Little Trethvas Glamping

UK England South West England Cornwall Porthleven

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Laundry
  • Dogs welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Head much further south and you'll fall into the sea
Although scores of summer sun and surf seekers can make the beaches shuffle like a busy ant's nest, the southern tip of Cornwall still offers plenty to offer those looking for some peak season quiet time. Coves enclosed by scenic rocky bluffs, historic smugglers creeks dotted with dinghys, and endlessly exquisite coastal paths. Regardless of the time of year you visit, the Lizard Peninsula provides an unbeatable backdrop to any well-positioned campsite, few more so than at Little Trethvas Farm. No matter how busy the beaches, this pocket-sized one acre camping field boasts just 15 pitches, so a peaceful stay is all but assured, and if you decide not to visit the beach there is plenty of room in the centre of the camping field for the children to play.

A new addition to the adjacent camping and touring site, Little Trethvas Glamping is the brand new luxury offering from affable host Lizzie. Comprising a cluster of bell tents and a brand-new tipi, the site's three acres is a simple grassy site with few bells and whistles and a wonderfully informal atmosphere. This is not a place with plastic playgrounds, karaoke evenings and a stringent morning checkout time. Instead, the relaxed feel of this glamping site is summed up by a single sign that reads, “be nice or go home”.

Each bell tent is furnished with a double bed, bedside tables, a full size futon to sleep two more. The bedding and duvets are incredibly comfortable; they are made with feather and down, as are the pillows – alternatives can be supplied if requested. The bell tents are decorated with pretty rugs, quirky cushions and gorgeous throws. There's a chest of drawers, and storage baskets for all of your bits and bobs. A wood-burning stove will keep you feeling warm and cosy on those chilly winter nights. Alongside the tents, each pitch has a cream gazebo which houses your fully-equipped outside kitchen, with tables and chairs. There's a camp cooker and BBQ, plus we will make sure that there is enough wood for your first fire in the stove. If you run out, more is available locally.

Ablutions at Little Trethvas have recently been updated with new hot showers and a more modern layout, including a large family shower room. The new Almond Tree Cafe is proving a real hit with returning campers (of which there are many). Their homemade Cornish pasties are the stuff of local legend. Other handy additions onsite include a fridge freezer for general camper use and laundry facilities, housed in a room with regularly updated tourist information and news about local events.

If something does catch your eye then its rarely too much of a journey, partly because most interesting things are very close at hand, and partly because the campsite is right alongside a road. Despite this fact, however, traffic noise is rarely a problem, especially in the evening time. Just a couple of miles from Lizard Point (the most southerly place in Britain), there isn’t exactly any ‘through traffic’ here. Instead, take to the road yourself and head out to the cliff tops to view the endlessly churning sea and a tiny sheltered cove housing a disused lifeboat station.

Much like the modesty of this humble campsite, the Lizard Peninsula is a quieter cousin of its neighbour Lands End. While the latter grabs more of the tourist attention, the Lizard offers a more secluded landscape to enjoy the coastal paths and beautiful seaside views. The Helford River, a few miles north, should also not be overlooked. The network of tiny creeks that perforate into the mainland were once a smuggling hotspot and the local pubs still retain the rustic charm of old hideouts where sailors could stash their booty and lay low with a flagon of ale. Smuggler or not, if you want to hideaway from your own working life there are few better places for a break. Simple, charming and surrounded by some of the best sights in Cornwall, Little Trethvas is a top pick.



A flat, grassy three acre field with a tourist information room, a small onsite cafe, laundry facilities and an undercover washing up area. There is also a fridge-freezer for campers to use. Though there is no playground, the centre of the camping field is kept free to allow ample space for children to play, with room for rounders, frisbee and ball games. Hot showers and flushing loos are accompanied in the sanitary block by a family shower room. Electrical hook ups are available (limited number) and there is a chemical disposal point.

Bell Tents come with double bed and futon and a wood-burning stove, alongside is a kitchen with equipment, table and chairs, camp cooker and BBQ

Suitable For

Families, couples, dogs – yes. Single-sex groups – no.


Mullion Cove is a short drive away; from here you can go on a kayaking trip with Lizard Adventure (07845 204040) or walk over the cliffs to Poldhu via the Marconi Centre, where the first transatlantic message was sent in 1901. The Helford River is certainly worth a visit, especially for Trebah Garden (01326 252200) and Glendurgan Garden (01326 252020), which slope down towards the waterfront. There’s a string of secluded bays and pearly beaches within easy reach, two of the closest being Kennack Sands and Coverack – why not hit the waves with Coverack Windsurfing Centre (01326 280939). More quirky things to do on the Lizard include meeting the camels at Roscuick Organic Farm (01326 231119) or a futuristic Segway tour around Goonhilly Earth Station (08443 814044).

Food & Drink

An onsite café serves breakfast to eat in or take away from 8am to 10am. In the evenings freshly made pizzas are home cooked in their outdoor pizza oven. These are made to order from 6pm to 8pm. For the best fish and chips in the area it’s worth the 10-minute drive to The Smugglers in Lizard village (01326 290763) or treat yourself to a sit down fish dinner with a sea view at the Lifeboat House (01326 281212) in Coverack. Roskilly’s Farm isn’t only home to some of Cornwall’s most famous ice cream. Watch the creamy cold stuff being made and meet the resident cows it comes from. You can also tuck into hearty homemade grub at their family-friendly Croust House Restaurant. Those cooking back on site can stock up on farm produce, pies and organic meats from Roscuick Organic Farm Shop or cheat at the supermarkets in Heliston. 


All year.

The Owner Says

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Contact Little Trethvas Glamping, Little Trethvas Farm, The Lizard, Helston, Cornwall TR12 7AT

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Getting There

A3083 from Helston/The Lizard. In approximately 8m take second turn to Cadgwith. Little Trethvas Farm approximately 20mtrs on RHS


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