Mena Farm

UK England South West England Cornwall Bodmin

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Children’s playground
  • Laundry
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Good walks nearby
Easily accessed camping on a 15-acre farm, with family facilities and a vast amount of wild space to explore

A mile or so north of Helman Tor in Cornwall, home to a 6,000 year old Neolithic hill fort, we’ve discovered a more 21st–century attraction: Mena Farm Campsite. In fact, like the diagrammatic history of man, from walking on knuckles to standing tall and strong, Mena Farm is a place that showcases the full evolution of camping kind. In the lower field – open in the height of summer when long blonde grass ripples in the breeze – there’s the most primitive stage. Wild campers pitch their tents in the fauna, foregoing electricity, while, in the main camping area above, family tents and campervans park up on the more formal electric spaces. Then there are hard-standings for caravans, near to free WiFi at reception and the well-equipped, rainy-day games barn. And, finally, there is the fully-evolved glamping accommodation; boutique bell tents kitted out with double beds, kitchen wares and all the kit and caboodle you could need.

If it all sounds like a rather crowded affair then you’d be very much mistaken. With some 15 acres of space on offer, Mena Farm specialises in the lower-key side of camping life, with vast tracts of land set aside for wildlife and a lilly-spattered lake hidden in the trees. Badgers bed down in their sets, hares are occasionally seen in the long grass, and wild flowers – pink campion, daisies and wild poppies – pepper the surrounding fields.

Regardless of whether you pitch a tent in the wild camping meadow or wiggle a campervan down the final lane from the A30 (less than a mile away), all visitors have full access to the excellent clutch of facilities. There are two clean shower blocks, a well-stocked reception shop and bikes available for hire, while children will love the wooden fort that’s part of the small playground. Lending a hand collecting eggs and petting Del Boy and Rodney, the two friendly (and playfully named) kune kune pigs is also a must.

Yet for all the farm space to laze about on and extra treats, like fish'n'chip delivery direct to the campsite, the real joy of camping here is not the site itself but the surroundings. Walk the footpaths south to Helman Tor, now part of a 500-acre nature reserve, and pick up the best parts of the Saints Way walking trail. Or take the campsite bikes for a family cycle along the Camel Trail, a breath-taking route on a former railway line. Or simply hop in the car and drive to the north or south Cornwall coasts, equidistant (at around 20 minutes) from the campsite. Which to choose? Flip a coin? Roll a dice? Rock, paper, scissors? Evolution can only get you so far.

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Facilities

2 shower blocks, plus a separate disabled/family shower room. Laundry and washing up facilities. Fully-licensed shop. Free WiFi around reception and 4G reception across the site. Games barn with TV lounge, pool table, air hockey, table football, ping pong, books and games. Play area with swings, slide and fort. Bike hire, nature trails and guided tours of the farm – kids can help feed the animals and collecting eggs – plus 12 acres of additional farm land to explore, with chickens, pigs, streams, woodland and the lake (informal fishing £5 per day all year; license required). Accommodation also available in the Old Farmhouse (sleeps 6) and the Garden Room (chalet; sleeps 2).

Suitable For

Tents, campervans, caravans, dogs, groups – yes. Single-sex groups and larger parties – by prior arrangement only.

Nearby

Mena Farm Campsite isn't far from Bodmin Moor and there are plenty of fantastic walking trails directly from the campsite. The farm is also near the halfway point of the Saints Way (Padstow–Fowey), a well-signed (with Celtic cross markers) 27-mile route that takes you through Little Petherick, St Breock Downs and Lanivet before joining the Fowey River near Lostwithiel for a lovely waterside stretch. Rent bikes from the campsite to speed things along and try the Camel Trail (a spectacularly converted old railway route 3 miles from the campsite) or pedal around Cardinham Woods, 5 miles away and particularly excellent in spring. It's 3 miles to National Trust-owned Lanhydrock House (01208 265950), an imposing example of a Victorian country estate, rebuilt in the 1880s following a devastating fire. There are children’s activities, garden tours and open-air theatre in summer. It's 6 miles to the world famous Eden Project (01726 811911). The coast, meanwhile, both north and south, is around 20 minutes in the car (approx. 10 miles). Par beach is the closest in the south, while Wadebridge, at the start of the Camel Estuary, offers a gateway to the north coast.

Food & Drink

Walk or drive the 1½ miles into the village of Lanivet, home to an award-winning inn (01208 831212) as well as the excellent Welcome Stranger fish and chip restaurant (01208 831583). If you don't even want to stretch your legs that far, there is free daily fish and chip delivery to the site, plus weekly visits by local food vans and, of course, the fully-licensed shop has you well covered for alfresco drinks around the campfire. For a proper shopping trip, Bodmin boasts Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Lidl supermarkets, as well as petrol stations, further eateries and a hospital. It also has one of the best tourist information centres in the county.

Opening Times

All year.

