Retallack Woodlands

UK England South West England Cornwall Falmouth

  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
Enchanting camping amongst trees and a boulder field, just 15 minutes drive from the coast

The enchanting mix of young trees, open glades, granite boulders and, in places, sea views, has long made Retallack Woodlands a popular choice for outdoor wedding celebrations in Cornwall. This year, however, the Robertson family have opened their gates to campers, instead. It's just another way you can come here and make life-long memories, enjoying all the fun and relaxation of the site without having to shop for any wedding gifts.

Set around 50 acres of native woods, Retallack Woodlands is home to just 20 spacious pitches, most in a nicely mown meadow space but with the option to explore a little further and squirrel yourself away in smaller spots. After all, no two campers are the same so why should two pitches be? Choose between grassy spots under sunny skies, surrounded by the moss-spotted boulders and yellow gorse, or pitches sheltered away within the woods. The hardest part of your experience won’t be pitching your tent but choosing which area to camp in.

All pitches are within 50 yards of loo and shower facilities. And you can reconvene with your fellow campers around the communal campfire pit to debate who has the best view of the sunset. The fire adds to the community feel of Retallack, giving you the opportunity to get to know the people you spotted at the washing up station that morning and share camping tips while the kids run amok and find new friends. If you’d rather stick with your camping group, there are also individual campfires which you can use by your tents. For maximum relaxation, meanwhile, you can also book a session with a fully qualified masseuse, who visits the site to offer spiritual healing sessions in the wooded surrounds.

When it comes to leaving camp, you're in the prime position for exploring Cornwall. It’s a 15-minute drive to the seaside town of Falmouth, home to a clutch of beaches, as well as all the shops, overlooked by 15th-century Pendennis Castle, and it's a 10-minute drive in the opposite direction to the Helford river, a popular spot for sailing and sea kayaking (or enjoying a pint in a waterside pub). For those wanting to stay closer to home, there are a multitude of circular walks right on your doorstep, one or two taking in the local village shop if you need to stock up on a few extra supplies for dinner.

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Facilities

There's a washing-up station with two sinks, a shower, a composting loo and there's access to an electricity supply on site (with multiple charging points). The site has a central fire pit for communal gatherings, as well as smaller individual campfires permitted in the fire pits provided (logs and kindling are available to buy on site).

Suitable For

Tents, couples, families, groups, kids – yes. Motorhomes, campervans, caravans, dogs – no.

Nearby

Try a visit to the gorgeous subtropical gardens at Glendurgan (01326 252020) and Trebah garden (013262 52200), both around 15 minutes away. Or, if you fancy something a little more adventurous, check out BF Adventure (01326 340912), Kernow Wake Park (07817 662962) or Flambards theme park, all within a 15-minute drive. For animal lovers, there is also the Seal Sanctuary and the Flicka Donkey Sanctuary (01326 373601) just down the road. For sunny beach days, Maenporth beach is 15 minutes by car, its location sheltering you from any of the cooler breezes blowing in off the Atlantic and making it a good spot for swimming. The different beaches of Falmouth – Gyllyngvase Beach, the cove-like Swanpool Beach and Castle Beach – are within easy reach, too, overlooked by Pendennis Castle, while Durgan Beach, at the mouth of the Helford River is a great spot for rock pooling.

Food & Drink

There are a couple of cafés and pubs within walking distance, including Potager Garden, Slice of Cornwall and The Trengilly Wartha Inn. Potager Garden (01326 341258) is just over a five-minute walk from Retallack, serving homemade cakes, fresh lunches and creative vegetarian options in their converted greenhouse. Slice of Cornwall (01326 341163) is just under a ten-minute walk away, hopefully that’s still enough of a journey to work up an appetite because once you see the menu full of cakes, smoothie bowls, waffles and savoury bites you’ll be struggling to order just one option. The Trengilly Wartha Inn (01326 340332) is a longer walk away taking around 40 minutes (or a 10-minute drive), the relaxed and casual spot serves locally sourced food alongside regular events like weekly quiz nights and live music out on their garden terrace. Head in to Falmouth for all the major supermarkets.

Open

July and August only.

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The Owner Says

Retallack Woodlands is a family run business that primarily hosts weddings and other events including yoga retreats, however this year we have decided to differentiate into offering camping during the summer months. Retallack is located in a secret corner of Cornwall which is the idyllic backdrop to create life-long memories.

We encourage people to immerse themselves and reconnect with nature in its 10 acres of enchanting native woodland. We offer a choice from a variety of 12 spacious pitches; some under the stars, others in the woods, as well as a couple with a heavenly sea view.

Retallack Woodlands is located in a prime position - with only a 15 minute drive to the seaside town of Falmouth or a 10 minute drive in the opposite direction to the Helford river, campers can enjoy a fun packed day out. Or alternatively If you do not wish to drive, there are a multitude of circular walks right on your doorstep and in walking distance of the village shop if you need to stock up on a few supplies.

We offer a larger communal fire pit which provides the opportunity to meet new people with the option of having a modest fire by your tent. If you wish to relax further we are able to offer a fully qualified masseuse as well as spiritual healing session (all by appointment only). Facilities consist of a compost loo, a communal washing up station, a shower and 2 electrical points at either end for all campers to enjoy.

Pitches

20 spacious camping pitches.

Grass Pitch - Boulder Field

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 9 Available
Large pitch located in the central camping field.

Woodland Pitch - Boulder Field

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 2 Available
Large woodland pitch.

Sea View Pitch - Boulder Field

Grass pitch Sleeps 6
Large grass pitch with a sea view.

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Location

Contact Retallack Woodlands, Retallack, Constantine, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 5PW

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Getting There

Follow Sat Nav to: TR11 5PW. You will reach a farm with an entrance on the right called Mean Pern - (THIS IS NOT YOUR DESTINATION.) Continue along the country road to the next farm on your left (RETALLACK FARM). Turn in and go down the drive, as you approach the dwellings go straight ahead veering right. At metal gate with a red 'private property' sign, go through and close gate behind you, follow track around to the right and straight ahead is another gate, go through and close again. Either follow directions into the field or call your hostess Evie on 07539033287, or Dickon on 07968911398.

On-site directions maybe liable to change at short notice

The nearest train station is Penryn (on the Falmouth line from Truro). Or alternatively there is a bus route from Falmouth into Constantine village.

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