Bakesdown Farm Camping

UK England South West England Cornwall Bude

  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
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exude the same rustic feel as the rest of the farm – hardwood floors, rugs, and wooden furnishings feel aged but not outdated – and offer the extra comfort of a proper double bed.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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Facilities

Choose from Simple Camping, Exclusive, Exclusive Too and Great Orchard Cabin. These holiday spaces each have their own field, and every pitch has a campfire pit (logs £3.50 per bucket, kindling £1.50 per basket). There is a shower, toilet, fridge-freezer and charging points on the farmyard, along with the little caravan providing colouring in, games and toys, and ice creams for sale! The Cabin and Exclusive Too each have their own private kitchen hut, compost toilet and gas-heated shower. Water taps, recycling and rubbish in all fields.

Suitable For

Galmpers, campers, tents, campervans – yes. Dogs, caravans – no. Groups by arrangement.

Nearby

It's under four miles to Widemouth Bay, with access to the coastal path and several companies offering surfboard hire and lessons. Widemouth is also home to the excellent Bay View Inn, the best pub food in the area (see food & drink). Half a mile further, Bude has two more beaches (with more lessons and boards for hire; 07779 117746) and is backed by a wealth of independent shops. For something different, try horse riding with nearby Broomhill Manor Riding Stables(07899 676746).

Food & Drink

Bude (15-20 minutes’ drive) has plenty of eating options, including River Life Café & Bistro (01288 355994) and The Bank (excellent tapas; 01288 352070). The Bay View Inn (01288 361273) in Widemouth is a family-friendly bar and restaurant with great views. Closer by, The Bullers Arms  (01288 361277) in Marhamchurch is a traditional village pub serving real ales, or Whitstone Stores (01288 341444) for a morning coffee and a few provisions.

Opening Times

April–October.

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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, exclusive camping fields 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.

Accommodation

4 Simple camping pitches (6 people per pitch), 1 Exclusive pitch, a Yurt and a Cabin.

Great Orchard Cabin

Grass pitch Sleeps 5
Great Orchard Cabin is beautiful and individual. It is cool on a hot day, but lovely and cosy by the fire on a cool evening. With wooden floors throughout, a large sitting room and separate bedrooms this is the ultimate in comfortable camping spaces.

Exclusive Camping

Grass pitch Sleeps 8
One private-hire pitch, in a two acre field, with excellent views of the surrounding countryside.

Exclusive Too

Grass pitch Sleeps 8
New for 2019. Another Exclusive Pitch (your own private field) with compost toilet, gas-powered shower, fire pit, and added Kitchen Hut

Simple Camping

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 4 Available
This is basic camping at its best – no electricity, no wifi, but plenty of space, a proper campfire, and sunsets over the sea.

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Location

Contact Bakesdown Farm Camping, Lower Bakesdown Farm, Marhamchurch, Bude, Cornwall, EX23 0HJ

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Getting There

From the A39 turn left to Marhamchurch, heading into the village before turning left at a T-Junction. Keep going for 3 miles, turn left towards Titson. In Titson, take the first right by a little chapel. Bakesdown Farm is about ½ mile on the right – look for red and yellow camping signs.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 11 reviews

★★★★★

Lovely peaceful campsite

Such a relaxing place to stay with large pitches and very peaceful. Even staying in August summer holidays it was very quiet so the best place to come if you’re looking for som rural rest! A short drive to a few beaches. Our kids loved it
Aug 11, 2019 by Liz
★★★★★

Blissful peace & quiet campsite

We have just spent our second camping hols here and yet again it was blissfully quiet and peaceful. Having stayed 4 years ago we decided to treat ourselves again to a week in the Exclusive Pitch, and what a treat it was again! What is so wonderful about this campsite is that is away from the world down a back street with next to no passing traffic. Literally the only noises we heard for a week were beautiful bird song. The area for your tent is huge, so loads of options in regards to which way you want to pitch, they have created a lovely area around the fire pit with logs to either sit on or use as side tables as we did. Having your own toilet on the pitch is bliss, and the gas powered shower hut was spot on and super hot. We had a wander down to the simple camping area and to be honest it’s equally as beautiful with large sized pitches and lovely campfire areas as well. This is a campsite with true campers in mind, we will no doubt be returning. Love it.
Jun 24, 2019 by Fiona Pratt
★★★★★

Beautiful , peaceful, non crowded camp site - Bliss!

Absolutely fantastic camp site! The pitches are well spaced, with only 4 pitches so you know the site won't become overcrowded. We loved the communal areas - our daughter loved the caravan with hot chocolates and plenty of colouring sheets. The shower and toilet facilities were clean and never too busy. There is a lovely little pottery shed with gorgeous items for sale. The site is ideal for site seeing around Cornwall - close to major roads and so easy to get around. One of the highlights for us was the swallows and the bats - amazing to watch their acrobatics. We loved the site so much we're returning next summer. Highly recommend to all!
Sep 16, 2018 by Colette B
★★★★★

Privacy, gas shower hut, child friendly

Great for a private family break, child friendly, can go blackberry picking, beautiful location
Sep 10, 2018 by Anna
★★★★★

Lovely, simple and peaceful

We stayed in the simple campsite, just four mowed areas in the field so each had their own space with fire pit and logs to sit on. Nice hot shower and toilet just up the lane with fridge and freezer to use which was very handy over the hot weekend. Great campsite would definitely recommend for those who want a quiet site away from the hustle and bustle!
Jun 26, 2018 by Chloe
★★★★★

Amazing site - quiet, beautiful, serene, bliss!

What a lovely campsite - I had an amazing stay here and ended up extending my stay by a couple of nights. Located off a quiet country road, but only a 15 minute drive to the beach and Bude, this campsite has lovely views over the countryside. Each pitch felt private with the long grass separating us, and the facilities were immaculate with everything I needed - even including a fridge, freezer and charging point. The owners were really helpful but, after checking everything was ok, left me to enjoy my holiday. I couldn't recommend this place highly enough, and I can't wait for my next holiday!
Jun 24, 2018 by Billy1087
★★★★★

Peace and quiet

Basic basic basic A perfect escape from humdrum reality Nice owners and helpful You get your pitch and what u put in it is up to you No extras for pup tents gassebo etc And a fire pit to boot 100% recommendation Just hope they are able to keep it this way With out going full on commercial caravan and camping club rubbish A little slice of paradise
Jun 4, 2018 by Neill
★★★★★

A hidden gem

An absolute delight of a campsite. I arrived after dark on the Friday of the May Day long weekend, but received a warm welcome from Brad. I was in a camper, so had to camp on the parking area, but I had access to one of the pitches with fire pit. The next morning I discovered the mown pitches defined by the longer uncut grass filled with buttercups, with an outlook down towards through the rolling hills towards the coast. The facilities are very good, and are in the heart of this working farm. The warmth of the welcome and the overall feel of the site seem to give it a communal atmosphere that make it such a relaxing space. I didn't try the ice cream in the caravan-shop, but I imagine that that adds some fun for the kids. Excellent recycling facilities, a laundry line, and plenty of firewood are nice features of this well-thought through site design. It's just far enough out of the way, but not too far. I'll be back, and recommend you too give it a go.
May 12, 2018 by Tim
★★★★★

Perfect

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!
Aug 20, 2017 by Mcb
★★★★★

Splendid!

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!
Jul 29, 2016 by Alice
★★★★★

Best ever campsite!

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!

May 31, 2016 by Tamsin

Why book with Cool Camping?

  • Best Price Guarantee, with no fees
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