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Visitor Reviews - Gwithian Farm Campsite

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Gwithian Farm Campsite
1 Churchtown Rd
Gwithian, Hayle
St Ives
Cornwall (West)   (Browse area)
TR27 5BX   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 01736 753127

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Pitches: 130
Open: April To October

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 241 Reviews
              9/10 from 241 Reviews

Units accepted:    Tents  Caravans  Motorhomes 

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Date of Visit: May 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Sceptical Camper 36 reviews from this member

This is a large-ish well laid out campsite and it has a real family atmosphere.

The site slopes gently uphill from the entrance which is a tight turn-in from the coast road. Reception, the facilities and hardstanding pitches are conveniently grouped at the lower end of the site. Tent and non-electric grass pitches at the higher end. The site is fairly exposed to the wind, especially at the top.

Surfaced tracks provide access and cars can be parked on each pitch. The numbered pitches are spacious and enclosed by attractive low hedges of flowering shrubs and ornamental grasses.

Dogs are welcome and there is a dog-walking path directly from the top of the site. The pub opposite the entrance is also dog-friendly.

The owners live on site and are very helpful and friendly. The site was very quiet at night during my stay.

The toilets and showers were kept clean and supplies were replenished regularly. The showers were good with spacious cubicles. The laundry has washing machines, tumbledryers and ironing facilities. There are plenty of water points around the site.

During my stay, there was a good mix of tents, motorhomes and touring caravans using the site.

From the site, it's a half-mile walk to Gwithian beach or a mile to Godrevy beach.

Mobile caterers come to the site so you don't have to cook. The Guardian newspaper says: 'Visiting street food vans have become a regular feature at this feted seaside campsite. This year’s line-up includes Mexican street food, wood-fired-pizzas, curry, daily hot croissant delivery and proper fish and chips. ' There are also several cafes and bars in the area including the National Trust's excellent Godrevy Beach Cafe.

I have used many camp sites in Cornwall and Gwithian Farm is among of the best. Recommended.

Date of Visit: May 2015 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Family Robinson 1 review from this member

What a fantastic site, owners very friendly and welcoming.

Plenty of pitch space. Site shop has all the things you need should you have forgotten them.

Mobile catering van for those evenings you don't want to cook. A quite and friendly pub literally just less than than 50 metres from site entrance,

Fantastic walks to the beach, not far from St Ives /Penzance should you want to explore.

Site has wifi for those die hard internet people.

Shower blocks vary clean, no coin slots for showers, as all incl in pitch price !

Certainly recommend this site. Having stayed in the lower numbers and just departed from pitch 27 which was hard standing and grass.

Date of Visit: May 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: BillBeech005 7 reviews from this member

We visited Gwithian farm again this year for our annual 'lads weekend' which now is made up of girls and boys, plus this 'venerable old one'.

We use this site because of the ease of access to the beach without the need to use the car, and the always friendly and helpful welcome we get.

The site has the benefit of a great little country pub opposite the entrance, that serves up some superb meals, but you need to book in advance when the site is busy, as a lot of people eat there.

The site has superb access and great facilities, plenty of hook ups and numerous water points. The pitches are exceedingly generous with ample for room for caravn/tent/motorhome, car, awning, bbq and sitting out area. The toilet block is second to none, with even a family bathroom and several sinks dedicated to washing up, there is also a laundry room with all the usual fittings.

All the pitches are well drained and we have never encountered a problem with grass too wet, most are fairly level with little adjustment needed when setting up, one wheel ramp/leveller being sufficient, or even none at all depending on orientation of your caravan/camper. Another nice touch is the wet suit wash, very handy for the surfer/kite surfer boys and girls.

Other little helpful bits are the excellent pastries sold by the children and the fish and chip van that calls, also an ice cream man in the warmer months.

Access to the beach is out of the top of the site and takes at most 20 mins for the slower walkers, usually 15 mins for the less 'loaded'.

The site attracts all sorts of people with the older campers (me for one) mixing happily with the younger ones, lots of smiles and greetings are the order of the day, due to the relaxed and happy outlook of the owners Clair and Mike, a great couple and very very helpful.

The local shops are handy, Lidl a short distance by car away and then in Hayle you have the Co operative with a new Asda at the other end of Hayle. Hayle also boasts some excellent public houses and at least a couple of chip shops.

All in all, given its easy access to the A30 and all the local attractions, this site can form the perfect base to give your holiday every chance of success.

I have no reservations in recommending this site, for families or the surfin/sporty types and it is more than peaceful enough for the older campers like me that like a bit of peace and quiet now and then.

So give yourself a break (literally!) and go ahead and book a 'dream site', you will not regret it, I guarantee.

Oh! and I forgot to mention, it is a dog friendly site, but please clean up after your dog, both on site and on the walk to the beach.

Date of Visit: May 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Phill Noble 3 reviews from this member

We stayed at this site on Saturday 2nd May 2015, and herewith give our feedback on our experience.


Without a doubt 10 out of 10, on arrival we ‘were greeted’ with a smile, and the friendly character of the two people at reception. We were politely book in, give details of the site, and given directions to our pitch.


10 out of 10, We found the site to have all the facilities required, including plug sockets for my companions hairdryer, hair tongs.


10 out of 10, we found the pricing accurate for what the site offers, and our needs and expectations.


10 out of 10, No rubbish seen anywhere.

