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We have three areas for camping at Thistledown. The Elderflower Orchard is located on the upper part of the farm, and is accessible by vehicle. The pitches are mown out amongst small elder trees. The 2nd and 3rd Pastures are the two lower sites. They are more sheltered, have beautiful views across the valley, and are only accessible by foot (do not overpack!). The Elderflower Orchard is 4 minutes’ walk from the Pastures. The 2nd and 3rd Pastures are adjacent to each other, but are separated by trees and banks. Whichever site you choose to camp on, you will have access to all of Thistledown for walks and exploration, although occasionally some areas will be reserved for weddings and other private hire events.
We have no allotted pitches, but the sites are incredibly spacious and we do not overbook them (groups have always been able to camp together with their own fire pit). There are firepits on all sites and we can supply wood at £10 for a heaped barrowful, or you can bring your own. We ask you not to collect it from the woods since we have many hibernacula on the farm for snakes and slow worms, and we leave most of our fallen timber to provide habitat for fungi and insects. We recommend that you bring a grill if you would like to cook over your fire. You are also welcome to bring a barbecue, as long as it is raised off the ground so as not to burn the grass.
All sites have at least one tap for our UV filtered spring water. Well-behaved dogs are welcome, provided that they are cleaned-up after and kept on leads around the site (we have chickens roaming free, as well as lots of wild animals). We do not allow any amplified music, unless a full site is privately hired. Instruments are welcome as long as you are considerate and do not play at night. None of the sites has access to electricity or refrigeration. We ask that campers bring all litter (preferably sorted) to the blue refuse bin near the house. We pay for a mixed recycling service, so that as much as possible is recycled. We ask that you arrive between 11am and 7pm, and we are available for enquiries at the house between 10am and 7:30pm. Lifts in our 4×4 mule, if we aren’t too busy, are available between 11am and 5pm. After 8pm the farm gates are shut, but you can go in and out as you wish if you close the gates after you.
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It's now possible to make group bookings on Pitchup.com for up to 30 adults and 30 children.
As long as the 'one unit per pitch' rule is not highlighted on the pitch type information (please check this before completing your booking), you will be able to pitch your tents together on one booking.
If you are not satisfied with the results generated, try breaking your booking down for more options. For example, if you're a group of 10, enter five people for your initial search and book two pitches. Use the 'Special requests' box on the booking page to ask to be sited together when booking multiple pitches or accommodation units: the campsite or park will try to grant your request. Click the 'Make another booking like this' button on the confirmation page to take you back to your chosen campsite/park listing page so you can make your next booking straight away. Please note the same dates and party size will be used, so you'll need to change this if the number of people or child ages are different.
Before booking, please check the listing page for any group restrictions. These normally appear in a section titled 'Please note'. Please also check the restrictions on unit dimensions to ensure your unit - especially for a large party - is suitable for the space you will be provided with.