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Heron's Rural Retreat

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Heron's Rural Retreat: All grass pitches are situated around the perimeter of a tree-lined field

General

  • Secluded site set on a working farm in the Aylesbury Vale
  • Five minutes' drive to Leighton Buzzard; next to Rushmere Country Park
  • A mile from the Grand Union Canal towpath and a waterside pub

Heron's Reach is a peaceful site set on the grounds of a Bedfordshire farm. The site's name is apt indeed, as all manner of wildlife can be spotted flying, scuttling and swooping its way around the main tree-lined field. This natural haven is also home to domesticated animals, including free-range hens and sheep.

The Aylesbury Vale is a hilly part of the world, but the only slope at Heron's Reach is gentle and flattens out towards the bottom. The main site area is lined by trees and is adjacent to Rushmere Country Park, a 400-acre forest with footpaths and cycle trails to explore.

It's a short walk up from the field to the handsome old farmhouse and its outbuildings. This is where useful facilities like parking, toilets and showers can be found.

Barbecues are allowed on site as long as they're raised off the grass. Charcoal and firelighters are available to purchase, so you won't have to make a dash to find the nearest forecourt or lug sacks of fuel around. In need of a supermarket? You'll be sorted if you make a stop-off in Leighton Buzzard (five minutes' drive).

Heron's Reach is a mile away from waterside walks along the Grand Union Canal and a popular towpath pub, where you can sip a cool drink and watch the narrowboats bobbing by. Another pub, this time with vistas over Aylesbury Vale, is an easy 20-minute walk away.

Please note

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, customers can amend their dates with the campground/park free of charge for all stays up to, and including, 31/08/2021.

At least one of the party members must be aged 18 or over.

No bachelor/bachelorette parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

Owing to government regulations, groups of 12 or more people are not permitted.

Units heavier than 3500 kg are not allowed.

Twin axle vehicles are not permitted on site.

No cars/motorcycles at the site. All cars must be parked in the designated area.

Bookings must not consist of more than 2 different households.

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

Bookings must not be for more than 7 consecutive nights.

Units longer than 5 metres are not allowed.

Please note that the toilet/shower facilities are unisex.

If making a fire, the fuel, logs and coal have to be purchased on site.

There are no garbage cans onsite: all garbage will need to be taken home with you.

Guests are advised to bring a good quality torch with them as parts of the campground/park are unlit.


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9.9

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100% would recommend this site to a friend.

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Lovely cabin on a family run site on a working farm15/11/2021

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

  • Meadow shepherd's hut (adults only)
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    Lovely little cabin, tucked away from anyone else in the farm. Owners were lovely and friendly, shower was good and clean, and compost toilet was our own and close to cabin. Very snug with the wood stove and bed very comfy.

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Lovely tranquil site18/10/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomKeith M.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Unpowered grass campervan site
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  • Liked: 

    Lovely location with the freedom to pitch wherever you wanted. Loved the washing up area

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Rustic and Romantic is how I would describe the showman …05/09/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomDarren K.Confirmed

  • Vintage Showman's Wagon gypsy wagon (adults only)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Rustic and Romantic is how I would describe the showman wagon accommodation. Everything has been well thought out to make your stay perfect. Included in the wagon is is cups, glasses, plates, bowls as well as kitchen utensils (including a corkscrew that came in useful), as well as use of a fridge/microwave, kettle, toaster in the nearby undercover facility.

    The whole experience was amazing, the bed was so comfortable. The wood burner cast a lovely romantic glow over the whole wagon, as well as the solar lighting that kept going the whole night.

    Shower and toilets is in a nearby wagon is clean.

    The owner could not be anymore helpful.

    Could not recommend this wagon any more, we both loved it and was perfect for a romantic weekend away.

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Lovely small site with great views. Friendly owners. Clean facilities.21/08/2021

Reviewer's country: United Kingdomalison p.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Unpowered grass campervan site
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    Location

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    Nothing

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Lovely views....level.pitches.....clean facilities20/08/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomCaz C.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Unpowered grass tent site
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    Lovely facilities

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Frendly owners great site03/08/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomTony H.Confirmed

  • Unpowered grass campervan site
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    The site has great views from the Motorhome Pitches. The owner recommended a walk to a local pub where we had an excellent evening meal and it was just a 15 minute walk through the fields .

