10 of the best in Cornwall

Posted on 23 November 2012

The Guardian lists the ten best campsites in the popular british holiday destination of Cornwall. Although judging the best is subjective to say the least, these campsites are certainly worth a look if you are planning a roadtrip in the area:

Lovelane Caravans

This is a camp full of boutique caravans- sadly not much use for an RV rental as the caravans are already set up on site and you cannot bring your own. However, it sounds like an enchanting place to stay!

Highertown Farm Campsite

This is a small campsite, but well-maintained by the National Trust. With room for only a few motorhomes or caravans and less than 20 tents, it is small but stunning- the campsite has views of the South East Cornwall coast and easy access to several secluded bays. Be prepared to be isolated- there is no restaurant nearby- but also to enjoy the quiet and natural beauty.

Treen Farm

Treen Farm in Penzance is known for breathtaking views. It is family-owned and run simply. A first-come-first-served policy means no reservations can be made. Charges are very reasonable, and there is a small store onsite with local bread, veges and meat, and an off-license from 8am to 8pm. The site is just back from Treen Cliff, with amazing views of the Logan Rock, and there are walks galore along the cliffs. Two beaches are close by.

 Logan Rock
by Jim Champion Flickr Creative Commons

Cornish Tipi Holidays

Like Lovelane, this is not a bring-your-own situation, so don't turn up in a motorhome! It is also quite expensive, considering you will be camping, albeit in a tipi. However if you want to experience something different, tipis are certainly it.

Gwithian Farm Campsite

Gwithian Beach is removed from the cute coves of Cornwall and is a somewhat more wild surf beach. The Campsite is just back from the beach, and provides many great features at a reasonable price. There is a shop onsite, clean toilets and showers, laundry facilities, free use of freezers for freezer packs and free phone recharging, a children's area and free wireless access. The pretty village location means that there are conveniences close by, such as the pub just across from the campsite.

 Gwithian Beach
by Jim Champion Flickr Creative Commons

Beacon Cottage Farm

In St. Agnes, Beacon Cottage Farm has extremely amazing panoramic views of the ocean. It offers 70 sites for tents and motorhomes and great facilities, including a small shop. The site is also a working farm! The South West Coastal footpath passes just outside the campsite so it is a perfect spot for hikers. There is also a beach only ten minutes' walk away. The elevated position can mean strong winds, but these should not affect a motorhome.

Treloan Coastal Holidays

This is located on the Roseland Peninsula, very close to the ocean. There are hot showers and dish-washing facilities (no cooking area), powered sites and if you don't have your own camper or tent, you can hire a 'yurt' or 'snug,' both of which have their own stoves. The area is beautiful, with extuaries, secluded beaches and forests abounding.

Namparra Campsite

This campsite is great for those who want peace and quiet- set well down a private road on the Lizard Peninsula.  Just 6 acres, the site is family run and casual- no allocated pitches. In July and August, hook-ups can only be booked from Saturday to Saturday due to demand. It has a basic shower block, a shop and the 'Cow Shed Bar.' A 20-minute walk will take you to Kennack Sands, a pretty and family-friendly beach.

South Penquite Farm

This organic farm and campsite is set on the dramatic moorland of Bodmin Moor. The shower and toilet facilities are top-notch and solar-powered, but rmember this is a farm, so bring your gumboots! 'Yurts' are also available for hire. There are coin-operated washers and dryers, and washing-up facilities. The farmhouse sells home-produced lamb burgers and mutton sausages, as well as logs- as this is one of the only campsites where you are permitted to build a campfire.

 Bodmin Moor
by Paul Harris Flickr Creative Commons

Broad Meadow House

This quaint spot is limited to 12 campers, and the only campervans allowed are vintage VWs. It is located in Charleston, and has great views over the bay, and is very private due to the limited numbers. There are great views from the site, and it is right in the lovely village of Charleston.

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Author: Doug Brown+

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