Elm Farm

UK England South West England Cornwall Redruth

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Quiet camping meadows and a friendly café located beside some of Cornwall's most popular cycling routes

Opened in 2014, Elm Farm is far more than just a campsite. Capitalising on its prime location beside the Mineral Tramways cycle network, Elm Farm is a campsite-cum-cycle-centre with a cute little café thrown in for good measure. It’s a family-run establishment less than two miles by bike from the nearest beach – pick from Portreath and Porthtowan or explore secret swimming holes like Fisherman’s Cove – while, inland, trails weave you through the county’s 19th-century mining history, past moonscape quarries and ancient copper mines.

The site’s two camping meadows are simple, off-grid affairs and have been left purposefully alone in order to maintain their natural appeal – to people and wildlife alike. Buzzards are common, barn owls are sometimes heard in the night and stoats have even been spotted, hidden beyond the great elm trees that border the field and give the farm its name. With just 25 pitches there’s ample space for ball games, and the pair of family shower rooms and compost toilets are more than adequate, though the café has flushing loos if you prefer.

If you haven’t brought your own bikes for exploring the many routes on offer, you can hire them from the Elm Farm café and cycle shop. Campers get a discounted rate, while those who’ve booked one of the site’s two pre-pitched, furnished bell tents are given bikes for free. Even as you stride to the café, housed inside a cute, converted shed, your eyes are drawn to the landscape beyond. Laity Moor stretches out in the distance to Carn Brea hill, one of the highest points in the local area, from which you can see both the north and south Cornwall coast.

If you don’t fancy schlepping up the hill on your bike, you can stick to the easy ride down to the beach instead. Alas, you can’t cycle with a board under your arm but there’s a surf school at Porthtowan from which you can hire them if needed. So if you fancy throwing yourself into the laid back surfer vibe of the place, you’ve got no excuse.

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Facilities

Drinking water taps. Solar lights around the facilities, with 4 compost toilets, 2 family-sized washroom cubicles with showers and sinks, and 2 dish-washing/laundry sinks. There is also a flushing toilet and chemical disposal point beside the café (a short skip up the hill). Braziers provided and logs for campfires. Fully furnished bell tents available (see website for full furnishing details). Bike hire available at a reduced rate to campers.

Suitable For

Everyone! Campers, glampers, tents, campervans, motorhomes, caravans, dogs, groups, special events...

Nearby

If you venture over the hill that shelters Elm Farm from the sea winds you'll find the rugged North Cornwall coastline waiting. It takes about 30 minutes to walk to the cliffs. The campsite is just inland from 2 sandy north coast coves – Portreath and Porthtowan – that are great for surfing and family days out. The latter has a certified blue flag beach. Slap bang on the coast to coast cycle trail (sometimes called the Bissoe Trail), the site is ideal for cycling, so grab your bikes (or hire from the site) and head to Portreath on 2 wheels (you can detour off to Porthtowan too). Boards can be hired from the villages if you want to hit the waves. If you follow the cycle trail to the south coast it takes you to Devoran, while there are also various other local loops taking in the area's 17th, 18th and 19th-century mines – The Mineral Tramways network. There is also a north coast footpath. St Ives, St Michaels' Mount (01736 710507) and The Eden Project (01726 811911) are all within easy driving distance.

Food & Drink

The Elm Farm Café & Bar is excellent. It offers a wide variety of refreshments including Lavazza coffee, specialist teas, freshly made cakes, sandwiches, all day breakfast, light lunches and locally made ice-cream. Check out the sausages made from pigs reared at Dunkirk Farm in Mount Hawke or treat yourself to carrot cake and clotted cream. The bar is licensed, too, so expect Cornish real ale from Skinners Brewery and a glass of wine for your evening by the campfire. At times there may also be a cocktail of the day waiting for you in a jug in the fridge! For anything else, there are pubs and restaurants in Portreath and Porthtowan, so pedal downtown and take your pick.

