Camping Caradon Touring Park Looe, Cornwall, South West England, PL13 2NA (Location map)
Open all year
Camping Caradon Touring Park is a family run campsite in South Cornwall. It is open all year round* and is located half way between Looe and Polperro, just a mile-and-a-half from Talland Bay.
Camping Caradon is laid out across 3.5 acres of level ground, with easy access. There are 73 grass pitches for caravans, motorhomes and tents. There are 22 'Integra' hardstandings, made of interlocking recycled plastic squares that allow the grass to grow through. The pitch fee is the same for hardstandings or grass pitches. All the pitches are well drained and all pitches have the option of 16Amp electric hook-ups.
Rallies are welcome here, too. At quiet times of the year some rallies might want to book the club room (adjacent to the bar) for a party, AGM or other event. It's free of charge provided the rally guests use the bar. Talk to the campsite owners about this well in advance of the rally.
Free Wi-Fi is available in the campsite and you can also hire RCD electric hook-up leads, if you need one.
There's a drive-over motorhome service point for emptying grey water and filling the tank with fresh water. Altogether, the campsite has four fresh water points and grey water emptying points, mostly around the amenity block.
The chemical waste disposal point is under cover, at one end of the amenities block.
Inside the modern amenity block you'll find free hot showers, two family/disabled washrooms, a hair dryer in the ladies' toilets (20p), a shaving point in the male toilets. There is also a laundry room, with two washing machines, two tumble dryers and ironing facilities. There's also a recycling area.
The two excellent disabled/family washrooms are both suitable for wheelchairs or baby buggies, with level access. They have shower seats with arm rests, an electric shower with hand-held shower head, with both high and low water flow and spray. Both rooms have baby changing board, a baby bath and wall-mounted toddler seat.
There is a daily bus route to Looe, Polperro and Plymouth running past the campsite, which makes Camping Caradon a lovely base to use if you want to explore South Cornwall. Using the bus is an excellent idea for anyone touring in a motorhome, since some of the Cornish country lanes near Polperro are quite narrow. Here you have the option of leaving the motorhome on its pitch and taking a break from driving.
Lene and Stephen Cox, the owners of Camping Caradon Touring Park are a Danish/English family. They took over the site in July 2005 and say that they take pride in keeping a clean site and looking after their campers throughout their stay. Since they arrived, they have constantly upgraded and improved the facilities to provide a family-friendly site. They want you to leave them feeling completely relaxed after your holiday.
The modern reception building houses a shop for essentials such as bread, local milk, local Cornish meat, children's toys, camping equipment, camping gas and Calor Gas bottle exchange. The shop opens from 9am in mid-season and high season, but is mostly closed during the low season.
There's a licensed bar and family room at Camping Caradon Touring Park. Draft beers are available, including real Cornish ale and lager from St Austell Brewery. Cornish ciders are also available, as well as a good selection of other popular beers, lagers, ciders and so on. You can play darts here, try bar games or relax in the comfy chairs. The family room also has table tennis, a TV, free use of a PS2 Playstation, Pool table (£1 a go), young children's toys and high chairs you can use. There's even a book library (50p donation to Royal National Lifeboat Institute) and the site would be grateful for any book donations to top up the library.
The bar sells home cooked bar meals and takeaway food. Favourites on the menu include homemade Steak and Cornish Ale Pie, hand battered Cod and Cornish Rump steaks. Please see the campsite's website for Camping Caradon's bar and takeaway opening times, or ring the campsite if you're planning to visit in the winter (http://www.campingcaradon.co.uk/camping/camping-facilities).
Please book your pitch before turning up in the winter, from November to March.
The famous Eden Project is just 20 miles away and makes a fantastic day out, even in the rain, since you could happily spend all day exploring the tropical biodome, with its huge palm trees and fantastic collection of exotic plants. If you have a good head for heights, climb the platform for a dizzy treetop view. It's educational, too, since you can see how to grow pineapples, bananas, coffee and carob, find out where rubber comes from and taste exotic fruit smoothies. The food at The Eden Project is out of this world and is situated between the tropical and Mediterranean domes. After the lush and humid tropical dome, visit the dry Mediterranean biodome, with its grape vines, chilli collection and much more. There's plenty to see outdoors at this major Cornish tourist attraction, too.
Other tourist attractions include Looe, Polperro, the surf beaches of South Cornwall, The Lost Gardens of Helligan, Fowey and Bodmin Moor.
Based on 2 review(s)
19 Apr 2017
We had the privilege of staying here for 5 nights over Easter. What a find. This site really is exceptional with everything in tip-top order; there literally isn’t a blade of grass out of place. The facilities are excellent with plenty of piping hot water and are kept beautifully clean with medicated hand wash provided there and at the Chemical Waste Disposal Point another plus. Good laundry room and covered wash-up area. There is a games room and small shop for those forgotten essentials. Whilst there we interacted with the owners on numerous occasions and found them always to be very cheerful and helpful. The bar is also very pleasant with reasonable prices and much to my liking serves a lovely pint of Real Ale – Tribute. On our final night we treated ourselves to meals in the bar which were all very well prepared, of good quality and reasonably priced Try the Singapore Rice – brill! All in all a really good camp site sufficiently secluded to avoid the rat-race of Looe and Polperro (and further afield Liskeard) which are easily accessed by frequent bus service stopping in the Camp Site. An added bonus are the beautiful rural walks for the site teeming with wildlife. Writing this review I was conscious of everything being on the positive and nothing negative – that is simply because we didn’t find anything to criticise. Well done Steve and Lene for sustaining such a high standard. Such a pleasure to have stayed here.
wales 01 Aug 2014
a smashing site,flat ,spacious,plenty of room on the pitches.as a couple with no kids,we were on site before the summer hols,which we were told are very busy with families. a nice bar for an evenings refreshment,food available,sit in or take away,a bus stop to Looe and Polperro at the entrance,whats not to like ?.toilet and washing facilities were spotless,and well maintained,would definitely recommend