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9.3

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General

  • Among fields and woods on a working farm in Hertfordshire countryside
  • Feed the animals, hunt for eggs and walk the trails
  • Café, bakery, shop and pub, all serving fresh produce from the farm

Amid the tiny villages, broad fields and winding lanes of Hertfordshire, the friendly site of Church Farm is a place of many opportunities. Move to a different pace with a stay at this lovely little farm, where you see farming and wildlife up close... and have a splendid time while you're doing it.

The pigs and goats, sheep and hens on this mixed eco farm may well come and say hello; the whole family can join in the feeding sessions and kids will love foraging through the undergrowth to find eggs for breakfast (have them with just-baked bread from the farm’s ovens). Or let someone else do breakfast for a change: the team dishes them up all day at the café.

In the evenings, build your own campfire and grill bangers bought right from the farm shop or head to the village pub for home-cooked and locally sourced food. On Saturdays in the summer months you can join in the farm’s mighty communal barbecue and singsong... or just hum along if you're not much of a crooner; singing opportunities are not for everyone...

Dogs are welcome at this ecological nonprofit farm, which also focuses on providing training and work experience for people with special needs, and are allowed in the farm café, shop, on the site and in the local pub.


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9.3

Overall rating based on 91 reviews

 

96% would recommend this site to a friend.

89% would stay here again.

  66% described as Peaceful ?

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Excellent site and the staff were brilliant & super helpful and lovely10/04/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomJohn-george N.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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

    I stayed in the wooded area with three friends and we had the best best time. The staff here were absolutely amazing from start to finish. Super helpful and lovely. Stupidly I left my car radio and lights on overnight and needed a jump and the staff did everything to help. I'm already looking forward to going back with my family as the farm looked great. I can't recommend this place highly enough and wanted to say a special thank you to the big guy who helped us more than once.

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Location, facilities and staff.09/28/2020

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

  • Non-electric forest floor tent pitch (woodland)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Location, facilities and staff.

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Can’t wait to come back ! Just wished it was a little cheaper !09/23/2020

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

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

    Animals and the woods and the eco friendlyness and the pub opposite

    Disliked: 

    Price

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The facilities, the variety of shops, the products, the pub …09/21/2020

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

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

    The facilities, the variety of shops, the products, the pub on site

    Disliked: 

    The pub didn't have a wine menu, also we didn't receive a proper bill that detailed what we ordered and the prices.

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Average camping experience, and not a quiet escape to the country.09/21/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

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

    The staff were friendly and the toilet clean, ample toilet roll and without a stench!

    Disliked: 

    This place has many acres yet we were all squeezed into the same small field when a whole hill side sat empty... we were surrounded by parties breaking social distancing rules, with children left to disturb us and other quiet groups by playing far away from their parents (lucky parents!). Adult only section would be a big win. Fire pack is a complete rip off.

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Fantastic, clean, friendly staff, great cakes, family friendly09/21/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomIngrid D.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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

    This is a lively camping site. We absolutely loved it, the animals, the harvesting opportunities, the green fields, fire and dogs allowed.

    Disliked: 

    The toilets not very female friendly, but maintained well. The shop is fairly expensive, so next time we will pack a lot more food as its also quite isolated.

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Avoid, over priced campsite and shop09/21/2020

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

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

    The weather

    Disliked: 

    The dirty compost toilet, the small campsite , the price in the farm shop, the lack of hand sanitizer in the toilets, no light in the toilet , the constant petrol of the site manager, being told we could listen to music at our tent on a low level but being told off in a very rude manner, the shocking amount of rules to adhere to when there were large groups, kids screaming all day and dogs off leads, having to pay for a rubbish bags, awfull stay , we will not be visiting again worst camping weekend we have had this year

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Super friendly and helpful staff and owner, perfect for young children09/19/2020

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

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

    Being able to camp in the woods and make a camp fire

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

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Excellent site for families friendly staff, lots of fun things to do09/14/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomCaroline H.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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

    Lovely staff very friendly manager, loved the activities such a apple picking, animal feeding. All around us were many friendly families.

    Disliked: 

    One loud group but the manager spoke to them (a couple of times) and eventually they were quiet. The compost toilets can get quite dirty in between cleanings.

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Excellent site, great for going away for a break. Would recommend09/14/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomDan H.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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

    Plenty to do on the site and lots of space so you could relax if you wanted to.
    Plenty of toilets around and the showers supplied were warm which is really nice!