Opening Times

April–October (glamping late May–September).

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The Owner Says

Elm Farm Camping has provided an authentic slice of rural Cornish life for hundreds of guests over the years. If you’re trying to get away from it all, one afternoon watching someone trying to herd stubborn farm animals might persuade you that the stresses of the city aren’t really quite so bad after all. Our lovely camping pitches are positioned around the perimeter of two spacious fields which leaves plenty of space in the middle for the kids to play.

Many cyclists doing the Lands End to John o’ Groats trip use us as their first or last stopping point, but you normally have to get up pretty early to see them! The camping fields are supplied with clean drinking water and solar lights around the facilities. There are four composting toilets, two family size washroom cubicles with hot showers and sinks and two dish/laundry washing sinks all with hot water. There is also a flushing toilet and chemical disposal point for guests beside the cafe a short skip up the hill. Elm Farm boasts an abundance of birds and wildlife: buzzards are common as are barn owls, whilst foxes, badgers and stoats can often be observed. We are happy to advise you on the many beautiful coastal and country walks in this area.

Accommodation

20 grass pitches and 3 fully furnished bell tents.

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Location

Contact Elm Farm, Elm Farm Campsite, Nancekuke, Redruth, Cornwall TR16 5UF

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Getting There

Leave the A30 at Redruth turn off and follow the direction to Porthtowan. When the road arrives at a T-junction (Chapel Hill) turn left and Elm Farm is a about 300 yards on the right.

Redruth (0845 748 4950) is the nearest train station, 2 miles away. The campsite owners can help organise transfers by taxi if needed. Newquay Cornwall Airport (01637 860600) is 25 miles away.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 21 reviews

★★★★☆

Lovely, peaceful stay

My partner and I really enjoyed our few days away at Elm farm. The camp site had a very relaxing and calm atmosphere. The setting was lovely and we really enjoyed the half price bike hire. We were lucky enough to visit on an evening where a local pizza company staged a pop up event at the camp site cafe which was delicious. Hiring the fire pit and wood for £6 made for a cosy evening. The shower was plenty warm enough and the toilets were always clean and well maintained. The only small issue we found was the close proximity to the road (the camp site is one field back from the road). This is not a very busy road but nor is it a single track country lane and the sound of the traffic took a bit of getting used to. We live very rurally so are not used to this however I'm sure most people wouldn't notice the odd car. Over all we had a lovely time and would highly recommend.
Sep 1, 2019 by Laura Child
★★★★★

Fabulous Friendly site

We stayed for 8 nights and had a fabulous holiday. Brilliant location close to many beaches and attractions. All the facilities were great including the environmentally friendly toilets and showers. All of the people from the campsite, cafe and bike hire were lovely. Thanks again to Duncan for allowing our 2year old Son to join his band on Wednesdays pizza night.. we’ll be back next year, already talking to family and friends about joining us.. cheers
Aug 31, 2019 by James Cruddas
★★★★★

Out favourite site so far

A really brilliant site. All the staff were so great, the location is stunning and easy to get to loads of interesting places. Excellent beaches nearby and the cafe linked to the site was a real bonus. We've stayed at a lot of sites on the Cool Camping webiste. They've all been good but this was by far our favourite.
Aug 29, 2019 by Ethangm
★★★★★

Back to nature

We loved our back to nature glamping experience! The bell tent was great, well equipped and the bed was lovely, best sleep i've ever had camping. The host was very willing to help if we needed anything. The campsite wasn't too busy and it was nice and spacious. Facilities were good and very eco-friendly. We loved the cafe and the staff were great to chat to. I loved the sausages!! Bike rental was great, again very knowledgeable and helpful staff and the bike rides e had were awesome. Loved having a fire every night! I would recommend this campsite to others.
Aug 27, 2019 by Helen Hughes
★★★★★

