Belle Tents Camping is at our home, Owls Gate, which is set in 2½ acres of gardens on the edge of Bodmin Moor and 5 miles from the North Cornwall coast. Secluded at the end of a farm track, we are on the side of a shallow valley and surrounded on three sides by open farmland, home to ponies and rare breed cattle. To the north we are protected by beech trees, beyond which is our only neighbour (100 metres). Close by we have our workshop where we make beautiful garden tents and marquees to order.
The campsite itself is in a landscaped south and west facing field with the south bordering onto farmland. It is divided into three shallow terraces with young trees, shrubs and flowers.
Parking is in front of our workshop which is next to the campsite. Space is limited to six vehicles, so we ask that guests bring no more than two cars for each camp, and please: no large vans or campervans.
The 'Bar' and Recreation Tent is perfect for social gatherings or just relaxing with a drink - bring your own wine or beer. There is a woodburner, fridge/freezer for drinks, powered speakers for Mp3 players etc plus power points for mobile phones. The tent is also nice to be in during wet days for playing our collection of board games, trying on our large selection of dressing-up clothes, or thrashing your friends on our original 1970's football table. Wanted: the footie table takes the old, large 10p - or 2 shilling - pieces. We had about £5 worth to start with but many have got lost, so if you have any in the back of a cupboard you would like to donate to us we would be very grateful.
The Showers & Toilets are in a purpose built building supplied with Ecover hand soap, hand towels and hair-dryer. There is a further shower and toilet in our nearby workshop which also has a washing machine and drying lines.
On the outside of the shower building is a covered washing up area with Ecover washing up liquid.
The campfire and barbeque area is a great place to sit of an evening, tell stories and gaze at the stars. The fully equipped covered barbeque is wood fired - so you don't need to bring charcoal - and can even be used in rainy weather. Wood is provided for the campfire, barbeque and woodburner in the 'bar' tent.
If you want to make sitting around the campfire really special, then try Mystical Fire which will transform the fire into dancing flames of vibrant colours.
There is an additional field that is planted with bamboos and huge grasses with paths to wander round, a lawn with a badminton net and football goal and a secluded jungly area with swing seat and picnic table.
From the corner of the site there is a Cornish sunken lane giving direct access, a walk of about 15 minutes, to Davidstow Moor and Bodmin Moor.
The field has been landscaped with paths to wander around a wild garden area planted with native wild plants, irises and huge grasses which attracts many butterflies, elephant hawk moths and dragonflies of all kinds.
Bird life in our gardens include blue tits, great tits, coal tits, dunnocks, various finches, nuthatches and a pair of greater spotted woodpeckers. Also, of course, swallows, hedge sparrows, blackbirds, wrens and thrushes. Flocks of goldfinches are to be seen during summer gathering seed-heads from the dandelion 'clocks' and from the thistles in the adjoining field. Kestrels and sparrow hawks are often seen and buzzards are a common sight wheeling in the air, however we don't get pestered by noisy seagulls!
At night is gets dark and quiet when you are likely to hear our two kinds of owl: the barn owl and tawny owl.
We expect to be on hand during your stay in case of any problems, but otherwise will leave you in peace.
You are welcome to bring acoustic musical instruments but please, no loud drums! The idea is peace and tranquility. We also play music ourselves and sometimes can be persuaded to play of an evening round the campfire.
Camping not your thing?
Then stay in Little Owl, our self contained studio annex - sleeps 2.