Beacon Cottage Farm

UK England South West England Cornwall St Agnes

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Children’s playground
  • Laundry
  • Dogs welcome
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Slap bang in the middle of some very intriguing coastal scenery

Cornwall offers the perfect seaside sojourn for any make or model of human holidaymaker: surf dudes and dudettes; sand fortress construction engineers (junior or senior); cute-village enthusiasts;ice-cream fans; and suckers for scenery. All will find what they crave from a seaside break in England’s southwest corner.

But Cornwall is not simply one place; its north and west fringes are very different from those on the south and east. The south of the county is sheltered, lush and lovely in a mild sort of way, with thatched villages sheltering by wooded creeks among the green folds of the rolling countryside – it’s many a gentlefolk’s dream of the perfect holiday destination. The north coast, on the other hand, faces the full wrath of the Atlantic, amid some of the wildest, roughest and most dramatic coastal scenery in Europe, and it’s here you’ll find Beacon Cottage Farm – an awesome location, where the raw, windswept, surf-washed seaside is for many the very essence of Cornwall.

That Beacon Cottage is knocked about by the wind in perhaps the rockiest, emptiest, and most beautiful section of Cornish coast just makes it even more impressive. The campsite itself is superb, with a choice of pitches either facing whatever the weather can throw at you – but with a stunning view – or sheltered from the elements in the orchard around the back of the farm. The facilities are top-notch, and the proprietors – the Sawle family – are a warm and friendly lot. Choose between a pitch in the roomy Ocean View field or the more intimate orchard, which is closer to the facilities but doesn’t have the views.

There is an eminently suitable beach nearby, indeed just 150 (very vertical) metres below the site. Also, less than a mile away along the coast path, Chapel Porth’s immaculately wild looks and clean, unspioled location is one of the reasons Beacon Cottage is such a glam destination for young families in the school holidays. Ice cream is provided from a stone hut in the small car park, but otherwise nothing else is allowed to ruin the beach’s genuine USP, which to be honest is much the same as that of the campsite – a remote position amid some of the most dramatic scenery in the land.

There’s a historic and rather melancholic side to the place, too, one that’s best discovered on foot. The former mining village of St Agnes is about two miles away from Beacon Cottage Farm along the coast path, which passes abandoned engine houses and mine shafts perched precariously on the cliffs along the way, before dropping into the rocky cleft of Trevaunance Cove. Here, in addition to the remnants of the industrial heritage, you’ll find another decent family beach, clean surf and yet more locally-made ice-cream for the kids (and hungry grown ups too).

From the cove, all roads lead back to Beacon Cottage, via possibly the most famous of Cornwall’s picturesque derelict engine houses, at Wheal Coates Mine. For those who are suckers for scenery, and those who have that all-consuming passion to see it from inside their boots, this is a walker’s Valhalla. How pleasing, then, that the campsite has a special rate for ‘backpackers’ and welcome walkers of all stripes with open arms.

Details

Facilities

Newly refurbished (2018) facilities, with toilets, showers (4 women’s, 4 gent’s), 3 family bathrooms and a laundry room. Washing-up sinks. Chemical disposal point. Ice packs, milk, eggs, gas and newspapers are sold at the farmhouse. No campfires, but BBQs off the ground are okay.

Suitable For

Tents, campervans, caravans, dogs – yes. Groups – no.

Nearby

Chapel Porth beach is just 10–15 minutes walk and is excellent for bathing and surfing and has lovely rock pools for children to play in. St.Agnes village is 1.5 miles walk along footpaths – a lovely little country village with individual shops restaurants, pubs and quality craft shops. A 3-mile walk along the cliffs is Blue Hills Tin Streams (01872 553341), where meaning is given to all the haunting ruins emblematic of this area, and especially the coast around Beacon Cottage. Geevor Tin Mine (01736 788662) near St Just was a large-scale working mine until 1990; these days the underground tour is the major attraction, while a café provides refreshment and the museum extra info. The Eden Project (01726 811911) near St Austell needs no explanation, but is just one of those places everyone needs to see at some time in their brief flight through life, and a really (really) great place to be on a cold, wet day. At Falmouth the interactive National Maritime Museum (01326 313388) is on the waterfront, and proves a great hit with children of all ages. Paradise Park (01736 753365) at Hayle is involved in conservation, breeding, and educational programmes (basically a zoo), but has a nice feel to it and makes a fantastic full family day out. Those seeking cuddly cuteness can do no better than the National Seal Sanctuary at Gweek, where they care for injured and orphaned seals from all over the UK, before releasing them back into the wild. Chapel Porth beach is just 10–15 minutes walk and is excellent for bathing and surfing and has lovely rock pools for children to play in.

