Pleasant Streams Farm Camping

UK England South West England Cornwall St. Austell

  • Distance markers for shower/toilets queues
  • Daily deep cleaning of common areas
  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Children’s playground
  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
It’s all about simple pleasures when you pitch up by a lake in rural Cornwall

‘There’s very little to do here, no bells and whistles’, says Tony Hedges, proprietor of Pleasant Streams Farm with his wife Lesley. Yet this is indeed a pleasant field in which to pitch a tent. Campfires are encouraged, and often the crackle- pop of wood on the fire is the only noise of the evenings here. There is, though, quite a lot to do on and around the site. There’s a lake in the centre of the field, which not only attracts wildlife, but also beckons you to hop in the rowing boat for an afternoon afloat; a summerhouse has books and games for rainy days; and, of course, there are the animals: Matilda, Snowflake, Billy and Gruff the goats, Rodney and Del Boy the pigs, and the chickens and ducks that lay fresh eggs for your breakfast. And that’s not even counting the field mice, owls, herons and badgers. You can always break the tranquillity with a ten-minute stroll to the local pub in Sticker, just don’t expect wild nights and karaoke. Most people that stray from the site do so by day, by biking along the nearby PentewanValleyTrail or hiring the campsite’s kayak and exploring the beautiful coast around Gorran Haven and Charlestown.

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Campfires allowed. 50 pitches with basic showers, proper toilets and a water-tap for washing up. Newly-built additional compost toilets and showers have been built for the 2019 season.  Sea kayak for hire to explore all the hidden coves of the Cornish coast.

Suitable For

Tents, campervans, caravans, groups – yes. Dogs – no.


Explore the coast by kayak (on hire from the campsite for £25 per day), or freewheel along the Pentewan Valley Trail with Pentewan Valley Cycle Hire (01726 844242). Close to the Lost Gardens of Heligan (01726 845100) and The Eden Project (01726 811911), both a must for garden and plant enthusiasts. The fishing village of Mevagissey and historic port of Charletown are a short drive, both well worth a visit, with shops, cafes and restaurants to explore.

Food & Drink

It’s a 15-minute stroll to the Hewas Inn (01726 73497), which serves a traditional pub menu and a selection of good ales from St Austell Ales. The Polgooth Inn (01726 74089) – a 5-minute drive – offers a more contemporary choice, and an impressive range of cask ales.

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The Owner Says

Get back to nature at Pleasant Streams Farm Camping. We offer peaceful and rustic camping in lovely rural surroundings with basic facilities and low prices.  At our small and friendly site you can experience ‘real camping’ with plenty of space, real campfires, pretty fields, shallow streams, small lakes with rowing boats and an abundance of wildlife. Our site is very relaxed; we don’t have set pitches so you can pitch your tent where you choose in our camping fields. We welcome families, groups and couples, anyone looking for a countryside retreat. Children especially love to explore our site, wading in the stream in wellies, rowing around the lake, looking for the farm animals or hunting for the hidden rope swings.

We are tucked away in the countryside in mid Cornwall, a great base to explore the beautiful Cornish coast and attractions from. Our location is very quiet and peaceful, yet we are close to a village and town. The nearest beach is only a 10-minute drive and we’re at the gateway to the beautiful Roseland peninsular with more stunning beaches and pretty villages to explore.

There’s always animals to meet at our farm, on our site you can see wild geese, owls, hawks, buzzards, herons, jays, rabbits, foxes, badgers, field mice, trout in the stream. Or you can meet our friendly animals, our miniature goats Matilda, Bluebell and Rose, our pigs Rodney and Del Boy and our Chickens and Ducks. We sell the Duck and Chicken eggs for your breakfast as well as a selection of home grown plants.

Our ethos is simple and natural. Therefore we have no clubhouse or constant traffic noise and we are a real escape from everyday pressures. We offer simple shower and toilet facilities in a basic wooden hut and plenty of space to enjoy your holiday.  Unfortunately no pets are allowed. Campfires are permitted, in a limited amount of designated fire rings which are first come first served and sacks of logs are available for purchase.  Please note we do not have a designated washing up area but you are welcome to take water back to your tent, so we recommend you bring a washing up bowl.

Social Distancing Measures

Our site is already spacious, natural,  and 'pitch free' as we allow our guests to choose their own location upon arrival.  We have always had a lot of space between tents and vans but we will ask all guests to ensure they pitch at least 2 metres away from others when they choose their pitch.  We are also opening another field for guests to allow more space at busy times.  We will set up distance markers for toilet and shower queues and ask guests to queue outside and ensure they maintain social distancing whilst inside the toilet and shower blocks. We will be increasing the amount of daily deep cleans of the toilets and showers and providing cleaning products for guests if they wish to sanitise surfaces before or after they use them. 

