Menagwins Farm Pop Up and Pitch

UK England South West England Cornwall St. Austell

  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
Back-to-basics camping with Cornwall's greatest sights on your doorstep
When Menagwins Farm closes up shop for the season, its four acres of pitches will be returned back to nature and agriculture, and its spacious fields — now hosting groups of campers exploring the Cornish countryside — will once again be occupied by grazing horses. But until then, hosts Daisy and David maintain an eco-friendly site that's respectful of its surroundings, as guests are asked to be thoughtful of the livestock that their pitch will eventually be passed back over to.

Menagwins is a rural retreat in every sense; a compost loo is shared between the pitches, while a cold water shower will surely provide an enlivening start to your day — as will the stunning views from the outdoor shower, with the historic market town of St Austell resting behind acres of undulating fields. Daisy and David know their guests value peace and quiet, so allow campers to choose their own pitch within their grounds, while the site sits quietly half a mile from its titular farm to avoid any of the accompanying sounds (or smells).

You won't find electric pitches here, but any time spent on your phone is time spent wasted considering the site's close proximity to some of Cornwall's finest attractions. The Eden Project, a stunning collection of biomes emulating a rainforest, will educate as well as entertain, while the lush Lost Gardens of Heligan are also nearby, with their ancient pastures and the UK's only outdoor jungle providing memorable days out for both the big kids and the small ones among your group.

But Menagwins also brings nature right to your doorstep — or, at least, your tent flap. The site is situated on Route 3 of the Pentewan cycle trail, a wildflower and woodland stretch that takes you through the beach and harbour of Pentewan, before concluding in the fishing village of Mevagissey. Along with bringing your bike in tow, the site is also ideal for your furry friends, with it welcoming up to three dogs to take on lovely strolls. This includes the public footpath that runs through the site, which opens up into 330 miles of coastal walks, providing unforgettable views across St Austell Bay. Menagwins Farm Pop Up and Pitch may be a simple site, but you won't be able to succinctly describe these views.

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Facilities

Menagwins is light on amenities but heavy on views, with one compost loo being available on-site (though more could be installed depending on demand) and a cold-water shower. The site's hosts have been pleasantly surprised by the positive reception to the shower, given its ideal positioning to enjoy Menagwins' exceptional countryside scenery. Guests can bring their own barbecues and campfires, though must keep them raised above the ground. Continuing with the laid-back theme of this pop-up site, campers are also free to pitch up anywhere within its four-acre field. 

Suitable For

Camping, kids, dogs (up to three per pitch) - yes. Glamping, campervans, motorhomes, caravans - no.

Nearby

In less than a 10-minute drive, campers can get to both the Porthpean and Duporth beaches. The former is a short sandy coast situated in front of a cliffside vista lined with trees, while the latter is a lengthier sand and pebble beach with rock pools for the kids to explore in low tide. The Charlestown Harbour is a 10-minute drive away, too, set on the South Cornish Coastline as the last remaining 18th-century Georgian harbour in the UK. The Eden Project (01726 811911) is a 20-minute drive from the site, with this huge botanical garden being one of Cornwall's most popular visitor attractions, stretching across two expansive biomes simulating a sustainable rainforest environment. The Lost Gardens of Heligan (01726 845100) are also less than a 20-minute drive away, with these historic gardens having nearly been lost to time in World War I, before being rediscovered and restored into one of the most magical natural sights in the UK.

In terms of nearby amenities, cyclists should note that there's a Halfords (01726 68981) that's less than a 10-minute cycle away, allowing you to purchase new gear for your adventures — Menagwins is situated along Route 3 of the Pentewan trail. The site is also a 10-minute drive to a Co-op (01726 65601) for any necessities you wish to purchase.

Food & Drink

Trevithick and Trays Farm Shop and Cafe (01726 458324) is less than a half-hour walk from the site, selling artisanal delights and fresh produce sourced from across the West Country. Resugga Farm Shop (07976 974978) handily delivers produce reared from their farm such as vegetables, dairy, and bread for a small £3 delivery fee. Polgooth Inn (01726 74089) is the closest pub at less than a 20-minute walk or a 5-minute cycle from the site, a traditional 16-century pub serving classics and seasonal dishes using local produce. The Longstore (01726 68598) provides a relaxed take on fine dining, with steaks and seafood served up while visitors overlook Charlestown Harbour. The Longstore's owners also run HarbourQ, also in Charlestown and situated on the harbour, which provides a barbecue-focused menu. The Pier House (01726 67955) is also 10 minutes away from the site, with top-quality pub favourites available to eat in its scenic, sunny terrace or sea-facing restaurant.

