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Campsite Review -
Mother Ivey's Bay

Trevose Head, Nr Padstow, Cornwall PL28 8SL
T: 01841 520990 W: www.motheriveysbay.com
Site visited: 2006
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We arrived at Mother Ivey's Bay at around 10.30am after a 4 hour trip. The surroundings were beautiful and while we were taking it all in, we forgot we had our electric/gas fridge plugged in, in the back of the car. Consequently, when we tried to start up the car so we could move it out of the way and pitch up, we found we had a dead battery.

Why bore you with this? I hear you ask. Well, one of the memorable things about this campsite was the sheer amount of staff on hand to ensure it was well kept and to help out inept campers like ourselves. No sooner had we mentioned to reception that we had a flat battery, than a chap in a red t-shirt in a golf buggy type vehicle turned up with a portable electric booster and got us sorted. Brilliant.

So, the campsite's very 'together' without being too commercialised - no clubs, bars or discos, just as Archie likes it (in England anyway). There are well-tended flowerbeds and tropical plants and trees everywhere. And the toilets and showers are just as well looked after too. There's also a decent shop.

The main benefit of Mother Ivey's Bay though is its own private sandy beach, set in a lovely cove at one end of the campsite with great sea views. There's also another beach just across the headland at Booby's Bay (see pic below) which is worth a walk to, with another popular Surfers' beach just down the road at Harlyn Bay.

Mother Ivey's Bay isn't in a village as such, so if you want to visit a pub or restaurant you'll have to drive or get on a bike. Padstow isn't far - why not pop in and see Rick Stein and have a meal at one of his restaurants!

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