Review of South Penquite
Aug 27, 2013, by Jason
Well, after a couple of years of holidaying under our own canvas the Gonzo family decided to go Yurting! After negotiating the surrounding lanes and stopping to watch the ponies and numerous foals we arrived at South Penquite Farm (with our ears still ringing with "Are we there yet?") We headed to the Yurt field via the camping field which contained a majestic Tee-Pee and the smell of open fires wafting into the air. Finding our adopted home for the next week, "Daddy Bear" tucked away in the corner of the field and nestled amoungst lush green hedgerows and Cornish stone walls. The silence broken only by the distant laugh of children enjoying exploring the open spaces on site and sheep in a far away field. Walking around the fields and amongst the tents are chickens, ducks and a very funny gang of Turkeys, who work their way around the site saying hello to anyone near them!
Opening the wooden door to our Yurt, we find a bright and colourful space which is a bit of a Tardis (sleeping 6). The bright decor includes Futons and scatter cushions and a centrally mounted wood burner with a shiny chimney exiting through a beautifully crafted skyview panel in the (Cornish crafted) structure of bent wooden spines and criss-cross walls clad in canvas. Our sons aged 6 and nearly 9 immediatly scrambled to "bagsy" which beds they were claiming as their own! Whilst they ran round in circles i made a cuppa on the cooking area with its 2 gas rings and well equipped storage area. Within minutes of our arrival, one of the farm cats came in to say hello and stayed for a bit of a stroke from the kids.
After unloading our car we went for a walk round the site, nearby we found a building which housed the Solar heated (and very warm) showers and washing up area. The shower rooms are clad in jazzy coloured recycled plastic and spacious enough to accomodate parents and kids in a split wet and dry room. We wandered further and came across the farm house where a friendly greeting was received from farmer Dominic. Just round the corner are the spotlessly clean toilets including piped radio Pirate Fm, and an adjacent room containing both a washing machine and tumble drier. Also a large chest freezer in which you can freeze your cool blocks and some rental lockers for charging up mobile phones for a nominal fee. Not that you will want to spend time on your phone, with the spectacular surroundings just a short walk along the Farm Trail where you will be treated to vast views of the moor falling away to the adjacent De Lank quarry and river running through the farms land. This also includes a Geocaching series which leads you through and around the farmland, river bank, woods and historic standing stone clad fields. Past friendly cattle and sheep leading you in a circular walk. We didn't see anyone whilst we walked around the trail, the only sound was the river falling over the rugged rocky landscape.
Back at the Yurt there was a large basket of firewood and kindling that was begging to be built into a campfire which the farmer allows and I must say is a rarity on most campsites. Our evenings were spent around the camp fire in a stone circled pit , toasting marshmallows and focusing up at the clear night sky. Only the hoots of owls and the occasional scurry of a rabbit can be heard whilst we watched shooting stars and a full moon.
The smell of campfires filling the air as the other campers all settle in for the night and cook (probably the best) farm's own Lamb burgers, which can be purchased from the farmhouse. Washed down with some award winning ales which we purchased from the Blisland Inn (in the village) which sell Demi-Jons filled with take away ales and ciders. The finest of local produce can be found in the local village of St Breward where the Old Inn provides a vast menu of deliciously prepared food which come in huge portions in friendly surroundings by the cheerful staff at Cornwalls highest Inn.
With its central Cornwall location it was easy to reach both coasts of Cornwall in roughly 20 miles to Padstow and Newquay on the north coast and the same again to St Austell and the awe inspiring Eden Project on the south coast. But wherever you visit you will always be looking forward to returning to the farm and its solitude which we all agreed is where priceless family memories were made!!
Many thanks to Dominic and Cathy , please don't change a thing!
The Gonsalves family, Bournemouth.