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D'Oyleys Farm

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D'Oyleys Farm: Pitches (photo added by manager on 15/09/2022)

General

  • Secluded riverside site 20 minutes' drive from Oxford
  • Wild camping, wild swimming and kayaking
  • Brazier, logs and welcome pack included: acclaimed farm produce to buy

Wild swimming in Oxfordshire… what a clever notion. D'Oyleys Farm is an excellent option if you’re visiting Oxford and want a bit of adventure along the way: this laidback place has a riverside setting, a wild camping vibe and the means for outdoor cooking and picnics at its lush little island.

This is Boys’ – and Girls’ – Own Adventure stuff: the farm is in a secluded setting by the Thames, with pitch numbers carefully managed so that guests have loads of room and plenty of peace. There are four access points where you can plunge into the river for a spot of wild swimming – it's a little muddy in places (getting in and out is all about the sit and slide…) but it's fab for cooling off. There are also kayaks available to use for free – this isn't a hardcore training route though, more somewhere you can splash about and have fun with the kids.

A highlight of the site is the little island, where the D'Oyleys Farm team has set up the ‘BBQ shack' with cooking facilities, woodburning stove, deck space and a campfire area, where you can sizzle up supper on your own woodfired cooking stove (brazier and hurricane lantern hire plus a bag of logs are all included in the pitch price).

And another, also excellent, highlight? D'Oyleys is home to an acclaimed farm shop and prepares breakfast packs (bacon, sausages and eggs) and barbecue packs (lamb chops, chicken drumsticks, steaks and burgers) for guests, all home produced and all easily sorted by ordering before you arrive – use the details in your booking confirmation email. A welcome pack is included in the price too, with olive oil, toilet roll and other bits and pieces.

When (if) you crave a bit of city life, Oxford is half an hour away by bus via the service running from the village 15 minutes’ stroll away, or about 20 minutes by car. The farm is four miles from Junction 7 of the M40, so it’s easy to get out and about from here by car too.

The local pub (dog- and welly-friendly) is 15 minutes' walk away.

Please note

Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Facilities/activities including Kayak Hire are subject to extra charges payable on arrival.

Dogs are not allowed if you are staying in the accommodation units.

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

Discount cards and gift vouchers cannot be applied to bookings made via Pitchup.com.

Reception is unmanned after 6 p.m.. Please inform the site while on your way there should you expect to arrive after this time, so that the team can provide information about your unit/pitch.


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9.5

Overall rating based on 55 reviews

 

96% would recommend this site to a friend.

96% would stay here again.

  90% described as Wild camping ?

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Anonymous user

Beautiful site, definitely returning!18/09/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent, campervan or trailer tent pitch (wild)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Just about everything. The location is beautiful. It's hard to believe it's so close to Oxford.
    The pitch sites are really big. We were on pitch B and could barely see the other pitches or hear anyone else who was camping on site. It feels very isolated.
    We loved hearing and watching birds, including owls, red kites and the many pheasants.

    Disliked: 

    It's definitely not a deal breaker, but obviously emptying the compost loos isn't a pleasant job.
    It's actually prety quick and easy. For me it's offset by the convenienceof having a loo on your own pitch, but it's important people know this is part of the deal before arriving!

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Anonymous user

Very veey good12/09/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent, campervan or trailer tent pitch (wild)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Good locality, near to Oxford, very private site, next to river for wild swimming, amazing stay

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If you a hesitating to book, don't. Just book it now.14/08/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomJamie P.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • The Coop cabin
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The location - pitch space was massive, couldn't see neighbours from the coop, or hear them! Had our own access point to the River. Very peaceful and tranquil. I want to stay there every week!

    The river - instructions on how to get down to the River and where the deep spots were are documented in our accommodation. Water was mild. Didn't get bit by a mozzy!

    The owner - my booking was cancelled at short notice due to a glitch on the system. I spoke to Fiona who apologised, explained, and rectified the situation very quickly.

