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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exude the same rustic feel as the rest of the farm – hardwood floors, rugs, and wooden furnishings feel aged but not outdated – and offer the extra comfort of a proper double bed.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.
Bude, Cornwall, England, United KingdomTraditional, ancestral territory of various First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Anna S.Joined in April 2016
22 Ratings · 29 reviews
August 20, 2023
Simply Camping - Van/Tent Pitch
Love this campsite!
The pitch was in a fantastic location so peaceful and lots of space!
The shower was lovely 😊
The host Anna was really lovely also.
I would totally recommend
Thank you !
August 14, 2023
Simply Camping - Van/Tent Pitch
We enjoyed our stay here as it is a quiet site with just the four pitches in our field. Anna and her family were lovely and welcoming.
August 8, 2023
Exclusive Too tent pitch
We had a wonderful time here! Anna is a great host, she was so friendly and helpful. The location and facilities were perfect and we will be returning as soon as we can :)
September 23, 2022
Great Orchard Cabin
Just glorious 😊
We loved the gorgeous cosy cabin. It was lovely to have our own field, firepit and facilities. It felt secluded and peaceful with a big, starry sky at night and a very tame and persistent robin wanting feeding in the mornings.
August 28, 2022
Exclusive Camping van/tent pitch
Quiet and private camping
Lovely private pitch with our own facilities. Loads of space and I would consider inviting friends to stay with us in future. Views were lovely and it was so quiet. Of you love a private and quiet camping experience this is definitely for you.
June 29, 2022
Simply Camping tent pitch
Perfect Hosts, perfect site
Perfect hosts, perfect site.
Hardly ever hear traffic and has beautiful, far reaching views
From the host
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.
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 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 and drink
Bude (15 minute drive) has plenty of eating options, including 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 provisions.