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Features

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

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Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

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Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

TV room

Take away

Tennis

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Car parking by pitch/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Portaloo

Pub toilets

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue provided

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Camping 2.0

Bell tents

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Forest

Gastronomic delight

Peaceful

Walkers' paradise

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Communal fridge

Gas cylinders available

No drinkable water point

No hot water

No running water

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Farm

Large (51-200 pitches)

Nearby leisure

Cycling nearby

Location

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  • Ardeley, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England, SG2 7AH
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 51.9274°N 0.0965°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Stevenage Bus Station — 4.9 miles
Standon (Herts): South Rd Coach Stop — 5.8 miles
Baldock: Market Place Coach Stop — 5.9 miles
Train stations
Watton-at-Stone Rail Station — 5.0 miles
Stevenage Rail Station — 5.1 miles
Knebworth Rail Station — 5.7 miles
Ferry ports
Blackfriars Millennium Pier — 28.8 miles
Savoy Pier — 29.0 miles
Bankside Pier — 29.0 miles
Airports
London Luton Airport — 12.4 miles
London Stansted Airport — 15.5 miles
Cambridge Airport — 22.6 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

Take the woodland trails on the site to spot the wildlife of the area, such as kites circling the skies, bats flitting in the trees, and barn owls hooting at night as you're getting toasty by the campfire (look out for badgers too).

Off site, head to the Tudor pile of Knebworth Castle (20 minutes’ drive), to roam around the palatial house and grand gardens, have a brontosaurus encounter on the life-sized Dinosaur Trail and top it off by swinging like monkeys in the adventure playground. Or you can all reach for the skies at the Imperial War Museum Duxford (30 minutes), to get up close to Spitfires and Vulcans while wandering through a century of aviation history.

Medieval Cambridge (45 minutes) makes a good day trip, where you can punt down the River Cam past the stately colleges, or picnic in the botanic gardens. Open-top tour buses make a sedate way to see the sights, or you can hire bikes (watch out for cobbles).

Though part of the university, the Museum of Earth Sciences is geared towards young minds and hands-on experiences, from fossils to earthquakes and dinosaurs to volcanoes. After discovering the secrets of rocks, you could all try climbing: not many hills round here but Clip n Climb Cambridge has 20 indoor challenges for beginners and mountain goats alike.

Must see

  • Knebworth House (6.3 miles)
  • Hatfield House (12.5 miles)
  • Wrest Park (14.5 miles)

National Trust

  • Shaw's Corner (9.7 miles)
  • Wimpole Hall (14.9 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.

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Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  2 p.m. –  5:30 p.m.
Depart by:  noon
On-site accommodation
Arrive:  2 p.m. –  5:30 p.m.
Depart by:  noon

Church Farm cancellation policy

No refunds within 12 weeks of arrival date.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, customers can amend their dates with the campsite/holiday park free of charge for all stays up to, and including, 07/04/2020.

Changes cannot be made once you have booked.

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

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

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. Church Farm will debit the balance from your card 12 weeks before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 12 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.

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  • Can bookings for Church Farm be amended free of charge? Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, customers can amend their dates with the campsite/holiday park free of charge for all stays up to, and including, 07/04/2020. Read more
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  • Is Church Farm dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Church Farm? Take the woodland trails on the site to spot the wildlife of the area, such as kites circling the skies, bats flitting in the trees, and barn owls hooting at night as … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Church Farm?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  2 p.m. –  5:30 p.m.
    Depart by:  noon
    On-site accommodation
    Arrive:  2 p.m. –  5:30 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.
All guests spending the night at the park must present their ID at the reception desk and sign registration forms.
At least one of the party members must be aged 18 or over.

General
Bookings are nominative and non-transferable.

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

Vehicles
Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work-related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.
Continental touring caravans (caravans built with the door on the right-hand side) are not permitted.

General
Discount cards and gift vouchers cannot be applied to bookings made via Pitchup.com.

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

Coronavirus
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, customers can amend their dates with the campsite/holiday park free of charge for all stays up to, and including, 07/04/2020.

Safety
Firearms are not permitted.

Reception
If the reception is closed on arrival, please check in at the The Jolly Waggoner Pub.

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.

Coronavirus
Minimum spacing of -10 metres between pitches.

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

Vehicles
No vehicle movement between 7 p.m. and 8 a.m..
Only one car is to be parked by the pitch. Extra vehicles must be parked in the designated area.

Safety
Open fires are prohibited.

Coronavirus
Protective masks must be worn at all times in common areas.

General
Quiet hours must be respected between 9 p.m. and 8 a.m..

Reception
Reception is open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. between 01/05 and 31/08 and between 01/02 and 30/04.

Coronavirus
The games room is closed due to restrictions imposed by the coronavirus outbreak.

General
The grocery shop is open between 01/01 and 31/12.
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.

Coronavirus
The play area is closed due to restrictions imposed by the coronavirus outbreak.

Arrivals and departures
There is no reception at this site. Please check in at the The Jolly Waggoner Pub instead.

Dogs
The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act (i.e. Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, and Fila Brasileiro).

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

Arrivals and departures
The site will send you further check-in information -7 day(s) before your arrival.

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

Visitors
Visitors must leave the premises by 8 p.m..
Visitors must register at reception and pay their fee.

Pitches
You must follow the management directives when pitching your tent/unit and related equipment.

Hired accommodation
Your unit must be left clean and tidy; a fine of £100.00 (€112.32) will be charged for unclean units upon departure.

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