South Penquite Farm

UK England South West England Cornwall Bodmin

  • Laundry
  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
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?



Campfires allowed and wood can be purchased from the farm. Facilities include a shower block with roomy showers, a loo block (watch out for the psychedelic panels made from recycled yogurt pots), with a disabled toilet and shower, and covered washing-up areas. There’s a children’s play area, board games and books in reception and a games area in the barn. As well as geocaching, you can also fish for brown trout on the farm’s own stretch of river between April and September, and walk the 2-mile-long South Penquite Farm trail, spotting sheep, cows and horses, and taking in standing stones, stone circles, a canyon and a quarry.

Suitable For

Tents, campervans, glampers and groups – yes. Dogs – no.


There’s no end to glorious footfall territory on Bodmin Moor so, if you dare face the wrath of the Beast, don your boots and strike out to the ancient standing stones of The Hurlers and The Cheesewring or the peaks of Rough Tor and Brown Willy (Cornwall’s highest points). Being on the Sustrans Route 3 between Bristol and Land’s End, the moorland tracks are very popular with cyclists and you can explore various trails on horseback from Hallagenna Farm (01208 851500). There are pony treks, which are ideal for kids (over 5), or hacking and trail rides for the more experienced. However, if the endless shades of green make you feel a little land-locked, you’re only a short drive from the town of Bodmin, and 25 minutes’ drive from the dramatic seascapes of Trebarwith and Boscastle, and the legendary, stupendously sited castle of King Arthur at Tintagel. Consider, also, a trip to Jamaica Inn, a few miles east, the eponymous inn of Daphne du Maurier’s novel and home to a great Smuggler’s Museum (which also has a room devoted to the writer). Jamaica Inn is also a good place from which to head out on hikes across the moor, and you can leave your car in the car park if you ask nicely. They even offer advice on circular walks you can do from the pub, one to the peak of Brown Willy, at 420m the highest point on the moor, and another an easy stroll to Dozmary Pool, a mysterious place where, according to Arthurian myth, Excalibur was returned to the watery depths.

Food & Drink

Sample some of the home produced mutton burgers and sausages from the farmhouse, or venture into the village shop (01208 851730) for local cheeses and, of course, Cornish pasties. Sausages, burgers and fabulously fresh seafood are available from the pop-up catering van that shows up at the farm every week. If you fancy something else there’s the Blisland Inn (01208 850739), which serves an extensive selection of cask ales alongside great bar snacks in the village of Blisland, about 15 minutes' walk away. The Old Inn, St Breward (01208 850711), is another cosy local serving decent home-cooked food, sourced locally, including a popular all-day carvery on Sundays; plus, if you don’t fancy hopping in the car you can walk here in 45 minutes or so. For a slightly more sophisticated menu but all the character of a 15th-century inn, it’s worth the 20-minute drive to the award-winning St Kew Inn (01208 841259); it’s pub grub, but a cut above most other offerings.



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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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Unmarked camping pitches so there is plenty of room for everybody to stretch out. Plus, yurts with stunning views across the moors, and a couple of bunkhouse type units.

Camping for 1-6 people in tents/campervans

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 33 Available
Unlike most camping in Cornwall, there are no marked pitches and we limit the number of people on site so that there is plenty of room for everybody to stretch out. We also sell home produced lamb burgers and sausages, as well as bags of wood so that you may experience the ultimate in cool camping – a campfire!

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Contact South Penquite Farm, Blisland, Bodmin, Cornwall PL30 4LH

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Getting There

Enter Cornwall on the A30 past Launceston and then take the first exit signposted to St Breward (several miles after Jamaica Inn). This takes you across the Temple Tor road bridge and onto the open moor. Follow this road without turning off (ignoring all turnings for either Blisland or St Breward) for approximately 3 miles and the South Penquite entrance lane will come up on your right. Half way down the lane bear right and choose between the bridge or the ford and then the farm entrance gate will be before you.

There is no public transport to our remote location. The nearest train station is Bodmin Parkway and the only option for the last 10 miles is a taxi.


