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Mena Caravan & Camping Park – Bodmin, Cornwall

Mena Caravan & Camping Park is a lovely, very friendly, spacious and secluded camp site situated on a hill just to the South West of Bodmin, Cornwall.

I was quite lazy when choosing this camp site – I basically did a Google search of camp sites near Bodmin and picked one of the top results – and I was not disappointed!

Best points: friendly, spacious, great for dogs & local meat
Bad points: none (honest, I really can’t think of any!)

Booking

To book, I completed their online booking form. Within a matter of hours I had an email back confirming they had space. Amazingly the email even suggested booking a single larger pitch, rather than two smaller pitches to save money – the sceptic in me thought this was so they could squeeze as many people on as possible, but on arrival there were plenty of spaces, so they were being genuinely helpful!

Both times I rang Mena – firstly to confirm the booking and pay the deposit, and secondly to double check the pitch size (after buying a new tent) – the person on the other end of the phone was very friendly and helpful.

This friendliness continued throughout our stay – the staff/owners were welcoming and always happy to chat whenever we popped into the shop.

In total the cost was £40 for two people, two tents and a dog (in high season).

The Site

The site is situated about 5 minutes from the A30, down a few narrow (but very quiet) lanes. However the position of the site means that you can’t hear any noise from the A30.

The site has 15 acres of open space, with 25 pitches (some with electric hook up). The site is broadly made up of three areas – you have a landscaped and well maintained main camping / caravan area, which is predominately flat, on top of a hill with some nice views (including over to Helman Torr, a Neolithic hill fort site). There is then a larger field slopping down hill – paths have been mowed around and through the field for dog walkers, and it makes for an excellent early morning / late evening stroll. At the bottom of the hill is a fishing pond and wooded area – dogs are allowed to swim in the pond provided no one is fishing (fishing ticket costs £3 per day per rod).

The pitches are a decent size and well spaced – there is a small play area in the middle of the site (with goal posts, basketball hoop etc.), with most of pitches around the edge.

Facilities

There are two toilet and shower blocks – both of which were clean and tidy throughout most of our stay. There was a bit of a queue for showers in the morning, but nothing too irksome, and they were hot, fairly powerful and free! One of the blocks also has laundry facilities (coin operated) and a freezer that is free to use for freezing ice blocks.

There is a small shop on site selling all the essentials – best of all the shop also sold local burgers, bacon and sausages. The sausages were extremely flavoursome and the bacon was the thickest I think I have ever seen. They also sell eggs from rescued battery hens – all the proceeds from the eggs goes on feed and on rescuing more!

Although we didn’t investigate, the site also has a large games barn with pool table and table tennis.

One other thing of note (for us geeks anyway) is that the site, being on a hill, receives excellent T-mobile 3.5g Mobile Broadband signal.

Local Area

The site is nice and close to Bodmin and Bodmin Moor – see my previous posts on walking Bodmin Moor: Minions, Stowe’s Hill (& the Cheesewring) and Kilmar Tor and King Arthur’s Hall, Brown Willy & Rough Tor from Churchtown

As the site is right next to the A30, in the centre of Cornwall, you have easy access to most main tourist destinations – the Eden Project is only 4 miles away, the National Trust’s Lanhydrock House & Gardens are 3 miles away, and the nearest Beach is 8 miles away.

Conclusion

Mena Caravan & Camping Park is a gem of a campsite and is highly recommended for anyone wanting to visit Cornwall.

Comments

Pam and Manuchehr Sanadjian
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This is a site located on an exposed hill side. Although noticeably bright with an attractive drive way the poor level of maintenance of the site will strike the camper only after a few days of stay. We have never experienced a camp site in which the manager/owners did not take the trouble of cutting the grass despite several fine days. The manager/owners seem to be too self-absorbed to address the priority of camping. We visited the site in the first half of September 2012 when the number of visitors was expectedly low. It appears those who visit the site at a more busy time will be left to get on with a business ethos that, in our experience, lacks care for the camper.

daylightgambler
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Sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy your experience at Mena – your experience was totally different to my two stays there, although both were back in 2009, where I found the owners friendly and helpful, and the site well cared for. I wonder if they have had a chance in ownership since.

Ralph Abbott
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Sorry to hear that you felt the site was poorly maintained, after 4 weeks of heavy rain it always is difficult to cur the grass and collect during such weather, even if you think it is ok to cut. A 20 tonne pile of cut grass on our back filed is testament to our normally high standard of pitch maintenance.
Apologies
PS cannot find you name on our computer did you really stay at Mena?

irene
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After reading the previous reviews, I have to wonder which site the first commentor was actually staying at, or planet the are from. We have been there four years running, and I can honestly say that the park has always been kept in immaculate order throughout. Clean tiday and the grass areas are always kept well mowed and cared for. Obviously, should there be rain for a sustained period of time, the mowing is obviously not as frequent as in sunny weather. (Who mows their lawn in the rain) As for the owners, we have always found them to be very helpful, friendly and hard working and I would recommend this site to anybody.

William Green
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Hi, I would just like to say my wife and I have just had 10 glorious days at Mena Campsite and were very impressed . The location was superb the site was well maintained the facilities were good and the family made us welcome and were very helpful. It is ideally situated for all the local attractions what more could you want. I will certainly recommend the site to our friends. Thanks Kirsty for a lovely site and a most enjoyable holiday.
Regards Bill & Jenny Green Soham, Cambridgeshire.

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