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Penmarlam Caravan & Camping Park
Bodinnick By Fowey
Cornwall (East)   (Browse area)
PL23 1LZ   See Map
Tel: 01726 870088
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Pitches: 63
Open: Easter - October

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 73 Reviews
                9/10 from 73 Reviews

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Who's it for
 Adults Only   Club Members Only   Rallies Welcome   Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome   Motorbikers Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   Bathroom 
 Baby Changing Facilities   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   Battery Charging   Gas Exchange   Recycling Facilities 
 Kitchen Facilities   Freezer Available   Motorhome Point   Fully Serviced Pitches 
 Shop On Site   Bar <1 mile   Restaurant <1 mile   Wifi Access 
 Kids Playground   TV Room   Games Room   Evening Entertainment 
 Fishing On Site   Wild Swimming   Indoor Pool <5 miles   Outdoor Pool <1 mile 
 Horse Riding <5 miles   Cycle Hire   Golf <5 miles   Tennis <5 miles 
 Beach <1 mile   Watersports On Site   Boat Launch / Mooring On Site 
Other Features
 Sea Views   Working Farm   Campfires Allowed   Open All Year 
 Waterside Location   Dog Walk   Public Transport <5 miles 

Reviews:  73 in total, now showing 1 to 6                 Previous 6          Next 6
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Date of Visit: August 2017 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Cclcfc 10 reviews from this member

Stayed at Penmarlam as part of a Motorhome holiday.

Arrived just after the 12 o’clock arrival time and had a nice choice of pitches. Wardens very friendly and helpful with both information about the site and also the local area. We had our dog with us so we were given information on the best places to walk the dog (both for quick walk near the site and further afield).

We had a serviced pitch which was very large and we had more than enough space.

There is a nice shop on site with everything you’d ever need and the shower and toilet blocks were very good. Everything nice and clean and never had to queue.

The great thing about this site is the location. It’s a 10 minute walk down to the ferry which takes you across to Fowey in about 2 minutes. There are no set times to the ferry (just a start and end time) and it keeps going all day long.

We had a nice walk around Fowey but came back and did a lovely walk around the estuary along Hall Walk. Nice safe walk for the dog off the lead with lovely views back over Fowey.

Once we completed our walk we had a lovely meal in the Old Ferry Inn in the village. Everyone really friendly and excellent food.

Date of Visit: July 2017 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: TentnTrailer 6 reviews from this member

East to find and ideally located for those that wish to launch their boat but the interesting side of the river is a ferry trip across to Fowey. At the price point for the pitch, the facilities were clean but there could have been more than three male toilets and queuing and lack of toilet paper was a bit of a problem at busy times. No problem with the female toilets.

The site shop had a good range of items to satisfy most shortfalls until you can get to the supermarket.

Our main grip was the short term pitches were not in a good state. A large amount of pitches were taken up with seasonal touring caravans and they also had the best positions. On arrival, we were shown on a map a choice of three pitches and told to go and pick one. They were all on undulating ground with muddy patches and at £36. 50 per day was not cheap. Like some other campsites, there was an was an extra charge of £2. 50 per day for an awning. However, the pitches were a fixed area so awning or not you still took up the same space!?

We would probably consider other sites in the area before using this one having seen the location.

Date of Visit: May 2017 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Purplenel 11 reviews from this member

My views on this site are mixed. We stayed for the May half term week.

We had no choice of pitch due to arriving later than we wanted but that isn't a big deal. However, the pitch we were allocated was between two other units - a camper van and a tent. The owners of the tent had their broken down car in our space so pitching was tricky. When we were told to pitch we were told, as I suppose everybody is, that the number post is in the middle of the pitch. Unfortunately that means that people think the middle of the tent should be on the post. This of course leaves no room for cars. It meant that we felt quite crowded during our stay. I think the pitches with hedges are better buy the owners should make more of an effort on the unhedged pitches to make sure that people stay in their own pitch.

Also the site is supposed to be quiet between 10pm and 7am. The family group over the path from us, consisting of three units, did not adhere to this at all. At no point did they use 'tent' voices, even when returning from nights out after 10pm. They had many kids racketing around until 11pm at least two of the nights. The owners should police this better. The kids spent most of their days racing their bikes around the track, not that peaceful!

However, the showers were generally clean and I never queued for a shower, sink or toilet. The washing up sinks were also clean and I never queued there either.

The Old Ferry Inn in Bodinnick is a good pub with some good food and dog friendly. A tip is to book your table then you get to choose from the restaurant menu too. All the food and beer we had was top notch.

We made good use of the ferry into Fowey. There is one about every 15 minutes. Most pubs were dog friendly. Both pubs in Polruan are also dog friendly.

Overall we had a good time but wouldn't stay there during main school holidays again. I'm sure that out of season it is much quieter and relaxing!

Date of Visit: April 2017 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Alex0076 3 reviews from this member

A nice small site, but with all the facilities you need. Good sized pitch, EHU, ablutions were always clean and the showers hot, a well stocked small site shop that was reasonably priced. Great location for walking around the Fowey estuary. The Hall walk via Polruan and the 2 ferries is a must. Some great eating to be had in the local pubs, especially The Lugger in Fowey. Be warned the walk back up the hill from the village is a killer!

Date of Visit: April 2017 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Petetheteach 1 review from this member

Warm welcome from owner and site managers, spacious pitches and modern, clean, warm toilet block and facilities. The site is situated near to the 'Hall Walk' - one of the best walks in this part of Cornwall. All pitches have an electric hookup, and not too far from a tap.

Date of Visit: October 2016 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Kernow Camper 164 reviews from this member

Stayed here during the last week of their season. We hadn't booked although I had called ahead to make sure they had pitches.

We arrived in the afternoon, booked in and had a choice of pitches. We were with our friends so managed to bag a couple of secluded, hedged off pitches together, all for £20 per night all in. We both went for their fully serviced pitch which included EHU, water and waste drain. All pitches here are grass and ours was sloping so chocks were required. We were in the first field with the views over the Cornish countryside but there is also a sheltered field.

The central facilities block houses ladies and gents toilets/showers which were always very warm and clean. There is also an extensive shop on site (used by the locals as their store) and is open at various times of each day. Also in this area is an under cover washing up area, information room and bins (recycling included).

A short walk from the site is the Penmarlam boat yard which also has a small café with a very entertaining owner.

The 'local' pub is in the small village of Bodinnick (Old Ferry Inn). It's about a 15/20 minute stroll away but on the way back it's all uphill and it's pitch black at night so take a torch! Food was OK in there, although expensive. Staff could be a bit more cheerful!

From Bodinnick you can take the path onto the Hall Walk which takes you 4 miles around the estuary to Polruan. Lovely pub there (The Lugger). From Polruan you can catch the river taxi (£2 per adult single) across to Fowey, a lovely place to stroll around. We had fish & chips in the Globe Restaurant and it was delicious and not over priced. We also sat outside the Galleon Inn and had a drink overlooking the water. From Fowey take the car ferry (as foot passengers) back to Bodinnick. This costs £1. 80 per adult single. It's a cracking walk and well worth the hilly bits just for the stunning views of both Polruan and Fowey. Don't forget the very steep walk back up to the campsite from the last ferry though!

The warden (Malcolm) was superb on site, always had a smile and time for a chat.

This is a lovely little site out of season. It could do with the addition of some hardstanding pitches for those of us who prefer them but other than that it's top notch and the four of us will definitely be back.

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