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Space for 50 tent pitches in 2 camping fields, one with a small lake and one large, flat and sunny field without a lake. 6 electric hook up pitches available in the camping field without a lake.

Large caravan/motorhome pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 9 Available
Includes up to 2 people and 1 car.

Large tent pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 8 Available
Includes up to 2 people and 1 car.

Small/medium caravan pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 4 9 Available
Includes up to 2 people and 1 car.

Medium tent pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 4 9 Available
Includes up to 2 people and 1 car.

Small tent pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 2 9 Available
Includes up to 2 people and 1 car.

Extra large tent pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 8 8 Available
Includes up to 2 people and 1 car.

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Contact Pleasant Streams Farm Camping, Pleasant Stream Barn, Lower Sticker, St Austell, Cornwall PL26 7JL

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Getting There

From the A390 between St Austell and Truro take the Hewas Water exit and turn right towards Lower Sticker. Go straight over a crossroads and it’s on the right.

A bus service runs from St Austell and stops at Sticker, 10–15 minutes’ walk from the site.


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Rated ★★★★★ over 30 reviews


Charming peaceful site with a lake view

Very pretty lake view with Canada geese waddling around. Peaceful and quiet. Very clean with hot showers. Will go back there

Pleasant basic camping

Wonderful relaxed camping, does what it says on the tin, no frills but a very nice place to be. Lovely owners.
Jul 10, 2020 by Bobby

Beautiful, welcoming and spacious

Beautiful surroundings and a lovely morning spent on Porthpean beach. As we arrived at the coast early hours of the morning we watched the sun come up and then drove off in search of other lovely views. Would recommend The lost gardens of Heligan for a walk around. Very tired after a night of driving we made a call to the campsite and asked whether at all possible to book in early and were told that "of course" we could. After setting up we went for a walk around the beautiful and very spacious campsite and were greeted (from a safe distance) and told all about the facilities and welcomed to wander wherever. All other guests were very respectful of the rules about hygiene and space also. Everything was pristine and we were told about the cleaning schedule and products available for self sanitising also. Will be returning again in the future!

Beautiful, peaceful campsite in a great location

We've just spent a wonderfully peaceful week here, it's just as beautiful as the photos suggest and great value for money. No sign of the mini goats and pigs but maybe they were hiding!

Wonderful campsite

We spent a lovely week at Pleasant Streams Farm Camping with our children. It’s a great campsite, with very friendly and helpful owners. Highly recommendable!!
Aug 14, 2019 by Maarten

A great week

What a gem of a campsite Tony & Lesley are so sound When we arrived we had few problems - car had run out of petrol and we couldn't blow our airbeds up cause i didn't want to run the battery flat - Tony brought his car over and we blew the beds up and then he brought us a gallon of petrol on the Sunday morning Lesley helped us out with some really good beach recommendations and made our youngest feel so welcome The site has no Wifi which to some is awful, but in reality it a godsend to parents of teens...a welcome break from screen addiction !! It means we all re learn how to communicate better !! A really good weeks holiday for all 4 of us Highly recommended and a definite return on next Cornish adventure x
Jul 30, 2019 by Jez Cook Verified Review

A fantastic site for free range kids

We spent a wonderful three nights at Pleasant Streams campsite - there is loads of space and the area feels quite wild, with lots of trees, hedges and meadow. The lake and boat were "epic" according to my 9 year old. The site was quiet and relaxed and we felt very comfortable letting the kids roam free in the fields and use the boats on the lakes as they wished. The facilities are basic but very clean, and there was plenty of hot water.
Jun 4, 2019 by E Roper Verified Review

We loved wildgeese

Quiet environment, family atmosphere, suitable for children, hot showers, clean toilette. Thanks for everything Lesley.
Sep 3, 2018 by Jozsef Hornyak

the gorgeous surroundings and the freedom for kids to explore

This is a wonderful site. The kids were free to roam and explore, finding hidden rope swings and gathering kindling. The hosts are very relaxed and friendly - it was lovely being able to it around a campfire at night-time and have friends come to visit us on site with no fuss at all. It is a very peaceful site and it was not overcrowded at all. The only downside was the toilet/ shower facilities. There are a couple of new showers that have been built along with compost toilets (but I confess I was not brave enough to try these) and that left only one loo on site in a very old loo block. I felt it was expensive considering the lack and state of these facilities. The only other slight disappointment was the fact that electric pitches were limited to one corner of one field, meaning these pitches were much closer together than non electric pitches and there was not much choice where to pitch unless you brought several cables. That said, we had a fantastic break here and would definitely recommend and return.
Sep 1, 2018 by Groves

Beautiful, spacious and fun with boats!

