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Cheddar Petruth Paddocks


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  • Spacious, relaxing and free-range camping with clean facilities
  • Stunning views overlooking the Mendip Hills and Somerset Levels
  • Fires encouraged: pits kindling and logs delivered at a small charge

Want to get away from it all, chill out and do some free-range camping? Check out Cheddar Petruth Paddocks.

Jules and the team have made it their mission to ensure all guests have a seriously laid-back time: you won’t find overly zealous wardens prowling about here, and open fires are positively encouraged – fire-drums, kindling, logs and lighters can be delivered to your door every evening for a small charge. (They simply ask you don't bring your own so they know what's being burnt). You’ll also get a specially put together guide to Cheddar on arrival with recommendations for great local food and drink and a couple of special deals just for staying at the site.

Take the Strawberry Line by foot or bike for 15 minutes from the Cheddar Petruth gate to arrive at Cheddar Gorge, or continue on and take the old railway line path to Yatton, where trains hauled strawberries from the slopes of Cheddar to the early morning markets in east London over half a century ago. The bottom gate of the site goes directly to the Somerset Levels and there are marked walking and nature trails all around from Cheddar Gorge.

The site has stunning views overlooking the Mendip Hills in one direction and towards the Somerset Levels in the other. There’s loads of open space for the kids to run about in, get to know other and make new friends. Towards the end of the day, Jules often recruits helpers and gives trailer rides as he delivers the logs.

Well-behaved animals of all shapes and sizes are welcome - as long as they come with well-behaved owners who pick up after them...

If you can't face putting up a tent, try one of the tipis or the cosy shepherd's hut, which both sleep up to eight people and come complete with massive firepit and luxury camp beds so you can spend the evening relaxing by the fire under the stars.

There are grass and hardstanding pitches too for tents, tourers and motorhomes to stay in all weathers: both the camping fields have lots of taps and there's a chemical disposal point for guests with tourers and motorhomes.

Facilities are basic but clean, and the piping hot high pressure showers, loos and washbasins are all cleaned twice a day. There's a washing-up bay and coloured bags are provided for you to separate your waste/recycling. If you can't do without your hairdryer, the site has 25 hook–up points and will be adding more over time.

Cheddar Petruth Paddocks welcomes families, singles, couples and well-behaved groups – go and say hello.

Open from 1 Jan to 31 Dec

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Terms and conditions

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

Admission is only permitted after registering at reception.
All guests spending the night at the campsite must present their ID at the reception desk and sign registration forms.
Unsupervised minors must have a letter of authorisation from their parents or legal guardian.

Arrivals and departures
Late arrivals must notify the campsite/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 for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.
Reception is unmanned after 8pm. Please call the site/park using the contact details provided in the booking confirmation email if you are arriving after this time. The team will then provide you with the relevant information about your unit/pitch.
Units will be allocated on arrival.

Fouling must be cleaned up immediately.
Guide dogs are allowed on site free of charge.
We do not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act.
We do not accept breeds/crossbreeds of Staffordshire terrier, pit bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Rottweiler, any Mastiff or Tosa.

A motorbike can be brought instead of the car included.
The use of showers, toilets and washing-up areas is free of charge.

All damages must be paid for.
Bass boxes are not permitted.
Guests are asked to avoid any noise or nuisance that may disturb other clients.
In the event of a complaint, please speak to the reception immediately. Complaints which are not brought to our attention during your stay cannot be dealt with once you have left the site.
It is compulsory to wear the campsite wrist-band for the entire stay.
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.

Hired accommodation
A £100 damage/cleanliness/bracelet deposit is required on arrival and will be refunded on departure after inspection of your unit should no damage/losses be found.
Accommodation rate includes electricity, gas and water supply and access to the facilities.
Please check the inventory of your accommodation on arrival. Anything missing must be reported immediately.
Smoking in the accommodation units is strictly forbidden.
Your unit must be left clean and tidy, a fine of £50 will be charged for unclean units upon departure.

Occupancy cannot exceed the number stated on the booking form.

Dirty water, rubbish and any waste must be disposed of in the indicated areas.
Please be considerate of the natural surroundings, plants and trees. It is forbidden to put nails/tent pegs in trees and to cut any branches.
Please keep your pitch and the facilities tidy and clean.
The establishment is not liable for any damages to guests’ equipment.
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.
Washing must be done in the allocated area provided (cars included).
You must follow the management directives when pitching your tent/unit and related equipment.

Reception is open from 8am to 8pm between 01/03 and 31/10.

Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.
Fire extinguishers and first aid kits are available on site.
No rough or disturbing games are allowed at the campsite.

No vehicle movement between 8pm and 8am.
Only one car is to be parked by the pitch. Extra cars must be parked in the designated area.
The speed limit is 5mph.

Hosts are responsible for their behaviour.
Visitors must register at reception and pay their fee.
Visitors’ cars are not permitted on the campsite.

Additional terms
16 and 17 year olds must have written parental permission sent prior to arrival.

Facilities and amenities may be altered or withdrawn if circumstances beyond our control necessitate this.

Music must be turned off at 11pm after-which fireside chatter is fine, singing, screaming and shouting is not. Guests not respecting this rule will be asked to leave.

Pets are allowed on the understanding they are not permitted on the furniture in the accommodation units.

All visitors must be off site by 10pm at the latest.

Campfires positively encouraged - Fire-drums, kindling, logs and lighters delivered to your door every evening for a small charge. Please don't bring your own so we know what's being burnt.

No departure time for the non-electric grass pitches, but if customers are still onsite at nightfall they will be charged. Electric grass and hardstanding pitches: by 12noon.