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Broad Meadow House Quay Road Charlestown St Austell, Cornwall PL25 3NX
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Walk past Charlestown’s museum and along the short cul-de-sac behind it and you’d be forgiven for being sceptical about there being a campsite here at all, let alone one of the tastiest in the country. However, just beyond the final house, a gate opens up to a couple of tiny fields that command fabulous views out to sea and along the shoreline towards Black Head, the tip of a headland sporting the golden flash of a wheat field on its back.

Broad Meadow (Was it ever broad? Ancient sepia photos suggest not.) has two geese, a ’posh shed’, three permanent tents and plenty of space for people who’d rather bring their own. Since the owners limit the number of campers on site to a mere dozen, you get the distinct feeling of being one of an incredibly privileged few. This is especially true if you order a delicious breakfast basket (including freshly made smoothie) to be brought to your tent in the morning.

Basking sharks and grey seals are sometimes spotted in the bay (just ask to borrow the telescope) while peregrine falcons, sparrowhawks and buzzards contest the air space above. Swallows, sensibly, prefer to skim the surface of the field and are so used to company that they come quite close to feed.

In tiny Charlestown there’s some easy coasteering to be had; a gig club that allows beginners to have a go at rowing on novice nights (Wednesdays); and, for those who want to go it alone, sea kayaks and other water vessels can be hired.

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★★★★★

Amazing honeymoon!

What an amazing honeymoon at Broad Meadow House!

★★★★★

Fantastic Site

The campsite is fantastic, probably the best we’ve been to. Debs and Neil make everyone feel so welcome and can’t do enough for you, even down to the early weather warnings. They make the whole experience very laid back and hassle free, and the amount of space is fantastic. It’s the perfect place if you want to take the family and let the kids go and play around the field and entertain themselves, whilst you sit back and enjoy a barbecue and the views with a glass of wine. Charlestown is a good little village and even though there isn’t a local grocers, there’s a great farm shop that visits at the weekend and supermarkets are within a couple of miles. There are some decent pubs and a good seafood bistro, as well as some great ice cream shops. It’s the perfect base for all that Cornwall has to offer. We’ll definitely be going back.

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★★★★★

Broad Meadow House

We had read the info on Broad Meadow and were worried it couldn’t be as good as it sounded... but it was! Quiet, never crowded as they restrict numbers, fantastic views of the sea and coastline and a very clean shower and toilet... Debs and Neil are incredibly friendly and helpful, but also not intrusive... all in all, pretty perfect!

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★★★★★

Broad Meadow House

We stayed at Broad Meadow in 2009 and loved it so much we returned with our 1 year old daughter this year. We love the relaxed atmosphere, great views and brilliant breakfasts (Especially the breakfast bap!). There are some great walks nearby, excellent places to eat (although the weather was good enough to have a BBQ every night!), and your just a stones throw away from the Eden project. Deb and Neil always make us feel very welcome and I imagine many returns to Broad meadow in the future.

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Pitches

4 with electric hook-ups.

On Site

Loos: 1 Unisex. Showers: 1 Unisex (free). Other facilities: Washing-up sink, mini fridge & freezer, wi-fi, recharging point. Stuff for children: A separate field for games. Recycling: Everything

Dogs: If well behaved and on leads. Fires: No open fires; BBQs off grass (granite blocks available). Other: Only campervans accepted are small vintage VW vans.

Off Site

Click here for activities, sights & attractions to see and do in Fowey.

Charlestown Shipwreck & Heritage Centre (50 metres) – ‘the largest collection of shipwreck artefacts in Britain’; 01726 69897. Eden Project, Bodelva (4 miles – footpath route maps from campsite available) – one millennium project that appears to have been a great success. Each football-like biome takes you into a different region in the world, and there are large discounts if you arrive by foot or bicycle; 01726 811911.

Click here for more activities, sights & attractions to see and do in Fowey.

Food & Drink

Click here for more pubs, restaurants and places to eat & drink in Fowey.

Pier House Hotel (free house), Charlestown (200 metres) – harbourside snug bar with highly recommended food and live entertainment Sat evenings; 01726 67955.

Open

Easter–Oct (weather dependent).

The Damage

Backpacker: Up to £12, Couple: Up to £24, Family: Over £24

Public Transport

Train station: St Austell (1û miles) – Plymouth to Penzance line. bus no. 525 runs hourly from St Austell to Charlestown.

Tags

Beaches  Bicycle routes  Campervans permitted  Dogs welcome  Electrical hook-ups  Glamping & luxury camping available  Good walks  Groups welcome  Nice views  Remote location  Short walk to beach  Showers  Surfing  Wifi