This summer we 'winged it' round Cornwall. We didn't have any campsites booked, and we were fully prepared to sleep in a lay-by if needs be! However, luck was on our side..
We left an absolutely beautiful campsite overlooking Porthcurno beach, with no idea if we would head North or South, we knew we wanted to be near a big beach though, so once we were driving and I had enough signal, I turned to google maps, popped it onto satellite mode and found an area I liked the look of, I could see there was a campsite near the beach, so North it was.
I didn't google the campsite, we aren't that fussy! So when we turned up to Gwithian Farm we were pleasantly surprised, it was a lot busier than we (Guy and I) usually like, but the kids were super excited to see all the other kids out playing together! They had Goats, Chickens, big planters full of flowers, you know the kind...it just looked like a lovely friendly site.
Guy went into Reception to ask if they had space for us, unbelievably the summer holidays had been fully booked since the beginning of the year, but that morning they had a cancellation, we'll take that thank you very much!
The pitches are absolutely huge 10X10m, and most of them are bordered by hedges, so nice and private. There are hardstanding and grass pitches, both with hookup and some without. The wash facilities are really nice and there's a family room with a bath!! It has a decent onsite shop, and a washing machine! Just opposite the entrance to the campsite is a lovely pub, and a tapas restaurant, who do awesome cocktails!!! Most nights there was a different food truck on site, we saw pizza, fish & chips and paella (we had that, it was delicious) and every morning there's a converted horse box open from 8am-12pm which serves 'posh' coffee & pastries.
The walk to the beach is only 10/15 mins max, with two routes, one being completely off road, our 4 year old managed it both ways with no problems. It's an exciting walk for the kids as its mainly through sand dunes, which one of my lovely instagram followers told me has lots of glow worms at night!
If you do book and are able to select your pitch, I'd probably advise you avoid the 'recreation area' its lovely, just a large area of grass, but its where all the kids gathered to play football and fly their styrofoam aeroplanes (the shop makes a roaring trade on these) and I'd personally get a bit twitchy about them hitting our van, and we prefer a little more peace. Although the site is awash with kids, it was always quiet by 9.30 pm.
I would definitely recommend this campsite as a base for exploring Cornwall, you could easily stay here and day trip to so many beautiful locations, either by walking the coast path, driving, taking the open top tourist bus (bus stops right outside the campsite) or by using the train.
Would we return? Definitely