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Bush Farm Campsite
38 reviews
Saltash, England
1 acre
50 units
50 Motorhome/tent
As close to wild camping as you can get on a rewilded 200-acre farm in Cornwall
Most kids have some pretty wild ideas about what they want to do when they grow up – and some of them just can’t wait. Take 12-year-old Sophie and her 13-year-old sister, Rosy, who wanted to start a campsite on the family farm. Instead of fobbing these two entrepreneurial kids off with the standard: “That’s nice dear”, their parents embraced the idea and very soon their wild idea became a sold-out-for-summer wild campsite in Cornwall. Opened for the first time in August 2020, Bush Farm Wild Camping’s 20 pitches pretty much sold out on their first day of advertising. So high was the demand that they have decided to add more facilities and more pitches for 2021 (watch this space). But don’t worry, whether there are 20 or 40 pitches, this place will never be crowded. Campers are essentially let loose on the 200-acre farm with a map and the sensible advice to leave at least 50 yards between you and the next tent. It’s a far cry from the neat rows of pitches on some of Cornwall’s more traditional campsites and, in fact, the words “campsite” and “pitches” don’t sum up exactly what’s going on here. So what is going on at this most unusual of farms? Formerly a cattle farm, the Renfree family decided to rewild their land at the beginning of 2020. They have planted 100 acres of wildflower meadows and 20 acres of crops which will be harvested only by the birds they attract. It’s a conservation and biodiversity project that sits well with the low key, off grid camping that’s now on offer. Facilities are simple: a couple of toilets and a couple of showers with a sink for washing up in the less-than-pretty yard area at the entrance of the campsite (don’t let that fool you on arrival). Campfires are allowed in off-ground fire pits and Sophie and Rosy will sell you some recycled wood for your fire – as long as it’s not a school day. But the facilities are not what wows campers here; it’s perhaps more the lack of them. You can pitch up on the hill, down by the river or in amongst the trees. You could spend your whole holiday here but that would be to ignore the other thing that drove the camping bonanza of 2020; the location. Situated just over the Devon-Cornwall border, Bush Farm is about as easily reachable as Cornish campsites get. It’s less than 15 miles from Plymouth and the same distance from the lovely beach at Whitsand Bay and the harbour town of Looe. For families with kids, the Amazing Cornish Maize Maze pops up just down the road in summer season. If your kids have an ounce of the can-do attitude of the Renfree kids they’ll make short work of the maze but don’t forget there’s a wilder chance to get lost back on Bush Farm.
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Saltash, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Scott R.Joined in September 2020
36 Ratings · 38 reviews
John H.recommends
May 29, 2022
Wild Camping Pitch
Loads of room and choice
Loads of space and choice of location, by the river, on the hill or flat field, all with great views. Personally greated and told all about the site and facilities. Toilet and shower blocks basic but clean and functional. Will be returning.
Paul B.recommends
August 30, 2021
Wild Camping Pitch
Plenty of space. Good facilities, in keeping with wild camping. Would certainly stay here again.
Karl F.recommends
August 28, 2021
Wild Camping Pitch
We’re a family of four. It was our first time wild camping and we loved it. Bush farm has go it so right. We pitched by the river. Our nearest ‘neighbours’ were over 50m away. Everything is so well spread out that you never feel cramped or hemmed in by other campers. Booking via the website is easy and the price is very ready reasonable. When we arrived we were greeted by Stu and given a quick briefing on the place, them Left to find our way. It was a great base for exploring Cornwall. The showers were always hot and never ran out of water. Always wood available for the log burners. In all we had a great time. The staff are friendly and helpful. The area is lovely the experience was great. I highly recommend Bush farm wild camping. Thank you.
Hannah D.recommends
August 15, 2021
Wild Camping Pitch
The campsite is very spacious with lovely views: We went at the busiest time and were one of two tents in a field! The facilities are great - proper hot showers, washing up points and it’s all kept very clean and tidy. Aaaaand the staff are so helpful and friendly. Will definitely be back!
Victoria M.recommends
August 14, 2021
Wild Camping Pitch
We stayed for 8 days on this site. There are many positives; such as the real distance between each tent - this really is something special. Some fields are right next to the river and my kids loved this especially the rope swing over it. The facilities are ok, but some of the showers were not consistently hot and often ran cold. The only two I found to be consistent were by the main entrance and these were beautiful and hot. We were unlucky with weather and experienced a lot of rain. This is wild camping, so there are only tracks made my previous car users. This made the tracks phenomenally difficult to drive through/on and actually did get stuck. However I must add that Stu, was so quick to toe us out and was so pleasant and beyond great but I do feel worth warning if the weather is forecast to be wet. Park Close to the entrance as the tracks soon become hard to negotiate Overall, this was very good value for money and the peace and solitude was something that is rare to find on campsite these days. However just worth bearing in mind the weather forecast and if you do decide to camp further away from the main Reception area - you may need to walk for your hot shower
Sadie D.recommends
August 8, 2021
Wild Camping Pitch
The staff were friendly and welcoming and the facilities were always well maintained (with plenty of toilet roll). The whole site was amazingly beautiful and the river running through it clear and fresh. We camped in Furze Camp which had lovely views of the sunset and we were surrounded by wild flowers. Our group had the entire field to ourselves which was great as our three young dogs could roam happily off the lead. The only downside was the weather however the local woodfire pizza oven that visits the site saved us cooking on the rainier of days. Close to everything you might want to visit - we will surely be heading back and will strongly recommend to others.
From the host
Located near Saltash, Bush Farm is a friendly and welcoming destination with great access to Plymouth and the rest of Cornwall. We offer Wild Camping which gives you the option to pitch up anywhere on the 200 acre farm, allowing you to get maximum peace and quiet and fully immerse yourself in the camping experience! Woodland walks, strolls through green fields and waterside wanders by rivers and the lake are all on offer here. Our family-friendly spot is a fab site to bring the kids to, especially if they’re avid nature fans. When you roll up at our green and grassy spot, you’ll be given a map and be left to explore and settle down wherever you please.
Nearby attractions
You are free to explore the 200-acre family farm which includes woodland, river and lakes. Off site, the nearest attraction is the Amazing Cornish Maize Maze (01579 351833) just a mile away. For more adventurous activities, try Adrenaline Quarry (01579 308204), 20 miles from site, where there’s a water park, bungee jumping, go karting and even axe throwing. It’s about the same distance (a drive of 20 minutes) to the nearest beach, Whitsand Bay, where there are three miles of golden sands and a little further to Looe where there’s a beach and a harbour with cafes, shops and facilities. Grown ups might like the golf and spa facilities at St Mellion Estate (01579 351351), 15 miles from site, and if you haven’t been before it’s not too far (30 miles) to the inspiring Eden Project (01726 811911). Plymouth is about 12 miles from site.
Food and drink
The Weary Friar (01579 350238) is the closest pub - just a five minute drive or a one-and-a-half-mile walk along country lanes. There’s a dog-friendly pub, The Crooked Inn (01752 848177), a ten-minute drive away. For a Cornish Cream Tea or a proper English fry-up with a view head for the hills and the spectacularly located Louis Tea Rooms (01579 389223), in the Kit Hill Country Park which is eight miles away and nice for a walk. It also has a farm shop with Cornish produce for sale. The ironically-named Foreign Muck (01752 841133) is recommended and serves burgers, burritos and craft beers in Saltash High Street, five miles from site. The Route 38 American Diner (01752 851038) is about the same distance and a good place to stop en route to Whitsand Bay.

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