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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
                9/10 from 249 Reviews

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 No Statics for Hire   No Statics on Sale   No Seasonal Pitches   No Caravan Storage 
 Electric Hookups   No Hardstandings   No Fully Serviced Pitches   Show Full Facilities
Who's it for
 Families Welcome   Not Members Only   No Rallies   Not Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome   Motorbikers Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   No Bathroom 
 No Baby Changing   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 No Chemical Disposal   No Battery Charging   No Gas Exchange   No Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   No Freezer / Fridge   No Motorhome Point 
 Shop <1 mile   Bar On Site   No Restaurant   Wifi Access 
 No Playground   No TV Room   No Games Room   No Evening Ents 
 No Fishing   No Wild Swimming   No Indoor Pool   No Outdoor Pool 
 No Horse Riding   No Cycle Hire   No Golf   No Tennis 
 Beach On Site   Watersports On Site   No Boat Launch 
Other Features
 Sea Views   Not Working Farm   No Campfires Allowed   Not Open All Year 
 Coastside Pitches   Public Transport   No Dog Walk 

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Date of Visit: August 2009 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Pye1234 1 review from this member

Just returned from Gwithian Farm Campsite, Absolutely great. First night we had fish and chips from the van that comes on to the site every Sunday. Best chips we have ever tasted!
Once the sun had come out we took the opportunity to use the beach. Very clean and sea was perfect for surfers and body boarders. Not too warm on the beach, very windy. Although there is nothing we can do about the weather. Wetsuit hire is meant to be very cheap but we didn’t use this facility as we took our own. Also on the site are 2 ways to wash the suits and both are very easy to use.

On site there are many types of food available during the week. Sunday there’s a Fish and Chip van, Tuesday there’s a fresh fish van direct from Newlyn. This fish is fantastic when cooked on a BBQ which can be hired on site. Finally on Wednesday there is curry served near reception which is brought from an authentic Indian restaurant. Just across the road is a pub but we didn’t really have time to use this.

On site pitches are of an adequate size although along the one site the pitches can be a little cramped.

The site has fantastic facilities with free usage of freezers and frees mobile charging. This particular facility we didn’t have to use as we had electric hook-up. Cleaned toilets and showers. Plenty of sinks within the toilet area and outside in the washing up area. Busy at peak times, but that’s normal I suppose!

Nearby are several shops. Lidl, M&S, Next and Boots are just down the end of the road. If you travel a little further there is a Tesco (St. Ives) although the opening hours are a little disappointing as closure time is just 9pm. As appose to the majority of stores being 24 hour. Another Tesco’s and Sainsbury’s can be found in Truro.

St. Ives is nothing really to shout about as about 80% of the shops are Art Gallery’s. Fine if that’s your thing. Hayle has very little shops although it does have an award winning pasty shop, Philps - Highly recommended by locals. Also recommended is Mr B’s Ice cream Parlour which is walking distance from the pasty shop. Penzance has a much better variety of shops and the beach’s are also very nice. Parking prices are sky high though! Mousehole is also very nice as mainly a tourist attraction.

Overall a great site! Booked already for next year! (Prices do go up during peak season but well worth it)

Date of Visit: August 2009 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Dangozz 2 reviews from this member

Back from gwithian and had yet another great stay,

Mike, claire and staff run the site very well and work very hard to please all. On our second day the wind was so strong it broke 2 of our tents fibreglass poles and staff at gwithian did all they could to help, replaced our poles and helped put the tent back up( forgot groundsmans name but the guy was a godsend ) 100% on all fronts.

As for facilities clean and tidy and enough for all, I would recommend gwithian farm campsite to anyone.

All local shops, pubs, etc were very well priced and more than anyone needs and just a short ride to all beaches which are clean and tidy.

Date of Visit: August 2009 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Mickyshiatsu 1 review from this member

This was the first time camping with my family and we loved it, the key things that have made us book for next year are.

1.The location of the campsite.

2.The quietness in the evenings, this was crucial so the little ones can get to sleep.

3.The very clean showers (loads of hot water) and washing up facilities.

4.The beach which is on your door step.

5.And finally the owners Mike and Clair,nothing is too much trouble. All the hardwork they have done shines through. This is a quality campsite.

Date of Visit: August 2009 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: 1915 3 reviews from this member

Location fantastic, few different walks to beach that varied in difficulty. The hardest being half hour and down / up very steep steps. Gwithian beach is by far the best beach I've visited in the UK. Manned by lifeguards - our two teenage boys body boarded most days that weather allowed and they loved it. Sunset Surf cafe is excellent with home made cream teas, Jam Pot not as good but OK.
About the site: biggish site with reasonable sized pitches but very close to each other. Our last night we were joined by a tent very close, so glad we were leaving.
Toilets not brilliant, the floors were usually dirty. Family shower the same really, such a disappointment. We showered then changed in our tent. Only 8 ladies toilets for a site that has 139 pitches and only 6 showers. Our pitch was a long walk (for a 3 and 4 year old) in the middle of the night
Washing up area outside which was fine but had to queue most days. No playground for the kids but they had a large field to play in until 9pm. Table tennis table but was always very busy.
Fish and chip van comes on a Sunday and they are great but avoid the Curry man on Wednesday - the curries were dreadful. All in all we had a great holiday and loved the location but with the cleanliness of toilets and location of them we would probably not go back.

