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Henry's Campsite, Caerthillian Farm, The Lizard, Helston, Cornwall
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Henry's is different. It's the most southerly campsite in mainland Britain and it's been here for donkey's years. It was just a 'normal' campsite until Ron and Jo Lyne took over from Ron's dad Henry. When asked what he's trying to achieve at Henry's, Ron muttered something like 'I want it to be like a garden'. Well, he's certainly achieved that humble dream, but we think he may be underselling it slightly...

Henry's Campsite, Caerthillian Farm, The Lizard, Helston, Cornwall


Ron is obviously an artist at heart, constandy creating new marvels for everyone to enjoy. An inquisitive stroll through the site, peering into all the hidden corners, reveals an enchanting arrangement of other-worldly standing stones, Cornish walls, hand-painted murals, and animated sculptures - including a row of cheeky rooftop gulls. Sub-tropical plants are scattered throughout the site and, garden-like or not, the astounding results of Ron's labours speak for themselves.

Henry's Campsite, Caerthillian Farm, The Lizard, Helston, Cornwall


The surrounding coastal landscape can't have failed to inspire Henry's evolution over the years. The most iconic chunk of coastal scenery hereabouts is Kynance Cove.just a 20-minute walk from the site. Even nearer, but not nearly so beautiful, is Lizard Point.

The unisex ablution arrangements, alien-looking plants hugging an alfresco washing-up sink, and former shipping-container loo block may not be to everyone's taste, but are part and parcel of this unique and personal'garden'. It's Henry's eccentricity - in equal measure to the stunning surroundings - that entices campers back each year.

Henry's Campsite, Caerthillian Farm, The Lizard, Helston, Cornwall


COOL FACTOR Quirky landscaping and lovely owners on the glorious Lizard Peninsula.

WHO'S IN? Tents, campervans, caravans, dogs, groups - yes.

ON SITE Campfires allowed in braziers provided. BBQs off the ground. A storyteller in residence for 2 weeks in summer, and plans for theatre groups and acoustic music weekends. Facilities are scattered about and painted in bright hues. Unisex arrangements include toilets, showers, open-air washing-up sink, shop, campers' lounge, and electric hook-ups.

OFF SITE Head to Cornish Camels (01326 231119; www.cornishcamels.com) where there are - you guessed it - camels, as well as a cafe, organic food, and craft shop. Coo over adorable seals at the National Seal Sanctuary (01326 221874; www.sealsanctuary.co.uk) in the picturesque Helston Estuary.

Henry's Campsite, Caerthillian Farm, The Lizard, Helston, Cornwall


FOOD AND DRINK Head for one (or more) of Ann's Pasties (01326 290889; www.annspasties.co.uk) in Lizard village. If you fancy fish on the BBQ, go and meet the fishermen who sell their fresh catches at a cooperative shop in Cadgwith Cove. Organic ice cream galore at Roskilly's Farm (01326 280479; www.roskillys.co.uk) near Coverack. Britain's most southerly eatery, the Polpeor Cafe (01326 290939), has spectacular views and produces a host of home-made fare.

GETTING THERE Take the A30 all the way through Cornwall to Penzance. Then take the A394 to Helston, and then the A3083 to the Lizard. The campsite is accessed from the far side of the car park at the Lizard.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT Take the Lizard Rambler bus по.ТЗ/ T34 from Redruth, stopping within 100 metres of the site.

OPEN All year.

THE DAMAGE Adult Ј7-Ј9 (depending on season) per night; child (5 years plus) half price.


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