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The Pig Place Campsite
62 reviews
· Adderbury, England
4 acres
40 units
17 Motorhome
23 Tent
Canal-side camping for adults on a rustic Oxfordshire pig farm
When Dean and Sara first moored their narrow boat here in 2007 it was a drastically different place. The land still sloped gently down to the canal-side, green and inviting, but otherwise it was little more than a simple cattle pasture, blotted with the odd molehill and a scattering of buttercups. Today, however, it has truly been transformed. It has become the sort of place you hear about several miles down the canal; a whisper between boating folk who feel they each share this local secret. Chug around the bend and the banks are now a manicured carpet of grass and decking, split into segments and dominated by pig pens, and duck and chicken coops. “STOP”, the sign reads, “Farm Shop”. We don’t need asking twice, though plodding along with a tent and sleeping bag it’s not a mooring spot we’re after. Welcoming campervans, caravans and the humble tenting camper, The Pig Place is open to all and it’s signage sums up the general atmosphere. The focus here is not on plush camping pitches with power-showers and strings of wooden clad chalets, no, first and foremost this is a simple, yet delightful small holding and only after the animals, the farm shop and the mouth-wateringly good food van came the campsite. The resulting ethos is fantastic. The camping is wonderfully rustic – there is one portable toilet and no showers on the site – but that certainly doesn’t mean it is neglected, with Dean and Sarah always on hand and inviting you over when it’s feeding time to join in and see the pigs. It’s inclusive, but not overbearing, and their conscious decision to keep everything small-scale and low key, makes it a sociable and thoroughly relaxed place to pitch. The food, of course, is an obvious selling point. Their farm shop, selling meat, free range eggs and veg, is truly enviable – though if you envy it too much you may end up buying a couple of hens to take home with you – and the cooking trailer (The Pig Stop) is opened up each morning to serve an unbeatable home-reared breakfast. It may just be a ploy. The wafting smell of bacon is so good you can imagine that somewhere, in a lock, several miles down canal, there are already folks on board their boat sniffing at the air and tracing their way in your direction! Nearby, the town of Banbury has enough independent shops and restaurants to keep you busy and the immediacy of the M40 means seemingly far off towns like Oxford and Warwick are actually just 40 minutes or so away. The motorways ever presence in the landscape may be unmistakeable on the map but its treed flanks do a surprisingly good job of shielding any noise, leaving the Pig Place to retain its unmistakably rural charms.
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Adderbury, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Sara W.Joined in June 2015
57 Ratings · 62 reviews
Calvin P.recommends
August 2, 2022
Sow - van under 22ft - with EHU
Great Spot For Camping
Lovely Place Loved the Sofas by The Canal Great Walk to The Great Western Pub along the Canal which had fantastic food . On Site food van was great for brekkie and the odd eve meal . Well stocked bar , no kids after 6pm on site . So for us with 19 grandkids between us it was a nice , quiet change from the norm .
Amanda R.recommends
August 1, 2022
Gilt - van under 22ft - No EHU
We loved our stay at Pig Place. It’s a lovely small campsite on the canal just outside of Oxford. Highlights were the piglets, trotters bar, the pulled pork burger and the sofas with the fire Pitt’s. We would recommend to all.
Mark H.recommends
July 21, 2022
Gilt - van under 22ft - No EHU
Just loved it plus video link
The staff worked like machines in mid 20 degree heat, for long hours to keep us all fed and watered.. thank you so much Sara, Dave and all your team. A very quirky site, not for everyone, but if you like a chilled atmosphere, in a farm like environment, festival atmosphere, great people, dogs, pigs, canal, bar, fresh pork cooked for you - then this is for you.. we loved it... you have to be prepared to rough it a bit, this is part of the charm. If you are precious, like a shower, like tea cups, and hot water then this is not for you... if you are a festival go-er, van lifer, biker, canalboater?! then this is for you. We will be back. Youtube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKYROjh-XwM&t=524s
Ceri W.recommends
July 11, 2022
Weaner - tent - No EHU
Brilliant fun
The pitches are on good ground and easily accessible from the car park. There are no showers but there are portaloos and drinking water on site. There's lots to do and it's great fun being around the pigs - one had day old piglets to see! There was a quiz night and 80s disco on the days we were there. The host is really friendly and there is a bar and a little shop on site. The food truck sells hot meals and gluten free food which was perfect for me!
Helen D.recommends
June 28, 2022
Weaner - tent - No EHU
Love it
Wonderful. We've immediately booked to go back next month.
Peter C.recommends
October 22, 2021
Gilt - van under 22ft - No EHU
we found the site to be relaxed and completely chilled out but if you want to party find a spot down by the canal light a fire and have a few beers it is a site with basic ammenaties so if you want a posh shower block its not for you !
From the host
If we're your kind of place, we look forward to meeting you. Our camping areas are 'child-free' and cater for motorhomes, caravans, campervans and tents. Being canalside you're welcome to visit by narrowboat and kayak too. Our breakfast is just amazing. Fabulous food with a fantastic view over the Oxford Canal and Cherwell Valley - what's not to like? The Trough is our kitchen, open from 8am every day, with a magnificent menu showcasing our hand reared pork products. The addition of 'Trotters Bar' makes The Pig Place a perfect place for adults to chill out and soak up the canalside atmosphere, with plenty of local ales, draught lager and crisp fresh cider, cocktails, wines, spirits. Keep an eye on our website for music, quiz nights, themed weekends and promotions. Please note that this is an Adults only campsite - 18 year olds or above allowed only.
Nearby attractions
The canal towpath provides excellent walks to some of Oxfordshire's and Northamptonshire's prettiest villages, pubs and restaurants. If you don't mind using the car, though, it's just 4 miles to Banbury, its attractions include, aptly for this campsite, Tooley’s Boatyard (01295 272917), dating back over 200 years and the oldest working dry dock in the country – if you fancy a boat trip on the canal this is the place to come. For a longer day trip pack some of the site's bacon sarnies and drive to Shakespeare's Stratford-Upon-Avon, historic Warwick, or south to magnificent Oxford – all are within a 40 minute drive.
Food and drink
The farm shop here is truly excellent. Their rare breeds provide excellent sausages and various different cuts, along with free range eggs. Better still, every day there is hot food available. The freshly cooked food from their outdoor café includes sausage, bacon and eggs and burgers, BBQ pulled pork and weekend specials plus decent coffee and cake. Though there are 4 pubs in nearby Adderbury, the more pleasant option is to walk the half hour along the canal towpath. It's around 2 miles to The Great Western Arms (01869 338288) a fantastic old pub with a good beer garden and family-friendly atmosphere.
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