Broad Meadow House

UK England South West England Cornwall St. Austell

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Basking sharks and grey seals are sometimes spotted in the bay

Walk past Charlestown’s museum and along the short cul-de-sac behind it and you’d be forgiven for being sceptical about there being a campsite here at all, let alone one of the tastiest in the country. However, just beyond the final house, a gate opens up to a couple of tiny fields that command fabulous views out to sea and along the shoreline towards Black Head, the tip of a headland sporting the golden flash of a wheat field on its back.

Broad Meadow (Was it ever broad? Ancient sepia photos suggest not.) has two geese, a ’Posh Shed’ (self-catering coastal retreat), one permanent tent and plenty of space for people who’d rather bring their own. Since the owners limit the number of campers on site to a mere dozen, you get the distinct feeling of being one of an incredibly privileged few. This is especially true if you order a delicious breakfast basket (including freshly made smoothie) to be brought to your tent in the morning.

Basking sharks and grey seals are sometimes spotted in the bay (just ask to borrow the telescope) while peregrine falcons, sparrowhawks and buzzards contest the air space above. Swallows, sensibly, prefer to skim the surface of the field and are so used to company that they come quite close to feed.

In tiny Charlestown there’s some easy coasteering to be had; a gig club that allows beginners to have a go at rowing on novice nights (Wednesdays); and, for those who want to go it alone, sea kayaks and other water vessels can be hired.



DIY Pitches have use of 2 unisex loos and 1 shower. The pre-pitched Posh Tent has a private shower and loo. There is a washing-up sink, mini fridge and freezer, recycling, free wi-fi and recharging points. Children will find plenty of room for games in the safely enclosed meadow. Campfires are not permitted but BBQS are allowed (off the grass; granite blocks available).

Suitable For

Only tents and VW campervans accepted or small vans of similar size. Well-behaved dogs are welcome but must be kept on a lead.


Charlestown Shipwreck & Heritage Centre (50 metres) – ‘the largest collection of shipwreck artefacts in Britain’; 01726 69897. Eden Project, Bodelva (4 miles – footpath route maps from campsite available) – one millennium project that appears to have been a great success. Each football-like biome takes you into a different region in the world, and there are large discounts if you arrive by foot or bicycle; 01726 811911.

Food & Drink

Pier House Hotel (free house), Charlestown (200 metres) – harbourside snug bar with highly recommended food and live entertainment Saturday evenings (01726 67955).


Easter–October (weather dependent).

Family Friendly

The Owner Says


Contact Broad Meadow House, Broad Meadow House Quay Road Charlestown St Austell, Cornwall PL25 3NX

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Getting There

Train station: St Austell (1.7 miles away) – Plymouth to Penzance line. bus no. 525 runs hourly from St Austell to Charlestown.


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