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

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 246 Reviews
                9/10 from 246 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 
 Seaside Location   Dog Walk   Public Transport 

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Date of Visit: July 2007 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Grumpysimon 21 reviews from this member

Have just returned from 2 weeks at Gwithian Farm (July - August 07) First week was very wet (was the week of all the floods) second week was lovely weather.
Can't praise the site or owners highly enough. Good size pitches and even when the site was completely full it didn't feel cramped. Very safe site for children, ours are 5 and 2 and due to strict policing of the 5mph driving policy I had no worries about their safety.
The walk over the dunes to the beach is great - obviously not suitable for pushchairs but my 2 year old on my back loved it as I bounced her around over the dunes.
Toilets and showers are the best I have encountered - clean, spacious, instant and plentiful hot water. If only every campsite had facilities like this!
Even with all the rain the campsite stayed remarkably dry. Clair and Mike work hard to run a top quality family campsite and it shows - it is just that. The setting is great; lovely views, fantastic beach, great walking and all the usual touristy things.
As previous reviews have said, you can hire wetsuits, boards etc from the shop, the cream teas are fab, don't know about the pub, vans bringing fish and chips, pizza, curry etc are good if you don't want to cook. The ice cream van comes around at about 6ish in the evening (just when your kids may be eating their tea!)
Book early and stay for as long as you can. We will return, probably in '09 as off to France next year. After 2 weeks there, one of which was wet we could have easily stayed another 2 weeks.
If you want to camp in West Cornwall, have children and can get a pitch then you must go to Gwithian Farm.

Date of Visit: July 2007 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Jac123 1 review from this member

Really loved this place!  Chose Gwithian for first camping trip with our kids (4 and 2) who just loved it. 
It's a beautiful location, just a short stroll to the Gwithian beach which is fantastic, and a nicely laid out campsite - it doesn't feel too big yet I didn't feel we were crammed in too much either.
Mike and Claire who run the site are great - gave us lots of tips on where to go on beach/for eating out etc
Really clean showers/toilets, which always had hot water, launderette - and a useful shop.
Most importantly it had the atmosphere we were after - lots of families, quiet at night and thankfully no entertainment/bingo/karaoke etc!
Highly recommend this one!

Date of Visit: July 2006 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Drew28 2 reviews from this member

We spent a week at this lovely site. There was plenty of space for the children to play games and run around. The owners were very friendly and helpful. The toilets and showers were very clean and the family bathrooms were great. The large sandy beach was a short walk away, great for body boarding and rock pooling. The pizza and fish and chip van visited once a week, this was a welcome break from cooking. We are definitely returning.   

Date of Visit: July 2007 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Shino 1 review from this member

On the whole a great campsite with well maintained new facilities and a well stocked shop. Good sized pitches and lots of water points. You can also hire wetsuits, body boards and surf boards from the site. Van visits nearly every evening through the week of either fish & chips, pizzas, fresh fish or homemade curries, and bacon butties on Saturday mornings.
Great pub just across the road, dog friendly with lovely staff and great food.
Very slight negatives would be due to the sites elevated position the wind can play havoc with your tent, the walk to the beach is  fairly short but over hefty sand dunes and then down some very steep steps. This walk would not be suitable for families with pushchairs/wheelchairs, although I do believe you can take the road route to walk which will take longer but be a little easier.

Date of Visit: July 2007 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Hoare 1 review from this member

Date of visit 6th July - Friday 20th July
What more can we say.
Get down to Gwithian Farm! Having spent 3 fantastic holidays at Gwithian Farm I felt Compelled to post a review as we are all experiencing one of the worst summers,with the lack of Sun!
My partner and I were very reluctant to book a camping holiday, but we did and again at Gwithian Farm. The process of booking couldn't be easier. Clair and Mike the proprietors are magicians, athletes, professional tent erecters, multi taskers, what more can one do with a pair of hands in one day.
With storm force 9 gales and continued rain, they still keep a genuine smile on their faces, Clair, Mike and Mick can do it all, just ask and you will get!

We were there during full capacity at one point, with the sites new and immaculate toilet & washing facilities holding up well with capacity to spare. The pitches are the biggest we have ever pitched on 10m x 10m is the norm but ours seemed enormous even with our tented village erected on it, our car could easily be parked adjacent to the tent.
I hired a wet suit and body board from the on site shop and ventured into waves of 5-6 feet on the miles of clean EEC awared beaches. 5 minutes walk from the site with areas patrolled by life guards, the experience was so fantastic, on the advise of mike I purchased my own wet suit and board from a surf shop called "Down the line" in Hayle.
The guys in the shop could not have been more helpful, with my second week experiencing a some what "Flat" period I ventured to "Fishing Cove" with my new found mate Andy, where we had the most amazing time swimming in crystal clear water with a bull seal and its family.

