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Back-to-basics, natural camping with campfires encouraged and easy walks to the local attractions in Frome
Vallis Veg is like a camping version of The Good Life. Well, sort of. When you
pitch your tent beneath the dappled shade of an ash tree, and explore the
self-sufficient set up of this vegetable-growing, seed-sewing and life-bestowing campsite, you can’t help but envisage a haphazard Tom and Barbara
strolling out to meet you. Thankfully, though, the farcical happenings of the
classic sitcom are left to the realms of fiction. Life here may be good, but it’s
also wonderfully easy.
Vallis Veg is a back-to-basics, tents-only campsite with rustic facilities. The individual woodland pitches are each surrounded by green and growing young trees and provide a sense of privacy. The leafy site sits on a slight slope but the camping spots have been carefully flattened out and have a light covering of woodchips to ensure some extra comfort.
The ethos of the place can’t help but suck you in. If you don’t like a little dirt beneath your fingernails, then it’s probably not the one for you, but even the most disinterested of gardeners can't help but look on the stripes of the campsite’s vegetable patch with envy. You can order a veg box ahead of time and owner Cordelia is a wellspring of knowledge on where to go locally to stock up on wholesome, tasty goods.
Frome, for starters, is a pleasant walk away and full of independent food shops. On Cheap Street in the centre of town, Frome Wholefoods and Sagebury Cheese, are excellent and The Old Bakehouse is perfect for breads and cakes. But, if you follow the East Mendip Way along the river in the opposite direction, the walk to Mells (7km round trip) is particularly beautiful and similarly rewarding. Along with taking in the most beautiful stretches of the waterside, the route passes the remains of an
ironworks just outside the village, a traditional settlement that’s home to an
excellent café, a gastro pub and The Walled Garden, serving superb stone-baked
Frome, Somerset, 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 Cordelia ?.Joined in August 2015
113 Ratings · 106 reviews
September 11, 2023
Pitch 4: 2.5m x 5m
Safe, peaceful and relaxing
I booked a three night stay, solo camping in one of the woodland pitches. As a woman solo camping for the first time I was a bit nervous but felt really safe here
Great back to basics campsite in keeping with sustainable ethos of the organic veg farm this campsite is connected to.
My pitch felt private, like my own space in the woods, but not isolated. I could see the next pitches tent through the trees and there was a path to the loos and sinks (taps to fill water, cold water for washing dishes or you can fill sink with your kettle, plus drop eco toilets which were clean) which were just a couple of mins from my pitch.
Loved the campfire and bought logs, maybe could have done with more kindling but that was probably my poor fire building skills.
Very pretty surrounding countryside. Little bit of noise from town could be heard in distance on Fri/Sat. Didn't bother me, and it finished at decent time. Vibe on campsite was quiet, couples, families and at least one other solo camper during my visit. Felt like enough space for everyone with private pitches.
Would definitely stay again
September 7, 2023
Pitch 4: 2.5m x 5m
A beautiful, peaceful campsite
A beautiful campsite amongst quite meadows and woodlands. The facilities were great and extraordinarily clean. Lovely local walks. I highly recommend this campsite and look forward to visiting again.
September 6, 2023
Pitch 9: 4m x 5m
Beautiful spot, private and would highly recommend to anyone wanting a little peace and quiet. Chill time. Oooooh and lots of bumble bees !!!
August 30, 2023
Pitch 4: 2.5m x 5m
was our first camping experience... it was unique and fantastic for every aspect. I think pitch 4 is the most beautiful, spacious and intimate area.
I absolutely recommend this place!
August 28, 2023
Pitch 2: 6m x 2m - 3m
We loved Pitch 2, absolutely perfect for me and my 5 year old daughter. Very thoughtful information displayed everywhere, great having a campfire, tidy and clean facilities. Hoping to visit again for sure! Would highly recommend.
August 27, 2023
Pitch 6: 4m x 4m
Lovely pitch, shame about the noise
The camp was lovely, pitch was great in the trees. Only downside was that our pitch was near to the farm work area which meant when we arrived until 5pm ish it was constant banging and sawing which was a shame as it wasn’t peaceful as expected. We booked because we thought it would be peaceful. In the morning from 10am the noise started again
From the host
At Vallis Veg we love natural camping spots and we love campfires. These are what we aim to offer our campers. Our site is not a conventional site with lots of tents squeezed together in a flat field. We are a small farm and the camping is little bit wilder – we have levelled spaces for tents among the shrubs and young trees and on our grassy slopes.
It's a short and pleasant walk to Frome (01373 465757), its compact size belying the range of activities on offer. There are two theatres, ample pubs and cafés, a cinema, several great music venues, a museum and more. Head to the library for tourist information. On the first Sunday of each month The Independent Market has become a bit of a draw – a colourful and eclectic range of stalls with a buzzing atmosphere. In the very centre of town, the innovative Share Shop sometimes runs free craft workshops (though it's worth a visit anyway). Elsewhere, walkers can head in the opposite direction treading the East Mendip Way to a beautiful bridge at Great Elm. From here you can either carry on to the village of Mells, or join the Macmillan Way south towards Whatley – and on to Nunney, with its own castle (03703 331181), a fab pub (01373 836458) and a small café.
Food and drink
There are lots of independent shops in Frome, including two butchers in Badcox. H.E. Williams (01373 462797), which is down a little side street and whose family has run the business for approaching 100 years, is a great option, while Cayfords (01373 462701), again a long term family-run affair, is another great choice. Both are about 20 minutes’ walk from the site and on the way into town. For pubs, The Griffin (01373 467766), on Milk Street, often has live music and games nights and hosts a microbrewery onsite. The Three Swans (01488 682721) is at the top of Cheap Street and is also very popular. The Lamb and Fountain (01373 463414) at the bottom end of Castle Street is a third pick, wonderfully unpretentious and a little more undiscovered. The River House cafe has delicious food and a very small outdoor area overlooking the river behind the main street. The Fat Radish restaurant serves excellent food at reasonable prices as does Bistro Lotte and the Rye bakery has two outlets - both unique and ethically run with pastries you really must taste! The best Indian takeaway I have ever tasted is cooked by Mahesh of Lungi Babas and delivered by electric bike.