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The Owner Says

Mena Farm is a magical place for those that appreciate nature and wildlife. Bring your doggies, go wild camping, look out for badgers, hedgehogs, rabbits, deer, woodpeckers, kingfishers and buzzards, visit the pigs, help collect eggs from the chickens, build a den, enjoy the sunsets, go fishing for tiddlers with the kids... There is no clubhouse here, just a barn with games, books and TV for those rainy days, and there are no bright lights - perfect for star-gazing, but you'll definitely need to bring a torch with you!

Accommodation

45 pitches in total (electric hook-ups on half), with a limited number hard-standings available. 3 bell tents (sleeping 4) available for hire. You can also go wild-camping on the lower fields (no marked pitches, electric or lighting).

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Location

Contact Mena Farm, Mena Farm, Lanivet, Bodmin, Cornwall PL30 5HW

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Getting There

Leave the A30 at the Innis Downs junction and take the turning signposted for Lanivet. Before you reach the village, you'll see the brown tourist signs for Mena Farm, simply follow these and they'll bring you directly to the site.

Newquay Airport is 20 miles away and Bodmin Parkway (connected to Paddington) is 6 miles away. Car hire is available at both. Buses to St Austell and Bodmin run through the local village of Lanivet (1½ miles from the campsite).

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★☆ over 4 reviews

★★★★☆

Peaceful site, even on August Bank Holiday!

This is a calm and family friendly site with very helpful owners. Its the space and peace that makes this campsite stand out - with generous pitches around the edge of the field and the central section kept clear it makes this site feel really calm and not overcrowded like many local sites, there was no rowdy behaviour and minimal road noise. Very convenient location - 15mins from Eden Project. Pizza van Sunday night serving excellent pizzas, fire pits available for hire ( the owner even went out and bought some more as we were keen to hire one and there were none available), quiet hours between 8 and 10pm well observed by the campers. The toilet block was sufficient but I do prefer single sex facilities and perhaps a couple more sinks would be great - having said that the showers are hot and free and even on August Bank holiday I only queued a few minutes. I would give 5 stars for a slightly better toilet block.
Aug 28, 2019 by Emma Evans

Response from Mena Farm

Hi there - many thanks for your lovely review. We're so happy to hear you enjoyed your stay at our little campsite. You'll be glad to hear that we have plans to refurbish and extend our shower/toilet/washup facilities over the winter months. With kindest regards, Ali & Neil
★★★★☆

Quality campsite in a quiet rural location

Mena Farm meets the high standard you expect from sites listed by Cool Camping. In a quiet country location (we couldn't hear the road), everything is clean, tidy and well maintained. The showers are free and the washing-up facility inside (nice out of season). There are also good laundry facilities. This is a great place for simple and straight forward camping without commercial trappings. There are no bright lights, so do bring a torch! Plenty of space for children to play and the site owners are welcoming and friendly. Many thanks to Ali for helping us with some Eden Project and Heligan bookings which saved us quite a few pounds. Mena Farm's central position close to the A30 means most of Cornwall is within easy reach and we will definitely stay again when next passing this way.
Apr 16, 2019 by Steve & Fi, Bristol

Response from Mena Farm

Hi both - many thanks for taking the time to write this, and for your lovely comments. It's a pleasure to hear you enjoyed your stay at Mena, and hope you swing by to see us again another time. In the meantime, happy camping! All the very best, Ali & Neil

★★★★☆

Friendly and spacious campsite

Nice location and view of surrounding hills. Bikes can be rented on location and transfer to Camel trail is possible, this is certainly a recommendation! A30 Road can be heard but that was not a big issue.
Aug 9, 2018 by Maarten

Response from Mena Farm

Hi Maarten - many thanks for your kind review. We do occasionally hear some distant traffic noise depending on the wind direction, so glad to hear that this didn't impact adversely on your stay. It was a pleasure to meet you all and hope you enjoyed the rest of your travels in the UK. With kind regards, Ali & Neil
★★★★☆

Lovely small campsite with friendly owners

Mena campsite is situated a stone's throw away from the A30 though in its peaceful environment you'd never know it was that close. The campsite is reassuringly small with generous pitch sizes. Dog and baby friendly, with a big field and pond for one and a playground for the other, we had everything we needed. The owners offer a chip shop pit stop if you get your orders in to them, which is great for that first night when you haven't sorted the camp stove out! There is a games room with a TV and pool table and other games which was great for being on holiday when the world cup was on 🙄 Facilities are small and unisex - my first experience of unisex facilities! But the size didn't matter due to the size of the site. Never had to wait for using anything, they were always spotless and the showers are free and a good size. Also features the usual dishwashing spot and a washing machine and tumble dryer. We sneaked a peak at the dancing glamping tents too and made a wish that they were dog friendly 👌 We were in easy reach of some great attractions - national trust and English heritage sites very close by, plus a short drive to the beaches. We tried very lovely Gorran Haven as it's dog friendly and had delicious chips! Really recommend as a campsite - we would definitely return.
Jul 7, 2018 by Shona Grimes

Response from Mena Farm

Hi there - many thanks for your kind review of our little site. We're very happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay at Mena Farm. All the very best, Ali & Neil

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