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Willow Hill
29 reviews
· Apperley, England
4 acres
31 units
6 Glamping
25 Motorhome/tent
Hilltop camping and glamping with good food, good views – and a swimming pool
Willow Hill farm sits on a small hill five miles from the medieval town of Tewkesbury, taking in stunning views of the Severn Vale, surrounded by ancient apple orchards and pasture. Camping guests can pick their pitch on the Top Field or, for those wanting a spot of luxury, there's a collection of spacious bell tents, too. But whether camping or glamping, it's the shared spaces that elevate this campsite with views into something extra special. There's a small heated pool, a rather nice, rustic bar and covered dining area where daily specials are served up courtesy of the on-site chef. First things first though – where can you pitch your tent? The site's 25 pitches are on a flat, well-drained field, which offers views across the vale towards the Cotswolds. Three simply furnished bell tents are also pitched here. These are rented out with inflatable mattresses and duvets (you bring your own bedding) for those without a tent. For glamping that's a bit more upscale, head for the orchard where three fully-furnished tents await; one for couples, one for families and one, with its own loo, outdoor kitchen and space to pitch alongside, that works well for groups. Willow Hill is also home to Happerley, a movement founded by farmers working to connect the consumer to the journey of their food and drink so it's no surprise that food is an important part of what's on offer here. You can enjoy a stay wrapped around delicious food and drinks with a farm shop on site providing everything you'll need to cater for yourself – and The Cobney Bar serving English wines and local tipples. And if you don't want to cook for yourself, there's casual dining on the outdoor terrace throughout the summer with a changing menu of daily specials, not to mention a pub that's two minutes' walk away. The site is family and dog friendly. Kids will love the pool and provided ball games, dogs and their owners will love the countryside walks including the nearby Severn Valley Way. There's enough to do on site to keep you here during a weekend stay but those views will, no doubt, tempt you to travel further. It's a 20-minute drive into the Cotswolds where there are more country pubs, country walks and lots of lovely villages to explore.
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Apperley, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Matthew R.Joined in April 2021
25 Ratings · 29 reviews
Lucia B.recommends
August 10, 2022
Non-electric grass pitch
Lovely few days all in all, you have thought of everything there, from the hammocks outside to chill in, to real sweets, marshmallows for the fire, and paper towels in the loos - thank you! Lovely site, felt relaxed, lovely views, not too busy which is what I prefer, plenty of space. Highly recommend,
Tony S.recommends
August 7, 2022
Beautiful, Bohemian retreat.
A really chilled vibe, Matt is really accommodating, the view is amazing, swimming pool was well received by kids and adults alike. In the evening the hammocks, bar, restaurant are pretty chic, during the day the pool and fields are a sun trap. Pizzas are amazing, breakfast is a highlight. I think Matt could use some help though, he's running the place almost single handedly! The staff that are working there are great, friendly and helpful but the owner is spread thin. Will return in our campervan, due sure.
Chris C.recommends
August 6, 2022
Lapwing bell tent
Our first experience of glamping and we were very impressed. The tent was very clean and comfortable with an adjacent tent for private dining. We really enjoyed the excellent food which is served throughout the day. The breakfast was exceptional as was the dinner we had on our second day. The pizzas looked great although we didn’t get the chance to try one. The bar is a real surprise, really modern and clean with a great range of beers, ciders and wines. There is a pool and hot tub and lots of child friendly spaces. The micro goats and the chickens that wander freely are an added bonus. The service throughout was very friendly and we were made to feel very special. The site itself is in a stunning location and there is a pub nearby within a very short walk, although we preferred to stay on site. We even had good Wi-Fi on site. It is early days for this site but we had a fantastic couple of days and look forward to returning.
Nicole O.recommends
August 4, 2022
Non-electric grass pitch
Fabulous family camping
Absolutely loved this campsite. Kids loved it, adults loved it, dogs loved it. We will definitely be back! The kids even asked us if we could cancel a trip abroad to come back here again later in the summer :)
Anna M.recommends
July 29, 2022
Non-electric grass pitch
Best campsite ever and the pool was brilliant. I loved the hot tub too. Camp fire surrounded by hammocks was amazing. I loved the trampoline and swing ball at the games station. Our view form the tent was terrific. The restaurant and bar were fantastic. I loved sitting by the log fire eating sweets and playing board games. I would love to come back. Thank you so much. Joe His mum loved the on-site facilities such as charging points and kettle etc and the local beer. We all loved our stay very much and will be back.
Samantha H.recommends
July 17, 2022
When can we come back!
Fabulous! Absolutely exceeded our expectations, beautiful views, saltwater pool was fab, chilled vibe with great informal seating areas, outdoor kitchen (love the paella station) and bar. Lots of free activities and the hosts were so welcoming and accommodating …who wouldn’t like the excellent glass of local bubbly on arrival! Overall our stay was gorgeous and made my birthday extra special, watching the sunrise through the tent flaps and making s’mores on the fire pit were sure fire hits, can’t wait to go again.