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Excellent friendly site. Very clean and beautiful views.01/08/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomMark G.Confirmed

  • Unpowered grass campervan site
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    Beautiful tranquil spot with lovely views. Lovely owners, very friendly and helpful.

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Highly recommended site, great facilities - will definitely comeback28/07/2021

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

  • Unpowered grass tent site
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    Ease of checking in, great facilities and only a short walk to a lovely pub on the canal. Super friendly hosts. The firepit was a great addition - highly recommended!

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Many thanks for taking the time to leave us a review. We're really glad you enjoyed your stay!

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Our stay was great and more facilities than on the …12/07/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Bell tent (basic)
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    Our stay was great and more facilities than on the website. Everything was clean and working. Lovely hosts. Can highly recommend

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    Bell tents could be positioned further away from each other is the only thing i can think of.

From the manager...

Many thanks for the complimentary review! Glad you enjoyed your stay. Re: the tent positioning, the majority of our bookings for this year are for both tents so we took the decision to site them together. But thank you for the feedback - we will look at moving them further apart.

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Excellent place to stay, will recommend to others and visit again11/07/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Connie shepherd's hut (adults only)
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    Beautiful location, very peaceful, each camping group had lots of privacy and space, friendly and helpful owners on site

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Features

Coronavirus

Capacity reduced to increase social distancing

Check-in: one group at a time

Disinfectant sprays and wipes provided

Shared spaces: more frequent cleaning

Leisure on park

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Playground

Recreation room/arcade

TV room

Takeout

Tennis

Watersports

Amenities on park

Bath available

Car parking by site/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Dog park

Drying room

Free wifi

Grocery store

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Laundry

Parent & baby washroom

Payphone

Pick-up from public transport

Portaloo

Pub toilets

Restrooms

Shower available

Washing-up area

Wifi

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue grills allowed

Barbecue provided

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

No dogs allowed

Camping 2.0

Bell tents

Camping pods

Pre-erected tents

Shepherd's huts

Themes

Bush

Luxury

Peaceful

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Utilities

Charging facilities

Dump point

Electric car charging point(s)

No drinkable water point

No hot water

No running water

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Dog walk nearby

Type

Farm

Small (11-25 sites)

Nearby leisure

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Leisure/theme park nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Watersports nearby

Touring and motorhomes

Seasonal sites

Location

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  • Bragenham Farm, Bragenham Lane, Bragenham, Buckinghamshire, England, LU7 0EE
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 51.9506°N 0.6899°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Milton Keynes Coachway — 11.7 kilometres
Halfway Avenue — 16.7 kilometres
Simpson Close — 16.7 kilometres
Train stations
Leighton Buzzard Rail Station — 3.9 kilometres
Fenny Stratford Rail Station — 5.8 kilometres
Bletchley Rail Station — 5.9 kilometres
Ferry ports
Kew Pier — 58.7 kilometres
Airports
London Luton Airport — 22.9 kilometres
London Oxford Airport — 44.8 kilometres

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

Rambles through Rushmere Country Park (five minutes' walk) will definitely be on the agenda, whether that entails taking the sculpture circuit and spotting wooden beasties, cycling on its well-maintained cross-country trails or watching over the kids at the play area.

Psssst, can you keep a secret? Also close by is Bletchley Park (15 minutes' drive), a former stately home that was commandeered by the army during the Second World War and turned into one of the world's top code-breaking hubs. The exhibits here explain all about the cipher that turned the tide of the conflict, but also give insight into the daily lives of the individual boffins who ran the show.

Other Milton Keynes-based adventures can be had at Daytona Outdoor Go-Karting (15 minutes) and Snozone (20 minutes). Out of town, animals like rhinos, tigers, elephants and bears can be surveyed from the comfort of your car at Woburn Safari Park (20 minutes), after which it's a toss-up between the top-rated Chafor Wine Estate (30 minutes) and the Silverstone Circuit (35 minutes).

