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Cricket Field Campsite
44 reviews
· Kineton, England
10 acres
24 units
24 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
40 Ratings · 44 reviews
Lutz R.recommends
September 11, 2022
Great location. Loved it. Perfect for a get away .
Daniel C.recommends
September 7, 2022
A lovely view of the nearby village church. The site had all the necessary basics and the tents were spaced out enough that it was quiet and peaceful.
Michael W.recommends
September 5, 2022
Wild Meadow Pitches
This is a sheep field which the owners turn into a campsite when (I assume) the land is fallow during the summer season. As such, much of the ground is sloped and only a minority of the pitches are flat. The pitches are large, well-spaced, and neatly mowed in a circle so you don't have to contend with any long grass. The field is amazingly clear of sheep droppings considering its occupants for the other 6 months of the year. We camped here during the last weekend of the season and had the entire field to ourselves for the most part. Another reviewer mentioned the bin was full and the facilities untidy at about the same time - I can confirm this was the case; however the quality of those facilities is very good and I wouldn't expect a campsite like this to be maintained perfectly up to the last day of the season. We spoke with William who was very friendly and offered us some leftover kindling and firewood for free since it wasn't going to be used otherwise (normally surcharged). The management of the campsite in general seems very relaxed and friendly. This is about as rural and isolated as you can get in this country without going into the Highlands. As such it is beautifully quiet and you can hear all sorts of wildlife at night. We will definitely come back if we visit the area again.
Mia H.
September 2, 2022
Wild Meadow Pitches
quiet setting, lacks maintenance.
Overall our experience was okay/average. The area is beautiful, quiet and isolated. Near to a beautiful little village and only 15 minute drive to Bourton on the Water, where we spent some time. The campsite itself (one night, arrived on a Tuesday) felt like it had been abandoned. Think maybe it had been busy over the weekend, but it wasn't serviced, restocked and cleaned since. The drop/eco/composting toilets were very full (I'm no expert, but I don't think waste can decompose when stuck on shelves in the design of the toilet, probably one of the more grim/stinky composting toilet we've used), empty toilet rolls everywhere, a quarter roll of toilet paper (lucky we brought our own) and empty hand sanitizer bottles left about in the toilet (it just seemed really messy and uncared for). The showers (we didnt use) were messy. There was a full bin, and a big pile of rubbish/recyclables etc near the entry to the campsite. Which wasn't a nice look when we arrived. Please don't get me wrong, we are not so fussy, but when you advertise toilets and showers, although in a 'pop up' fashion there are some expectations that they will be maintained somewhat. Compared to other wild style campsites I think it was fairly expensive and i probably wouldn't return because of the above. The positives though! Really quiet, beautiful setting, close to many touristy spots in the Cotswolds. So a nice spot to base and adventure about. Apologies for the honest review, but hope it helps.
Sarah W.recommends
August 29, 2022
Wild Meadow Pitches
Absolutely beautiful basic campsite without frills but stunning views and a brilliant William who gave us so much local information. Compost toilets so brace yourself but we didn't find them an issue lovely walks and some ace local pubs.
Mark T.recommends
August 28, 2022
Wild Meadow Pitches
Friendly greeting, peaceful, beautiful setting quintessentially Cotswold rolling fields with view of village church.
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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