My daughter was the one who suggested we holidayed with them in Cornwall and Tony and I thought it would be great to spend some time away with the grandchildren even though they are now 19 and 16. We normally spend time with their mother when our visits for birthday celebrations etc take us down to Berkshire and then catch up with our other daughter and son and their families. Our grandchildren are used to camping both in the UK and in Spain and enjoy new places. So they had booked in at the Porthtowan camp site and after a search online we found the Mount Pleasant Ecological Park which just happened to be almost across the road from their site, and so it was booked. We would be sleeping on a mattress in a bell tent.
We knew that the site had wash basins and showers that are heated by solar power and the toilets are composting!
The tent had a deep and comfortable mattress which as both of us are over 70 was great but as it was on the floor meant I ended up feeling like a tortoise and doubled up with laughter when trying to get out of bed. The floor was covered in a rug and there was a wooden storage box which doubled as a table and had a very useful lamp and a very pretty vase of wild flowers with a wonderful smell of honeysuckle. They also supplied a duvet, pillows, towels and a blanket as it was the end of August and the nights were getting colder. We had a wonderful sea view from our tent and there is a trail from the site that takes the more able down the valley past the remains of old tin mines.
The site has a fire pit and areas where they put on live music events and they have a café which unfortunately was only open on the Friday when we were there, and I would have loved trying the food but we were out touring with the family.
We visited our daughter’s site daily and were very impressed by the cleanliness and friendliness of a site that had only been taken over by new owners earlier this year. Both these sites take dogs but the Porthtowan site my daughter was on had an enclosed dog walk with dim lighting for late night visits.
We visited Lands End which had changed from my last visit some 60 odd years ago and Port Isaac (a must for Doc Martin lovers) along with various beaches and towns which all have that Cornish magic and the unexpected views of the sea glinting in the sunshine. We did have some rain but it didn’t spoil our holiday.