out & about...

 

Situated in central Cornwall, near Lanivet, Bodmin, and only 2 miles from the A30 we are an ideal touring base for exploring all that Cornwall has to offer.

 

Whether you want to explore the numerous beautiful gardens bursting with colour and history such as Lanhydrock and The Lost Gardens of Heligan, discover the many picturesque fishing villages such as Mevagissey, Port Isaac, Charelstown, Fowey and Padstow, witness the beauty of Cornwall's dramatic coastline and enjoy leisurely walks on coastal footpaths, wild moorlands and peaceful woodlands or relax on the glorious sandy beaches or take a vist to the world famous Eden Project. Cornwall really does have something for everyone.

 

farm holidays in cornwall

The Farm...

 

The warmest of welcomes await you at our 180 acre dairyfarm. The farm is now run by our son Robert and his wife Heather. Bokiddick is a working dairy farm and home to Rob and Heather's award winning Rockset Herd of pedigree Holstein cows. Their milk is sold to a local dairy which specialises in the production of clotted cream, and butter and sells milk to local retailers, wholesalers and caterers including ASDA, under its local suppliers scheme. The cream is used in Kellys Cornish ice cream, which is made in Bodmin.

 

On the farm we also have a small fold of beautiful Highland Cattle. You will normally see them grazing in the field as you drive down the driveway.

 

As custodians of the countryside at Bokiddick Farm we endeavour to protect our environment, especially as we live on the edge of Breney Common a nature conservation area. We endeavour to minimise our carbon footprint, energy levels and chemical usage. Where possible we use local produce, environmentally friendly products, compost and recycle and encourage our guests to do the same with recycling bins. We try to preserve wild habitats with bird boxes and owl boxes on the barns. Bokiddick has its own water supply on the farm but we still take measures to conserve it as much as possible. We have a local walks folder to encourage guests to leave their cars behind and explore the beautiful countryside we are so lucky to live in. The farm is under the Level Entry Stewardship Scheme including hedge management, cutting the hedges every third year to encourage bird and animal habitat, and this is rotated around the farm.

The Eden Project

Eden Project

 

We are less than 6 miles from the Eden Project, the largest greenhouses in the world, described as the "Eighth Wonder of the World". Built in a disused clay mine it was transformed into a rich global garden, where people can learn about nature and get inspiration about the world around. Discover the fascinating insight of mankind's dependance on plants.

 

A must to see and only 15 mins away.

lanhydrock House - photo: visitcornwall

Lanhydrock House

 

Approximately 4 miles from the farm is the magnificent National Trust Lanhydrock House and Gardens.

 

Set in nearly 450 acres of woods and parkland, this impressive granite country house has some 50 rooms to be viewed. You get an amazing insight and contrast of the lives of a wealthy Victorian household living 'upstairs' and the network of kitchens and living quarters where the army of servants worked "downstairs". The gardens surround the house and provide colour all year including a magnificent spring display from the collection of magnolias, camellias and rhododrums. The Gatehouse dating back to 1641, provides further interest.

 

There are many footpaths and walks within the gardens to explore the beautiful woodlands, and a walk down the avenue to Respryn Bridge and the River Fowey.

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Heligan Gardens

 

The Lost Gardens of Heligan are about 15mins from The Eden Project. Voted the "Nations Favourite Garden" by BBC Gardeners World. The Gardens have existed since the 16th century, but when the first world war came, taking the team of gardeners, the garden slowly declined until it was entirely covered with brambles.

 

The gardens have now re-emerged in their finery once more. Heligan offers some 200 acres for exploration. Discover the Victorian Gardens, lush subtropical jungle Garden, also the lost valley and ancient woodlands, the wildlife project and much much more.

 

Not to be missed.

 

 

 

walking holidays in cornwall - photo: bob berry

Walking

 

Being surrounded by some of the most beautiful countryside in Cornwall means that there are plenty of enjoyable walks and cycle rides on our doorstep.

 

Walk a short distance from the farm and you will be on the Saint's Way Walk, a way marked coast-to-coast route for walkers. Parts of the Saint's Way were used as trade routes in the Bronze Age. The main part of the walk, from Padstow to Fowey, is about 26 miles long. Part of the farm boundary is on the edge of Breney Common Nature Reserve. Breney Common comprises of approximately 134 acres of lowland heath, bogs, mixed woodland, scrub and ponds all provide habitats to many species of wildlife, many rare. English Nature has recognised the high nature conservation interest of Breney Common and has notified the area as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

 

A Wilderness Trail offers an interesting route through the reserve allowing every element, such as the spectacular wild panoramas, to be appreciated.

 

Up the road, just off the A30 we have the Goss Moor Nature Trail. This is a 480 hectare National Nature Reserve. This 7 mile multi use trail winds its way around the expanse of Goss Moor. It is mostly flat and relatively much of it is offroad, allowing disabled and novice walkers and cyclists an easy and safe access to the moors. Discover the fascinating mosaic of wetland, heath-land and scrub, which provides a habitat for an outstanding range of rare plants and animals.