    Welcome email - had a useful list of everything we may need for our stay.

    Welcome pack - logs, firelighters, quality sponge, bin liners, washing up liquid all included. The coop aslos had most utensils (except a spatula) and tea bags!

    Neighbours- the other campers were very friendly and polite.

    The map - there is a map at the farm showing where to go. You need to go offroading to get to the campsite. Easy to navigate. Would be helpful for the map to be attached to the welcome email.

    The checkout time - 12pm.

    Footpaths to the pub

    Kid friendly - kayaks, rope swings, the plot on the coop had a gate which can shut to stop kids running in the river.

    Disliked: 

    That my original booking was double booked!

    Farm shop - we were excited to bring some meat home on Saturday. Website states the shop is open Saturdays. But when we arrived it was closed with a sign saying "click and collect only". Would be helpful to have that info before hand so we could preorder.

    Locating the kayaks - it wasn't clear where the kayaks lived. We called the landline on farm website and left a message. In the end we went on a mini adventure and found them ourselves. They are located in the holt.

    The kayaks- we did have so much fun with these. But they are small! I think for children. We struggled getting in and out of them.

    Emptying the compost loo - but it is a sacrifice I am willing to make as the stay was wonderful.

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Fun and welcoming26/09/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomFlorence M.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent, campervan or trailer tent pitch (wild)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Very pretty spot, and the farm is very welcoming -- Fiona rode her horse down to say hello and they leave out a useful box of firelighters, wood, washing up liquid, etc, for your arrival. Pitches well spaced -- we couldn't hear the lads in the pitch down the field from us even though we discovered they were playing music when we walked past. There is a wonderful spot by the river with kayaks, a rope swing, a ladder into a tree, etc., and a great cabin set up for rainy days. The compost loos were clean and a good system.

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Peaceful, great walks and the river is perfect. Don’t want …19/09/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent, campervan or trailer tent pitch (wild)
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  • Liked: 

    Peaceful, great walks and the river is perfect.
    Don’t want too put this in the dislike section but if it was my site, I would trim back the bushes/brambles in a very small area next to ALL pitches so river access and views can be had from each pitch.
    Certainly not a dislike though, more of a “would”
    like.
    Great location, very dark at night, stars were amazing, not used to that living in London.
    Weather was perfect.
    Thanks

    Disliked: 

    Nothing really, if I had to be fussy I would say pitch E was a little too close to F but definitely didn’t ruin the weekend. Didn’t hear our neighbours but would of been nice if we couldn’t see them either.

From the manager...

Thank you for your review - great suggestions too - always well received. Look forward to welcoming you back best wishes

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Great place for wild camping- host really has gone out of her way to m12/09/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomSara W.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent, campervan or trailer tent pitch (wild)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    River, large pitches, brilliant host

    Disliked: 

    Rain

From the manager...

Thank you for your lovely review and delighted you had a great time. I know rain isnt much fun when camping but as a farm we were so pleased to get some! look forward to welcoming you back again next year.

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Eco site in an outstanding location. We can highly recommend12/09/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomJoanna S.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • The Coop cabin
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  • Liked: 

    We had a wonderful time staying in the Coop. Lovely off grid cabin. Simple but cosy. Beautiful location by the river. We loved swimming every day and it was very peaceful and relaxing.Especially in the evening sitting by the firepit listening to owls and the sounds of the river.
    We don't drive and it was very easy to get to the farm by bus from Oxford. There is also a lovely walk into the village along the public footpath.

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From the manager...

Thank you for your review. Sorry i only got to meet one of you but really happy that you had a relaxing time undisturbed and back to nature - the way we like it. Look forward to welcoming you back again next year.

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Anonymous user

Back to basics camp on river with plenty of space for a peaceful camp03/09/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent, campervan or trailer tent pitch (wild)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Friendly people and so well thought through so you could just get on and relax.
    We didn’t need to use it but the Holt looked great if wet. Lovely to have our own toilet.

