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Cricket Field Campsite
33 reviews
· Kineton, England
10 acres
34 units
34 Tent
A pop-up riverside campsite in a classic Cotswold setting, 15 minutes' walk from the nearest pub
You don’t have to play cricket at this campsite. But it’s flat enough, it’s spacious enough and it’s green and pastoral enough that it somehow feels like an appropriate name; as English as Test Match Special and cucumber sandwiches in Hovis bread. The River Windrush forms the boundary, snaking along the eastern side, while the quiet road you enter and leave by, hidden behind a high hedgeline, borders the west. The only problem for cricketers is the grass, left wild and long in many places to maintain habitats for the bugs and birds. That and the tents, of course. You don’t usually see those on a cricket pitch. Opened for the first time in 2021, Cricket Field Camping is a back-to-basics pop-up campsite with portable-style toilets, a few hot showers and drinking water taps. By and large it's the space and scenic Cotswold setting of the place that really makes it stand out. The camping meadow is blissfully quiet, with the little village of Temple Guiting 10 minutes’ walk north and the homely stone pub in Kineton 15 minute’s stroll to the south. The rest of the countryside is parcelled up into rolling fields and pockets of woodland, with the long-distance Diamond Way passing a few hundred yards away and the tower of a Norman church visible across the meadows. Unsurprisingly, then, the campsite is a boon for walkers and those who can do without electricity and fancy facilities, but it’s a real hit with families too, thanks to its proximity to Cotswold Farm Park (two miles) and also the fact it allows campfires, which give the place that essential camping ambience. The river, too, makes the campsite a pleasant place to generally picnic, spend time and watch for wildlife and, though it’s too silty for safe swimming or paddling around, it makes a pleasing presence as you follow its banks on local footpaths, including the mile-and-a-half route to Ford, where a 16th-century courthouse (with dungeons) is now a characterful village pub with a wooden fort for children in the garden and inglenook fireplaces inside.
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Kineton, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by William F.Joined in June 2021
28 Ratings · 33 reviews
Richard G.recommends
August 1, 2022
Wild Meadow Pitches
Really lovely spot. Facilities were basic but functioned well enough. A roof over the sinks wouldn’t go amiss & no on site facilities for recycling was a bit disappointing.
Laura B.recommends
August 1, 2022
Wild Meadow Pitches
Cotswalds views with lots of space
We had a great trip! Pitches are very distant from one another and the views from the field are just beautiful. William was really welcoming with information about local walks and pubs. Toilets, showers and washing up facilities were quite good for a temporary site and well-maintained. Walks to the nearest places all start along a road with no pavement, which might be worth knowing for parents with small children. But you can quickly get onto footpaths and bridle paths afterwards. It wasn't completely obvious when we arrived, but the pitches are the mown-down circles, and although they are numbered on the notice board you can pick whichever one you'd like. Of course this setup might be out of date by next year. I hope to be back!
James B.recommends
July 29, 2022
Wild Meadow Pitches
A magical campsite
My son and I loved camping on Wild Meadow Pitches. The setting was absolutely beautiful with stunning views of fields and forests. There was plenty of space and privacy. The facilities were great and unobtrusive. The fire pits are brilliant. William the host and owner was both welcoming and full of useful local information. There is lots to do nearby with lovely country and villages to explore. We had a wonderful time and could not recommend it more highly.
Liz R.recommends
July 24, 2022
Wild Meadow Pitches
Stunning location for a campsite
Lovely campsite with lots of space and stunning views. Would definitely come back.
Ashley C.recommends
July 10, 2022
Wild Meadow Pitches
Loved the owl calls at night, the views of the river and church, the tranquility and natural camp. Facilities were surprisingly good and host couldn't have made us any more welcome. Loved it.
Christine E.
September 3, 2021
William and his dad looked after us well while we were here and it’s a great new campsite. William is aware of some of the improvements that could be made so I won’t mention the challenging showers (they were lovely and hot though with great pressure) We will definitely be back
From the host
The site is set in the most tranquil and beautiful locations described in the 18th century by one writer as being as near to Elyisum as could be, the Windrush undulates through the private estate's 80 acres and flows through the fileds and parkland which can be seen from the campsite, with views to the church and the river the landscaped gardens can also be glimpsed from the site. The site is set on a working farm, so you are at one with nature.  It is picturesque and peaceful with no light pollution.
Nearby attractions
This is typical Cotswolds country – think rolling hills, sheep-dotted fields, woods and plenty of footpaths. It's a few hundred yards to the Diamond Way, which runs past Temple Guiding church, through the village and along the riverside, north, to Ford, where there's a decent pub (The Plough Inn; 01386 584215). In Ford, the Diamond Way also intercepts the Gloucestershire Way, heading east towards Stow-on-the-Wold, one of the most popular towns in the Cotswolds and seven miles by car from the campsite. The most notable attraction nearby is undoubtedly Cotswold Farm Park (01451 850307; two miles), where children can get hands on with the farm animals, but it's also five miles to Sudeley Castle (01242 604244), six miles to the English Heritage-owned ruins of Hailes Abbey (01242 602398) and five to quirky Snowshill Manor and Gardens (01386 852410), best known for its 20th-century owner, Charles Paget Wade, who amassed an enormous collection of eccentric objects that interested him and built a model harbour village around the garden pond.
Food and drink
There's no pub in Temple Guiting but there is a nice tea rooms (The Pantry; 01451 850577; booking advised) for fancy lunches and afternoon teas. The nearest pub is The Halfway House (01451 850344), three quarters of a mile away in Kineton, which has a lovely garden on sunny days, while it's a longer walk to Guiting Power (three miles) where there are two further pubs, a playground and a well-stocked Post Office shop.
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