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General

  • Quiet, eco-friendly rural site surrounded by apple orchards
  • Five miles from beaches and coastal paths around Falmouth
  • Wildlife haven with fire circles, willow play areas and mud kitchen

Orchard walks, a forest garden project, wildlife galore and wild camping with heaps of room to play… if all this lot ticks all your holiday boxes, you'll be chuffed with what's on offer at Chyan Farm – and the kids will likely think the mud kitchen and earthship bathhouse are out of this world too.

Set close to the Cornish hamlet of Halvasso near Penryn and five miles from Falmouth, Chyan Farm is a cultural centre and community project, running a spacious wild camping site with an eco-friendly approach, in a peaceful rural valley setting surrounded by apple orchards.There are campfire circles to cosy around, and several play areas for kids, including willow structures and a mud kitchen. Guests can also buy farm produce such as apple juice and salad.

The emphasis here is on wild camping with basic amenities including compost toilets, springwater taps and hot showers in the site's earthship bathhouse. The owners ask guests to keep in mind that this is simple camping with simple facilities: the bathroom, while kept clean, isn't made up of gleaming tiles and you may well see a spider's web here and there.

The centre runs regular events such as fairs, workshops and craft classes throughout the year: ask the friendly team for details of what's on offer during your stay.

Bronze David Bellamy Conservation Award

Please note

Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Facilities/activities including sauna are subject to extra charges payable on arrival.

Bookings must not be for more than 14 consecutive nights.

No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

Single-sex bookings of 15 or more people (couples and immediate family members excepted) are not permitted via Pitchup.com.


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8

Overall rating based on 13 reviews

 

69% would recommend this site to a friend.

69% would stay here again.

 

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perfect site for camping, friendly staff 02/10/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom JESSICA P. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    This place was exactly what we needed. used at a base at night whilst during the day we toured around Falmouth. Toilets and water provided which is all we needed. Very peaceful. It rained during our stay but that didn't bother us.

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Glad you enjoyed yourselves.

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How friendly everyone was. How wild and natural the site ... 29/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Melanie p. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    How friendly everyone was. How wild and natural the site was.

    Disliked: 

    How unkept the bathroom/ showers rooms where. I completely respect the organic / recycle concept but I am sure there is a way of doing this with out spiders and mould taking over the showers.

From the manager...

Our beautiful mosaic floored, turf roof bathhouse is a basic facility but it always has hot water. It is not a sealed, indoor environment and it is not scrubbed daily with toxic chemicals. The walls are not tiled, they are made of tyres and earth, rendered with lime wash. There are certainly spiders in the bath house, but they have not "taken over" the showers. We delight in being able to host spiders in this way as they are predators who keep other more troublesome insects in check.

Neither is our bath house "taken over" by mould. What the customer describes as mould is actually green algae which has a tendency to grow in damp places. There is nothing harmful or unhygienic about the small amount of green algae on the walls and we are unable to eliminate it completely without using harsh chemicals which would then drain straight into our pond and kill all the fish and wildlife in it.

It is true that our bath house will not be to everyone's taste. We are so used to living in sanitised, sterile environments, protected from the creatures and plants that are part of our natural world that. The wonderful thing about Chyan is that it gives those who want to a chance to reconnect with the natural world. For many people, our quirky bath house is one of the things they love about Chyan.

Personally, my favourite place to bath is in the river!

If you want a sanitised, spotless shower, then Chyan is definitely not for you.

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Beautiful location, respectful neighbours and clean facilities. 26/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom mike_l489953 Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Surrounding area very quiet. Wide open space with self-select pitches. Compost loos are kept well and the facilities available are basic but efficient. The ethos of the campsite is one that appeals to me, in that where possible environmentally friendly methods are implemented.

    Kate was very friendly and recommended a great pub for us to visit a short drive away (The Ferryboat Inn) which is situated by the water with a great menu.

    No hassle entering or leaving the campsite, but recommend heeding the instructions given by Kate. Very helpful. Would definitely book again.

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If alternative and sustainable living is your bag, this is your site 18/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Penny F. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Location, lovely people. Sustainability, organic produce, composting loos, terrific quirky bathhouse with truly hot water. (Bath is antique, with stains on the surface to match. But that only about appearance).