Food & Drink

Within walking distance (between 2 and 3 miles), all in St Agnes, and all of which can’t really be bettered by getting in the car are… the St Agnes Hotel (01872 552307), on the main street, offering a decent selection of food and drink and serving bar meals in a traditional-looking dining room at reasonable prices; Taste (01872 552194) has a rather chic décor and is a place for special occasions (like holidays?), serving well presented grub with a slightly exotic Mediterranean-based theme. Meanwhile, down in Trevaunance Combe (the valley leading to the Cove), the Driftwood Spars Hotel (01872 552428) not only has bar food and a restaurant with a large menu and good children’s deals, but its own brewery. There are 8 beers brewed here, including Blackheads Mild, a traditional, but now rare, dark, malty ale; Blue Hills; and Alfie’s Revenge.

Opening Times

Easter/1st April – end September.

Pitches

The level camping fields have hook-ups, with 43 of the total 70 pitches thus equipped. Some pitches are in an area with a spectacular sea view while others are in a landscaped area surrounded by trees for those who prefer some shelter.

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Location

Contact Beacon Cottage Farm, Beacon Cottage Farm, Beacon Drive, St Agnes, Cornwall TR5 0NU

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Getting There

From the A30, just past Blackwater, at the roundabout where the A390 joins, turn right on to the B3277 to St Agnes, and on entering the village at the first mini-roundabout take a sharp left into Goonvrea Road. Follow this for a mile, and then turn right into Beacon Drive (following the caravan site signs). Beacon Cottage is on the right.

There is a regular bus service (nos. 85 and 85A) to St Agnes from Truro, which is the hub of public transport in Cornwall, so take a train there.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 10 reviews

★★★★★

Amazing location

We stayed here for several nights in September. It's remote and wind swept, but brilliant because of it (though it was quite hard to erect the awning for our campervan in the breeze!) The coastal path, right outside the campsite, is amongst the most dramatic, with disused mines and shafts. Lovely site, with spotlessly clean facilities. We were here at a less busy time, so it may get over-crowded in peak season, but I'd certainly recommend it. Also, I saw a badger! Supposedly they visit the site fairly often. 

Sep 21, 2015 by lesley wisbey
★★★★★

beacon cottage

An excellent campsite. Facilities are good, not hugely up-to-date but good enough for us with clean toilets, sinks and large warm showers. We chose a tent pitch with a sea view and it was an excellent view. Perhaps a bit exposed on a cold windy night but we got lucky with the weather! St Agnes is a good 25 minute walk away but is a nice little town where we could grab some nice pub meals. The walk along the cliff path directly in front of the campsite is stunning. A must. A quick drive over to Perranporth gave us the chance to don our surf gear and experience a busier town environment for the day. 

In summary this campsite gave us everything we were looking for. A quiet pitch, with a view, with nice clean on-site facilities all for a price that fairly reflected those offerings. 

Sep 4, 2015 by BongoBob
★★★★★

Beacon Cottage

This might be my favourite campsite I have stayed at, the location was excellent and the site itself very picturesque.

We stayed for the Easter weekend so, being fairly early in the year, were a little worried about our tent being exposed to the wind. Nevertheless, we chose not to go for one of the more sheltered garden pitches and I am pleased we did, as it was lovely to have a view of the sea in the distance.

The campsite is a nice size, meaning everything is close and it is without that commercial 'holiday park' feel. We were welcomed by the friendly and helpful owner who offered us tips on getting to the town and where to eat. The laundry and shower facilities were simple but very clean and well-kept, the ladies had a free hairdryer in too. The camping areas are separated by dry stone walls and the showers and office building are in the same style as the farmhouse building on site. When we went the walls were lined with daffodils, it's an extremely pretty site. By night, being remote means the stars are bright and clear too.

It is a very pleasant 30 minute stroll to St  Agnes, a lovely little Cornish seaside town with a handful of shops, cafes, pubs/restaurants and a beach. We enjoyed a nice lunch at the St Agnes Hotel and were greatly amused by the pet dog racing event going on along the beach. In the other direction, the coastal paths to Chapel Porth make for a great walk as the coastline is beautiful, wild and very dramatic. A long sandy beach at the busier town of Perranporth is only a short drive away.

Well worth a stay! 

Sep 4, 2015 by O StCatchpole
★★★★☆

Beautiful views but at a price

After reading the reviews and seeing the photos of Beacon Cottage, I didn't hesitate in booking. Indeed the place has beautiful views right down the coast and over the tin mines and is very convenient for breathtaking, coastal Walks. Facilities are a little dated but adequate, clean with push button free showers, free use of a hairdryer and there is a laundry on site.We stayed on goose field which is overlooking the sea and has great views but can get very windy, so I would only recommend this field if you were in a van or very sturdy tent. The orchard or one of the other fields would probably offer a lot more shelter. There are various take away vans that come on various evenings, which is nice when you want a break from the barbecue and I can thoroughly recommend the fish and chips. Fantastic!

A good 30-40 minute walk will bring you into St.Agnes a lovely, dog friendly little town to enjoy a few hours and meals, as there are a handful of pubs and restaurants, local shops and pretty much everything you would need, except any major supermarket. Which is not necessarily a bad thing.