We had such a lovely time. Yes you need to negotiate the goose poo, but to get visits from geese, and see them wandering about with their young is brilliant (we went in May). For the children there are animals to visit, a fort in woods to find and play in, several rope swings, and the boat on the lake to potter about with. We loved it, close to some cool places too. Our favourite place was Charlestown - we went there twice hoping to catch a glimpse of Poldark!
Aug 27, 2018 by Beth Walsh

Response from Pleasant Streams Farm Camping

Thank you for your review, we're so glad you loved our site and had a great holiday.  The Geese are lovely, they came as a couple a few years back and have returned every year as a growing family.  We love them but they do leave some droppings, good for the grass but not so nice underfoot. To help with this we're leaving some brooms for campers to sweep up outside if they wish and people can camp in the other field with no geese.  The geese normally leave before the school summer holidays.


Very picturesque but...

The pleasant streams is a nice place to camp. Beautifully rustic with very nice ponds with fish. Very picturesque but.......... Too many camping pits one next to the other! The campsite is veeeerryyyyy large but 75% was left empty! Why?? 1 showerblock with 2 toilets for gents and 1 showerblock with 2 toilet for ladies. Very old and dirty with broken doors No rules, no gates closed after 22. Many cars driven at night Shame because campsite is veeryyyy beautiful
Aug 26, 2018 by Corneliu Florin Robu

Response from Pleasant Streams Farm Camping

Thank you for your review and feedback.  Just to let you know we have built a new additional compost toilet and shower block for 2019 so we now have 4 showers and 6 toilets in total.  Our site is large and we try to keep it relaxed with no set pitches and no locked gates (but we do ask campers to keep the noise down after 10pm).  So I'm a bit confused why you say there were too many camping pits as we do not have set pitches and camper can choose a quieter/spacious spot if they wish.  

Beware of the geese!

This is a charming wee site tucked away in a village near St Austell and is well placed for beaches, Eden Project etc. The facilities are basic (I wish they would add a sink for washing up!) but functional with lots of hot water.. The centre piece of the camping field is a small pond which children (and adults) can spend hours paddling around in a small boat. Unfotunately in the late spring it also attracts a small gaggle of Canadian geese who spend a month or two in May and June rearing their goslings. The great advantage of this is too see these creatures up close, with their very cute youngsters. The disadvantage is that they can be boisterous neighbours and do a lot of geese poo all over the field! Check your shoes regularly!
Jun 3, 2018 by johnsalewis

Great site

This was our second visit here and still absolutely in love with this campsite. It's simple but perfect. The owners are friendly and helpful and the facilities are perfect too. Definitely becoming an annual stay now for sure.
May 8, 2018 by ccarts89

No ‘glam’ here!

The pleasant streams is indeed a nice place to camp, with the pounds and the streams but one cannot give it a ‘glamping’ Status. The site is crowded. Too many camping pits one next to the other. Combined with the fact that there is only 1 showerblock with 4 toilets and 4 showers ( for over 200 visitors ).... it is not glamour. Tony does the best he can to give the guests a pleasant stay but the deteriorating state of the campsites shows that one man is just not up to this. I would name this place “a pleasant camping site” and adjust value to money. That would be more fair to the visitors.
Nov 17, 2017 by mpapeleu

Amazing Campsite!

Just stayed here with my partner for 3 nights to get away from everything and that's just what we got! Beautiful campsite run by the loveliest couple, toilets and showers available, yes one per gender but they're clean, well maintained and beautifully rustic. The site itself is stunning and most of all no wifi or 3G - no distractions!! The area we stayed in had a beautiful pond in the middle, complete with small boat which you can just jump into and row around in. The wildlife in the area is amazing and we were lucky enough to share the field with a family of geese who potter around and we even woke up one morning, opened the tent and they were right there... just so magical. Plenty of space and lots of campfire spots which we used every night. Definitely recommend this site, and already looking at going to stay there again ourselves! Thank you Pleasant Streams Farm!
Jun 11, 2017 by Anon

Facilities let down a potentially wonderful site.

