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8.7

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General

  • Quiet, eco-friendly rural site surrounded by apple orchards
  • Five miles from beaches and coastal paths around Falmouth
  • Wildlife haven with fire circles, willow play areas and mud kitchen

Orchard walks, a forest garden project, wildlife galore and wild camping with heaps of room to play… if all this lot ticks all your holiday boxes, you'll be chuffed with what's on offer at Chyan Farm – and the kids will likely think the mud kitchen and earthship bathhouse are out of this world too.

Set close to the Cornish hamlet of Halvasso near Penryn and five miles from Falmouth, Chyan Farm is a cultural centre and community project, running a spacious wild camping site with an eco-friendly approach, in a peaceful rural valley setting surrounded by apple orchards.There are campfire circles to cosy around, and several play areas for kids, including willow structures and a mud kitchen. Guests can also buy farm produce such as apple juice and salad.

The emphasis here is on wild camping with basic amenities including compost toilets, springwater taps and hot showers in the site's earthship bathhouse. The owners ask guests to keep in mind that this is simple camping with simple facilities: the bathroom, while kept clean, isn't made up of gleaming tiles and you may well see a spider's web here and there.

The centre runs regular events such as fairs, workshops and craft classes throughout the year: ask the friendly team for details of what's on offer during your stay.

Bronze David Bellamy Conservation Award

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8.7

Overall rating based on 31 reviews

 

77% would recommend this site to a friend.

81% would stay here again.

 

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Nice natural and very eco friendly. Kate the manager is ... 13/09/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom ALEX R. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Nice natural and very eco friendly. Kate the manager is very friendly and helpful. Super reasonable and affordable.

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    Could do with some perspex skylights or windows in the composting loos , as was rather dark even in the day time.

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Bell tent 03/09/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Donna K. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

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    Bell tent

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Fantastic views.People running the camp very helpful.Main shower block very ... 31/08/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Catriona B. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Fantastic views.People running the camp very helpful.Main shower block very hot. Very eco friendly. Very good site but also basic. You get what you pay for.

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    Compost toilet a exprence. The solar showers cold.

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Beautiful setting friendly people nice vibe 30/08/2018

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    Everything

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    Nothing

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Lovely eco site, back to nature 29/08/2018

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    Great little camp site, great to get back to basics. Though I'm usually more of a glamper (with my own gear, electric hook up, portaloo etc), last weekend I spent 3 nights at Chyan with my friend in a tent with just a small stove, single airbeds and sleeping bags and a chair each. The composting toilets were absolutely fine and easy to use, the solar showers weren't very powerful but were warm, and the bath house showers were great, absolutely loved the mosaic floor! Note that you can't use toiletries with chemicals in them. We took a bar of olive oil soap and ecover washing up liquid. There was a big bottle of natural shampoo and conditioner in the bath house. Kate site owner brought us over a firepit and logs, and we enjoyed a fire 2 nights. There's a bus around 25 mins walk from the site, that goes into Falmouth or Helston (no service on Sundays) and a cafe/restaurant about 25 mins walk away called the Waymarker - definitely worth checking out, massive portions, lovely food. Lovely campsite, plenty of room, no list of rules issued on arrival but not needed when campers are respectful! Would definitely like to return!

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Fab site if you are happy with back to basics no frills camping. 22/08/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Claire S. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    The peace and tranquility, the site was not too busy and the vibe was really chilled. Loved the eco-friendly way of life there and the back to basics style of living. This place wouldn't be for everyone, it's not for the H&S obsessed or those who like a home from home style holiday, showers that smell of bleach, games rooms and laundry rooms but for those who are relaxed, understand what they are trying to achieve here and accept it for what it is, love their kids to explore the countryside and get muddy in a mud kitchen, enjoy the experience of back to basics living, this is for you.

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Really chilled out place with an eco focus. Huge amount ... 19/08/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Christopher C. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass touring pitch
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    Really chilled out place with an eco focus.

    Huge amount of space. Nice grounds to explore.

    Basic but perfectly functioning facilities.

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Very quiet location 15/08/2018

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

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    Very quiet location

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Excellent site for quietness, friendly people and staff 14/08/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Nicola G. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

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    It was very different which I wasn’t use to but I really liked it there and everyone was very easy going and helpful

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Wild camping, plenty of room for children to explore and ... 12/08/2018

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    Wild camping, plenty of room for children to explore and play. Relaxing, camp fires allowed.

