Review for Old MacDonalds Farm, Porthcothan Bay, Cornwall

Country:                      England

Co-ordinates:            50°30’02.9″N 5°01’04.6″W

Address:                        Porthcothan Bay, Padstow, Cornwall, PL28 8LT
What 3 Words:           legs.happening.spans                               

Good for visiting:     North Cornwall!! In particular – Bedruthen Steps, Padstow, Newquay, numerous beautiful bays!

Phone:                            01841 540829



Date Visited:                 26th June – 1st July 2021

Questions:-  (This review is from the point of view of motorhomers driving a Bessacarr 769 tag axle – 8.56m)

What are the pitches like?                

Massive grass pitches.  Very well draining ground (it rained for the 1st 36 hours we were here, after a few weeks of rain – the ground remained firm).

Is there water on each pitch?            

No,  but water well spaced out opposite the pitches and easily accessible.   Also nice surround being large pebbles where the water splased drains away without leaving a mess

What is the electric like?           

Excellent, 16amp.  Absolutely no problems


Yes – in front of the facilities block; both a ‘drive over’ (at the moment easier if you have your own pipe, but plans are in place to sort this out), and also a large drain beside the CWD.  THE CWD possibly the cleanest area ever!

What’s the site access like?        

Excellent access from the road, the approach is along narrow Cornwall roads, but not the worst we’ve seen – Calv was perfectly happy.  (see video for final approach road).

What are the Sanitary facilities like?    

Very good.  Main block with 2 showers and 2 toilets in each of the ladies and gents, plus 2 unisex cubicles.  Only criticism would be the urinal is close to the door for the gents

Toilets:                             There are also 7 individual bathrooms (mainly for families and disabled, but during quiet periods usable by all

Toilet paper provided? Yes; plentiful                                                                                         Showers:                         Several large cubicles

What other facilities are there?    

Bins and CWD 

Dishwashing area – communal freezers for tenters

Outdoor shower – dog wash area


Little shop


Brilliant playground (with proper trampolines)

Petting zoo

Dog waste bin AND bags provided

Is there any internet; if so how much and how good?    

Yes, free internet.  A good signal – you need to ‘log-in’ again after 2 hours

Very friendly and professional.  Painless booking in process

How much is it?     

We paid £24.00 per night including electric (it’s £29 per night in peak season) 

What’s the area like?            

It’s North Cornwall!! You can’t go wrong, but be ready for the narrow roads – you’ll always get past other vehicles; we came across a tractor with a large plough on the back on our way in (on the narrowest part of the approach) – all was good!  And remember – ‘there’s always a tractor round the corner!’

So much to do, so many beaches and so many walks.  You’re within about 8 miles of Padstow, from where you can get on the Camel Trail or take a ferry over to Rock.

There is also a bus that stops right in front of the site, as does the Open Top bus 🙂

Absolutely nothing

We hated:-


Moving On:

We  are heading to Peter Tavy near Tavistock, via a wild swimming spot on Bodmin Moor near Jamaica Inn

Related Posts/Pages:

A new Discovery in North Cornwall – Porthcothan Bay


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