Pitch Perfect: Coastal Valley Camp & Crafts
Make your escape to this idyllic - and Muddy award-winning - campsite near Newquay
Of all the 2017 Muddy Stilettos award winners, one business had a positively evangelical tribe of fans, who were behind them all the way. Very happy campers!
In fact, glowing reviews are still coming in from across the UK for Porth campsite, Coastal Valley Camp & Crafts, and as a camper (and closet crafter) myself, I was super excited to go and check it out.
Located just a few minutes drive from Porth and the touristy buzz of Watergate Bay, I couldn’t quite believe how peaceful the site was.
By the time we’d turned off the single track road and wound our way past the willow wave, swaying palms and blooming buddleja, the middle-of-nowhere feeling was complete. Could Newquay really be so close?
Midlanders Tanya and Andy rescued their idyllic valley campsite from the wilderness just three years ago, uncovering beautiful planting, a pretty stream and one completely hidden, old building as they went.
Simple but by no means spartan, the site is all about enjoying the outdoors, while providing every facility you need to be really comfortable, alongside lots of special touches. The toilets and shower blocks (always the test of a good establishment) were given a Platinum Award by the Loo of the Year assessors – very reassuring, when you’re facing a week under canvas.
Traditional campers (who have their own gear and eschew discos and bingo nights) will love Coastal Valley. Despite its popularity and proximity to Newquay, the campsite offers just 25 generously proportioned pitches at really affordable prices.
The camping area is beautifully kept and there’s a gorgeous tree-lined glade, created for groups of family or friends wanting their own private space.
Coastal Valley is also ideal for camping sceptics – they’ll be converts by the time they leave! Tanya and Andy offer a variety of stylish and fun glamping options that give you the outdoorsy experience with none of the faff and a tenth of the luggage requirements.
If you’re visiting as a couple or perhaps with one small child, you can choose from a sleek, retro airstream or cosy glamping pod. While larger groups are provided for with a massive and luxuriously decked-out safari tent or wooden, roundhouse-style BBQ hut. Seriously – who needs a hotel? Each has a toilet and a sink and the safari tent has a shower too.
Wherever you choose to lay your head, all guests benefit from a well supplied farm shop, stocked with lots of local produce and essentials, daily bakery deliveries, chimineas to hire for marshmallow toasting and a special but laidback programme of events.
Throughout the peak summer period and bank holidays, Tanya (a bit of an artist herself) hosts a series of art and craft workshops. Slate painting, wet felting and willow weaving are all planned for this summer, one lady even made her wedding ring on a silversmithing course while camping here. Local chefs and food trucks are also regular visitors in the summer, bringing everything from stone baked pizzas to fresh fish, so you can give the Campingaz and family cook a night off.
Another really thoughtful addition is a communal kitchen, with two fridges, a freezer and gas hobs, provided with low-fi campers – such as walkers and cyclists – in mind.
Nearby, you are spoilt for amazing Cornish beaches. Three are within walking distance via rural footpaths, which means you could park your car up all week if you wanted a complete switch off.
Porth Beach is a family favourite thanks to the expanse of sand and shallow and comparatively safe swimming conditions.
Famously foodie Watergate Bay is the place to go for a long walk and a good meal. Its home to Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall, the more relaxed Beach Hut below and Zacry’s American-style restaurant at Watergate Bay Hotel among others.
Hidden between the two is Whipsiderry Beach. This sheltered bay is usually quieter than its neighbours because the access is steep and there’s little to no sand at high tide. But time it right and you’ll have half a mile of sandy beach and lots of caves and rock pools to explore to your heart’s content. Though I’ll be the one lazing around reading my Kindle!
SPECIAL JULY OFFER!! Amazingly there’s still some availability for July 2017 in the Safari Tent and Airstream. If you fancy a last minute escape, Coastal Valley is offering Muddy readers 10% off their booking and a welcome bottle of Champagne. The perfect way to kick off a camping trip Muddy style! Use code MST10 on booking. 3 night minimum booking, changeovers Monday and Friday.
THE MUDDY VERDICT
Good for: Anyone looking to get away from it all in the truest sense. Great for camping enthusiasts and newbies alike.
Not for: If you like nightlife on your doorstep, this site’s probably not for you. A glass of wine under the stars to the sound of the stream is more the sort of evening you can look forward to. Also worth noting that there is no wifi here but lots of cafes a mile down the road where you can dial in should the need arise.
££: Basic pitches start from £15 per night, rising to £24 in peak season, while glamping options range from £390 per week for the sleep-2 pod out of season to £1055 for the luxe 6-man safari tent in peak season.
Coastal Valley Camp & Crafts. Lower Trewince, Trevelgue Road, Porth, Newquay, TR8 4 AW. 07922821211. Coastalvalley.co.uk