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General

  • Among hills and countryside seven miles from Market Harborough
  • Wildlife haven with spectacular views and sunsets
  • Indoor communal area with seating

Base yourself at Barford Top for a peaceful adults-only stay among Leicestershire hills and countryside, or as a base for day trips to London under an hour and a half away: either way, spectacular views come as standard.

Run by friendly and helpful Wendy and Maurice, Barford Top is 12 miles from the city of Leicester and seven from Market Harborough; London is an hour and a half from the latter. The site has been set up as a peaceful retreat for guests to stay in a land of spectacular sunsets, sunrises and top stargazing because of the region's low light pollution, and in a wildlife haven where you should be able to spot sparrowhawks, buzzards and rabbits.

Barford Top is right in the Leicestershire countryside with views from all its pitches over the surrounding valley and hills. It has a large entrance gate and spacious drive with plenty of room to turn, free hot water for showers, and free use of The Barn for all guests, an indoor facility with seating and a washing-up area.

Please note

Bookings must not be for more than 21 consecutive nights.

No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.

Single-sex bookings of 4 or more people (couples and immediate family members excepted) are not permitted via Pitchup.com.

This is an adults-only site. Children under the age of 15 are not allowed on site.

Group bookings of 5 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).

The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act and/or any of the following: Staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Rottweiler, any Mastiff or Tosa.

The site caters for families (immediate members) and couples only - bookings from all other forms of groups are not accepted.


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9.4

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95% would recommend this site to a friend.

92% would stay here again.

 

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Very nice stay for two nights. Facilities very good. Very ... 20/11/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Heather S. Confirmed

  • Electric optional grass touring pitch
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    Very nice stay for two nights.
    Facilities very good.
    Very quiet site, beautiful sun sets and sun rises.
    Would highly recommend.
    Wish we could have stayed longer.

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Friendly and helpful 12/11/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom karl_k278658 Confirmed

  • Electric optional grass touring pitch
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Clean facilities Very friendly and helpful staff 30/10/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Sam B. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric optional hardstanding touring pitch
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    Clean facilities
    Very friendly and helpful staff

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Fantastic place 26/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Richard H. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
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    Fantastic place and Wendy and Maurice were so welcoming fantastic views over open fields and gorgeous red sky would recommend it to anyone and have already told friends about it we have also already put it on Facebook and will be adding it to trip advisor as well . Thanks Wendy we will definitely be back and may book into daisy as well Elaine & Ricky from Edinburgh

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Our son had a tent pitch booked but at the ... 25/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Lesley C. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass trailer tent or tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Our son had a tent pitch booked but at the last minute we suddenly needed accommodation too, and We day was very flexible and helpful. We stayed in Daisy, the shepherd's hut, which is very cozy, with every detail of decor and convenience thought of. The views from it, and from the whole site, are really beautiful. We would like to go back someday.

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Wendy was very welcoming and took time to show us all the facilities. 11/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Joan L. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Daisy shepherd's hut (no pets)
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    Everything! Daisy was delightful,a well thought-out, carefully fitted out Shepherd's hut.very cozy.
    The electric oven was easy to use so we ate in the hut.good out door seating area which due to heavy rain we could not use,but if weather permitted we could have sat out to eat and star gaze.a fire bowl provided to keep warm.
    All facilities were good and kept spotless.
    Lovely owners too.

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Great site, quiet and clean with good facilities and friendly staff 06/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Jack K. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass trailer tent or tent pitch
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    Quiet, clean campsite surrounded by beautiful countryside. Friendly staff and plenty of facilities for the size. Nearby pubs and attractions recommended and explained in detail by staff who clearly care about their guests getting the most out of their stay

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Lovely campsite with wonderful views over rolling hills and excellent ... 04/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom oliver_p924766 Confirmed

  • Electric grass trailer tent or tent pitch
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    Lovely campsite with wonderful views over rolling hills and excellent sunsets. Great clean facilities, warm showers and never experienced any queues. Wendy and Maurice are exceptional hosts who gave us a very warm welcome, a map of the local area and an comprehensive information booklet. We walked to Foxton Locks (about 90 min / 4.5 miles) away, well worth a visit. Would definitely stay again.

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The location is stunning and the facilities excellent. Wendy gave ... 02/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Anne H. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass touring pitch
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    The location is stunning and the facilities excellent. Wendy gave me a very warm welcome. Being a solo traveller found it a little quite but walking/cycling in the area is very accessible.

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Very clean and nice, amazing scenery too which makes the ... 28/08/2017

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    Very clean and nice, amazing scenery too which makes the site what it is.

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Bath available

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Free wifi

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Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

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Wifi

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Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

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Hard standings

Rules

Adults only

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Peaceful

Nearby leisure

Horse riding nearby

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Type

Farm

Medium (26-50 pitches)

Camping 2.0

Shepherd's huts

Location

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  • Mowsley Road, Saddington Market Harborough, Leicestershire, England, LE8 0QP
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 52.5073°N 1.0373°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Great Glen: Main Street Coach Stop — 4.5 miles
Market Harborough: Market Hall Coach Stop — 5.4 miles
Great Oxendon: Harborough Road Coach Stop — 6.7 miles
Train stations
Market Harborough Rail Station — 5.7 miles
South Wigston Rail Station — 6.6 miles
Narborough Rail Station — 8.3 miles
Ferry ports
West Lynn Ferry Landing — 62.4 miles
Airports
Coventry Airport — 20.9 miles
East Midlands Airport — 25.3 miles
Birmingham International Airport Terminal 1 — 29.5 miles

Directions


From the M1
Leave at Junction 20 and take the A4304 signposted Market Harborough. In Husbands Bosworth turn left onto the A51099. After approximately five miles turn right signposted Mowsley. On entering the village take the first left for Saddington. The site is located on the left after about 3/4 of a mile.

