Shilla Mill

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View across a pitch into the site (added by manager 26 Aug 2022)
Big tent fits (added by visitor 05 jul 2022)
The rumps (added by manager 18 jul 2021)
Two of the pitches (added by manager 10 apr 2022)

  • Quiet campsite between a golf course and Polzeath beach
  • Wadebridge 20 minutes' drive; Padstow half an hour
  • Picnic bench, barbecue and firepit provided at every pitch
If there ever was a historic setting for a holiday in Polzeath, Shilla Mill is it. Built in 1591, the historic house is widely believed to be the first property in Polzeath (which is a pretty seaside destination and a very hot surfing spot, by the way). Set at the end of a private lane surrounded by greenery, Shilla Mill's spacious camping pitches are equally as peaceful. The pitches lie between Polzeath's beach and a golf course, roughly half a mile from the centre of this smart little Cornish resort. Sir John Betjeman took inspiration for some of his poems from Shilla Mill's gardens and the surrounding area, and when you see this coastal hideaway in person it's easy to appreciate why. The grounds set aside for camping here are well-maintained, level and grassy, with a good amount of room between the pitches and a good clutch of facilities – each of the pitches has a picnic bench, barbecue and firepit. Simple facilities like toilets and hot showers are available, but for most other things you'll want to take a wander towards the centre of Polzeath, where there are several shops, cafés, restaurants and other attractions, including surfing opportunities, of course. Dogs are welcome at this friendly site (on leads, please), and there are plenty of places to take them for their walkies. For a stretch of the legs and some big gulps of fresh sea air, wander the couple of miles over to Pentire Point, a spectacular peninsula with views out over the Atlantic.

Site type

Tent pitches 6
Rent a tent 1
Open now

Tourist board rating

Please note
  • Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.
  • Your dog must be tattooed or microchipped.
  • The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act (i.e. Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, and Fila Brasileiro).
  • Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work-related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.
  • The site caters for families (immediate members) and couples only - bookings from all other forms of groups are not accepted.
  • Discount cards and gift vouchers cannot be applied to bookings made via Pitchup.com.
  • At least one of the party members must be aged 18 or over.
  • This is a quiet site: no music is allowed.
  • If making a fire, the fuel, logs and coal have to be purchased on site.
  • Guests are advised to bring a good quality torch with them as parts of the site are unlit.
  • Please note that the toilet/shower facilities are unisex.
  • Please note that the toilet facilities are unisex.
  • Please note that the shower facilities are unisex.
  • The charging of electric vehicles is not permitted on site.

Languages spoken

English

Open from Mon, 1 Apr to

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Only showing reviews for the last 30 months.

This is our fourth time staying, and we keep coming back because…

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi 10
Matt C. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Electric optional grass tent pitch (XL)

Liked: This is our fourth time staying, and we keep coming back because of the friendliness of our hosts, Ali and James, as well as the perfect location for spending time in and around Polzeath. Facilities are excellent, surroundings beautiful and atmosphere very relaxed. See you again soon, Matt and Jade x

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Shilla Mill is not cheap, but it's a lovely, tiny campsite in…

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 8
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 8
Customer service 10
Child friendliness No rating
Cleanliness 10
Wifi 10
Jonathan H. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Electric optional grass tent pitch (XL)

Liked: Shilla Mill is not cheap, but it's a lovely, tiny campsite in a great location, with lovely owners. It's no more than a ten minute walk from Polzeath seafront, but feels like it's surrounded by woodland and meadows and wildlife. The showers and toilets are clean, the water is plentiful and hot, there are good washing-up facilities, with fire-pits / bbqs available to hire. You can't take your own logs though.

Disliked: There isn't a freezer for freezer blocks; we ended up buying bags of ice from the local Spar for our cool-boxes.

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I cannot recommend this unique and beautiful place enough!

