Cerenety Eco Camping
Lower Lynstone Lane, Bude, Cornwall EX23 0LR
In the eyes of the wild camping tribes, campsites are for softies. But wild camping with kids – well, it can just be a bit of a hassle. At the very least it’s nice to know there’s running water to deal with potty mishaps and stacks of dirty dishes. With its no frills, close-to-nature approach, Cerenety proves you can still enjoy the wilder side of camping on a regular campsite.
First and foremost, with the majority of the grassy fields left empty, even in the summer, across Cerenety’s seven sprawling acres, there’s plenty of space to run around like wild things. Every feature is as squeaky green as the surrounding countryside,from compost loos and solar panels to recycled materials ingeniously put to use in the site’s rustic, efficient amenities. There’s even a veggie patch and a permaculture forest garden, where you can pick your own and have a forage.
Children also flock to bottle-feed orphan lambs, and alpacas roam a few feet shy of the tents. Where nature rules and campfire smoke spirals lazily into dusky skies, it comes as a surprise that the surfer dudes, secret beaches and retro cafés of Bude are just a mile’s easy stroll along the canal. So kids can get a seaside fix without you having to hunt down the car keys. Once they’ve hit the waves, gorged on ice cream, hired a pedalo or taken a dip in the tidal pool, you might even experience a rare moment of serenity when they rest their tired little heads back at camp.
The Owner Says
in a nut shell - Enjoy the Wilder Side of Camping.
Serene, green, eco camping set in seven acres of sprawling fields just a short stroll from the seaside.Cerenety is peaceful, old fashioned, back to nature camping, where you can spend lazy days in the grass or playing cricket with the kids. Spend the morning surfing, delight in a relaxing afternoon picnic and while away long summer evenings watching camp fire smoke spiralling idly into the Cornish sky. Do all this whilst happy in the knowledge that your holiday is having a limited effect on the environment.
"Back to basics camping at it's best!"Solar powered showers, compost toilets and wood burning fires allow you to indulge in an off-grid holiday in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Make friends with our rescue animals, meander down the canal into town or take a 5 minute wander down our country lanes to our local secret beach.
"...the ground you camp on is flat and as nobody will camp in front of you, your view is never restricted!"
For the family we have tame sheep, alpacas, ponies, rabbits and more. For more information take a look at our facilities page.Around Cerenety -
Cerenety Eco Campsite is only a 5 minute walk from the beach, 15 minutes from town and pubs and 2 minutes to the beautiful Bude Canal. Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, we have many fantastic local beaches to suit families, dog walkers and explorers alike.The town of Bude has many great local cafes, restaurants and pubs. Bude has many locally owned boutiques selling a range of surf products, locally made crafts and creamy Cornish ice cream.
There are many easy day trip from Cerenety including areas such as the historic harbour village of Boscastle, the legendary King Arthur's Castle in Tintagel, the revolutionary Eden Project and the long forgotten Lost Gardens of Heligan.Camping -
At Cerenety we take all types of tents, small campervans, awnings and the odd gazebo. We pride ourselves in not overcrowding our camping fields and ensuring there's lots of space to run around, enjoy the view or to gather around a fire.
"Lively people, rescue animals too! Had a fab time, v special place, look fwd to next year."
We have a wide open field in the middle of the campsite for you to set up games of cricket, rounders or boules. Or simply to spread out a blanket and gaze at the sky.Boat Accommodation -
New for Summer 2016. Cerenety volunteers found a boat! So we sunk it, decked it out with a bed, cupboards, table and chairs made from recycled wood. Put a private fire pit a long site and are letting it out as a unique private, romantic space.
Take a look at the Cerenety website Bookings and Tariffs page for more information.
We have two good pressure, private showers, which are heated by solar panels. As is the nature of eco camping and the weather in the UK, hot water cannot be guaranteed all of the time, but it's usually pretty good. We also have three compost toilets, those who are new to them are usually pleasantly surprised.
"Don't be put off by the composting toilets - the facilities are cleaned everyday and the nature of using the toilet is like any other loo, except you throw sawdust down it rather than wasting water!"Campfires -
Relax in front of an open fire on a summer evening. We often have logs for sale at Cerenety and we have 2 dutch ovens for hire should you feel like cooking your dinner over the fire.
