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The Gypsy Campsite: Sleeps 4: 2 caravans with 1 small double each. The Gypsy Campsite has its own private Shower and toilet for the sole use the guests staying in the Gypsy Campsite The 2 Gypsy bowtop wagons are genuine articles, carefully restored set among their own private apple orchard. The bowtops are the bedrooms and the bender tent furnished with a day bed and wood-burner makes it ideal for daytime living and cooking plus a very cosy place in the evenings with the log burner lit. The Gypsy Campsite makes an ideal place for families or friends travelling together to get out of the city and enjoy the countryside. The Farm makes a great place to escape to and enjoy the changing seasons from the abundant apple and cherry blossom in the spring, lambs dancing around in the adjacent fields, the blue bells in the 300yr old copse, apple picking in the autumn. For those who feel like trying something differnt how about Pony carriage drive through the country lanes? With the coast and its many little-known beaches just four miles away and central London an hour by train, it's an unusual and easy escape.
The Buccaneer Trailer: 1950 Gypsy Accommodation. A beautifully restored original Buccaneer acquired from its original owner. It sleeps 2 comfortably with a very generous sitting area at the far end with a working log burner.
With its own private veranda running along one side of the trailer; it makes it a lovely place to enjoy the far reaching views over looking Danbury Ridge and the water meadows.
The Burton Wagon: Traditional wooden wagon a smaller version of a Reading Wagon. The Burton has a pull out generous dbl bunk where you can wake up to views overlooking open fields and the 300yrd copse with a carpet of blue bells in May. With its economical use of space providing drawers and hanging cupboard plus a wood burning stove it makes a wonderful cosy hide away to just relax and wile away the days with a good book or just day dream...
Both the Buccaneer and Burton enjoy thier own private area tucked way amongts the Apple trees and next to the 300yr ancient copse which boast a wonderfull carpet of blue bells in the Spring. The area; once a gravel pit, is now home to numerous spcimen trees collected by Robbie Bishop during his many trips arround the world.
The Buccaneer & The Burton share facilities consisting of a shower and toilet block nestle in amongst the apple trees next to the Blue Bell wood.
Bouncers Farm Campsite operates as a low impact environmental site. Our small holding keeps the farm in produce for most of the year. There is no electricity in both campsites. The shower has a log burning water heater and is very efficient on wood consumption. Cooking is done over open fires (weather permitting) We try to leave the country side unchanged. A pick up service by pony and carriage from Witham Station can be provided for those coming by Public transport.
Nearby attractions and activities
The region offers plenty of choice in places to visit, Maldon an old maritime trading town on the River Blackwater, home to the Thames Sailing Barge moored alongside the Hythe.
The 15mile long Chelmer Navigation Canal linking Chelmsford and Maldon, Paper Mill lock offers boats for hire and has a tea house.
Colchester Zoo, Mersea Island with the famous Company Shed serving sea food platters with Mersea Oysters fresh from the oyster beds alongside Mersea Island.
The Old Thames barges - Maldon their home port, offer boat trips out to sea to watch the seals, bird watching or join one as crew to race.
Wickham Bishops is on the Sustran national 1 bike route it is also criss crossed by many footpaths. There is the old railway line now a footpath linking Witham and Maldon which at one time had a station in Wickham Bishops, and then of course there are the wonderful sea walls to explore, with their majestic views and abundant sea life. These are but a few examples for places to visit or do around the Maldon area.
Attractions near Bouncers Campsite
- RHS Garden Hyde Hall (8.1 miles)
- Colchester Zoo (9.8 miles)
- East Anglian Railway Museum (11.3 miles)
- Coggeshall Grange Barn (6.6 miles)
- Paycocke's (6.9 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
Activities near Bouncers Campsite
Heybridge - Maldon - River Chelmer - River Blackwater (3.6 miles) Walking
Tiptree - Great Braxted - Great Totham - Tiptree (3.7 miles) Walking
Overall rating based
Charming and a little annoying
GabrielJS (Family with young children, 3 reviews, 1 photo)
Liked: Small, pretty campsite with two areas for tents, campfires allowed and a sturdy toilet block. Kids loved waking up to the pot-bellied pigs and seeing chickens and horses. There were trees to climb and other kids to run off with. We ordered fresh pastries for breakfast one morning. Nice spot of countryside, not too far from the coast.
