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Polgreen Glamping

UK England South West England Cornwall Newquay

  • Laundry
  • Campfires allowed
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
This little corner of a 40-acre farm is transformed into a glamping haven for the summer holidays every year

There’s something about heading down an unmarked lane into a Cornish valley that just feels so right. Polgreen’s particular unmarked lane slides almost unnoticed into the Vale of Mawgan, a few miles north of Newquay. At the bottom, a sloping field sheltered by woodland and hidden by hedges is host to the satisfyingly retro sight of a scattering of cream-coloured bell tents.

Simon and Sarah, Polgreen’s friendly owners, transform this little corner of their 40-acre farm into a glamping haven for just a short time over the school summer holidays every year. Six 5 and 6 metre bell tents are positioned on their own little plots of levelled ground with plenty of space around them perfect for those who enjoy a bit of privacy or yearn for a sylvan retreat. Each tent is furnished with a double bed, a double futon, an optional single mattress roll, a coffee table, a big hide rug, and all the pots, pans, crockery, cutlery, and so forth, that usually reside in a kitchen. Further living space is provided by two communal dining tents, a big hit with families.

The facilities, all stationed just the other side of a bridge over a tiny brook, are designed to strike joy into the heart of the eco-conscious camper. Four compost loos are housed in delightful little sheds replete with antiquated reading matter. The two bijou showers are illuminated inside with solar-powered lights. There’s a raised bed from which campers may harvest salad leaves, and pots of herbs with which to garnish the cordon bleu dishes you’ve whipped up in the BBQ thoughtfully supplied with every pitch.

And there’s really no excuse for not cooking up some mouth-watering food here. On site there is a small honesty shop selling freshly baked bread, local treats, camp cupboard essentials. They also have a range of gastro glamping recipe cards along with all the ingredients needed to make them. A 10-minute walk up a track leads to the Gluvian Farm Organics shop, where absolutely everything on sale has been produced on the owners’ land (do ask for a taste of their yummy preserves). Barely any distance further away, in the village of Trevarrian, you’ll find equally appetising fare at the Bre-Pen Farm Shop. Meanwhile, down in Mawgan Porth, there’s a former petrol station – now called Cornish Fresh – that looks like the sort of place that sells seaside holiday tat, but that actually houses a deli with a wide range of ingredients destined to inspire all sorts of culinary greatness.

Polgreen is just a short hop from a clutch of Cornwall’s best surfing beaches, as well as some of the most dramatic stretches of the SouthWest Coast Path, so grab your wetsuit or boots and get out there. After a day on the beach, children can help feed Polgreen’s ducks, fish, pigs and sheep including the eminently strokeable pet sheep, Rosie. The kids can also keep a look out for the array of wildlife on the farm – from otters and roe deer to horseshoe bats, heron, snipe, and even the occasional bittern.

It’s a bit of shame that Newquay Airport is just over the hill from Polgreen since it means that when the wind is coming from the wrong direction noise from planes and helicopters can impinge on the tranquility
of the site. However, most of the time all you’ll hear is the wind in the trees, the calls
 of unseen wood pigeons, and, if you listen carefully at night, the hoots and toowits of owls patrolling the dark woods.

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Facilities

Polgreen Glamping is set on a small farm of almost 40 acres in a wooded valley next to the gorgeous North coast of Cornwall.  The farm ranges from wetlands to wooded copses and has a diverse mix of wildlife.  Spot deer, rare horseshoe bats, barn and tawny owls, discover otter and badger tracks around the site, say hello to the farm sheep or follow our on site nature trail. The 6 bell tents sit within a 4 acre valley meadow on the farm with a stream to one side and a wooded slope to the other. There is a central dining canopy with tables and stools for meeting and eating, shade or shelter. The Polgreen Pantry is our small on site honesty 'shop' which is open everyday from 8-10am and 5-7pm. The Pantry sells freshly baked bread, breakfast essentials like bacon, sausages, cereals and preserves, some BBQ basics and a selection of tea time treats. Our pick your own salad patch and herb pots mean you can cook up an al fresco feast and if we don't have what you want one of the two great local farm shops will. The Pantry is also the place to buy your camping supplies (additional charcoal and firewood) and it has a plentiful free supply of fresh ice packs. The Pantry has wifi access, a charge point and a well stocked mini book and games library. We also have a stash of beach gear, from kids body boards to buckets and spades, that guests are welcome to borrow. At the side of the site, next to the parking area, you will find the washing area. There are 4 well maintained eco friendly sawdust compost loos, a shower hut with 2 hot showers and eco friendly toiletries provided. There are two cold water sinks supplied by our own filtered water suitable for drinking, cooking and all washing needs. The site is non electric - candles, solar lights and wind up lanterns provide after dark illumination (so please bring a torch!)

