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South Penquite Farm

UK England South West England Cornwall Bodmin

Blisland, Bodmin, Cornwall PL30 4LH

Location, location, location. Traditional tent camping and Mongolian chic on the moor’s edge.

Occasionally at South Penquite Farm, on the edge of Bodmin Moor, when it’s long gone midnight and there’s the sound of rustling in the undergrowth, you might find yourself wondering whatever happened to the elusive Beast of Bodmin Moor?

Supposedly a large wildcat that had either escaped from a sci-fi lab or was a throwback to some kind of sabre-toothed ancestor, it was reputed to prowl the moor scaring the wits out of anyone unlucky enough to cross its path. The story was at its height some years ago, and the hoo-ha has long since died down. But when you’re creeping to the loo in the middle of the night and hear a twig snap behind you, you’d better pray that the big cat hasn’t come back looking for a midnight snack.

Actually, within the boundaries of South Penquite Farm, any scuffling in the undergrowth is more likely to be one of the free-range chickens pecking around in your wake or, at worst, it might be the footfall of one of the horses grazing by the gate; but in the pitch blackness of a moorland night, you never can be quite sure.

Come daylight you can forget all about it and just enjoy the site: a fully certified organic 200- acre farm that takes sustainability very seriously, from using solar energy and rainwater to recycling absolutely everything – check out the roomy showers that are lined with psychedelic panels made from recycled yogurt pots and plastic bottles.

The farm education centre is a fantastic resource for learning all about organic farming and the local environment, while the bushcraft courses they run will introduce the whole family to field skills such as den building and cooking on an open fire.

Numbers are limited in the camping fields, so you shouldn’t ever feel penned in. Campfires set the tone of the evenings here, and there’s a whopping amount of space to run around in. As well as fellow campers you’ll also be sharing the fields with wandering turkeys, ducks and chickens – an endless source of entertainment for children, who also have a games barn, swings and a climbing frame to keep them occupied. Plus, there’s walking galore to be done even before you break out on to the moors, with a farm trail that brings you face- to-face with sheep, cows and horses, while taking in disused quarries, prehistoric hut circles and the banks of the De Lank River.

Since its beginnings as a farm site with just a basic loo and shower installed for the campers that flocked to Cornwall for the 1999 solar eclipse, South Penquite has adapted to the camping scene with style. Owner Dominic reckoned that once he had a family farm with a campsite on the side, whereas now he has a campsite with a farm on the side. And now, even here in the wilds of Bodmin Moor, you can opt for the luxury of one of Goldilocks and the Three Bears – four Mongolian yurts that occupy their own field. Daddy Bear and Goldilocks are the biggest, sleeping six; then there’s Mummy Bear, who sleeps four; and Baby Bear, a snug little place for two.And when you do lace up your hiking boots and strike out on to the rolling moors, it’s not the three bears you’ve got to watch out for. Er, is it?

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The Owner Says

We are a two hundred acre family organic beef and sheep farm situated high on Bodmin Moor in the very heart of Cornwall. As well as being a demonstration farm for the Soil Association, we offer camping, yurts and a range of bunkhouse accommodation throughout the year for families, groups hikers or bikers.
There is much to see on the farm which became fully organic in 2001. Since then we have continued to adopt an environmentally sensitive approach including solar heated hot water and rainwater harvesting for the campsite showers, a small wind turbine and a run of solar PV panels on a barn roof.
As well as running the cows and sheep, the farm is exceptionally rich in archaeological remains and wildlife. We also have many horses, ponies, chickens, geese, ducks and of course our faithful working collies without whose help we could not run the farm.

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★★★★★

Great campsite on the moors

I stayed at South Penquite for a week with my two sons aged 8 and 10. The facilities are excellent - clean toilets, huge showers, washing machine, tumble dryer, charging lockers for secure device charging, sink areas for washing up, a great play-barn and even The Cornish Coffee Crate for easy breakfasts when you don't feel like preparing anything! The campsite is in a great location with easy access to not only the moors, but beaches, attractions, houses and gardens from North to South Coast. We followed the two circular farm walks when we didn't feel like going further afield including a detour to the Blissland Inn which serves great Real Ales and pub grub. Toasting marshmallows by the fire is always a camping tradition and this campsite positively encourages it, providing firepits, stones, firewood, kindling and firelighters. The friendly atmosphere meant that at times other families were round our fire or we were at others. My two boys made lots of friends during the week long stay and were sad to leave when our time was up.
Aug 20, 2018 by Jonathan
★★★★★

