Coastal Valley Camp & Crafts
Lower Trewince, Trevelgue Rd, Porth, Newquay TR8 4AW
Coastal Valley isn’t just a campsite. Imaginative owner Tanya also bills the place as a ‘crafts site’, with an online calendar full of willow weaving, slate painting and fabric printing on offer. A blackboard propped up outside the reception-cum-farm shop is used to spell out any activities that day, swirled in neat, chalky handwriting.
What’s clear, though, is that the creativity of the owners knows no bounds. The philosophy behind their craftworks seems to extent to the campsite beyond – a veritable collage of the camping world. Around its borders young and mature trees combine, linked by colourful pampas grasses and the dusty yellow of gorse bushes, and a narrow stream gurgles along the southern edge. It all frames an eclectic interior where there’s something for every camper.
For ‘regular’ folk, follow the hard driveway past reception and an oval loop provides access to the 25 grass pitches. For maximum privacy pitch your tent closest to the stream or stay up near the driveway for access to electricity. Coastal Valley operates a traffic-free policy, so once you’ve pitched your tent or parked up the caravan, campers are requested to return the car to the main parking area. The result only accentuates the tranquillity of the setting. Children play safely, you can always sleep soundly and the stream and birds can all be heard.
Glampers, meanwhile, have the more imaginative options. A pair of bell tents are furnished with low beds, bedside furnishings, lanterns, bunting and a welcome hamper of local produce, while a safari tent, nudged against the trees in a far corner of the site, is fully kitted out for up to six people. There’s also a perfectly restored 1956 Airstream trailer: Its aluminium exterior gleams, while the retro, en-suite interior comes complete with under floor heating and fully equipped kitchen area. Finally, a ‘BBQ lodge’ sleeps a further four people – beds are fitted along four sides of the hexagonal structure all surrounding an inbuilt barbeque – and there is a wooden pod perfect for couples.
From the campsite it’s around a mile to surfer-central Watergate Bay, walking through the sheep dotted fields and following the gentle course of the stream. And the same distance to Porth Beach – flanked by rocky promontories making it an ideal location for safe family bathing. Popular Towan Beach, too, is within easy reach, with all three backed by cafés and waterfront bars. If you don’t stay down at the waterfront for a pint of the local bitter then be sure to wander up the slope behind the campsite for a view across the beach instead. The Atlantic sunsets are stunning.
The Owner SaysThe little campsite with a big atmosphere. Tranquil and relaxing, Coastal Valley Camp & Crafts is located in a secluded Cornwall valley, with a strong focus on art, crafts and wildlife. You're only a 20-minute walk from the fine golden sands and world-class surf of Watergate Bay, home to Jamie Oliver's award-winning restaurant, Fifteen Cornwall. Kick your shoes off, sit back with a tea or coffee, unwind and recharge in a beautiful Cornish valley.
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Tucked down a leafy road away from the coastal winds and mizzle, we had a great time here. The owners have gone to great lengths to create a fab, almost totally off grid campsite and they are so friendly. and welcoming. The quiet buzz of people chatting around their campfires in the evening was atmospheric but still quietly respectful of everyone else. The water comes from their own spring underneath an owl guardian totem and the bacon from the shop is the best I have tasted in years. You can order fresh bread and pastries for the morning and the little shop is well stocked. We arrived just in time for fresh fish night and had the most delicious salt and pepper squid and there are food nights on some of the other days too by some lovely caterers in fab bespoke vans. The local windsurfer dude in Watergate Bay actually picked our teenagers up from site and whizzed them off for lessons whilst we caught the bus to Padstow - heaven!
A gem of a campsite
We found this site via Cool Camping (thanks!) and it's exactly what we were looking for. The site is picture-perfect, with a stunning valley location. At night you can just hear the bubble of the stream and in the distance the roar of the surf. You can hire a chiminea to enjoy the peace of the evening. It's in a great spot too, near Newquay for amenities but in a totally tranquil rural valley. I happily ran into Watergate bay (about 3km away across private roads) but it was a bit too far for little legs so we drove 5 mins to get there. You could happily spend days pottering around the site, and the hosts Tanya & Andy are fantastic - you can really feel the love they're putting into the place. This was our first Glamping trip (we stayed in the BBQ Lodge) and would highly recommend it, especially if it was in autumn when you'd appreciate the cosy fire even more. We tended to be on the beach until 8pm so didn't make as much use of it as we should have. The kids and we absolutely loved the cute style of the lodge, and the en suite was a welcome addition at 3am. Not that there was anything wrong with the communal facilities - they're among the best we've seen on a campsite. All in all, a brilliant site and we'd love to go back. Thanks for a great week!
