Family-friendly camping in one of South-East England’s most idyllic villages
Finchingfield village is undoubtedly one of the loveliest in all of England. With its village green, duck pond, windmill, and mix of medieval and Georgian chocolate box houses, all presided over by the distinctive cupola of the village church, this Essex outpost is the very definition of idyllic. At just an hour-and-a-bit up the M11, it’s eminently reachable for tranquility-starved Londoners seeking a healthy dose of fresh air and star-studded night skies. And now with the opening of a nine acre field for a handful of lucky campers, the dream of the good life beyond the big city is within reach (if only for the weekend).
Set on a working lavender farm, Finchingfield Camping is the creation of Julia Dimmock who – setting aside nine wildflower-filled acres – welcomes space for just eight individual camping pitches. The setting couldn’t be any more captivating, with fields of fragrant purple lavender enlivening the horizon. Deer are frequent visitors, while rabbits emerge at dawn and the hooting of owls signals dusk. It’s all very Instagramable (if that’s your thing) but something tells us the phone will remain firmly in pocket as you fully embrace the digital detox here.
Facilities-wise, each pitch is provided with a picnic bench and firepit. Charcoal can be purchased for your barbie from the onsite honesty shop, where you’ll also find a fridge with your own dedicated compartment. There are a couple of eco-friendly gas-powered showers and several loos (also the eco variety) and ample recycling facilities. Best of all, because the camping field is a vehicle-free zone (that includes campervans and caravans), there’s space aplenty for little ones to explore safely.
Offsite, there’s lots to do in the local area. Julia can advise you on all the best walking trails, such as the peaceful 15 mile Flitch Way or West Wood at Little Sampford – an ancient 24 hectare woodland, now a SSSI that buzzes with birds and butterflies. Cycling fans can follow in the tyre tracks of the world’s finest who passed through Finchingfield village itself during the peloton of the 2014 Tour de France. Then again, you may just content yourself with a cream tea or a lazy pint in one of Finchingfield’s various tea rooms and pubs – like any village worth its salt, there’s three of each to choose from here.
Finchingfield, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Julia D.Joined in July 2019
From the host
Finchingfield Camping and Lavender Farm is a luxury campsite offering camping and glamping. Situated on a working Lavender Farm in the sleepy beautiful village of Finchingfield in North Essex.
It is a retreat nestled under the stars amongst 9 acres of wild flower meadow. Where guests can relax and explore the beautiful countryside, reconnect with nature and experience a back to basics lifestyle with the comforts of a hotel.
Surrounded by lavender and endless panoramas of native wildlife, Finchingfield Camping creates the most picturesque stay.
Proudly part of the Greener Camping Club we are an off grid eco camping site offering low impact, environmentally friendly camping holidays.
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Food and drink
Finchingfield village boasts a trio of lovely tea rooms – The Greedy Duck (07904 547829), Picture Pot (01371 811009 ) and Winners Tearooms (01371 810605). There are also three independent pubs to choose from – The Finchingfield Lion (01371 810400) is famed for its ‘10-hour BBQ meats’; The Three Tuns (01371 810165) shows the sport; The Fox Inn (01371 810151) boasts the best views of the village green and is renowned for its cask ales and hearty pub grub. For a special occasion, your hosts recommend The George (01787 280248) in Cavendish (just under half an hour’s drive away). Set menus available and booking recommended in advance. If you’re cooking your own back at the campsite, Julia will supply you with information on all the best local suppliers before your arrival.