From Market Harborough
Take the A4304 towards Lutterworth. In Husbands Bosworth turn right onto the A51099. After approximately five miles turn right signposted Mowsley. On entering the village take the first left for Saddington. The site is located on the left after about 3/4 of a mile.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

No need for a long face if you fancy some horse riding while in the region: Barford Top is half a mile from the village of Mowsley where horse riding is available, and a riding school is at Market Harborough seven miles away (stick around Market Harborough afterwards for antique and boutique shopping, or go on to Lutterworth for seventeenth century Stanford Hall).

The bridleway from Mowsley leads to the village of Laughton a mile and a half away, and from here it’s another mile down the road to the very old village of Gumley and Bell pub. Coming back, keep an eye out for wildlife of the Saddington Reservoir including kingfishers, little egrets and damselflies.

From Mowsley and on foot, have a scenic wander towards Laughton Hills and then down to the Grand Union Canal towpath; follow this for another couple of miles to reach the Grade II-listed Foxton Locks, the famous landmark of ten ascending locks and part of Leicestershire’s boating heritage for over two hundred years.

The Foxton Locks Inn on Gumley Road is a good spot for a virtuous post-walk pint and a bite to eat; if you’re sticking around the locks and canal after this, there’s a country park at the top of the locks, the award-winning Foxton Canal Museum museum halfway down them, and passenger trips or boat hire along the canal.

The historic village of Kibworth is four miles in the other direction from Barford Top and was featured in Michael Wood’s BBC series on the story of England from Roman times until the end of World War II. Residents have developed heritage trails around Kibworth Harcourt, Kibworth Beauchamp and Smeeton Westerby, and the village also has a golf club, cricket club and bowling.

Plenty of other city and country attractions and activities are within easy driving distance, like boating, fishing and climbing on and around Europe’s biggest artificial lake Rutland Water, and exploring Leicester with its huge covered market, cathedral and buildings from Roman times.

The National Forest, on the outskirts of Leicester towards Burton upon Trent, has forest and discovery parks, historic halls and houses, and animal attractions including Twycross Zoo World Primate Centre and Tropical Birdland.

Must see

  • Foxton Locks (2.4 miles)
  • National Space Centre (10.9 miles)
  • Rockingham Castle (13.3 miles)

National Trust

  • Lyveden New Bield (20.6 miles)
  • Staunton Harold Church (24.7 miles)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.

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Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  1:30 p.m. –  7 p.m.
Depart:  11:30 a.m.
On-site accommodation
Arrive:  1:30 p.m. –  7 p.m.
Depart:  11:30 a.m.

Late departures until 5pm may incur in £5 extra charge.

Barford Top Campsite cancellation policy

No refunds within 1 week of arrival date.

Bookings cannot be amended within 21 day(s) of arrival.

Modifications are subject to a £15.00 fee.

Group bookings of 2 or more units (e.g. tent, touring caravan, motorhome or accommodation hire) travelling together are not permitted via Pitchup.com.

No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.

Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.

Payment

A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. Barford Top Campsite will debit the balance from your card 4 weeks before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 4 weeks then the balance will be taken immediately.

You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.

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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the Pitchup.com terms and conditions.

Admission
Admission is only permitted after registering at reception.
This is an adults-only site. Children under the age of 15 are not allowed on site.

Arrivals and departures
Late arrivals must notify the park as soon as possible. Your booking will be held for 24 hours. After this period the management reserves the right to relet your unit.
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.
Units will be allocated on arrival.

Changes to your holiday
Bookings cannot be amended within 21 day(s) of arrival.
Modifications are subject to a £15.00 fee.

Dogs
Dogs must be kept on leads and supervised at all times.
Guide dogs are allowed on site free of charge.
The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act and/or any of the following: Staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Rottweiler, any Mastiff or Tosa.

Extras
Motorbike(s) can be brought instead of the car(s) included.

General
Bookings are nominative and non-transferable.
Bookings must not be for more than 21 consecutive nights.
In the event of a complaint, please speak to reception immediately. Complaints which are not brought to the management's attention during your stay cannot be dealt with once you have left the site.
Quiet hours must be respected between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m..
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and boots must be closed quietly.
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behaviour is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.

Occupancy
Group bookings of 2 or more units (e.g. tent, touring caravan, motorhome or accommodation hire) travelling together are not permitted via Pitchup.com.
Group bookings of 5 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).
No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.
Single-sex bookings of 4 or more people (couples and immediate family members excepted) are not permitted via Pitchup.com.
The site caters for families (immediate members) and couples only - bookings from all other forms of groups are not accepted.

Pitches
Units should not be left unoccupied unless previously agreed with the management. Please speak to reception when the need arises, a fee may be charged for unsupervised units.
You must follow the management directives when pitching your tent/unit and related equipment.

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.
Open fires are prohibited.

Vehicles
Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.
Only one car is to be parked by the pitch. Extra vehicles must be parked in the designated area.

Visitors
Visitors must register at reception and pay their fee.

Additional terms

Late departures until 5pm may incur in £5 extra charge.

Visitors: children under 15 years are only allowed on-site between 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Electricity is metered on site at 24p per kWh and payable directly to the site.

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