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The Orchard at Fen End Farm

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· Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England
1 acre hosted by Vicky ?.
3 glamping pitches
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No passing traffic; no near neighbours; just sweet rural seclusion when glamping at this organic Fenland apple orchard near Cambridge

The south-west has its Moors; Norfolk has The Broads; Yorkshire has its Dales – iconic landscapes that evoke the wild beauty of England's green and pleasant land. Add to this esteemed list, the Fens of East Anglia.

The Northamptonshire 'Peasant Poet' John Clare envisioned his beloved landscape with '...the horizon stooping smiles/ O'er treeless fens of many miles'. But when this expanse of low-lying marshland and meres, once home to just a scattering of isolated flood-battered settlements, was drained in the 1700s this nutrient rich land saw an explosion in agriculture. Now known as 'England's breadbasket', the Fens are dotted with sweeping golden wheat-fields, dazzling rapeseed, and green fields of marrowfat peas, sugar beet and mustard (the latter supplying the neighbouring Norfolk condiment king Coleman's).

And while many farming might be at the more industrial end of the scale, the Kelso family's Fen End Farm has been wholly organic since April 2003. Besides an array of delicious GM-free crops, a resurrected apple orchard, and native Red Poll cattle grazed on herb-rich pastures, they've also got quite a nice little glamping site we think you might like to hear about...

Fen End Farm sits just nine miles from Cambridge on the edge of the Fens. Deep within the 117-acre farm's organic apple orchard lies a wholly self-contained campsite. For the canvas contingent there are just four, well-spaced tent pitches dotted around the orchard, while those looking for something a little more fuss-free can opt for either the brand new bell tent, a 16ft traditional tipi, or a 16ft canvas yurt (both sleeping up to 4 adults). There is also a beautifully authentic gypsy wagon stationed amongst the wind-fallen English Cox.  

It goes without saying, this organic farm boasts an exemplary environmental ethos. This refreshingly undeveloped site features an eco-friendly shower and compost loo, while electricity comes courtesy of a renewable on-site wind turbine and solar panels. 'The Apple Hut' log cabin is the communal facilities area which houses an outdoor kitchen boasting a wood-burning stove, fridge, sink, hot water and cooking utensils – everything you'll need for rustling up some campfire cuisine.

The long grass, hedgerows and native broadleaf woodlands that border the ample, football-friendly-fields, are a haven for a menagerie of curious critters. Keep your eyes peeled for grey partridge, lapwings and hares, not to mention the odd buzzard circling overhead. When twilight descends, see who can spot the most barn owls and bats fluttering from the barn by the entrance... that's if you're not too captivated by some of the clearest night skies in all the land.

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7 Ratings · 16 reviews
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Elizabeth S.recommends
September 11, 2023
Yurt in The Orchard
Beautiful setting for a camping trip with our young family. Our daughter loved hitching a ride in the wheelbarrows. Can't wait to come back.
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Rachel D.recommends
August 14, 2023
Cuckoo Bell Tent
Rachel Donald
We had a lovely, relaxing stay. The Cuckoo Bell Tent is located in a private corner of the orchard so we really felt like we could unwind without being disturbed. The tent itself was large and clean and the double bed was comfy. We loved the ‘Apple Hut’ where we could find all the cooking utensils, pots, pans and plates that we needed, plus storage for food, 3 fridges, a kettle, toaster and of course hot and cold water. It made our stay even more relaxing as it meant we did not need to bring or store all these things in our tent. It was also a great place to meet other campers. Our host was so friendly and welcoming. Nothing was too much trouble. A lovely farm in a beautiful part of the country. Highly recommended.
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Claire G.recommends
September 5, 2022
Yurt in The Orchard
Loved it so much we stayed longer than planned. Can't wait to go back!
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Bridget S.recommends
August 2, 2022
Tipi in The Orchard
Glamping amongst the apples
Lovely setting in amongst the apple trees - means you don't have line of sight to lots of other campers, so feels quite secluded. Great facilities and love the eco-conscious vibe.
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Fiona E.recommends
June 14, 2022
Grass Pitch
We love camping at Fen End. Bliss.
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Natalie B.recommends
June 7, 2022
Yurt in The Orchard
Absolutely fantastic site, we will definitely be visiting again. We stayed in the yurt and it was a magical experience for a family of 5. The whole campsite is managed beautifully and the fact that it is economic friendly is a huge bonus. From composting loos (that don't smell at all!), to showers made from recycled materials (including willow towel hooks) every touch at Fen End Farm has been lovingly thought out. I honestly can say it is the best campsite we have ever stayed at. Thank you for a wonderful experience Vicky & Amy!
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Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Vicky ?.Joined in January 2016
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Fen End Farm is a small organic farm just ten miles from the centre of Cambridge (UK) on the edge of the Fens. You can come and stay in our beautiful orchard campsite. We are very small! We have four grass pitches as well as a yurt, two bell tents and a tipi all dotted in amongst the apple trees, giving plenty of shade as well as sunnier spaces and shelter from the wind. We have a shared kitchen log cabin, which has power and charging points, as well as three fridges, two toasters, two electric kettles, a table and chairs, allocated food storage space and a wood burner. Cooking is over a campfire, BBQ or bring your own (or hire from us) a camping gas stove. We have for sale our own organic apple juice and cider made from the apples in the orchard plus beef burgers and sausages from our outdoor, grass fed animals. We cut the pitches and pathways but leave the rest of the orchard as a meadow, which provides a sense of privacy and seclusion for each pitch. On the farm we have horses, cows and hens, lots of wildlife including wild deer, badgers, hares, buzzards, barn owls and kestrels as well as lots of smaller birds and butterflies etc We have 117 acres of land to explore including meadows and a woodland. We look forward to seeing you on the farm!
Nearby attractions
The hallowed halls of historic Cambridge lie just nine miles away. Take a punt down the River Cam or spend a lazy afternoon at the idyllic orchard at Grantchester (01223 845 788). A little further north, Wicken Fen (01353 720274) is one of the UK's most bio-diverse nature reserves. If you've not had your fill of antiquated architecture, the National Trust property of Anglesey Abbey (01223 810080). Not for the nothing are The Fens known as 'The Holy Land of the English'. This comparatively small region features a cluster of consecrated sites, the most impressive of which is undoubtedly nearby Ely Cathedral (01353 667735). 
Food and drink
Stock up on the farm's very own organic eggs and apple juice. Cottenham village (just 2 miles away) has a butchers (01954 250341) and greengrocer (01954 250351) as well as small supermarket, and an Indian restaurant (01954 250257). Pubwise, The Chequers (01954 488201) is worth a shout on one of their regular wood-fired pizza nights.
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