Trewan Hall

UK England South West England Cornwall Newquay

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Children’s playground
  • Laundry
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
The grounds of a 17th century manor where a relaxed atmosphere and sense of pleasant privacy rules

The 36 acres of undulating fields, immaculate gardens and enchanting woodland that surrounds the 17th century manor house of Trewan Hall, makes for a near perfect camping spot. Positioned just outside the pretty parish town of St. Columb Major, this family-orientated campsite has been run by the Hill's' for over 50 years, so it’s fair to say they know a thing or two about camping. And with Cornwall’s finest walks, pristine white sand beaches and picture postcard villages right on the site's doorstep, you don’t have to be eagle-eyed to realise why they never left.

Trewan’s camping area itself is lovely and small enough to feel quite private. There are two slightly sloping fields (one smaller and more family-friendly) plus a larger field with plenty of space and a real ‘away from it all’ atmosphere. The management here are flexible, meaning campers can ‘pitch where you like’. So if you spot a secluded corner that takes your fancy, it’s yours. Not being slap bang on the Cornish coast means the site is relatively sheltered from the elements, however it’s worth mentioning a country lane runs alongside the smaller camping field, but unless you’re an extremely light sleeper you won’t be disturbed by the infrequent traffic.

Caravans and motorhomes are also welcome at Trewan Hall. But fret not, canvas campers: given the site’s pursuit of natural beauty over profit, the grass-only pitches and absence of hard-standings mean only a relatively small number of caravans take their chances, so the comprehensive views of rolling fields, parish churches and grass-munching cattle remain largely unbroken. The facilities here are pretty comprehensive too, with a brand-new ablution block equipped with showers, baths, washing-up sinks and electric razor points. Best of all, guests are free to use the fully supervised, 25-metre heated swimming pool (open during high season) – just the ticket for cooling off when the Cornish sun comes out to play.

You won’t have a shortage of things to do here. Not only do you have the nearby historic town of St. Columb Major, with its time-honoured country pubs, you’re also only a flip-flop away from the tranquil coastline of Mawgan Porth. And 14 miles down the road you'll discover the world's largest (and most impressive) greenhouse, The Eden Project. These sights combined with cosy, grassy comfort that comes with field camping makes Trewan Hall an ideal place to pitch up.



2 camping fields with space for around 200 tents. 1 recently rebuilt toilet/washing block with: showers, baths, washing up sinks, electric razor points, hair dryers, ironing area, wet suit washing areas and chemical disposal point. A fully-stocked shop open nearly 14 hours a day in the high season. Groceries, camping equipment, souvenirs, toys and games are amongst the items sold. Library/writing room, fully supervised 25 metre heated swimming pool (additional cost but less than £1), open during high season. It’s covered by an air dome, which can be taken down in a period of hot weather. Various onsite barns available for table tennis, table football, pool table and darts. Small basketball area in the barnyard, comprehensive woodland playground for children including sandpit and large, open field for football, cricket etc. Entertainment in various forms, including: magician, rock band, animal shows, story telling and folk music.

Suitable For

Basically anything transient! Tents, caravans, motorhomes, families, couples and well-behaved dogs – yes. Young groups – no.


Nearby, the world famous Eden Project (01726 811911) 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. The flat, easygoing Camel Trail starts in Padstow and runs east through Wadebridge (along the Camel Estuary) before finishing at Poley's Bridge. The Padstow–Wadebridge section makes a splendid half-day excursion, but it does get crowded; an estimated 350,000 people tackle the trail every year. The Wadebridge–Bodmin section is usually quieter and just as dramatic. Bikes can be hired from both ends. A Viking ship, the 'beast' vertical drop and the big-ticket Morgawr rollercoaster await visitors to Crealy Adventure Park (01395 233200.) Disneyland it isn't, but the kids will have fun.

Food & Drink

Hot food (try the pasties!) are available all day in the camp shop, and fresh bread and cakes can be purchased from an excellent local bakery. There’s also a fish & chip van and a pizza “horse box” that visits the site once a week. Within walking distance, St. Columb Major has several places to get your fill including: Port & Starboard (01726 860270) who serve up great fish & chips, the atmospheric Ring O Bells (01637 880259) and Goss Moor Tea Garden (01726 861113) with well presented, tasty and reasonably priced cakes and sandwiches. The Smugglers Den Inn (01637 830209) at Cubert is a thatched inn with real atmosphere, traditional food and local ales. Watergate Bay, on the far side of Newquay is home to the much-publicised Fifteen Restaurant (01637 861000), where disadvantaged youngsters are taught the cooking trade.



Family Friendly

When your children have grown up, all their most cherished memories of making new friends, playing games and splashing in a summer swimming pool will revolve around this campsite. But only if you take them there, of course.

The Owner Says

Trewan Hall is a popular site for families, where children can enjoy great freedom and the woodland playground.

