Penstowe Park is ideal for a quiet and relaxing holiday it is on the edge of the village of Kilkhampton on the rugged north coast of Cornwall and six miles from Bude.

History of Kilkhampton

Kilkhampton or “Kilk” as the place is known locally, sits astride the A39 “Atlantic Highway”, following the line of the old ridge way, from Bude to Bideford, that dates back to Roman times. Like all North Cornwall has a colourful history that goes way back so far that much is lost to the mists of time. The parish of Kilkhampton stretches from the edge of the Tamar lakes to the beaches of Sandymouth and Duckpool and sits on a plateau about 5 – 6 Hundred feet above sea level. The Saxons were definitely here because the Doomsday survey states” that King William I, holds a meadow and Harold (the Saxon King) had it before him.” This meadow known as Lords Meadow was possibly linked to the agricultural system of strip fields that surrounded the Saxon town of Kilkhampton. There is the Manor of Kilkhampton and the Barton of Aldercombe as well has the Glebe lands in the Hundred of Stratton. Kilkhampton Castle is a short walk due west across country from the village of Kilkhampton. It is a Motte and Bailey type of a late Norman Castle and further west still is another earthwork. The 1084 Doomsday record says Kilkhampton had 3 leagues of woods and some still survive in the valleys at Stow and Hessaford. The Norman-French Lords of the Manor were called Grenville and their lands passed by direct descent through the names of Carteret and Thynne. 

Widemouth Bay for the adventurous surfers.