Broad Meadow House
Broad Meadow House Quay Road Charlestown St Austell, Cornwall PL25 3NX
Walk past Charlestown’s museum and along the short cul-de-sac behind it and you’d be forgiven for being sceptical about there being a campsite here at all, let alone one of the tastiest in the country. However, just beyond the final house, a gate opens up to a couple of tiny fields that command fabulous views out to sea and along the shoreline towards Black Head, the tip of a headland sporting the golden flash of a wheat field on its back.
Broad Meadow (Was it ever broad? Ancient sepia photos suggest not.) has two geese, a ’Posh Shed’ (self-catering coastal retreat), one permanent tent and plenty of space for people who’d rather bring their own. Since the owners limit the number of campers on site to a mere dozen, you get the distinct feeling of being one of an incredibly privileged few. This is especially true if you order a delicious breakfast basket (including freshly made smoothie) to be brought to your tent in the morning.
Basking sharks and grey seals are sometimes spotted in the bay (just ask to borrow the telescope) while peregrine falcons, sparrowhawks and buzzards contest the air space above. Swallows, sensibly, prefer to skim the surface of the field and are so used to company that they come quite close to feed.
In tiny Charlestown there’s some easy coasteering to be had; a gig club that allows beginners to have a go at rowing on novice nights (Wednesdays); and, for those who want to go it alone, sea kayaks and other water vessels can be hired.
The Owner Says
We stayed here for a few nights at the end of our Cornish holiday and it really was excellent. It's tiny, with spacious pitches, no cars allowed in the field (although we have a little campervan, so obviously that was OK), spotlessly clean facilities and a friendly, helpful owner called Debs. The views across the bay are memorable. I really recommend this site.
Quite simply - the best!
Stayed during the first week in September, we have visited many campsites in the UK and this is quite simply the best! Superb location, spacious pitches, stunning views and the kind of hosts that you wished ran every campsite in Britain! Just go....... find out for yourself!
A fantastic site in a stunning location
We recently spent a bank holiday weekend in a hired camper van at this superb camp site. The owners (Debs & Neil) were fantastic hosts and made us feel really welcome. Nothing was too much trouble. The site facilities are very well maintained and serviced to the highest standards. Charlestown is a hidden gem of a village offering easy access to some superb coastal walks and when you've worked up a thirst or appetite, there are a couple of decent pubs and an excellent seafood restaurant. Can't wait to visit again! .
we will return...
We visited Broad Meadow on a whistle stop tour of Cornwall in the summer of 2013 from our neighbouring Devon, a place simply awash with campsites but all a bit too commercial for me, and Charlestown was our first stop. I am very particular about my campsite choices and really wanted to believe the great reviews, and to my delight I had no reason to doubt.
Charlestown itself is lovely and small, (and I had the best fish and chips I've ever had at the Wreckers Cafe on the main drag), and even though Broad Meadow is right on the edge, this does of course afford you wonderful views across the harbour and bay and it's a lovely stroll back past the Shipwreck and Heritage Centre.
The view is outstanding, and the quiet is just lovely. We were one of three tents and everyone is really well spaced out. We were very close to the pre-erected luxury tents (had a quick peek, looks very sumptous) but these were empty so no worries there. I'm sure if they were booked then Debs would have ensured we were a bit further away.
The toilet and shower facilities were brilliant - me and the wife wish to open our own campsite some day and we secretly noted down little tips and ideas (sorry!).
As we don't have lots of money (hence camping) and this was our first stop, we knew about the breakfast baps and had originally declined to indulge, and save money for the rest of the holiday, but then we gave in and ordered them for the first morning - they were brilliant, a huge hamper with fresh coffee and orange juice and an amazing egg bacon and mushroom wholemeal bap. I recall it was around £7 or £8 each for this, but you can just opt for muesli and yoghurt and other non piggy items.
Of course the proximity to Eden and beaches and just the rest of Cornwall made this an ideal place to start and we do vow to return another summer when we are keeping it local and not hopping overseas for budget hostels and dodgy airline flights.
What an amazing honeymoon at Broad Meadow House!
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The campsite is fantastic, probably the best we’ve been to. Debs and Neil make everyone feel so welcome and can’t do enough for you, even down to the early weather warnings. They make the whole experience very laid back and hassle free, and the amount of space is fantastic. It’s the perfect place if you want to take the family and let the kids go and play around the field and entertain themselves, whilst you sit back and enjoy a barbecue and the views with a glass of wine. Charlestown is a good little village and even though there isn’t a local grocers, there’s a great farm shop that visits at the weekend and supermarkets are within a couple of miles. There are some decent pubs and a good seafood bistro, as well as some great ice cream shops. It’s the perfect base for all that Cornwall has to offer. We’ll definitely be going back.
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We had read the info on Broad Meadow and were worried it couldn’t be as good as it sounded... but it was! Quiet, never crowded as they restrict numbers, fantastic views of the sea and coastline and a very clean shower and toilet... Debs and Neil are incredibly friendly and helpful, but also not intrusive... all in all, pretty perfect!
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We stayed at Broad Meadow in 2009 and loved it so much we returned with our 1 year old daughter this year. We love the relaxed atmosphere, great views and brilliant breakfasts (Especially the breakfast bap!). There are some great walks nearby, excellent places to eat (although the weather was good enough to have a BBQ every night!), and your just a stones throw away from the Eden project. Deb and Neil always make us feel very welcome and I imagine many returns to Broad meadow in the future.