Caravan Cafe -
Wake up to the smell of freshly made pancakes with a range of toppings. Tea and great fresh coffee is abundant. All on a donation basis. (Only certain times of year)
Veggie Patch -
Pick your own produce from our organic garden. We have a great range of vegetables and salad in our garden, depending on the season! Why not 'pick your own' and cook it over your fire? Donations go to our volunteers.
Clay Pizza Oven
New in 2015, our clay pizza oven was build by our brilliant volunteers and is made entirely from clay found at Cerenety and recycled materials. It proved pretty popular in 2015 and with the addition of a solar light this year, it'll be even more user friendly.
Wildlife Pond -
Both practical and beautiful, our pond filters our water and attracts native species. There is a picnic table and benches near-by for you to relax in the sun (hopefully).
Local Discounts -
Cerenety has many friends around Bude, who offer our campers a discount. So whether it's a milkshake at Atlantic Diner, surf hire with Zuma Jay or a leather workshop with Rose Choules Atelier, take a look to see what offers they give to our campers.
Camp With Your Dog -
There's nothing like taking your dog on holiday
Our Animals -
We have many rescue animals at Cerenety and much of the money made from the campsite goes to creating a happy and healthy environment for them to live out their days.So for more information on Cerenety's facilities, our animals, our volunteers or simply our ethos, please visit our website at http://www.cerenetycampsite.co.uk/
Cerenety is a nice enough camp site, back to basics and a little off the beaten track, while close enough to the town (30 min walk along the canal) and Widemouth beach (45 minute walk). Great that we can have camp fires and bring our dog. The girl who seemed to be running the place was really friendly and helpful.
We were squished in, though, and didn't get the spacious feeling we thought we would. Most cars, (some people ignored this) were parked in the car park, which makes sense - but the remaining space was filled with more campers. A lot of the campsite is sloping, so take your chocks. The toilets were compost toilets with a bucket under a chair and a big tub of sawdust. I've no problem with eco toilets but these ones (with arms on the chairs?!) were quite uncomfortable, particularly for a woman (I don't know how people with larger derrieres cope!) and with nowhere to put your toiletries.
Response from the campsite owner:
Hello and thank you for your review. I'm saddened by your comments as I think you'll agree we bent over backwards to postpone your booking from last year when you were unable to attend at such short notice to one of the busiest periods of this year (something we did out of courtesy). We also relocated you to the pitch that you requested despite it being reserved for other people and accommodated a large gazebo that wasn't booked in and not paid for, despite it being a very sunny and busy spring half term. We thought that we had gone out of our way to be helpful. I'm also very sorry that you couldn't find anywhere to put your shampoo. I hope that you find somewhere more suitable for your next holiday.
Me and my boyfriend stayed here for a couple of weeks during this summer. We loved the whole vibe of Cerenity; from the hands-on and fun approach to sustainability, to the freedom of camping wherever you like (no regimented pitches here!). The views from the campsite are lovely, its perfect situation overlooking the whole town makes for a stunning view at night. There are lots of areas to explore within the site itself, with farm animals, wildlife, plants and tasty veggies from the patch all waiting to be discovered. It is refreshing to stay in a place where you are camping with nature and not on top of it.
As we were traveling on a budget this place was perfect for us as there were no hidden extra charges. The solar showers (which are great unless there's no sun, in which case it's a little chilly!) and fun compost toilet facilities are free to use, there is an on site cafe/info area that works on a donation 'pay what you can' scheme, a play area for children and, for a very reasonable price, the volunteers provide chopped wood for evening fires (something which a lot campsites don't allow you to have, but definitely should do). We also were lucky enough to wake up in time for Raff's Cafes breakfast, nothing like delicious pancakes and a cuppa to start your day!
The volunteers here are very welcoming and friendly, they also have a great knowledge of the nearby town. This was very useful in helping us plan our days activities. There are some lovely walks right out of the gate of Cerenity, leading into the town of Bude, along the canal or towards the beach. If traveling with a dog this is a perfect getaway as both this campsite and the town itself has a wide range of doggie-friendly places to eat, drink,walk and play.
We had a lovely time here, and have recommended it to all our friends!
Thank you Cerenity, we will definitely be back!
