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Belle Tents Camping

UK England South West England Cornwall Tintagel

  • Laundry
  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
The site’s large enough for everyone to have their own space, but small enough never to worry about the kids: they’re almost certainly making friends in the next-door camp

Poet John Betjeman, synonymous with all things truly ‘English’ earmarked Cornwall as his favourite place in the entire country and he wrote about it a great deal. He’s buried at the church at St Enodoc – for all those campers who wish to pay him homage. So because Cornwall is truly Betjeman-country, it’s completely appropriate that you can camp in a bell tent, reading to your children from A Ring of Bells (for younger readers), to the distant sound of the bells of St Endellion church. It really is a beautifully beguiling thought. 

Belle Tents is a great place for wildlife-spotting, so the budding naturalists in the family can have a field day, particularly in the evenings, when butterflies and moths fl it around the wild garden. But however you choose to fill your time during your stay, there’s something theatrical about being here. The tents are set up like a medieval encampment, reminding all of times gone by. Hippies at heart, site owners Laura and Dave make these wonderful tents themselves. Their studio is just beside this sunny, southwesterly- facing site, which is also home to rare-breed cattle and ponies grazing in the fields alongside. A stunning setting that might just inspire you to write some poetry of your own.

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Facilities

The camping field is divided into 3 camps, each containing 2 tents, one with a double and 1 with twin beds, accommodating 4–6 people. Camping is a doddle, as each tent’s kitted out with cutlery, firewood, a BBQ and a cooker, with a few essentials such as tea. Campers are asked to bring their own linen, and each camp has a separate high-pressure shower and toilet. There’s one large communal fire. At night the site’s lit by solar markers, which campers can use as nightlights. There’s a gorgeous children’s tent with formica-topped tables and jam jars stuffed with wild flowers, where children congregate to play, with a wood-burner for chilly evenings. There are games like dominoes and cards, as well as plenty of paper and crayons, a few paperbacks and table football. 

Nearby

The sandy delights of the north coast are 5 miles away; Tintagel Castle (01840 770328) and beach is great for a day out. Polzeath beach (01208 862003) is particularly good for surfing, with several different surf schools jostling for space beside ice-cream shops. You can go seal-watching at the Rumps, and dolphins are sometimes seen off New Polzeath. Hire a boat at Bude and row up the canal, which will seem wonderfully quiet after the hoards on the coast. Walk along the river for a picnic, starting in the middle of Camelford, where there’s a park with swings.

Food & Drink

Each camp has its own garden with edible plants and herbs, and the communal fire often means campers cook together. There’s a Co-op, fish-and-chip shop and Chinese take-away in Camelford, and the Masons Arms (01840 213309) does great food, especially local sea bass and mussels. There’s also a first-rate fruit-and-veg shop called A1 Fruiterers. The Rising Sun (01566 86636), near Altarnun, has excellent food. There’s a good fish shop at Widemouth for mackerel for the barbie.

Opening Times

End April–3rd week in Sept

Family Friendly

There are horses in the field beside the site.

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Location

Contact Belle Tents Camping, Owl’s Gate, Davidstow, Camelford, Cornwall PL32 9XY

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Getting There

From the M5 at Exeter, take the A30 towards Bodmin. Three miles past Launceston take the second exit for the A395 towards North Cornwall and Wadebridge. After 8 miles enter Hallworthy. Carry on towards Camelford for another mile. On the brow of the hill turn left, then go down the hill to a T- junction. Turn left then right up a track (you should see the Belle Tents sign). Continue towards the house with the red-tiled roof.

You really do need a car, but those brave enough to try it without need to take a train/coach to Exeter St Davids, then a Greyhound coach to Davidstow Church. Walk from there.

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Rated ★★★★★ over 4 reviews

★★★★★

The best holiday

We have stayed at Belle Tents two years running and hope to book again for next summer. Both times we booked as part of a large group with several families, the way that Belle Tents is set up is perfect for this as there are several communal areas but the separate camps give each family enough privacy when needed. The bar tent is fantastic, the children loved eating their breakfast at the bar each morning and it is somewhere for everyone to hang out in the evenings with a wood burning stove and music. The site is secure with plenty of running around space for the children, they seemed to have a magical summer holiday. We have 3 children and both times this has been the most relaxing holiday that we could hope for. Close to some fantastic beaches and attractions. Laura and Dave are helpful, relaxed hosts who are happy to join you for a beer and a chat around the campfire. It's a real gem and we can't wait to go back. 
Oct 7, 2014 by Doris
★★★★★

Fantastic!

Belle Tents is by far the best camping experience I have ever had. It is like the comfort of your own home in the great outdoors, add in a few great friends and you will have a fantastic time. Set in beautiful countryside, within easy reach of many great beaches and attractions, Belle tents has everything you will need for a great holiday. I hope we will be back again for the third time this summer.

Sep 24, 2014 by Liz
★★★★★

Stunning!

I have stayed here twice with a group of friends and our children. We booked out the whole camp and have had the most amazing holidays both times! The site is beautiful, we'll thought out and safe for the children. The tents are delightful and the camp kitchen tents have everything you need. The communal facilities are a real bonus with a fire pit, a wood burning barbecue and a big 'bar tent' with tables and chairs for relaxing on rainy days or chilly evenings. The hosts are very friendly and really know about the local area, suggesting walks and most importantly where to get the best fish and chips!!! I can't recommend this site enough for a beautiful, relaxing holiday!

Sep 24, 2014 by katelytaylor
★★★★★

Super

A smashing experience.  Great using the barbecue and the campfire.  Very welcoming hosts.  I would highly recommend it. 

Jul 28, 2014 by David

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