What a great field site. With our 26ft caravan and full awning, we booked an electric pitch of which there are only 9. It was a very large pitch as promised. The site is laid back and relaxing. Not one of those sites that has a thousand 'Do Not breath' rules. Best thing was the price - they charged us £19 a night for caravan, awning, 2 adults, 2 teenagers and 3 dogs with electric. Bargain.
Facilities are basic but that's all you need as a camper. If not then you best just book into a hotel and forget camping. There are toilets and decent FREE showers in little sheds with a great amount of FREE 24 hour hot water. There is a good washing up and also a freezer provided on the field for campers. They also have a nice bar area called the cow shed that do nice food. All has been great staying here.
The beach is a 15 minute walk or a 3 min car ride but we always venture further afield everyday for variety.
Phone reception was zero as was wifi but then again for a camping holiday that's perfect. Certainly recommend this site as a relaxed and care free place without the thousands of rule signs and twee picket fences.
Just returned from this little gem of a campsite having spent a very happy week there with our dog. What we need most from our holidays is a complete relaxation and get away from 'real life', and this was it.
What we loved was the combination of quirky, relaxed, laid back style yet with provision of all the things we really needed.
The site is not manicured and is a bit scruffy round the edges, but we had a lovely pitch in the corner of the field with plenty of space round us - the pitches aren't marked out, just pick your spot (unless you want hook up). Camp fires allowed too which is huge plus point to us.
There were 2 toilets and 4 shower 'sheds' also with loos in which were perfectly adequate for us outside of school holiday time anyway, though Andrew, the owner said that he planned to provide more toilets on site as they could get busy. There was a wonderful woman called Denise there who cleaned the showers and toilets about 3 times a day and every time we used them they looked and smelt very clean.
There was also a washing up 'shed' with 2 sinks, a freezer and washing machine which we didn't use but it said it didn't spin which I guess made it rather useless! Also plugs where you could charge your phone etc.
The Cow Shed Bar was great too. Also very laid back feel, lovely local beer, food and some great combinations - bacon bap and a cup of tea for £2 (a total bargain and delicious), fabulous milkshakes in little milk bottles with a straw and a pool playing dog called Charlie! It also sold a couple of basics, but there was a shop round the corner in another campsite which sold more. Probably worth doing a basics shop in Helston on the way!
A variety of animals to enjoy, including a particularly tame chicken who popped up on Andrew the owner's lap for a stroke before Charlie the dog attempted to herd him (the hen not Andrew!)
Our children are grown up so can't really comment on facilities for children other than the animals. From a glance I though that the trampoline was probably in need of some maintenance work to make more health and safety friendly, but generally I could see myself bringing grandchildren back here some time in the future!
If you need to be in constant contact on your mobile this won't work for you as there is no signal (or actually in most parts of The Lizard as far as we could tell!) but it just added to the 'get away from the rat race' feel for us. Phone mostly useful for taking photos!
We love walking and had several beautiful coast path walks on The Lizard. We also enjoyed NT properties at St Michael's Mount and Trewaignton Gardens (which was very dog friendly). The east beach at Kennack Sands is dog friendly but we did struggle a bit to find many dog friendly beaches.
We had a delicious and rather posh meal out one night in the dog friendly Mullion Cover Hotel and watched incredible lightening all around the 180 degree view - amazing.
I suspect some people would find Namparra too laid back and be put off by the cars being worked on on the drive in and the rather unfinished edges, but for us it was just great. Everyone who worked there was part of the family in some way and this just added to the happy laid back family feel.
For us the only slight downside of the area was that the village seems basically to be made up of caravan parks, so it did feel a bit outside our campsite like a great big summer metropolis - so glad we avoided the school holidays! However on site was great.
Finally the other massive plus point is the price. £16 all in seemed excellent value to us. No checking you had 20p for each shower, paying to have your freezer blocks frozen, paying extra for the dog, for a bigger tent, for borrowing of fire-pits, for charging your phone etc. Just a very good value up front price. Bring your cheque book or cash though - no card facility.
We did visit a couple of other sites for comparison while we were there but definitely felt we had chosen the best one for us.
Just returned from a lovely few days at this site. This time of year was perfect for a short stay with our family. Close enough to walk to the beach, a shop and pub nearby and the main bonus for us is the chance to have a fire to roast marshmallows before bed. (we used the sites chiminea but you can build your own pit). Beautiful views, quiet this time of year and some friendly animals that children enjoyed petting each morning. A lot of things were not ready so would not be fair to rate them but had they been done we would have given 10 out of 10! We will definitely be coming back as another bonus is the price-certainly one of the lowest in Cornwall for a family. (We had a large tent, awning, electric and family of five and the price is only £15 per night in April) The site has a lot of potential and the owner was updating the cow shed bar located on site which looks like it could be a lot of fun when finished. This is still a back to basics site which is something we prefer when choosing a place to stay. (AND the trampoline kept all three of our children occupied for hours-a brilliant idea!)
This is about the 6th/7th time I have camped at Namparra and still love it. Relaxed but each time I come the owners have made little changes to improve things. The facilities are basic, but that's all you really need in my opinion - I'd rather be left to camp away happily without being regulated. Most other campers also show respect for each other, some music, and chatting noises etc, but just low key and what camping is all about (and we no doubt added our own bit to it as well).
The bacon rolls served at the CowShed in the morning were freshly cooked and very welcome and very tasty!
The site is very dog friendly and a nice stroll down to nearby Kennack Sands which is dog friendly on the left hand side.
Just spent one of two weeks at Namparra. We, (two adults and two kids) arrived at 8 am after travelling through the night. There was a mix up with the hook up, which was quickly resolved. Our first impressions were positive, a duckpond, a sea view, and a somewhat quirky feel. There's a ramshackle barn/ bar with a pool table, dart board, and games which serves good local beer at reasonable prices, the atmosphere is laid- back/horizontal. Namparra was cited as being one of the best campsites in Cornwall, by the Daily Telegraph, which is interesting (not that we take the Telegraph). We have previously stayed in a dreadful campsite in Dorset which The Guardian considered to be amongst the top 10 in the UK.
From reading previous feedback, others have mentioned the toilets as being an issue. They are are probably the most used toilet in the South West. There is a constant queue and not much evidence of them being cleaned. The washing machine does not spin and therefore you're charged a 'knock down' rate of £3. 70. (You're charged £2 for the washing machine on NT sites, and they work. Consequently, you're left with soaking soap-filled laundry. While we were there, the owner made some improvements; he put down hard core on a area prone to mud/ flooding. Also soap dispensers were placed in the toilets.
The kids played on a trampoline. There was a wide age range of the kids, and unfortunately, one 12 year old girl was beyond parental control and had a mouth like a sewer. By the end of our stay we were glad to depart.
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