Porthowan Tourist Park, St Agnes
Why is it that camp site owners in England often seem to detest campers with tents? Every time I seem to pull up at the office door without a caravan, they will look down their noses at me as if I'm some sort of nutter. The fact my tent is only built for two people and the fact I don't want to hook up a TV or put a little garden around it with shade cloth and windmills seems to confuse them.
Such was the case with the Porthowan Holiday Park, whose owner not only thought I was a nutter, but talked to me as if I was a homeless wanderer.
"We try to keep the showers and toilets clean for our proper guests," I was told. "So don't go messing them up with whatever you lot do in there."
Of course, the plot we were given to pitch our tent on was about a million miles away from the toilet and shower block anyway, well away from the "proper guests" and their TVs and windmills.
I was also told that "the gates into the park will be closed at 11pm sharp, and if your not in by then, you will be stiff out of luck until I open them at 8am tomorrow morning." I remember staying at a place with a similar rule once in South Africa, but that was to keep out the lions. I wonder what types of animals roam the English countryside during the dark hours...
However, the Portowan Tourist Park does have a reasonable games room, and is close to the awesome cornish surfing.
Pitching a tent costs 14 pounds during the summer, so it is a bit pricey, but at least the showers and toilets are clean (well, they were...). [more]