Treganhoe Farm Feather Down Farms

UK England South West England Cornwall Penzance

  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Supreme location in Cornwall's south west with supreme comforts to match

Even if Treganhoe Farm was the world’s worst campsite you’d probably still want to stay there. Simply for its location, the place stands head and shoulders above the rest. Next door, where the farm boundary ends, a vast reservoir begins, its perimeter a haven for wildlife and birds. To the east the beaches are a lengthy walk or short drive away and the coastal landscape tumbles into quaint harbour villages like Mousehole – a treasure trove of narrow streets encircling a pearly cove. To the west, Atlantic-facing cliffs put on a magnificent water show as gigantic, crashing waves batter the rocks below, and aptly named Land’s End stakes its marker as the most southwesterly point in all of mainland Britain. Everything really is right here on the doorstep.

Thankfully, of course, Treganhoe Farm is not the world’s worst campsite. In fact, for a working livestock farm that’s now in its third generation, the place doesn’t scrub up too badly at all! Comprised of a collection of safari tents, kitted out as well-equipped canvas lodges with everything you need inside, Treganhoe is, in fact, the very definition of 21st century glamping and a prime spot for families looking for a fuss-free outdoor break.

There are two types of canvas lodge, with the regular lodges sleeping six in comfort and the ‘Frills’ lodge sleeping the same, but with the added luxury of an en suite shower (rather than just an en suite toilet) and a large veranda outside with a BBQ – a prime spot that overlooks the reservoir beyond. Inside there’s a real sense of luxury but without too much ‘artificial’ feeling glitz or glamour. Wood floors run throughout and a large butchers block in the middle of the kitchen area gives it an almost manor house feel. The beds are comfortable and come complete with all the bedding, while, in the kitchen, the ‘cupboard bed’ is a particular winner with the kids, who can shut themselves away inside when the time comes, ensconced in their own wooden den.

Tours of the farm are a must. Welcoming hosts, Ivor and Sue will happily show you around and introduce the animals – though not each by name, given there are 170 Holstein Friesian cows alone! They’re joined by sheep and pigs who are, in turn, accompanied by their babies in the spring and early summer. Time it right and you can even while away some hour’s bottle-feeding the lambs! Beyond, the beaches will soak up the remainder of your time. 10 minutes up the coast, Penzance’s Eastern Green Beach is a particularly safe and popular spot, sheltered and gently sloping, though for an added wow factor try Lamorna Cove; rockier and far quieter than Penzance, it offers a wonderful hideaway from the crowds.

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Facilities

Canvas Frills Lodges include a double bed, bunk beds and a cosy cupboard bed. The lodge has an en suite bathroom with shower and basin and flushing toilet. There is a kitchenette with outdoor cooker, and canvas covered veranda along with a living space area with sofas, a dining table and the like. Regular Canvas Lodges are similar in style but do not feature en suite bathroom facilities, a BBQ or large veranda. Wood is supplied for heating and cooking along with a starter pack of candles and lamp oil. Towels and bedding are all provided. Campers shouldn't pass up the opportunity to have a farm tour, but there are also chickens around the lodges and coop where you can collect fresh eggs.

Suitable For

Kids, families, groups – yes. Campervans, caravans, tents, dogs and pets – no.

Nearby

Besides running wild in the meadow itself, the nearest activity is fly fishing (01736 786613) for trout and Arctic char down at Drift Reservoir (a 10-minute walk). For outstanding bird-watching, there is a hide maintained by Cornwall’s preservation society a 15-minute walk north west from Treganhoe. Don’t forget to bring your binoculars! It is a 15-minute drive to one of the prettiest fishing villages in Cornwall, Mousehole, where the tiny harbour is backed by a tiered settlement – home to a couple of great pubs. Or grab fish and chips and eat them, dangling your legs off the harbour wall. To the south it is 20 minutes to the amazing open-air Minack Theatre (01736 810181) or head north to National Trust owned Trengwainton House and Garden (01736 363148).

Food & Drink

There is an honesty shop on the campsite selling local goods and the farm's own meat (when in stock). Pub-wise, the nearest spots are in Newlyn – try The Red Lion (01736 362012) or The Fisherman's Arms (01736 363399) – but picture perfect Mousehole is worth the extra couple of minutes in the car. The Ship Inn (01736 731234) is a great, harbourside, traditional stone pub.

Opening Times

Start of April–end of October.

Location

Contact Treganhoe Farm, Treganhoe Farm, Sancreed, Cornwal, TR20 8RH

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