Treen Farm Campsite
Treen, St Levan, Penzance, Cornwall TR19 6LF
Treen Farm has been in the Halls family for time eternal. During the last war, one of the fields on the cliff top was commandeered by the Royal Air Force as a communications post. A few military buildings were constructed on the land, rendering it useless for farming – but perfect for camping.
Since then, campers and cows have co-existed at Treen Farm and the camping field has been updated. A fancy tap with running water was installed in 1974, and there are now even toilets and hot showers. The spacious site is a comfortable field’s length back from the cliff top so isn’t overly exposed, but there are sea glimpses over the hedges that gives the site a sense of place.
What you can’t see are the beaches, but you don’t have to go far. The nearest is Pedn Vounder, a tiny, isolated cove of golden sand accessed by a 10-minute cliff-top walk and a five-minute rocky scramble from the campsite; it’s never busy, but it does get cut off at high tide, so keep an eye out. At low tide, you can walk along the sand to Green Bay and the larger Porthcurno beach, a popular family favourite and much more accessible.
If that’s not enough beach for your buck, it’s just 10 minutes in the car to Sennen on the north coast, where Whitesands Bay provides a huge, sweeping arch of yellow, fluffy sand and one of Cornwall’s best surfing spots. Bliss. Bucket-and-spade summer days don’t come any better than this.
Treen used to be a popular tourist destination thanks to Logan Rock, a 70-tonne lump of granite naturally balanced so that it could be rocked back and forth. People came from far and wide to try their strength at rocking the stone, until in 1824 testosterone and bravado got the better of a bunch of drunken sailors who pushed it clean over into the sea. Local residents were outraged at this act of mindless vandalism and the ringleader of the sorry gang was ordered by the Admiralty to return the stone to its rightful position at his own expense. It was a project that took considerably more time and energy than the original drunken prank, and nearly bankrupted the young sailor. Needless to say, the rocking action has never been the same since.
Thankfully, modern-day attractions in the area are enough to topple a wobbling rock from its position as principal tourist draw. Alternative diversions include the the Minack Theatre, an open-air auditorium cut into the cliffs west of Porthcurno. Its dramatic cliff-side setting and the backdrop of the crashing sea makes the Minack a unique theatre experience – and like the fine beaches here, it shouldn’t be missed.
The Owner Says
We stayed at Treen Farm Campsite for 5 days mid September. It's a great place and because of that it fills up pretty quickly. You can't pre book but you can pitch up from when the campsite opens if there's a spot available. We arrived on a Friday late afternoon and got the last pitch available - phew!! The final part of the road to the campsite is down a road that is very narrow, edged by rock & hedge, when you meet a tractor or herd of cows coming in the opposite direction you have to be pretty good at reversing...! Anyway, because we got the last available pitch, ours provided the least shelter from the wind and it gets SERIOUSLY windy at this site so my advice is to get there early so you can get the best spot available. The toilets & showers are cleaned a couple of times a day & the site is very well maintained. There's a little shop on site that sells a few bits and pieces as well as a very busy local pub within walking distance. The beach, Pedn Vounder, which is at the foot of the cliffs, down a scramble of a path is one of the most beautiful I have ever been too. It is a nudist beach though which we weren't aware of until we had climbed down the rock face - don't let that put you off though as it really is spectacular. The minack theatre is within a half hour walk or 5 min drive and Sennen is a great spot for surfing. This is a great little site that we would definitely return to when we're next in the area.
Soulless and cramped
We stayed here last summer and the experience was not good. We were squeezed into a small pitch in a plain field. Facilities were adequate, however for the price you expect not to pay to shower. In a camper-van, we found a field in the village where you pay £3.50 for the night and we stayed there for another 2 nights and we were nearer the lovely local pub. Campsite had no character at all. Will not be returning.
Stayed here last weekend and as titled, it is in the most idyllic spot. Hidden away, yet not too tricky to find, just remember to breathe in on the drive up the track! Camped in my little campervan along with my dog and we had some wonderful walks along the cliff tops and scrambling down to the dog friendly beach. Walked across to the mesmerising Minack Theatre and only wished I could have stayed long enough to enjoy an evening's entertainment there. The staff on site were delightful, with a little shop stocking various local produce. The showers were hot and all the facilities were clean and tidy. A really lovely campsite, thanks for our happy stay!
treen farm - brillisnt
Excellent site for amazing views and easy access to fantastic beaches. Only problem is you can't book in advance.
beautiful, simple campsite
we stayed here for a night back in Sept 2011 and it was wonderful, the campsite was really well maintained and really brilliantly located, with a pub within walking distance and a great little shop selling lovely farm cider. The facilities were great, although on the basic side. It was wonderful to stay at such a lovely quiet site, with great views and no light pollution for stargazing. We would definitely go back there again!