On site the camping grass areas were continually being cut by Mick and his trusty mower. The 16amp electric hook up worked perfectly, I had a fully functioning fridge, 800w halogen heater, flat screen TV, laptop, oven and grill and kettle all working simultaneously,(Dont tell Mike and Clair) with no tripping out, what more can one ask for, and its FREE electric!.
There is an on site shop selling all the basics and more, with a newly opened Marks and Spencer, Next, Boots, Costa Coffee, Co-Op and a lidl food emporium all within 10 minutes drive away.

For those who don't fancy cooking there various catering vans which visit the site, fish and chips, pizza's, curry nights and bacon rolls on Saturday morning, perfect when your packing up your tent and dont want to cook and have any washing up.

All in all there are many camping sites which can learn from Gwithian Farm, so what are you waiting for, book up and enjoy, we have and will be there again in September 07 with 08's booked already.

Date of Visit: July 2007 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Nigel16 8 reviews from this member

This must be the most relaxing site we have been to in Cornwall and we have been to quite a few. The site is well laid out with a number of electric and non electric pitches. We arrived on the day of the Gwithian Surfing competitions and while the site was nearly full, it was not cramped and the 10mx10m pitches are quite adequate.
The shop is basic but holds the essentials. There is a large new block which houses the ladies and gents, showers, washing up facilities, family washroom/shower etc all of which are kept very clean.
There are no entertainment facilities on site so I would not recommend it to families with young teens who need to be kept occupied, but it has good space for younger children to play and for the older teenagers, the beach is only a 10 minute walk away.

There is a nice pub over the road from the site but since it was competition weekend there was not even standing space by 7.00pm on the Saturday although it was fairly quiet on the Sunday. We were however told to make a booking if we wanted to eat as it can get busy and it is only a small local pub.
We were really pleased with our visit to the site, the willingness of the owners to stand and chat even though they probably had more important things to do, and the quiet and tranquility of the site as a whole. While we were only there for a long weekend we will certainly be going back quite soon.

Date of Visit: June 2007 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: WENDY1065 1 review from this member

My husband and I have not been camping for years and we chose this site because we know the area anyway, (have self catered down this way for past 15 years) and because of the reviews that we have read on this site. We stayed the weekend of 8/9/10 June for 2 nights.
The owner could not have been more welcoming. We did not book in advance, just enquired by phone about turning up and this was OK. We were able to pitch more or less where we pleased due to the site being fairly quite.
The facilities were fantastic. Wonderfully clean toilets, lovely hot showers, good dish washing facilities, freezers for cold blocks. Pitch sizes very good to, not sure what it would be like when busier in the main season, but certainly not on top of each other at all.
Would definitely recommend this site. Laid back and relaxing.

Date of Visit: April 2007 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Deemus 1 review from this member

What a great campsite! My partner, I and the dog stayed for the Easter break just gone. The site was busy but didn't feel overcrowded at all. The slope of the field did mean that it took a night or two to achieve a comfortable night's sleep. However, waking up to the sound of the surf breaking was worth it.

Most other dog owners abided by the dogs on leads rule. We luckily didn't find any nasty surprises outside the tent or anywhere else on the site for that matter.

The noise level was generally tolerable and the no vehicular movement after 11pm was most appreciated.

The only downside was that there was a longer than average trek to the facilities. The washing up tends to get a bit heavy whilst walking up the hill back to the tent pitch.

All in all a great site that was friendly, quiet and clean.

Would definitely recommend this site to anyone.

Date of Visit: August 2006 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Droberts011263 1 review from this member

Friendly family campsite, very clean facilities. Nice pitches, lovely holiday, eventhough, busy quite by late evening. Lovely Cornish pasties in Hayle and excellent Fish & Chip shops. Going back to try out at Easter, the children had such a good time playing both on the site and on the beach which is about 10 minutes walk. It is excellent for walking cycling, surfing or just relaxing, with the bonus of a really great family running the site who will do their best to accommodate your requirements

Date of Visit: September 2006 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Holgates 1 review from this member

We (Mum, Dad, three children aged 8, 6 and 2 and the dog) stayed here for two weeks in September and had a wonderful time. Being shoulder season the site was not full to capacity and we had good weather which always helps. 
The site is great and met all our camping needs. The shower and toilet blocks are very clean and supply free hot water. Particularly brilliant is the family shower room and the children's bath.
Mike and Clair are lovely, helpful and relaxed whilst running a busy operation. Clair makes great scones - the cream teas at the farm house were a real treat!
The site was just right for us - not too commercialised or developed but with the facilities we need to make camping with children easy.
The nearby beach is pretty and we had some good surf, the coastal walks are fabulous (we saw lots of seals swimming in the sea) and there is lots to do within easy reach should you wish.
We would definitely return

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