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Cuckoo Farm Campsite
158 reviews
· Rutland, England
130 acres
50 units
2 Glamping
30 Motorhome/tent
18 Motorhome
Family camping with campfires on an organic farm, set alongside the beautiful River Chater
There’s no better name for this small organic farm, set alongside the River Chater and a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The local birdlife, further encouraged by nearby Rutland Water Nature Reserve, sings a terrific morning alarm clock. Kingfishers can sometimes be seen in the lower branches of an ash tree that overhangs the river and cuckoos arrive here to officially welcome spring. It’s as if their call is the signal to open the campsite, which promptly welcomes campers from the middle of April each year. Cuck-ooo, Cuck-ooo, they call. The camping season has arrived. Set in an open, very slightly sloping meadow, Cuckoo Farm Campsite has space for around 50 camping pitches, with a laid back, pitch-where-you-like attitude (though 20 specific spots are provided with electrical hook-ups). Campfires are permitted in the firepits provided and farm-owners Roland and Rebecca are thoroughly encouraging of campfire cooking, with grills, tripods and metal kettles you can use. The real treat is the on-site farm shop, where you can buy their fresh organic produce. Paired with bread and other goods from the farmers market in Stamford, a 10-minute drive away, it’s as wholesome as you could wish for. For six months of the year the grassland of the campsite is grazed by the farm’s gorgeous black nosed Valais sheep, who move into the neighbouring meadows come camping season. Before being shorn, they look like a cross between sheep, shaggy Highland cows and giant teddy bears. Campers are welcome to book tours of the farm, which may involve the chance to feed lambs in spring and to collect fresh eggs from the chickens for your breakfast. There are pigs and turkeys too and Rebecca and Roland give some great insight in to organic farming. For families, the seclusion of the farm is particularly special. It’s over half a mile back to the main road, while the river, which curls its way directly past the campsite, is shallow enough for sploshing, splashing and building dams with sticks and rocks. Rutland Water, meanwhile, is a seven-minute drive away, with a sailing school, fishing lodge and boat hire. You can also rent bikes next to the car park to cycle the family-friendly, 23-mile route around the entire reservoir – great to do with a picnic. When the sun’s out, the place is the very picture of summer.
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Rutland, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Cuckoo C.Joined in October 2018
137 Ratings · 158 reviews
Madeleine B.recommends
August 18, 2022
Electric Grass Pitch
Site was great, staff was very helpful with any questions we had. I would definitely say it's a family site as lots of children playing. The only minor issue we had was that the showers were set to one temperature which my partner found to be too hot. Overall site was great.
Graeme M.recommends
August 16, 2022
Electric Grass Pitch
River, farm shop, local vineyard
Great little site. Went with kids, and friends. Very friendly, helpful staff. Produce from the farm in the fridge/freezer was great for breakfasts and BBQs. The river running along through the site was perfect for the kids to splosh in, swing down low in the water was in constant use. Catching fish in nets, swimming (waste height)...just great. Load to do locally (20 mins drives). Stamford and Rutland waters were standouts for us. The Railway pub is a good 30-40min walk, but brilliant staff there too. Vineyard also great, just 5 mins away.
Emily M.recommends
August 16, 2022
Electric Grass Pitch
Perfect for families
Lovely camp site. Our kids spent all their time in the stream and in the rope swings. They loved Forest School and the farm tour. We'll definitely be back.
Virginia C.recommends
August 12, 2022
Grass Pitch
Great family friendly site
Lisa S.recommends
August 12, 2022
Electric Grass Pitch
Clean quiet and welcoming
Lovely quiet campsite on a river which was a god send in this heat, shame we had to cut short our stay due to a campervan breakdown but we’ll be back such a lovely clean quiet site.
Samantha H.recommends
August 4, 2022
Grass Pitch
Lovely couple of days camping. The children paddled in the stream and enjoyed the forest school. Showers and loos are very clean
From the host
- Family-run grassland site on a working organic farm - Within 10 minutes of Rutland Water Nature Reserve and activity centre - Farm shop selling organic meat; a five-minute drive from pub and shop Roland and Rebecca, proprietors of this little Rutland gem, run an organic farm next door with pigs, turkeys, chickens, a small herd of fallow deer and a flock of Black Nosed Valais sheep (the worlds cutest sheep): visitors are invited to book tours and walks around the farm to greet and meet the animals. The farm’s own produce including organic pork and lamb is on sale in the on-site shop – and with barbecues and campfires fully permitted, there’s no excuse for not having an outdoor feast.
Nearby attractions
It’s 4 miles to Rutland Water Reservoir and Nature Reserve, a great place to enjoy the outdoors, whether it’s cycling the 23-mile circumference of the reservoir – nipping in and out of the woods as you go on tarmacked, car-free trails – or on foot. Cycle hire is available there if you haven’t brought your own. It’s a scenic spot to go for a picnic and you can also get out on the water sailing or in canoes. Bring binoculars to see the birds and, if you’re a real twitcher, pop into the Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre (01572 770651) and Rutland Water Visitors Centre (01780 686800) for more info. It’s 6¾ miles to Burghley House (01780 752451), a Tudor stately home and gardens, including sculpture gardens and the gardens of surprises (take a change of clothes and shoes as the kids will get wet). Guided tours of the house are available, complete with costumed guides to uncover the house's history and the people who have lived there. It’s also 15 miles to Grimsthorpe Castle Park and Gardens (01778 591205), 9 miles to Oakham Castle (01572 757578), 10 miles to Rockingham Castle and 9 miles to Barnsdale Gardens (01572 813200). The local market towns of Oakham, Uppingham and Stamford all vie for your attention with history, independent shops and good eateries in abundance. The latter has an excellent farmers market on Fridays and is also home to the excellent Stamford Arts Centre (01780 763203) – a good option for rainy days.
Food and drink
A range a farm produce is available on site including organic eggs, chicken, lamb, venison, pork, sausages and burgers. As well as firepits, grills and tripods you can hire  For something elsewhere, you can cycle (10 minutes) or walk (20–25 minutes) across public footpaths and quite country roads to the pretty Rutland village of Ketton for a drink at The Railway Inn (01780 721050), which is the last purely wet pub in Rutland. Or try a bite to eat at The Northwick Arms (01780 720238). It's also a short drive to the beautiful Georgian market town of Stamford, which has broad range of place to eat and drink.
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