There’s something about heading down an unmarked lane into a Cornish valley that just feels so right. Polgreen’s particular unmarked lane slides almost unnoticed into the Vale of Mawgan, a few miles north of Newquay. At the bottom, a sloping field sheltered by woodland and hidden by hedges is host to the satisfyingly retro sight of a scattering of cream-coloured bell tents.
Simon and Sarah, Polgreen’s friendly owners, transform this little corner of their 40-acre farm into a glamping haven for just a short time over the school summer holidays every year. Six 5 and 6 metre bell tents are positioned on their own little plots of levelled ground with plenty of space around them perfect for those who enjoy a bit of privacy or yearn for a sylvan retreat. Each tent is furnished with a double bed, a double futon, an optional single mattress roll, a coffee table, a big hide rug, and all the pots, pans, crockery, cutlery, and so forth, that usually reside in a kitchen. Further living space is provided by two communal dining tents, a big hit with families.
The facilities, all stationed just the other side of a bridge over a tiny brook, are designed to strike joy into the heart of the eco-conscious camper. Four compost loos are housed in delightful little sheds replete with antiquated reading matter. The two bijou showers are illuminated inside with solar-powered lights. There’s a raised bed from which campers may harvest salad leaves, and pots of herbs with which to garnish the cordon bleu dishes you’ve whipped up in the BBQ thoughtfully supplied with every pitch.
And there’s really no excuse for not cooking up some mouth-watering food here. On site there is a small honesty shop selling freshly baked bread, local treats, camp cupboard essentials. They also have a range of gastro glamping recipe cards along with all the ingredients needed to make them. A 10-minute walk up a track leads to the Gluvian Farm Organics shop, where absolutely everything on sale has been produced on the owners’ land (do ask for a taste of their yummy preserves). Barely any distance further away, in the village of Trevarrian, you’ll find equally appetising fare at the Bre-Pen Farm Shop. Meanwhile, down in Mawgan Porth, there’s a former petrol station – now called Cornish Fresh – that looks like the sort of place that sells seaside holiday tat, but that actually houses a deli with a wide range of ingredients destined to inspire all sorts of culinary greatness.
Polgreen is just a short hop from a clutch of Cornwall’s best surfing beaches, as well as some of the most dramatic stretches of the SouthWest Coast Path, so grab your wetsuit or boots and get out there. After a day on the beach, children can help feed Polgreen’s ducks, fish, pigs and sheep including the eminently strokeable pet sheep, Rosie. The kids can also keep a look out for the array of wildlife on the farm – from otters and roe deer to horseshoe bats, heron, snipe, and even the occasional bittern.
It’s a bit of shame that Newquay Airport is just over the hill from Polgreen since it means that when the wind is coming from the wrong direction noise from planes and helicopters can impinge on the tranquility
of the site. However, most of the time all you’ll hear is the wind in the trees, the calls
of unseen wood pigeons, and, if you listen carefully at night, the hoots and toowits of owls patrolling the dark woods.
A wonderful rural location near the sea.
Wild camping and wild flowers
Welcome to Polgreen Glamping
Cornwall’s finest surfing beaches and some of the most dramatic stretches of coastline nearby
Cornwall’s finest surfing beaches, and some of the most dramatic stretches of coast are just a short hop away - so grab your wetsuit or boots and get out there!
The natural beauty of canvas
A room with a view
Your outdoor kitchen
A working farm
Camping with comfy beds, tea light chandeliers, vintage crockery and bunting
The Owner Says
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Cool camping based in gorgeous Cornwall near the North coast.
Camping at its best... Think amazing countryside, endless nearby beaches, getting back to nature, beautiful bell tents and cosy comforts. Forget hustle and hassle, endless packing, fraught tent pitching and damp sleeping bags.
Sound good? Then it's time to try out Polgreen Glamping. Your gorgeous bell tent is awaiting your arrival. Your stay includes all of the home comforts (from real double beds to cosy rugs and quilts), essential glamping extras (from tea light chandeliers and bunting to BBQs and fire braziers) and use of our facilities (from a pick your own herb pots and central dining shelters to our lovely compost lavs and hot showers).
We are not a traditional campsite, in fact we don't really think of ourselves as a campsite at all. This is wild camping with a bit of added luxury. This is your chance to experience a welcome stay (no more 'get off my land!') in a beautiful and natural place. With only a handful of pitches our emphasis is on a great holiday for a lucky few.
We really hope to welcome you to Polgreen Glamping this Summer, we love this special place and know that you will too.
