I will begin this review by stating that this is a wonderful campsite with amazing views and a very laid back feel. We go camping every year but this was our first time at Maker.
The on-site bar is brilliant and stocks plenty of local ciders as well as some good real ales. The compost toilets are fine and there is a more traditional shower block a little walk away from the site. This is a lovely part of Cornwall and on paper this is the perfect place for a couple to go camping.
The only thing which will ruin your enjoyment of this wonderful camp site is other campers and this site does attract them. In their hundreds. With their children. Their paddling pools, their kites and their dogs. The only thing these people don't bring with them is manners and a sense of common decency.
There are three camping areas to this site and us being a childless couple in our mid-thirties we made straight for the 'Quiet Field' on the assumption that this would be ideal for us. After a 7 hour drive (involving that well known car park called the M25, 30 degree heat and a 5am start) you can imagine our delight when we finally got out the car to find that a family had decided to camp in the middle of the Quiet Field and that their children seemed to have been single-handedly commissioned to provide all the the sound effects for the next Jurassic Park film. Both children seemed completely feral so we decided to find somewhere else to pitch our tent. We therefore headed for the Family Field on the assumption that there would be noise but knowing it would be less irritating to us than constantly wondering why the Quiet Field was being over run by dinosaurs. All we wanted was our own little bit of space with a nice view and the potential for sitting outside with a camp fire and a glass of wine. We don't mind noise - we were not deluded into thinking that the Family Field was going to be a peaceful place to be.
The Family Field was bigger, had better views of the sea and everyone was well spaced out. The sound of the T-Rex family in the 'Quiet Field' could still be heard but at least not as loudly. We picked out a spot which was well away from other campers and made sure that we didn't obstruct anyone's view of the sea - we are considerate like that. Yes there were children playing nearby, yes we could hear them but we were very aware that this was the designated Family Field and so this was all to be expected.
What we didn't expect was that the world would descend on this site over the next two days and that we would soon be surrounded by other campers with no consideration, manners, or concept of spatial awareness. On Friday night we returned to the site to find that a number of other people had set up their tents/vans in relatively close proximity to us despite the fact that there was still plenty of space in the field. Of particular annoyance was a family who were clearly camping with three others who had all set up camp behind us. The Oxford Dictionary defines the word 'Group' as 'A number of people or things that are located, gathered, or classed together'. This assortment of four families were certainly located and gathered together, and clearly had arranged to go on a group camping holiday. So why they were not in the 'group' field we will never know.
Speaking of group camping, Saturday morning saw the arrival of more groups and guess where they camped? Yep. In the Family Field. Although we did ask them not to camp directly in front of us they decided that this was clearly the best place to congregate and we ended up listening to them until 3 in morning, only to be woken up at 6am on Sunday by screaming children, barking dogs, car alarms, car horns and the people next to us having a very loud conversation about the bargains they hoped to acquire in the next Primark sale. We decided to cut our holiday short and come home early - the 7 hour drive home in stifling heat was far better than listening to the racket that everyone around us was emitting. To add insult to injury we drove past the group camping field on the way out and there were plenty of spaces.
I realise that some of this may sound like snobbery but I don't think it's unreasonable to expect that other people might have a modicum of consideration for those around them and that 6am on a Sunday morning is not the best time to be blowing up an air bed using an electric pump - nor should you be wandering around the site with a crying baby. Yes we were in the wrong field but pitching a tent in the Family Camping area does not give you Carte-Blanche to make as much noise as you like and disregard everyone around you.
I am going to reiterate that this camp site is great and ticks a lot of boxes - the only thing we would ask is that the owners implement a method of directing families to the Family Site, Groups to the Group site which would mean that Quiet people (like us) can enjoy the Quiet Site.
A truly unique site and possibly the best and worse site I’ve ever stayed at, but even the bad points, toilets, somehow enhanced the site and made it one of the more memorable camping experiences.
We were walking the coast path, sadly having come to the end of the Cornwall part, and were looking for a site in the area and this really is the only choice. So aware that it may be a bit different to most other sites we didn’t know what to expect, but for future visitors expect the unexpected.
The first thing to hit you is the site is ‘run down’ but this is I assume intended as the site has that hippy vibe. The grass on the site is long and uncut, but this is to encourage wildlife, old and ramshackle infrastructure and facilities are there because they still work and replacing them would be unnecessary and unecological.
When we arrived there was no-one around so it said pitch where you like, and there were three choices, the ‘Party Field’ the ‘Quiet Field’ and the ‘Family Field’. We’re still quite young and enjoy a few drinks and stay up fairly late so chose the party field. We had just set up when the owner arrived and advised us to move field as it was likely to get very loud and raucous, when we said we’d probably be alright he was still quite insistent, so we moved. This proved to be a very good mood, because even the quiet field was noisier than almost any other site I’ve stayed at.
