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Ye Olde Swan

8.4

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General

  • Lively family-friendly island site on the Thames
  • A 20-minute drive from hikes, bikes and sights of the Cotswolds
  • Easy stroll from traditional English pub-restaurant on the Thames

They say no man is an island, but a few nights’ stay on one might be just what you need to reset. If that sounds like something that’ll float your boat, row yourself over to Ye Olde Swan, a family-friendly site on a Thames island in the small Oxfordshire village of Radcot, five minutes’ drive from Faringdon market town.

The site’s right across the river from the Ye Old Swan pub and restaurant, so planning those all-important food moments will be a cinch. For Cotswoldsy days (the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is 20 minutes away), order picnics from the restaurant the night before so snacks are covered on lengthy rambles and explores – otherwise keep it to lunch and dinner in-house or in the scenic riverside garden. At the weekends, there’s a pizza and prosecco bar for fancy outdoor eats.

Grub isn’t all base camp is good for: there’s a peaceful bank for hours of fishing and easy access for paddleboards, kayaks and canoes (paddleboards and kayaks can be rented on site, so there’s no need to lug one along). The long-distance Thames Path runs through the camp so pulling on those walking boots for meandering wanders is a must.

Do bear in mind the scenic island location though... There's plenty of fresh water, but pumping out waste isn't as easy – mentally prepare for using portaloos on site, and there'll be no surprises on arrival.


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8.4

Overall rating based on 193 reviews

 

85% would recommend this park to a friend.

82% would stay here again.

  56% described as Peaceful ?

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The toilet and shower facilities. The friendly man called Andy …10/27/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Primitive grass tent or RV site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The toilet and shower facilities.
    The friendly man called Andy who was towing people put of a muddy field with his tractor ... so funny

    Disliked: 

    The price of a pint at the pub ...

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It was so lovely we are booking again for next year10/19/2020

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

  • Primitive grass tent or RV site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The location was beautiful, helpful staff, food was excellent in the pub, great for getting away for a peaceful break

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Lovely pitches, great staff, clean toilets and very hot wshowers. …10/13/2020

Reviewer's country: United Kingdomkevin P.Confirmed

  • Primitive grass tent or RV site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Lovely pitches, great staff, clean toilets and very hot wshowers. All of this on an island in the Thames, 2 minutes walk from a pub with great food.
    There is nothing to dislike. Highly recommended

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

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The pub10/12/2020

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

  • Primitive grass tent or RV site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The pub

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

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Beautiful place and lovely staff. The restaurant is fantastic.10/09/2020

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

  • Primitive grass tent or RV site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Exceptionally friendly and helpful staff, spotless loos and the restaurant in the hotel is outstanding. A+ from me.

    Disliked: 

    No electrical hook up which would only affect those who are staying for more than a couple of nights.

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I would defo stay again.10/04/2020

Reviewer's country: United Kingdomjo t.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Primitive grass tent or RV site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The setting was top & andy the helpful check in bloke couldnt have been nicer. Nice hot showers.

    Disliked: 

    The food at the pub wasn’t the best & the camping toilets stank of wee but i suppose thats hard to diminish as it was a porta cabin, nice & clean though.

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Unpleasant stay10/01/2020

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

  • Primitive grass tent or RV site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Ease of booking
    Directions
    Tidiness of site
    Ease of vehicular access

    Disliked: 

    Adjacent boats running engine throughout the night

    Toilets not accessible despite specifically requesting wheelchair access when booking.

    Toilet not emptied properly overwhelming smell of raw sewage when flushed.very unpleasant

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Great place to get away from it all, clean, friendly & lovely location09/29/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomMichelle P.Confirmed

  • Primitive grass tent or RV site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Location is perfect for going for a wander around the countryside & along the river.
    Well organised pitches & track & trace.
    Showers were clean & tidy, only 3 of each sex so might be a bit of a queue in the summer, but we never had a problem.
    We ate at the pub on the Saturday afternoon & it was fine - no frills, filled a hole, only down side is if you order from the BBQ & pizza oven you get them delivered at different times & have to pay for each aspect separately. Not a massive problem, but we did end up eating separately.

    Disliked: 

    Toilets! I've seen a lot of reviews mentioning the toilets, but I went with an open mind & as the weather was cooler I thought it would be ok. Wrong! The smell of urine was very very strong despite them being very clean.

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Charming riverside location, good campsite facilities and nice staff in …09/28/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomLouise M.Confirmed

  • Primitive grass tent or RV site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Charming riverside location, good campsite facilities and nice staff in the attached pub and campsite.

