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Abbey Home Farm

· Cirencester, Gloucestershire, England
1600 acres hosted by Abbey Home F.
1 glamping pitch · 20 motorhome/tent pitches
Best in South West England: 2nd place
Named one of the best Hipcamps to visit in 2023.
Amazing views
Hipcampers say this spot has amazing views.
Private sites
97% of recent Hipcampers say the sites felt private.
Recent Hipcampers say this Hipcamp is great for families and kids.
Eco-camping for real. Cooking on an open fire. Unspoilt natural beauty.

The Chester-Master family don’t always do things the easy way. “To make a farm pay nowadays, most farmers concentrate on one venture,” Hilary explains. “We are doing the opposite”. And she’s not just talking about the way 1,500-acre Abbey Home Farm seems to produce every food you can grow in the UK on site, from honey to halloumi. It’s also a reference to the award-winning farm shop, the educational courses and the vegetarian café with a menu that changes daily as it follows the progress of the surrounding garden. This is not just a farm. It’s an entire organic enterprise.

In addition to this agricultural activity is Abbey Home’s thoroughly low-key and off-grid campsite. Or rather, campsites. After all, why challenge yourself with running one when you have the space to manage several? The main ‘Green Field’ site is popular with families, who love the space – only accentuated by sweeping views of the surrounding pastures – and the car-free safety afforded to children. It's rustic to say the least, with showers in rough huts made from the farm's own wood, but that's really part of the charm.

Alongside the Green Field is a smaller meadow for campervans and those desperate to pitch accompanied by their vehicles, while, elsewhere, you’ll find a shepherd’s hut, a yurt and a four-yurt camp for groups. Perhaps our favourite site is the aptly named ‘Magical Glade’, an exclusive hire spot in the woods a whole mile away with space for about three small tents. Since the wood was only planted in 1991, the trees are still relatively small, giving campers the best of both worlds: sheltered seclusion and sunlight.

Wherever you’re lucky enough to pitch, you’ll have to start by checking in at the farm shop, the hub of all things at Abbey Home. Head grower Andy chalks notes on a blackboard inside, so that guests know what’s going on in the 15-acre vegetable garden that surrounds the building, and you’re welcome to wander through it all on weekends. There are also tours of the wider farm on their summer open day, though, at other times of the year, you can follow the well-signed farm trail yourself, heading to a beautiful totem pole by the campsite and on past fields of short-horned cattle, sheep and chickens before entering the woods and returning down an old railway line to the shop.

The diversity and seasonality of the farm means there is always something new and changing. ‘Sprouting Broccoli and Spring Greens cropping well’, reads one of Andy’s chalk-board notes in April. ‘Good year for soft fruit and Strawberries,’ in July. This propensity for change seems to have seeped into the varied courses and activities offered and, more recently, even into the running of the campsite. Almost 20 years after the farm first became certified organic, the next generation of the Chester-Master family are beginning to take the reigns of the site. While the camping will still be an off-grid, campfire-friendly and eco-friendly affair, plans are apparently in the pipeline for a few new welcome additions. Whatever happens you can be sure it won’t be done the easy way. But no doubt it will be set about with the same laudable aim of making the countryside and the environment a better place.