The Perfect Campsite??
What a find!! A lovely, small site, in a fantastic location, with excellent facilities, and run by lovely people!
Situated just 20 minutes' country walk from stunning Watergate Bay, the site is set in a small hidden valley, a world away from the bright lights of Newquay. The (all flat) pitches are arranged round a central open area, with or without the option of electric hookup, and in addition, there are various glamping options too, such as Bell Tents, a camping pod, a vintage American caravan and a rather spectacular looking 'Safari Tent'!
What really makes Coastal Valley stand out though is the friendliness of owners Tanya & Andy, and the amount of thought they've obviously put into getting it "just right". The new toilet block is one of the most stylish I've ever seen on a campsite, and little touches like the picnic benches dotted around, and the communal kitchen, just show that they've thought about what makes a difference for campers.
Just go - you won't be disappointed!!
Best Kept Secret?
Our family have stayed at this Campsite a number of times; it's Excellent. Tanya and Andy are very welcoming, helpful and knowledgeable about the local area. The facilities are great, the setting idyllic and you feel sheltered within the valley setting. We've camped, stayed in the Safari Tent & BBQ Lodge all of which were lovely and very reasonably priced. We'll definitely be going back!
We stayed at coastal during their first season, normally we camp in our vintage airstream but as we only had a few days we chose the BBQ lodge an amazing little hut with a flushing loo, camping stove and a fully functioning BBQ in the middle of the hut.
We are a family of 4 and my girls 9 and 13 really loved the little house on the prairie style bunks?
The campsite has a real feel of community with the kitchen set up for all you need if you decide to travel light. Campers are encouraged to share any surplus food by putting a little sticker on any food still in date for others to use if they need to.
Tanya and her amazing family are always happy to help you in any way they can, and are tireless in their enthusiasm for all things vintage and also host craft sessions to occupy campers on those non beach days.
This year the showers have been totally rebuilt and look amazing, so although the site is very conscious of its carbon foot print, the new build is more efficient and very modern inside while in keeping with the rustic style on the outside.
We can't wait to visit again this year, a real gem in a prime location for some of the best surfing beaches in cornwall.
And having visited many campsites in this area, we think coastal ticks all the boxes on location, facilities and access ( something quite high on our priorities when towing our trailer)
Me and my wife had our wedding reception here as soon as we saw the site we new it was for us. We really loved the bohemian feel and the natural beauty that surrounds the site. Tanya and Andy were really attentive hosts and nothing was too much trouble for them. We stayed the night in the safari tent which was amazingly comfortable and just so different to anywhere else we have ever stayed I would wholeheartedly recommend coastal valley to anyone
A hidden Cornish Gem
Coastal Valley is a beautiful place to stay. They have 5* reviews on other sites and excellent reviews on their own Web site. These convinced us to stay there and we have never been disappointed. We've returned a couple of times now and the latest toilet and shower blocks are simply fabulous! The site is in a hidden valley very close to Newquay and within walking distance of the fantastic Watergate Bay. The site is within a stunning natural setting, yet within easy access of the main routes for trips out around Cornwall. All the facilities are very clean and well thought out. We especially appreciated the showers and the communal kitchen. We were camping but we're shown around the glamping accommodation, a huge and well appointed Safari tent, a camping pod and a BBQ lodge. All of them absolutely cracking places to stay and something we plan to do in the near future. Once on site is easy to forget the hustle & bustle, truly a hidden gem.
An amazing stay at coastal valley for a relaxing holiday. Something so different to any other site. Tanya and Andy were both very helpful and always smiling. The site has everything you need and more set in a tranquil valley with a farm shop stocked with local fresh foods, a new shower and toilet block that looks like no expense was spared. Along with camping they have a beautiful safari tent, bbq lodge and a wooden pod. When we return in the summer we are going to try the glamping side. The location is perfect to get around places. I just love this site.
Amazing Stay 5*
5* Great site, lovely surroundings, peaceful and friendly. Big warm welcome from Tanya and Andy the campsite openers. Had a wonderful time at Coastal Valley, with craft activities and quirky food nights. New toilets/showers are modern. Communal kitchen too. We will definitely be back!
Excellent site, ran by lovely people
This campsite is truly special. I cannot recommend this campsite enough for any families, friends or couples wanting a peaceful retreat in a beautiful setting under the care of some truly delightful hosts. A huge perk of this site is that its in a peaceful valley and even on the windiest days its not that windy. It has the most amazing river flowing to the side of it, perfect for washing wetsuits, beach equipment and its just nice to fall asleep to the sound of it. We won't be considering anywhere else on or next visit to Newquay. Thanks guys.