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We would love to welcome you to our campsite situated in the beautiful North Cotswold village of Whichford, near the Warwickshire, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire borders. We are in the Heart of England, in the middle of everywhere. 1.25 hours from the M25
Come and share this special place, experience the peace of the historic land and the sounds of nature, where you can enjoy stargazing the dark night sky, watching the meteor showers without light pollution form our ancient stone circle.
Our campsite is designed for those looking for a peaceful, rustic, outdoor experience, surrounded by nature and history.
To camp, you can bring your own tent or van or hire one of our Airstream, Yurt, Gypsy Caravan or Bell tent. Please visit our website for more info www.cotswoldscamping.com (all our bookings are completed online at our website)
Camping Fees are £10 per adult (age 19+) per night and £5 per child (12 to 18 years) per night. You can book via the automated booking system on our website www.cotswoldscamping.com or email email@example.com
Our campsite is in the grounds of Holycombe Holistic Retreat Centre and to ensure that all our guests have the quiet, peaceful experience they expect from Holycombe, we have designated our site a “Quiet Campsite”. In order to achieve this we only take families, couples and singles. We do not allow unaccompanied teenagers or groups. Up until 2014 our campsite has been a family campsite with no groups of more than 5 adults and we have welcomed children of all ages. Most children are a joy to have around but unfortunately the one's that aren't have a very disturbing effect of our Holistic Retreat Centre and also on our elderly neighbours in the village. We regret that, because of this, we have been forced to limit our campsite to adults and children of 12 and over only. However, on the positive side, we can now guarantee that the campsite is a more peaceful venue and will particularly suit anyone who would prefer a children-free environment or who simply want to enjoy an exceptionally beautiful and historic place So, that's a maximum of 4 adults and 6 children (over the age 12 and over) per booking, and you are only able to make one booking per party. We do not allow people to play music, so, no radios, CDs or ipod docs, drums or other instruments. Limited use of acoustic guitars is permitted, preferably well clear of the sites periphery. Bring your earplugs if you are sensitive to the sounds of church bells and cockerels.
We do not have formal pitches, so you are able to choose where you camp when you arrive. In order to enhance your experience, we’ve severely limited the number of guests we allow on the camp site at any one time. This is a large site and with limited guests, this means that you will have plenty of space. You can choose where to camp when you arrive at the site, depending on your needs and where others are camped.
The moat is surrounded by trees, which ensures that you can camp in the shade if you wish to.
You can pitch your tent according to the view you would like to wake up to, whether this is the moat, valley, woods, or the church and the village.
Camp fires are an important part of the experience. There are several spots where you can build a fire, for cooking on or sitting beside. You can bring your own firewood, or buy it from us. We charge £3.50 per bag of wood.
Spend a night in our wonderful large 16ft (5m) Yurt, with a double bed, and wood burning stove. The yurt is simply and attractively furnished, sleeping 4 and has a double sofa bed and three futon chairs that convert into single beds. It has a wood burning stove, a beautiful Indian wall hanging, kelim rug and bedside tables. It is insulated and has central heating so is as cosy in winter as in summer.
You will be located close by to the campsite facilities, including the kitchen, loos and showers. As with all of our glamping options, you will need to bring your own bedding, such as duvets or sleeping bags, pillows, sheets, pillow cases and towels.
The Airstream Ana
Airstream Ana is situated on our beautiful, peaceful campsite. It has just been totally rebuilt and refurbished and has everything you need for a romantic getaway, a relaxing weekend with friends or just some time alone.
The Bell Tents
We have 2 Large Bell Tents for hire. Our Bell Tents are simply and attractively furnished with rugs, cushions, a small table, a wind-up torch and lantern.
The Large Bell Tent is suitable for up to four people, it has four futon mattresses on the ground sheet, these can be zipped together to make a double bed/s.
You can light a fire outside your Bell Tent in one of the fire pits provided. You will have access to the campsite kitchen, loos and showers. As with all of our glamping options, you will need to bring your own bedding, such as duvets or sleeping bags, pillows, sheets, pillow cases and towels.
Gypsy Caravan Carmen
Positioned in our quiet and pretty camping field, you can either sit outside watching nature go by, enjoying your own private fire pit or light the wood burner and get cosy in the seating area.
The pull out bed is a little smaller than a normal double so we recommend this to couples who don’t mind snuggling up together, or to people on their own. The measurements of the bed are 6ft1 long and 4ft wide. A little step is provided for getting into the bed and a certain degree of agility is necessary.
There is power if you should want it and a lamp.
You will have access to our camping kitchen and glamping bathroom, both of which are heated. The kitchen has a cooker, fridge, electricity and a table and chairs.
There is a private firepit just outside and a bench table for you to enjoy eating on or simply taking in the lovely surroundings.
For more information and help regarding booking please go to our website: www.cotswoldscamping.com
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Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Tents for hire
Gas cylinders available
Commercial vehicles allowed
No dogs allowed
Cycle hire nearby
Horse riding nearby
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Medium (26-50 pitches)
Tipis, yurts, or wigwams
- Coach stations
Banbury: Bus Station Bridge Street — 10.0 miles
10.0 miles Stratford-upon-Avon: Riverside Bus Station — 14.4 miles
14.4 miles Burford: Oxford Road Lay by Bus Stop — 14.8 miles
- Train stations
Moreton-in-Marsh Rail Station — 6.6 miles
6.6 miles Kingham Rail Station — 8.1 miles
8.1 miles Charlbury Rail Station — 9.8 miles
- Ferry ports
Sharpness Old Docks — 44.5 miles
London Oxford Airport — 15.8 miles
15.8 miles Coventry Airport — 25.0 miles
25.0 miles Gloucestershire Airport — 27.2 miles
Tel: 01608 684239
Tel 01608 684239
Whichford is 15 miles from Stratford-upon-Avon, 25 miles from Oxford, 12 miles from Banbury, 25 miles from Cheltenham and only a few miles from beautiful Cotswold market towns such as Stow-on-the-Wold and Moreton-in-the-Marsh (train station 5 miles). The neolithic Rollright Stones are only 3 miles. You may already know the Norman Knight pub and the famous Whichford Pottery which makes hand-made decorated terracotta and painted pots, which is just around the corner.
