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UK England South West England Cornwall Penzance

Gulval, Nr Penzance, Cornwall TR20 8YR

With the sea in the distance and fields surrounding you, there’s a real sense of space and harmony on the site, assisted by John’s very idiosyncratic entertainment
There’s something a little magical about the owner John Line and his campsite, the curiously and wonderfully named Noongallas. JRR Tolkien, famed author of Lord of the Rings, would have probably loved it here, and the two of them could have traded their expert knowledge, too. John can tell you, for example, how many times the fledglings in the dance hall have hatched. He might then show you the best place to pick chanterelle mushrooms (which sell for a small fortune in a fancy deli), and he will help you find the footpath through nearby Trevaylor Woods, where beech trees hang over a bubbling stream. And the site, sitting on croft land, is pretty special, too, nestled at the edge of a fairly steep site divided into five fields by gorse hedges and waist-high bracken. It’s the perfect spot for children to shake off term-time traumas, and the fact that families tend to stay onsite during the day tells you a lot about how convivial and peaceful it is. Musicians love it here, and you’ll often hear a didgeridoo or guitar around the campfire of an evening. Ask John what he likes best about running the site and he’ll chuckle and tell you that it’s because it makes him feel like he’s on holiday all the time. One night here, and you can see why.

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Lovely location close to beautiful woodland.

I stayed here a couple of weeks ago with a group of other parents wanting to celebrate a birthday of one of the adults. We chose this campsite as all the reviews said it was family friendly where we could have a campfire and all enjoy ourselves around it in the evening. We were not disappointed by the location it is truly beautiful but our weekend was marred by the two owners attitude to our large group. We were constantly monitored to make sure our children was in their beds at a time specified by them, (they're on holiday for goodness sake). We were told we had to all be in our tents by 11 and strictly no music at all. These rules didn't seem to apply to the other people around us. The children were frightened of going to the toilet block for fear of being told off by the lady there (resulting in a couple of accidents). We overheard them complaining about our children playing on the swings onsite, all the children are primary school age by the way and all very polite and respectful. When we booked (a couple of months in advance incidentally), we made it clear what we were looking for and the number of tents and people in our group, so we were confused when she suggested we go and camp elsewhere on site after the first night, even though she had no problem with surrounding customers staying up later than us. So to sum up great campsite if you are just a couple but if you have any children then no tolerance will be shown.
Jul 15, 2018 by Debra


Just got back from a two night stay with my partner, we had a fantastic time. John, Kaye and Ivan were excellent hosts and we look forward to returning soon.

Jul 5, 2014 by Finlucas


We live locally and wanted to try our new tent out and visited this campsite and had a brilliant time, facilities were exactly what we wanted, clean toilets and showers, we had an entire field to ourselves and the kids loved running around the fields and going for a paddle in the woods. It was brilliant to be able to have an open fire in the evening and the owners showed us the chicks, and were very accommodating. Would Definitely come back and would recommend this campsite if you want to get away from it all and chill out. 

Jun 2, 2014 by rob and sarah


We have been to this campsite 4 or 5 times now and have never come away disappointed, the owners – John and Kay are lovely and Ivan and his family are too. One of the best things about this campsite is the allowance of campfires because it wouldn't be the same without them. Another great thing is the warm and friendly atmosphere and the fact that you can take your dog, there is loads of wildlife and its just a very special place.

Jul 29, 2013 by Jasper Michie


Don't usually write reviews but after reading one by someone who stayed at the same time as me I felt compelled to, personally I thought it was a great campsite showers and toilets were good and the site was clean and tidy plus open fires are allowed which is always a plus, all that aside for the price your paying its fantastic value!

Now to the point of leaving your steaks on the table and walking off, that in my opinion is your own stupid fault and what you failed to mention is that the site owners even gave you food so you had something to eat!

May 30, 2013 by Lee


We travelled to Noongallas from Penzance a few weeks ago and found it not to be particularly suited to campers on foot. We arrived with just our backpacks (its a big hill up from Penzance to Noongallas!) and food to cook on our stove that night. Shortly after arriving and finding the campsite empty we decided to pitch our tent and to find kindling for the fire. We left our bags on the picnic table next to our tent pitch unattended for a maximum of five minutes and when we returned we found a site dog had eaten our food. Given the 1.5 hour round trip back into town and that it was late we did not make the return and had to make do with what we had. The most disappointing part was the response from the woman in charge of the site who told us that it was our fault for not having our food in a 'fridge'. Unfortunately we can't carry a fridge with us on our backs and therefore have to make do with our bags, which aren't usually attacked by dogs at the campsites we visit. Average site but we won't be returning without a fridge.

Apr 29, 2013 by Caroline


Stayed for a week during August 2010. Very easy going campsite, will not suit everyone, at times it is almost too easygoing! Only one shower for men and one for women which get very busy at times. The plus points are the lovely barn used for impromptu concerts by local musicians. It also provides shelter in bad weather. The woods at the bottom of the hill are magical. However you need to be very easy going to cope with musicians playing until 1 or 2am in their tents and the site is at the top of a hill and frequently in cloud when there is brilliant sunshine at the coast.
May 24, 2011 by amanda80l


Just a fabulous place... Calm, relaxed but the kids can have fun too, we especially loved the marshmellow girls - you know who you are! By 10pm you could hear a pin drop and nothing was too much trouble for the lovely owners of the special campsite. We are definitely going to visit again...
Aug 18, 2010 by Nicola
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