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness No rating
Cleanliness 10
Wifi 10
Anonymous The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Electric optional grass tent pitch (XL)

Liked: - Very clean facilities - Quiet area - Picturesque - Friendly host - Great location - Historical Site

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This campsite is small and friendly. It is clean and peaceful and…

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 8
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi 10
Anonymous The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Electric optional grass tent pitch (XL)

Liked: This campsite is small and friendly. It is clean and peaceful and just perfect. Many thanks

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The site is just great!

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi 10
Anonymous The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Electric optional grass tent pitch (XL)

Liked: This is a fantastic site. It is peaceful and has easy access to the beach. My son was particularly pleased with the fire pits as he’d been looking forward to a camp fire. The toilet and shower facilities are slightly basic but they are regularly kept clean and they perfectly adequate. Finally, the owners were a lovely pair who were warm, welcoming and very helpful. I really can’t wait to stay again.

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Superb place!!

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi No rating
Julian O. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Electric optional grass tent pitch (XL)

Liked: Amazing place, quiet but yet super close to the beach. Hosts are very super nice. Toilets, showers, washing area…. super clean!!

Disliked: Nothing at all!

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Shilla Mill has the feeling of being remote whilst being very close…

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 8
Accommodation 8
Facilities / Activities 8
Customer service 8
Child friendliness 6
Cleanliness 6
Wifi 4
Gareth S. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Electric optional grass tent pitch (XL)

Liked: Shilla Mill has the feeling of being remote whilst being very close to amenities. The facilities were well equipped with little additions you don't get at other sites.

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Excellent , small , beautiful, quiet site .

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi No rating
Hannah F. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Electric optional grass tent pitch (XL)

Liked: Fabulous small quiet campsite in a beautiful valley , a short walk to the beach and next to a babbling brook and lovely woodland walk . New and very clean toilet&sink blocks and same for the showers ( clever use of modern sheds to make the cubicles ) . Clean tidy covered sink washing area , drinking water tap and outdoor shower for wetsuits and swimmers . Each site has it own picnic bench and there were fire pits and the on site team sold wood if you needed it . Nice late check out of 12:00 so got to enjoy a morning there to on check out day . Ali and James were very welcoming and helpful. I took my dog who was very welcomed by the owners and who loved the proximity of the stream and woodland walks . Wonderful stay and I can’t wait to go back .

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The hosts were both absolutely lovely. A really beautiful setting with fire…

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi 10
Rebecca I. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Electric optional grass tent pitch (XL)

Liked: The hosts were both absolutely lovely. A really beautiful setting with fire pit. Clean shower and toilets. Hot water in the showers was lovely!

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campsite was amazing the grass and paths were well kept and toilets…

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 8
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi 10
dean c. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Electric optional grass tent pitch (XL)

Liked: campsite was amazing the grass and paths were well kept and toilets always clean. electric hookup point and wifi were always reliable. and the picnic benches on every pitch was a brilliant idea; lovely for chilling in the evening

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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 cafe On-site restaurant On-site restaurant/cafe Outdoor swimming pool Play area TV room Take away Tennis Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available Car parking by pitch/unit Composting toilet Dog park Drying room Food shop Free wifi Ice pack freezing Internet access Launderette Local produce Parent & baby washroom Pick-up from public transport Picnic table Portable toilet Pub toilets Public telephone Shower available Toilet block Washing-up area Wifi

Groups welcome

Family friendly Motorcycle friendly Rallies welcome 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 Luxury Peaceful Remote location Spectacular scenery Walkers' paradise 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 Public transport nearby Shop nearby

Type

Tiny (1-10 pitches)

Accessibility

Disabled facilities

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 Restaurant nearby Sailing nearby Surf school nearby Tennis nearby

Location

Shilla Mill

Polzeath

Cornwall

England

PL27 6SS

Directions

Timezone

Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)

GPS

50.56834°N
-4.91009°W

Route directions

Keeping Vanilla (a café) on your left, turn left opposite the beach onto Shilla Mill Lane. Drive past Valley Caravan Park's reception onto the private road and continue until you reach the very end.

