Those among you who like luxury berths, teeny tiny farm sites, cracking customer service and picking up fresh organic eggs/rare breed meat to sizzle gently over the campfire should flock to Penbugle Farm (‘shepherd’s hill’ in Cornish) for some properly peaceful days.
Even by Cornish standards, the location of Penbugle Farm is one to toot about: between the old market town of Liskeard and the fishing port of Looe; 25 minutes from the Tamar Bridge and the Devon / Cornwall border, and halfway between the highlights of Bodmin Moor and Dartmoor. It’s run by the five members of the hospitable Ridout family, who have been living on and farming this land since moving from Dorset in 2005: if this is your first visit to Cornwall, they’ll be happy to share their tips and info on things to do.
On the farm, you won’t even hear a car engine roaring past your pitch – cars are only allowed in the designated parking area outside the paddock to keep things as safe and sedate as possible on site. (Fret not if you’re thinking this means you have to stagger to your pitch or wigwam with armfuls of kit; wheelbarrows and trolleys are provided to cart your stuff/over-excited small children/the dog along to where you’re staying.)
Whether guests wheel their bits and bobs to pick a tent pitch, bed down in a bell tent or wake up in a wooden wigwam, they all have access to the pristine Penbugle facilities including loos, showers, a washing-up area with hot and cold taps, and a cleanly kept communal kitchen with cooker, microwave, fridge, kettle, pots and pans (recycling facilities are available too).
Outdoors, there are picnic tables to park at and have your campfire-cooked meal; you can pick up fresh farm and local produce on site when available, as well as wood and fuel for a campfire or barbie. And don’t forget your torch and wellies: this is serious stargazing country because of the low light pollution…cosmic.
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Arrive:Mon 2 Sep 2013
Depart:Tue 3 Sep 2013
You can now make a booking for up to 30 adults and 30 children on Pitchup.com.
Many sites set a maximum occupancy of 6/8 people per pitch, so try breaking your booking down into smaller groups to generate more results. For example, if you’re a group of 10, enter 5 people in your initial search and then book 2 pitches.
Use the 'Special requests' box on the booking page to ask to be sited together when booking multiple pitches: the campsite or park will try to grant your request.
Large groups: check the listing page for any group restrictions set out in the terms and section titled ‘Please note’.
Large tents/caravans: check the restrictions on unit dimensions to ensure your unit is suitable for the space you will be provided with.
Max. persons: unlimited
Ground type: Grass
Gazebo, pup tent or awning are not permitted.
Max. persons: 5x
Our wigwams are set in a small grass paddock behind the farmhouse.
Each wigwam is provided with mattresses - layout can be modified to sleep different combinations. Remember to bring your own bedding, linen and towels.
Each wigwam has electric lighting, a panel heater, and standard UK household sockets (three-pin).
They have a touch more luxury than camping in a tent and are great value for money.
Each warm and comfortable wigwam is equipped with a kettle, toaster, fridge, a stand-pipe for water and also has an outdoor picnic table and decking.
Max. persons: 5x
Our bell tents are positioned in a grass paddock next door to the wigwams. Each bell tent has up to five cotton roll mattresses. Remember to bring bedding, linen and towels.
Bell tents have coir matting and cotton rugs to keep bare feet happy and cosy.
Lighting is supplied by gentle LED solar-powered string lights and a rustic tea light chandelier, which lights up the tents beautifully and provides warmth for guests.
The chandelier can be hoisted higher up the centre pole to avoid little hands meddling.
Each bell tent is pitched on a wooden decking to keep off the ground in wet weather and add a little more to that glamping experience.
They have views of the farm and each has a picnic table.
Barbecues are permitted outside the tents only. Toilet, shower and washing-up facilities are a short walk away in the next field.
There is also a shared kitchen area with kettle, microwave and fridge.