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Higher Pentreath Farm Camp Site

7.7

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General

  • Back to basics family camping overlooking Praa Sands
  • Beach pub serving food five minutes' walk away
  • Shower and toilet block, washing machine, phone and laptop charging

As family-friendly and back to basics activities go, building sandcastles on the beach is at the top of many lists. And pray, what could be better than the beach being a gorgeous mile-long stretch of golden Cornish sand, in the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – and less than five minutes' walk from a family-friendly rural campsite overlooking it all?

A few minutes' walk above the beach at Praa Sands, between Penzance and Helston on Cornwall’s south coast, is Higher Pentreath Farm Camp Site, which prides itself as a park offering camping – and memory making – as it used to be. It’s a spacious park that’s been family-run since the 1950s and the committed team prides itself on keeping guests relaxed – probably not too difficult on a park overlooking Praa Sands…

Higher Pentreath has space aplenty for pipsqueaks to run around, and a shop on site for basics (and ice cream). Facilities include a toilet and shower block with free hairdryer, washing machine (small charge applies), covered washing up area, phone and laptop charging at reception, and ice pack freezing or supplying.

A garage is half a mile away and a 24-hour supermarket within ten minutes’ drive; there's also a pub, the Sandbar, right on Praa Sands, serving home-cooked Mediterranean-style meals and Sunday carvery alongside food theme and regular music nights.


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7.7

Overall rating based on 163 reviews

 

82% would recommend this site to a friend.

80% would stay here again.

 

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Lovely sea and landscape view, cafe and beach close 21/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Abigail S. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

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

    Relaxed campsite that allows fires (with conditions). Good hot showers.

    Disliked: 

    Sadly weather a bit grim and 'reception' not open at advertised times, no problem as we'd paid already but bit odd. One Dutch couple who turned up with a caravan left as they couldn't find anyone.

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Amazing site. 18/09/2017

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

  • Electric grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Views are amazing and the site is so laid back and relaxed. So close to the beach.

    Disliked: 

    Shower block needs a little attention but it's fine.

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Great location but very basic in terms of facilities and staff/service 17/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Stevie R. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The location and views were great.

    Disliked: 

    No communication before hand, when arrived within reception hours it was a job to find someone. Was told to pitch where someone else was pitched. Toilets were very basic but ok, womens were better but mens were small and rarely had paper towels stocked to dry hands.

    It's a working farm and you hear a lot of gun shots too. I didn't mind but my fiance found it a bit creepy, young children might not like it.

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Site had everything we needed - except for the weather. ... 06/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom David J. Confirmed

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

    Site had everything we needed - except for the weather. Site was quiet.
    Toilet / showering facilities were basic - but fine for us.
    Site really chopped up in the rain and became very muddy - but what grass site wouldn't in the rain.
    Wifi was there but didn't cover the whole field. Was great that (controlled) fires were allowed - a good camp fire was great in the chilly evening.

    Disliked: 

    A couple of roaming cats drove our dogs nuts!

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The view was the best thing about the site 04/09/2017

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

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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  • Liked: 

    The view from the pitch was amazing and the fact that we could choose where we pitched as well was good

    Disliked: 

    No toilet roll in men's toilet and only 2 showers working in ladies the paper towels had run out in the ladies as well

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Great camp site, The owners really cared for their site. ... 04/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom calvin_l Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Great camp site, The owners really cared for their site. Very clean and the kids loved feeding the chickens and ponies. I would recommend

    Disliked: 

    Nothing, The lane was a bit tight for a caravan but not much can be done about that.

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Very spacious site. No need to be too close to ... 01/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom kathryn_d118109 Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch (backpacker)
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  • Liked: 

    Very spacious site. No need to be too close to any one else, especially on the top field. Found a flat spot on the top field as it is one quite a slope.
    Fabulous views.
    Very hot showers.
    Beach in walking distance.

    Disliked: 

    We had one very wet day there and everyone was getting stuck in the mud and had to be pulled out by tractor. We then felt a bit stuck on site as we felt we would get stuck.
    Was fine again the next day when the sun came out. Maybe a gravel track would help.

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View. Relaxed atmosphere. Price. 29/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Kevin R. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

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

    View.
    Relaxed atmosphere.
    Price.

    Disliked: 

    Long grass (loads of bugs).
    Gradient of the site.
    Shower blocks require some sprucing up.

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Wonderful site overlooking the sea , good facilities 29/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Sam W. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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  • Liked: 

    The view was awesome , the beach was a few min walk , plenty of toilets and showers

    Disliked: 

    Other inconsiderate campers playing music and talking all night

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Great cheap pitch with excellent views and a laid back atmosphere. 29/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom kayrose876 Mobile phone icon Confirmed

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

    Really loved the location right by the coast. The staff we're friendly and the atmosphere was very pleasant with lots of families and fellow campers. It was easy to find and a really cheap pitch too! Wifi included was an excellent addition and we were impressed with how good the signal way halfway up the field!

