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Tregarton Park

UK England South West England Cornwall Mevagissey

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Children’s playground
  • Laundry
  • Dogs welcome
  • Beaches nearby
Remote, unspoilt, beautiful Cornwall – with coastal and countryside views a-plenty, you soon realise Tregarton Park just can’t help being a cool place to camp

Lets not beat around the tent pegs here; at first glance Tregarton Park should be everything Cool Camping is not. Touring caravans are welcomed, pitches come well-manicured and there’s a distinct ‘holiday park’ vibe that may ruffle some traditional camping feathers. But as you pitch next to a 17th century (Grade II listed) farm building, in the remote, unspoilt surroundings of beautiful Cornwall, with coastal and countryside views a-plenty, you soon realise that despite initial concerns, Tregarton Park is truly a cool place to camp.

The sprawling Tregarton Estate was built back in 1492, and today this 12 acre site is run by the welcoming Hicks family who remain determined to maintain the site's notable charm. All the walls have been constructed using traditional Cornish hedging methods, and the paving areas are laid with natural local stones including granite, limestone and sandstone. However, facilities here are anything but dated. Motion-sensor operated glass showers, excellent access for the disabled and Wi-Fi (across the whole site!) offer campers 21st century amenities that makes camping more comfortable.

And location? Well, as luck would have it, Tregarton is perfectly situated to explore the breathtakingly beautiful county of Cornwall and all its attractions. Nearby, the world famous Eden Project is one millennium project that appears to have been a success. Each football-like Biome takes visitors into a different region of the world; trek through a humid South American rainforest, or experience the dry deserts of Northern Africa. There’s plenty going on in the Outdoor Biome too, with 13 hectares of garden containing almost 2,000 plant species.

Despite Tregarton's huge capacity (125 pitches), it never feels overcrowded. Each pitch comes generously sized and clearly divided with hedging and shrubs to ensure campers enjoy a sense of privacy and seclusion. If you’re an 'old school' camper and still concerned that caravans just aren't cricket, then rest assured; you’ll be too busy falling under the spell of Cornwall’s tiny fishing ports, old smuggler’s inns and never-ending coastline to care.



125 hedged pitches (divided into 4 meadows) all with electric hook-ups, 31 hard standing pitches (some offering sea views) and 1 toilet and shower block with facilities for the disabled. Laundry room, park shop and take-away (open 1st May until 24th Sept 2021), adventure playground, all weather tennis court, heated outdoor swimming pool (open 1st May until 24th Sept 2021) and a large recreational area. Tregarton is fortunate to have some wonderful wildlife: the odd early morning owl can be heard, a mass of swallows visit each year and as dusk fails the bats come out to play! Being surround by farmland the site also enjoys the cows and sheep in the neighbouring fields.

Suitable For

Tents, trailer tents, touring caravans, motor caravans, families, couples and dogs (max 2) – yes. Groups – no.


Tregarton is situated less than two miles from Porthluney Cove, a secluded family (and dog friendly) beach with a large expanse of golden sand. There's plenty of room for games and it’s suitable for swimming. Whilst there, take the guided tour of nearby Caerhays Castle (01872 501310). The 100 acres of beautiful woodland gardens are lovely and hosts the largest collection of magnolias in England. Scenic Fowey has an impressive maritime history; in the fourteenth century attacks on Spanish and French coastal towns were operated from here. To defend against counter-raids, Henry VIII constructed St Catherine’s Castle (0117 9750 700), a pair of small artillery forts consisting of two storeys with gun ports at ground level above Readymoney Beach. Fowey later prospered by shipping china clay (quarried at the clay pits around St Austell) but the trade has long disappeared, and Fowey has now reinvented itself for summertime tourists. The ferry crossing from the nearby fishing village of Mevagissey is a lovely way to get there. Mevagissey itself is a lovely Cornish fishing village, where you can wander the narrow alleyways, browse gift shops and art galleries, or try your hand at mackerel fishing or crabbing. The harbour at Pentewan (meaning foot of the radiant stream) dates back to medieval times, when the village was mainly a fishing community. There’s an excellent bike trail running alongside a river with bikes to hire for all the family. Charlestown is a short drive, and well worth a visit with lots of lovely shops, cafes and restaurants.