Now to the toilets, choice of composting loos or a very old portacabin. Being a male of the species I didn’t mind too much, but the lady amongst us wasn’t too impressed. The showers were similarly odd, but warm and powerful and did their job.
The real USP of this site for me is the view, possibly the best of any site. You are up high and can see almost 360 degrees, out to sea, into Plymouth and the docks, up the Tamar river, up the coast of unexplored Devon and back down the coast previously traversed Cornwall. Ships sail by and the Brittany Ferry at night is so close and a great site.
Locally there is a nice pub in Cremyl and a couple in Cawsands and the coast path walking is alright, but not as spectacular as the view.
In conclusion, it will take a certain type of person to like this site, it is certainly not for everyone, but if you are one of those people you will love it and it will stick in the memory longer than most other sites.
What an amazing place to stay! We were able to camp overlooking the sea. We had lots of space around us so felt as though we were in our own personal campsite. The views were breathtaking and there were plenty of walks nearby. Cawsand and kingsand were a short walk away and had shops for provisions and places to eat and were absolutely beautiful. The site itself was laidback and relaxed. There were adequate shower and toilet facilities. It was an absolute treat to stay here and a must for anyone wanting a quiet and relaxing break
Maker is an absolutely stunning site, set high above the sea with amazing views. This is definitely the wilder side of camping - no hook ups, basic showers (take your 20ps!) and, best of all, a bonfire outside the tent at night. We camped in the family field and picked a reasonably sheltered spot – as other reviewers have said, it gets windy perched at the top of the hills, so we pitched up quite close to the hedges that run round the edge of the field to give us a bit more shelter. There is plenty of room and we had no problem finding a secluded spot in the height of the school summer holidays.
The site is very laid back and not for those who like an organised stay – there are no playgrounds or swimming pools, but our children could run around in plenty of space and loved building a bonfire at night. It's a 10-15 minute walk down to two lovely villages, where you will find a shop selling bread, milk, etc, plus sea front pubs that serve great meals. And it's a similar drive to the stunning Whitesands Bay, with a huge, family friendly beach. Our children also enjoyed watching the huge naval ships come in and out of Plymouth harbour daily from our view perched on the hilltops.
The site itself has a little bar, the Random Arms, which opens on Fridays and Saturdays. It's great, really friendly and well worth a visit. And over in the huts there is a not-to-be-missed cafe. This seems to be open most days and does a fantastic breakfast, lunch, whatever you want. The guy who runs it cooks everything from scratch and could not be more accommodating - and his food is delicious!
Next to the Random Arms is the 'washing block' where there are washing up facilities and showers - all basic and, yes, random, but perfectly adequate. Take a plug - there are a few sinks for washing up, but only one plug when we visited! There are a few 'smarter' loos here, too, as well as compost ones dotted around the fields.
Downsides? Not many at all! I would say it's difficult to find out where anything is on the site or in the area, particularly when you arrive, as there are no signposts, or indeed many people about, but we found that by asking the artists and musicians who work in the main house's workshops, we found out where everything was. We almost missed the cafe, but again, someone told us about it and it is definitely worth a visit. The only negative part of our stay was when we were keen to visit the Random Arms again after a great Friday night there, but found fences up and a huge private party instead for loads of teenagers, which carried noisily on until the very early hours.
It also says on its site that you can take wood from its huge woodpile, but they actually have bags of firewood for sale instead - fair enough, but at a fiver a bag, it can end up costing a bit over a week. We found plenty of firewood in the woods on the pathway down to the villages, though, so it wasn't a problem.
We left this site really relaxed and would love to return. It is well worth a visit – and probably has some of the most stunning views of any site in the UK.
Just got back from a great week at Maker. Weather was kind although before our visit wind had been strong and levelled a few tents. Campsite is quite exposed in bad weather but glorious views in the sun. On site bar is great. Very quiet and welcoming (and was only open on the Friday and Saturday evening) with cosy decor. Facilities are basic with only 4 showers for the whole site but are very clean and tidy and we never had to queue once during our visit. Cawsand village is a short walk away with great pubs and views across Plymouth sound. Even saw Hugh Dennis holidaying there. We would definitely be back.
We hadn't planned to stay at Maker Heights, but were directed to it by people in the pub at Millbrook. We wanted to be close to the Cremyll ferry to Plymouth as part of our cycle tour of Cornwall and Devon, and the other site we tried was full.
First impressions were a bit off putting as it has a rather run-down hippy commune feel, but as we encountered the laid back reception and saw how much space there is, as well as the stunning views, we were completely won over. Apart from a 10pm noise embargo, there were no obvious rules.
The loos are housed in a shipping container decorated with modern art, but are clean and modern. The showers (£1) and washing up sinks are in one of the old barracks buildings next to the bar which opens at weekends.
Nearer the gate is a complex of well-kept freshly-painted Nissan Huts where a cafe serves coffee and meals. This is a quirky, happy sort of a place, and we heard one little girl walking past our tent with her mum say: 'Mummy I wish we could live here always. '
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