Spotlight on: Trewan Hall, Cornwall
Trewan Hall is set in the grounds of a 36-acre estate, with a noble building that makes a lovely backdrop to the camping fields.
It is easily accessible from the A30 and the A39, so it makes an ideal base for exploring places like Padstow, Bodmin Moor and the Eden Project. That said, this place has everything you could ever need on site, so there’s no need to leave basecamp if you’d rather not!
There are no hardstanding or allocated pitches, so camping is just on grass and surrounded by pretty woodland. Trewan Hall, which has been run by the same family for a couple of generations, seems to have all kinds of barns and outbuildings tucked away around the grounds, and these have been converted into campsite amenities.
Ideal for older kids, there are a number of indoor games rooms where there’s table tennis, table football, pool, snooker, and even a slot car racing track. Outside, there’s a basketball net. For the little ones, there’s a park with a playhouse, a sand pit and climbing frames. Skateboards and scooters are allowed and there’s a field for ball games. There’s a supervised, heated swimming pool, too.
For family entertainment, there’s a theatre where they regularly host plays, storytellers, magicians, rock and brass bands, and even wildlife shows. When the weather’s good, such activities are held on the lawn as well as other organised events like vintage tractor rides, garden fetes and barbecues. However, if you want a bit of peace and quiet, there’s a library and writing room in the Hall itself where you can relax with a cup of coffee.
At Reception, there’s a well-stocked shop that also serves hot food, while visits from local catering vans mean you don’t have to cook or go out for meals, if you don’t want to. However, the Cornish coast is within a short drive from here, where superb eateries abound. Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant in Padstow is certainly a must for all sea-foodies!
St. Columb, Cornwall, TR9 6DB
This site review first appeared in MMM magazine, August 2018 issue, submitted by Geneve Brand