    Disliked: 

    Nothing really - bit hard to find, and an early signpost or two would be helpful to avoid overshooting the fairly sharp turn into the gateway.

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Lovely natural site, with relaxed hippy vibe. Not overcrowded, even ... 17/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Helen G. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Lovely natural site, with relaxed hippy vibe. Not overcrowded, even in August. Nice owners. Lots of running around space for kids. Nice big fire pits. Limited WiFi - switch off people!

    Disliked: 

    We didn't click that the greywater system meant only natural soap products were ok. Invest in a bottle if ecover before you go.

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I loved the environment ... so honouring of our planet. ... 14/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Sian A. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    I loved the environment ... so honouring of our planet. Lovely welcome and support. Various camping options... Solar powered bath house with lovely warm water .... the river and the bird song... the meditation hut... I had a very nurturing stay, thanks especially to Kate! :-)

    Disliked: 

    It could have rained a little less, but no major deal... the meditation hut was a peaceful refuge for inner travelling instead...

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Would visit again (in the Bell Tent). 12/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom carla_w318902 Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Bell tent
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  • Liked: 

    Bell tent was great, plenty of room with some nice touches like an armchair and rug and solar powered lights. Fire pit was greatly appreciated and the bed was extremely comfortable.

    Disliked: 

    not a dislike at all but more of a suggestion, it would be an amazing touch to have some camping chairs (which could be easily stored under the bed). Especially with how wet the weather was, it would have really helped.
    Also, none of the solar lights worked at all in the composting toilets.

From the manager...

We have now fixed the solar lights in the composting toilets.

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Didn't stay, luckily we found somewhere else. 09/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Will B. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Quiet scenic area

    Disliked: 

    Unsanitary toilet's, also pitch black in the toilet as no lighting.

From the manager...

We have now fixed the light in the compost toilets.

There was a problem with the composting toilets but this has now been addressed.

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Ok couple of days but hard for a week 07/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Natasha T. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Washing up area trampoline wild flowers and peace and studio area good space

    Disliked: 

    Toilets need lighter and waterproof. Lack toilet paper and no water in the field grass needed cutting for pitches and showers needed updating.

From the manager...

The lights are now working in the composting toilets.

The grass has also been cut in the camping field.

We are a basic eco-site with composting toilets and basic shower facilities.

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peace calm beauty nature tranquil energy heavenly!!! 15/07/2017

tracy_c10 Confirmed

  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    everything!
    mostly the utter peace silence calm and tranquility

    had the camp field to ourselves. spent the whole afternoon chilling while sunbathing reading listening to music chatting and laughing, oh and eating!

    went for lovely 3 mile walk round the lanes and explored the camp facilities which we did not use ( bath sauna yoga barn) but will do next time.

    Very warm welcome from friendly people that live in the community there

    had a super peaceful night heard owls!
    woken by beautiful birdsong early this morning..
    headed home at 8am ( we live about 8 miles from here) to see our cats!
    but we will be back for sure
    thank-you for a wonderful stay ;-)

    Disliked: 

    nothing to dislike

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Indoor swimming pool

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Outdoor swimming pool

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Tennis

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Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Local produce

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Tents for hire

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Touring and motorhomes

Seasonal pitches

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Forest

Leave the car at home

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Climbing nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Leisure/theme park nearby

Outdoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Surf school nearby

Tennis nearby

Watersports nearby

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Type

Farm

Large (51-200 pitches)

Location

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  • Halvasso, Longdowns, Penryn, Cornwall, England, TR10 9BT
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 50.1403°N 5.1576°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Rame Cross (Cornwall): Coach Stop — 1.9 miles
Penryn (Cornwall), Penryn Bridge Coach Stop — 3.2 miles
Falmouth: Berkeley Vale Argos Coach Stop — 3.9 miles
Train stations
Penryn Rail Station — 2.9 miles
Penmere Rail Station — 3.4 miles
Falmouth Town Rail Station — 4.2 miles
Ferry ports
Helford Passage Ferry Landing — 3.1 miles
Helford Village Ferry Landing — 3.3 miles
Ponsharden Ferry Landing — 3.5 miles
Airports
Penzance Airport — 16.0 miles
Newquay St Mawgan Airport — 22.3 miles
Land's End St Just Airport — 22.8 miles

Directions


From Longdowns, turn left and go down through Halvosso into the valley. The turning for Chyan is at the yellow gate opposite Fig Tree Bed & Breakfast, just after the small wind farm and community field project.

