Star Bell Tent

UK England South West England Cornwall Penzance Ryn Gwari Farm

  • Sleeps 4 (max 4 adults, 3 children)
  • Dogs Allowed
Pitched and simply furnished Star Bell Tent. Sleeps 2-4 people.

The Owner Says

The Star Bell Tent is situated in our spacious camping field. It comes ready for up to 4 people to stay, with one double bed and two single air beds. You will need to bring your own bedding and the rest of your camping equipment, but the tent is set up all ready for you. There is a trunk for storage, a cool box, giant bean bag and rugs on the floor. The tent is lit with fairy lights and decorated with bunting. Facilities are shared with the other campers. Dogs are welcome too. 

About Ryn Gwari Farm

Suitable For

Campers, campervans, motorhomes, caravans, groups (by prior arrangement), dogs – yes. Big noisy groups – no.


You can walk from the campsite out on to Truthwall Common, the edge of West Penwith Moors within the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Here you can see the Tregeseal Stone Circle and take a dip in a nearby pool. The moors stretch all the way to St Ives, more than 10 miles away. Cape Cornwall is a mile-and-a-half from from site. You can walk there or drive the short distance and park up at the National Trust car park. The stunning South West Coast path passes here and an open-top bus provides a service along the coast. The Priest’s Cove, just below, is a rocky beach with a small sea water pool carved out of the rocks and a slipway for local fishermen. Sennen Beach is six miles away Gwynver Beach, just before it. St Just (two miles from site) is a good spot for picking up supplies, eating out and browsing independent shops and galleries. The South Coast Beaches of Perranunthnoe and Praa Sands are within 20 miles of site too.

Food & Drink

Rebecca can organise deliveries of milk, bread and a few other basics from a nearby dairy. There’s a pub with a beer garden, The Queens Arms (01736 788 318), half a mile down the road in Botallack. For more places to eat out and pick up supplies, head to St Just (two miles away) where there’s plenty of choice; the Dog and Rabbit (01736 449811) café comes recommended.

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Rated ★★★★★ over 22 reviews


What a find!

A great location with spacious pitches - excellent value for money!
Sep 20, 2021 by Adam Clucas Verified Review

Nearly Wild Camping

Lovely and helpful. I arrived late, agreed with the site that this was no problem and they would catch up with me in the morning. Roomy pitches, gorgeous views. Properly lovely walks to the coast. I will be back.
Sep 18, 2021 by Vicky Lee Verified Review

Epic sunsets and big night skies at a quiet, sustainable, paradisical camp site

Climbing (with the bike) the no-nonsense No-Go-By-Hill to the Ryn Gwari campsite rewards you with a spectacular view of the Atlantic and the Cornish landscape, which is a unique blend of moorland and intriguing mining heritage. The Milky Way just leaves you speechless at night. The site is exposed to the weather which I consider a benefit (I do enjoy a bit of wind and wild). The surroundings can easily be explored on foot or by bike and have lots to offer from the Coastal Path, the moorlands, the sea, rugged cliffs, sandy beaches, near-by towns and art scene and the vast mining heritage dotted along the coast (I’m a built heritage scientist so this is my sort of heaven). This is most likely one of the best camp sites I stayed at as I do prefer being as close to nature as possible but with the ‘luxury’ of basic facilities. Thus, I particularly appreciated the eco-friendly compost toilet for which no drinking water is wasted (huge plus in my eyes). The shower (though temperamental at times) is in a wooden cubicle but roofless which was a great experience and surprisingly warm. Becci and Harriet were very relaxed, attentive, and welcoming. I highly recommend this place and already thinking of coming back.
Sep 13, 2021 by katrinwilhelm

Basic yet expensive

Arrived at our bell tent at 16:00 check in is at 15:00. Opened the tent to just a mattress on the floor in the middle of the place. Yet the photos show a little extra than you receive. We got in and started to regrettably unpack our bags ready for our night ahead. Suddenly had to stop this to relocate quite a number of creepy Crawlys (we’re aware we are camping but didn’t expect to find so many) After doing this we were quick to find alternative accommodation and left. Later received a text from the owner saying we can come and check in, after making them aware we left they acknowledged that the bed wasn’t made up and apologised yet didn’t offer any discount for leaving. £50 for a tent with just a mattress seems very steep, when pitching your own tent only costs £10? We were aware it would be basic, however even this came as a surprise. Won’t be making the same mistake twice

Response from Ryn Gwari Farm

Thanks for your feedback Harry.
Our apologies again for forgetting the bedspread. It certainly does add to the colourful atmosphere in the bell tent, and I do agree, a bare mattress is not a welcoming picture! However, we are always on the end of the phone and a quick call would have had us skipping down the field to you with a freshly washed bedspread, a big apology in person, and a sunny hello. Although on that wet, windy afternoon, I may have been not so skippy, more slippy!
Oh for the insects! We are in the middle of nature, and I think they were also trying to find shelter from the storm! I would have gladly done a quick clear out for you, no problem.
As for our prices, £50 can feel a lot for a cosy night snuggled together in a tent, but with a basic camping pitch, with bring-your-own-everything, starting at £17 at our campsite and much more at others nearby, its a fair deal we think, and far cheaper than a hotel. And on that stormy afternoon, putting up a tent would be my last on my to-do list, a warm pub with the fire on would have been my choice.
Many thanks again, and we hope you had a lovely stay in West Cornwall.

Stunning views and perfect location to explore the region

The campsite is very well described on the site. Don't expect luxury as it is not what you will get but in exchange you get fabulous views on clear days and amazing skies. It is not too busy and there are enough spaces between the pitches, which makes it feel private and yet very sociable. We met some wonderful people there in search of similar experiences. Nevertheless, I have reservations about my time there but it is more to do with the Tipi then the actual campsite. We booked one for a week (as there were no other pitches left and despite having a tent with us). I was really looking forward to something quite special as it was very dear (as opposed to your normal camping) and I think that did not meet my expectations. The tent was big, the mattresses were clean and comfy but we were freezing at night and lacked some lighting. I think I expected a lot more in view of the costs involved. I would happily come back but with our tent.
Aug 30, 2021 by Olivia Verified Review
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Ryn Gwari Farm is located at No-Go-By Hill, St Just, Penzance, Cornwall TR19 7PS

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Getting There

From the Mount Misery Roundabout on the A30, just past Penzance, turn right on to the A3071, signposted for St Just. After six or seven miles you reach St Just. Pass through the town staying on the road and at the bottom of a steep hill, there are two right hand turns separated by a pottery. Take the one that goes to the left of the pottery; No-Go-By Hill. Follow this for just over half a mile until you see a sign on the right for Ryn Gwari Farm.

The nearest train station is at Penzance from where you can hop aboard the A17 Atlantic Cruiser bus towards Pendeen. The closest bus stop is after St Just, about a ten-minute walk from site. The same route can take you to St Ives and be used to return after walks on the South West Coast Path.