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133 Ratings · 104 reviews
Helen R.recommends
April 2, 2024
Green Field Family Campsite
Camping with friends
We had a great time at Green Field Campsite. The facilities were simple but clean and pleasant. It was really handy to have the shop on the premises. It was well stocked with good quality food. The tea room/restaurant was lovely. The staff were very helpful and friendly. I would highly recommend the site.
Lu A.doesn't recommend
April 2, 2024
Green Field Family Campsite
Great view and accommodating hosts but we were disappointed to find that there was no hot water for showering or washing up. Furthermore there were no rubbish bins (only recycling 5 minute walk from the campsite).
Clare W.recommends
September 25, 2023
Green Field Family Campsite
A lovely stay, the views are incredible.
We loved this campsite with its stunning views of the rolling Cotswold countryside. There is option to camp either in the spacious field or and follow the paths mown in to the wild flower meadow to find your own secluded pitch. This is where we chose to set up camp over looking the sheep's field! We took a short walk through the adjoining woodlands which led us to the beautiful organic farm shop where we bought our sausages for the BBQ and organic ice lollies for the kids to enjoy whilst they climbed the tractor. A lovely stay, the views are incredible. A side note! Remember loo roll and hand sanitiser - they don't seem to supply here!
Ruth J.
September 4, 2023
Green Field Family Campsite
Nice location but beware facilities
Let's get the bad bit out the way... The facilities were not great. I didn't hear anyone being positive about the facilities at all. It wasn't just the composting toilets; the cubicles felt dirty, including the doors and walls and there were lots of spiders and flies. There was no toilet roll or lighting at night although fairy lights were on, second night. My son simply wouldn't use the loos and ended up feeling unwell because of it. My first of two showers was completely cold but on request it was fixed and I had a warm shower on the second night. On a brighter note... The camping areas were great with lots of space and prettily mown areas in the wild flower meadow. We walked through the woods, which had really nice pathways. The shop was fantastic and we plan to return to use the cafe as we are local.
Joanne G.recommends
August 31, 2023
Green Field Family Campsite
A real natural and organic camp
Lovely place for camping if you don’t mind roughing it a bit. Very close to nature. The farm shop is incredible and the staff are very friendly and helpful.
Madeleine A.recommends
August 28, 2023
Green Field Family Campsite
Lovely quiet family friendly site.
We spent 1 night at this fantastic campsite. It was in a very beautiful location, the field was lovely and calm and the facilities were good. There were enough toilets, water points etc for the amount of campers and we never felt crowded. The farm shop was amazing and even though we didn’t have time to go for a coffee and some cake, we will DEFINITELY be returning.
Cirencester, Gloucestershire, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Abbey Home F.Joined in June 2010
From the host
We have lots options for staying here at Abbey Home Farm. Our Greenfield Family Campsite is a large field hugged on two sides by dry stone walls and the beautiful Yellow School Wood. It has stunning views across the farm and simple facilities - cold water washing up sinks, new compost toilets in 2022 and two gas hot showers, all nestled into the wood. The main field is completely vehicle free and the car park adjoins it, with wheelbarrows to transport your gear. Just behind this is a separate field for camper vans and those that want to camp immediately next to their cars. This is a 'Leave No Trace Site', so please take all rubbish away with you. We have no facility for it except recycling bins in the shop overflow car park for cans and glass. Our 4 Yurt Eco Camp is great for groups of up to 18 people. The Single Yurt is perfect for couples or small families, tucked away in its own woodland. The Magical Glade (max 8 people) is nestled in a young coppice allowing for both privacy and sunlight! Just a compost toilet and cold water tap - as close to wild camping as it gets. All seriously private, far far from others. The Shepherd's Hut (next to an ancient woodland and with stunning views) and the Hut by the Pond (nestled deep in its own wood) are perfect for couples, hidden right in the heart of the farm. The Organic Farm Shop and Cafe are just a 5 minute walk from the main campsite, (a longer walk across the fields from the others). The shop sells 100% organic veg, soft fruit, dairy, bread and meat all produced on the farm, household and dry goods refills plus everything else you could possibly need. The cafe is inspired daily by the large kitchen garden surrounding it, serving very seasonal food. Over the summer there are lots of interesting farm walks, tours and talks for all the family and something to suit all interests. Here at Abbey Home Farm, we are committed to re-establishing the connections between nature, farming, and meeting human needs and believe that, as farmers and land stewards, we have a responsibility to efficiently produce food for the local community while protecting our soil and creating and maintaining biodiversity. We love to share what we do and hope to see you on the farm in the near future. Please note for the Greenfield Campsite our latest check in time is 5pm. "The Land Is Not Ours. It Belongs To The Future And We Should Leave It In Good Heart."
Nearby attractions

You could easily not leave the farm for a few days, hanging out at the campsite, letting the kids explore and wandering to the farm shop when you fancy a bit of action. Cotswold eBikes are based on the farm and provide you with a GPS pre-loaded with route options for exploring the local area. Children's seats and trailers are available so great for all the family. You are in Roman-remains territory round here, so it’s mosaics-a-go-go: Chedworth Villa (01242 890256) is less than 10 minutes away by car and has some of the best examples. If it rains, Cirencester is only 5 minutes away by car. The Corinium Museum (01285 655611) has one of the nation’s largest collections of Romano-British bits and bobs in what was the empire’s second largest British town. It has been recently renovated, with interactive displays and the opportunity to dress up as a Roman soldier. You’re also on the edge of the Cotswolds, with Cheltenham and Stow-on-the-Wold and tonnes of picturesque villages within half an hour’s drive.

Food and drink

The farm shop and café have everything you could possibly need, from food for the campfire to beautiful vegan dishes and hearty breakfasts. If you do want to venture out to eat, The Stump (01285 720288) is four miles up the road, serving delicious pizzas in a stylish informal traditional country pub setting. The Village Pub (01285 740421) in Barnsley is just three miles away. Yes, that is it's real name. It's a gastro-style pub, if you fancy something more up market. Cirencester also has lots of independent coffee shops and restaurants, good for a wander around on a rainy day.

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