Peaceful - a gem

Having read the website I was expecting a really good campsite experience for myself and my two young teenage boys for the week. I picked for location and of course because of the opportunity for campfires but honestly the website undersold the experience I had, even in August very spacious peaceful fields where we found a lovely pitch, the shower and toilet facilities were great especially the huge shower rooms. The atmosphere was so chilled and the site is of course perfectly placed for both north and south coast beaches with the main road just a few minutes away. Great idea on the charging lockers and as for the breakfast bar in the morning which did a great latte that was a minor revelation. I should also mention the sausages were delicious my boys (13 & 15) loved it, really loved our week and can't wait to come back..
Aug 15, 2018 by Stephen MacFarlaine
★★★★★

Relaxed and top location

We loved our stay at South Penquite Farm. It is relaxing: storting with vinding tour OWN pitch and let the owner know in the evening that you have arrived: very nice. It’s a really quiet place, in the evening the campfires, it’s clean and we also liked the coffee corner where you can get breakfast and coffee/tea, that was great during the rainy days we had. The area is beautiful. This is how we think camping should be.
Aug 14, 2018 by Angelina
★★★★★

Best place we have stayed!

We stayed in the mummy bear yurt and we loved it! Cosy and everything you need. Showers and toilets were very clean, loved how eco friendly it all was!! The farm itself was great with play areas for the kids and animals running around. Our daughter had so much fun. We will definitely be returning next year!
Aug 10, 2018 by Danielle
★★★★★

A near perfect site

We loved the location, immaculate facilities and casual feel of the campsite. There is so much attention to detail that aids the clean and efficient running of the site. The owners could be a bit more friendly, we felt like we a bit of an inconvenience for being there and asking any question but then again maybe it was just an off week. Having said that we would absolutely return, a benchmark site and can't find anything I like as much.
Jul 16, 2018 by Corinne
★★★★★

Reclusive and hiking destination

Nothing wrong with the site itself - it is very well run, very clean, great access to Bodmin Moor. But we should have booked a site on the coast as it turned out to frequently hit 27 degrees and it was just too hot for a two week stay. Ended up leaving after a week and losing a week's money. Although there is a play area it is for older kids really (not our two year old) and no other kids to speak of on the site. Would recommend this site for hikers (that's the main customer base) and those who want a weekend or so of peace. In terms of accessing cornwall attractions and beaches, the narrow country roads mean this site is too remote.
Jul 16, 2018 by David Webb
★★★★★

Our favourite campsite.

We first stayed at this campsite two years ago. We have been back many times since. It’s so peaceful and beautiful. Every where is so clean and well looked after. The solar showers are fantastic too. It’s a great space for my family to enjoy time together and I can’t wait to go back very soon. It’s great to be able to choose your own pitch, have lots of space to your selves and finish the day off with a campfire.
May 20, 2018 by emma Bradley
★★★★★

Superb location and facilities ! Stunning views and campfires allowed.

Arrived on a blustery Monday afternoon after an enjoyable drive over a misty but atmospheric Bodmin Moor. Due to the lack of set camping pitches we wandered around the various camping fields to find the perfect spot for us and quickly pitched the tent to enable more time to head down to the pub in Blisland, (a 20 minute walk along the roads). We pitched in a sheltered spot in the furthest field from the facilities but with stunning views and sunsets and a tent bathed in sunshine in the morning. The campsite itself is spacious with grassy pitches and tents can be pitched anywhere apart from in the yurt field. There aren't set fire pitches either and of the ones which exist, some have rough stone surrounds so that a grill ( which it appears can be borrowed on a first come, first served basis) can rest upon them. Wood, kindling and fire lighters can be purchased at the campsite and the grills were hanging up next to the door to the laundry. We found the showers to be clean and spacious with a partial divide between the shower and the undressing/dressing area. The latter has a mirror and chair and hooks for clothing. The shower itself is powerful with plenty of hot water, perfect after a day of walking and exploring. There is a mop to clean the floor afterwards. The toilets are also clean and spacious with the addition of a local Cornish radio station piped in (handy for travel and weather updates). Housed in a separate block are a washing machine and dryer, a freezer to re-freeze freezer blocks and a small fridge. The campsite was chosen for its central position between the north and south coasts - we visited Tintagel Castle, the Eden Project, the Lost Gardens of Heligan and Restormel Castle as well as a couple of walks on both coasts. Free range animals were a bonus particularly the cats, one cat took up residence in our sunny tent porch for most of the week though all of the cats were friendly and didn't say no to being stroked. Great for star gazing as well, the clear nights were spent constellation spotting. We highly recommend this campsite and wouldn't hesitate to stay here again as the owners are helpful and easygoing and the facilities are spacious and well cared for.
Apr 22, 2018 by Nat
★★★★☆