    Disliked: 

    Power stopped working on our second evening Therefore no showers! Power came back but female showers still continued to be out of service which to be honest wasn't a massive issue for us.

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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

Take away

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Peaceful

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Cycle hire 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

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Farm

Large (51-200 pitches)

Location

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  • Praa Sands Penzance, Cornwall, England, TR20 9TL
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 50.1060°N 5.3942°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Porthleven: The Square Coach Stop — 3.7 miles
Crowlas (Cornwall): Coach Stop — 4.7 miles
St Erth: Rail Station Coach Stop — 5.0 miles
Train stations
St Erth Rail Station — 5.0 miles
Lelant Saltings Rail Station — 5.4 miles
Hayle Rail Station — 5.6 miles
Ferry ports
Penzance Ferry Terminal — 6.0 miles
Helford Village Ferry Landing — 11.6 miles
Helford Passage Ferry Landing — 11.8 miles
Airports
Penzance Airport — 5.7 miles
Land's End St Just Airport — 12.1 miles
Newquay St Mawgan Airport — 29.2 miles

Directions


Satnav: please note that our postcode will bring you closer to the area rather than to the campsite itself. You will need to look for the Higher Pentreath signposts on the side of the road and follow the directions below.

We are 6 miles east from Penzance and 5 miles west from Helston. Follow the A30 nearly all the way to Penzance, then take the first exit off the roundabout on to the A394 to Helston. Continue for 3 miles until you come into the village of Newtown and then turn right towards Praa Sands just before the garage. Follow the road for a quarter of a mile before coming to a sharp left bend. We are on the right just up the lane.

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

This is such a lovely part of Cornwall, on the sublime south coast and the pristine beaches of Land’s End and the Lizard Peninsula, but also close to the big family attractions: the theme park Flambards and the National Seal Sanctuary are both within ten to 15 minutes’ drive.

Praa Sands West is the closest of the two Praa Sands beaches to Higher Pentreath – within a third of a mile – but the other, Praa Sands East, is still well under a mile’s walk away and very doable even if you’re carrying your surfboard.

Nearby Prussia Cove and Kenneggy Sands are quieter coves, Kennack Sands has a nature reserve to its east, and a must is Marazion, sheltered by the National Trust-managed island of St Michael's Mount ten minutes’ drive from Higher Pentreath and looking over stupendously good-looking Mounts Bay. Take a boat from here to the island or go around the harbour and village on a guided tour (held on Tuesdays and Fridays).

Once off the beach, the towns and villages of Cornwall are close to hand: the nearest to Higher Pentreath Farm Camp Site is the ancient market town of Penzance (about 15 minutes' drive), home of the Penzance pirates in Gilbert and Sullivan’s opera (try and sing their shanties after a scrumpy).

One of the oldest lidos in the country, the Jubilee Pool, is here, as well as subtropical plants at Morrab Gardens, and Poldark, the only complete underground tin mine in Cornwall. The museum and art gallery Penlee House has piles of paintings by members of the Newlyn School, and there are several art galleries in the town centre.

Artists should also make a beeline for St Ives on the north coast, Cornwall’s most famous arty area and home of Tate St Ives (if this is too yawnsome for little people, there are four beaches around the town too).

Or take the kids to Helston, to the east of Higher Pentreath and Praa Sands, for Flambards Theme Park; St Austell half an hour from Helston for the famed Eden Project; or one of the other big family attractions around Cornwall and its coast: Newquay Zoo, Crealy Great Adventure Park and the red pandas, Cornish choughs and other inhabitants of Hayle’s Paradise Park.

Must see

  • St Michael's Mount (3.8 miles)
  • Flambards (6.0 miles)
  • National Seal Sanctuary (8.4 miles)

National Trust

  • Godolphin (2.8 miles)
  • St Michael's Mount (3.8 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.

Policies

Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  2 p.m. –  Anytime
Depart:  12 p.m.

The reception is open between 8.30am-12.30pm and 4pm-8pm. If you are arriving outside these hours, please contact the campsite using the details provided in the booking confirmation email for more details about your pitch.

Higher Pentreath Farm Camp Site cancellation policy

No refunds within 4 weeks of arrival date.

Bookings cannot be amended within 7 day(s) of arrival.

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

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. Higher Pentreath Farm Camp Site 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.

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

Changes to your holiday
Bookings cannot be amended within 7 day(s) of arrival.

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

General
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.
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.

Reception
Reception is open from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. between 15/07 and 05/09.
Reception is open from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. between 15/07 and 05/09.

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.
Firearms are not permitted.

Additional terms

Backpackers' pitch: strictly no cars permitted (near the pitch or at the campsite - no car parking is available on site). Please note, when booking this pitch, customers arriving with a car will be asked to leave.

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