From the host
Willow Hill farm sits on a small hill five miles from the medieval town of Tewkesbury, commanding spectacular views over the Severn Vale and the Cotswolds, with open pastures off the beaten track. We offer quiet camping with limited facilities during June, and open fully from July. We're friendly and informal with a chilled vibe, inviting camping guests to choose where to pitch on the Top Field. For those wanting more comfort there are three beautifully furnished and styled bell tents - Lapwing, Curlew and Woodpecker - on the edge of our old orchard, available from July, each offering something slightly different. Each five-metre bell tent is rugged and made up with a kingsize bed, plenty of throws, bedside furniture, Roberts radio, mini fridge and soft lighting. In the evening, you can dine outside your tent in the glow of a firepit. For a family group, choose Woodpecker, which comes with a retro caravan Fledgling for your teens to enjoy just next door! If you're after a romantic break for two choose Lapwing. And for two to fourteen, choose Curlew, with orchard space for extra tents, own eco toilet and shower. Best of all, Curlew also comes with Swallow Summit, a gazebo with private dining area and BBQ enjoying total privacy and stunning views. For an effortless gathering of friends and family, Skylark Corner offers great value for 16 people on the Top Field. Guests can enjoy a smart six berth caravan with toilet, shower and cooking, plus three bell tents, each simply furnished with fourn single blow up beds. The encampment, tucked to the corner of our large field, circles around a fire pit. The farm is a peaceful family-friendly retreat, with plenty of space for children to play and explore. We welcome dogs too! There are plenty of well-marked footpaths nearby, and you can trace your way down to the Severn Way that follows the course of the famous river. For countryside days, you can explore the fields and water meadows, call into Coombe Hill nature reserve of follow paths down to a disused stretch of canal and along to one of many local pubs. There is a heated 32' x 16' swimming pool, with sun deck and panoramic views, for adults and supervised children. For younger ones there is a small bathing pool, plus outdoor games to pick up and play, as well as Craig our farm collie who loves to play fetch. Serving food with provenance is an absolute passion of ours, and we are thrilled to welcome Mexican chef Noel Morales and family to add a twist to Willow Hill cuisine - google El Refugio Mezcaleria! We have invested in new facilities for 2022 including Mill Terrace, which has relaxed seating and a log burner for the evening dining and entertaining. An extensive range of artisan wines, ciders, lagers, spirits and soft drinks are served from the Cobney bar, all at very reasonable prices. In The Shrubbery, we have scattered dining around the trees, communal fire pits and artistic lighting for a magical evening atmosphere. If you fancy your own cook up, you can pick up eggs, meats, vegetable and fruit produce, soft drinks, snacks, cakes and ice creams from our small farm shop. And you'll know the journey of everything you eat! We welcome enquiries for bespoke parties and celebrations - hiring all or part of the venue, including private dining in the Mill House - to celebrate those joyful milestones in life!
Nearby attractions
Willow Hill’s campsite offers children the freedom to play, explore and get close to nature. Take your pick of games to play on the top field including farm croquet. And when the weather’s hot, the children can take a splash in the pool. For countryside days, you can explore the farm's fields and water meadows with our self-guided nature trails, pick a path by the River Severn or call in to Coombe Hill nature reserve. For days out further afield, you can head 20 miles away to the Forest of Dean, for Go Ape and bike riding or to the rolling hills of the Cotswolds. Gloucester is a 20-minute drive away and boasts historic docks and riverside walks, shops and eateries. The Regency town of Cheltenham is about the same distance with its elegant architecture and landscaped parks, racecourse, theatre, restaurants, bars and shops. Closer to home, is medieval Teweksbury with its spectacular Abbey, John More Countryside Museum, independent shops and restaurants. There's also a leisure centre. If you're on site in July don't miss Tewkebury Medieval Festival which attracts more than 2000 re-enactors from all over the world to play out the Battle of Tewkesbury 1472. 
Food and drink
There's a farm shop on site and food available throughout the day on the campsite's outdoor terrace with drinks from The Cobney Bar which is stocked with local goodies. The campsite's nearest pub, The Farmers Arms, is family-friendly and just one field's walk away. The pub has a large beer garden, and serves a popular menu with a choice of beers, wines and soft drinks. Tewkesbury,a 10-minute drive away, has a choice of restaurants, coffee shops and cafes. Willow Hill favourites include Crystal Rivers, The Raj Shahi, Salerno and Gupshill Manor.  For local pubs beside the river, guests always enjoy The Boathouse in Tewkesbury town centre, The Lower Lode Inn near Tewkesbury, The Red Lion at Wainlodes, and the Fleet Inn at Twyning.
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