Great, but pity we can't return

Great campsite, stayed here a few years ago and would love to return. Sadly my well behaved dog is not allowed.....
Nov 5, 2016 by Mez
★★★★★

Fantastic

We came planning on staying 3 nights and stayed 5! Beautiful, remote but absolutely spotless. Great facilities and little touches that will have us coming back time and again. Great value for money.
Aug 29, 2016 by Bee S
★★★★★

Camping as it should be

We campped here after my very experienced outdoor loving boyfriend suggested we take our first camping trip together and go enjoy Cornwall for the week-end. I use to love camping but have not been for a long time so when he found South Penquite we booked easily on line and I just went with the flow - well I am so glad he found them as its a fantastic little treasure. It has a lovely relaxed feel to it and is exactly as advertised and best of all you can have campfires - the icing on my camping cake !

The site gives you options where you want to pitch your tent and there is so much room you don't feel on top of each other as you canon other places . The owners are welcoming and easy going and the site is clean and well cared for. 

We will be returning as a perfect place for a relaxed break.

Aug 14, 2015 by Winterstar
★★★★★

Peace and calm on the Moor

What a find! We booked in for a couple of nights at South Penquite in mid-August and liked it so much we stayed a few nights longer. We loved the open spaces and being able to have a campfire. This was our first camping trip with the kids (1yr and 3yrs) and it was a complete success. Our girls loved the free range turkeys, the horses, and the friendly farm cat. The facilities are excellent - very hot showers (solar-powered) with enough space for the whole family to go in together and the music playing in the loos was the icing on the cake as far as my 3 yr old was concerned - she couldn't wait to go and brush her teeth so she could dance in front of the mirror!

Aug 30, 2014 by Mealybugs
★★★★★

South Penquite Heaven!

We have stayed on this wonderful campsite for two consecutive summers now (August 2013 & 2014). It is beautifully sited on Bodmin moor and we especially love the family atmosphere on site - loud music and noise is discouraged, but campfire singing, harmonica and guitar playing are all very welcome! We love the rustic feel, the lack of rules beyond respect for fellow campers, all wandering animals and the local ecology and the great sense of peace that can be attained on site. We hope to return year on year. Thank you Dominic and Cathy!!

Aug 30, 2014 by Claire
★★★★★

South Penquite

We stayed at the site in August 2014 along with our two boys (aged 10 and 8).  Staying on this site with no marked pitches brings a real sense of freedom.  We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.  The owners approach to camping sets them head and shoulders above the crapped conditions on many of their competitors sites.  Would definitely recommend.  Lots of lovely places to visit nearby too.

Aug 24, 2014 by CAF
★★★★★

Really relaxing Bodmin

Had a fantastic holiday here last summer with our toddler. Farm was friendly and well organised. Staff helpful but unobtrusive.  Beautiful location. Facilities perfect for requirements. Great having open fires in evening.  Would highly recommend. 

Jul 24, 2014 by NSlade
★★★★★

Barnavelda

We stayed here, two adults two children as an overnight stop off, but wished we could have stayed for our whole holiday.  Lovely space atmosphere and wilderness beyond.  Best campsite washrooms ever, music to brush your teeth to and lovely showers.  Would recommend without hesitation.

Jul 22, 2014 by bmillwood
★★★★★

Perfect venue

Excellent good quality facilities for real camping.  Booking was easy and directions were good.  All details thought of (enough hooks in the showers and a phone recharging facility).  The atmosphere is good for the soul, chilled and being able to light a camp fire a real bonus.  Not forgetting to mention the excellent lamb burgers.  We'll be back.

Jun 12, 2014 by HStacey
★★★★★

So relaxed

Great to have a campsite that isn't dominated by dos and don'ts and rules and regulations.  South Penquite is very chilled and very easy-going and is brilliant as a result.  Lots of space and very safe and easy for kids, with lots to do - as well as the animals and country walks, the indoor sandpit is a stroke of genius.  And the views over the moorland are worth the price of admission alone: worth going to the furthest of the three camping fields for the best sunsets.  Showers and washing facilities are admirably clean and well kept, and the lamb-burgers are delicous.  We'll be back.

