19th May 2017
Trying to find that perfect escape is something that we spend hours umming and ah-ing over. Where shall we go? How long shall we go for? What shall we take? The list goes on.
Throwing it out to everyone that works here at Bailey, we asked where are your favourite sites in the South-West to stay at when looking for that perfect caravan or motorhome holiday.
While the range of campsites went from traditional campsites in Dorset to glamping sites in Cornwall, we put together our favourite 5 campsites in the South-West and what’s so great about them.
On top of the hill overlooking Polperro, Great Kellow Farm was firmly put forward by Bart from marketing. After visiting a number of campsites with his family, it was the site in Lansallos that is one of only two sites he and his family have returned to.
Bart loves this campsite and the area makes it the ideal getaway for his family. The ancient pirate town of Polperro has some lovely pubs, especially the Blue Peter Inn, overlooking the harbour.
“On the east side you’re dead close to Looe, with some of the best crabbing around,” said Bart, “they have an annual rubber duck race and some amazing pasty shops.”
While the east side is a crabbers paradise, on the west side there’s Fowey with its chain ferry and ‘Cowes’-esque atmosphere, the tiny fishing village and beach of Polkerris before you get to Pas Sands and St Austell bay.
Speaking about the site Bart describes it as “small and friendly and on a working cattle farm, which is part of its appeal,” he said. Rounding off why he loves it so much, he said “It’s about 10 minute’s walk from Polperro and a pub, so long as you don’t mind a wonderfully steep hill.”
While Bart loves his campsite for all that it gives his family, Diane from customer service loves her Cornish retreat because it’s great for her and her dogs. Describing Gwithian Farm as a beautifully managed site with friendly and helpful owners that live on-site, it’s the scenery and location that allow her to get out and about with her dogs.
“With a café situated on the dunes that do a lovely cream tea, we can spend the mornings walking the dogs, it’s ideal as we can walk across the dunes or down onto the 3-mile dog-friendly beach.”
Getting out in the open is what Diane loves doing the most, but the campsite is perfect because it’s quiet but provides her with everything she needs.
“Food vendors visit the site every day, and it has a small shop for all essentials. In the mornings we’ll wake up and make the short walk to get croissants, pastries, and newspapers. Oh and there’s a pub just across the road, which specialises in local produce. We love it.” Why? “Because it’s dog-friendly” replied Diane.
With great facilities and family entertainment, Newlands in Charmouth, Dorset is great for families described Simon from Prototype. “The soft play they have is great for my kids, who are 8 and 11,” said Simon.
With a beach nearby and Charmouth a stone's throw from Newlands, it gives him and his family everything they need. Starting off 12 years ago in a farmer's field, Simon and his family have now moved their Bailey Senator Series 6 Carolina to the Dorset campsite and try to get away every weekend they can.
“Charmouth gives us everything we need, the small village is near Lime Regis and Westbay, with two small cafes off the beach it means I can do some Mackerel beach casting, so it’s great for fishing. I usually go early in the morning, so in the afternoon we’ll take some bikes out along the beach.”
But what Simon really likes about the campsite is that it’s not a franchise, it’s a one-off site, with great facilities, and when they’re really feeling like getting out and about, they’ll hop on the bus and take the coastline route from Exeter to Weymouth.
While Dorset was Simon’s destination of choice, Colin from Product Development has been taking his Bailey Pegasus 534 to Trevornick in Holywell Bay, Cornwall for 22 years. Once a year, over Whitsun, Colin will take his family to Newquay for the Cornwall escape.
“I’ve been going for 22 years now,” said Colin, “When I first started going the kids were 2, 4 and 6 and two of them still come now. When they were teenagers they’d come and stay in tents and we all love Trevornick more than anywhere else we’ve been.”
With a golf course, fun fair and outdoor pool on-site, it’s the friendly atmosphere of the campsite that Colin finds most appealing, along with the chance to get out on the stunning Cornish coastline.
“It’s a 5-star site, you can just walk through the campsite over the dunes and you’re on the beach. It’s the scenery and location, plus it’s close to Newquay and the facilities are amazing.”
When looking for that perfect couple escape, Hannah from Marketing says you can’t get better than the family-owned Wooda Farm Holiday Park in Bude, Cornwall.
“We went to Wooda for a whole family get together. With my parents and sister both owning caravans they were able to book pitches next to each other. As me and my husband don’t own a caravan yet and don’t have children we had the perfect stay in the site's vintage 1958 caravan, Bessie.”
Being located on the border of Devon and Cornwall was the perfect location for Hannah and her family. “It by far outranks anywhere else we’ve ever stayed,” said Hannah.
Giving her take on the best South-West campsites around, Hannah said “We loved how you could do as little or as much as you like, and there were plenty of things to do as a family. My family had taken their caravan to Wooda a number of times and they knew how much we’d love it.”
“But what we loved the most is how unique it was, woodland walks, with Cornish pixies for the kids, tractor and trailer rides, and for the adults… the chance to have my nails done on-site and the amazing cocktails in the loft bar.”