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The Copper Pot Campsite

9.8
The Copper Pot Campsite: Campsite's cross roads (photo added by manager on 07/07/2022)

General

  • Eco-conscious rural rental tents a mile from Lower Metherell
  • In the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • Bike hire on site and close to walking trails and canoe trips

To Cornwall, and Callington, and a cracking country break with a conscience. For not only is The Copper Pot Campsite in a most favourable location (bordering the National Trust’s Cotehele estate and in the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), it’s also been purposely set up with low-impact, eco-friendly stays in mind.

It’s possible to drive, of course, but the folks here are mighty keen to encourage guests to seek alternatives, and they’ve gone all out to ensure that’s as easy as can be. For starters, if you arrive by train (at Gunnislake, 10 minutes away) they’ll happily sort transport to whisk you to the site; from then on you can hit the local walking trails or hire their bikes for two-wheeled touring.

Carting heaps of caboodle around isn’t an issue either, as they’ve provided all the bits and bobs you need for a break (well, most of it – you’ll still need to provide your own pants and the like). Rental tents are already set up with beds and bedding, and there’s plenty of cooking kit to help you prep meals in the well-equipped kitchen or out at the two campfire/barbecue areas (if you’ve not toddled off to the pub 10 minutes away, that is).

Other facilities are, as you’d imagine, similarly eco-conscious: the off-grid tents have LED lighting and are a short stroll from a bathroom with compost toilets and hot showers.

Please note

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

No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

No cars/motorbikes by the pitch/unit. All cars must be parked in the designated area.

Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work-related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.

Continental touring caravans (caravans built with the passenger door on the right-hand side) are not permitted.

Tents are not accepted at this park.


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9.8

Overall rating based on 12 reviews

 

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Really enjoyed the peaceful nature of the site. Jame (owner) …31/08/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomRichard C.Confirmed

  • Bamboo safari tent
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Really enjoyed the peaceful nature of the site. Jame (owner) is about as friendly and accommodating as they come. He has a real love for nature and it shows in his attitude and outlook.

    It’s encouraged (but not mandatory) for communal eating (round the fire pit) and we stayed 12 nights and would say 8-9 of those were had there in great company with other guests which generated a wonderful shared experience.

    Kids (7 year old twins) loved the whole experience and we have already booked a return visit in May. We like our creature comforts but it was worth the compromise to feel like you were a kid again and were camping in the woods, great family break.

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Wonderful location... great adventure20/08/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomPraveen M.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Bamboo safari tent
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    Wonderful location... great adventure

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Wonderful, peaceful, reconnect with nature...30/07/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomTamsin C.Confirmed

  • Bamboo safari tent
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    I love this site. James, the owner, has worked SO HARD to build it up. The tent pitches are well spaced so you have incredible privacy. The beds are incredibly comfortable, and plenty of blankets if the night is cold - we all slept better here than we have in months. the attention to detail is wonderful. The communal campfire, protected from the elements by a huge parachute is the perfect spot for evening cooking over the grill or toasting marshmallows over a separate campfire - lots of comfy chairs around to relax in. Gated, so safe for little ones. There's also a gas stove for less adventurous cooking and a kettle. My favourite spot is the breakfast bar/coffee perch in the kitchen area, looking through to glimpses of the view beyond the trees, but most importantly the birdfeeders, and the incredible numbers and variety of birds they attract - I could lose hours there.

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    Not a dislike at all, but would recommend approaching from the North as the lane is a wee bit wider (via Harrowbarrow/Metherall) rather than Botherick... It's totally off-grid, so expect compost loos and no charging plugs (although there is pretty good phone reception, should you need it). There is a shower room though, with hot water, and space to get changed in private.

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A brilliant place to stay28/07/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomHugh W.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Talulah shepherd's hut
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    James welcomed us (2 adults, a toddler and a dog) with open arms and made us feel completely at home. He has made a beautiful campsite where you can stay with the luxury of comfortable beds and quiet rooms (we stayed in the shepherd hut) with hot showers amongst the beauty and calm of the Cornwall countryside. Three nights here felt like we’d been away for a week - we all unwound and relaxed in the calm environment. Our toddler loved exploring the forested paths and seeing the birds and various plants - we loved seeing this and then being able to enjoy an evening by the braai/firepit.

    We will definitely return and recommend this little haven and its’ wonderful host wholeheartedly!

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    Nothing

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The back to nature approach, and being able to live …21/06/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomElle K.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Talulah shepherd's hut
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    The back to nature approach, and being able to live disconnected from the world for a few days, very refreshing and James was incredibly welcoming and helpful! My children thoroughly enjoyed the adventure, as did my dogs!! Highly recommended! Talulah is such a cute shepherds hut! Such a beautiful setting for a weekend away from the madness of everyday life! Thank you Copper Pot!

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Great adventure for families in a truly unique place04/06/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomJames B.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Lavender bell tent
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    The tents are lovely, spacious and comfortable and the communal areas are great for barbecuing or having a few drinks with the other campers. For kids the site is magical and fun. What really makes the place though is the host, James. He’s always around to help and chat. What he has done single handedly on sight is impressive and his knowledge of the area and wildlife is brilliant.