If you are booking last minute or arriving late at night, you can go straight to the camping field. After driving through the village of Halvasso, the satnav will ask you to turn right. Ignore this and continue straight on. Behind 2 large wind turbines, there is a gateway into a small car park. You arrived.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

Activities and attractions to keep you occupied for weeks are within easy distance of the farm, whether you want to strike out on foot or by pedal, or drive a short distance to popular places like Falmouth and the Lizard Peninsula.

A mile from base is the outdoor activity centre of BF Adventure, offering adventures in archery, zipwiring, rock climbing, abseiling, canoeing, kayaking and bush craft on a 60-acre site of countryside and quarries.

You could also trot along to the horse and donkey sanctuary of the Flicka Foundation a couple of miles away, or potter around the 1,000 acres of woodland and 30 acres of estate and greenery at Enys Gardens, three miles away. More hair-raisingly, wakeboarding is available at Kernow Wake Park, also within three miles.

Have a day or two in Falmouth five miles away too, for shopping, fishing and boat trips on the fab Fal river, along with a look at the 140 or so vessels of the National Maritime Museum Cornwall on the town harbour.

Coastal and riverside and countryside walks are easy to access from here: hike the South West Coast Path from Penryn to Falmouth, amble around the Roseland Peninsula and St Mawes, or take the gentle four-mile trip from Falmouth to Mylor Harbour via the ferry trip from Falmouth to Flushing.

Within easy driving distance, the Cornish Seal Sanctuary is eight miles away at Gweek, and the spectacular walks and scenery of the Lizard Heritage Coast are within ten miles.

Must see

  • Trebah Garden (2.8 miles)
  • National Seal Sanctuary (3.8 miles)
  • National Maritime Museum Cornwall (4.3 miles)

National Trust

  • Glendurgan Garden (2.8 miles)
  • St Anthony Head (7.2 miles)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.

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If you are booking last minute or arriving late at night, you can go straight to the camping field. After driving through the village of Halvasso, the satnav will ask you to turn right. Ignore this and continue straight on. Behind two large wind turbines, there is a gateway into a small car park: you're here.

Chyan Farm cancellation policy

Balance refunds: no penalties

No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

Group bookings of 15 or more units (e.g. tent, touring caravan, motorhome or accommodation hire) travelling together are not permitted via Pitchup.com.

If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.

Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.

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The remainder is payable on arrival.

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Admission
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Arrivals and departures
Late arrivals must notify the park as soon as possible. Your booking will be held for 24 hours. After this period the management reserves the right to relet your unit.
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.
Units will be allocated on arrival.

Dogs
Dogs must be kept on leads and supervised at all times.

Extras
Facilities/activities including sauna are subject to extra charges payable on arrival.
Motorbike(s) can be brought instead of the car(s) included.

General
Bookings are nominative and non-transferable.
Bookings must not be for more than 14 consecutive nights.
In the event of a complaint, please speak to reception immediately. Complaints which are not brought to the management's attention during your stay cannot be dealt with once you have left the site.
Quiet hours must be respected between 9:30 p.m. and 8:30 a.m..
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and boots must be closed quietly.
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behaviour is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.

Occupancy
Group bookings of 15 or more units (e.g. tent, touring caravan, motorhome or accommodation hire) travelling together are not permitted via Pitchup.com.
No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.
Single-sex bookings of 15 or more people (couples and immediate family members excepted) are not permitted via Pitchup.com.

Taxes
This area is not subject to city tax.

Vehicles
The car is only included in the rate if you are travelling with a touring caravan or a tent. Cars are not permitted when travelling with a motorhome/campervan.

Visitors
Visitors’ cars are not permitted on site.

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