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Family camping on a Severn Valley farm, with campfires to enjoy, animals to meet and tractor-and-trailer rides
Jon, Ruth and their three daughters are the fourth and fifth generation farming at Red House Farm. You'll see them all at some point during your stay, whether that's welcoming you, delivering wood, cleaning the facilities or having a good natter. Their family has run a campsite from the farm for eight years and love welcoming campers to stay and playing their part in helping others make lifelong memories. Located in the heart of the Severn Valley, with beautiful views of Malvern, Cleeve, May and Bredon Hills, their's is a pretty special place to stay.
Set on a working farm with a flock of Jacob sheep, small herd of rare breed Gloucester cattle, Pygmy goats (Mabel and Martha) and Bacon the pig, the campsite is home to far more residents than just the weekend visitors. Campers, though, have a huge meadow all of their own, bordered by a hedge but otherwise spacious, flat, open. The field is some seven acres in total, with a relaxed, pitch-where-you-like way of operating (great if you want to book with a group of families). It also means there's plenty of space for games of cricket, rugby, football and flying kites. You'll be here for five minutes and the kids will have already made new friends.
Facilities-wise, things are on the move, so it slightly depends on when you arrive this summer. There’s currently a small portable block of two toilets, two urinals, two wash basins and a shower but an all-new washblock is also opening from mid July. It will house additional washing up areas, a fridge, freezer, a washing machine and more. And as well as a handful of regular electric hook ups, the campsite is also modern enough to boast two electric vehicle charging points. That's not to say the place doesn't maintain a traditional camping vibe. Campfires are very much allowed and you can buy 'barbecue baskets' full of the farm's own produce for cooking on the flames.
While fun and games in the meadow will keep littl'uns busy, tractor-and-trailer rides to see the animals are undoubtedly a highlight for family visitors and it's a good opportunity for Jon and Ruth to teach visitors about their farm. The roaming cattle and the rural setting give the sense that you're a million miles from home, though, actually, the campsite has a rather convenient location. It's not too far from the M5, and it's 10 minutes from Cheltenham and Tewkesbury, so you never need to spend much longer than is needed in the car. The good road connections also put the Malvern Hills, the Forest of Dean and the Cotswolds within easy reach, with the likes of Cleeve Hill, Winchcombe and Sudeley Castle within a 15-minute drive.
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England, United KingdomTraditional, ancestral territory of various First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Elmwicke C.Joined in March 2021
50 Ratings · 25 reviews
August 31, 2023
25 - Grass Pitch with Electric Hook-Up
Such a great find. We stopped over here on our way to Cornwall and wished we could have stayed longer. Great facilities and cute shop/cafe. Gorgeous surroundings.
July 17, 2023
29 - Grass Pitch with Electric Hook-Up
Lovely campsite with great facilities and incredibly friendly and welcoming hosts, would love to come again.
June 4, 2023
Non-Electric Grass Pitch
Take me home country road !
The most lovely of hideaways nestled in the Cotswolds mesmerising charm . So close to Royal Cheltenham Spa town it’s a perfect sanctuary .
The campsites facilities ( sanitaire for European travellers )are well equipped , thoughtful and spotless ! The lavatory and showers are superb - again the attention to detail is excellent and caters for all eventuality’s ( ladies ) along with being very ascetic for a campsite !
There’s a welcome small on site cafe which is perfect with some picnic tables immediately outside .
The field itself is sympathetic to biodiversity and sections are left to grow wild which is wonderful .
Fire pits are a bonus as were the daily tractor rides for the children young and old !
The animal song chorus is refreshing also .
Grab yourself a tent and give this site a try !
Ruth et.Al you ROCK ! Denise Adam and Tabitha xx
April 19, 2023
Non-Electric Grass Pitch
Really cool spot - lovely hosts who were very helpful and friendly. Great facilities - clean and some thoughtful additions like some spare sanitary products. Thoroughly recommend.
September 1, 2022
Non-Electric Grass Pitch
Super friendly hosts, and free camping in a large but well thought-out field so plenty of space. The facilities were excellent, and the bacon-butties from the cafe were a perfect start to the day. The mile or so walk to the pub was great - quiet lane, footpaths and only a short section on the pavement along the main road. Would definitely come back again.
August 24, 2022
Grass Pitch with Electric Hook-Up
The facilities were really good and very clean. The field is a bit soul-less, not really our cup of tea, but not a bad campsite and would probably be good for children as it is on a farm.
From the host
Elmwicke campsite is located in the heart of the Severn Valley, with beautiful views of Malvern, Cleeve, Cotswolds, May and Bredon Hills. We are a working farm with a flock of Jacob sheep, small herd of rare breed Gloucester cattle, Pygmy goats (Mabel and Martha) and Bacon the pig. We have run a campsite from the farm for eight years and love welcoming campers to stay with us and help make magical memories. We think it's a pretty special place to stay. The campsite is a 7 acre field where you are able pitch where you'd like which is great whether you're on your own or booking as a group as you can be by your friends. We have acres of space for games of cricket, rugby, football, flying kites (we've seen it all). One of our favourite things is taking guests on a tractor/trailer ride around the fields to visit all the animals.
We opened our new amenities block on16th July 2021 which is amazing and makes staying with us even better.
Jon, Ruth, their daughters Renna, Lucy and Georgie are the 4th and 5th generation farming at Red House Farm. You'll see all of us at some point during your stay whether that's welcoming you, delivering wood, cleaning the facilities or having a good natter with you.
It's 10 minutes to the western edge of the Cotswolds (and around 15 to Sudeley Castle and Cleeve Hill), Cheltenham and the medieval town of Tewkesbury, host to one of the largest medieval festivals in the world. Sherdons Golf Course in Tredington is a five-minute drive away, they have a good pirate themed mini golf adventure round which is great fun for all ages. The Forest of Dean is around 40 minutes away, where there are lots of forest trails for cycling, as well as a sculpture trail to walk. Puzzlewood is a particularly fantastic place to visit here – the wood has been used as a filming location for many major films and television programs, including Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings. Gloucester is just 15 minutes’ drive away, the Cathedral there, too, is another must see for all Harry Potter fans, try and match the setting to your favourite scenes.
Food and drink
The Gloucester Old Spot (012426 80321) is a 20-minute walk away or a couple minutes’ drive, the freehouse serves local ales and ciders and their food has been included in the Michelin Guide to pubs. Five minutes’ drive away is The House in The Tree (01242 680241), a great country pub with outdoor and indoor space as well as a children's play area and animal petting zone. No.3 Restaurant (01242 903790) is just over a ten-minute drive away, serving everything from a full English to their renowned tomahawk steaks. Their main restaurant is lovely but there's also a charming outdoor dining space, which is covered for all weathers.