Would we stay again?

Definitely yes, when we next down in the area.

Date of Visit: August 2014 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: KWDerby 2 reviews from this member

Fantastic site - really one of the best sites we have ever visited. The pitch was excellent, clean spacious and surrounded by shrubs and flowers. The shower and toilet block was immaculately clean and modern. The campsite was full when we were there, but it wasn't noisy. Visiting pizza, bread and croissants, fish and chips and curry vans all very good. The shop was well stocked and everyone on site was very helpful. The Red River pub at the entrance to the campsite serves excellent food and ale! Next to the pub is the village shop and the bus stop is right outside the entrance. A short walk over the sand dunes gets you to the very spectacular beach, with a café\bar where you can sit and watch the surfers. This site is an ideal position for touring some of the most beautiful places in Cornwall. To go to St Ives use the park and train ride from St Erth (£4 return per adult), which was excellent value. All in all couldn't fault this site and can't wait to return again!

Date of Visit: August 2014 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Penguin73 11 reviews from this member

Just returned from this campsite. What a gem this is. Will be returning. Yes it was full with it being the school holiday but only had to queue for showers once and I timed how long I waited. 57 seconds. I know, how sad to time it!. Brush and mop to clean shower out after was at side of them. Lovely and clean.

Date of Visit: August 2014 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Alpiner 1 review from this member

Great campsite in a great area, if you like the beach type of holiday you have miles of beach to choose from.

To get to the beach you have to follow a path over the sand dunes and be reasonably fit, if not there is a pay car park that gets you a lot closer, just 5 mins from the site.

The site is very popular with family's and always seems to be full, so if planning to go there I would book well in advance of at least ring on a regular basis.

Good facilities and a nice pub opposite, this location is close to St Ives and many other coastal seaside towns.

Lidl is just down the road and a new Asda superstore is being built just a few miles away.

Although not a problem try to book a pitch away from the road or you could be within feet of it

Date of Visit: August 2014 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Silou 1 review from this member

Recently returned from a 2 week stay here, booked on previous reviews and 1 recommendation. The pitch was spacious and hook up good with no power cuts which was good considering the amount of units. The site was clean and showers good when not visited at peak times. We had 2 children 7 and a12 year old daughter plus 1 dog. We were quite disappointed with this site purely for the fact that there is nothing for children to do here, except play table tennis (1 table) and look at 7 chickens and a few guinea pigs. Owners describe a playing field for ball games etc but this is surrounded on 3 sides by tents with cars coming and going and is not a place that the families we spoke to said there children liked going to. The walk to the beach is suitable for those who don't mind carrying all their gear down to the beach on a 10-20 min walk over dunes or the single track road. The beach to take dogs on is a good 30-40 minute walk away as the steps have been damaged and are now blocked off, but we and many many others just climbed over and went down them anyway. The council have not left any information on how to access this beach any other way, which I feel is extremely poor, especially as they are charging people for walking dogs on Gwithian beach who are trying to get to the dog beach! We would not return to this site as there are much nicer sites with DIRECT beach access and more child friendly. It appears that the owners have compromised any play facilities for more units which is a shame. We had a good holiday as we met up with friends and family and visited lots of great places too. Bottalack mines is a great place to visit and free as is Heartlands which both my kids and nephews loved ( also free ). This site is a good place to use if you intend to go out and about a lot and don't mind not having somewhere central for kids to meet up and play.

Date of Visit: July 2014 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Chriscable 38 reviews from this member

Loved this site. Very busy site but in our pitch we did not feel hemmed in. Facilities new and clean (they do get busy). One gripe again no bucket and disinfectant to clean out shower before/after use - all sites should have this as it is hygienic as I don't like to follow people who leave grass and soap all over. Great pub across road ( Red River Inn) super food good selection of beers/cider and lager and VERY dog friendly. Walk to beach is easy however access to dog friendly beach was very difficult as steps have been washed away and dog wardens were patrolling and issuing tickets even if you were just walking on briefly in order to get to the dog friendly part. Site owners were complaining to council on behalf of us doggy folk. Tried wood fired pizza which comes 2 nights a week - top class and the croissants/Danish pastries on offer 2 mornings a week - brilliant. Best site we visited in Cornwall and only knocking 1 point off for lack of bucket and disinfectant in shower block

Date of Visit: July 2014 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Merryways 9 reviews from this member

Spent 4 nights here at end June/beginning July.

The site has easy access and is very well maintained with nice hedges and flowers.

We had a hardstanding pitch with electricity but if you have a large Motorhome you are best to fill with water before arrival as would block access if using a tap. There may have been one by reception but we had parked and levelled before we realised the nearest tap was further away than our hose so we chose to take trips with watering can and bucket. Also, the only place to drop grey water was where the chemical disposal point was, by reception, which was bordered by concrete - no drive over drain available.

The toilet/shower block was great, very clean with plenty of facilities. There was also a laundry room with washers, dryers and an iron & ironing board.

The shop was well stocked and all the staff very helpful and informative. A Fish & Chip van came one day, A Pizza van another and a fish fish van another. They were also advertising a curry night.

The walk to the beach is easy and the beach was amazing. We also walk to Godrevy to see the seals and walk around the coast there.

There is a daily bus to St Ives that allows you around 4 hours to explore, and an Age Concern bus that runs to Hayle.

We would recommend this site and would happily return.

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