    Disliked: 

From the manager...

Glad you had a peaceful and uninterrupted stay - the way we like it.

Best wishes

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Excellent break away... loved the Holt and everything accept the eco l25/08/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomMarg R.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent, campervan or trailer tent pitch (wild)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The peacxe and quiet and the eco friendly approach.

    Disliked: 

    The loo!

From the manager...

thank you for your review. Look forward to welcoming you again.

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Wild campsite! Huge level pitches.28/08/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomKeira L.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent, campervan or trailer tent pitch (wild)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Lovely and spacious with fire pit. Own toilets were a great idea. Lovely and friendly owners. Amazing campsite for people that like a quiet and very rural experience. Great location for surrounding area. Handy for park and ride into Oxford. Also we also got a train into London which worked really well.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing really just a great wild campsite.

From the manager...

lovely to meet you and your family and look forward to welcoming you back to the farm next year. All the best D'Oyleys Farm Camping Team

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Features

Coronavirus

Dedicated toilet facility per glamping unit

Dedicated toilet per pitch

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

TV room

Take away

Tennis

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Car parking by pitch/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Dog park

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Local produce

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Portable toilet

Pub toilets

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue provided

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Electric car charging point(s)

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Dog walk nearby

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Farm

Tiny (1-10 pitches)

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Touring and motorhomes

Seasonal pitches

Location

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  • Stadhampton, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, OX44 7UE
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 51.6929°N 1.1268°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Thornhill Park and Ride — 5.4 miles
Thornhill Park and Ride — 5.4 miles
Headington Shops — 5.9 miles
Train stations
Radley Rail Station — 4.9 miles
Culham Rail Station — 5.4 miles
Appleford Rail Station — 6.2 miles
Ferry ports
Shepperton Ferry Landing — 36.0 miles
Airports
London Oxford Airport — 12.5 miles

Directions


Bus from Oxford, T1 from St Aldates Street to Stadhampton, 10-minute walk along footpaths from village.
Nearest large stations Oxford, Thame and Haddenham Parkway.

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

Oxford, of course: take the 20-minute drive or 30-minute bus ride to the city centre for wanders around the university buildings and museums, potters around the market, and, for Tolkien fans, a reverent pint in his fave pub The Eagle and Child.

The farm is between the Cotswolds and Chiltern Hills Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty for hikes and scenic strolls in either direction; wanderers could also venture off to Stratford-upon-Avon or Royal Leamington Spa about an hour away.

Staying close to home, a footpath leads directly from the site to local villages.

Must see

  • University of Oxford Botanic Garden (6.6 miles)
  • Christ Church Cathedral (6.8 miles)
  • Modern Art Oxford (6.9 miles)

National Trust

  • Long Crendon Courthouse (8.1 miles)
  • Boarstall Duck Decoy (9.2 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:  3 p.m. –  7 p.m.
Depart by:  12 p.m.
On-site accommodation
Arrive:  3 p.m. –  7 p.m.
Depart by:  12 p.m.

D'Oyleys Farm cancellation policy

Balance refunds: no penalties

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

Bookings cannot be amended within 7 day(s) of arrival.

Modifications are subject to a £10.00 fee.

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.

The remainder is payable direct to D'Oyleys Farm on arrival.

Pitches: a £10.00 deposit is required on arrival and will be refunded on departure when returning the gate badge/barrier pass/toilet keys.

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Terms and conditions

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  • Does D'Oyleys Farm have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is D'Oyleys Farm dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near D'Oyleys Farm? Oxford, of course: take the 20-minute drive or 30-minute bus ride to the city centre for wanders around the university buildings and museums, potters around the market, and, for Tolkien fans, a … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of D'Oyleys Farm?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  3 p.m. –  7 p.m.
    Depart by:  12 p.m.
    On-site accommodation
    Arrive:  3 p.m. –  7 p.m.
    Depart by:  12 p.m.
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