Must see

  • Bletchley Park (6.4 kilometres)
  • Woburn Abbey (7.3 kilometres)
  • Woburn Enterprises Limited (7.4 kilometres)

National Trust

  • Ascott (6.1 kilometres)
  • Dunstable Downs, Chilterns Gateway Centre and Whipsnade Estate (14.1 kilometres)

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 caravan
Arrive:  1 p.m. –  8 p.m.
Depart by:  11 a.m.
On-site accommodation
Arrive:  3 p.m. –  8 p.m.
Depart by:  11 a.m.

Heron's Rural Retreat cancellation policy

No refunds within 2 weeks of arrival date.

The campground is not liable for any refund in the event of force majeure.

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

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, customers can amend their dates with the campground/park free of charge for all stays up to, and including, 31/08/2021.

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

Deposit transferable during COVID-19. Heron's Rural Retreat will debit the balance from your card 2 weeks before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 2 weeks then the balance will be taken immediately.

Deposit transferable during COVID-19.

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

Payment methods accepted on the park

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American Express
PayPal
Visa
Apple Pay
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Terms and conditions

Site booking terms and conditions

  • Can bookings for Heron's Rural Retreat be amended free of charge? Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, customers can amend their dates with the campground/park free of charge for all stays up to, and including, 31/08/2021. Read more
  • Does Heron's Rural Retreat have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Heron's Rural Retreat dog friendly? No View all features
  • What attractions are near Heron's Rural Retreat? Rambles through Rushmere Country Park (five minutes' walk) will definitely be on the agenda, whether that entails taking the sculpture circuit and spotting wooden beasties, cycling on its well-maintained cross-country trails or … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Heron's Rural Retreat?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  1 p.m. –  8 p.m.
    Depart by:  11 a.m.
    On-site accommodation
    Arrive:  3 p.m. –  8 p.m.
    Depart by:  11 a.m.
    Read more
  • How much does it cost to stay at Heron's Rural Retreat? From $157.46 (for 1 night, 2 adults) - prices may change depending on your dates and party. Check prices and availability

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Terms and conditions

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

Admission
At least one of the party members must be aged 18 or over.

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

General
Bookings must not be for more than 7 consecutive nights.

Coronavirus
Bookings must not consist of more than 2 different households.

General
Disposable barbecues, generators are not permitted.

Coronavirus
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, customers can amend their dates with the campground/park free of charge for all stays up to, and including, 31/08/2021.

Safety
Firearms are not permitted.
Guests are advised to bring a good quality torch with them as parts of the campground/park are unlit.
If making a fire, the fuel, logs and coal have to be purchased on site.

General
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.

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.

Occupancy
No bachelor/bachelorette parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

Vehicles
No cars/motorcycles at the site. All cars must be parked in the designated area.

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

Vehicles
No vehicle movement between 10 p.m. and 7:30 a.m..

Safety
Open fires are prohibited.

Coronavirus
Owing to government regulations, groups of 12 or more people are not permitted.

Safety
Please do not touch or feed the animals.

Sites
Please note, pup tents are to be used for storage purposes only. Guests may not use them for sleeping.

General
Please note that the toilet/shower facilities are unisex.
Public areas are non-smoking.
Quiet hours must be respected between 11 p.m. and 8 a.m..
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and trunks must be closed quietly.
The campground is not liable for any refund in the event of force majeure.

Vehicles
The car is only included in the rate if you are travelling with a camper, trailer tent or tent. If you wish to bring a car along with your motorhome/RV, please select the extra.

General
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behavior is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.

Coronavirus
There are no garbage cans onsite: all garbage will need to be taken home with you.

Vehicles
Twin axle vehicles are not permitted on site.

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

Vehicles
Units heavier than 3500 kg are not allowed.
Units longer than 5 metres are not allowed.

Visitors
Visitors are not permitted on site.

Sites
You must follow management instructions when setting up your tent/rig and related equipment.

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