Mena Farm

UK England South West England Cornwall Bodmin

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Children’s playground
  • Laundry
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Good walks nearby
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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Facilities

2 shower blocks, plus a separate disabled/family shower room. Laundry and washing up facilities. Fully-licensed shop. Free WiFi around reception and 4G reception across the site. Games barn with TV lounge, pool table, air hockey, table football, ping pong, books and games. Play area with swings, slide and fort. Bike hire, nature trails and guided tours of the farm – kids can help feed the animals and collecting eggs – plus 12 acres of additional farm land to explore, with chickens, pigs, streams, woodland and the lake (informal fishing £5 per day all year; license required). Accommodation also available in the Old Farmhouse (sleeps 6) and the Garden Room (chalet; sleeps 2).

Suitable For

Tents, campervans, caravans, dogs, groups – yes. Single-sex groups and larger parties – by prior arrangement only.

Nearby

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. 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). Par beach is the closest in the south, while Wadebridge, at the start of the Camel Estuary, offers a gateway to the north coast.

Food & Drink

Walk or drive the 1½ miles into the village of Lanivet, home to an 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 free daily fish and chip delivery to the site, plus weekly visits by local food 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 and Lidl supermarkets, as well as petrol stations, further eateries and a hospital. It also has one of the best tourist information centres in the county.

Opening Times

All year.

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The Owner Says

Mena Farm is a magical place for those that appreciate nature and wildlife. Bring your doggies, go wild camping, look out for badgers, hedgehogs, rabbits, deer, woodpeckers, kingfishers and buzzards, visit the pigs, help collect eggs from the chickens, build a den, enjoy the sunsets, go fishing for tiddlers with the kids... There is no clubhouse here, just a barn with games, books and TV for those rainy days, and there are no bright lights - perfect for star-gazing, but you'll definitely need to bring a torch with you!

Accommodation

45 pitches in total (electric hook-ups on half), with a limited number hard-standings available. 3 bell tents (sleeping 4) available for hire. You can also go wild-camping on the lower fields (no marked pitches, electric or lighting).

Poppy the Bell Tent

Bell tent Sleeps 4
A beautifully furnished bell tent, fully equipped with everything you need to enjoy your holiday. Set in 15 acres of rolling Cornish countryside and with fabulous panoramic views of the surrounding hills. Visit our onsite farm shop for a tasty breakfast or stock up on more snacks! We also have a shower and toilet block. Hot water is free and, for those requiring disabled or infant facilities, there’s also a secure wet room with baby changing facilities available too.

Bluebell the Bell Tent

Bell tent Sleeps 4
A beautifully furnished bell tent, fully equipped with everything you need to enjoy your holiday. Set in 15 acres of rolling Cornish countryside and with fabulous panoramic views of the surrounding hills. Visit our onsite farm shop for a tasty breakfast or stock up on more snacks! We also have a shower and toilet block. Hot water is free and, for those requiring disabled or infant facilities, there’s also a secure wet room with baby changing facilities available too.

Daisy the Bell Tent

Bell tent Sleeps 4
A beautifully furnished bell tent, fully equipped with everything you need to enjoy your holiday. Set in 15 acres of rolling Cornish countryside and with fabulous panoramic views of the surrounding hills. Visit our onsite farm shop for a tasty breakfast or stock up on more snacks! We also have a shower and toilet block. Hot water is free and, for those requiring disabled or infant facilities, there’s also a secure wet room with baby changing facilities available too.

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Getting There

Leave the A30 at the Innis Downs junction and take the turning signposted for Lanivet. Before you reach the village, you'll see the brown tourist signs for Mena Farm, simply follow these and they'll bring you directly to the site.

Newquay Airport is 20 miles away and Bodmin Parkway (connected to Paddington) is 6 miles away. Car hire is available at both. Buses to St Austell and Bodmin run through the local village of Lanivet (1½ miles from the campsite).

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