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Granary Barn Camping

UK England South West England Cornwall

Granary Barn Camping, Nantrisack Farm, Sithney, Helston, Cornwall TR13 0AE

A warm welcome is guaranteed at this refreshingly traditional Cornish site between Helston and Porthleven

Helston is Cornwall in microcosm. Home of the fabled May-time 'furry dance', the county's second oldest town is a picture-postcard patchwork of pasty shops, ancient pubs (like the 15th century Blue Anchor Inn), and charming old miners' cottages which once housed some 1,000 workers from the local Wheal Vor tin mine. This is the essence of Cornish culture. And while you can spend hours ambling its steep serpentine streets en route to the harbour at Porthleven, hop in the car and head westwards through ceaseless fields of green to the small outlier hamlet of Sithney, home of the beautifully secluded 18th century farmhouse, Granary Barn.

Many campsites round these parts have plenty to shout about, be they captivating sea views, artisan farm shops, or über luxurious abodes. But perhaps Granary Barn's greatest asset is affable owner Tom. Warmly greeting guests with his faithful Border Collie in tow, this easygoing host is hospitality personified. As Tom puts it, "This is a personality driven site, I want the campers to engage with me, share their day. I want to  provide students and anyone else with the chance to have a holiday at my prices which are pitched at affordability. Money may be tight, however it is still possible to have a break in Cornwall, with a friendly site owner who while they are here, is their new best friend!". 

As befitting it's breezy host, there's a refreshingly informal attitude to pitches. Tom lets campers pitch up where they like – for there's really no need for regimented spots when you've got a trio of spacious fields like this.

Thankfully this refreshingly cavalier philosophy doesn't extend to the facilities which, although basic, are immaculately maintained. Bins are emptied daily and toilets and electric showers are scrubbed diligently – attentive Tom prides himself on it.

Should the weather fail to read the script, Tom will even let you bunk down in the backpackers hostel (availability permitting and for a small fee). This cushy dormitory sleeps eight (on single beds) with a communal kitchen and lounge area.

Tom calls the farmhouse home and is on call 24 hours a day ("give me a bell if you need anything... even it's three in the morning!"). But unlike some campsites we could mention, Tom's relaxed vibe and no curfew rule means groups are free to kick back and relax to the wee small hours, losing yourself in the unblemished night skies of the south-west.

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A warm welcome is guaranteed at this refreshingly traditional, much-loved campsite between Helston and Porthleven. As befitting as Granary Barns' breezy host Tom, there's also a refreshingly informal attitude to pitches. Tom lets campers pitch up where they like – for there's really no need for regimented spots when you've got a trio of spacious fields like this. Thankfully this refreshingly cavalier philosophy doesn't extend to the facilities which, although basic, are immaculately maintained.

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