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Cotswolds Camping at Holycombe

· Warwickshire, Warwickshire, England
5 acres hosted by Sally B.
1 glamping pitch · 5 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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90 Ratings · 107 reviews
Harry T.recommends
May 12, 2024
Camping Pitch – Tent or Campervan
Hidden gem!
What a great find this was! I used it as a base while doing some cycle routes around the the Cotswolds. I really enjoyed my stay, having perfect weather, and I even saw the northern lights which was a bonus! This was just what I needed, the site has a very relaxed atmosphere and just the right amount of quirkiness! Yes I would definitely recommend. :)
Steven W.recommends
October 28, 2023
Camping Pitch – Tent or Campervan
Friendly, great spot, basic but clean amenities. Everything you need!
Jack B.recommends
October 9, 2023
Camping Pitch – Tent or Campervan
Great choice of pitches, either larger ones to fit your car next to the tent or smaller ones amongst the orchard. Just the facilities you need and a very friendly welcome. I'll definitely be visiting again for that "nearly wild" camping experience. Quiet surroundings and supplied firepits + bags of logs are a bonus.
Ashley D.recommends
September 20, 2023
Camping Pitch – Tent or Campervan
Highly recommended!
Such a peaceful and picturesque site as well as feeling very secure. It was precisely what I wanted from my night away. I went up on the motorcycle and they let me put the bike on the pitch right next to the tent which was super convenient. Facilities are excellent including good, hot showers and the chap that was there to welcome me and show me around was as friendly and helpful as any you could wish to meet. Lovely looking pub right down the road which I didn't get a chance to check out, however I did get to the Straw Kitchen in the village for breakfast which was excellent. In short I highly recommend the site and will definitely be returning in the future.
John W.recommends
August 18, 2023
Camping Pitch – Tent or Campervan
Simple and simply perfect.
Lovely semi wild but well managed site. Loads of space, helpful staff, brilliant if rustic facilities. Exactly what campsites should be like.
Sometimes Sarah Paints S.recommends
August 18, 2023
Camping Pitch – Tent or Campervan
A great campsite, it felt lovely and wild but with all amenities on hand. A beautiful location for a calm few days away.
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.
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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