I completely agree with CATmurphy's review and had signed up to this site with the intention of leaving similar comments! The campsite is charming and secluded with a relaxed atmosphere compared to regimented pitches so that is a big plus. I agree with the other reviews about the benefits of peaceful, rustic camping with the joy of open fires, however the toilet facilities were the worst I have ever experienced. The ladies smelt of stale urine and were far from clean. Previous favourable reviews are at least a year old so perhaps they were of sanitary condition back then. 50 pitches need more toilets and showers. The lack of washing-up facilities is also bizarre with campers being expected to throw dirty water in the bushes to then smell in the sun and attract flies. We have teenage children who would refuse to return to the site based on the toilets. Even my son who has done extensive basic camping with scouts, army cadets and D of E would expect more luxurious facilities to relax on holiday rather than feel like it's a survival mission!
Aug 5, 2016 by Malloy

Relaxing rural idyll in need of a decent shower block

I really want to love this place but there are certain criteria a campsite must fulfill. It has an idyllic setting and is a super base for exploring the South Cornwall coast, beaches, gardens (Trebah, Eden Project, Helligon etc), for cycling, Charlestown, sea fishing from Mevagissey and so much more. The lake and the wee boat provide a great focus and hours of entertainment for the kids and adults alike, the surroundings are very relaxing and peaceful and it is great to be able to have a camp fire. I am used to rustic camping and don't mind simple, basic facilities but they need to be clean, easily accessible, provide plenty of hot water and the price needs to reflect the facilities on offer, I felt this was a little expensive for the facilities on offer and we were rather paying for the idylllic setting and location. The filthy flooring in the ladies' shower area was precarious and unsettling due to several loose floorboards, which gave way under foot. During our 3-night stay the facilities did not seem to be cleaned properly, the tiny bin was regularly overflowing, there was often no toilet paper and the shower's water flow stopped unexpectedly - I don't think the boiler could cope. Each shower block, ie gents' and ladies' contains 1 shower, 2 toilets and 2 sinks, respectively. I think there are approx. 35 pitches, so a 2nd shower for each gender would help. Washing-up facilities would also help greatly. The owners are building another toilet block at the entrance to the second field which might be ready for next year, but they also need to refurbish the existing one at the entrance to the first field, it is so awful. Would I go again? Possibly but I hope they sort out the facilities.
Aug 1, 2016 by CATMurphy

Simple, beautiful site

We stayed for a week at the site at the beginning of August.  The site was very quiet when we arrived and we pitched near the pond in the main field (there are a number of different fields to pitch in).  We had a fire pit and were near to the toilets and showers.  We loved how peaceful the site was and the kids loved running around, taking the boat out on the pond, seeing the animals and exploring all the different fields.  The camping fields are lovely with and we loved watching the bats swoop around in the evening.  The toilet and shower facilities are basic but adequate, they did get busy when the site filled up (there is only one block with 4 toilets and 2 showers) but it just meant a small wait at busy times.  The site is close to some lovely attractions including the Eden Project, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Porthpean beach and Pentewan Sands.  We loved our stay and would definitely visit again.

Aug 7, 2015 by angicutler

Best place in Corwall

I will be back soon. Was there in 2013 two times. Lovely place. Enjoyed every single minute...

Mar 22, 2015 by Frank Germany

Excellent camping

We stayed at Pleasant Streams for two weeks in July/August of 2014 and it was the finest camping experience we have ever had.  We were worried about camping with two toddlers but the owners were fantastic and helped us find a great spot in a quiet field which stopped us worrying about the noise they create first thing. They also helped us find some of my son's toy trains he had lost and were always on hand for help and advice on the local area.  The site was refreshingly free of rules and regulations and being able to have a camp fire every night in a location free of traffic noise made for a magical atmosphere.  The kids loved seeing the pigs, ducks and geese and running around the site which has so many interesting bits to explore.  We'd never been to this part of Cornwall before but were amazed by the quality of the beaches and the sheer variety of potential day trip locations.  You're never stuck for days out but on a campsite like this it's also great to just take it easy in the surroundings and get back to the simple things.  We were glad we couldn't get phone reception as we switched them off for two weeks, disengaged from work fully for the first time in years and had a holiday we'll never forget.  While I've seen the facilities described as basic, we found them perfectly adequate even with two toddlers and never had to queue too long for the showers.  Can't wait for a return visit next summer!

Jan 4, 2015 by John W

Very disappointing

Stayed here for 2 nights with family in August 2014.  The facilities are very basic and there simply aren't enough of them. One shower for men and one for women. The small toilet block is in bad need of investment.  Nowhere to wash up your crockery, pots and pans. Best avoided.

Aug 24, 2014 by JR

Poor Facilities

We visited this campsite recently and feel moved enough to write a short review. Overall this campsite does not warrant the 5 star rating depicted on Cool Camping. The facilities were at best poor; one shower and a couple of toilets each for M/F. These were dirty and flooded constantly even when it was sunny and dry. There was one outside cold tap for washing dishes. Tony was friendly but apart from that, the other staff were not friendly nor welcoming and seemed more interested in driving around collecting the Tariff (at times asking even when it was not due) than taking any genuine interest in the people using the site for their holiday. We will not be back.