Food & Drink

Tregarton offers a take-away service and during the height of summer, lunches and early evening meals are available by the swimming pool. For fresh local ingredients take the 2 mile trip to Lobbs Farm Shop (01726 844411.) This family run farm produce, supply and deliver first rate quality meats, with all beef and lamb sold in the shop being born and reared on the farm. For a top-notch takeaway, treat yourself to one of their specialty Cornish Hampers. Fresh fish can also be bought right on the harbour at nearby Mevagissey (3 miles.) The site's local pub, the Barley Sheaf (01726 843330), is only 1 mile away in the village of Gorran and offers excellent homemade food all year round. Portions are huge and the Cornish Fish Platter will sate any appetite. Two miles down the road you will find the boutique Llawnroc Hotel (01726 843461) serving quality bistro meals as well as traditional afternoon tea from £14.50. Lunch is served between 12-6pm with soups, sandwiches and salads on offer, as well as burgers and fish cakes. A few miles north in St. Ewe is the lovably traditional Crown Inn (01726 843322.) The welcome, atmosphere and reasonably priced food are all excellent, with the duck particularly tasty.



Family Friendly

Old-world agricultural charms married with modern, high-tech facilities. You could camp with old grandpa and the tiniest of kiddies and they'd both be in their element here. It's like a camping holiday for the winners of The Generation Game.

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Contact Tregarton Park, Gorran, St. Austell, Cornwall, PL26 6NF

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Getting There

Leave St. Austell travelling south on the B3273 passing through London Apprentice and Pentewan. Follow the sites brown tourist signs to the park by turning right at the crossroads at the top of the hill (towards the Lost Gardens of Heligan and Gorran Haven.) We suggest you do not use Satellite Navigation.

The sites nearest Train Station is St. Austell (7 miles away) and the closed bus stop is at the Lost Gardens of Heligan (2 miles.)


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Rated ★★★★★ over 11 reviews


We return here every year 🏕

This park has a wonderful, welcoming family feel about it. We head here most years - from 10 minutes up the road! The site is immaculately kept by such a hardworking team that work tirelessly to provide the best holiday experience. Pitches are generous, beautifully kept with privacy hedgerows and ample space to park alongside. The heated pool is a hit with the children and adults! There are many Covid safe measures across the park too. One way systems, screens between basins and also a food ordering app. Food and drinks are so reasonably priced it left us feeling like we’d had a 5* holiday! £1.50 for a delicious ice cream delivered to your poolside lounger! It was impossible not to overindulge! Thanks for another great trip! See you next year! (We’ve booked early this year!)

Everything you could want

This place is amazing! Great facilities in the main building and all kept to a high standard. We only stayed for 2 nights but wish we had booked more. Staff were friendly and accommodating. The pitches are very generous, you could easily get 2 large tents on a pitch. The only downside is the road noise in the morning from 6am onwards but I am a light sleeper. We will be returning next year 👍
Aug 22, 2021 by Craig George Verified Review

Wonderful break in tremendous Tregarton

Spent a fantastic few days and nights at Tregarton and were so impressed with the site and staff. The whole family enjoyed many visits to the pool and loved playing tennis, table tennis and table football. All facilities were maintained to an impeccable standard by the tireless work of the friendly staff who went out of their way to accommodate. Ordering food to the tent was so convenient and easy, and delightful desserts were enjoyed by all. It was also nice to use the well stocked and very reasonable camp shop (children loved the fidgets!!). Booked up for next year before leaving and would highly recommend a stay here to any families. Thank you Tregarton!

Well managed, family friendly site.

Swimming pool was the highlight of my granddaughter's week! The site is well managed by a friendly, helpful team. Even though it was busy, we rarely had to queue for toilets or showers, which were kept really clean too! The cafe and takeaway service were a real bonus after a long day. Close to beaches and lovely villages, we enjoyed exploring or relaxing on the site. Highly recommended for young families.
Jul 30, 2021 by janedeere

Friendly owners, tidy well kept site.

