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Stuarts Wood

9.8

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General

  • Nearly wild site in an oak woodland on a working country farm
  • Five-minute drive to Stock and 10 minutes to Hanningfield’s bird hide
  • Campfires allowed; 35 minutes from Southend-on-Sea beaches

Flock to the forest for a secluded stay amid the towering oak trees at Stuarts Wood. This pretty much wild site is set on the 800-acre Apps Estate, a working arable farm, and is a top place for a wildlife-watching weekend away as it’s a 10-minute drive from the bird hide at Hanningfield Nature Reserve.

The park is also peaceful – guests drop cars 200m away from the pitches, carrying their belongings to and fro in the provided wheelbarrows so vehicle noise doesn’t disturb the ambience.

Continuing the laidback vibes, campfires are permitted on base and, when not building blazes, visitors can wander around the woodland trails or on the historical Pilgrims Way route in the surrounding countryside. The coast is also close enough for a day trip – check out the beaches around Southend-on-Sea 35 minutes away.

If you’d like to have food prepared by others, walk towards one of the pubs near the park – there are a few within a half an hour’s amble. Alternatively, fill a bag up with local produce at the farm shop in Stock (five minutes’ drive) and cook it alfresco at your pitch.

As you’ve probably already realised, Stuarts Wood is a simple sort of site, so expect long-drop loos in the woods and not much else but a warm welcome and running water. The park operates a ‘love the farm, leave no trace policy’, so please take what you bring with you back home at the end of your stay.


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9.8

Overall rating based on 46 reviews

 

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Excellent site. Would highly recommend.07/09/2020

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

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

    Absolutely loved our stay at Stuart’s wood. The area we had was perfect set in the woodland with the open fields next to us for the children to play in. Animals around the fields which the children loved to visit. A rope swing and climbing ladder to sit up in the trees was next to us. It was quite and set away from other campers which is what we was looking for in our stay. The toilets are compost toilets but they was so clean none of us had any issues using them. The hosts were so helpful and welcoming. We plan on making this an annual trip to Stuart’s wood as we all adults and children ages 2-9 had so much fun there.

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Excellent, will hopefully be back next year01/09/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomHelen d.Confirmed

  • Non-electric forest floor tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    This is really back to basics camping. The woodland is glorious and private. The hosts are amazing. If you want that almost wild camp (there are toilets and running water) this is an ideal place. Apparently the site also has a true wild camp area.

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From the manager...

We loved your wild camp.
You guys created a wonderful energy in the woods.
Thank you for loving the woods and leaving no trace.
Ken and Sonya

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Amazing location, secluded & private camping area per group unlike …01/09/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomDaniel K.Confirmed

  • Non-electric forest floor tent pitch
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    Amazing location, secluded & private camping area per group unlike most campsites - everyone was extremely friendly and we had an amazing time!

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From the manager...

We are happy we were able to tick all the boxes for your break.
Thank you for loving the woods and leaving no trace.
Ken and Sonya

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Great place to go with family31/08/2020

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

  • Non-electric forest floor tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Staff were very helpful from start to finish, was a lovely place for first time campers if only the weather was better. Really had a good old laugh

    Disliked: 

    Abit I leave here and there

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We loved camp chaos, you guys were brilliant! We hope to see you again.
Ken and Sonya

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Site was organised, good facilities. Host was friendly and helpful31/08/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomScott K.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric forest floor tent pitch
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    Host, location, facilities.

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Great pop-up campsite, shame I only found it two days before closing!30/08/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomPaul J.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric forest floor tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Everything :)

    Disliked: 

    Nothing!

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Perfect Wild Camp with excellent hosts30/08/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomMatthew B.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric forest floor tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Excellent stay at Stuarts Wood for my first wild camp, Ken is an amazing host and someone who you could easily listen to over a bonfire with his adventures. Location is perfect for a digital detox and any newbie looking to try out new skills.

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From the manager...

Thank you for your kind words we are humbled.
It sounds like you got everything we are attempting to put in to this campsite.
Ken and Sonya

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Brilliant little site run by great people27/08/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAndy B.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric forest floor tent pitch
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    Superb little gem of a local’ish camp site. Ken was extremely helpful and enthusiastic and the site is laid out so as to feel sufficiently remote yet if you are in a larger group you are close enough for socialising.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing not to like. I would suggest some of the pitches could benefit from levelling and I would encourage a recycling policy going forward

From the manager...

We thank you for your kind words. We are pleased you had as much fun as we have this summer.
Ken and Sonya

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Lovely hosts and location. Friendly happy pigs. Felt well looked …24/08/2020

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

  • Non-electric forest floor tent pitch
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    Lovely hosts and location. Friendly happy pigs. Felt well looked after their and enjoyed my stay.

