£16,869.60 FUNDED

Heated visitor reception/info/reading room

South Penquite Farm

To improve the campsite facilities leading to growth in the business through the construction of a new purpose built heated Visitor Reception and Information/Reading Room.

Camping on beautiful Bodmin Moor

Drive very carefully through the picturesque countryside of Bodmin Moor to ensure you don’t disturb the sheep and ponies, cross a stream over a pretty bridge and you’ll discover the entrance to South Penquite Farm and Campsite. Dominic Fairman and his family are the second generation to run the 200-acre organic farm with its beef cattle and sheep. Taking advantage of the solar eclipse in 1999, the family opened up a field for camping, and the feedback was so enthusiastic that it became a permanent feature. “So many people commented on how nice it was to camp here on Bodmin Moor, that we decided to build up the campsite as a side-line to our farming business,” Dominic says. Assuring the longevity and sustainability of the farm is important to Dominic and his wife Cathy, who are keen to build and expand the business for the next generation, providing a thriving business for their five children to join should they wish.

The campsite facilities have gradually been improved over the years; the only thing missing was a building where visitors could be greeted, and which could provide much-needed shelter in inclement weather. This is where LEADER funding, secured through the Atlantic and Moor Local Action Group, stepped in, providing a grant to help the farm build a reception and information centre for the campsite.

LEADER funding helps create a sustainable future
The centre has already proved popular with visitors, offering a warm, inviting refuge as well as a place to greet visitors and provide information. Visitors can use the centre anytime just to drop in for a hot drink, pick up leaflets or eat their food in a comfortable, sociable environment. “We have had lots of positive comments from people who have been here before, and I think we are going to get many repeat bookings because of it,” Dominic says. “The whole rationale was to build up the business for the next generation, and the reception room has created a seasonal part-time job for a member of the family,” he adds.

Many school groups and scouts, guides, cubs and brownie groups use the campsite, and the new reception building is ideal for them to hold briefings and get-togethers in the evenings. The site also attracts walkers, bird watchers and nature lovers who want to explore the moor. The new building has unquestionably added value to the campsite, and without the LEADER funding it would not have gone ahead. Dominic said “It has made our campsite much more professional and attractive to visitors – being a family business we want a long-term, sustainable future for our family and it has definitely given us a boost. In Cornwall, we are constantly trying to improve our offer to tourists, and quality is key to repeat bookings as well as attracting new customers.”

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