Sep 14, 2013 by Raiderfan
★★★★★

Yurt-astic holiday!

Well, after a couple of years of holidaying under our own canvas the Gonzo family decided to go Yurting!  After negotiating the surrounding lanes and stopping to watch the ponies and numerous foals we arrived at South Penquite Farm (with our ears still ringing with "Are we there yet?")  We headed to the Yurt field via the camping field which contained a majestic Tee-Pee and the smell of open fires wafting into the air. Finding our adopted home for the next week, "Daddy Bear"  tucked away in the corner of the field and nestled amoungst lush green hedgerows and Cornish stone walls.  The silence broken only by the distant laugh of children enjoying exploring the open spaces on site and sheep in a far away field.  Walking around the fields and amongst the tents are chickens, ducks and a very funny gang of Turkeys, who work their way around the site saying hello to anyone near them!

Opening the wooden door to our Yurt, we find a bright and colourful space which is a bit of a Tardis (sleeping 6). The bright decor includes Futons and scatter cushions and a centrally mounted wood burner with a shiny chimney exiting through a beautifully crafted  skyview panel in the (Cornish crafted) structure of bent wooden spines and criss-cross walls clad in canvas. Our sons aged 6 and nearly 9 immediatly scrambled to "bagsy" which beds they were claiming as their own! Whilst  they ran round in circles i made a cuppa on the cooking area with its 2 gas rings and well equipped storage area.  Within minutes of our arrival, one of the farm cats came in to say hello and stayed for a bit of a stroke from the kids.

After unloading our car we went for a walk round the site, nearby we found a building which housed the Solar heated (and very warm) showers and washing up area.  The shower rooms are clad in jazzy coloured recycled plastic and spacious enough to accomodate parents and kids in a split wet and dry room.  We wandered further and came across the farm house where a friendly greeting was received from farmer Dominic. Just round the corner are the spotlessly clean toilets including piped radio Pirate Fm, and an adjacent room containing both a washing machine and tumble drier. Also a large chest freezer in which you can freeze your cool blocks and some rental lockers for charging up mobile phones for a nominal fee.  Not that you will want to spend time on your phone, with the spectacular surroundings just a short walk along the Farm Trail where you will be treated to vast views of the moor falling away to the adjacent De Lank quarry and river running through the farms land. This also includes a Geocaching series which leads you through and around the farmland, river bank, woods and historic standing stone clad fields.  Past friendly cattle and sheep leading you in a circular walk. We didn't see anyone whilst we walked around the trail, the only sound was the river falling over the rugged rocky landscape.

Back at the Yurt there was a large basket of firewood and kindling that was begging to be built into a campfire which the farmer allows and I must say is a rarity on most campsites.  Our evenings were spent around the camp fire in a stone circled pit , toasting marshmallows and focusing up at the clear night sky.  Only the hoots of owls and the occasional scurry of a rabbit can be heard whilst we watched shooting stars and a full moon.

The smell of campfires filling the air as the other campers all settle in for the night and cook (probably the best) farm's own  Lamb burgers, which can be purchased from the farmhouse. Washed down with some award winning ales which we purchased from the Blisland Inn (in the village) which sell Demi-Jons filled with take away ales and ciders.  The finest of local produce can be found in the local village of St Breward where the Old Inn provides a vast menu of deliciously prepared food  which come in huge portions in friendly surroundings by the cheerful staff at Cornwalls highest Inn.

With its central Cornwall location it was easy to reach both coasts of Cornwall in roughly 20 miles to Padstow and Newquay on the north coast and the same again to St Austell and the awe inspiring Eden Project on the south coast.  But wherever you visit you will always be looking forward to returning to the farm and its solitude which we all agreed is where priceless family memories were made!!

Many thanks to Dominic and Cathy , please don't change a thing!

 The Gonsalves family, Bournemouth. 

Aug 27, 2013 by Jason
★★★★★

Amazing Campsite

This is our favourite campsite by which all others are judged. It's in an amazing setting, which is just so peaceful and laid back. The owners are very welcoming and have always been very flexible with us in terms of our booking arrangements. We've camped at this site and stayed in one of the yurts, both of which were great experiences. The yurts are very well equipped, and comfortable, and the camping pitches (well there aren't any to speak of) so needless to say you never feel cramped. Our little boy loves all the animals and the games room! The shower facilities are the best ever. They are proper hot, and they are family sized. You can actually get dry properly in them, which is a rare treat when camping. We would highly recommend this campsite and will keep returning.

