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 is our workshop where we make the camping tents.
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.
The Sleeping Tents
There are six bedroom tents, three with double beds and three with twin single beds. They have carpeted wooden floors, real beds, rugs & wall linings, chest of drawers, bedside tables, tea-lanterns and solar light.
Duvets & pillows are available free of charge, but if you wish to use them you must bring your own sheets, duvet covers and pillowcases. Alternatively, you are welcome to bring your own sleeping bags and pillows.
The larger tents are roomy enough for extra people allowing up to sixteen people in total. We have foam camping mattresses and a trvel cot available but you will need to bring all bedding/sleeping bags for them.
If you are unable to bring bed linen, for instance if you are travelling from abroad, please let us know as we may be able to provide some for a small charge.
We also have a caravan on site that sleeps two more people. It has a double bed but does not have it's own toilet or shower facilities, so like another bedroom really.
The Kitchens Cabins
The three kitchen cabins are fully equipped with, fridge, pans, crockery, glasses and utensils, gas hob, tables and chairs and solar light - in other words everything you would need to cook up a gourmet meal. They also have their own stand-pipes and, as all the water here is from a bore-hole, it tastes delicious.
The 'Bar' and Recreation Tent
This large 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.
The Showers & Toilets
There are two showers and two toilets 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
This is a great place to sit of an evening, tell stories and gaze at the stars. The fully equipped covered barbeque is wood fired - but you can also bring charcoal if you like - and can even be used in rainy weather. Wood is provided for the campfire, barbeque and woodburner in the 'bar' tent.
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 lower 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 late 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 rarely 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 tranquillity. We also play music ourselves and sometimes can be persuaded to play of an evening round the campfire.
If you would like to stay with us outside of the camping season, then available all year is Little Owl, our self contained studio annex - sleeps 2/3.