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Bay View Farm Caravan and Camping Site, St Martins, Looe, Cornwall
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Bay View Farm Caravan and Camping Site, St Martins, Looe, CornwallWhen someone puts love into a campsite, it shows; and Bay View Farm is one loved spot. Welcoming owners Mike and Liz have been smitten with the place since 1972 and, after finally buying the firm and opening it to campers in 1999, they've put a whole lot of love into maintaining it.

The beautifully kept site comprises a modest 25 spaces on a sloping field. Pitch your tent the right way up and the slope only enhances your view, which is about as panoramic and impressive as it gets on the Cornish south coast - stretching to West Looe on the far side of Hanner Fore - a real sight for just-woken eyes. During the summer season, an overflow field ensures there's still plenty of space. But whichever field you pitch on, both are wide open spaces guaranteeing a sea view.

If you like your vistas with a challenge then have a crack at the South West Coast Path - within easy reach of the campsite's cosy confines. On your way back, you can pop into quaint fishing village, Polperro, and take your pick from treats at a host of fudge shops, tea rooms, and fishmongers' with fresh catches - perfect for the evening BBQ.

Bay View Farm Caravan and Camping Site, St Martins, Looe, Cornwall


COOL FACTOR Welcoming owners and incredible views.

WHO'S IN? Every man and his dog in every tent/vehicle.

ON SITE Twenty-five pitches in low season, 40 more in high; hook-ups (£3); wi-fi. Free hot showers, loos, coin-operated laundry. Wooden 'snugs' (3) being built. No campfires.

OFF SITE Say hi to the primates at the Monkey Sanctuary (01503 262532; www.monkeysanctuary.org). Be blown away by the Eden Project (01726 811911; www.edenproject.com) about 10 miles away. For something unusual, try tagging a Cornish shark with the Energy of Looe (01503 265837).

FOOD AND DRINK For a proper Cornish lunch try the Purely Cornish Deli (01503 262696) in Looe and PYO hamper from a range of local produce.The Smugglers Inn (01503 250646) has great local ales and impressive views.

GETTING THERE Take the A38 to Trerulefoot roundabout. From here follow signs for Looe on the B3253/A387 until you reach No Man's Land, where you bear left to follow signs for the Monkey Sanctuary and then Bay View Farm.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT Catch a train to Looe and then hop on bus no. 572 from West Looe to Bay View Farm.

OPEN All year.

THE DAMAGE Pitch, 2 adults, 2 children: Ј10-Ј20 (depending on season) per night. Snug £35 per night.





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