Simon and Sarah
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Polgreen is a beautiful, peaceful, piece of heaven. A gorgeous campsite in a gorgeous location. Although a 'smaller' campsite there is plenty to do, nature trails, visiting animals, exploring, a perfect little beach down the road and a pretty village a walk away. The tents are fantastic, plenty of space for our family of 4, they are well spaced out for you to enjoy alone but close enough for all the children to play together and enjoy exploring! The site is very safe, the children could happily play without any worries from us. The toilets and showers were kept immaculate... The showers were hot too which is always a bonus!! The pantry on site is fantastic, it has all the essentials you need at reasonable prices... Also Sarah made some delicious cakes free of charge for everyone to enjoy! We are looking forward to returning next year... Polgreen Glamping is an absolute must! A big thank you to Simon & Sarah for all your hard work making Polgreen so fun, relaxing, welcoming (& much more!) it's perfect.
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Tucked away at the bottom of a quintessentially Cornish lane Polgreen never ceases to delight and inspire. A small number of beautifully decorated bell tents sit amongst wild flowers streams and mature woodland. Deer, owls and hedgehogs are frequent visitors. Full size beds, fire pits and a fully stocked pantry ensure all comforts are met. Delightful, engaging and genuinely helpful owners, Sarah and Simon, are the icing on the cake . Animals and woodland trails, body boards and games means the kids are kept occupied from morning to night . 2 minutes from the family friendly beach at Mawgan Porth and with a number of beautiful pubs and restaurants in short driving distance, not to mention the " local" which is a short stagger away means we are going back for the 3rd year running and can't wait.
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Having discovered Polgreen almost by accident we turned up not really knowing what to expect. We were immediately converted to glamping. Simon's can do attitude and permanent smile are perfectly balanced by Sarah's eye for design and attention to detail. The tents are incredibly well stocked with all the essentials, the addition of BBQs and fire baskets mean that there is no hardships. Sitting outside the tent as the night draws in watching shooting stars (if you are really lucky a meteorite shower) is just the perfect end to the day.
The site itself is beautiful and each year we have returned has been like coming back to an old friend. The abundance of wild flowers, carefully thought out nature trail and the incredible hill side setting make this a truly magical place.
This is the perfect place to explore some of Cornwall's prettiest coast line and there is no shortage of amazing beaches. The local beach is busy at weekends but not unbearably so and has a great coffee shop, nice selection of eateries and a really good supermarket / deli.
The children love coming here and have thoroughly enjoyed wandering around meeting the sheep, pigs, geese & horses that are around. They have made great friends and spent endless hours playing wild whilst we adults chilled out!
Cannot recommend Polgreen highly enough!
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My daughter and I stayed at Polgreen for a week in late August - it was a rather last minute booking but Simon and Sarah were very well organised and the paperwork, directions, list of what was supplied and what I should bring etc were all taken care of so packing was stress free. We arrived early evening and despite the recent rain, when I saw it the campsite I knew I'd made the right decision; it was everything I'd hoped for and more. Simon helped get all our kit from the car to our tent, and we were soon settled in for the night.
Some of the highlights: Rosie the sheep -my daughter loved her! And the other wildlife such as pheasants in the fields in the mornings, owls at night. The honesty box system, and the fresh bread available in the pantry. The pantry shelves were well stocked although there were a were a few things that would have been handy to have, such as baked beans for that evening BBQ meal. Bre-Pen farm at the top of the hill has a wonderful range of staples, local and fresh food, and I'm buying multiple jars of their raspberry jam next time I'm there. Sarah's impromptu afternoon cake events. Sitting outside my tent in the sun, reading a book and knowing that my daughter was off playing with friends she'd made on the campsite and knowing that I didn't have to worry about her safety.
We were there in late August and a lot of places were very busy (you even had to make reservations days in advance for breakfast at one of the Jamie Oliver restaurants, and we never braved Padstow) but we found plenty of other places were fine - the beaches at Mawgan Porth and Bedruthan Steps are fantastic, and there was plenty of room for everyone). Evening meals at Fire, overlooking the beach at Mawgan Porth, were especial favorites for us.
I really appreciated things like the 'beach stock cupboard' full of body boards, shrimping nets etc that could be borrowed free of charge, and Simon and Sarah were always good at suggesting suitable beaches places to eat, places to visit.
I loved it so much that we are going back this summer, which is saying something as I very rarely go to the same place twice.