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Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Local produce

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Tents for hire

Toilet block

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Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

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Seasonal pitches

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Themes

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Forest

Leave the car at home

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Climbing nearby

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Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

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Outdoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Surf school nearby

Tennis nearby

Watersports nearby

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Type

Farm

Large (51-200 pitches)

Location

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  • Halvasso, Longdowns, Penryn, Cornwall, England, TR10 9BT
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 50.1403°N 5.1576°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Rame Cross (Cornwall): Coach Stop — 1.9 miles
Penryn (Cornwall), Penryn Bridge Coach Stop — 3.2 miles
Falmouth: Berkeley Vale Argos Coach Stop — 3.9 miles
Train stations
Penryn Rail Station — 2.9 miles
Penmere Rail Station — 3.4 miles
Falmouth Town Rail Station — 4.2 miles
Ferry ports
Helford Passage Ferry Landing — 3.1 miles
Helford Village Ferry Landing — 3.3 miles
Ponsharden Ferry Landing — 3.5 miles
Airports
Penzance Airport — 16.0 miles
Newquay St Mawgan Airport — 22.3 miles
Land's End St Just Airport — 22.8 miles

Directions


From Longdowns, turn left and go down through Halvosso into the valley. The turning for Chyan is at the yellow gate opposite Fig Tree Bed & Breakfast, just after the small wind farm and community field project.

If you are booking last minute or arriving late at night, you can go straight to the camping field. After driving through the village of Halvasso, the satnav will ask you to turn right. Ignore this and continue straight on. Behind 2 large wind turbines, there is a gateway into a small car park. You arrived.

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

Activities and attractions to keep you occupied for weeks are within easy distance of the farm, whether you want to strike out on foot or by pedal, or drive a short distance to popular places like Falmouth and the Lizard Peninsula.

A mile from base is the outdoor activity centre of BF Adventure, offering adventures in archery, zipwiring, rock climbing, abseiling, canoeing, kayaking and bush craft on a 60-acre site of countryside and quarries.

You could also trot along to the horse and donkey sanctuary of the Flicka Foundation a couple of miles away, or potter around the 1,000 acres of woodland and 30 acres of estate and greenery at Enys Gardens, three miles away. More hair-raisingly, wakeboarding is available at Kernow Wake Park, also within three miles.

Have a day or two in Falmouth five miles away too, for shopping, fishing and boat trips on the fab Fal river, along with a look at the 140 or so vessels of the National Maritime Museum Cornwall on the town harbour.

Coastal and riverside and countryside walks are easy to access from here: hike the South West Coast Path from Penryn to Falmouth, amble around the Roseland Peninsula and St Mawes, or take the gentle four-mile trip from Falmouth to Mylor Harbour via the ferry trip from Falmouth to Flushing.

Within easy driving distance, the Cornish Seal Sanctuary is eight miles away at Gweek, and the spectacular walks and scenery of the Lizard Heritage Coast are within ten miles.

Must see

  • Trebah Garden (2.8 miles)
  • National Seal Sanctuary (3.8 miles)
  • National Maritime Museum Cornwall (4.3 miles)

National Trust

  • Glendurgan Garden (2.8 miles)
  • St Anthony Head (7.2 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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Depart:  Anytime
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If you are booking last minute or arriving late at night, you can go straight to the camping field. After driving through the village of Halvasso, the satnav will ask you to turn right. Ignore this and continue straight on. Behind two large wind turbines, there is a gateway into a small car park: you're here.

Chyan Farm cancellation policy

Balance refunds: no penalties

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

Group bookings of 15 or more units (e.g. tent, touring caravan, motorhome or accommodation hire) travelling together are not permitted via Pitchup.com.

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.

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The remainder is payable on arrival.

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

Arrivals and departures
Late arrivals must notify the park as soon as possible. Your booking will be held for 24 hours. After this period the management reserves the right to relet your unit.
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.
Units will be allocated on arrival.

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

Extras
Facilities/activities including sauna are subject to extra charges payable on arrival.
Motorbike(s) can be brought instead of the car(s) included.

General
Bookings are nominative and non-transferable.
Bookings must not be for more than 14 consecutive nights.
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.
Quiet hours must be respected between 9:30 p.m. and 8:30 a.m..
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and boots must be closed quietly.
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.

Occupancy
Group bookings of 15 or more units (e.g. tent, touring caravan, motorhome or accommodation hire) travelling together are not permitted via Pitchup.com.
No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.
Single-sex bookings of 15 or more people (couples and immediate family members excepted) are not permitted via Pitchup.com.

Taxes
This area is not subject to city tax.

Vehicles
The car is only included in the rate if you are travelling with a touring caravan or a tent. Cars are not permitted when travelling with a motorhome/campervan.

Visitors
Visitors’ cars are not permitted on site.

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