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exude the same rustic feel as the rest of the farm – hardwood floors, rugs, and wooden furnishings feel aged but not outdated – and offer the extra comfort of a proper double bed.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.

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.

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