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Rated ★★★★★ over 65 reviews


We try and visit twice a year.

We try and visit twice a year. We never get bored different walks each time. Awesome facilities. The turkeys actually came and joined in with our group. Can't wait to book for next year xx

Freedom and space.

We loved it here. A wonderful campsite with plenty of space to spread out. Highlights included being able to pitch where we wanted, the campfires allowed; having the Moor on our doorstep; the turkeys, chickens and ducks roaming around; the 2 play areas for the kids; hot, clean showers and food available on Friday & Saturday nights. We loved it. A highlight for our son was taking one of the farm dogs for a walk on the very pretty farm trail (2 hours). Our son wants us to book again for next year! Need I say more?
Aug 29, 2021 by rorky_eileen Verified Review

Great little hideaway

This was such a perfect stay. Such a great place to get away from it all and enjoy the nature but still have all the basic commodities. The facilities were great. The showers were clean and hot with a little changing area. The toilets were super clean with plugs to dry your hair. The fridge and freezer were also a great help. The farm was so beautiful and peaceful. The entire experience the farm provides has been thought out carefully to provide the best stay. Thank you, we will definitely be staying again.
Aug 27, 2021 by Ailis Beirne Verified Review

Back to Nature campsite - just perfect

An amazing back to nature campsite and with good basic facilities. Really great to go to a site where you can choose your pitch, build your own campfire and all surrounded by this wonderful nature. My children particularly loved the animals ( turkey, ducks and chicks) running around. I believe I have them hooked into camping now 😂. Also great spout not just to discover the moor but to reach the north coast (20-30 min) and south coast (40-50min). Recommended for serious campers or those just starting out

All what you need is here!

You can find everything what you need: peace & quiet. playground. farm animal. cleaned toilets & showers. fireplace. chillout room. own space. takeaway at place. Is nothing to complain, this camping is on my top ten list. kids love this place.
Aug 20, 2021 by Konrad Verified Review

A secret gem!

AmazIng campsite. Spacious, relaxed, fab facilities. A rare combo of an uncommercial campsite with amazing facilities. Best campsite we’ve been to. Shh… don’t tell anyone!
Aug 15, 2021 by Seirian Verified Review

Lovely quiet family campsite

2nd time we've been and still loved it. Perfect for kids - ours are 4 and 7-with a playground, undercover play area and farm animals wandering about. Very quiet at night from 10 onwards and tents all really spaced out. The facilities are amazing, toilets and showers are spacious and clean (and hot!), several washing up stations, drinking water , fridge/freezer and washing machine. Lovely place in lovely location.

Lovely relaxed campsite.

A very relaxed campsite with pitching where you like. Lots of small fire pits situated around for cooking or evening camp fires. If you don’t fancy cooking the barn bites offer an number of delicious cooked foods that can be ordered via text earlier in the day. The showers are roomy, hot and clean as are the other facilities. The hire of lockers with plugs in for charging is a great bonus. Access on to the moor is easy and we did the farm walk which was most enjoyable. If you have children there is a good play area, a barn with games in and plenty of open space to run around. Overall a very good place to stay.

Amazing times

Hi all This camping side it's given to my family the time off relaxing,by in touch with nature and recharge with the positive energy from the nature. The facility are great and the staff are nice and helpful. All the best!

Lovely farm campsite with great facilities

Great position for exploring Cornwall without the busy crowds, very peaceful site, lovely, spacious pitches which felt private but regularly invaded by chickens and ducks!!! Facilities are brilliant, lots of covered washing up areas, toilets and showers which are really spacious and spotless. It was a pleasure to spend time at this campsite and will definitely return in the future.

Peace & tranquility

A beautiful site away from the madding crowd, plenty of safe space for young children to play and with livestock free to roam the farm, roads and moors it really is like a safari trail at times 😀. The Yurt was fantastic - a much easier option than our usual tent due to the distance we travelled to get there. Great informative trails with stunning scenery around South Penquite. A 5* recommendation from us!
Jul 10, 2021 by Jenny Price

Best campsite in Cornwall!