 

Drying facilities are available for wet clothes and boots if necessary.

the camel trail - photo: trevor burrows

The Camel Trail

 

The Camel Trail provides access to beautiful Cornish countryside along a disused railway line between Padstow, Wadebridge, Bodmin and Wenfordbridge. It is an 18 mile largely traffic free and virtually level multi use trail, passing through spectacular scenery with views of moorland, woodland and the Camel Estuary.

 

The trail is used by walkers, cyclists and horse riders. Bikes can hired at both Wadebridge and Bodmin.

cycling holidays in cornwall

Cycling

 

Bokiddick is an excellent base for a cycling holiday in Cornwall, due to its central location and the large number of cycle trails that we have close by.

 

The Camel Trail, The Clay Trail and the Goss Moor Nature Trail are all safe, level and offroad. Camel Trail and Goss Moor Trail are described in the Walking para above. The Cornish Way comprises 180 miles of quiet on and off road routes from Bude to Lands End and Cardinham Woods, near Bodmin has routes of varying difficulty throughout beautiful woodland.

 

We have secure storage for guests wishing to bring their own bikes alternatively bikes can be hired from Bodmin and Wadebridge.

golf holidays in cornwall

Golf

 

Cornwall offers an abundance of wonderful golf courses including links golf courses and parkland golf courses catering to all standards and ability levels.

 

Bokiddick Farm Bed & Breakfast is very close to both Lanhydrock Golf Course and Lostwithiel Golf Course but travelling further afield you will find many more including St Mellion Golf Club, Trevose Golf Club, Bowood Golf Club, China Fleet Golf Club and St Enodoc Golf Club.

The better golfers amongst you must try the new Championship Nicklaus Signature Course at St Mellion, a true challenge for all levels of golfer!

cornish mining world heritage
Explore the Cornish Mining World Heritage

Cornish Mining World Heritage

 

Cornwall's wealth of mining history has now been designated a World Heritage Site with some 20,000 hectares spread across Cornwall and West Devon.

 

These historic mining landscapes are on par with such international treasures as Stonehenge, the Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China. To find out more about cornish mining heritage sites including the Wheal Martyn China Clay Museum, just a few miles from here, near St. Austell, please click the 'Explore' graphic to the right...

fowey - photo: visitcornwall

Fowey

 

Fowey has much to offer with its natural harbour, unspoilt narrow streets and quality shops and galleries. Home of the famous Daphne du Maurier Festival of Arts and Literature, which is held every May.

 

There are plenty of good pubs and restaurants , and ferries link Fowey to Bodinnick and Polruan.

 

charlestown harbour

Charlestown Harbour

 

Charlestown was developed in the 18th Century as a working port primarily for use in the china clay industry. Now majestic tall ships berth here and it is a popular film location frequently used for period dramas. The Shipwreck and Heritage Museum explains the history of the area.

 

Charlestown and the beaches of St Austell Bay are only a few miles away

padstow - photo: paul watts

Padstow

 

Nestling on the beautiful Camel estuary, Padstow, with its colourful harbour surrounded by pastel-washed medieval houses, is an attraction in itself. Renowned for being home to Rick Stein' s restaurants. Padstow is surrounded by glorious clean sandy beaches - no less than 7 bays are within a five minute drive.

 

May Day or ‘Obby Oss Day is the biggest day in Padstow’s calender.  It is a day when Padstonians all over the world return to their roots. 

Mevagissey

Mevagissey

 

Mevagissey is a picturesque unique 14th century fishing village on the South Cornwall Coast.

port isaac

Port Isaac

 

Very picturesque and unspoilt fishing village since the 14th century. Its narrow winding streets are lined with old white-washed cottages and traditional granite, slate clad fronted Cornish houses. It is now synonomous as the fictional Port Wenn in ITV's Doc Martin.

 

It is also home to the Fisherman's Friends shanty singers.

national maritime museum cornwall

National Maritime Museum

 

The National Maritime Museum at Falmouth, an experience as big as the sea, a gateway to the maritime world offers unique and interactive displays of boats and their places in people's lives

pencarrow house - photo: visitcornwall

Pencarrow House

 

Nearby to the town of Bodmin is Pencarrow House offering guided tours, the highlight of which is a superb collection of pictures, furniture and porcelain. Fifty acres of grounds surrounding the house feature a Victorian rockery, Italian garden, a lake and woodland trails.

bodmin moor - photo: bob berry

Bodmin Moor

 

Bodmin Moor, dominated by dramatic granite tors towering over sweeping expanses of open moorland has provided inspiration for many writers and poets among them Daphne du Maurier and John Betjeman. Why not climb to the county's highest points at Rough Tor and Brown Willy, done in an afternoon, not too strenuous, amazing views and a great way of wearing the kids out!

 

 

bodmin and wenford steam railway

Bodmin & Wenford Steam Railway

 

This heritage railway offers a nostalgic opportunity to ride on a steam train

helman tor - photo: dawn runnals

Helman Tor

 

Bokiddick Farm enjoys magnificent views of Helman Tor. A rocky outcrop of large boulders formed in the Ice Age. It's a lovely walk up to the Tor, or you can drive part way and then walk up to the top to enjoy the stunning views and see both coasts on a clear day.