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Great site for relaxing by the Thames09/23/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Primitive grass tent or RV site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    + Location: Next to beautiful Thames river, Pub, National thames trail, Burford, Oxford, Buscot park
    + Showers: hot
    + Price: great value
    + Pub: whilst I didn't eat there, the food looked good. If the pub had been open inside, it looked a wonderful pub. Standard Oxfordshire prices.
    + Welcome: the gentleman was helpful and polite.
    + Shop: had some basic things for sale.
    + If you like military planes you may spot some here flying from RAF Brize Norton

    Disliked: 

    These are only minor dislikes:

    - Location: Whilst the Thames was beautiful I personally prefer more rugged scenery (Lake district, West Cotswolds, Cornwall, Wales). It's a bit flat round here. The national trail starts off nice but after an hour or so of flat fields it becomes less exciting. (Or is my boredom threshold low?).
    - Faringdon: the Tesco supermarket here seemed expensive compared to my home town. Faringdon itself didn't seem to have much going for it. If you want groceries I suggest the Asda or Morrisons at Carterton. Carterton in itself is a monochromatic place void of culture.
    - Take caution when crossing the bridge - there is no pavement and the road can get fairly busy. Take a torch at night as the bridge steps are not lit up.

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Features

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

Dog park

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

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Hikers’ paradise

Remote location

Wild camping

Utilities

Charging facilities

Dump station

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

Convenience store nearby

Dog walk nearby

Type

Medium (26-50 sites)

Pub campground

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Fishing nearby

Horseback riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Leisure/theme park nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Touring and motorhomes

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Location

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  • Radcot Road, Radcot, Bampton, Oxfordshire, England, OX18 2SX
  • Timezone Europe/London +0100 (GMT+01:00)   GPS 51.6938°N 1.5883°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Sainsburys — 16.2 kilometers
Sussex Square — 19.2 kilometers
Sussex Square — 19.3 kilometers
Train stations
Shipton Rail Station — 19.1 kilometers
Ascott-under-Wychwood Rail Station — 19.4 kilometers
Finstock Rail Station — 19.5 kilometers
Ferry ports
Sharpness Old Docks — 61.9 kilometers
Airports
London Oxford Airport — 24.5 kilometers
Gloucestershire Airport — 45.1 kilometers

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

TV addicts should make their first stop five minutes’ drive away in the market town of Bampton where they can roam the streets of Downton, then travel on to the spectacular Highclere Castle (50 minutes), which doubled as Downton Abbey in the TV series. Poldark fans are in the right spot too... they’ll recognise Chavenage House (a little under an hour away) as Trenwith.

There are plenty of old piles nearby that never featured in a costume drama, but that are still well worth a visit: textile designer, poet and activist William Morris’s old house, Kelmscott Manor, is 10 minutes from base, Buscot Park is 15 minutes away, and Blenheim Palace, Broughton Castle, Chastleton House, Sezincote House and Sudeley Castle are all within an hour.

For days out in the open, there’s loads to entice too: about an hour away, the national arboretum at Westonbirt and the Highgrove Royal Gardens at Charles’ and Camilla’s private country estate deserve a wander and, if camera fingers are itching, a trip to Castle Combe is a must for trad scenic Cotswold houses and winding streets.

Budding zoologists should make the 15-minute trek to the Cotswold Wildlife Park and Garden – a must for exotic animals and for the UK’s largest reptile collection – and twitchers will be all aflutter at Birdland, half an hour away. Want something more high-octane? Get motors revving at the Gloucestershire Rally School, 30 minutes from base, or let things get a little ropey at Head for Heights.

Must see

  • The Buscot and Coleshill Estates (7.7 kilometers)
  • Uffington Castle, White Horse and Dragon Hill (12.6 kilometers)
  • STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway (20.4 kilometers)

National Trust

  • Buscot Park (5.2 kilometers)
  • Great Coxwell Barn (5.9 kilometers)

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.

  • Can bookings for Ye Olde Swan 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, 12/31/2021. Read more
  • Does Ye Olde Swan have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Ye Olde Swan dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Ye Olde Swan? TV addicts should make their first stop five minutes’ drive away in the market town of Bampton where they can roam the streets of Downton, then travel on to the spectacular Highclere … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Ye Olde Swan?
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    Arrive:  2:30 p.m. –  9 p.m.
    Depart by:  2:30 p.m.
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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.

General
A state-issued fishing license is required (you'll need to apply for this beforehand).

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

General
Bookings are nominative and non-transferable.

Changes to your holiday
Bookings cannot be amended within 31 day(s) of arrival.

General
Bookings must not be for more than 31 consecutive nights.

Dogs
Dogs must be kept on leashes and supervised at all times.

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, 12/31/2021.

Safety
Firearms are not permitted.

Dogs
Guide dogs are allowed on site free of charge.

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.

Changes to your holiday
Modifications are subject to a £5.00 ($8.52) fee.

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

Vehicles
No vehicle movement between 11 p.m. and 6:30 a.m..
Only one car is to be parked at the site. Extra vehicles must be parked in the designated area.

General
Quiet (afternoon) hours must be respected between 12:30 p.m.} and midnight.
Quiet hours must be respected between 9 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.

Sites
Sites: a £5.00 ($8.52) deposit is required on arrival and will be refunded on departure when returning the gate badge/barrier pass/toilet keys.

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.

Taxes
This area is not subject to city tax.

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

Arrivals and departures
Units will be allocated on arrival.

Additional terms

There is no chemical disposal on site. The toilets are portaloos as the site is on an island: water can be brought to it but waste cannot be taken away, so portaloos are the only option.

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