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Kingston Smallholding Goat Farm Campsite

9.8

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General

  • Tiny, family-friendly site on an Isle of Wight goat farm
  • A 10-minute drive to Blackgang Chine; footpaths and cycling nearby
  • Pub and shop nearby; barbecue stands; fresh produce sold on site

It may be small, but Kingston Smallholding Goat Farm Campsite is mighty fine. This is a tiny, family-friendly site with a difference, down to eco-friendly facilities and fresh produce for sale… and it’s all part of a wacky, six-acre smallholding on the Isle of Wight with over fifty goats, a handful of pigs, a flock of hens and five farmyard cats.

Between Shorwell and Chale Green and surrounded by farmlands on all sides, the goat farm is a short drive away from the island’s main cycling and walking routes and just two miles from the south coast (where you can link up with the coastal path).

There’s no electricity or hot running water, but what you do have are composting toilets, a shower-in-a-shed, utility sinks and plenty of cold water that can be heated up over a firepit. There’s unlimited free wood for that, together with several barbecue stands for those of you who can’t pass up a good grilling session.

If you really want to get the group’s mouths watering, there’s fresh produce sold on the site that will help you out. Up for grabs are frozen goat meat, cheese, milk and fresh eggs. For anything else, the village shop and pub are just five minutes’ drive away.

Please note that due to the goats, no dogs are allowed but school children can stay for half price.


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9.8

Overall rating based on 43 reviews

 

100% would recommend this site to a friend.

100% would stay here again.

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Proper old fashioned camping24/08/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousConfirmed

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

    This is a fantastic place to experience "real" camping. Compost toilet, cooking on fire etc.
    If you want glamping and electric hook ups you may need to go elsewhere

    Disliked: 

    I didn't dislike anything at our stay, but it probably wouldn't be the best place for pouring rain.

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An all round brilliant experience15/08/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomCiaran R.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    A really great camping experience. Location is really rural and quiet yet very easy to get to. The tiny hamlet of Kinston is about a ten minute cycle ride from Shorewell village in the beautiful west wight. ( set amongst miles and miles of rolling green hills and farmland.)

    Genuinely warm welcome from the campsite owners who introduce you to how everything works. As an eco campsite, the facilities are basic but perfectly adequate and well thought out. Be prepared for composting toilets and their innovative shower in a shed. A thrilling experience but if you are an early riser like me you will need to top the solar shower unit up with hot water from the wood fed boiler which actually I just loved! Showers here really do feel like both an adventure and an accomplishment.

    Pitch I chose was spacious ( all of them are) and had a handy bench right next to it ( Handy as I was in a one man tent and bike packing). The owners make a large assortment of wooden tables and chairs available for anyone who wants them. Just help yourself and return when you’ve finished with them.

    Unexpected bonus was the availability of makeshift fire pits and an abundant supply of free wood. Who knew old washing machine drums and old tyre rims could be so brilliantly recycled into something this useful! Many campsites charge for a fire pit but here it’s part of the set up you have each night if you’d like it. Everyone on the site took the opportunity for a night fire, with toasting marshmallows providing endless entertainment for both the children and adults on the site.

    So I just came for a nights camping but I found myself sat outdoors under a star lit sky, with my own proper camp fire basking in its warmth and loosing myself staring into the gently rolling orange glow of its flame.

    Absolute bliss! An unforgettable experience and one I’d challenge all campsite owners to experience so they can all up their game. Definitely and experience I will repeat.

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If you want a rural peaceful stay then this is …16/08/2023

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

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    If you want a rural peaceful stay then this is it - love this place and will def go back - my daughter loved the animals and feeding times! Recommend you buy the goat meat and try it as it’s amazing! This is more like wild camping/bush and campfires are allowed here too with all wood supplied 5*s

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    Nothing

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The most tranquil site I have ever found14/08/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomKerry W.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Peace & quiet with friendly neighbours. Goats! And the friendliest hosts you could wish for

    Disliked: 

    No dislikes we can think of

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Absolutely lovely experience. The farm is a dream for children. …23/08/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomRobert H.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Absolutely lovely experience. The farm is a dream for children. My two 9 years old daughters fed the goats, pigs and chickens every day and even loved helping with the maintenance of their stalls using straw and hay.

    The farm is safe and the kids could run around at will.

    For myself, I enjoyed the extremely relaxed atmosphere and how much stuff there is around for camp fires and similar.

    The owners, Simone and David are lovely people and their friendly manner made the stay an absolute joy.

    If you have children that love animals, I cannot imagine a nicer experience.

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quiet beautiful campsite, friendly owner. all very well thought out.11/08/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomJohn H.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    quiet beautiful campsite, friendly owner. all very well thought out.

