Treloan Lane, Gerrans, Nr Portscatho, Truro, Cornwall TR2 5EF
Sitting on the cliff-top just above Treloan Cove, and within strolling distance of postcard-pretty Portscatho, Arthur’s Field is a site that stressed-out urbanite campers can only dream about. Certain things have changed since the rustic meadow of old but the place is far from overcome by the Cornwall summer hordes, retaining that simple-but-effective campsite charm. Having pitched your tent, there’s really no need to get into your car again until going-home time comes around. Problem is, you’ll probably never want to go home at all. Just like Debbie and Peter, you’ll end up wanting to live the dream.
Every dream comes with a certain amount of variation, it must be said, and the couple have left ample room for each to live out their own. Crafting a site for all, the tents and caravans that were always welcome are now joined by a cosy eco-pod and yurt, offering some seaside glamping comforts. Against the outside of the pod walls you’ll find sandy buckets and spades leaning idle as children abandon beach plans to follow the sound of Debs’ ringing bell. The resident sheep, chickens and pigs make this an authentic camping-on-the-farm experience, and in the morning it’s up to the little ones to collect freshly laid eggs. This is also a time for them to socialise with other families, meaning by evening, when you recovene around the fireside for one of the famous weekly social events, firm friends have already been made. Between the campsite, the beaches, the animals and the friends, the only downside at Arthur’s Field is plain for all to see. Taking the kids home can be a more than tricky business and since the Walkers aren’t going anywhere I’m afraid you can’t move in.
The Owner Says
My daughter and I stayed here last weekend (August bank hol) and it was perfect! The pitch, the facilities and the warm welcome. After a brilliant night of food, drink and dancing at the portscatho regatta I tripped on my way back to the tent and ended up in Truro hospital with a broken ankle! Peter, campsite owner, drove out to rescue us the next day and was an absolute hero!! Such lovely lovely people! Many thanks to peter and his lovely wife. Will be back next year without the cast🙈💃🏻❤️
We went just before school holidays in July, spent 2 weeks of bliss. Site is very clean with perfect facilities, very friendly, big size pitches,nice position to visit anywhere else in cornwall and very close 2 coast with a very nice beach just along the coast either walk or use cheap car park. We were told it gets busy in school holidays and Debs told us it was fully booked for rest of season, that in its self says how good this site is. We even booked for same time and same pitch for next year before we left. Totally chilled out
We're not alone in being repeat visitors to camp at Treloan. Beautiful views, relaxed vibe, happy kids on bikes, in the field, feeding the animals with Debs in the morning. Don't miss the paella get-together on Wednesday night. Love it.
We live in Cornwall about an hour away and love to come here, there is something magical about this place.We have currently stayed here twice. The Campsite itself is perfect for family camping, good size pitches and plenty of room for the kids to run around. The short walk to the beach is lovely.Debs is great with the kids and loves chatting to them.The showers are lovly and warm with family rooms as well. Everytime we leave i wish we had booked for longer.
We spent a beautiful sunny May half term at Arthur's Field. Laid back, friendly vibe and kind welcome from the owners. We loved our pitch, sheltered but with a sea view. Our neighbours were Cornish and used the site regularly - always good to go where the locals go! Gerrans is a short stroll away. Go to the pub near the campsite to hear the locals singing shanties - the food wasn't anything to write home about, but the friendly landlady and music made up for it. Best meal out was The Boathouse in Portscatho. Incredible seafood and wine! Found a lovely little beach at Veryan - not too busy, but with a carpark, toilets, and a local icecream van. Portscatho itself is lovely. We enjoyed scrambling over the rocks from one side of the bay to the other at low tide. Ralph's shop in Portscatho looked like a fab deli, but is basically a corner shop... we went further afield for supplies. The path down to the beach from the campsite looked too scary for me, but it could be great for braver souls. There's so much going on on-site at Arthur's Field. My daughter loved bringing back eggs in the morning after helping Debs feed the animals. Debs tinkles her bell, and the little ones come running! Gorgeous. All of the arts on offer, from evening music and poetry to craft workshops in the day, make this a great option for families. Book early for the onsite paella and BBQs, they do sell out quickly and you'll be tortured by the delicious smells wafting over the field if you miss out! I'm knocking off one star because the facilities, although clean, we're not quite enough for the numbers of people using them. A few more showers would be great. For now, time your shower to miss the rush! A wonderful camping location. We'll be back 'dreckly', as they say in Cornwall.
