Q&A Julia and Richard Barnes
Why do you think people voted for Tehidy?
It’s great to give people local knowledge. We find out what interests them – it’s not one size fits all.
How long have you owned the site?
We’ve been here 11 years. We wanted a project, and
it needed a lot of work.
How did you make it a site
people want to stay at? We went back to basics. Everything we do is about making it eco-friendly.
It is an extension of the countryside. We have been David Bellamy Gold Award winners for 11 years. Our aim is to be as low-impact as possible.
Who are your guests?
Our demographic is right across the board. Older guests tend to visit before the summer holidays, but
there’s also a real family atmosphere. The play area is in the middle of the site. Parents can relax – it is a safe environment. Depending on the season, it works out at about 60%
tents, 40% tourers. Describe the local area At Chapel Porth, John the Fish sells fresh crab, fish and lobster that you can buy for the barbecue. He has a board with what’s available. If he has time, he will dress the crab.
Down at Portreath there’s a bakery making baguettes and croissants
that we have delivered to the site. Marian, the baker, is the pastie ambassador for Cornwall and runs courses. For those who want to learn to surf, we send people to surf
instructors we trust.
CONTACT Harris Mill, Illogan, Redruth, Cornwall TR16 4JQ Tel 01209 216 489 Web tehidy.co.uk