Down a maze of car-width lanes, punctuated by the occasional pretty white cottage, we found something approaching floral campsite perfection. It’s worth noting, though, that Sat Nav guidance to the site is best ignored – ours took us down some narrow lanes. Follow the guidance on their website, though, and you’ll have no problems. Trevella is, in fact, very easy to find - it’s off the A3075, follow the signs for Crantock, off the A392 (the site is signed from Crantock).
Trevella, at the height of summer, is a floral showpiece. Hydrangeas, hanging baskets, bushes and shrubs are all groomed to perfection and create a splendid array. Pitches are terraced and level, on a gently sloping field that reaches down to this campsite’s star attraction: a complex of fishing lakes. The floral fantasy doesn’t stop at the shores of the lakes – there are lilies in the water and an island between the lakes where wildflowers are encouraged and nature-trail pathways are mown through the foliage.
The whole campsite occupies 26 acres. Separate fields create an appealing small-site feel. All the family is catered for here – fishing, adventure playground, crazy golf, pets corner that’s home to rabbits, games room, television room – but in a quiet manner. The showers, laundry and washing-up arrangements are in three separate buildings and match the high quality of the first impressions of this site. Also, if you arrive too late in an evening to check in at the office, you can park in the late arrival area.
Views from Trevella are a delight – over a patchwork of fields towards St Austell. The campsite was established almost 50 years ago. It has acquired five stars and a gold David Bellamy award for the last eight years.
Trevella may have a wonderful remote appeal but you don’t have to drive every time you leave the campsite. Surfing is available a 20-minute walk away at Crantock Beach, you can take a walk to the River Gannel – that’s another 20 minutes away. Of particular appeal to motorhomers who want to leave their unit on site – there’s a bus service from outside the gate of the site and Newquay is little over two miles away.
Convenience exists, too, in the form of the campsite’s shop. Freshly baked croissants and baguettes give it a continental flavour alongside Cornish produce, pasties and camping gear. And there’s wine and beer on chill, too, perfect for picnics by the lake…
For us, the biggest appeal of Trevella is that enticing, picturesque lake. You don’t have to immerse yourself in the focus of fishing to find this a delightful place. Sit on the banks by the lake and sunbathe. The only sound is a stream running from the lake to the River Gannel.
Crantock, Newquay, Cornwall, South West