We stayed at Treloan in August 2014. The weather was mixed, but even a couple of downpours couldn't put a dampener on our time. Our two kids, 6 and 4, loved every minute. The morning feeding time for the farm animals and guinea pigs were a real hit. The view from the site is brilliant as was the tiny beach just down the hill. The surrounding area was beautiful and uncrowded. All in all a very lovely, relaxing holiday. There i
Just about perfect!
We stayed at Arthur's Field from 6th - 13th July 2013, in amazingly hot weather! The site is small, with refreshingly few 'rules and regulations' - just enough to keep things ticking over nicely. Debs is great - really friendly and helpful. The site was fully booked for both weekends at the beginning and end of our stay, but it still felt peaceful and friendly. The facilities were kept clean and were large enough to cope with a full site. We met some really lovely, interesting people and some very well behaved dogs - and children! Because we were outside most school holidays, most of the people staying were couples like us, or families with young children, who had plenty of safe space to play. It was very entertaining watching the toddlers watching the wild rabbits! This is the perfect kind of camping for us - friendly people, no 'clubhouse', braziers and barbecues allowed, and fantastic walks and scenery on the doorstep. We will definitely be back!
Myself, my wife and three young children stayed here for 9 nights over August bank holiday and left with mixed feelings about the site although the location is second to none, safe sheltered coves ideal for swimming and crabbing with Portscatho a 5 minute walk away. The campsite was VERY busy and we were very boxed in and didnt really feel like cool camping. We arrived and were given our pitch by a member of staff so we pitched up, no mean feat with 3 small children, only to be told that we were in the wrong place the next day by an irate campsite owner, as a consequence we were left fighting for space.There was also an issue with some roaming dogs whilst staying there which our children didnt really appreciate.
Having said the above, the Wednesday night BBQ was good for the kids and feeding the animals in the morning.
The general vibe amongst the true campers on site was friendly but not subscribed to by all.
We had a good time from a location / base point of view but not sure if we will be staying again or not, didnt really feel like "cool camping"
FANTASTIC! We went as 2 young couples together...lovely atmosphere, quiet campsite and perfect for couples and families. Campsite is very clean, especially the toilets and showers which look like they have just been refurbished. Owners are lovely and introduced themselves and showed us around the site where everything was. Just through one and a half fields is a stunning clifftop overlooking the sea...if you don't mind a bit of climbing then you can get to a mini provate beach which is gorgeous! Also horses are along the clifftop which was really nice. Highly recommend this campsite and we will all definatelty be back soon! Thanks Arthur's Field ;-)
Stayed here beginning of July 2011 for a week (7ngts). Glorious view across the sea below.
Pitches are gently sloping and there was a mixture of campervans, caravans and canvas with the glamping corner consisting of a "snug" and a yurt, we were under canvas. The site is big enough to have enough people to make it have a nice buzzy atmosphere without feeling too over-run or busy. All other campers were polite and a delight in small bits of conversation and our week proved popular but by no means crowded with families with pre-school children not yet bound by school holidays and they had plenty of space to play and around 10am would follow owner Debs to feed the chickens, sheep and guinea pigs and collect freshly laid eggs. It is simple camping, but what more do you need? There are plenty of electric hook-ups for those who need them. The shower,loos, wash basins and wash-up areas were cleaned and kept clean several times throughout the day. There are family spaced shower rooms at either end of the campsite. There is a freezer for freezing blocks, a small library and tourist information area. My concerns about camping on a cliff top were eased as there was a large non-camping field or two where peak season they hold campfires and where children can play, fly kites etc, and then the coastal path seperating us fron any drop so it felt very safe. But the wind did blow at times and I second the advice to take good windbreaks... we didn't, but next time we will.
