Bay View Farm

UK England South West England Cornwall Looe

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Dogs welcome
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
A good base for exploring a less fashionable but interesting part of Cornwall (and all with a panoramic view)

Meet someone who has camped at Bay View Farm and you can instantly tell there is something special about the place. You can tell by the passion with which they speak about it and the joy that comes with recalling the local beaches, the fresh fish and chips, and the Polperro tea rooms. People love this little campsite and the owners, who have worked tirelessly over the years to keep it in top shape, do to.

When you see the view, you realise why. It’s about as good as it gets on the south coast of Cornwall, with vistas across to West Looe on the far side of Hanner Fore. You can also see across the water to St George’s Island, a remote island with no running water, electricity or other inhabitants. Previously owned by a schoolmistress from Surrey and her sister, they threw themselves into life on St George’s and lived there for many years until they died. Thankfully, they turned down multimillion pound offers for the island from developers and it has now passed to the Cornwall Wildlife Trust who maintain it as a nature reserve.

Back at Bay View, today's managers keep everything just so, from the eight brand new pods and clean, modern amenities block to the prize-winning shire horses in the adjacent field. It’s not a massive site: there are around 25 pitches available to tents, motorhomes and caravans during mid season, which tilt at an increasingly steep angle towards the sea. Sleep the wrong way and you’ll have blood rushing to your head, sleep the right way and you’ll be able to enjoy the view in the morning without getting out of bed. Still worried about space? Well don’t because during peak season, a second field is magically opened, which will give you another 40 pitches to choose from. If that still isn’t enough, then treat yourself to a camping hug in the form of an insulated glamping pod.

Nearby attractions include Polperro, a quaint and picturesque fishing village with tea rooms, fudge shops and galleries in a car-free higgle-piggle of alleys and narrow lanes. You can also find fresh fish for your BBQ, or if cooking sounds too much like hard work, head to the oldy-worldy Three Pilchards pub by the quay for locally caught fish and tasty ales.

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Facilities

Toilets, free hot showers, coin-operated laundry, electric hook-ups and WiFi.

Suitable For

Tents, campervans, caravans, kids, dogs – yes.

Nearby

Go shark fishing with The Energy of Looe (01503 263747).

Food & Drink

Visit Purely Cornish deli (01503 262696) in Looe for supplies from small Cornish producers. In summer, enjoy the views from the beer garden at The Smugglers Inn (01503 250646), Seaton, just 45 metres from the beach. In winter, head for the snug Three Pilchards (01503 272233) in Polperro.

Opening Times

All year.

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Pitches

25 pitches (and an extra 40 in the extra field during peak season), plus 8 glamping pods.

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Location

Contact Bay View Farm, St Martin's Road, St Martin, Looe, Cornwall PL13 1NZ

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Getting There

From Plymouth, take the A38 to Trerulfoot roundabout. From here follow signs for Looe on B3253/A387 until you reach No Man’s Land, where you bear left to follow signs for the Monkey Sanctuary and then Bay View Farm.

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