The views over the Chew Valley are worth admission alone, but with first-rate facilities and the friendliest of owners, Nettwood ticks all boxes
To cast your eyes upon the Chew Valley is to gaze upon nature perfection. If there's a more idyllic scene than the undulating patchwork of lush, verdant sheep-dotted hills and wooded combes that surround the tranquil waters of Blagdon Lake, we're yet to find it. Nestled within the wider Mendips Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it'll come as no surprise that this is prime camping territory. With such an array of fantastic spots to pitch up in, the choice can often be beguiling. But for the best of bases, first-rate facilities and views to die for, look no further than Nettwood Country Breaks.
Nettwood Farm is 210 acres of Somerset livestock farm-cum-camping retreat overlooking the sprawling Chew Valley Lake (the largest in the South-West). Run by the lovely Griffin family, this is the ideal setting for getting away from it all with the family. There's a relaxed attitude to life here with 20 'pitch where you fancy' spots alongside other more formal grass pitches that come fully wired. The grass field is well-kempt and on an ever-so-gentle slope (although most pitches have been levelled out). Fringed by some 30 acres of woodland, campers pitching up in springtime will be treated to an amazing show of technicolour as the forest floor explodes with vibrant purple bluebells.
Kids will love this place too. The woodland copse is prime den-building estate and when they're not busy exploring the copse or kicking a ball about the fields (that's right – ball games allowed!), there's always Nettwood's resident sheep to meet.
Location, Nettwood has it all: easy access to the Mendips; expansive lakeside vistas; woodland walks around East Harptree; the famous caverns of Cheddar Gorge and Wookey Hole. You can stroll the quaint cobbled streets of Wells by morning, before following the afternoon to the seaside-kitsch at Weston-super-Mare. And when evening dawns, there's fewer more relaxing places to reflect upon the day than Nettwood Farm. All the easy-going owners ask is that you keep the noise to a minimum after 10pm out of respect for your neighbours. But truth be told, after a day's spent exploring the gems of Somerset, a contented slumber beckons under the star-spangled blanket of unblemished Somerset night sky.
East Harptree, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Debbie G.Joined in March 2014
From the host
Our site has had a few little upgrades recently..
We have given each field its own name to aid you when booking.
The Woodland Field is next to our beautiful woodland and has its own facilities with a children's play area.There are 6 hook ups and room for 7 standard units in this field.
The Lake View Field benefits from the stunning view of Chew Valley Lake with its own facilities and also now boasts an area to keep the little ones happy. There are 4 hook ups arranged around a central post so you can angle yourselves how you fancy and room for up to 15 standard units.
We now have a proper job den building area in our woods to keep our little friends outdoors and busy.
New for 2016 our Woodland Pod sleeping 2 - 4 people and our Safari Retreat tent sleeping 4 - 6 people. Both are fully equipped for a bit of posh camping. Travel light and let us provide for you. No more arguing packing the car and even worse unpacking it!
Take a look at our website to take a more in-depth look at the site map and take advantage of our new booking system.
Lots of lovely walks just across the road in East Harptree wood – head to the dragonfly-inhabited lake next to Smitham Chimney, a towering vestige of the woodlands lead and zinc mining heritage. Why not explore the forest on two wheels? The start point is two miles off Sustrans National Cycle Route 3 and you can hire bikes from Mendip Trail Bike Hire (07854 655212). The famous cave networks of Cheddar Gorge (01934 742343) and Wookey Hole (01749 672243) are both under 10 miles from the site and, to the east, the Somerset and Dorset Railway (01761 411 221) is well worth a visit for those interested in the heritage of the area, with restored rolling stock and station buildings housing a museum and a bookshop. The lovely seaside at Weston-super-Mare is a little over half an hour away while Longleat Safari Park (01985 844400) lies about 40 mins drive away and promises a great day out for young and old alike. Bath and Bristol are also around half an hour away.
Food and drink
The Castle of Comfort Country House and Restaurant (01761 221321) serves up fantastically great value pub grub favourites (try one of their famous Somerset steaks). They also have a spacious beer garden with a children's play area. The Waldergrave Arms (01761 221429) is bursting with rural charm. This characterful old inn sits in the heart of the village. They even offer a takeaway service for Nettwood campers. Be sure to join in one of their frequent quiz nights to be in with a chance of winning big cash prizes! The village shop a mile and a half down the hill stocks all the basics. There's also a larger store in West Harptree that opens until 7pm.