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Gwithian Farm Campsite
1 Churchtown Rd
Gwithian, Hayle
St Ives
Cornwall (West)   (Browse area)
TR27 5BX
Tel: 01736 753127
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Pitches: 130
Open: April To October

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 249 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 <1 mile   Bar On Site   No Restaurant   Wifi Access 
 Kids Playground   TV Room   Games Room   Evening Entertainment 
 Fishing   Wild Swimming   Indoor Pool   Outdoor Pool 
 Horse Riding   Cycle Hire   Golf   Tennis 
 Beach On Site   Watersports On Site   Boat Launch / Mooring 
Other Features
 Sea Views   Working Farm   Campfires Allowed   Open All Year 
 Coastside Pitches   Public Transport   Dog Walk 

Reviews:  249 in total, now showing 101 to 110                 Previous 10          Next 10
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Date of Visit: August 2010 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Saftlad 5 reviews from this member

Fantastic site. Well laid out, and clearly marked from the road, access was simple.

Facilities were always spotless (wife commented that everyone seemed to take more care than usual to clean out their showers when finished) and the extra family bathrooms were a real bonus when trying to deal with toddlers who want to run everywhere.

Shop has the majority of things you would need, though the opening hours (8:30 - 11:30 and 4:30-5:30 I think) means it pays to think ahead if you're going to need milk / bread / bacon etc.

Visits by a chip van, fish van, curry van, and breakfast van all added to the ease of eating if you don't want to cook.

The pub opposite gets very good comments by all, we didn't visit it though. Again, unusually it shuts for part of the day (3:30-5:30) which threw us a bit when we came back early one day for a cheeky shandy .

Other nearby eats are spot on. Sandsifter is a very relaxed place that does good food at very reasonable prices, and Godrevy cafe was also nice. When down on the beach, we preferred the JamPot for tea/coffee etc, though Sunset Surf was also pretty good and chilled.

On-site, the pitches were well marked and the extra space in the middle for the kids to run around and fly their kites etc is handy. Maybe a couple of paths through the pitches would be of benefit so that people didn't have to cut through between each others tents (you know what kids are like for falling over guys etc.

Only downside we could see for the site was that almost every pitch is on a slight slope, but apart from that, a wonderful site that we would re-visit.

So easy to get to the 4 mile long beach (only 5 minutes to walk to), your next bit of fun comes on trying to find a way down the cliffs

Date of Visit: August 2010 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Davenic 7 reviews from this member

WOW what a great site, excellent location 5-10minutes walk to beach and excellent facilities, clean showers and toilets no matter what time of day you used them. Stayed a week and only queued once for the showers and that was only about 5 minutes.

Excellent idea to have local chippy visit 3 times a week, Indian takeway once and breakfast van 3 times.

Site was really quiet at night where the only noise you heard was the sea.

Will definitely be visiting again and probably longer next time.

Owners were really friendly and gave loads of local knowledge eg places to visit etc.

Date of Visit: July 2010 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: AquaAndy 1 review from this member

We stayed here early July one week before all the schools were off and then were here for the 2nd week when the schools were just breaking up. We stayed in a tent with electric hook up.

On dealing with them mainly though the internet we asked for some specific dates and where very welcoming and helpful in doing this. So many thanks for this.

On our arrival all was well apart from when we tried to pay, they only accept debit cards not credit cards so don`t be caught out on that one as we were. This was not told before we arrived. But was a nice friendly welcome overall.

We had a nice pitch very close to the toilets. Which were very clean. And ideal for us,as we were close to the block the block had all the usual amenities your would expect, However there is only one set of toilets and its located at the bottom of the site. So for some people this would mean a long walk. Possibly 400-600 yards at least maybe more.

Also there are no bins anywhere on the site apart from near the toilet block again this is a long walk with your rubbish. On our first week we had no problem with the showers or toilets but in the 2nd week as more people on site there were queues as there are only 6 toilets, 8 sinks and 8 showers, so if there is say a lot people on site it can be a bit of a night mare so pick your times to go to the shower

There is fresh water located all over the site and this is close for everyone to access no long walks there. The spaces for the tents are huge some of the biggest I have ever been to for the money. Very impressed with this.

The site is generally quiet and you have to be back in your tent for 11pm. So no late nights. However this is not very strict as there is no wardens on site, and the night we had major trouble we could not wake any of the owners, which was very disappointing. But generally the rules are obeyed to which is good.

There is a table tennis and some animals on site which are very entertaining for all ages. Its a nice walk to the beach and the access is very good, and you can take your dog on a very long stretch of the beech which is great and is patrolled by life guards, another good point.

