Heligan Caravan & Camping Park
Visit spring, summer, autumn or winter and you’ll enjoy a holiday that’s light on crowds but abundant in nature.
Cossetted by natural beauty, this 5 star, dog friendly campsite is naturally sheltered by beautiful woodland fringing the famous Lost Gardens of Heligan. Simply step through an adjoining gate and you’ll be in the gardens (charges apply) where you can lose yourself for hours.
Whether you choose to pitch a tent, bring your caravan or stay in one of their well-equipped holiday homes there really is no better place to rest and recharge your batteries with family and friends. For the odd pint of milk and loaf of bread, there is a small well-stocked shop. When the towels get soggy and the jeans too muddy, you can make use of the on-site launderette and outside drying area. As well as looking for birds, bees and bugs around the park, your little ones can also let off steam and make new friends in the children’s play area.
Your holiday starts from the moment you arrive, by unlocking the door to one of their modern and spacious holiday homes. Combining the comforts of home with the great outdoors, you'll experience a taste of camping at its most luxurious. Nestled below ancient trees and flowering foliage, all of their holiday homes are sited on generous plots, offering a balcony or veranda and, at no extra cost, you can pick your preferred spot. There’s a choice of two or three bedroomed homes, each offering all the comforts of home.
Stay in luxury in one of their holiday homes and your furry friend can stay too! Choose from five different holiday homes that are available for guests wishing to bring their canine companions. Located in the picturesque countryside and just a short drive from a number of dog0friendly beached, Heligan Caravan & Camping Park is perfect for all the family. With a number of coastal and inland walking paths, you'll be sure to enjoy hours of fun!
The park is also pleased to offer a wheelchair friendly holiday home. With wide-access, low threshold doors, full wet room, portable helper frame and wide single beds, this home is designed specifically to provide wheelchair users and their families with a safe, easy access, relaxing holiday.
If you’re bringing your own touring caravan, motorhome or tent, you’ll be more than happy to set up home in Heligan Caravan & Camping Park. Most of the touring pitches have an electrical hook up, with all the pitches offering you ample space sitting amongst well laid out lawns and mature shrubs. They also offer a number of hard-standing gravel pitches for Caravans and Motorhomes.
New for 2020, the heated amenity block offers you individual showers, toilets and an excellent disabled wet room, as well as a dog shower and drying room, while there are water points conveniently located around the park. There’s no charge for hot and cold water.
Ideally located on the South Coast of Cornwall, there are plenty of beaches and visitor attractions to make the most of your stay. Right next door are the world famous Lost Gardens of Heligan and access to a number of cycle paths which means you can leave the car behind.
Or if you prefer to walk, there are amazing coastal walks to seaside towns and inland villages. A few minutes’ drive from the park is the picturesque Cornish harbour and fishing port of Mevagissey where you can wander through the narrow alleyways browsing gift shops and art galleries.
Celebrating 16 years!!
One of Cornwall’s best-loved holiday parks is already making preparations for next year when it will celebrate a major milestone anniversary after successfully establishing itself as a staple destination for holidaymakers visiting the south coast.
Family-owned Pentewan Sands first opened its doors almost three quarters of a century ago, with the five-star holiday park, based in an unbeatable location on its own, private beach overlooking Mevagissey Bay, due to mark its 75th anniversary in 2020.
The park’s sister site, the equally popular Heligan Caravan and Camping Park sited just a few miles away alongside the famous gardens in Heligan, is celebrating its own milestone anniversary this year, with the park reaching its 16th year of operation in 2019, after first opening in 2003.
Both venues are still owned by the same family which originally opened Pentewan Sands and have become well-established holiday parks in the UK over the years, beloved of guests who often return every year, with some regular visitors to Pentewan Sands having holidayed consecutively at the park for more than 30 years.
John Tremayne Willis, Owner and Director of both Pentewan Sands Holiday Park and Heligan Caravan and Camping Park, said: “Both sites have been part of our family for almost three-quarters of a century, and, for us, that’s the draw. We are an independent, family-owned business, and our parks have a huge focus on being family-friendly, where everyone is welcome. I think that’s why people return time and time again, year after year, wanting to spend a summer with us in our own slice of paradise.
“Pentewan and Heligan are both in stunning locations, completely individual, offering something that little bit different for guests visiting Cornwall.”
Located between St Austell and Mevagissey, Pentewan was once home to a thriving harbour. The harbour fell into decline during the 1940s however, and a decision was made to transform the beautiful Pentewan Sands into a holiday destination.
The park was the brainchild of Air Marshal Sir John Tremayne, his World War One air force observer Sir Victor Sasson and submariner Cecil Malleson VC. Incorporated on 5 April 1945, the trio set out to welcome holidaymakers to their paradise by the sea and the holiday park opened later that year.
Heligan is slightly quieter than Pentewan but benefits enormously from its position situated right next door to the famous Lost Gardens of Heligan. The park has actually been owned by the Tremayne family for more than 400 years, as the land on which it now resides was part of the original Heligan estate.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan were consigned to history, having been lost for decades, until it was rediscovered thanks to a chance discovery in 1990. A long restoration enabled these 200 acres of magnificent gardens, ancient woodlands and rare wildlife to become firmly acknowledged as one of the finest garden sites in Cornwall today.
The land on which the holiday park now sits originally formed the driveway to the Heligan estate and the area was put aside for accommodation use during the restoration.
Following a stint as an owner-occupied caravan site, the decision was made in 2003 to set up a quality camping and caravan park for those couples and families looking for an especially quiet, relaxing break in beautiful surroundings.
The site began with a handful of pitches and initially opened for the short summer season. Experiencing rapid growth, it’s now open for 11 months of the year and boasts 90 touring and camping pitches and 18 beautiful, modern holiday homes.
On site, there is a well-stocked shop and a children’s play area. Plans for a brand new amenity block complete with a dog shower, laundrette and drying room for campers, are also underway. The new block is due to open in late spring 2020.
Heligan’s appeal is its simplicity and peace however, with no clubhouse or on-site entertainment facilities – holidaymakers can use The Seahorse facilities at Pentewan if required – making the park an appealing destination for campers looking to get back to nature and escape noisy entertainments. It’s also dog-friendly, and welcomes a large number of holidaymakers keen to caravan or camp with the pet pooch in tow. The flagship holiday home, Caerhays, is now completely dog friendly.
The park has grown year on year, and, in 2019, retained its five-star rating from Quality in Tourism. It also scored 94% from Visit England, The AA, Quality Assessment Scheme.
As at Pentewan, the site is still owned and run by the Tremayne/Willis family, descendants of the original owners of the Heligan estate, and a team of hardworking, dedicated employees are employed on site.
Embracing the park’s rich heritage, a skilled in-house gardener maintains the beautiful natural environment of Heligan for present and future generations.
Sandra and Andy Frith are Head Wardens at Heligan Caravan and Camping Park. Sandra said: “All of the team at Heligan love working here because it’s such a beautiful place to come to work; we enjoy coming in every single day.
“We are a friendly team here, and we like to make sure we do all we can to make our guests’ visits as enjoyable as possible.
“Heligan also offers real peace and tranquillity in a truly stunning location – we think that is why the park continues to grow and flourish.”