This was my first bigger campervan trip and after the mud pit that was 'Tuff Enuff' Mud Obstacle course Treen Farm was simply idyllic! Friendly staff, clean facilities and a stones throw from great beaches, great walks and the Minack Theatre. Listen out in the evenings to see what show is on (then I booked for the next night!) Beautiful coastal scenery and for dogs, a field where they can exercise first thing and last thing off lead just at the back of site. Thoroughly recommended and the site by which all others will be measured from now on. Excellent!
I have always fancied a week here, and stayed just last week for 7 nights. Best location of any site I've stayed on. Very friendly staff. Facilities fine. Super pub and cafe in Treen. As a landscape photographer sheer bliss. Iconic location just five minutes from the site on foot, and plenty more ion the peninsula, within easy reach by car. Highly recommended.
Great out of school holidays
This site is peaceful, beautiful and walkable to the most beautiful beach. However through no fault of the owners the character changes during the school holidays where lots of pushy people take over trying to grab a spot. We visited just before the June half term, and were glad to leave as hoards of families turned up with children. However, if you like peace and quiet and views then this is the site for you any other time. The owners were friendly and receptive and we would definitely stay again.
Beautiful, can't wait to return!
Me and my boyfriend stayed here last summer. Beautiful part of Cornwall, perfectly located campsite, lovely pub nearby.
just like the brochure
We stayed with campervan for two nights in August. Quiet, smallish and friendly site. Not expensive compared with many and excellent facilities. Great views along the cliff path and a climb down to the beach, but worthwhile as it was very quiet on the beach and we found an area with nudist sunning which was discrete and nice to find.
Simple perfection! Natural beauty, breathtaking views, light-effects and weather systems, all to be experienced here to the full. The site has everything you need for great camping, basic, but not primitive: clean mod cons such as showers, freezers and washers. You can stay cheaply for a night or so in the village car park to wait if the site is full. As this is a field with loos, it's no hardship. We live nearby, but camp here every summer. It's one of the few places I always want to return to. Beware! It's a location that distills Cornwall's unique qualities, getting into your blood. Beware also of bringing huge vehicles. The lanes are narrow with high stone walls (that are covered in wild flowers in Spring).
Great location, with beautiful cove about 10 minutes easy walk down a well-marked footpath. Friendly and welcoming staff, and well-provisioned store on site to get basic food and camping essentials.
Treen Farm Campsite
My name is Joe and I am 9 months old. I am a baby-camper. I spent the May bank holiday at Treen Farm. It was great fun especially as I am a town-baby during the week. After a very long drive down I was a bit nervous that Mum wouldn't find Treen Farm as it's very hidden away, but she did as she is clever with map reading. It was quite late but the farmer helpfully came over and told my Mum the best place to pitch our tent. Luckily it wasn't dark so Mum got the tent up quickly in a sheltered spot by a picnic bench. I then had my milk and snuggled down into my baby sleeping bag for the night.
The next morning the weather was brilliant - it was sunny - yay! Mum got a few breakfast bits from the shop (milk and my first bite of croissant), I thought I could pull some of the food items off the shelves until Mum spotted what I was doing. I crawled around the field, played with a friendly dog and enjoyed attention from grown up campers. Although Mum brought some of my toys I wasn't interested in them. We went to tiny Porthgwarra beach and cafe and then to the beautiful sandy beach at Sennan Cove where I played in the sand and paddled. I wasn't frightened of the seaweed and Mum bought me a beach ball.
After tea Mum washed me in the campsite shower. It was so clean she let me stick my fingers down the plug hole. With all the fresh air I was knackered so I went straight to sleep. I only heard the wind that night, there was no noise from other campers.
The next day Mum carried me in a sling over the fields and costal paths to Porthcurno beach. As it was sunny again, the sandy beach was crowded. Mum allowed me my first taste of Cornish ice-cream. Although I didn't see it, the moon was amazing that night - almost red. Lots of campers had BBQs, and some of Mum's friends went to the local pub called Logan Rock. Mum said she wished she had time to explore the local farmer's market, local artists' studios and gardens although next time I will probably want to hang out at the campsite and beach again.
The final day the weather was cooler so lucky I had my all in one fleece suit called a 'chillibug' to play in. I think Mum might tweak some of her camping kit for the next babycamping weekend. I also think what with the driving and sleeping with me she was a bit tired. As long as she gets me a bucket and spade and some of that yummy icecream which she says is an occasional treat then I'll be very happy. It's a great life being a baby camper! Thanks Mum!
