CAMPSITE REVIEW: Treen, Cornwall

Ok so here it is our all-time favourite campsite….

This is one of our truly happy places, the review comes with a warning though; if you make it down to Treen Farm, you are likely to end up staying longer than you planned! Once you’ve bagged yourself a coveted spot, it’s very hard to tear yourself away. You can buy pretty much everything you need to sustain you in the camp shop, which is stocked with local delights and is licensed. Plus there’s a lovely pub and tea rooms in the village. So as long as you have time, just relax and enjoy this little slice of heaven!!

The coast path in front of the campsite is dotted with a ‘pearl necklace’ of white sand beaches with turquoise waters. If it’s hot and the sky is blue these beaches are hard to beat. Especially Pedn Vounder ‘the secret beach’ which in our opinion really is up there with some of the best beaches in Thailand and the Caribbean.

The campsite itself is quite a traditional pre-marked pitch campsite, most pitches have a Sea view. The camping fields are part of Treen farm, an Organic Dairy farm run for 5 generations, by the welcoming ‘Hall’ family.

Pedn Vounder beach

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  • Beaches that will take your breath away, just a short walk from the site
  • Peaceful spot with great energy
  • Welcoming village pub with beer garden
  • Lots of lovely local produce available in village and camp shop, organic milk, organic eggs, local veg, handmade bread etc.
  • Amazing showers
  • A couple of fields back from the coast path

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  • The anxiety that no reservations brings, we always feel sick on the last bit of the drive down in case we can’t get in!
  • Pre-marked pitches are not always our favourite thing, but totally understand why they have to do it in this popular spot. You usually can choose between a few pitches.
Porthcurno beach

SURROUNDINGS

  • Pedn Vounder – In our opinion one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, its dog friendly and right in front of Treen farm campsite. Ok, so it is a nudist beach, BUT everyone seems welcome, there’s lots of clothed people too (including us!!) The last bit of the path down is a very steep scramble down rock face, not suitable for young children unless carried in a back carrier. You need sturdy shoes for the climb down, part of the thrill of this beach is that its so hard to access, which gives it the ‘secret beach’ tag.
  • Porthcurno – Is an incredible white sand beach with easy access, making it a very popular family beach. There is a dog ban throughout the summer, but you can take dogs on after 7pm and its only a 10-15 easy stroll down from the campsite. Alternatively there’s a car park infront of the Telegraph museum.
  • The Minack is an open air theatre perched on the rock face with a spectacular sea view, its a 20-minute walk from the campsite (very steep climb up the last bit) there’s a car park too.
  • Penberth Cove – There’s a lovely circular walk via Logan rock from the campsite to this beautiful cove that was used in season 2 of Poldark. Dogs arent allowed on the slip way
  • Nanjizal is another dog friendly beach along this stretch of coast.
Penberth Cove

FIRES

  • Fires – Not on pitch, but communal camp fire in adjacent field
  • BBQ’s – yes
Pedn Vounder beach

FOOD & DRINK

  • Campsite shop – well stocked campsite shop, hot croissants & pasties, BBQ’s, meat, fruit & veg, alcohol, gas refills, ice creams, cold drinks, gifts, souvenirs and much more, just ask they seem to have absolutely everything you could need!!
  • Treen café – has coffee, cakes, sandwiches ice creams, pasties and cream teas.
  • Logan rock inn pub is a 5-minute walk down the track into the village. Very dog friendly and welcoming pub, with delicious food.  No children in the main bar area but they are welcome in the family room and beer gardens.
  • Porthgwarra Cove café – lovely pasties and cakes, well worth the coast path walk past the Minack theatre to here for a spot of lunch in idyllic Porthgwarra. Or if you don’t want to walk there is a car park behind the café.
  • Organic Milk from Treen farm is available via an honesty fridge in the village
  • Fresh village grown vegetables for sale in honesty boxes
  • Organic Eggs for sale in village
  • Fresh daily Artisan bread honesty box at entrance to campsite
View of the campsite

FACILITIES

  • There is phone reception and patchy 3 & 4g
  • Freezer for ice blocks only
  • Pay hot showers, which are very good
  • Kitchen with microwave & toaster
  • Laundry- an incredibly fast and efficient washing machine & tumble dryer
  • Plug sockets for charging
  • Hot water washing up including washing up liquid and sponges
  • Recycling
  • Chemical waste
  • Electric hook up
  • Meditation sessions
  • Foraging classes
  • Baby bath & potty
  • Pitches all have picnic benches
Car Park in the village where you can camp if Treen farm is full

OUR TOP TIPS

  • Get there early (before 10am) in July & August and on sunny weekends to get your name on the waiting list. No advance bookings mean it’s often full. If you don’t get a space you can camp in the car park in the village, which is not as bad as it sounds, basically a big field overlooking the sea with public toilets & the pub a stone’s throw away, but no tents or awnings in the car park .
  • Call the day before to see how busy it is and what to expect in terms of getting a spot.
  • Its cash only, so stock up before you get there.

Campsite map

Treen Farm website

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