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Quiet, basic campsite with goat neighbours19/08/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomCara G.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Open space and quiet atmosphere. Kids were encouraged to talk to the owners about the goats and even helped feed them.
    Owners very approachable, helpful and friendly and tried hard to ensure campers had what they needed. A useful orientation was given upon arrival.
    A lovely, blank canvas of a field to let campers camp as they wanted to. Campfires were encouraged with firepits and wood accessible. Night skies were amazing!
    Eco compost toilets- remember a bright light for night trips- but were easy to use.

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An experience we won't forget!11/08/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomJames P.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    An incredible experience all round. The owners of the farm were incredibly friendly and we met so many incredible people. It's not like a regular campsite, it's full of random fun things (bicycles, an old tractor, washing machine drums repurposed as firepits...) and really made our holiday! Thank you so much for letting us stay on your wonderful farm :)

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Excellent small eco campsite03/08/2023

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

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    This is an eco site but offered at a high standard. Owners were friendly and accommodating. Eco loos were well maintained and kept fresh with loo paper, lots of sawdust or equivalent and sprays to keep it clean. Sinks and basins had liquid soaps and hand gel. Some really lovely personal touches. The communal area offered well used chairs, table and toys etc to borrow. Loved the outdoor oven - back to basics. You can have alter fires and there are drums to make these and plenty of wood to burn. Just a lovely back to basics site!

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    Not a dislike but point of note, the shower is eco so cold unless you heat up some water and add it to the tank. But an amazing back to basics system!

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Good natured, pretty little site - homemade and a touch cluttered01/08/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomJohn T.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Friendly helpful owners. Lots of animals around for the kids to meet. Simple small site on a small holding with valley views. Very eco.

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Features

Coronavirus

24+ hour ventilation between accommodation guests

Capacity reduced to increase social distancing

Check-in: contactless (in person)

Disinfectant sprays and wipes provided

Extra spacing in seated areas

Hand sanitising stations

More frequent emptying of bins

Shared spaces: daily deep cleaning

Shared spaces: more frequent cleaning

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

Pétanque

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

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue provided

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

No dogs allowed

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Gastronomic delight

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wildlife haven

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Electric car charging point(s)

Gas cylinders available

No hot water

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Dog walk nearby

Public transport nearby

Type

Farm

Tiny (1-10 pitches)

Nearby leisure

Cycling nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Location

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  • 4 Bucks Cottages, Kingston Road, Shorwell, Isle Of Wight, England, PO30 3LP
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 50.6329°N 1.3266°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Priestlands Place — 13.0 miles
Stanford Hill — 13.0 miles
Bus Shelter — 13.3 miles
Train stations
Shanklin Rail Station — 6.4 miles
Lake (Isle of Wight) Rail Station — 7.1 miles
Sandown Rail Station — 7.4 miles
Ferry ports
Fishbourne IOW Ferry Terminal — 8.5 miles
East Cowes Floating Bridge — 8.7 miles
West Cowes Floating Bridge — 8.8 miles
Airports
Southampton Airport — 22.0 miles
Bournemouth International Airport — 24.3 miles

Directions


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

Attractions and activities nearby include:

- St Catherine's Oratory (medieval lighthouse): 10 minutes’ drive

- Blackgang Chine (family-friendly theme park): 10 minutes

- Amazon World Zoo (zoo and soft play): 20 minutes

- Ventnor Botanic Garden: 20 minutes

- The Needles Landmark Attraction (family-friendly rides and attractions alongside sand cliffs with a cable car to the beach): 25 minutes

- Osborne (former royal residence with playgrounds and a beach): half an hour

- Bembridge beach (pebble beach with watersports and sailing): 40 minutes.

Must see

  • Blackgang Chine (3.1 miles)
  • Carisbrooke Castle (3.8 miles)
  • Ventnor Botanic Gardens (4.1 miles)

National Trust

  • Brighstone Shop and Museum (3.1 miles)
  • Mottistone Manor Garden (4.3 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.

Policies

Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  10 a.m. –  9 p.m.
Depart by:  10 a.m.

Kingston Smallholding Goat Farm Campsite cancellation policy

No refunds within 2 days of arrival date.

Bookings cannot be amended within 2 day(s) of arrival.

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. Kingston Smallholding Goat Farm Campsite will debit the balance from your card 1 week before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 1 week then the balance will be taken immediately.

You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking, or at any point before the due date.

Payment methods accepted on the park

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  • Does Kingston Smallholding Goat Farm Campsite have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Kingston Smallholding Goat Farm Campsite dog friendly? No View all features
  • What attractions are near Kingston Smallholding Goat Farm Campsite? Attractions and activities nearby include: - St Catherine's Oratory (medieval lighthouse): 10 minutes’ drive - Blackgang Chine (family-friendly theme park): 10 minutes - Amazon World Zoo (zoo and soft play): 20 minutes … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Kingston Smallholding Goat Farm Campsite?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  10 a.m. –  9 p.m.
    Depart by:  10 a.m.
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