All in all, I loved the area and the campsite had pretty much everything you need and is very well tended. The only  criticism I would have and is a deal breaker for me, as to whether I would return, is that it is the most expensive campsite I have EVER stayed at! We payed £34 per night, without an awning, this would have been extra on top, as too would be a gazebo. For 2 of us in a camper van with 2 dogs and an electric hook up, just for 3 nts, was £102!! Maybe the owners should revise their pricing structure, maybe they should just keep the cash rolling on in, whilst people are still willing to pay these extortionate rates but maybe it's to keep the riffraff away, like me!

Jul 20, 2015 by Jen howell
★★★★★

Amazing Gem !

We have just spent our first family camping experience at Beacon Cottage and what a Treat! Wonderful views from the site, great welcome from Kevin. Immaculate showers and toilets at all times. Everything you " might " need is there, from ironing table,laundry basket, hair dryer etc.. We had chosen a sheltered pitch and I'm pleased to say I'm glad we did, surrendered by beautiful flowers and more protected from the wind. Lots of great walks and cycling routes around. Charming people in St Agnes, highly recommend a kayaking trip in the caves. We've loved it so much that we extended our stay, and we will come back again. Thanks Jane for this lovely hidden treasure.

May 31, 2015 by Myriam
★★★★★

Fantastic Views

We stayed here for 1 night whilst touring in a Campervan. The site is clean and well run with stunning views out to sea. There is a large childrens field with a small wooden play are. Clean toilets and showers. Chapel Porth beach is a 10 minute walk away. we did not visit this beach as we had our dog with us and dogs are not allowed here. Therefore we drove 5 minutes to Trevaunance cove, which is great for rock-pools and surfing. St Agnes itself is a beautiful small village with a fantastic butchers and veg shop and a few pubs. Would highly recommend St Agnes and Beacon Cottage.

Aug 6, 2014 by Claire & Andy
★★★★★

Beacon Cottage

We stayed here in a hired campervan in Late May last year (we stayed just one night on a tour). It's an absolutely beautiful place, just a walk across the road takes you to the ocean and the mines that stand on the cliff top. The facilities were clean and warm. I would definitely go back.

May 22, 2013 by Smilnes
★★★★★

Beacon Cottage

We stayed at Beacon Cottage in July 2012. We had a delightful week there, apart from the weather which was typical of the English summer. The onsite facilities were perfect, the showers were always very clean and they also have a washing up and laundry room. This was very useful due to the rubbish weather, as with most campsite you have to wash up outside. The pitches are set over 3 fields,  I think? all with stunning views. We stayed in the orchard section, as being a younger couple wanted some privacy! Another great addition to the site was the fish and chip van that comes round midweek, we loved this - also a good way to meed other campers as you mingle around the van waiting for your grub. As for things to do off site, you are spoilt for choice. We chose to take long walks along the cost on most days, stopping off at different at beaches and coves. We would definitely go back again.

Apr 7, 2013 by Flash83
★☆☆☆☆

Beacon Cottage

We visited here a couple of years ago and found the views beautiful, the local area amazing and the surfing great. However, we found the owner to be quite rude and for that reason we would never consider returning. We will visit St Agnes again but never this campsite.

Mar 22, 2013 by VintageMum
★★★★★

Beacon Cottage

We only started camping in 2011 and we have stayed at a good amount of camp sites, but Beacon Cottage is the only one we have stayed at more than once and will be staying at many more times over the coming years. Jane and the team at Beacon cottage should stop and take a bow, I work in customer services and I have never been made to feel so welcome anywhere in my life. There was no task to large in order for us to enjoy our 3 trips there last year (including a booking out of season). The site and facilities are 5 star with a choice of sheltered or open sea view pitches, being "glampers" we opted for the shelter. A very short walk from any of our pitches took you to the showers, laundry room, family bathroom, extra toilets and the office / shop. They are so clean it was a pleasure to use them, I am a night owl and like a shower before I hit the hay and there was always hot water at any hour, and do to the nice solid structure, dry stone walls on the site and general layout it is impossible to hear a peep from the shower block which suits me down to the ground. No part of the site has passing traffic due to the layout, if there’s a vehicle near your pitch then it must be your neighbours. There was even a really good fish & chip van that came to site on the Monday. Beacon Cottage is well located on some great coast line with some local beaches & the clearest views of the ocean, just down the road is the village of St. Agnes. And as "Glampers" we enjoy a good BBQ or a nice meal out and St Agnes did not disappoint. I recommend trying out the fish restaurant next to the pub, some of the best salmon I have ever had. Also there’s a star bucks on the way out of the village. Well located for days out to Newquay and St Ives. It was really nice to see a mix of campers and everyone was really friendly, there was lots of walkers and cyclist as the local area is worth a look and there’s some easy to reach places & beaches on foot or by bike. An extra attraction is the lack of night glow lighting which were used to in the big city, I have never seen so many stars as I have at Beacon Cottage, it was breath taking - stars all the way to the horizon. I hope this review inspires you to pay Jane and the team a visit, if you can try and get a pitch near the bungalow its worth it as the guys on site play some good guitar in the late afternoon while you BBQ.
Feb 27, 2012 by fartytroll

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