It's a bit hard to work out why this site showed as only 8/10 on UK Campsite. It offered us an efficient and friendly check-in, a thoroughly modern and immaculately clean facilities block, and well maintained landscaping. The access would be slightly dodgy were it not for the traffic-light controls, but once inside the layout is spacious with a choice of grass or stoned pitches. We chose the latter and it was so nearly level that the wedges stayed in the locker. There's an excellent drive-over grey waste point and full recycling facilities. A separate dog-walking field is provided for pooches and their people. Basic provisions are available from the office and the CC wi-fi system worked as well as could be expected in this rural area.
There's a reasonable bus service to Truro and St Mawes from the main road, less than 300m from the site entrance - the office has a timetable. We took the bus to St Mawes and had a breezy trip on the ferry to Falmouth (£9 return) and, when we got back, a good lunch in the friendly 'Moules Bar' of the St Mawes Hotel. We also did a bit of the SW Coast Path which runs close to the site - walking to Portscathough which, late on an October Saturday afternoon, turned out to be a cafe and pub free zone - although it did have a small supermarket open till 7pm. A quick flip across the King Harry Ferry (accessed by roads quite suitable for a motorhome) took us to the gardens at Trelissik (National Trust). The campsite can offer cards which give a discount on the return ferry fare, a useful bonus.
Altogether a site out of the top drawer of the CC list and with lots to do in the delightful countryside around.
This is a very popular site because of its great location in Cornwall on the beautiful Roseland peninsular. We wanted a hardstanding pitch and were lucky to get the last unoccupied one in a good position, and there were only a few pitches left available on grass.
The two toilet blocks adjacent to each other were very clean and up to the usual C. C. high standard.
The site was in a quiet location and the only one we've found so far that has traffic lights controlling vehicle movement in and out.
The shop has essentials such as newspapers (to order), milk, fresh bread, gas and toilet chemicals, plus maps, postcards ice cream and clotted cream.
A fish & chip van comes every Monday and Thursday, but there is always a long queue for it.
The information room has books and DVD's you can borrow, and leaflets for the many places of interest you can visit, including many beautiful gardens lining the River Fal.
Our favourite was Trebah Garden. It's about an hour away, and next door to NT Glendurgan Garden, but worth the drive via the King Harry Ferry. It's big and beautiful, and has its own private beach. We recommended it highly.
The Merrose Farm wardens were very friendly and helpful. It's a good site for families with a play area and games field. Watch out though for children whizzing around on the roadways from behind you on bikes.
There are so many lovely places you can visit from here, quaint fishing villages, gardens, castles and dozens of beaches.
We really like this site and plan to visit again next year, but perhaps off season next time when it might not be so crowded with young families.
As we were booking late on in the year we were limited to which club site we could go to but we knew we wanted to be in Cornwall near the West end ish. So, when this site became available we just had to book without considering it.
This site was amazing and the surroundings were really nice. I didn't feel like it was very busy even though the site was fully booked. I liked the extra touches of the book loan and dvd loan, that was very nice when the weather was bleak during the evenings (it rained a fair bit but mainly on an evening!). There was also an evening when fish and chips were available, again it all adds to the holiday experience!
The facilities were excellent. I especially like it when wash basins are in a private cubicle to the showers. They were also kept immaculate.
The location was superb and the reception offers discounted ferry tickets which is especially useful for when going on the King Harry Ferry. St. Mawes itself is lovely, there are some very nice places to eat and a great ice-cream shop. Around the harbour there are multi-coloured lights that look gorgeous on an evening, especially when going for a walk along the harbour on an evening it's very romantic.
I would definitely recommend this site to anyone that wants to go on holiday to Cornwall without the fear of the un-expected. Top-notch!
Another great caravan club site. Extremely hard working and friendly wardens. The site is kept immaculate despite it being very busy with very clean toilet blocks.
We found the music in the loo blocks a nice friendly touch and not at all obtrusive DVD loan scheme and book loan for charity a great idea for those rare wet evenings. The dog walk is the size of a football pitch with adequate dog bins.
The kids play area and agility trail is good and on top of that a large fenced off playing field for footy or cricket/rounders etc Fish n chip man is great although you must queue early or you may be eating well late.
The wardens have art competitions for the kids and there are games for the junior members to loan in the info room to. A very friendly relaxed attitude on site even though standards were high. We will return
Firstly the approach is fab for Cornwall, as its on a traffic light system, so no crossed fingers at the end of a long journey.
Great site, spotlessly clean, friendly and helpful wardens.
Info hut is well stocked, even a great dvd library for rainy evenings with teenagers.
Strawberry man and chippy van visit twice a week each and both were very good though the queue for fish and chips was long. The strawberry man calls at each pitch at pudding time!
Dog walk is half a field and not very pretty but the dog didn't mind. Still lots to sniff and room for a run.
Play area was a bit unimaginative for older kids but little ones will love it.
Pitches are well cared for and large enough. We were on hard standing.
The area is fantastic. Quiet and uncomercialised with some fab family beaches. A Co-op in St. Mawes and butcher and general store in Portscatho.
Melinsey Mill and Smugglers are great for cream teas and the Roseland Inn at Philleigh does lovely food too. Been coming to the Roseland for years, since the kids were very small and we all love it down here.
Wonderful part of the world which we know very well, tragic news about the Pandora pub and hopefully it will re-open before next summer after the fire. This is a very nice site, although it is not Tretham Mill (down the St Mawes Rd).
Superficially the wardens were friendly and welcoming, however it became quite clear that they operate the site for their own convenience and not for the paying guests. Half of the shower blocks were closed on the bank holiday Monday with a sign saying 'closed due to less than 100 pitches in use' as a result the other half were dirty and wet with long queues.
We also asked if it would be possible to have a late checkout, but before we had the chance to offer payment etc we were told most emphatically no - this despite the fact that by their own notice they had less than 100 pitches in use!
I must confess that the experience was a disappointment and the music referred to in an earlier review did get to me as a result - I simply cannot fathom why the CC think it appropriate to have a bizarre range of pre-recorded 'radio 1' style range of rap / pop / rock music
All in all this is a super area and worth revisiting, however this site is let down by rules and an odd approach to customer service - we will go to the Roseland again, but maybe not to this site.
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