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The Owner Says

We are extremely excited to be opening our farm gates to campers, for the first time this year as a pop up campsite. Located in Pentewan Valley, we are surrounded by fields and woodland, yet are within close proximity to useful local amenities. Whether you’re a family or a couple looking for holiday, or a keen cyclist or walker looking for an adventure in the great outdoors, Menagwins Farm is a great base for all.
A bike ride of 20 minutes, or a walk of 45 minutes, will get you to the sea, the woods, the local town, and much more. We’re just eight minutes drive from the coast, with a number of stunning locations to choose from including Porthpean Beach, Pentewan Beach, Charlestown Harbour and Mevagissey Harbour. You can explore the coast by sea, with paddleboards, kayaks and boats available for hire at nearby locations. Or, you could book a day sail on a topsail schooner or tallship, from Charlestown Harbour. If you fancy going by foot or bike, the farm entrance is No.3 of the Pentewan Cycle Trail and the public footpath through the farm connects into 330 miles of coastal paths, boasting spectacular views. In addition, we are just 15 minutes drive in either direction, to both Eden Project and The Lost Gardens of Heligan, two of Cornwall’s top attractions. 
There are many pubs, restaurants and take-aways to choose from nearby, with the The Polgooth Inn, a traditional 16th Century pub, serving excellent food and drink just 10 minutes drive away. Our local harbours also offer some outstanding dining, with exceptional views.
Apart from the many attractions and beauty spots on our doorstep, the North coast is only a 30 minute drive away. If you want to explore a little further and fancy a day off from driving, St Austell train and bus station is just an 8 minute taxi ride from the farm.  The St Austell area has proud history in the China Clay industry and has many miles of clay trails to be walked, cycled or ridden on horseback.
Whether it is a tranquil break or an adventure being sought, Menagwins Farm offers a fantastic family and dog friendly space, for all to enjoy.

Pitches

25 camping pitches on a four-acre field, though more land is available to meet demand.

Non-electric grass tent pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 50 Available
Non-electric grass tent pitch surrounded by stunning views of rolling countryside and the iconic 'Cornish Clay Country'. Depending on position in the field, facilities are a maximum of approx. 180m away.

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Location

Contact Menagwins Farm Pop Up and Pitch, Menagwins Farm, Pentewan Rd, St Austell, Cornwall PL26 7AN

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Getting There

From the McDonald's roundabout, head down Pentewan Road/B3273. After just under a mile, turn left into Manoa Valley. Follow the lane over a cattle grid and fork left. Continue up the lane for approximately 150m and turn into a double gateway on your right. There are bus stops in both directions, each a five-minute walk from the camping field. St Austell's train and bus station is a 25-minute walk or 5-10 minutes drive from the field.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 3 reviews

★★★★★

Peaceful, convenient, spacious, pretty.. perfect!

We could not fault our stay at Menagwins. The scenery is really pretty, with swallows dipping and diving around, and some rather spectacular sunsets. The owners were really helpful and friendly, and the site could not be better placed for getting to local attractions. Compost loo and shower were clean, and added something special to the experience. Great place to go if you prefer a basic, peaceful place to stay!
Sep 1, 2021 by Louise
★★★★★

Blissful and quiet

We arrived called the number on the sign and spoke to a really nice lady who welcomed us. We pitched up at the top of the field, with great views. The site was quiet with distant activity just auditable. Located far enough out of town to be quite but close enough to be great for supplies it was a perfect position. From the site we explored Truro, Mounts Bay, Lands End and Charlestown. I would go back to this site, it had everything you could need and located well.
Aug 23, 2021 by Oli Verified Review
★★★★★

Picturesque, quiet location, great management

Loved the site: great location, quiet, well managed. Right next to popular biking trails
Aug 18, 2021 by igor Verified Review

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