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Lakeside camping with streams, rope swings and farmyard animals in rural Cornwall
‘There’s very little to do here, no bells and whistles’, says Tony Hedges, proprietor of Pleasant Streams Farm Camping. Yet this is indeed a pleasant field in which to pitch a tent. Campfires are encouraged, and often the crackle-pop of wood on the fire is the only noise in the evenings here. There may be no clubhouse or kid’s club but, apart from that, we’d say Tony is underselling the place. There’s quite a lot to do here; both on site and off it.
There’s a lake in the centre of one of the two camping fields which not only attracts wildlife, but also beckons you to hop in the rowing boat for an afternoon afloat. There are streams to paddle in and ropes to swing on and there’s a summerhouse with books and games for rainy days. Then, of course, there are the animals: Matilda, Bluebell and Rosie the miniature goats, Rodney and Del Boy the pigs, and the chickens and ducks that lay fresh eggs for your breakfast. And that’s not even counting the field mice, owls, herons, pheasants and badgers.
Off site it’s a ten-minute stroll to the local pub in Sticker, four miles to the coast, five miles to St Austell and eight miles to The Eden Project. But that’s not the half of it. The campsite is at the gateway to the Roseland Peninsula, a lovely part of the south Cornish coast. Most people that come here explore by biking along the nearby Pentewan Valley Trail or hiring the campsite’s sea kayak and heading for the beautiful coast around Gorran Haven and Charlestown.
Back on site after a day’s exploring and it’s back to basics for most of us but listen up – what’s that? A faint tinkle of bells and a very quiet whistle? In 2020 Pleasant Streams Farm introduced three spacious, kitted-out bell tents. Sleeping four comfortably in proper beds with bedding, they each have an outdoor covered kitchen which has a camping stove, cool box and all the equipment you’ll need. Bell tents are in a quiet, tucked-away corner by a stream with a rope swing while campers with their own tents are spread freestyle between two meadows. Campers can choose between a flat spot in a sunny field or a lake-side pitch where you can watch dragonflies dance over the water. If this is doing very little, we like it rather a lot.
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Hosted by Lesley H.Joined in July 2016
65 Ratings · 106 reviews
September 2, 2023
Large tent pitch (4-5 man)
Great location, lovely site, enjoyed our stay and will be back next year for sure
August 28, 2023
Small tent pitch (1-2 man)
Brilliant Camping Site
Loved Pleasant Streams Farm Camping, second time here, such a beautiful site and the ducks were as entertaining as ever. I don't know of a better camp site. Wonderful. Thank you Lesley.
August 13, 2023
Extra large tent pitch (6 man)
Lovely quiet campsite in beautiful surroundings. We really enjoyed our stay and would definitely return.
August 12, 2023
Medium tent pitch (3 man)
We had a great week camping next to the Lillypad Bell tent (our friends were glamping) the campsite is so peaceful, the ducks were very sweet plus the pond and row boats was great fun for our 2 sons. I was a bit hesitant about using the compost toilets but they were very well maintained plus there are flushing toilets in the next field. The showers were hot and clean which is everything when you've been camping for a week. The owners were very helpful and let us charge our devices at their home for a small fee. I'd recommend visiting Charlestown and Megavissey Harbour plus football golf was fun. Will definitely stay again as so much to do in the area plus I loved how peaceful the campsite was.
August 22, 2022
Extra large tent pitch (6 man)
I loved the Pleasant stream farm camping,with nice nature, lakes and animals, and we touch to the country life,my kids was so excited!Strongly recommended
August 14, 2022
Medium tent pitch (3 man)
Loved camping by the lake and especially the ducks. Great to light a fire to cook.
Showers were big. It was a lovely spot and I'd love to come again.
From the host
Get back to nature at Pleasant Streams Farm Camping. We offer peaceful and rustic camping in lovely rural surroundings with basic facilities and low prices. We are open only during August.
At our small and friendly site you can experience ‘real camping’ with plenty of space, real campfires, pretty fields, shallow streams, small lakes with rowing boats and an abundance of wildlife. Our site is very relaxed; we don’t have set pitches so you can pitch your tent where you choose in our camping fields. We welcome families, groups and couples, anyone looking for a countryside retreat. Children especially love to explore our site, wading in the stream in wellies, rowing around the lake, looking for the farm animals or hunting for the hidden rope swings.
We have five luxury bell tents, Rose, The Lilly Pad, Billy Blue, Willow and Cherry Blossom. They are perfect for families looking for a glamping option.
We are tucked away in the countryside in mid Cornwall, a great base to explore the beautiful Cornish coast and attractions from. Our location is very quiet and peaceful, yet we are close to a village and town. The nearest beach is only a 10-minute drive and we’re at the gateway to the beautiful Roseland peninsular with more stunning beaches and pretty villages to explore.
There’s always animals to meet at our farm, on our site you can see wild geese, owls, hawks, buzzards, herons, jays, rabbits, foxes, badgers, field mice, trout in the stream. Or you can meet our friendly animals, our miniature goats Matilda, Bluebell and Rose, our pigs Rodney and Del Boy and our Chickens and Ducks. We sell the Duck and Chicken eggs for your breakfast as well as a selection of home grown plants.
Our ethos is simple and natural. Therefore we have no clubhouse or constant traffic noise and we are a real escape from everyday pressures.
We offer simple shower and toilet facilities and plenty of space to enjoy your holiday.
Unfortunately no pets are allowed. Campfires are permitted, in a limited amount of designated fire rings which are first come first served and sacks of logs are available for purchase.
Please note we do not have a designated washing up area but you are welcome to take water back to your tent, so we recommend you bring a washing up bowl.
Please note we do not have set pitches, so you book per tent size.
Please be honest with your tent size and any extras (including booking a pitch space for any gazebos and tarps) as difference will be charged for upon arrival.
Explore the coast by kayak (on hire from the campsite for £25 per day), or freewheel along the Pentewan Valley Trail with Pentewan Valley Cycle Hire (01726 844242). The Lost Gardens of Heligan (01726 845100) is four miles away and The Eden Project (01726 811911) is about eight miles. The fishing village of Mevagissey and historic port of Charlestown are a short drive, both well worth a visit, with shops, cafes and restaurants to explore.
Food and drink
You can buy fresh eggs on site (if the ladies are laying) but if you don’t fancy cooking yourself, it’s a five-minute walk to Griggs Farm Restaurant which is especially good for breakfasts. It’s a 10-minute stroll to the Hewas Inn (01726 73497), which serves a traditional pub menu and a selection of good ales from St Austell Ales. The Polgooth Inn (01726 74089) – a five-minute drive away – offers a more contemporary choice, and an impressive range of cask ales. There’s a small shop in the village for supplies but for a bigger range of shops, as well as the St Austell Brewery, head for the town of the same name, five miles away.