We were really looking forward to staying here as the website made it look very appealing. We stayed for 5 days and never saw the owners once. We had paid in advance, which was fortunate as we wouldn't have known where to go or who to pay. No one was there to greet us or show us around. We therefore have no idea where the vegetable patch was, or some of the animals. The alpacas were by the toilets so we saw those. Very cute. The toilets weren't like any compost toilets we've come across before, (and we've used quite a few!) These were basically a wooden chair with a hole cut out and a bucket underneath. In saying that, they were emptied two or three times a day and were generally kept very clean. The solar showers were cold, but the weather wasn't great so that was to be expected, but again they were clean. The site was very busy as small sites go, (30-40 tents and camper vans) over the bank holiday weekend and some groups were very noisy until the early hours. There was no fire wood for the first couple of days and we had to go on the hunt around town for some. The last couple of days there was wood but not logs etc, just scrappy little off cuts that seemed to be leftovers from old jobs. It was nice to be able to have a campfire but we're sorry to say we probably won't return. We prefer smaller sites where you can engage with the owners.
Comment from campsite owner:
Hello and thank you for taking the time to write us a review. I'm sorry that we managed to miss you during your stay, we usually really enjoy interacting with our campers. When you visited in August there would have been a small caravan café open daily up in the field, where I could have been found every morning. There are also signs down to reception where there are always owners and volunteers wondering around feeding animals, gardening and mucking out. I'm genuinely sad that we missed you as I feel like if I could have explained some details of Cerenety, you would have had a more enjoyable experience.
For example the wood that we provide for campfires is all from a local roofing company. Instead of it going to landfill with many nails in it, we take it at Cerenety and spend a lot of time denailing it before we bag it up for our campers. As you said, it does look like scrappy little offcuts, but it burns pretty well, it's £1 a bag and it's recycled.
The bank holiday is the busiest weekend of the year at Cerenety, so we were at capacity, however we still allow plenty of space in the middle of our fields for people to play games and enjoy the site.
If you are ever in the area again and feel like popping by, please come in for a cuppa and we'll explain the site. We're sorry we missed you and we'd like to rectify it in the future.
We camped here for four nights. It was great to wake up in the morning and have a cup of tea and coffee made for you by the little caravan cafe!!! The toilets were an experience but not a problem and the showers were nice and hot. We had a lovely spot, weather was great and it was so easy to walk into the town. Would definately recommend this site and would go back there tomorrow if we could!!!
Back to Basics
We stayed here for 1 night - 2 adults, 2 children and a dog in a Campervan. Really lovely relaxed site, with simple facilities. You can choose where to pitch up, with a choice of 3 small fields, all slightly slopped. The herb and vegetable garden is superb, with the opportunity to pull your fresh produce straight from the ground and cook up. Each evening there is a 'meet the animals' for the children which ours loved. You can milk the goats, collect the eggs and cuddle rabbits. As we were only there for one night we did not explore Bude, but it is very close by. Highly recommend.
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We stayed here over the Easter weekend and I could quite happily still be there....this place is really special. Limited numbers means there's plenty of space, the caravan cafe is a wonderful idea (delicious breakfasts and cakes) and there are always staff about, but you are left unbothered. I loved walking to the loo in the morning and having a cuddle from the lambs on my way. Really great to have campfires allowed too...the crackle of fire and chatter in the evenings adds to the great atmosphere. Proper camping! I'll be back!
We have been to this site a number of times now and really enjoy staying there. You can choose where you pitch and there are different areas to explore including the vegetable patch and the animals. There are some great cycle routes from the site and we liked cycling into the centre of Bude. When you wake up in the morning you will probably smell fresh bacon and coffee coming from their caravan on the site - very reasonable prices. I had wondered before our first visit if the compost toilets would smell but they are fine! We will continue visiting this site in future. Definitely recommend if you're looking for peace and quiet in a good location!
A Home Away From Home
We stayed for a lovely long weekend at Cerenety last summer. The campsite is very relaxed and in a great spot, close to town, the beach and a canal path is just down the road. The solar showers worked great, although not always warm in the mornings, obviously, and the compost toilets are no fuss at all. There was an on site, morning cafe to grab a hot cuppa or egg sandwich, prepared by their friendly volunteers, who were always up for a chat. Really enjoyed sitting around our campfire in the evenings with some marshmallows. Great experience, will definitely be back.
Gem of a place. Came here with my two kids and my dog and had a fantastic time. Liked the location, close to the beach, close to the town. Nice to see someone doing something a bit different, and keeping things basic. Highly recommend.