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We are very happy you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you soon.
Thanks for loving the woods and leaving the trace.
Ken and Sonya

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We had such a great weekend here! We travelled up …23/08/2020

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

  • Non-electric forest floor tent pitch
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    We had such a great weekend here! We travelled up from London by bike. The campsite was close enough for an easy weekend away, but it also really feels like you're in the middle of nowhere. The site is peaceful and quiet and the hosts were wonderful. We can't wait to come back!

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Thank you for your kind words.
We especially love cyclist's who love the woods and leave no trace.
Ken and Sonya

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Features

Coronavirus

Check-in: one group at a time

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

Drying room

Free wifi

Grocery store

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Laundromat

Parent & baby washroom

Payphone

Pick-up from public transport

Portaloo

Pub toilets

Restrooms

Shower available

Washing-up area

Wheelchair access

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

Themes

Bush

Peaceful

Remote location

Wild camping

Utilities

Charging facilities

Communal fridge

Dump station

No hot water

No potable water point

No running water

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Type

Farm

Tiny (1-10 sites)

Nearby leisure

Fishing nearby

Location

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  • Great Preston Lane, Stock, Essex, England, CM4 9RN
  • Timezone Europe/London +0100 (GMT+01:00)   GPS 51.6591°N 0.4762°E

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Stock (Essex): War Memorial Coach Stop — 2.2 kilometres
Billericay: The Chequers Coach Stop — 5.3 kilometres
Chelmsford Bus Station — 8.6 kilometres
Train stations
Billericay Rail Station — 5.2 kilometres
Wickford Rail Station — 5.7 kilometres
Ingatestone Rail Station — 6.4 kilometres
Ferry ports
Wallasea Island Ferry Landing — 22.4 kilometres
Burnham on Crouch Ferry Landing — 24.0 kilometres
Tilbury Ferry Terminal — 24.4 kilometres
Airports
London Southend Airport — 18.6 kilometres
London Stansted Airport — 29.7 kilometres
London City Airport — 34.2 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

Check out Chelmsford (15 minutes’ drive) from this park – the city’s a historical haven with hotspots including the 18th-century Hylands House’s multiple acres of parkland and the medieval Chelmsford Cathedral.

The Essex Regiment Museum, showcasing military bits and bobs including weapons, uniform and medals, is also nearby (15 minutes) to excite folk who find poking around in the past the most satisfying way to spend some time.

A little out of the city is the RHS Garden Hyde Hall (20 minutes), just the place for glimpsing views from the hilltop setting or to rove around the rose-filled green areas. For a wilder landscape, head to Hanningfield Nature Reserve (10 minutes), an 870-acre reservoir edging old woodland that’s covered in bluebells during springtime.

And for a change of scenery? Set off for the busy beachside resort of Southend-on-Sea for bucket and spade sessions or hours at the machines in the amusement arcades.

Must see

  • RHS Garden Hyde Hall (6.8 kilometres)
  • Dickens World (28.9 kilometres)
  • The Historic Dockyard Chatham (29.7 kilometres)

National Trust

  • Rainham Hall (25.3 kilometres)
  • Coggeshall Grange Barn (27.1 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 touring
Arrive:  1 p.m. –  8 p.m.
Depart by:  noon

Stuarts Wood cancellation policy

No refunds within 1 week of arrival date.

Changes cannot be made once you have booked.

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

Deposit transferable during COVID-19. Stuarts Wood 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

Cash

Terms and conditions

Site booking terms and conditions

  • Does Stuarts Wood have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Stuarts Wood dog friendly? No View all features
  • What attractions are near Stuarts Wood? Check out Chelmsford (15 minutes’ drive) from this park – the city’s a historical haven with hotspots including the 18th-century Hylands House’s multiple acres of parkland and the medieval Chelmsford Cathedral. The … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Stuarts Wood?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  1 p.m. –  8 p.m.
    Depart by:  noon
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Terms and conditions

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

Admission
Admission is only permitted after registering at reception.
At least one of the party members must be aged 21 or over.

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

Changes to your holiday
Changes cannot be made once you have booked.

Safety
Firearms are not permitted.

Reception
If the reception is closed on arrival, please check in at the hay barn.

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.

Extras
Motorcycle(s) can be brought instead of the car(s) included.

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.
Please pick any available pitch on arrival.

General
Quiet hours must be respected between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m..

Reception
Reception is open from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. between 31/07 and 31/08 and between 31/07 and 31/08.

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.
This site has no on-site shower facilities.

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

Visitors
Visitors are not permitted on site.

Additional terms

The car park is located about 200m from the pitches. You will be provided with wheelbarrows to transfer your gear to your pitch.

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