Bakesdown Farm

UK England South West England Cornwall

Lower Bakesdown Farm, Marhamchurch, Bude, Cornwall, EX23 0HJ
Small-scale camping and glamping on a 33-acre Cornish farm with separate meadows ensuring space, peace and privacy.
Despite being less than four miles from North Cornwall’s Widemouth Bay, the 33-acre Bakesdown Farm feels like a wild outpost in the back of beyond. There are just four pitches at the top of a farm-side meadow, each petering out into waist-high grass that’s coloured with cow parsley and buttercups. No manicured lawns and regimented plots here; just a refreshingly understated setting and a whole host of chilled-out vibes.

In fact these prized tent spots, mown into the grass and accompanied by a campfire at every pitch, occupy just one of four different meadows hidden around Bakesdown Farm. A second is for ‘exclusive camping’ – a two-acre paddock for groups with its own compost toilet and a shower – while a yurt and a cabin also have patches of their own. It’s these glamping options that perhaps most stand out. They exude the same rustic feel as the rest of the farm – hardwood floors, rugs, and wooden furnishings feel aged but not outdated – and offer the extra comfort of a proper double bed. Both also have their own private kitchen shack with a covered seating area, cooking equipment and a stove.

All of the different meadows around the farm share extra facilities in the main yard itself, a short stroll up the gravelly path. Here there is a proper flushing toilet and electric shower, along with a fridge, freezer and electricity points. The farmyard acts as a sort of gateway into the outside world, reminding you that modern life exists beyond the sanctuary of your private meadow. Beyond the little caravan shop, housing a colouring table at one end and a small farm shop at the other, the road to the outer world awaits. Not that heading down it is a bad thing – surfing, sun lounging and sand castling are all on the other side.

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The Owner Says

Bakesdown Farm is a quiet, friendly 30 acre farm in the north of Cornwall. We are hidden away in the countryside, yet only 3.5 miles from Widemouth Bay. Spread across the farm, our holiday spaces include a small campsite, a beautiful yurt and a unique handbuilt cabin. Whether you’re a couple looking for a quiet getaway, or a family wanting to spread out and play, we have the privacy and space for you.


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Aug 20, 2017 by Mcb

We stayed here for a week...only an hour from home, but felt like we were much further away. Certainly helped by decent weather for most of the week! We were a little apprehensive on seeing the facilities initially as we were worried that one toilet and one shower were not adequate. However, it was fine...( on a hot day when everyone for to the beach there are waits tor the shower, but it was not really a problem). The pitches were large and we certainly felt there was plenty of room to be private if we wished or chat with neighbouring pitches. The washing up sink was adequate- we boiled a kettle and took up to wash dishes. Being able to light fires is a bonus! The main down side is the narrow entrance to the field which is on a bend. It was a worry whether we would be able to manoeuvre int/ out of the field safely. That is our only negative! A fantastically peaceful site. We went to Wales last year, but all agree that this was much better! A visit to Lundy is worth it if you like unspoilt beauty.. a long day, but worth it!



Jul 29, 2016 by Alice

Lovely stay! Very relaxing and surrounded by beautiful countryside. Highlight of our stay was the barn owl flying right over our heads! We will definitely be back!


Best ever campsite!

May 31, 2016 by Tamsin

This is a fantastic site that we keep going back to.  It really has it all- super, quiet location, clean, well maintained facilities and really spacious pitches (in contrast to all the nearby overcrowded sites).  We love how it's different from most sites; you really get to camp, relax and play out in the wilderness, have a proper fire and common sense prevails over petty rules.  The novelty of the compost loo always goes down well with the children. The owners are really friendly and helpful too- coming to the rescue when I went into labour a few years back!

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