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Brilliant site. Highly recommend05/06/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Talulah shepherd's hut
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    Brilliant site. Highly recommend

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Loved being away from it all, amongst nature, under canvas …19/04/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomNichola V.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Lavender bell tent
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    Loved being away from it all, amongst nature, under canvas but with the comfort of a proper bed! James and Hayley are great hosts and great company around the campfire! Loved that we could walk from the site to some beautiful and fascinating places, Cotehele, Calstock… Loved watching the birds come for breakfast while we boiled the kettle for our morning coffee. Love the whole ethos of what James is doing here. It’s amazing. Loved it all! Thank you so much!

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Shepherd's hut is a great,cosy & peaceful winter get away from it all28/02/2022

Reviewer's country: United Kingdomnicola S.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Talulah shepherd's hut
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    Beautiful natural setting, good facilities, cosy , spacious hut and superb host! Particularly liked communal kitchen (with great birdspotting!) and under canopy fireside evenings.
    Despite us landing on him with a very last minute booking, James, as a host would go out of his way to make sure you're happy while at the same time respectful and really knowledgeable about the flora and fauna and very much working with the protection of this in mind. He has some great ideas, and we wish him all the very best with his future plans! Can't wait to see them next time we visit!

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Lovely stay very peaceful.03/11/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Wildflower tipi
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    The ambiance was calm still cosy friendly safe.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

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Features

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

TV room

Take away

Tennis

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Amenities on site

Bath available

Car parking by pitch/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Dog park

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Portable toilet

Pub toilets

Public telephone

Shower available

Tents for hire

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue provided

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Forest

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Electric car charging point(s)

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Dog walk nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Type

Tiny (1-10 pitches)

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

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Restaurant nearby

Location

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  • Lower Metherell, Callington, Cornwall, England, PL17 8BP
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 50.4957°N 4.2482°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Foot Bridge — 5.3 miles
Foot Bridge — 5.3 miles
Foot Bridge — 5.3 miles
Train stations
Calstock Rail Station — 1.7 miles
Gunnislake Rail Station — 1.9 miles
Bere Alston Rail Station — 2.2 miles
Ferry ports
Torpoint Ferry Terminal — 8.7 miles
Devonport Ferry Terminal — 8.7 miles
Plymouth Stonehouse Ferry Terminal — 9.7 miles
Airports
Newquay St Mawgan Airport — 33.6 miles

Directions


The site is keen to encourage travel by public transport, but if you’re driving please follow the instructions below rather than satnavs.

From Plymouth, follow the signs to Cotehele. Instead of turning right going over the bridge to Cotehele Quay, continue on the road towards Harrowbarrow. Turn right just before the Harrowbarrow sign and continue along this road until you get to the site on the right.

From Tavistock, take the A390 past Gunnislake, then take the left turn signposted for Metherell. In Metherell, take the left into Lower Metherell at the Cross House Inn, then follow the road round to a T-junction. Take the left turning and look out for the site on the right.

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

Kick off your local wanderings with an outing to the Cotehele estate: it’ll take you half an hour or so to walk over to the Tudor house to see the collections amassed by the Edgecumbe family over 600 years (including a giant pair of whale jawbones) and meander through the gardens and woodland paths. Trot back via Cotehele Mill to sample cakes and biscuits created from flour freshly ground with power from the Victorian waterwheel.

That cake isn’t just for fun – it’ll also provide essential fuel for guided canoe trips on the Tamar river from Cotehele Quay (an excellent excuse for a second biscuit), or a trip to the Tamar Trails Centre, five miles away, to walk the trails, career along the mountain bike tracks or pick your way along the treetop courses.

Biking types can also take the 20-minute pedal to the Drakes Trail for a traffic-free run all the way to Plymouth. If you have brought a car, it’ll take half an hour or to so get to Plymouth (to visit the aquarium, take a dip in the lido or sample the local gin), 15 minutes to the maize maze at Smeaton’s Farm or 50 minutes to the Eden Project’s famed plant-filled domes.

Must see

  • National Marine Aquarium (10.3 miles)
  • Dartmoor Zoological Park (12.7 miles)
  • Buckfast Abbey (20.8 miles)

National Trust

  • Cotehele Mill (1.0 miles)
  • Cotehele (1.0 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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Permitted arrival/departure time

On-site accommodation
Arrive:  2 p.m. –  Anytime
Depart by:  10 a.m.

The Copper Pot Campsite cancellation policy

No refunds within 4 weeks of arrival date.

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

Bookings cannot be amended within 14 day(s) of arrival.

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.

Payment

A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. The Copper Pot Campsite will debit the balance from your card 4 weeks before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 4 weeks then the balance will be taken immediately.

You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking, or at any point before the due date.

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  • Does The Copper Pot Campsite have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is The Copper Pot Campsite dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near The Copper Pot Campsite? Kick off your local wanderings with an outing to the Cotehele estate: it’ll take you half an hour or so to walk over to the Tudor house to see the collections amassed … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of The Copper Pot Campsite?
    On-site accommodation
    Arrive:  2 p.m. –  Anytime
    Depart by:  10 a.m.
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