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Pleasant Streams Farm Camping
100 reviews
· St Austell, England
9 acres
59 sites
5 Lodging
54 Tent
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
55 ratings · 100 reviews
Hlbuttrick ?.recommends
August 6, 2022
Extra large tent pitch (6 man)
Had an amazing camp! Pitches were large with loads of space and a fire pit (logs easy to buy). There was a tyre swing across a tiny steam next to our tent, so the small folk were happily occupied most of the time. Instructions were clear and it was an easy walk to Sticker to top up supplies at the local shop. Loads to do in the area too - beaches, Eden project, Lost Gardens of Heligan. An incredible site in a fantastic location. We will definitely be back! Thank you so much.
Lisa H.recommends
September 9, 2021
Medium tent pitch (3 man)
We found this place on the internet a bit by accident but we are so glad we did. This camp site is a peaceful little haven. Our children loved the animals espcially the ducklings and enjoyed roaming free around the site. The facilities are basic but were clean and the showers were hot so thats a bonus when camping! We loved it amd would highly reccomend, we are hoping to come back and stay in a bell tent one day soon!
Norma ?.
September 1, 2021
It's a gorgeous site in a beautiful setting with the lakes full of wildlife. Sadly with many campers on site there is a need for better toilet facilities. The compost toilets weren't always pleasant to say the least. Just a little tlc would help.
Tony G.recommends
September 1, 2021
Medium tent pitch (3 man)
The location is stunning, little to no road noise, just country wildlife. The ducks and their babies marching around all the tents entertaining old and young alike. The resident heron guarding the lake and his many fish hunting spots whilst basking in the sun. The evening open fire beside our tent became a highlight for our family of four, without an internet signal we actually talked, laughed and reconnected on so many levels. Roasted marshmallows helped too ! Looking across the fields at the many firepits was magical and helped to keep the flying biters away. Not a single nip for any of us even though we were pitched facing the lake. The small rowing boats, (3), are a very clever idea and our kids loved them. Their first introduction to boating in a small safe environment. The facilities, whilst described as basic are functional. They are tired, in poor repair, too few for the size of campsite and are not appealing to use. Ironically, the biggest upset is the lack of a sink to wash dishes. This seems like an easy fix. There is no doubt Tony the owner, ( and family ?), work very hard maintaining the site and kudos for their efforts but I can’t help thinking an investment in practical toilet/shower facilities would benefit everyone and make their life so much easier and pay for itself in very short order. It would certainly secure our future visits.
Caroline T.recommends
August 31, 2021
Medium tent pitch (3 man)
Gorgeous campsite,a beautifull spot ,facilities are all you need, basic camping suited to the more earthy rugged camper, so many ducks,birds,wildlife, ponds ,our kids loved it here stayed five nights was perfect for us and our kids, totally enjoyed immensely. Thank you so much Tony we will be back!
Charlotte S.recommends
August 31, 2021
Extra large tent pitch (6 man)
Our little family spent a wonderful week getting back to basics, playing frisbee, climbing trees, roasting marshmallows, gazing at the stars, boating on the lake and enjoying the sunshine amongst ducklings, owls, butterflies and dragonflies. This place couldn’t get more blissful if you are looking for an authentic family camping experience. Hot showers and flushing toilets are basic but totally fine. What it lacks in facilities it more than makes up for in charm and it’s beautiful setting. This is a superb base from which to explore Cornwall with so many gems right on your doorstep too. We will be back!
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.
Nearby attractions
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.
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