Suitable For

Glampers, couples and families - yes.

Tents, caravans, motorhomes and dogs - no.

We do not accept group bookings but families, couples and small couple or family groups are welcome.

Nearby

We love this special place and know that you will too. The nearest beach, (Sunday Times' award-winning) Mawgan Porth, is within walking distance (20-30 minutes) along tracks and lanes. Beyond this further beaches stretch along the whole coast which can be reached via road or the coastal path (the perfect place for some dolphin spotting). Watergate Bay, a huge expanse of sand and home to Jamie Oliver's Fifteen, is just to the south and the mythical Bedruthan Steps and National Trust land is to the north. From rock pooling and cave exploring to surfing (hire and tuition locally available), there are plenty of beach activities to keep you entertained and a little bit of exploration may reveal your own secret bay. If you are after something different you won't be disappointed...  The surrounding area provides great walks from laidback strolls to day-long adventures, pack a picnic and enjoy. If you are feeling a bit more intrepid why not hire some bikes or take a boat trip to savour the sights or catch your own supper. Top links golf courses, Trevose and St Enedoc, are both within easy reach. The nearest village (10 minute walk), St Mawgan, is a winner of Cornwall's best kept village and with its pretty church, traditional pub, village stores and tea room it's not hard to see why. For rainy days the biomes of the world-renowned Eden Project are just half an hour away. Head to Newquay Aquarium for a close up view of some sea life or a bit further afield to the Tate at St Ives with its ever changing exhibition programme.

Food & Drink

If you're after eating out... whether it big breakfasts, lazy lunches or seaside suppers the local area has it all.  Here’s our pick of what’s on offer in the area from good old pubs to proper posh nosh...

The Merrymoor Inn - Mawgan Porth - 01637 860258

Family run pub with a large garden overlooking the local beach serving home cooked food (you can even pop for a post lunch pedicure in the upstairs beauty salon).

Wax - Watergate Bay - 01637 860353

Pub and restaurant with covered terrace overlooking the sea with a daily specials board and a programme of live music.

St Mawgan Tea Room and Gardens - St Mawgan – 01637 860303

A gorgeous tea room with vintage to buy and award winning gardens. Well worth a visit – open until at least 4pm everyday.

Scott & Babs Wood Fired Food @ Retorrick Mill - Mawgan Porth - 01637 861746

Tasty, rustic food cooked on open fires, spit roasts and slow roasted smoker barrels. Guests cosy up in a converted barn and stable with a roaring log fire!

Rojanos - Padstow - 01841 532796

Italian influenced family restaurant and small plates ‘grazing’ bar with great cocktails, combining the best of Italian technique with Cornish produce.

The Beach Hut - Watergate Bay - 01637 860877

On the beach bistro with a relaxed vibe, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner and an amazing marshmallow hot choc.

Fifteen - Watergate Bay - 01637 861000

Jamie Oliver inspired restaurant (that is run as a charity) with a local and seasonal breakfast, lunch and dinner menu served in a funky space with wonderful sea views.

Zacrys at the Watergate Bay Hotel – 01637 861231

New brasserie vibe restaurant at the hotel, food draws on international influences, local inspiration and executive chef Neil Haydock’s passion for contemporary American cuisine.

Number 6 - Padstow - 01841 532093

Paul Ainsworth, finalist of The Great British Menu, serves up tasty modern food with a Cornish influence – Paul also runs Rojanos, above.

Rick Stein - Padstow - 01841 532700

Padstow is sometimes called Padstein because of the plethora of Rick Stein establishments there – for swanky dining there is the Seafood Restaurant and St Petroc’s Bistro or the more laidback and low key (and gentler on the wallet) options of his fish and chips place or his cafe.

Opening Times

The site is open only over the school summer holidays but offers bell tent hire for set up in local locations out of it's open season.

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Accommodation

6 bell tents including all the glamping extras.

3 x huge 6 metre bell tents and 3 x large 5 metre bell tents.

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Location

Contact Polgreen Glamping, Polgreen Barn, St Mawgan, Cornwall TR8 4AG

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