A family farm perched in divine clifftop countryside, within easy reach of three sandy coves,Treveague Farm has everything a really good seaside campsite needs. So when you consider its extras – a café serving organic food, farm animals, a badger hide and an aviary with bantams, lovebirds and more – it really does notch up a few credits as a superb place to stay.
Spread across three meadows, with glorious sea views in two directions, even with 80 pitches it’s impossible to feel hemmed in here. However, it can be an exposed location, so you might want to opt for a space by the hedgerows rather than a front-row view.While kids gravitate to the farm animals, playground and storytelling sessions in the Secret Garden (great distractions when you want to chill out), make sure you tear them away from all this for a trip to the beach, because that’s what this location is really all about. It’s an easy stroll down to Hemmick Beach (though it’s advisable to avoid the short-cut through a field of bulls if you have a dog in tow),and the calf-grinding walk back up is always a great excuse for a generous scoop of the Cornish ice cream they serve back at camp.
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80 grass pitches (40 hook-ups). Extra large tents welcome.
Tents, campervans, caravans, dogs – yes. Groups – no.
No campfires. Facilities include indoor/outdoor sinks, fridges/freezers, laundry and baby changing. Showers are 50p and you have to pay for wi-fi. There are pigs, cows and sheep, a wildlife hide for badger watching, a resident barn owl and other creatures.
Of the beaches, Hemmick is the closest (10-15 minutes’ walk), but Gorran Haven has more facilities. There’s also the stunning Vault Beach, though this is a longer walk.
Food & Drink
There’s little need to stray beyond the onsite café and restaurant, open from breakfast to 9pm. You can also buy meat for the barbie, or catch your own dinner on a 2-hour mackerel fishing trip (£13 per person, 07973 957550).
Easter – end September.
£7–£28 per pitch (including 2 people).
From St Austell take the B3273 to Mevagissey; past Pentewan, turn right at the crossroads at the top of the hill. Follow the signs to Heligan, then to Seaview campsite, and you’ll see the signs to Treveague.
Bus 526 from St Austell station stops a 500m walk from the site.