Nearest transport

Coach
4.7 mi Lidl Superstore
4.7 mi Lidl Superstore
10.7 mi Car Park
Rail
10.9 mi Roche Rail Station
11.8 mi St Columb Road Rail Station
12.5 mi Quintrell Downs Rail Station
Ferry
1.8 mi Rock Padstow Ferry Landing
2.1 mi Padstow Ferry Landing
19.9 mi Fowey Custom House Quay Ferry Landing
Airport
9.4 mi Newquay St Mawgan Airport

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

Surf’s up at Polzeath beach, 10 minutes' walk from the site. Catching swells is the sport of choice in Polzeath, as are walks up over the pretty Pentire Point (approximately 40 minutes' walk). Keen golfers will have distant sea views as their setting at The Point at Polzeath (10 minutes' drive) too. Those of you who are looking to potter around some other coastal spots (or go for a pint or a paddle, your choice) have plenty of options. Pretty Padstow (30 minutes), Port Isaac (20 minutes) or perhaps Tintagel (30 minutes), where there’s a grand clifftop castle with legends of Merlin and Arthur to dive into. In Wadebridge (20 minutes), cycle hire will help you get out on the Camel Trail, following where an old railway used to travel through countryside and along the estuary. If that gets you wanting a bit more history, head to Pencarrow House and Garden (25 minutes) for a Grade II-listed country house and Jamaica Inn (45 minutes), which was frequented by smugglers back in the day.

Water quality at nearby bathing waters

Name Distance Type 2020 2019 2018 2017
Polzeath 0.5 mi Estuary N/A Excellent Good Excellent
Daymer Bay 0.9 mi Estuary N/A Excellent Excellent Excellent
Trevone Bay 3.3 mi Sea N/A Excellent Excellent Excellent
Harlyn Bay 4.3 mi Sea N/A Excellent Excellent Excellent
Mother Ivey`S Bay 4.9 mi Sea N/A Excellent Excellent Excellent

Data source: European Environment Agency

Must see

Rock Beach 1.5 mi

Cornwall's Crealy Great Adventure Park 5.5 mi

Tintagel Castle 9.5 mi

Newquay Zoo 12.9 mi

Blue Reef Aquarium 13 mi

National Trust

Carnewas and Bedruthan Steps 8 mi

Tintagel Old Post Office 9.5 mi

Trerice 13.8 mi

Lawrence House 24.5 mi

Trelissick Garden 24.9 mi

Cycle routes

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

Other

Pentire Point and The Rumps 0.4 mi

PRIDEAUX PLACE 2.3 mi

Padstow and the South-West Coast Path 2.3 mi

Trevone Bay - Constantine Bay - South West Coastal Path 3.4 mi

Harlyn and Constantine Bays 4.2 mi

Local events

  • Boardmasters (Wednesday 7 August 2024 – Wednesday 7 August 2024)

    Newquay, Cornwall 10.8 mi

  • Eden Sessions (Wednesday 12 June 2024 – Wednesday 12 June 2024)

    Par, Cornwall 16.2 mi

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.

Nearest sites

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Want to know more about camping in Cornwall?

  • Does Shilla Mill have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Shilla Mill dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Shilla Mill? Surf’s up at Polzeath beach, 10 minutes' walk from the site. Catching swells is the sport of choice in Polzeath, as are walks up over the pretty Pentire Point (approximately 40 minutes' … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Shilla Mill?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  2:30 p.m. –  8 p.m.
    Depart by:  12 p.m.
    On-site accommodation
    Arrive:  2:30 p.m. –  10:30 p.m.
    Depart by:  11 a.m.
    Read more
  • How much does it cost to stay at Shilla Mill? From £35 (for 1 night, 3 people) - prices may change depending on your dates and party.