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Cotswolds Camping at Holycombe

· Warwickshire, Warwickshire, England
5 acres hosted by Sally B.
1 glamping pitch · 8 motorhome/tent pitches
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Think Countryfile meets Time Team. Camping in six-acres of unspoiled Cotswold countryside, built in the grounds of a Norman castle.

The village of Whichford harbours one of the Cotswolds’ best-kept camping secrets. 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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102 Ratings · 117 reviews
Sam W.
June 28, 2024
Camping Pitch – Tent or Campervan
Peaceful stay vs. neglected site :(
This was a very magical campsite. Beautiful views across the Cotswolds. Good pot wash. Decent composting loos. Very quiet. We managed to get a EHU on the side of the moat. The issue we had was with the Hip Camp & privately owned webpages which were not true to what was experienced. The photos on the web were not true to the actual site during our stay. The site is very overgrown compared to the websites. No woodland camping was available. No hammocks. No real view of the moat. The moat was very low and not as the photos showed. The mown pitches were very very small, and not suitable for large tents-we have a Hayling 6 man. The website states only 6 pitches, but there were at least 25+ and had the site been full, the site would have been overwhelmed. The websites were very strict on alcohol use and noise, however there were no owners or warden to talk to about concerns. The yurts and quiet cafe looked very tired and worn. It looks like the site has been left and neglected somewhat. Despite this, we did have a very peaceful and relaxed stay.
Amy M.recommends
June 25, 2024
Camping Pitch – Tent or Campervan
Little gem don’t tell everyone!!
Site lovely for a quiet back to basics getaway in the beautiful Cotswolds countryside. It was bigger than expected tho and pitches are a little on the small size. (Pictures and Info on app must need updating.) Facilities were good if not a little rustic but that just gives it its charm. We have an undisturbed 2 night stay, with local places of interest within a 30 mins drive. Would def visit again.
Kayla S.recommends
June 22, 2024
Camping Pitch – Tent or Campervan
A lovely peaceful weekend
We absolutely loved our stay at Holycombe. The site was so quiet I think we whispered to each other our entire stay. There were hot showers, a flush toilet, a lovely outdoor sink for teeth brushing under the forest canopy and a couple of composting toilets too. We loved being able to pick up a fire basket and wood and pay on the go. Everything was really organised and well kept. The campsite was beautiful and we loved watching the ducks and ducklings swim around the moat. Just a 4 minute drive away is the lovely Cotswolds Distillery which do amazing pizzas if you’re keen to explore to area. We will definitely be back!
John W.recommends
June 21, 2024
Camping Pitch – Tent or Campervan
What a brilliant campsite! Lightly but well managed. A lovely moderately wild site but with facilities, rustic but clean and efficient. Actually, everything I ever want from camping. Spots are very private but well kept. Fire pits and firewood available. Lovely at night time seeing little plumes of smoke from the various campfires. I like it a lot. My second visit and I hope to soon make my third and then many more. I am a 75 year old tent camper who used to wild camp in the Highlands. Now this continues to give me what I used to enjoy but just a little less effort plus facilities.
Adam R.recommends
June 17, 2024
Camping Pitch – Tent or Campervan
Lovely campsite with all the facilities you require. Some areas surrounded by trees act as a great wind break which was a great help when we were there!
Charlie B ?.recommends
June 16, 2024
Camping Pitch – Tent or Campervan
A very peaceful, back to basics site with clean amenities and a laid-back feel. Really good if you just want to cook your own food, light a fire and enjoy a quiet rural spot.
Warwickshire, Warwickshire, 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
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.
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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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