About us

Alex’s parents, Peter and Helen Williams were looking for a farm to buy in the South West during the 1960′s and came across Higher Aunemouth Farm in 1963. They ran it as a successful dairy farm for around 25 years, branching into beef farming as well as keeping numerous other animals over the years including sheep, goats, horses poultry and game birds. They opened the main campground in the late 60′s as an ‘add-on’ to the farm business, initially for members of the caravan club and then for other passing walkers and tourists. Back then there were even fewer facilities with just a water tap and the option of walking down to the farm with your own jug for some fresh, unpasteurised milk straight from the cows!

Peter and Helen

Peter and Helen

Alex decided not to go into farming but followed his love of photography and surfing becoming one of Britain’s first professional water sports photographers working for windsurfing and surfing magazines all over the world for 30 years. The onset of marriage and children soon put an end to that! For the last 10 years or so, Alex and Sian have concentrated on the camping business while bringing up their 2 children. Sian, a former journalist and press officer also gave up the wonderful world of the media to devote her time to the farm and family.

Helen milking

Helen milking

While the dairy side of farming came to an end on the late 80′s, the fields are still used for neighbouring farmers’ cattle and for pasture and agriculture. The main campground is open from April to mid September and the 2nd overflow field just for the main school summer holidays. A smaller but perfectly positioned ‘Williams Field’ to take in the magnificent sea view also opens for weekends in June and again for the main 6 weeks of summer. All the other fields are still very much in traditional agricultural use retaining a feel of a small working farm.

sheep shearing 2

Flossy gets a trim!

Although very basic, we like to think that a low key and informal look to the camping fields are part of their charm. It’s unlikely you’ll ever find a clubhouse or a swimming pool here any time soon! We hope you enjoy the beautiful surroundings and of course our local beach, the surf and the estuary as much as we do.

sian surf

Sian grabbing some valuable time in the water!

 

Bantham surf

Bantham surf