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We stayed a week at Polgreen this August (2015) and it was fantastic, we would go back. The site itself is just beautiful, rural with loads of space, the tents are spaced out brilliantly so you have privacy but kids have plenty of field space to meet and run about together. There are all sorts of exploration opportunities for the kids plus visits to the farm animals. We felt very 'back to nature' without sacrificing comfort and the site felt really safe. The tents are amazing, lots of space and sturdy (we had rain but the tents felt cosy and there was no leaking at all), with really nice decor. The loos and showers are impeccably clean. The 'Pantry' where you can buy all sorts of lovely essentials and treats is a god-send. The location is lovely, the local, sandy beach is gorgeous and very family friendly (plus surf lessons) and there are lots of other beaches within short driving distance. In short it's fabulous and Sarah and Simon do a brilliant job of making you feel welcome.
We have stayed at Polgreen twice, in July / August 2013 and again in 2015 and love it. Polgreen and the surrounding area has the perfect combination of 'Off the beaten tack' hideaway, back to nature respite, laid back cool surf, Eco credentials, farm excitement for the kids and plenty of great Gastro options when a break from the BBQ is necessary. Simon & Sarah are lovely people and the perfect hosts. Their passion for Polgreen is clearly evident in the attention to detail and their warm and friendly smiles.
We returned home to our busy city lives, relaxed, happy and rejuvenated.
We stayed with Sarah and Simon in August (8th-15th 2015). The tent was lovely with a "real bed" for us, mum and dad, and a double futon for the kids. The site is well thought out with loads of room between the bell tents. In a lovely peacefully spot - birdsong on a morning and shooting stars on a night- and yet within easy travelling distance of local beaches and Newquay. Already planning to come back in 2016.
Stayed at Polgreen for 3 nights, early August 2015. This was our first time 'glamping' and it was simply fantastic. The site itself is amazing, with so much space for so few people in a truly beautiful setting. We hired a 5 metre tent, which was plenty big enough for our party (2 adults, 1 child).The facilities are great, and outside cooking was easy with the barbecue and 2-ring gas hob, along with all the cooking utensils. After long walks it was nice to come back to the warm showers too! The honesty shop onsite is really useful and supplies more than enough to make meals, along with wine and Cornish beer. My daughter loved the nature trail that has been created by the owners, along with the opportunity to visit the friendly farm animals with owner Sarah. The site is perfect for kids, as they can explore in safety, and all seemed to make friends. Bedruthan Steps (about 2 miles away) is stunning, and for us the best beach around. It was a pleasure to meet Simon and Sarah: they have created a very special holiday experience in this wonderful part of Cornwall.
We had a most wonderful 3 days at Polgreen this year. There is so much to do nearby, and the farm is a beautiful place to be. Simon and Sarah are the best hosts you could wish for, the site is set out so beautifully and every little detail is seen to. We absolutely loved staying at Polgreen.
6 bell tents including all the glamping extras.
3 x huge 6 metre bell tents and 3 x large 5 metre bell tents.
Glampers, couples and families - yes. Tents, caravans, motorhomes and dogs - no.
There are 6 bell tents, sleeping up to 5 guests. The site does allow campfires (in fire braziers), each bell tent has it's own fire brazier, BBQ and picnic bench outside. The Polgreen Pantry has free wifi access and this is where guests can also borrow beach gear, board games and books. There's also 2 central dining shelters (with tables & chairs) and a honesty mini-bar cooler.
Newquay is renowned for its surf schools (Simon
and Sarah have surfing equipment they can lend out), but you can also go
snorkelling or diving there (01637 850930). The sandy
beach at Bedruthan Steps is amazing (though do check tide times first); Padstow
and the Camel Trail (see are just 6 miles away; or you can
hire a motorboat and chug happily down the river from Fowey Boatyard (01726
Food & Drink
Polgreen has its own, small honesty shop (the Polgreen Pantry) where you can pick up freshly baked bread, local treats, camping cupboard essentials and gastro glamping recipe cards, along with all the ingredients to make them. Offsite, take a stroll along a gated lane to manicured St Mawgan, home to the Falcon Inn (01637 860225) and its range of local ales. Watergate Bay is the home of Jamie Oliver’s Cornish Fifteen (01637 861000) – very pricey but nicey. Right underneath is the less expensive but highly recommended Beach Hut (01637 860877). Farm shops worthy of a trip are Gluvian Farm Organics at Mawgan Porth (01637 860635) and Bre-Pen Farm Shop (01637 860420) in Trevarrian.
The site is open only over the school summer holidays but offers bell tent hire for set up in local locations out of it's open season.
Pre-booking is essential. Bell tents £480 per week including the first 2 people and all the glamping extras.
Additional adults at £18 per night; additional children 12 years and under £14 per night; babies and tots 2 years and under FREE.
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