The site overall is very good but don`t think its the best in the world which in some reviews is portrayed, it is certainly up there but not the best, some things need to be addressed. Overall we had a great holiday and would recommend this site. But don`t expect the world

Date of Visit: August 2010 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Sjriggers 5 reviews from this member

Having read rave reviews of this site I was excited to visit this in August. Had I not read the reviews I think I would have been satisfied that this was a good campsite, but not amazing. Having read the reviews I was a little disappointed.

Yes, it has a big, clean toilet block, yes the owners are friendly, the location good, and the pitches well cared for, and drained well in the tremendous amount of rain we had. They had some good ideas: for example the fish van, breakfast van and fish and chip van. The shop was well stocked.

However, the space between pitches and across the roads is not large, leaving us feeling the most cramped we have been on a site, the toilet block is a long walk with little children - again the furthest we've had on a site. The family bathroom and shower room is a good idea, however the shower room was always full of dirty puddles with not enough room to hang a family size amount of towels etc and if both showers were on at the same time they reduced to a useless trickle. The shop didn't open until 8.45am which seemed a little late peak season on a family site with young children.

Overall I would say this is a good site, but due to these little niggles not quite up to the rave reviews it has been getting.

Date of Visit: July 2010 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: GANGAN 7 reviews from this member

Just spent a fortnight at this lovely campsite, only booked for a week, it was so nice decided to stay here and explore the area from this first class campsite.

Mike and Clare have got it just right, great pitches, excellent toilet / shower facilities (for young families they have a bathroom and a separate shower room, brilliant idea.

The site is within walking distance from the best beach I have ever been on, 4 miles of glorious sand and the surf is spectacular! The red river inn across the road from the site does fantastic meals, but you need to book early. Its a really quite area but hayle is not far and they have local shops plus a co-op and lidl and just further round the corner there is a large marks and spencer, next and boots.

If you are heading this way, you must take a look you really wont be disappointed, we cant wait to go back

Date of Visit: June 2010 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Lclc 1 review from this member

Have just returned from our first 2 week camping holiday and am so glad that we chose Gwithian Farm! A really good layout with excellent pitch sizes. On one day we had non stop rain for around 10 hours but the pitches didn't get waterlogged - luckily this was the only day of heavy rain during the 2 weeks.

Our pitch was facing the recreational field in the centre of the site and my son especially liked this as he was out there flying his kite, playing football etc. The owners are very friendly and there are firm but fair rules regarding children playing (no ball games, table tennis, after 9pm.)

The table tennis is free to use - just ask at the shop for the bats and ball. There are also goats and guinea pigs. The toilet & shower block is more than adequate and kept very clean - on a plus side there are two hairdryers in the ladies (no charge for these).

The shop is well stocked and prices are very fair (if the children want recreational bodyboards they are as cheap as the main shops here) but just get used to the opening times as it isn't open all day, or until very late. (Not a gripe, just make a note of it and remember to buy milk the day before so you have it for brekkie!)

The laundry room has 2 large washers and two dryers and the prices for these are ok.

The nearby beaches are beautiful and are a 10 minute walk over the dunes - I probably wouldn't walk it if you have smaller children and are taking a lot of stuff with you though. The car parks are reasonably priced. If you take a left when leaving the site, drive up toward Godrevy - it is free to park - and watch the sunset, it's a wonderful sight.

If you are lucky you might see the seals sunbathing on the rocks below (we didn't see any there but we did see a very friendly seal in St Ives harbour!) If you fancy a fishing trip they are all priced about the same in St Ives and are cheaper there than Penzance.We also went on a lantern Ghost story walk in St Ives which was fun (and not scary but entertaining).

St Michaels Mount is a good visit - even if you just walk across the causeway when the tide is out. Porthcurno and the Minack theatre are also good places to go.

I used to visit Cornwall regularly as a child and loved showing my children the places I used to go to. We all loved our stay at Gwithian Farm (within two days my teenage son asked when would we be going again) and as soon as we can we will be booking next year's summer break there.

Date of Visit: July 2010 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: OldEnglish 1 review from this member

We've been going to this site for around 6 years and it just keeps getting better. The shower/toilet block is always very clean and it is nicely laid out Ė itís also free. The shop is well stocked and the whole site has been nicely planted out (something which we have seen increase year on year).

Mike and Clare the owners are very friendly and very helpful with local information. In addition to the shop itís possible to buy food from local vendors that visit the site numerous days of the week, this stay: a van sold breakfast rolls Fri, Sat & Sun, the Fish and Chip van came on Sun & Wed night, Tuesday night sees a fishmonger in his van fresh from Newlyn docks visit the site, and Thursday night is curry night (quite a mild curry!). There's also an ice cream van that visits the site early evening most summer nights. We've tried it all and found it to be very good quality and reasonably priced.

