Trewan Hall Campsite, St. Columb, Cornwall TR9 6DB
The grounds of a 17th century manor where a relaxed atmosphere and sense of pleasant privacy rules.
The 36 acres of undulating fields, immaculate gardens and enchanting woodland that surrounds the 17th century manor house of Trewan Hall, makes for a near perfect camping spot. Positioned just outside the pretty parish town of St. Columb Major, this family-orientated campsite has been run by the Hill's' for over 50 years, so it’s fair to say they know a thing or two about camping. And with Cornwall’s finest walks, pristine white sand beaches and picture postcard villages right on the site's doorstep, you don’t have to be eagle-eyed to realise why they never left.
Trewan’s camping area itself is lovely and small enough to feel quite private. There are two slightly sloping fields (one smaller and more family-friendly) plus a larger field with plenty of space and a real ‘away from it all’ atmosphere. The management here are flexible, meaning campers can ‘pitch where you like’. So if you spot a secluded corner that takes your fancy, it’s yours. Not being slap bang on the Cornish coast means the site is relatively sheltered from the elements, however it’s worth mentioning a country lane runs alongside the smaller camping field, but unless you’re an extremely light sleeper you won’t be disturbed by the infrequent traffic.
Caravans and motorhomes are also welcome at Trewan Hall. But fret not, canvas campers: given the site’s pursuit of natural beauty over profit, the grass-only pitches and absence of hard-standings mean only a relatively small number of caravans take their chances, so the comprehensive views of rolling fields, parish churches and grass-munching cattle remain largely unbroken. The facilities here are pretty comprehensive too, with a brand-new ablution block equipped with showers, baths, washing-up sinks and electric razor points. Best of all, guests are free to use the fully supervised, 25-metre heated swimming pool (open during high season; 60p per visit) – just the ticket for cooling off when the Cornish sun comes out to play.
You won’t have a shortage of things to do here. Not only do you have the nearby historic town of St. Columb Major, with its time-honoured country pubs, you’re also only a flip-flop away from the tranquil coastline of Mawgan Porth. And 14 miles down the road you'll discover the world's largest (and most impressive) greenhouse, The Eden Project. These sights combined with cosy, grassy comfort that comes with field camping makes Trewan Hall an ideal place to pitch up.
The Owner Says
Trewan Hall is a popular site for families, where children can enjoy great freedom and the woodland playground.
Once you arrive at this Site, you will never have to leave. The Site shop is open 14 hours a day in high season and sells things campers need: groceries, fresh bread, pasties, camping equipment, toys and souvenirs.
We encourage visitors to use our Front Field for their own cricket or football matches. And we put on the occasional Barbeque alongside a free "Campers Swim" some evenings.
You are welcome to use a library and writing room in the old hall which has free WiFi for those who want it. There is also a full-sized billiard table for the proficient.
A wider range of activities is available during the high season. Computer consoles are set up in the Round House with a selection of popular games and evening entertainment in the Long Barn includes folk music, brass bands, story telling and local theatre performances at no extra charge. Four acres of Trewan’s woodlands are designated for a dog walk.
A 25-metre heated swimming pool, between the two camping areas, is open July, August and Spring Bank Holiday week. There is a small charge for use. In bad weather an air dome can be erected over the pool.
St Columb Major, a short walk from the Site, has a choice of good pubs and places to eat out.
The Site has fine gardens and a Gold David Bellamy Conservation Award.
We warmly welcome families and couples to enjoy the excited busy holiday atmosphere during the high season or perhaps the more tranquil time in the low season.
Trewan Hall - fantastic
What a lovely site and location! The site is great and meet the needs of adults, children and dogs. The staff are superb and very helpful. The evening entertainment was much better than I had anticipated and something for everyone. The location means that you can get anywhere in Cornwall with ease and near some of the best beaches around! We will be going back!!
Have just come back from our annual trip to this lovely site and it just gets better. New washing up area, refurbished loos and showers, a rustic mobile pizza oven and new names on the evening entertainments programme including a local story teller in costume. Can't recommend this site highly enough - a fab team of people running it, extremely family (and dog) friendly, gorgeous woodlands and really relaxing. Well worth a visit!
It's hard for me to dislike Trewan. I've been coming here since a toddler and barely a year has gone by without at least one visit, sometimes two. It has become the campsite that all others are compared to.
Trewan is by no means perfect - but what it lacks in ultra-modern facilities (they are undergoing improvements) it more than makes up for with it's setting. Based in the grounds of an old stately hall and bordered by trees and narrow Cornish lanes, Trewan is the epitome of tranquility. At this point I should point out that I always visit out of high season when Trewan is very popular with families.
There's a lovely vibe about the place, all the outbuildings have been built with the location in mind, using local building materials that blend in to the surroundings rather than stand out. There's no over the top signage, no tedious one way system, no marked out pitches - it won't be long into your stay when you also start to blend in to the surroundings! The campsite is split in to two main fields; Calves Close is an open field dotted with electric hook-up points and a short woodland walk to the shop/reception, Barn Park is a more sheltered field next to the shop and this field has no electric (and thus fewer caravans). For me, Barn Park is the true spirit of camping and a chance to get back to how camping used; no televisions and microwaves, more cheery hellos and conversations with your fellow campers.
Pitches are not allocated, you are free to camp 'freestyle' - this allows the visitor more space; the site keeps the numbers under control so as not to over-stretch the facilities. There's a camp shop for basic provisions. A 25 metre pool, a play area for young ones, and evening entertainment during the busier parts of the year.
This family-run campsite couldn't be more welcoming; visit more than twice and I'm sure you'll be remembered by name and welcomed back like an old friend, Trewan Hall really is a jewel amongst the already-beautiful Cornish landscape.
Using the back lanes you can be on any number of the north coast's finest beaches in 15 minutes, Padstow or Newquay in 20. The main road to Truro takes a little over half an hour and Falmouth, St. Ives or Penzance can all be reached in less than an hour.