Disliked: Carting all your stuff from the car park at the top down to the site in a wheelbarrow is not easy, especially when the path is muddy and the wheelbarrow is broken. Couldn't find where to check in when we arrived.
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Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Car parking by pitch
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Commercial vehicles allowed
Leave the car at home
Cycle hire nearby
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Leisure/theme park nearby
Outdoor pool nearby
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Nearby farmers' market
Public transport nearby
Tiny (1-10 pitches)
Ordnance Survey maps (GB and Northern Ireland only) are available at lower levels via the drop-down menu.
- Coach stations
Witham (Essex): Newland Street Coach Stop — 2.1mi
Braintree: Rail Station Coach Stop — 8.4mi
Chelmsford Bus Station — 8.6mi
- Train stations
Witham (Essex) Rail Station — 2.5mi
Hatfield Peverel Rail Station — 2.9mi
Kelvedon Rail Station — 5.1mi
- Ferry ports
Wallasea Island Ferry Landing — 11.8mi
Burnham on Crouch Ferry Landing — 12.3mi
Point Clear Ferry Landing — 15.7mi
London Southend Airport — 14.2mi
London Stansted Airport — 18.9mi
How to get to Bouncers Farm:
Green sustainable transport.
Bouncers Farm is well placed for the use of green sustainable transport. Wickham Bishops is well supported by cycle routes, supported by Sustran. The organisation SUSTRAN is the UK's leading sustainable transport charity. SUSTRANS vision “is a world in which people can choose to travel in ways that benefit their health and the environment”.
For those who wish to use sustainable transport they can arrive in Witham by train then cycle along the Blackwater Rail Trail to Bouncers Farm, Wickham Bishops, 3.5 miles distance. From Bouncers there are numerous cycle routes / footpaths to Maldon and surrounding villages.
Wickham Bishops is well serviced by Rail with stations at Witham and Hatfield Peverel.
One of two options from the M25
A. From the South Dartford Tunnel - either Exit M25 for the A13, A130, exit for the A12 direction Chelmsford / Colchester
B. From the North Exit M25 for the A12 Chelmsford / Colchester then follow directions below
Exit A 12 for Hatfield Peverel follow slip road at the T junction turn left – follow road through the village – turn Right directions for Maldon the B1019 Maldon Road follow the road to Langford. At Langford Church turn Left into Langford / Witham Road. Approx one mile distance on the right hand side is Wickham Hall Lane, it is a single track lane. Bouncers Farm is about ¼ mile up the lane on the left. Please, Please take care when driving along this lane. It is very narrow with a few passing places.
From the North - Ipswich direction
A12 – exit Kelvedon - Follow slip road to T junction – turn Right Follow road over hump back bridge – past turning on the left – keep the brick wall to the left hand side – About ¼ mile go right signposted Little Braxted
Keep going straight – leaving the pub The Green Man on your right. - Turn first right – Carters Lane (safest way) - At the T junction turn right - Follow road to Cross Road ( Snows Corner) - Go straight over – Church Road
Directions from Snows Corner
Follow Church Road At the T junction turn Right onto Church Road - Leave the Church on your left the road will curve to the left - Immediately after the curve - turn up the lane on your left Wickham Hall Lane, the lane will fork opposite Benton Manor – take the right hand fork - it is a single track lane. Please, Please take care when driving along this lane. It is very narrow with a few passing places. ‘Bouncers Farm’ is the first house on the Right.
Wickham Bishops is well serviced by Rail with stations at Witham and Hatfield Peverel with connections by bus. There is a very good taxi rank just outside Witham Station, or as a change book a Horse and Carriage to meet you!
Bus service – a variety of local services serve the district, with regular direct bus links to Chelmsford, Colchester and Braintree. Stansted and Southend Airport have relatively easy public transport links to Maldon District.
Minimum 2 night stay mid week Minimum 3 stay weekends
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