Treen Farm Campsite
This is an absolutely brilliant campsite. I delayed writing a review as quite frankly I want to make sure I can get in next time I go! The views are stunning, the site is well laid out and I found the owners and their children very helpful and friendly. To the point that when I went AWOL for one night they came to look for me the next day to see if everything was alright. So if you are going to abandon you tent for a night its probably a good idea to let them know beforehand! The location of the site is brilliant - walking distance to a number of lovely beaches, the Minack theatre - and loads of great places to visit within a short drive. I had no problem driving up to the site and I am a fairly hopeless driver. I took a dog and 1 year old who were both welcomed without any problems. Showers and toilets excellent. Facilities for charging up items and re-freezing cool packs. Great little shop with essentials - the fresh croissants in the morning are a must. The no booking in advance rule, whilst it can be a downside if you are super efficient and want to be sure you will get in, actually helps if you are disorganised like me and just want to turn up somewhere at a busy period and have a good chance of getting in. I risked driving overnight from Liverpool and was able to get in at the first attempt on the middle Saturday in August. Be there early (before 8am) and you should be ok. Although they won't let you book, the owners will give you an indication of how busy the site is if you ring up the day before. The only real problem I encountered is that some of the beaches that allow dogs (and many do not) are quite difficult to get down to with a small child in a backpack. There is a fair bit of scrambling about on the rocks so if this isn't your thing or you have mobility problems then you might find that you cannot access all of the beaches (including the one the campsite is right above). This is of course the flip side of being on a cliff side with great views. Cannot fault this site though - it is spectacular!
Treen Farm Campsite
I almost din’t want to write this review because I want to keep Treen Farm a secret! I was taken there as a surprise for my birthday weekend, end of June 2011. All I can say is its PERFECT. One of the best weekends of my life. Agree with others, farmers markets and locally grown produce everywhere, local walking-distance pub was ace. Do amateur rock-climbing, being naked in the sea & you’ll also need a torch / mobile phone light for the way back from the Minack. Its not like being in the UK, its a slice of paradise. Just go basically!
Treen Farm Campsite
The location of this campsite is pretty terrific. As everyone says, the views are amazing, walks from the campsite are brilliant and you can easily spend your time in a little cocoon of campsite and beautiful beach as long as you have enough supplies with you. We’ll definitely be back just to enjoy another sunset.
Treen Farm Campsite
We thought the campsite was great. The views were amazing. The facilities were clean and well kept. The pub just down the road served lovely food and was very warm and welcoming. We will definately be going back.
Treen Farm Campsite
If you are looking for a clean, spacious, accommodating campsite that has peace and quiet and neverending views then this is the campsite to go to. Drive up a dirt track and you come to a view to die for. The facilities there very clean although you will have to collect your tokens for the shower, this didnt prove too much of a problem. There are washing machines, tumble dryers, freezers in the shower block and even washing up liquid supplied at the outside washing up facilities. Each plot has its own picnic table, a real bonus if you are travelling light. There are countless walks within easy access and a beach that wouldnt look out of place in a far flung mediteranean resort. The Minack is about a 20 minute walk away although you will need a decent pair of walking boots or sturdy flipflops! Each day we found locally grown food and an honesty box at the end of the dirt track that led to the site which dictated what we ate for the evening or if you fancy a beer or two the local pub "Logans Rock" is on hand to provide beautifully cooked local food and the staff are on hand to tell you the story of the Rock itself. The beach below the site is just amazing, and when the tide goes out you can walk all the way along to find your own private section. A short drive away is Sennen Cove and lovely surfing beach it is too. If you are after hustle and bustle you wont find it here but if you are after a get away from it all campsite that is clean and friendly and lets your imagination do all the work then book it up now. The site is high on a cliff so when the weather does turn it gets a bit full on but...every cloud has a silver lining and some of the sunsets are just spectacular.
Treen Farm Campsite
The track down to the site is very narrow and there are warning signs to that effect. Do not tackle the track unless you are a competent driver as those Cornish hedgerows are very unforgiving. The site is a National Trust site and is pretty representative of its type. The people who use them tend to have a ’Right on’ attitude. If this suits you, then Treen will be the stuff of dreams for you It is set with clear views of Logan Rock and Porthcurno and later in the day you will be able to make out the lights from Minack Theatre - worth a visit but check to see what’s on first. It is another site where having alternative transport would be a good idea. If you have a large motorhome then you probably wouldn’t want to tackle the track everyday. In fact, most of the surrounding lanes are not really suitable for the larger m/homes Logan Rock P/H has food and was described as being a "Training Pub of the Year" or something similar. I thought that it was over priced ’pub grub’ but maybe I am being over critical. It had signs saying that it was some sort of ’training pub of the year’. If this is the case, perhaps they could teach their staff to say ’Good morning, good afternoon, please and thank you’ This is not too much to ask. These comments also apply to the site as well