Innis Inn and Campsite6.2
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We wouldn’t strictly recommend going to gorgeous Cornwall and spending all your time Inn the local pub, especially if you’re staying on a site within a mile’s walk of the Eden Project. But when there’s a pub right on the campsite, serving meals all day as well as Sunday carvery and Cornish cream teas, with a beer garden, and where dogs are welcome (and free on site)…a daily visit is, we think, within the realms of reason.
Innis Inn and Campsite is a family-run and quiet site with tent pitches, loos, showers and a disabled toilet, set on two and a half acres of land a few miles from the capital of the Cornish Alps St Austell. If you want to chill out close to base (and pub), there are fifteen acres of fishing lakes surrounding the campsite to make your way around, a play area and plenty of runaround room for mini inners.
The pub serves food daily from noon until 9pm and stays open for drinks until 1030. For essentials off site, it’s a fifteen-minute walk to the local village of Penwithick which has a Spar, post office and fish and chip shop; bikes can be hired on site for those who prefer to pedal.
Innis Inn and Campsite is perfectly placed to see the best of Cornwall, with hundreds of miles’ worth of hike and bike paths in the surrounding countryside, seaside towns and villages, family days out and heritage highlights including old houses, clay pits and tin mines.
St Austell has a Clay Trail starting from Tremana Gardens and running along the Bodmin Road to connect with the Wheal Martyn China Clay Country Park, a 26-acre park with woodland walks, adventure playground and the biggest working waterwheel in Cornwall. (Stick around Snozzle for a bit to also browse around Cornish World, which has an award-winning play centre, Kidzworld, and the biggest indoor market in the south-west.)
To take a look at tin mining and its history in Cornwall, Poldark Mine in the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site at Wendron near Helston is the only complete underground tin mine in the county, and has mine and ghost tours, a museum, exhibitions and activities including gold panning and circus skills. More Cornish history and heritage are on show at the Charlestown Shipwreck and Heritage Centre less than five miles from Innis Inn, and at the three-floor Mevagissey Museum a few miles south.
Anglers can go on the hunt for mackerel or sharks on a sea fishing trip from Mevagissey where there’s a shark angling centre on the quay; boats can also be hired from the village to go out into the waters and look for seals and dolphins. There are opps for beach, sea and coarse fishing all over south Cornwall including at Fowey, Looe, Falmouth, along the River Tamar and at commercial fishing lakes.
After a day (each) at the Eden Project and equally famous Lost Gardens of Heligan, there are several more gardens in the area: the National Trust’s Lanhydrock at Bodmin (which also has a secondhand bookshop); the coastal Caerhays Castle and Gardens with National Magnolia Collection, and the valley garden and laurel maze of Glendurgan Garden near Falmouth.
All sounding too sedate for the kids? Family-friendly activities and centres abound around St Austell and south Cornwall, including the Crealy Great Adventure Park, the World of Model Railways at Mevagissey and the Tortoise Garden of St Austell. Heading north, sprogs of all ages should like Newquay Zoo and the Blue Reef Aquarium, the indoor play barn at the Springfields Fun Park and Pony Centre, or the biggest go-karting centre in the south-west, Wadebridge’s St Eval Kart Circuit.
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|Modernised early 19th-c pub with nautical touches, public bar, lounge and dining area, well kept St Austell ales and two guests, good wine choice and coffee, enjoyable competitively priced food all day including popular Sun carvery, friendly obliging service; background music (live on Fr), free wi-fi; children welcome, dogs in bar, disabled facilities, front terrace and garden with picnic-sets, eight bedrooms (some with sea views), open all day||Rashleigh Arms
|Glass-fronted warehouse conversion alongside hotel, great spot looking over classic little harbour and its historic sailing ships, up to seven ales inc Sharps Doom Bar, enjoyable pubby food, friendly efficient service, live music Sat night; sports TVs, pool; interesting film-set conservation village with shipwreck museum, good walks, parking away from pub||Harbourside Inn
|Cosy traditional atmosphere and plenty of space in interconnected rooms of friendly village pub said to date from 12th century; pews, painted settles, armchairs and sofas, flagstones and carpets, ornate stained-glass window in lounge; very accommodating staff, well kept Bass and Hancocks HB on handpump, no music or games nachines, good reasonably priced waitress-served lunchtime bar food, evening restaurant; bedrooms in separate accommodation by garden (no dogs allowed in these)||Crown
|Timeless 18th-c local, friendly and relaxed, with Bass tapped from the cask and St Austell ales on handpump, caring friendly landlord, back games/children's room with juke box, open fires; large secluded garden behind, nice village setting, bedrooms, open all day||New Inn
|Flower-decked 18th-c pub with chatty locals and welcoming staff, enjoyable straightforward food including evening carvery, well kept Fullers London Pride, Sharps Doom Bar and a guest from rowing-boat counter, roomy bar with lots of hanging whisky-water jugs and big stove; background and live music, TV, cash machine; children and dogs welcome, two garden areas (one with summer bandstand), camping and self-catering cabin, open all day||Ship
- Eden Project (0.4 miles)
- Lost Gardens of Heligan (6.5 miles)
- Cornwall's Crealy Great Adventure Park (10.5 miles)
- Trerice (11.9 miles)
- Carnewas and Bedruthan Steps (13.5 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
Porthpean, Charlestown and Carlyon Bay
- Kings Wood in the Pentewan Valley (4.5 miles)
- Polkerris to Readymoney Cove (4.7 miles)
- Kings Wood in the Pentewan Valley (4.5 miles)
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63% would recommend this site to a friend.
60% would stay here again.
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Mixed thoughts 8 Aug 2014
Lovetocamp (Family with young children, 2 reviews) Confirmed
good all round site ideal for Eden Project and other local atractions 31 Jul 2014
michaelwendy (Mature couple, 1 review)
had a fantastic stay lovely people lovely place 20 Jul 2014
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Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Touring and motorhomes
Drainage hook-up points for tourers
Electrical hook-up points for tourers
Fully serviced pitches
Water hook-up points for tourers
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Lake and/or mountain
Cycle hire nearby
Mountain biking nearby
D. of E. welcome
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Nearby farmers' market
Public transport nearby
Medium (26-50 pitches)
Small (11-25 pitches)
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- Coach stations
Eden Project: Bus Stop — 1.7mi
1.7mi St Blazey Gate (Cornwall): Coach Stop — 2.5mi
2.5mi St Blazey (Cornwall) Church Street Coach Stop — 2.6mi
- Train stations
Luxulyan Rail Station — 1.4mi
1.4mi Bugle Rail Station — 2.0mi
2.0mi St Austell Rail Station — 2.7mi
- Ferry ports
Fowey Custom House Quay Ferry Landing — 6.5mi
6.5mi Fowey Ferry Landing — 6.6mi
6.6mi Fowey Town Quay Ferry Landing — 6.6mi
Newquay St Mawgan Airport — 11.5mi
11.5mi Plymouth City Airport — 29.3mi
We are one mile to the gate of the Eden Project, and within five minutes by car.
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