Aug 14, 2014 by ferlen

lovely jubley!

Lovely camp site, simplicity all round, very natural site without marked out pitches or any of that nonsense! Very very peaceful with lots of wildlife. Lots to explore on site with two lakes and a plenty of fun to be had in the rowing boat. Extremely friendly and helpful owners, but pleasantly hands off, just there if your looking for them. Would definitely visit again! If your don't like tacky walls ice cream signs and wardens patrolling the pitches then you'll love this site...if you do like those things that your probably beyond help anyway...highly recommend if you like natural relaxed sites!

Apr 13, 2014 by teamroast


This is a beautiful campsite. A lot of effort has been spent on making ponds and planting trees for wildlife. We stayed in May and watched a dabchick swimming near her nest. There are rope swings, streams and hidden paths to explore and lots of space for everyone.

Jan 30, 2014 by jackieandrade

camping as it should be

I have been to this site twice in the last year, its so laid back its great. The kids loved it, animals to feed and rope swings out over the stream... superb. At night you can have a open fire to toast marshmallows on, while sipping hot chocolate or sit back and watch the bats flying over the lakes. The site has hot and cold water,toilets and showers and NO club house or bar, but you don't need a club house or bar. Just fill the ice box with beer and a fruit based drink for the ladies and sit back and relax.   

Aug 15, 2013 by adam

Really, really pleasant

Stayed for four nights in August 2013. Was exactly as described. Really chilled, pleasant campsite. No set pitches meant that everyone enjoyed plenty of space, all round a little lake with a rowing boat. At night we enjoyed the stars, the campfires, and the quiet. The owners couldn't have been more welcoming and helpful, directed us to a couple of wonderful little beaches not far from the site. Hewas Inn is well worth a visit, decent food and a friendly welcome 5-10 minutes down the footpath directly opposite the campsite entrance. All-in-all a fantastic site which I couldn't recommend highly enough.

Aug 11, 2013 by Jim

A very cool campsite

We have just come back from a week at Pleasant Streams and all had the best time camping. It is the perfect place if you want a quite and relaxing holiday. The owners are really friendly and you can see they have put their heart and soul into making it what it is. The boating lake and fires helped to create an idyllic retreat. There was a lot of space between tents and you never felt like you were crammed in. Our kids (3 and 6) loved the place and met some of the animals there. They played in the summer house and also met a lot of friends. We would definitely go again. 

Jul 29, 2013 by Alex Graham

Getaway to a beautiful hideaway

The owners are uber-friendly, the site is huge, and has a feel of total serenity. We stayed for a couple of nights and I spoke to the owner and asked if we could be away from other campers – no problem at all, the site is so big, with a few different fields so easy to hide away. There are a few ponds (mini lakes) with boats so you can row around in the sun. Shower and wash facilities are adequate, and clean.

It very very picturesque, and you feel completely relaxed with no noise except birds and the occasional cow. Lots of farms chickens, goats and pigs to make a fuss of, and beautifully maintained flowered "hidden" gardens surround the area. Logs are available for purchase and if you need anything else, St.Austell is about 2 miles away. Mevagissey is about 5 miles away too, and is a lovely town. Please don't bank on any WiFi – there is none, and no Wifi in Mevagissey either (3G).

I would like to say thank you to the owners and we will be back very soon

Jul 28, 2013 by Mike Garrod-Smith

Ducks, geese, pigs and goats!

We stayed at this lovely campsite for the whole of our two week holiday in July 2013, although we had originally intended to move around Cornwall. Yes, we liked it that much! There are no designated pitches so you are free to pick your spot, and the view to the lake (only a couple of metres from our tent) was so peaceful and engaging. The owners encourage all to make full use of the lovely gardens, and a daily visit to feed the pigs was  certainly a highlight... they love banana skins! Thank you for a wonderful time Lesley and the duck eggs... we will return one day! Bob & Donna x

Jul 26, 2013 by Bob and Donna

Pleasant Streams Farm

We stayed at this campsite in early June and used it as a base to attend an Eddie Izzard gig at the Eden Project and to enjoy the Cornish coastline. 

The campsite has idyllic scenery and has a cool pond and rowing boat to enjoy, complete with duck and geese onlookers. The owners were incredibly friendly and also kept a couple of pigs and goats. I'd recommend this place as an excellent place for those wanting to stay in nice countryside surroundings.

Jun 4, 2013 by GrecianWebb

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