We spent two weeks in a tent at this very quiet site. The site owners (who also run a bed and breakfast establishment at Bosavern House) were very welcoming and we were provided with a pot of tea on our arrival. We arrived in bright sunshine to a site which was essentially a delightful garden with hens and roosters wandering around and we were given a pitch which was almost surrounded by flowers.
Unfortunately, the area is prone to sea mists so we only had a couple of mornings when we actually saw the early morning sun. However, the site itself was excellent with only twelve pitches, some of which were set aside for small touring tents.
It is possible to book breakfast at Bosavern House but it is not always possible to pick the time it is served as the B and B clients take priority. They also do a wicked takeaway of chicken and chips but, again, this has to be ordered in advance.
The shower block was scrupulously clean but quite small – just one shower each for men and ladies. There were two loos in the ladies and one in the gents plus two urinals. There was plenty of free hot water and the showers were fully adjustable. We were concerned that there would be queues when the site filled up but for some reason, there were never any queues. Soap was provided for handwashing and both ladies and gents had electric hand dryers.
In the central area of the shower block there was a washing up area with oodles of free hot water plus a washing machine and tumble drier which were metered. £1 would more than pay for a full load to be washed and fully dried. Usually there was enough credit left in the meter to cover the cost of ironing an entire wash. A rotary washing line was also available for campers. The site itself was also scrupulously clean with bins emptied daily and recycling collection points for plastic and glass bottles.
The site is just four miles from beautiful Sennen Cove and about eight miles from Penzance, where two superstores are located. We were told that St Just was a twelve minute walk away but we didn’t test that theory as it was all uphill. The four minute drive was preferable when we wanted a takeaway or to do some late night shopping!
Most of the campers were adults in caravans or motorhomes. There were just a few tents but EHUs were available for all pitches. There is no children’s play area and there is not really room for children to play on or around the pitches. There is no clubroom but campers can use the bar in Bosavern House where there is a TV. One word of warning: if you like to watch TV in your own unit make sure you have a booster for your TV aerial as reception is not good.
On the down side, an aerodrome was situated just a mile from the site and the small planes could become a bit intrusive if you wanted a quiet afternoon sitting around outside the tent. Surprisingly, the roosters were not too much of a problem and their crowing didn't disturb us at all.
We will probably go back at some time in the future. We loved the site and would like to pick it up and take it to all the other places we want to visit.
On one of our trips out while staying at the Secret Garden, we visited Kynance Cove. The image below is actually three wide angled shots which have been stitched together. The photographs were taken by Jeff.
The Secret Garden, Bosavern, Cornwall