South Penquite is utterly charming. The facilities are great, with plenty of space to spread out in their beautiful fields. There are so many wonderful touches, from the complementary eco-friendly washing up liquid, the fridge, freezer and washing machine, the campsite's own weekend food offerings (the burgers were amazing) and even the option of taking the friendly campsite dog for a walk around the land. There are so many animals to enjoy both on the site itself and in the surrounding moor. Polzeath and Fistral beaches are both an easy 40min drive, and the Eden Project is only half an hour away. We will definitely be going back!

Fantastic campsite

A lovely campsite located in beautiful surroundings. Clean facilities. You can buy firewood to make your own campfire. And have a few unannounced visits from the hens, ducks and turkeys. We will recommend to our clients at

Super lovely

Really nice cute campsite, really tucked away and a really lovely place to visit. Local campsite cat was really cute and friendly. Toilets and shower facilities where both really clean so would recommend. However the directions given are kind of useful and make you get lost quite easily.

Lovely short stay - will stay longer next time!

We found the campsite with no problems (beautifully located on the moors) and by our amazement was greeted by a load of Turkeys waddling through the gate which have now become one of my new favourite animals as they were brilliant! We were meant to be staying Monday-Thursday but ended up shooting off one day early as unfortunately the weather got the best of us. The toilets and showers were the best I've ever seen at any campsite and was very useful to have white goods that could be utilised. There was loads to explore around the area from Delphi's bridge to Bradford bridge which were both within walking distance. We made friends with the local cat who was very talkative and ended up staying in the tent with us on the second night which made it feel very homely. We also had a Newt in our tent on the first night to my excitement as I love the little creatures. We thouroughly enjoyed our stay it was just unfortunate about the weather - we originally wanted to stay earlier in the year but unfortunately my partners work has a habit of cancelling his holidays at the last minute however the owners were more than happy to rearrange for us and made the process completely hasse-free! We will definitely be back again but probably not until next summer now. Hopefully we'll be able to enjoy more of the surrounding areas then and stay for longer this time.

Clean, comfortable living!

We stayed in the golidilocks yurt which was just great! Has everything you need for the weekend which makes packing a lot lighter. All amenities on site were clean and easily accessible. Lots of lovely little animals roaming around the place. Would absolutely return xx

Refreshing get away

We stayed in the Baby Bear yurt (cute name!) which was cute and cozy with a log burner. So good to get away and loved having no electricity- you could have cozy nights in With just the candle light which was romantic and just felt really special. The window in the roof of the yurt meant that you could see the stars at night lying in bed. Toilets and showers were really nice- I was surprised as I have stayed at other places that I thought would be nice but were audio! Really clean, attractive and colourful and eco friendly too. Loved the location right on there moor, where you could hear owls and horses. Was a little chilly at night as we went in autumn but really loved the freshness and cleansing quality of this- and the log burner sorted it right out once it was lit. The only thing I would change is that mattress was a bit uncomfortable spring wise but not enough to make you not be able to sleep. Really loved staying there and had a wonderful time in Cornwall!
Sep 26, 2020 by Marisa Crane Verified Review

Back to nature

Myself and my Husband just spent a fabulous weekend at the site. The facilities are second to none. Loved the fact that we could have a fire. All the very friendly animals made it extra special, especially the ginger cat. He or she loved spending time next to our van. Beautiful scenery and so many places to walk and ride. Definitely be back again. Hoping next time to enjoy a lamb burger.
Sep 20, 2020 by Bev

Cozy, clean and serene

We booked a yurt at the last minute as there was nothing else around, so didn't know what to expect. When we arrived everything was set up for us, the yurt was cozy with plenty of room, and nicely decorated. Everything you could need was there, pots and pans, a stove, a wood-burner and an outdoor fire pit. The toilet and shower facilities were super clean and the water was warm. There was even a communal fridge and freezer. The location is very isolated, but beautiful, and about half an hour from either the north or south coast. We would love to come back again for a longer stay.
Sep 17, 2020 by Nick Rouse Verified Review

We absolutely loved it!