Very friendly management, nothing too much trouble, even sited and leveled our touring caravan, very good price for a serviced pitch, clean & tidy site. Covid regulations were very good and made us feel safe. The take away food, delivered to our pitch was excellent good tasting food, no grease or limp salad, perfect like home cooked.Can't praise them enough everything a holiday maker wants, lots of thought has gone into this site to make your holiday relaxing and easy. Best site we've been to in a long time, been touring for 40 years.
Sep 27, 2020 by David Carton Verified Review

Amazing campsite

An amazing campsite and the best we have stayed at. The facilities were so clean and the whole site was immaculate and well maintained. Our children had a wonderful time using the (warm) swimming pool and pay areas. The takeaways were all very good and exceptional value, delivered to our pitch! We will return!


We have just come back from a 4 night break at Tregarton Park. Our pitch was beautiful away from everyone with plenty of room for our tent and car. Swimming pool a if hit. The facilities were immaculate and staff were so friendly and approachable. The takeaway service was quick and food was piping hot and tasty. All shower and toilets were clean whatever time you went in.

Lovely and relaxing

We have just come back from a 4 day break at Tregarton Park. Our pitch was beautiful with plenty of room for our tent and car. The facilities were immaculate and staff were so friendly and approachable. The takeaway service was quick and food was piping hot and tasty. Chips were awesome!!! All shower and toilets were clean whatever time you went in and showers were a good size. The dog field was a good size and clean. Would recommend to families and pets. Loved our stay and will be returning next year. Thanks
Sep 4, 2019 by Tori

A variety of Gluten Free Food

This campsite was on of the best we have ever stayed at, and we've stayed at quite a few. The site was immaculate and the pitches spacious, even with a large tent. There was plenty to entertain the children and adults after a day on one of the nearby beaches. My son has Coeliac Disease, and the staff went out of there way to make sure he had a variety of gluten free foods to choose from in the take away.
Sep 3, 2018 by Michelle Hawkins

Very Clean

This is a lovely clean campsite - immaculate shower and toilet area. Has a wee shop on site with bits and bobs. You can also order food from their take away menu. Oh and of course, there is a lovely swimming pool. It is also dog friendly however, you are not able to sit outside the shop/swim area where there are tables and chairs with your dog - so this is very restricting - surely you could change this rule as its just like sitting outside a pub in a beer garden - it should be well behaved dogs allowed and as dog owners we know if we can take our dog or not - just a thought - but best that future potential campers are aware.
Jul 21, 2018 by Lynsey

Civilised but cool campsite

Being a couple that usually like the wilder side of camping, we thought we'd seek out a different experience and find a site with the all singing and dancing facillities, like a swimming pool! We didn't book, we just searched on the Internet and turned up. We were greeted by a very smiley lady, who struggled to find us a pitch but still managed to accommodate us, our 2 dogs and a camper van for 3 nights, even if it meant juggling pitches a little.2 nights on 1, 1 night on another, over the way. After staying at the most expensive site on earth for the past 3 nights, for standard facilities, we were bracing ourselves for the expense of this one, that had beautiful, clean facilities, lovely private pitches, site shop/takeaway and did I mention, HEATED Swimming pool?! 22 quid per night...Bargain! Free electric hook up, free awning/gazebo pitching. Impressed!

The site was busy and organised but never felt rowdy or too 'holiday park' like. Great facilities with huge sinks for dishwashing, dog exercise field away from all the pitches and a beautifully heated swimming pool, that on a sunny day, having to yourself was heavenly. It also had an impressive safety feature on the pool gate so as small children could not access or exit  the area alone. Had a lovely, friendly vibe to it.

Nearby we visited Porthluney cove, which has a small beach bar, serving drinks and snacks, overlooked by the impressive Caerhays castle. The beach is sandy with rock pools and caves, where we could let our dogs enjoy a good play. We walked to the cove from the campsite, which took about 40 minutes and was a really pleasant way to see the local countryside, instead of seeing it whizz past in a car, although there is a large car park there, payable to a man in a booth. Mevagissey is a really pretty harbour town which is worth a drive out to and is only 15 minutes by car to experience a proper Cornish working harbour.

Overall, we loved the area and loved the campsite. Keep up the good work and your competitive rates. You're in the right game! We would most definitely return and recommend. :)

Jul 20, 2015 by Jen howell

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