Date of Visit: August 2009 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Brok02 6 reviews from this member

Once again a great time had at Gwithian Farm, Generous pitches, clean toilet blocks some queues but its peak time. Fish and chips from mobile van really good also Red River Inn across road offers great food and very friendly.
If you want to visit St Ives use the park and ride train service very convenient. Lovely walk to beach never get tired of it. Great site will return.

Date of Visit: July 2009 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Ads46 3 reviews from this member

This was one of the best sites that we have stayed at. The owners were very helpful to everyone and it was no trouble for them to stop and help anyone.

The pitches were huge compared to other sites we have visited. You are not overlooking your neighbours.

The facilities are very clean all the time, there are goats and guinea pigs which my daughter loved. The wetsuit hire is cheap and we were given a selection for us all to try on to make sure they fit.

There is the daily ice cream van/fish and chip van and curry evening which make for a nice change.

Overall this site was great and we will be booking again for next year.

Date of Visit: August 2009 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Lindsey32 1 review from this member

My family and I have just returned from a 5 night stay at Gwithian Farm Campsite. This was our first camping trip and I really didn't know what to expect! We had a great time and I was very surprised by all the facilities the site had to offer. The pitch size was great, more than enough room, only draw back was that we were next to a corner plot pitch and therefore lost the corner of pitch as we needed to allow room for them to get there car out. Was welcomed by Clair and Mike who explained the local area to us and directed us to our pitch.

The pitch was very well drained and great paths to toilets etc. Toilet and shower room was very clean and never really had to queue. Pot washing facilities were also very clean and plenty of sinks.

Access to the beach was a bit tricky with 3 children, one of which was in a pushchair, but once you are down there the beach is beautiful.

Didn't manage to sample the local pub as the night we arrived we thought we would go in but it was reservation only as they were very busy. The next local eatery was Sanf Sifter which was too long a walk with the kids but a very short drive, food was good, slight lack of choice for dessert but good choice of wine and beers. Trendy atmosphere and no problem with the children.

Overall a great location and with Hayle a short drive away we never had to travel for anything! A great Lidl at the bottom of the hill, which stocked pretty much everything we needed, but there is also a Large well stocked Co-op and a small retail park also not far away which has a large Boots and M & S food Hall! for all your luxury items.

A short drive to the beautiful town of St Ives which was well worth a visit, foodies & shopaholics dream!

All in all a great site and great location and fabulous scenery, will definitely be booking again.

Date of Visit: June 2009 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Sasababe 3 reviews from this member

Myself, my partner and dog booked to spend 5 nights here in the last week of June after a recommendation from a friend.

We loved it so much we stayed an extra night – the only negative experience was the strong winds and heavy rain on our arrival, which seriously tested both our tent erection skills and our relationship! Thankfully we passed both (with a little help from the grounds man ;) ) Also the weather picked up too and we had a fabulous time.

The pitches are large, thoughtfully spaced and divided by pretty trellises and planting. There are over a 100 pitches but it never felt busy – there is a large open space in the middle for ball games etc – which proved popular.

The beach was a good 15min walk away – though enjoyable once you knew the way through the dunes… we spent most of our time on the doggy part (which is a little further than the main) and wow – what a beach!

Facilities at Gwithian Farm were impeccable – toilets always clean and shop well stocked. (Though it was only open a few hours a day)

Within walking distance there are two cafes on the beach which served cream teas etc and one was licensed – though both closed around 5pm – opposite the campsite was a very busy but very good pub serving food. We had to book our table and were disappointed one night we tried on the spur of the moment.

Whilst we were there we visited St Ives (beautiful), Lands End (rubbish), Falmouth (lovely but busy) – all easily accessible.

It is the perfect site – big enough to have excellent facilities but small enough not to have that “holiday park” feel. However it is not cheap.

Should we ever be lucky enough to holiday in Cornwall again – we will be staying there.

Date of Visit: July 2009 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Spuds+blobbys 1 review from this member

Don't think the website does full justice to the campsite. We had a lovely holiday didn't want to come home made all the better by Gwithian Farm. Ideal location great facilities everything clean and tidy,large pitches,nice and quiet after 11.00.
Ten minute walk to the lovely beach which even on a busy day isn't crowded, life guards on beach. Will use this campsite again. A must if you come to Cornwall.

Date of Visit: August 2009 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Millberts 5 reviews from this member

This is a wonderful campsite. We chose it for its proximity to the sea. A short (10min) walk through the sand dunes to the most amazing beach. Brilliant for surfing and admiring the views of St Ives.

The site itself is well laid out and the pitches are a good size with hedges/plants to divide them. The facilities were modern and clean, we experienced some queuing but it was the busiest time of year and time of day, so to be expected.

The shop is small but well equipped. We particularly liked the evening visits from ice cream van, fish and chip van and curry stall.

We didn't visit the pub opposite but definitely will this year on our return visit.

Finally we found the staff very friendly and helpful and booking was a pleasure.

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