The site is laid out with one large main area and a smaller front area that is mainly for hook ups. The nice thing is rather the cram every last pitch in; the main area is laid out with pitches round the edge and a nice big green space in the middle which tends to see family games of football, cricket and a fair bit of kite flying going on. Itís this providing a better experience rather than capitalising on every last centimetre attitude that defines Gwithian Farm and makes it such a nice place to stay.

The beach can be accessed from the far end of the site, itís just a minuteís walk and you are on the sand dunes (the Towans) which are an impressive thing in themselves and a great place to walk the dog, and then a 4 - 5 minute walk through the dunes to the beach. The beach is a surf hotspot and has two surf schools on it both of which also do board and wet suit hire if you need it. If youíve never tried it before book a lesson itís a blast!

The site is also literally over the road from a good pub that has a good selection of beers, very friendly staff and usually a good crowd of regulars and visitors in (especially on Saturday night). The food in the pub is good, and although the site is in a small hamlet there are 4 or 5 other cafeís/restaurants within walking distance.

Take a 5 minute drive down the road and you are in Hayle and you can access yet more local eateries; there is a very well stocked Co-Op; and a number of other shops on the high street. On the way into Hayle you virtually pass a small retail park that has an M&S, Next, Boots and McDonaldís.

Mike and Clare clearly work hard to make peopleís stay a good one and the warm and friendly atmosphere they create is reflected all around the site. My wife and I always enjoy staying here, and we canít recommend it enough.

Date of Visit: July 2010 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Gaz32at 5 reviews from this member

We went here with our four children and another family. We had pitches with hook up. It was our first camping trip in Cornwall, we normally go to north Devon, but we decided to venture a little further.

This site met all our expectations, it was simply great, the owners were so friendly and the showers/toilets were superb,

A short walk from the site took us to a perfect beach where we all spent hours body boarding,

We had a great day out at lands end, and found some lovley surrounding areas,

We really didn't want to leave after a week, so we booked again for two weeks next year and we are counting down the days already.

All in all a top site

Date of Visit: June 2010 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Shaadow005 9 reviews from this member

Well we should have been in Scotland for this holiday, but due to a hose failure on the car, we changed our minds and came 'home' to Gwithian farm and Mike and Clare. It was a superb decision as the weather was as good as the welcome.

All the usual excellent qualities of this site are there, but improved yet again, the bushes are growing nicely and it is a real pleasure to sit outside and chat to passing campers/caravaners, who all seem to enjoy the site and friendliness of the owners so much, I haven't known another site that breaks down the barriers between everyone more than this one, it just reflects the welcome and the location you get for your money.

Talking about location, it is near perfect, with easy walks to a fabulous beach, or if you are so inclined there are several car parks with access to the beach, the last one we used was on the way to Lidl, signposted off to the right, a bit of a bumpy track to it but very good value for money £2 for anything over four hours, the short climb back up the first bit of the dunes the only drawback, but it is a short walk. The early morning breakfast van, see the notice boards for details, was very well used, as also was the chip man and the icecream man.

One of the things I like is the generous size of the pitches and the large play area in the centre of the site, great for putting up a kite in the evening for a bit of relaxation.

If you are looking for where to stay in Cornwall, go ahead and book here, you will thank me for it I guarantee!

Date of Visit: June 2010 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Kernow Camper 169 reviews from this member

Just had 2 nights at Gwithian Farm. The glorious weather made our stay more special.

On check in we were given a choice of 3 hardstanding pitches. We chose one with a gorgeous view of the village church and farmhouse! Nice size pitches with EHU and fenced off into various sections so it really feels like a small site.

Decent sized shop on site with food and camping essentials (and wet suits and boards if you feel the need!). Daily newspapers are also on sale every day. Central, large, toilet/shower block with plenty of everything you need. There is also a family shower room and a disabled shower room at the rear, along with a laundry and undercover washing up area.

Excellent pub just outside the site. Really doggie friendly and really popular with campers. You have to book a table if you want to eat as it's so popular. Food is good but not cheap and they have a large selection of local real ales and ciders!

The walking from the site is excellent. Across the dunes to the beaches or coastal path. We walked to Godrevy lighthouse to see the seals, sadly there were none on the beach but a few bobbing around in the bay! We sat on the headland in the glorious sunshine having our picnic - perfect!

We were amazed at how buzy the site was 'out of season' and can imagine it to be heaving during summer/school holidays! Hoping to go back sometime.

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