Easy access to the coastal path and any number of small coves either way from the campsite pleased all who were there. Those who fished came back having caught sea bass, mackeral and pollock. An easy and beautiful coastal walk to the nearest seaside village Portscatho which had a sandy beach, rockpools, an icecream kiosk and then a pub, store and restaurant "The Boathouse" great for fresh crab sandwiches and an introduction to the music of the local seaman's choir with a quality CD of their music available to purchase if requested.
The wider area, the Roseland Peninsula is just stunning and has lots to explore with the pretty port of St Mawes, and a lovely bird lookout from St Anthony's Head and access to the King Harry Ferry for exploring the South West of Cornwall with all manner of fisherman's coves, ports, National Trust properties, gardens and beaches and other gardens and places of interest. Not too far in the other direction to places like the fishing village of Mevagissy. One family we met had a fantastic picturesque train ride from Truro to St Ives which we've made a mental note of for next time.
It really is cool camping at its best.
Stayed here for the Easter weekend (Thurs to Sun). If you like laid back camping in a beautiful setting this is everything you could probably want. On top of this Debs is brilliant with the kids and both my toddler and too cool for school teenager had a brilliant time helping to feed the animals every morning. There was also easter eggs for them on Sunday morning and a fete for charity on the Saturday morning. I think that there are communal campfires at least once a week too but we missed that this time. Debs was very flexible when we arrived about which spot we chose so that we were best placed for the facilities we needed for the children. The pitch was beautifully maintained so perfect for our tent - caravans and campers seemed to be on the more sloping ones at the top of the site. The showers etc were very clean but the hot water ran a little short at peak times when the site was full. Braziers are available to hire and you can swap your ice blocks in the freezer. There is one pub within very easy walking distance which did excellent food and a pretty garden. Slightly further afield in the pretty village of Portscatho down the hill (you can walk along the cliffs or down a lane to avoid the very steep hill!) has another pub and lovely tea room and a well stocked shop called Ralphs where we got lovely local burgers and pasties. The small cove beach was sandy and was fringed by rock pools to the delight of the boys and the tide was out and water very gently shelving when we were there. It was all very unspoilt but there were a few interesting shops. The peninsular itself had us spellbound! It’s like a hidden corner with something beautiful around every bend it seemed. Take the King Harry ferry for the view and to head inland - St Ives and St Michaels Mount were easily reached by car. You can also take a foot ferry. St Mawes is a bit more touristy and has lots of nice looking cafes etc and a castle built by Henry VIII. There are also numerous spectacular gardens. All in all we were sorry to leave and will be back. The only slight thing is it’s windy up on the cliff top so take wind breaks! Recommended - just don’t tell too many people.
Good things about this site - amazing views, short walk to the beach, well maintained, Debs is great with kids and they loved feeding the animals, and our highlight was the weekly bonfire story telling and music session. The best local beach for little kids was Portscatho, getting down to the ones nearer the campsite was too difficult for our 3yo and 5yo. Unfortunately we had very poor weather and the wind does whip across the site when it gets up. There are things to do when it rains but they are all a drive away and cost lots so we packed up early and came home after a severe weather warning was issued!
What a find thanks to Cool Camping. We travelled over 400 miles with trepidation - would only 1 week’s camping in Cornwall be worth the ’trek’.. Was it?! well it was Well worth it. Beautiful weather, super pitch - overlooking the field, sea & the headland & fantastic ’mien hosts’!! Great facilities, roomy site, hot water, spotless shower block avec loo roll which was replenished daily! The kids roamed safely & freely all neighbours were friendly yet not too eager to ’jump in your tent’!! or advise you how to light your brazier - (fire)!! So the chickens, kids, rabbit, guinea pigs & lambs were happy which = happy parents = happy holiday. This area was beautiful to explore or just stroll down into the little cove on our door step, saying hello to the cows & horses on the way - darling buds of Cornwall!! Lovely time had by all and what a pity it was only 1 weeks holiday - we would go back tomorrow. Highly recommended - but please dont tell everyone :o)