Aug 19, 2013 by Babydumbo
★★★★★

south penquite

We love this campsite, probably our favourite campsite in Cornwall. Not the best location for the beach, but certainly lovely place to stay.  Have had ducks and chickens come into our tent. Lovely relaxed feel to the place. Nice, clean showers, with lots of space.  We've been back to stay loads of times. Highly recommended.

Aug 13, 2013 by tim.charles
★★★★★

What beautiful views

I love arriving at a holiday destination when the destination is way better then than you'd ever imagined. The site really is in the middle of nowhere, on top of a moor  facing sweeping views down to the Camel Estuary, Padstow and beyond. Our stay coincided with some lovely summers days and after burnt orange sun sets, the night sky came alive in the near darkness of the moor. The cloak of night crackled and sparked with our (permitted) camp fire [Logs and firelighters available at the farm] and if i had remembered the marsh mellows they would have toasted up just fine, instead the Havana Rum warmed the coolness of the still moorland air.

Most campers have tales of character building toilets and no go shower blocks, but no such tales emanating from South Penquite. The Showers are hot, perhaps too hot and are powered by the Sun... Yes really. The loos are colourful, clean and feature Pirate FM as the in khazi entertainment.. 

The beaches of North Cornwall and the busy Rick Stein(tm) themed Padstow are only a Flip Flop's throw away.

We are already booking next years pitch, I hope nothing changes.

Aug 12, 2013 by Steve
★★★★★

Our favourite campsite.

This campsite is what camping is all about for our family. There's lots of space so you can pitch the tent where you like, build a fire and then relax while the kids disappear off to catch a chicken or make a secret den in the hedgerow.  

It feels like it is in the middle of nowhere but then one night, the most amazing pop-up fish cafe appeared in the barn. Tables popped up, chairs appeared and suddenly we felt almost sophisticated. Still one of our best ever holiday meals. 

Also, down on the basic level the showers are really big, very private and have endless hot water. We are the cleanest, happiest campers when we're at Penquite. We've been here twice now, and will be heading back again this summer. 

Jun 10, 2013 by BLC
★★★★☆

Thank you.

Just a note, to thank you very much for this past week’s camping – we had a great time. I know we were really blessed by the wonderful weather...but your farm and its facilities were no less a part in the experience! Great to have a family friendly site in a lovely location, children enjoyed the animals and we applaud what you’re doing with the eco-friendly/organic approach. The Smith family, Winchester
Aug 1, 2012 by plancr
★★★★★

Brilliant Bodmin

HI Dominic & Cathy Just a quick note to let you know that our stay with you was excellent, your campsite was relaxing, well maintained and beautiful. It was refreshing to go to a campsite that was actually focused on the campers whilst maintaining a Eco friendly existence. My wife in particular loved the great showers and restrooms. Fab for kids, safe areas, wonderful array of small farm animals wandering round, my Godson was amazed. Once again thanks and we will be back.
Jul 30, 2012 by Vimmes1
★★★★★

South Penquite

If you are seeking a 'get away from it all and relax' campsite with excellent facilities and fantastic standards of maintenance, you will find it here at South Penquite. There are no numbered pitches, which results in a freedom to camp 'where you want' and leaves lots of room between one pitch and another. An added bonus for the children was the opportunity to hold a campfire; with logs, kindling and firelighter, we had plenty of wood to have a campfire for three nights, for an extremely reasonable cost.

Set in beautiful surroundings, the farm offers its own walk, not only through rich archeological and historical sites, but also around breathtaking scenery, following the DeLank river and looking out over several stunning areas of Bodmin Moor.

Camping here offers a real sense of the farm spilling out in to the campsite, with free range turkeys, ducks, chickens, fowl and friendly cats sharing your camping experience with you. It's beautifully quiet and tranquil and even a full campsite feels peaceful. Break out the marshmallows and the walking boots; it's an experience that we will definately repeat for years to come!

Aug 18, 2011 by clane
★★★★★

South Penquite

Awesome location right on the edge of bodmin moor! fantastic ammenities and beautiful views combined with friendly owners, their gorgeous dogs :) and the friendliest band of ducks you will ever meet.

Close to Eden Project and Gardens Of Helligan, Bike friendly and lots of walks to do in the surrounding area. Being able to have a fire makes all the difference not to mention being able to buy everything you need to make it from the farmhouse including lamb burgers! A Must stay if you are in the area, its a little out of the way up a winding road but well worth it.

Aug 17, 2011 by fitzmaurices

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