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.
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.
Our home is adjacent to the campsite and we have a quiet workshop nearby in which we run our small business making tents.
We expect to be on hand during your stay in case of any problems, but otherwise will leave you in peace.
We have a resident cat called Murphy. He is big, black, beautiful and could be mistaken for the Beast of Bodmin Moor.
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 our band, The Damp Rats, can be persuaded to play of an evening round the campfire. See: http://www.youtube.com/user/thedamprats
In the bottom field we have made a hen house with run where our chickens live and produce 10 big brown egg per day.
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.