We've camped at a few venues in Cornwall and South Penquite comes out on top. If you're looking to get away from it all for a few days and relax in stunning, tranquil surroundings then this is the place for you. Super-relaxed atmosphere everywhere, the showers and toilet facilities are immaculate and there's plenty to keep you interested on-site, with the table tennis table in the barn seeing regular use. Chickens, turkeys and a handful of very friendly farm cats litter the site, expect the latter to pop over regularly for the odd snooze. There are great walks around the farm and beyond and the nearby Blisland Inn (a 30-minute walk over the moor) is a brilliant, friendly village pub with solid food and great, exclusive ales. Can't recommend it enough and we'll definitely be back!

A beautiful, relaxed and clean campsite

Great facilities. Fabulous site

Beautiful campsite set in the stunning moorland

We camped here with our two kids (5 and 2) in early August for 5 nights, not usually a camping fan, I have been converted and wish we had booked for longer. We loved the relaxed atmosphere, the campfires, the chickens, ducks and turkeys roaming round and the freedom the children could have cycling/running round and the playground. The walk around the farm is pretty special and all the facilities are excellent, great family showers, always clean and some nice touches with the local radio playing in the toilets. The lamb sausages and burgers were also delicious! We will be back, really felt like a special spot where you can recharge.
Aug 12, 2020 by Mary-Ann Lewis

Spacious campsite with great facilities, a little remote

The campsite had tons of room for everyone to enjoy... you could pick your own spot and as there weren't too many other campers we had plenty of choice! Shower and toilet facilities were fab! The lamb burgers were delicious - I would highly reccomend. Only downside was the location, other than the beautiful moors there was nothing in walking distance. The nearest shop/pub in Blisland was 35 minutes walking along very narrow lanes. Which wouldn't of been too much of a problem if we hadn't of been unlucky enough to have heavy rain every evening.
Jul 27, 2020 by Cath

An amazing one night stay

We stayed for one night, fabulous place, very clean, superb atmosphere. We had the lamb burgers and sausages, cooked them on a fire. Loved every minute of our stay. Thank you 😊😊😊
Jul 25, 2020 by Judy McMahon Verified Review

Space and beautiful views

This is a very special campsite with a sense of the wild and far reaching views. It has all the facilities you could need and is super clean. We loved doing the farm trail, a lovely few hours through ancient woodland, by the side of a river and over the moorland. Peaceful and perfect.
Jul 24, 2020 by Jane Youlton Verified Review

Magical camping

Absolutely loved this campsite. It’s location directly on Bodmin Moor was very tranquil, with fabulous views of the moors and incredible light and open skies for star gazing. They were operating at reduced 50% capacity due to COVID which meant it never felt busy and the facilities were always quiet. The kids loved the play areas and following the chickens around and the family sized showers were spacious and clean. We walked the 25 mins into the pub at Blisland which is a super pretty little village and a great walk over the moor.
Jul 22, 2020 by Clare

Beautiful location with excellent facilities

Me and my partner traveled around Cornwall for 5 days and this was the best of three campsites we stayed at. There were three fields to choose from, LOADS of space and great views out over the Cornish landscape. Facilities were fab, clean showers and toilets. Fridges, washer dryers, phone charging available. Hilarious farm animals roaming around. There are a couple of walks that have been mapped out, we did the Granite trail and really enjoyed it. Would definitely go back, either just by ourselves or as a group. The pitches are varied with some secluded and larger fields available. Happy camper :) 5*****
Jul 20, 2020 by Tom

Great family friendly campsite in beautiful location

Set in stunning scenery on open moorland we camped for three nights with our two young children. Very friendly and relaxed, with lots of space. Nice to be able to have a campfire and the lamb burgers were very tasty. Will be back again I'm sure.
Jul 19, 2020 by Paul Moulson Verified Review

Total relaxation

Gorgeous location off the beaten track. It was lovely to sit by my own campfire at night and take a morning stroll amongst sheep, horses, chicks, and ducks. The showers were a perfect temperature.