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Directions to Holycombe:
Driving from the South: From London M40 north, take junction 8 (A40) for Oxford, leave on A44, * take A3400 going north at Chipping Norton roundabout.** At north end of Long Compton take right turn up steep hill signposted Whichford (where the main road bends steeply to the left, 200 yards past the church). ***. After two miles along high ridge, and 100yds after Whichford ‘30’mph sign, take first right down steep lane – Holycombe is on your right at the bottom of the dip
Driving from the North: From Stratford-upon-Avon take A3400, (or from M 40 (Junction 15) take A429 towards Stow-on-Wold, at Halford join A3400) drive south through Shipston-on-Stour. Take 4th turn left (4 miles south of Shipston) to Whichford and proceed as from ***above.
Driving from the East: (main road way) From Banbury take A361 to the Chipping Norton round-about (intersection of A3400 and A361) then turn north on A3400 then from * above.
Driving from the East: (cross country route) from Gt. Rollright, Banbury etc you will drive down a steep hill into Whichford. The village green and telephone box is on your left, the pub on your right. At war memorial, turn left off the main road and drive past the church which is on your right, then go round right-hand bend, down to the bottom of the dip, and Holycombe is on your left. (If you do not turn left at War memorial you will drive past Whichford Pottery then you would turn left and left again and Holycombe is on right.)
Driving from the West: From M5 (junction 11a) or Fosse-Way (Cirencester) drive to Stow-on-the-Wold and then take A436. (If coming via Moreton-in-Marsh take A44). Where A436 intersects with A44 see Greedy Goose gastro pub. If coming from Moreton, take a left. Coming from Stow - this is a staggered cross-roads so take a right turn then immediate left. After 3 miles on this B road (passing the Rollright Stones on the right) turn left onto A3400, drive to Long Compton and proceed from ** above. From Burford head for Chipping Norton, continue on A361 until roundabout and turn left onto A3400 and proceed from * above.
Perhaps the most wonderful amenity is Whichford Wood. There is access through the lane that runs parallel to our moat which ends up in the field where you can see a track that leads to the wood – there you will find many paths. You will definitely need your wellies for this. In early May there is a sea of bluebells, in autumn there are chestnuts and hazelnuts and quite often, if you are quiet, you will see muntjak and deer.
The Village of Whichford
The award winning village pub, The Norman Knight, serves good meals and has a lovely view over the village green, which has a children's playground. They also have excellent live music nights. The pub is open every day except Monday lunchtime (open bank holidays).
Whichford Pottery is also a wonderful place to visit, where there is a stunning garden full of inspiring pots, a gift shop and soon they are opening a cafe.
There is no shop in the village, but there are some very good shops nearby. The village shop in Long Compton has basic foodstuffs and sells papers. Wyatts Farm Shop near Great Rollright has a good selection of meat, vegetables, gifts and plants, wine and a cafe. The Village Shop, Hook Norton, is open until 8pm. Taste of the Country, Shipston-on-Stour, sell delicious handmade foods.
The Rollright Stones
The Rollright Stones is an ancient site, consisting of three elements, The Kings Men stone circle, the King Stone, and the Whispering Knights. It is well worth a visit and is just up the road.
Holycombe Holistic Retreat Centre
There are a number of alternative treatments on offer at Holycombe, such as Shiatsu, Reiki, Massage, Reflexology, Block clearance and hypnotherapy, kinesiology, Emotional Freedom Technique, Acupuncture and Psychic readings, whilst you are camping, these can be arranged with individual therapists. To do this see the therapies and therapists section of the Holycombe website, and to check what is on weekly, see the Holycombe facebook page.
The picturesque village of whichford
There are three places where you can find swimming pools locally; Shipston-on-Stour Leisure Centre, Chipping Norton Leisure Centre, and Sibford School Swimming Pool.
You can hire bicycles locally, at Bourton-on-the-water, Bibury, Moreton-in-the-Marsh, Chipping Norton and Chipping Campden. Please click on this link for further details.
You can hire Canoes and Kayaks, at the Cotswold Water Park (34 miles).
To find spots for wild swimming locally, please use this link.
Nearby are some lovely historic Cotswold villages and towns – such as Shipston-on-Stour, Chipping Norton, Moreton-in the -Marsh, Stow-on-the-Wold, Chipping Campden, the Slaughters, the Tews, the Swells, Bourton-on-the-Water, Burford and Broadway. About 13 miles away are Hidcote Manor Gardens and Kiftsgate, and many beautiful places to visit such as Batsford Aboretum and Sezincote. Further afield, Stratford-upon Avon is 15 miles, Banbury 12 miles and Oxford 25 miles. We are also located on the Macmillan Way, a long distance footpath.
There are plenty of seriously good pubs locally. To check out great pubs in Warwickshire, Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire, please see the Good Pub Guide, and search by region.
- Chastleton House (5.2 miles)
- Hidcote Manor Garden (National Trust) (9.8 miles)
- Compton Verney (11.3 miles)
- Chastleton House (5.2 miles)
- Hidcote Manor Garden (9.8 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.