Merry Meadows Farm

UK England South West England Cornwall St. Austell

  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Hand sanitising stations
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Peaceful, off-grid eco-camping on a rare breed pig farm near St Austell with an onsite shop and cafe

Happiness is a key ingredient of Merry Meadows Farm, along with its delicious on-site food, with its hosts letting you laze in the grass without the hassle of having to go out and forage for a place to eat. You see, what owners Becky and Ruth understand is that if you have a great product — in this case, excellent quality bacon and sausages sold from the farm's on-site shop and cafe — you needn’t have to ship it off to unknown customers if you can open a campsite and invite them to your table instead.

Located just a few miles north of St Austell and the Carlyon Bay in Cornwall, this is a back-to-basics and off-grid affair as far as camping goes. It’s set on a quiet and secluded working farm of 32 acres that breeds rare pigs and has a field of about eight acres for the tent pitches. But it’s the philosophy and guiding principles of the place that make it so appealing. There is a focus on regeneration and conservation of the land, so biodegradable products are sold in the shop. Permaculture ideas of zero waste are being implemented, exemplified by Becky and Ruth using the compost from the toilets to help newly planted trees. Think about it; they raise the pigs, you camp and eat the produce, you use the toilet, and then new trees grow. It’s a win-win for everyone.

The onsite cafe, The Hungry Hog, serves round-the-clock snacks but specialises in full English breakfasts, tasty evening meals, and the occasional barbecue. But it’s not all about the meat; the farm’s laying hens provide eggs, salad is supplied from the garden, and vegan and vegetarian options are well covered. And even though campfires are not allowed at Merry Meadows Farm, barbecues are, so if you want to cook it yourself then you can.

Furthermore, just next to the campsite is a fishery with three large trout lakes if you’d prefer fish for dinner.You might want to take a stroll to digest all of this goodness, and it’s quite possible right from the campsite. Just turn right out of the gated entrance and you’ll find yourself on a lovely narrow country road that leads straight to a little granite pub serving ales brewed in St Austell. Or go left and find yourself joining one of the area’s Clay Trails, which will lead you straight to the Eden Project, just three and a half miles away.



The farm is off grid so there is no electricity on site. There is drinking water, a washing up sink, composting toilets and 2 hot showers. There is also a pop up café offering breakfast and evening meals, weekend BBQ's and hot drinks and yummy snacks all day everyday. Full board and half board options are available as pre booking is essential for breakfast and dinner, you can also pre order onsite at the café. There is also a farm shop on site selling fresh local produce,  eco friendly products for the showers and a few other camping holiday trinkets! BBQ's are allowed but not fires, however a large communal fire will be stoked on occasion!

Suitable For

The site is a tent only site and cars are left in the car park a short walk away, trollies are provided to help with the trundle! As it is a working farm, no dogs are allowed and it is not really suitable for small children under the age of 8. As it is such a peaceful spot we do expect guests to respect that and have a suggested curfew of 10pm to reflect this.


Located directly on the clay trails, the Eden Project and the South West Coastal path are within hiking / cycling distance. There are a selection of beautiful rugged beaches within a 15 minute drive away, including Carlyon Bay and Porthpean. Fowey, Newquay, Redruth and Truro are just a short distance away all offering many beaches and different scenes of Cornwall. The lost gardens of Heligan and Restormel Castle are closeby, as is Mevagissey. The witches' museum at beautiful Boscastle, the magic of Tintagel, and the famous Bude, pretty much most of this wonderful county, all reachable within the hour. There are two fishing lakes literally next door for any avid fisher folk! 

Food & Drink

The farm rears its own Cornish Black Pigs and has a flock of laying hens so bacon, sausages and eggs will be available to pre order from the shop and served daily, alongside alternative veggie and vegan options, at our on site café The Hungry Hog where we will also be serving evening meals daily too. Charlestown is a short distance away, the gastronomic region for St Austell. 

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The Owner Says

Opening its gates for the first time in 2021, Merry Meadows Farm Campsite is the ideal spot for anyone looking for an eco friendly, peaceful campsite to connect with nature, appreciate some good food and explore the beauty of Cornwall!
Surrounded by the glorious Cornish countryside between Bodmin and St Austell, Merry Meadows Farm Campsite is set on a regenerative farm a mere 15 minutes from Cornwall's breathtaking south coast. Direct access to the clay trails makes it a perfect spot for hikers and cyclists, with the Eden project and the south west coastal path both within hiking distance. 

The aim of the site is to offer a simple, eco-friendly, conscious space where you can simply relax and surround yourself with nature, so there's no noisy entertainment here. In line with that, they ask that only eco-friendly products be used inside the site facilities (just visit the site shop if you need to purchase anything).

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Social Distancing Measures

There is plenty of space on the land for everyone to distance themselves well.
Regular and deep cleaning of the shared facilities is carried out throughout the day.
Sanitising station provided.


50 tent pitches in one field.

Non Electric Grass Tent Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 4 50 Available
We are based on 32 very peaceful acres of regenerative farmland, so whether you want a cosy quiet corner to sit back and watch the buzzards or your more inclined to be close to the cafe ready for brekkie in the morning, the choice is yours! With views over this unique Cornish scenery, this truly is a Merry Meadow!

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Contact Merry Meadows Farm, Bowling Green, Bugle, Saint Austell, PL26 8RN

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Getting There

You can find us on google maps easily!  We are located just 1 mile away from Bugle train station. There are bus stops within walking distance.


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