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- Simple and scenic site with a family-friendly summer camp vibe
- A 35-minute walk to Portreath beach and the South West Coast Path
- Kiosk selling supplies and a pub down the road; firepits permitted
This Cornish site might be no frills, but it’s got tons of character. Simple and scenic is how Camp Kovva likes it – and they’ve got you covered with shower blocks, earth-friendly composting toilets and a kiosk that sells essential supplies. Think wild summer camp vibes combined with grounded, off-grid living…
It’s a chilled-out base here, tucked away in the Cornish countryside but just 35 minutes’ walk from the closest stretch of sand. Portreath beach is a popular one for families, as well as those looking to catch some sweet swells (there’s a surf school that’ll teach any beginners the basics or let you out surfboards).
Firepits are permitted on site for those wanting to warm their brews (and if you’ve forgotten tea bags, just head to the site’s kiosk). The site is very much a wildlife haven, and a relaxing one at that, but if you fancy a little pampering session or a swim, there’s an indoor pool half an hour’s walk away and a spa a short drive away. If you’ve got any kids to think of, there’s also a huge soft play area at Base Camp, five minutes’ drive away.
Where else might a walk take you? Well, there’s a pub just five minutes’ walk down the road and if it’s Cornish pasties you’re looking for, you’re bound to find some in Portreath (half an hour’s walk), where there are bakeries, more pubs, cafés and restaurants. This is a good spot to stroll right onto the South West Coast Path, which heads over the St Agnes Heritage Coast.
Open from 29/04/2022 to 01/11/2022
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Charming small campsite with with warm eco shower and kitchenette.
Great little site very nice and quiet. Great communal camp …
From the manager...
Thank you for taking the time to review your stay, we're really sorry to hear you were so disappointed.
Our site is completely off-grid, which is detailed in the description, so I apologise if you were expecting something different. Like the rest of our site, our showers are off-grid however they are lovely and warm, I apologise if this was not the case when you used it, but I will look into this for you and for future guests. This also explains why you were unable to charge your phone - It sounds like you may have been expecting a typical campsite with electric hookup and flushing toilets, so we're sorry that this isn't something we provide.
We are really disheartened that you have given such a negative review, as we received a glowing review below from guests who were on site at the same time as you, and particularly mentioned that everything ran smoothly and they loved that our camp manager was so present on site.
I am really sorry to hear that you couldn't get food at the pub on a Sunday night, and that you had trouble getting shopping from Morrisons, however I'm afraid this is out of our control.
We'd be happy to welcome you back to camp in the future, but please be advised that we are completely off-grid and we sadly have no control over opening times or offerings of local businesses.
Excellent site, clean quiet and everyone is very friendly.
Deep cleaning of accommodation units between guests
More frequent emptying of bins
Shared spaces: daily deep cleaning
Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Car parking by pitch/unit
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
D. of E. welcome
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Commercial vehicles allowed
No dogs allowed
Electric car charging point(s)
Gas cylinders available
Dog walk nearby
Public transport nearby
Small (11-25 pitches)
Cycle hire nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Surf school nearby
- Coach stations
— 2.0 miles
2.0 miles Cornwall College — 2.0 miles
2.0 miles Alma Place — 2.2 miles
- Train stations
Redruth Rail Station
— 2.2 miles
2.2 miles Camborne Rail Station — 3.4 miles
3.4 miles Perranwell Rail Station — 7.2 miles
- Ferry ports
Ponsharden Ferry Landing
— 10.0 miles
10.0 miles Flushing Falmouth Ferry Landing — 10.6 miles
10.6 miles Trelisick Ferry Landing — 10.7 miles
— 14.3 miles
14.3 miles Newquay St Mawgan Airport — 17.5 miles
17.5 miles Land's End St Just Airport — 20.9 miles
Where to set down on the Cornwall coast, aside from pretty Portreath beach? Perhaps Chapel Porth Beach (15 minutes’ drive), a small but sweet sandy beach at the bottom of a valley with caves, rockpools and splendid surf. The Towans (20 minutes) beaches are a well-known surfing hotspot, but non-surfers will also like the fine, white sand and dunes. Perran Sands beach (25 minutes) has more dunes and great swells.
Those of you looking for some scenic stretches along the South West Coast Path will be set with the gorse and World War II lookouts along St Agnes Head (20 minutes). Further afield, lively St Ives (25 minutes) is a destination for all things art galleries, fishing trips and beach days.
As for spectacular spots on the south Cornwall coast, which is also within driving distance, St Michael's Mount (half an hour) has to be high up there. You’ll cross the causeway to this castle island when the tide’s right, so bring a picnic and prepare for an insight into older times.
- Cornwall Industrial Discovery Centre (1.9 miles)
- Truro Cathedral (9.4 miles)
- Tate St Ives (10.1 miles)
- Cornish Mines and Engines (1.9 miles)
- Godrevy (5.8 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
- Does Camp Kovva have a swimming pool? No View all features
- Is Camp Kovva dog friendly? No View all features
- What attractions are near Camp Kovva? Where to set down on the Cornwall coast, aside from pretty Portreath beach? Perhaps Chapel Porth Beach (15 minutes’ drive), a small but sweet sandy beach at the bottom of a valley … Read more
- When can I check in and check out of Camp Kovva?
Camping and touring Arrive: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. Depart by: 10 a.m. On-site accommodation Arrive: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. Depart by: 11 a.m.