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Glamp or Camp at Magical Mena Farm

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· Bodmin, Cornwall, England
15 acres hosted by Alison L.
7 glamping pitches · 3 motorhome/tent pitches · 1 motorhome pitch · 2 tent pitches
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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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Bodmin, Cornwall, England, United KingdomTraditional, ancestral territory of various First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Alison L.Joined in January 2018
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49 Ratings · 57 reviews
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Nicola B.recommends
July 2, 2023
Wild(ish) Camping
Lovely simple laid back site
Absolutely loved the camp. We 'wildish' camped, which was a five minute walk from the car and the rest of the site. However they provided a fab wheelbarrow. Site is a little windy as the wild camping crop circles were exposed. Site was not busy, facilities scrupulously clean, owners friendly and helpful. Wild camping area very quiet, can hear the A30, faintly but didn't disturb us. We will be going back.
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Bridgitte S.recommends
June 19, 2023
Bluebell the Bell Tent
Really helpful hosts. Tent and kit great-matresses v comfy. Shower block really clean Would recommend
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Kim F.recommends
June 10, 2023
Willow the Lotus Belle Tent
What an amazing campsite. Ali and the team couldn’t have been more helpful. We stayed here as it was half way along the Saints Way walk. I stayed in the Willow glamping tent. It was extremely well kitted out, including thoughtful touches such as a picnic rug and hot water bottle. I am definitely planning on staying here again.
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Mayz M.recommends
June 1, 2023
Wild(ish) Camping
Fab campsite
It was a lovely, well kept campsite, clean well managed facilities. It has fantastic sunset views and lots of peace and quiet. The different vendors on some evenings and coffee truck in the mornings made it easy when we were feeling lazy. The location made it easy to explore different parts of Cornwall easily. The owners were great 😃
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Helen P.recommends
April 20, 2023
Wild(ish) Camping
Alison has a beautiful site with well thought out pitches and play areas as well as spotlessly clean showers ans toilets. Alison kindly provided us with extra tent pegs as it was storm Noa and discussed a back up plan to house us if the weather became too severe overnight! This will be one to return to as great location for all our favourite Cornish sites.
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Renata C.recommends
April 13, 2023
Grass Pitch - no Electric
Relaxing getaway
I really enjoy my stay at Alison’s land, the toilet were cleaned twice a day and spotless not often see when camping.. tidy place and quiet , kids were at the part but everyone is told on arrival to respect other .. both owner are very friendly. Is a large land and has a pond area where we could walk Benji ( other border collie mix). Would highly recommended for a quiet place to relax and feel close to nature.
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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