We arrive at Tehidy Holiday Park in the wee hours, after a long drive from London. I’ve been promised that one of Tehidy’s new ‘wigwams’ will greet us at the other end of our epic journey. However, our abode for the night isn’t quite what I’m expecting. There are no wooden poles, covered in animal skin and mud, instead there’s a very smart-looking shed-type thing. I must admit, I’m relieved this experience will include a bed.
Inside our Wigwam there are comfy, cushioned, benches that convert into beds, and power points so I can charge my phone and Instagram every second of my idyllic country retreat.
On a more practical level, there is also a fridge, microwave, kettle and TV inside; definitely my kind of ‘camping’. Each wigwam also has its own garden of sorts – a grassy space, surrounded by a picket fence, with a barbecue and picnic bench.
In addition to the newly-built wigwams, Tehidy Holiday Park offers traditional tent sites for camping and touring holidays, plus self-catering holiday cottages and caravan homes. For the kids, there’s a games room and outdoor play area, including a trampoline, basketball hoop and ping pong table. Getting the site to its current standard has been a real labour of love for friendly owner, Richard, who gave up his desk job to open Tehidy Holiday Park eight years ago, and the results are impressive.
After a nice long sleep, we venture outdoors and take in the lush scenery around us. A quick nip to the spotless shower block and some microwaved porridge later, we hit the road again and explore the area. Tehidy is only a 30-minute drive from the famous Cornish seaside town of St Ives, but there are plenty of equally stunning beaches along the dramatic nearby coastline.
Portreath is a pretty little cove to explore, but we settle on Godrevy for a surfing lesson with local company Shore Surf. Other activities available in the vicinity include walking and cycling along nature routes, and wildlife spotting. Atop the hill at Godrevy beach is a seal colony, with cubs currently in residence (200 or so, according to locals). Ironically, we can’t see a seal cub in sight, although we do very happily witness an entire pod of dolphins leaping out of the ocean.
Eating and Drinking
As you would expect from a holiday park, eating and drinking is very much done on a BYO basis. However, Tehidy Holiday Park has a handy shop, selling everything from local cider and farm produce to cereal and milk. The Godrevy Beach Café is also worth a visit; it sells a slap up breakfast and homemade cakes. Of an evening, Porthtowan’s Blue Bar is the place to go. The kitchen serves hearty plates of nachos, locally-farmed beef mains, and continental meat platters.
Price: £40 per night for a wigwam, based on two people sharing.
Address: Tehidy Holiday Park,Harris Mill, Illogan, Redruth, Cornwall, TR16 4JQ; 01209 216489; book a wigwam via www.wigwamholidays.com
Radio Times Travel rating: 9/10
A well-equipped campsite in a beautiful location, there’s plenty to amuse everyone on this part of the Cornish coastline and Tehidy Holiday Park’s wigwams make for a comfortable, peaceful and affordable base from which to explore the surrounds.