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Bakesdown - at a glance

Here is the evolution of Bakesdown Farm Camping. Many lessons have been learnt along the way and now we're confident that we've got it just right!

  • 2007 - Lower Bakesdown Farm is purchased. The fields have been over-grazed by horses,                 so are in a bad state and all the hedges are cut short and square. Mark starts tree                     planting; thickening hedges and reinstating orchards. This has continued ever since.

  • 2009 - Simply Camping opens, advertised by a sign on the side of the Widemouth road. We                have the grand total of two couples stay that first year.

  • 2010 - Simply camping is advertised online and things start to happen.

  • 2011 - Exclusive Camping opens.

  • 2012 - Great Meadow Yurt opens.

  • 2016 - Great Orchard Cabin is built.

  • 2019 - Great Meadow Yurt is sold and the site becomes Exclusive Too. Originally a temporary              pitch whilst we decided what to build next, but so popular that it becomes the long                  term plan.

  • 2020 - The first spring with no guests in over a decade. This covid-enforced opportunity is                 used to get all the pitches in tip top shape.

  • 2022 - Bakesdown Farm qualifies for Mid Tier Countryside Stewardship; providing funding                 for rewilded areas and lots of new wildlife boxes.

  • 2024 - Simply Camping begins the shift from four to two pitches. The flush toilet and electric             shower are replaced with compost toilets and gas powered showers, taking all the                   pitches off-grid and reducing water usage.

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