This was the second campsite that we visited on our ten night tour of Cornwall. We picked it mainly because of its location, which is within walking distance of Marazion. The name of the site is unusual and fortunately nothing to do with Only Fools and Horses! The name is apparently taken from a former tin mine in the area. The thing that really sold it to us, however, was the picture of a Bongo on the website.
The site was easy enough to find following directions provided in the booking confirmation. First impressions on driving in to the site were perhaps a little clouded by our previous experience of the fabulous views from Bay View campsite near Looe, as this is not a site with an amazing view and it does have some rather ugly
holiday bungalows in amongst the camping pitches. On arriving at reception though we were given a warm welcome by the staff who provided us with some local information as well the information that we needed about the site. They were also kind enough to print out our National Trust membership confirmation email that we had not received before we set off from home.
Our pitch turned out to be large and at the front of the site adjacent to the road. Initially, we thought that this might be a problem, but it was not a busy road and so there was not really an issue of noise or privacy. The main source of noise was from the birds which, for some reason were rather vocal in the early evening, but this had settled down before bedtime. There were also various other farm animals across the road. It is worth noting that if you require an electric hook up, you will be allocated a pitch either in the area next to the road or the area by the amenities block, rather than in the more informal tent field at the back of the site.
On our first evening at the site, we followed the path from the back of the site and over the fields to the coast and into Marazion. It was a warm, clear evening and perfect for snapping some photos of St Michaels Mount. Walking back through the town we found to be quicker and there is a pub called the Fire Engine on the route (maybe 10 minutes walk from the site) which has views of the Mount from the back windows and a beer garden. We didn’t try the food here but it did smell so good that we were almost tempted to order a bowl of chips. The following day, we walked this route again and visited St Michael’s Mount and spent some time on the beach. Marazion itself, as well as a few pubs, has some small shops, including one selling groceries and a post office with a cash point. For a larger supermarket, there is a Morrisons on the outskirts of Penzance which is about four miles away. From Wheal Rodney, we also took the van out and visited Lizard Point and the Lands End area which were not far away.
The camp site facilities are pretty good for a relatively small site. I found the toilets and showers to be clean and there was always plenty of hot water and never a queue while we were there. There are hairdryers, plug sockets, washing machines, dryers and an iron, all operated on a coin meter as well as indoor washing up facilities and a microwave which is free for guests to use. The site also has a free indoor swimming pool although we didn’t have chance to use this as it was only open during the day when we were out exploring. Another nice touch is the blackboard outside reception that is updated daily with useful information about the tides, the weather and local events and there is lots of information about things to do in the local area and a book exchange in the corridor by the toilets. The only small complaints about the facilities would be the size of the shower cubicles, as they were quite small and it was difficult to keep your shoes dry whilst showering, and the short supply of hot water for washing up.
Overall, we were pleased with our choice of site. The friendly staff and the location are the best points and I would recommend it to others looking for somewhere to stay in this area.