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Glamp or Camp at Magical Mena Farm

· Bodmin, Cornwall, England
15 acres hosted by Alison L.
7 glamping pitches · 3 motorhome/tent pitches · 1 motorhome pitch · 2 tent pitches
Creature comforts
Enjoy the comforts of home at some sites—including flush toilets, showers, and a kitchen.
Recent Hipcampers say this Hipcamp is great for families and kids.
Private sites
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Alison is a Star Host
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Easily accessed camping on a 15-acre farm, with family facilities and a vast amount of wild space to explore

A mile or so north of Helman Tor in Cornwall, home to a 6,000 year old Neolithic hill fort, we’ve discovered a more 21st–century attraction: Mena Farm Campsite. In fact, like the diagrammatic history of man, from walking on knuckles to standing tall and strong, Mena Farm is a place that showcases the full evolution of camping kind. In the lower field – open in the height of summer when long blonde grass ripples in the breeze – there’s the most primitive stage. Wild campers pitch their tents in the fauna, foregoing electricity, while, in the main camping area above, family tents and campervans park up on the more formal electric spaces. Then there are hard-standings for caravans, near to free WiFi at reception and the well-equipped, rainy-day games barn. And, finally, there is the fully-evolved glamping accommodation; boutique bell tents kitted out with double beds, kitchen wares and all the kit and caboodle you could need.

If it all sounds like a rather crowded affair then you’d be very much mistaken. With some 15 acres of space on offer, Mena Farm specialises in the lower-key side of camping life, with vast tracts of land set aside for wildlife and a lilly-spattered lake hidden in the trees. Badgers bed down in their sets, hares are occasionally seen in the long grass, and wild flowers – pink campion, daisies and wild poppies – pepper the surrounding fields.

Regardless of whether you pitch a tent in the wild camping meadow or wiggle a campervan down the final lane from the A30 (less than a mile away), all visitors have full access to the excellent clutch of facilities. There are two clean shower blocks, a well-stocked reception shop and bikes available for hire, while children will love the wooden fort that’s part of the small playground. Lending a hand collecting eggs and petting Del Boy and Rodney, the two friendly (and playfully named) kune kune pigs is also a must.

Yet for all the farm space to laze about on and extra treats, like fish'n'chip delivery direct to the campsite, the real joy of camping here is not the site itself but the surroundings. Walk the footpaths south to Helman Tor, now part of a 500-acre nature reserve, and pick up the best parts of the Saints Way walking trail. Or take the campsite bikes for a family cycle along the Camel Trail, a breath-taking route on a former railway line. Or simply hop in the car and drive to the north or south Cornwall coasts, equidistant (at around 20 minutes) from the campsite. Which to choose? Flip a coin? Roll a dice? Rock, paper, scissors? Evolution can only get you so far.

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55 Ratings · 63 reviews
Deirdre G.recommends
June 6, 2024
Pitch 3 - Grass no Electric
Excellent camp site with really good clean facilities. Beautiful area and setting.
Zeyu G.recommends
May 29, 2024
Pitch 3 - Grass no Electric
Great setting with wonderful views and lovely welcoming hosts!
Ben H.recommends
May 22, 2024
Hard-Standing Pitch - with Electric
Look no further.
Great campsite! Everyone was very friendly and welcoming. Facilities were great and cleaned regularly too. We chose this campsite because it’s so close to everything and it ended up being the most peaceful campsite we’ve experienced. My daughter thoroughly enjoyed the play park and saying good morning/ night to the animals. Thank you Ali, we would gladly return.
Claire D.recommends
May 22, 2024
Wild(ish) Camping
Amazing views, a exceptionally well managed site with a lovely wild flower meadow which leads to a pond which had floral and fauna to see. Super hosts made us feel very welcome. Definately worth a visit and we will be back again. Thank you
Katie O.recommends
May 7, 2024
Wild(ish) Camping
Lovely quiet site!
We loved camping in the wild(ish) area of the campsite with our dog and lucky for us we had it all to ourselves (except for the pigs!). We loved the sunset views and the amount of space this campsite has to offer. If it was closer we’d be back all the time!
David B.recommends
April 14, 2024
Hard-Standing Pitch - with Electric
Great quiet campsite. Very clean facilities and felt safe letting our kids run around and play. We had a problem with our electric hook up the first night but the hosts sorted it quickly
Bodmin, Cornwall, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking

Hosted by Alison L.

Joined in January 2018
From the host
Welcome to Magical Mena Farm! We are a multi-award winning, traditional campsite for lovers of green space, big starry skies, peaceful surroundings, wildlife and nature… Tucked away down a country lane, overlooked by the Neolithic hill fort of Helman Tor, and set in 15 acres of countryside, Mena Farm enjoys beautiful Cornish countryside views and the most incredible sunsets. Mena Farm is a peaceful haven welcoming families, children, couples, singles and your doggy friends. We offer a range of hard standing and grass pitches for campers and tourers, so you can pick the perfect spot from which to base your Cornish adventure. If you’d something a little more adventurous, you can try our our wild camping meadows. Or if you’d like a little more luxury you can glamp in our beautiful bell tents, or check out our cabins or the Old Farmhouse for year-round stays.
Nearby attractions

Mena Farm Campsite isn't far from Bodmin Moor and there are plenty of fantastic walking trails directly from the campsite. The farm is also near the halfway point of the Saints Way (Padstow–Fowey), a well-signed (with Celtic cross markers) 27-mile route that takes you through Little Petherick, St Breock Downs and Lanivet before joining the Fowey River near Lostwithiel for a lovely waterside stretch. Rent bikes from the campsite to speed things along and try the Camel Trail (a spectacularly converted old railway route 3 miles from the campsite) or pedal around Cardinham Woods, 5 miles away and particularly excellent in spring. It's 3 miles to National Trust-owned Lanhydrock House (01208 265950), an imposing example of a Victorian country estate, rebuilt in the 1880s following a devastating fire, where there are children’s activities, garden tours and open-air theatre in summer. It's 6 miles to the world famous Eden Project (01726 811911). The coast, meanwhile, both north and south, is around 20 minutes in the car (approx. 10 miles). Charlestown beach is the closest in the south, while Wadebridge, at the start of the Camel Estuary, offers a gateway to the north coast.

Food and drink

Walk or drive the 1½ miles into the village of Lanivet, home to the award-winning inn (01208 831212) as well as the excellent Welcome Stranger fish and chip restaurant (01208 831583). If you don't even want to stretch your legs that far, there is a twice-weekly fish and chip delivery to the site, plus weekly visits by local food and drinks vans and, of course, the fully-licensed shop has you well covered for alfresco drinks around the campfire. For a proper shopping trip, Bodmin boasts Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Asda, Lidl and Aldi supermarkets, as well as petrol stations, further eateries and a hospital. It also has one of the best tourist information centres in the county.

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