Chilled summer escape

What a lovely camp site!! So chilled out and relaxed....Choose your own camping spot and make yourself at home. The toilets and showers are pristine and very eco friendly. The staff are so very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable about the local area. Each morning we would take a little walk to the cafe for an amazing breakfast, before either hiring a bike for the day, £10 each whilst camping, then taking a walk or drive to one of the lovely beaches. It was the summer holidays when we stayed but the beaches where never overrun and the car parks always had a space (machine was even out of order a few days, so had free parking but not expensive otherwise) We had made to order pizza, from outdoor pizza on site, with local beers and live music, sat outside in the sunshine. It was great chatting with other campers, a real homely feel. We will definitely be back....this site is run with love and it shows...... thanks for a great stay Elm Farm
Aug 26, 2019 by Gemma Sandiford
★★★★★

Great price, location & friendly staff

We stayed here for 4 nights in August. For the price this place is lovely - two main fields surrounded by trees in a quiet area. It’s very family oriented so lights are typically off by 9/10pm. Shower and toilet facilities are lovely and clean. There’s a cafe and bike hire as part of the camp across the road - £10 per day for campers. The staff were all super friendly and couldn’t do enough to help. The cafe food was also fabulous with local produce (bacon and egg bap is a must). Do try to cycle trial along the only mining railway route - just lovely! Easy walking distance to two lovely beaches where you can catch a beautiful sunset.
Aug 25, 2019 by Bryony
★★★★★

Relaxing, friendly, enjoyable, great facilities

My 12 year old and I had a brilliant stay for 3 nights in August. The site is peaceful even when busy and has enough space for all. The showers are hot and spacious and the composting toilets feel no different to non composting ones but with the added bonus of being eco friendly. There is plenty of hot and cold running water at all times. More importantly it is really welcoming. The cafe is great - my 12 year old voted his bacon and sausage bap the best breakfast he’d ever had and the coffee is amazing as was the glass of chilled white after a day out cycling. The bike shop is well stocked and the team are really knowledgable. I hadn’t been on a bike for decades and managed the coast to coast approx 22 mile trip with the promise of a ‘comfortable saddle’ which didn’t disappoint! The trail is easy to follow with a bit of instruction and a map just incase, which they supply. We spent a day surfing in Porthtowan which was beautiful and nearby Portreath was also lovely and easy to cycle to (2.5 miles) if a bit more crowded. Watching the shooting stars whilst roasting marshmallows over the open fire was another highlight. In short, it’s lovely, thank you and we can’t wait to return.
Aug 22, 2019 by Ellen
★★★★★

Wonderful short stay

Wonderful friendly site. I walked here from Redruth station and found pretty good transport links. Quiet and peaceful, all the facilities were great and egg sandwiches from the cafe were delicious.
Aug 20, 2019 by KitS
★★★★★

Fantastic holiday

Very clean toilet and shower block. Loved using the eco toilets. Plenty of hot water in the showers. Site wasnt too busy. Very helpful and knowledgable staff. Good selection including vegan food and booze. Wednesday was pizza night, where a local company make pizzas on site. My vegan pizza was delicious. Hired bikes, at the reduced camper rate, and cycled the coast to coast route, only 11 miles and pretty flat. Good tree protection at the site and we easily withstood the test of a storm. It was a 2.5 mile walk to 2 really nice beaches, one of which had a great chippy and pub. Well situated for visiting other places. We drove to Newquay, Perranporth, Turo, Lands End and the Poldark mine. We had a great holiday and would definitely recommend Elm farm.
Aug 17, 2019 by Ian Adshead
★★★★★

