,COMDIENS ETC...THEN MAYBE WE WOULD NOT HAVE TO HAVE TRAVELLED OUT TO PENZANCE SO MUCH FOR THIS PART OF THE HOLIDAY BUT... (read more)
Written on: 24/05/2010
20th May we were ment to be going on our first family holiday we travelled 100 miles to st ives went to the beach etc.... went to the local tescos to stock up on food then checked in we got t the holiday village at 3 so didnt expect to book in early as the week before i phoned saying i had 3 kids could we check in earlier and i got an admant no but we got our keys we had booked a gold chalet then everything went down hill from there our step was not infact a step it was 2 blocks that were... (read more)
Written on: 15/05/2010 by t4sker (1 review written)
Just returned from this site. How health and safety have not closed this site is beyond me.
The worst accomodation I have ever stayed in, mouldy damp and rotting!
Ventured into the pool and now the whole family has severe sickness and diarrhea.
St Ives is lovely, but unless you have the time to take a week off afterwards to recover from the nasty bug you will catch go elsewhere. (read more)
Written on: 05/05/2010
if this is your best i would hate to see your worst!!
you don't need to be used to 5 star accommodation to know this place aint worth the money you spend on it,
i wouldn't send my worst enemy to this place but yet you would recommend to your friends.... ???
the place needs refurbishment and if they cant do that then it needs to be shut down, its a heath hazard and even if you dont stay in the chalet all day only for the night thats the worst time....
i think you need to review the... (read more)
Written on: 05/05/2010
Well where do you start we had a 8 hour drive from suffolk only to end up in a scumy garden shed this place was awfull we booked through hoseasons and did not want a jon fowler park from past experiance. we was asured it wasnt as it was just the st ives holiday village, The chalet was damp smelly with cob webs and bits of mould on the kettel stains on the sofa as well as stains and dirt on the kitchen blind, the door was rotten. when we entered the bathroom there was hair and dirt on the... (read more)
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