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Cotswolds Camping at Holycombe
85 reviews
· Warwickshire Cv36 5 Ph, England
1 acre
6 units
1 Glamping
5 Motorhome/tent
Think Countryfile meets Time Team. Camping in six-acres of unspoiled Cotswold countryside, built in the grounds of a Norman castle.
The historic county of Warwickshire is geographically and culturally (as birthplace of the Bard) at the heart of England, boasting some of the country’s most quintessentially English towns and villages. Unfortunately, for enthusiasts of the very British pastime of camping, it has tended to offer (Much ado about) nothing. The village of Whichford, however, is harbouring one of the county’s best-kept camping secrets; but with its mash-up of the medieval, middle-eastern, and the mystical, Holycombe is unlikely to stay a secret for too long. The six-acre site is built in the grounds of a Norman castle, the legacy of which is a splendid water-filled moat harbouring carp among the bulrushes. Local mystics have it that Holycombe was a sacred Neolithic site, evidenced by six converging ley lines, so it would have been a shame not to add a stone circle to venerate that unusual spiritual asset. The irony is that this rich heritage lay beneath a scrapyard until Sally and Andy Birtwell built their eco-home and holistic retreat centre, overlooked by an alternative campsite perfect for purists and – with a yurt, treehouse and a pair of furnished bell tents – part-timers. Holycombe (taking its name from combe ‘valley’ and the nearby Holy Well spring) has a natural beauty to match its rich history, adjoining Whichford Wood (a wildlife-filled designated Site of Special Interest). It’s also handily located a short walk from the Norman Knight, a classic Cotswold pub. So after a long ramble, or a pint up the road, you can light a campfire as dusk settles on the valley, and banter long into the night about whether ley lines really do exist, or ponder on what might be lurking at the bottom of that mysterious moat.
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Warwickshire Cv36 5 Ph, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Sally B.Joined in July 2010
47 Ratings · 85 reviews
Gary L.recommends
August 1, 2022
Camping Pitch – Tent or Campervan
Vw air cooled camping
Stayed with another couple in our Vw camper vans, great chilled out camp site and a lovely pub 10 mins walk away. Will definitely be back 😎
Paul S.recommends
July 25, 2022
Camping Pitch – Tent or Campervan
Peace and Quiet
This site is so peaceful and in such a beautiful setting. Very relaxed and quiet and really gave off a very lovely and friendly vibe. Facilities were so clean and never had a problem with lo's or showers. Swampy made us feel very welcome.
Linda W.recommends
July 17, 2022
Camping Pitch – Tent or Campervan
Prime position site. Very friendly staff. Very clean toilets and showers.
Natalie S.
July 11, 2022
Camping Pitch – Tent or Campervan
Beautiful but unable to sleep
Stunning campsite. Would have appreciated a heads up on the booking about the noise issue - the church bells ring every 15 mins all night. Didn't get any sleep. Don't tend to read reviews for campsites, but can now see this is in lots of them on trip advisor.
Sally P.recommends
November 1, 2021
Airstream Ana
Brilliant 2 days glamping on Airstream Ana. So quiet and peaceful and very clean accommodation. We loved walking through the nearby woods where we collected chestnuts and saw deer. Beautiful autumn colours. Would recommend the Norman Knight pub for evening meal, lovely food in a cosy setting and a very short walk. Take a torch this time of year! All in all, lovely place to stay to visit the Cotswolds, with everything we needed. Would have been helpful to have a list of everything provided as it didn't state there was a toaster but there was. Would recommend if you're thinking of staying.
Tim D.recommends
September 28, 2021
Camping Pitch – Tent or Campervan
This camp site is amazing! Such peace and quiet and tranquility. The facilities are tucked away nicely. Not too far away from any of the pitches and yet they don't intrude at all on the gorgeous setting. Hearing the wildlife in the moat (coots/moorhens?), the wind in the trees, the crows roosting while sat reading by a camp fire was the best possible way to spend a weekend. The stone circle in the middle of the site provided a lovely slice of history as a focal point. There were plenty of people staying here, and yet I didn't feel the pitches were too close together and it was still so peaceful. There are footpaths close by that lead you onto, amongst others, the Macmillan way. The woods are close enough to explore too. Its a perfect gateway to the Costwolds! The food, ale and service at the Normal Knight was spot on too. Plus the Hook Norton brewery is a 10 minute drive and I spent a bit too much there (never heard of bacon jam before - its actually very nice!) Best weekend camping I've had in a very long time and I will definitely be back!
From the host
Cotswolds Camping at Holycombe, Whichford Castle Moat, is situated in the beautiful North Cotswold village of Whichford, near the Warwickshire, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire borders. We are in the Heart of England, in the middle of everywhere. We would love to welcome you to our campsite, which is close to many beautiful Cotswold towns and villages. With plenty to explore in the vicinity, this is an excellent place to base yourselves on your camping adventure.Our beautiful five-acre camp site is situated where a Norman castle once stood, the legacy of which is the splendid water-filled moat, ducks, moor hens, and Canada geese. Before the Normans, we know there was a Roman settlement as a Roman conduit leads from the wood to the moat. There was an excavation of the site in 1954 and a plan is in the camp kitchen. Please note we are not allowed children under the age of 12, dogs or groups here. Holycombe Holistic Retreat Centre and campsite is situated adjacent to Whichford Wood. There is access through the public footpath which is opposite the church. The deer are being culled in the woods so please stick to the public footpath to avoid any misshape.
Nearby attractions
Holycombe adjoins Whichford Wood, where you might see Muntjac deer, polecats, or kingfishers. Continue exploring the mystical at the Rollright Stones, three miles up the A3400. Or take home a hand-made terracotta memento from Whichford Pottery (01608 684416). Holycombe Holistic Retreat Centre and campsite  is situated adjacent to Whichford Wood. There is access through the public footpath - opposite the church in the village. In early May there is a sea of bluebells, in autumn there are chestnuts and hazelnuts and quite often, if you are quiet, you will see muntjak and deer. It’s also located a short walk from the Norman Knight a classic, award winning Cotswold pub, which serves excellent grub and has great live music nights. Last orders for food 9pm but they like to know in advance if you are thinking of eating with them that late (01608 684621). It is open every day except Monday lunchtime. Also the famous Whichford Pottery and Straw Kitchen Cafe selling delicious food. So after a walk in the woods, or a pint up the road, you can roll back here, light a campfire, and enjoy this peaceful and charming place. Enjoy stargazing the dark night sky, watching the meteor showers without light pollution form our ancient stone circle. Other Local attractions include Hook Norton Brewery and The Cotswolds Distillery in Stourton There is no shop in the village, but there are some very good shops nearby. The village shop in Long Compton has basic foodstuffs and sells papers. Wyatts Farm Shop near Great Rollright has a good selection of meat, vegetables, gifts and plants, wine and a cafe. The Village Shop Hook Norton (3 miles) is excellent and open from 8am-8pm
Food and drink
Wander the ½ mile to the Norman Knight (01608 684621) for traditional ales, flagstone floors, exposed timbers, and gastropub-grub while the kids run free on the village green. Wyatts Farm Shop (01608 684835), near Greater Rollright, has a good selection of local meat and veg. There’s a village shop at Long Compton.
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