Excellent campsite

This is a small but perfect campsite. We stayed for a week with young children (4, 8. & 10). The kids teamed up with others and spent hours hanging out by the rope swing with games of football and cricket in the middle of the field. The pitches were large and not too crowded in. Facilities were great and very clean. The owners were very friendly and helpful and the cafe was excellent, as was the bike hire place. The guy that runs the bike hire was super friendly and helpful, making sure we all had bikes that fitted properly. If you are into cycling with the kids this is the place for you. There are miles of quiet mostly traffic free routes to explore. We did the coast to coast and cycled to the beach. There are two lovely beaches within a few miles. Can’t recommend this campsite more highly!
Aug 9, 2019 by Christopher Hale
★★★★★

Lovely setting, lovely site and ethos

Loved this place for our family. Really ecological and good facilities. Showers are basic and a little open to the elements but they were clean and hot. The rented Brazier was a welcome addition and just over the road is a lovely cafe and bike rental. Excellent access by bikes or walking to nearby beaches and trails. Definitely would come back and recommend to other families
Aug 3, 2019 by Herschell Family
★★★★★

We stayed 5 nights in the Bell tent and what a wonderful 5 nights they were!

Everything was fab from start to finish. Ali was so warm and welcoming, all the little added extras were a fab bonus. We have stayed at quite a few campsites and can always find something that didn’t quite tick our boxes but Elm Farm is the very first one where we can’t fault it! We would most definitely recommend it and will hopefully return in the future 🏕
Aug 1, 2019 by Kathy Black-Knight
★★★★★

Great eco campsite

I often leave campsites feeling that they could/should be doing more to lessen their impact on the environment. I did not feel that here - it was totally guilt free camping! The site was relaxed and quiet and Ali was super helpful and friendly. I loved this site & will definitely be back.
Jul 31, 2019 by Lisa
★★★★★

Brilliant stay

The place is really good, services are fantastic and the location is really good everything is close. People working in the camping is fantastic and helpful. Definitely I will stay again.
May 30, 2019 by Edu
★★★★★

We need more eco camp sites like Elm Farm

We stayed one night and wished we had more time there. There was a warm welcome and this site is eco camping with style. Fabulous modern composting loos and lovely warm showers which are family sized - great idea even if you don’t have kids. Dog friendly.
May 11, 2019 by Sheila

Response from Elm Farm

Thanks for your review Sheila and we hope you come camping here again soon!
★★★★★

Great experience. Highly recommend

Dad with 3 kids had great time camping here. Owners and helpers friendly, kind and generally lovely. Spent week exploring coast with beaches. Bike rental gets you top bikes. Cafe has great food. Kids want to know when we can go back! Many thanks to all.
Aug 20, 2018 by nickleam
★★★★★

Lovely campsite in perfect location for cycling

This is a lovely, quiet campsite in beautiful surroundings. The bike rental service was excellent and it's ideally located for visiting beautiful beaches. Brilliant facilities although be prepared to queue for showers as there are only two. Thoroughly recommend.
Aug 17, 2018 by Martha
★★★★★

Very helpful owners, great location, super showers.

Owners were very helpful when updating my booking. A quiet spot and we didn’t want our time to end there.
Aug 6, 2018 by Simon Hampshire

Response from Elm Farm

Thanks Simon, glad you enjoyed your time and please come again!
★★★★☆

Showers

A well kept campsite with flat pitchings and fantastic and basic amenities. Everything we wanted.
Jul 2, 2018 by VICKY

Response from Elm Farm

Thanks Vicky, pleased you enjoyed your stay!
★★★★★

The beauiful natural environment.

Hot showers, super friendly owners & staff. This year, no compost loos but porta loos, which are fine. Great food & plenty of advice from the cycle shop.
May 27, 2018 by Arthur Curwen
★★★★☆

Friendly owners, great location

Nice sheltered camping fields and site is easy to find and well located. Lovely little cafe and very friendly owners. Down sides, the compost toilets were awfully smelly (which is not normal) the ammonia was eye watering and if you take a discounted hire cycle you get the ‘left overs’ after the full paying customers. We were kept waiting for ages and given bikes that were far too small for us
Apr 29, 2018 by Debbie Kew

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