Once you arrive at this Site, you will never have to leave. The Site shop is open 14 hours a day in high season and sells things campers need: groceries, fresh bread, pasties, camping equipment, toys and souvenirs.

We encourage visitors to use our Front Field for their own cricket or football matches. And we put on the occasional Barbeque alongside a free "Campers Swim" some evenings.

You are welcome to use a library and writing room in the old hall which has free WiFi for those who want it. There is also a full-sized billiard table for the proficient.

A wider range of activities is available during the high season. A scalextric track is set up in the Round House (open during the high season) with a selection of popular games and evening entertainment in the Long Barn includes folk music, brass bands, story telling and local theatre performances at no extra charge. Four acres of Trewan’s woodlands are designated for a dog walk.

A 25-metre heated swimming pool, between the two camping areas, is open July, August and Spring Bank Holiday week. There is a small charge for use. In bad weather an air dome can be erected over the pool.

St Columb Major, a short walk from the Site, has a choice of good pubs and places to eat out.

The Site has fine gardens and a Gold David Bellamy Conservation Award.

We warmly welcome families and couples to enjoy the excited busy holiday atmosphere during the high season or perhaps the more tranquil time in the low season.


Contact Trewan Hall, Trewan Hall Campsite, St. Columb, Cornwall TR9 6DB

Show Map

Getting There

From the A39: turn off when you see signs for St. Eval Talskiddy, and follow for ¾ of a mile. You will see the site entrance on your right hand side.

Bodmin Parkway Station is served by most First Great Western (0844 556 5605) trains on the Cornish Main Line between Penzance and Plymouth. Some trains run through to and from London Paddington, including the Night Riviera overnight sleeping car service and the Golden Hind, which offers an early morning service to London and an evening return. There are a limited number of CrossCountry (0844 811 0124) trains providing a service to Scotland in the morning and returning in the evening, and on summer weekends to Newquay, most of which run non-stop from Bodmin Parkway to Newquay. Newquay Cornwall Airport (01637 860600) is only 3 miles away, with flights to and from Liverpool (seasonal), Gatwick, Manchester, Belfast, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Newcastle available.


Add Your Review

Rated ★★★★★ over 3 reviews


Trewan Hall - fantastic

What a lovely site and location! The site is great and meet the needs of adults, children and dogs. The staff are superb and very helpful. The evening entertainment was much better than I had anticipated and something for everyone. The location means that you can get anywhere in Cornwall with ease and near some of the best beaches around! We will be going back!!

Aug 23, 2015 by j_butterworth


Have just come back from our annual trip to this lovely site and it just gets better.  New washing up area, refurbished loos and showers, a rustic mobile pizza oven and new names on the evening entertainments programme including a local story teller in costume.  Can't recommend this site highly enough - a fab team of people running it, extremely family (and dog) friendly, gorgeous woodlands and really relaxing.  Well worth a visit!


Tranquil Trewan

It's hard for me to dislike Trewan. I've been coming here since a toddler and barely a year has gone by without at least one visit, sometimes two. It has become the campsite that all others are compared to.
Trewan is by no means perfect - but what it lacks in ultra-modern facilities (they are undergoing improvements) it more than makes up for with it's setting. Based in the grounds of an old stately hall and bordered by trees and narrow Cornish lanes, Trewan is the epitome of tranquility. At this point I should point out that I always visit out of high season when Trewan is very popular with families.

There's a lovely vibe about the place, all the outbuildings have been built with the location in mind, using local building materials that blend in to the surroundings rather than stand out. There's no over the top signage, no tedious one way system, no marked out pitches - it won't be long into your stay when you also start to blend in to the surroundings! The campsite is split in to two main fields; Calves Close is an open field dotted with electric hook-up points and a short woodland walk to the shop/reception, Barn Park is a more sheltered field next to the shop and this field has no electric (and thus fewer caravans). For me, Barn Park is the true spirit of camping and a chance to get back to how camping used; no televisions and microwaves, more cheery hellos and conversations with your fellow campers.

Pitches are not allocated, you are free to camp 'freestyle' - this allows the visitor more space; the site keeps the numbers under control so as not to over-stretch the facilities. There's a camp shop for basic provisions. A 25 metre pool, a play area for young ones, and evening entertainment during the busier parts of the year.

This family-run campsite couldn't be more welcoming; visit more than twice and I'm sure you'll be remembered by name and welcomed back like an old friend, Trewan Hall really is a jewel amongst the already-beautiful Cornish landscape.

Using the back lanes you can be on any number of the north coast's finest beaches in 15 minutes, Padstow or Newquay in 20. The main road to Truro takes a little over half an hour and Falmouth, St. Ives or Penzance can all be reached in less than an hour.
Feb 26, 2014 by stone174

Related Guides

See Campsites in Newquay

Book campsites near Trewan Hall