We camped here for 3 nights and were very impressed by what we encountered and also the service we received.
Its easy to find when you come in to Polzeath as you drive through town and up the hill at the end, its the clearly signposted although the hill is rather steep but does flatten out once you turn into the site itself. Entrance by car is through a locked and secure gate at the top of the site and by foot is at the bottom through a single garden gate that links the site to the coastal path. This bottom gate is the main access point to the beach (down a slight but well worn cliff) and also the town.
The site is vast and spread over 3 fields that cater for all kinds of camping units, being able to accommodate tents, caravans and camper vans with surprising ease. They try and keep the various different types separate but due to the chaotic nature of camping sites sometimes this is not always possible. However the upside to this is that if you are camping you will never be far away from a mains power supply, perfect for charging phones, iPads or other electrical appliances! The fields themselves are on a hill so there is a slight camber and its especially noticeable on the sides where there is an additional slope but for the most part the site is flat, well maintained and drains well, key if you are camping! As well as camping the site also offers bungalows for hire as well, of which there are 3. These are located on the site itself and are within the complex.
Pitch space is not really at a premium, although this may depend on the type of pitch you book, we easily fitted our 4 man tent on the site and were surprised to see that we had one of the smaller tents, compared to the huge marquee style ones that were being erected next to us. If you are in doubt about the size of your tent in relation to the pitch just phone them up and they will be happy to advise you.
There are 2 bathroom blocks on site which are clean and provide everything you could want, toilets, machine washers, tumble dryers, showers, sinks and hairdryers. There are places to do your washing up and also outside areas for cleaning off wetsuits and other beach related paraphernalia. the only thing that was lacking was hand dryers in the bathrooms. There is a basic shop in the reception area that sells basic camping goods and a small selection of food, but the local SPAR is only a 5 minute walk and is much better stocked. The site also boasts its own cafe, although i cannot review this as we did not eat there, but by all accounts its seemed to offer standard beach cafe food and was well attended.
The staff were polite and helpful, even allowing us to check in and erect our tent early and showing us personally to our pitch explaining the best way to set up and also where we should park our car so that it did not hinder access for others. They were also very helpful in letting us know about the local attractions and also walks that ran along the coast, especially the delightful walk to Rock and Padstow that follows the trail by the campsite itself.
Highlights and Plus Points:
Easy access to beach, town and coastal path
Secure and safe
Well maintained and clean
Polite and cheerful staff
No hand dryers
Slope can cause problems with stability of chairs tables...etc (but this is unavoidable and not really a criticism)
Overall this is the probably the best place to camp if you are staying in Polzeath.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beachside Family touring site in Polzeath, North Cornwall. Open Easter to October Daily ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Tristram Campsite Polzeath, Cornwall