Beautiful Baby Bear Yurt

We stayed in the baby bear yurt and had a wonderful time. It is well equipped for basic cooking needs. The log burner was brilliant and a nice touch to provide a starter pack of logs and kindling - which can be replenished for a small cost if needed. Facilities were very clean. We walked to Brown Willy/Rough Tor from the campsite and enjoyed the local villages of Blisland and St Breward. Special mention to Missie the lovely cat who kept us company.
Jul 17, 2020 by Fergus

Superb short stay

We stayed in the biggest yurt, Daddy Bear. We aren’t really campers, so the yurt was everything we needed: well equipped, comfortable and in a quiet setting. Highlight was our campfire! Showers/ facilities excellent; breakfast rolls were so good! Beautiful setting on the Moor, and easy access to wonderful coast (go to Bossiney Haven). We will return, thank you!
Aug 18, 2019 by Martin Lynch Verified Review

Great family fun

We had a fantastic time at the farm. A welcoming friendly campsite that the whole family enjoyed. We stayed in the Snug which was exactly as the title suggests but was great to sleep on a proper mattress whilst ‘camping’. Our two young boys had a wonderful time. They especially enjoyed being amongst the Turkeys, chickens and ducks but most of all they loved meeting new friends and playing football on the mini pitch. For us adults the log fires and coffee hut, in the mornings, were perfect as were the bacon butties! For location it was great for walks, cycling and easy drives to the nearest coastal paths and attractions. The facilities were great with clean and warm showers. We would highly recommend this campsite and would definite come again if we decided to holiday in Cornwall again.
Aug 10, 2019 by Steve

Beautiful location

Hi, we really enjoyed our stay last week. The campsite is quiet and no dogs allowed which is important for us. We loved having a big space and a campfire. The things that were not so good - the freezer is far too small for the size of campsite and didn’t work very well with lots of people adding and taking out freezer packs frequently. Our packs rarely froze properly. The washing up sinks by the showers didn’t have any hot water, someone said they were not connected to the hot, someone else said it was because the showers take all the hot , whatever the reason, there was never any hot water.

Enough space even in the school holidays

We loved the campsite it never felt overcrowded. Very relaxed, you can pitch when and where you like. The toilets and showers were always clean, we never had to wait even though the site was pretty full. You can walk straight onto the moor. We drove to Polzeath beach, which was lovely. Would definitely go back.
Jul 31, 2019 by Emma Bell Verified Review

Perfect retreat

We stayed in the pod which was perfect for the 2 of us. It had it's own little private garden with basic but adequate furniture and furnishings. The campsite as a whole was fantastic with clean toilets and showers, friendly staff, beautiful scenery and the bacon rolls in the morning were out of this world. If you're looking to switch off and get away from it all I would definitely recommend this site.
Jul 29, 2019 by Jenni Broad Verified Review

Out of the way; great

Lovely campsite on the edge of Bodmin Moor; plenty of space. Nice clean toilet facilities and showers included in the pitch price. Freshly cooked bacon rolls and coffee available for breakfast at weekends and high season. 5 minutes by car to the pub at St. Breward.

Far from peaceful

Great private site, great facilities, spacious, however, very very noisy with loads of teenage schoolchildren making lots of noise late evening and very early morning and also the kennels next door are ridiculously noisy, spoilt by all this noise

Response from South Penquite Farm

Very sorry to hear about your experience John. That night we did have on of the many Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme groups on the campsite from one of the local colleges. They can be a bit noisy, but we do like to support them with discounted camping as our own children benefited so much from the scheme when they were at school. Also we believe that the dog barking was as a result of my Mother's new puppy being kennel trained which unfortunately set our 3 Farm dogs off. 

Easter Brilliance

My husband and I are regular visitors and our stays are always fantastic. We have camped in storms as well as on beautiful sunny days as we had this Easter weekend. Having plenty of space, campfires and amazing facilities at Penquite makes the farm our favourite site.
Apr 23, 2019 by Phelan

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 Verified Review

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 Cobb Verified Review

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


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


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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