£27,540.00 FUNDED

Infrastructure and Facility Improvements at Beacon Cottage Farm Holidays

J & J Sawle and Son

To improve the campsite facilities (toilets, showers, washing area and laundry) and to convert 6 grass pitches into hard standing pitches

A working family farm since 1770.

The Sawle family have been at Beacon Cottage Farm in St Agnessince 1770. A traditional working Cornish farm, they first welcomed visitors for B&B in 1910, and in 1927 old buses and furniture-removal wagons were kitted out and used to accommodate holidaymakers. This gradually progressed into camping, as tents, motorhomes and caravans became available. Original farm buildings were converted into shower facilities, laundry, dishwashing and reception.

A haven for walkers and conservationists
The site is thriving today and is thought to be the oldest campsite in Cornwall. Set on the spectacular cliff-top in St Agnes, the site has sweeping, panoramic views out to sea and is peaceful, clean and non-commercialised. Many customers come back year after year, and with the area being in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Heritage Coast, with the Southwest Coast path passing their door, it is a haven for walkers, conservationists and nature-watchers. There is access to miles of coastal walking, with some of the finest scenery in Cornwall, and the iconic remains of Wheal Coates, as seen in the popular BBC Poldark series, is just a five-minute walk from the farm.

There is a strong local ethos at Beacon Cottage Farm; the Sawle family ensure that they use local tradespeople for all of their refurbishment work and they also encourage their customers to shop locally.

LEADER funding will help the business to remain within the family
With the help of LAG funding the toilet and shower block has been refurbished using low-maintenance, modern materials, which has enabled the addition of more units. Many families visit the site and welcome the use of a separate family room for showering; the funding will allow more family rooms to be added.

The first phase of the two-year project has just been completed and the customers are already delighted with the improvements. The next phase will update the laundry facilities, replacing the old machines with modern, reliable ones that are easy to use.

The upgraded facilities will help the site retain its loyal customer base, many of whom are from overseas, but will also attract new ones, bolstering the local economy.

The renovations and the plans for next year will help to sustain the business and keep its reputation for providing a high standard of facilities to all its visitors.

The Sawles want to keep the business within the family for many years to come, and with the improvements aiding the business to continue to thrive, the LEADER funding can help to ensure that outcome.

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