Spacious grass pitches and furnished bell tents popular with families, all set within easy reach of Longleat House & Safari Park
The grand Elizabethan architecture of Longleat House vies for the public's attention with the exoticism and fun of the safari park behind. The first of its kind outside of Africa, the 500-species-strong park is kept slightly separate from the house, so those planning to admire the crystal clad ballroom won’t find monkeys on their bonnet, grasping at the windscreen wipers. On particularly still evenings, though, the roar of male lions can still be heard beyond the encolsure boundaries, carrying over the house to the surrounding Wiltshire countryside.
Beyond the range of the lions’ roars and the chattering of howler monkeys lies a small, new campsite with a top location. Three miles from Longleat and ideally situated for exploring the rest of the county, Botany Camping is a charmingly simple campsite that also boasts a colourful cluster of bell tents for those looking for a more effortless stay. Chose this glamping option and you needn’t bring much at all, other than your duvet and a devil-may-care attitude. Guests will find futon-style beds, eco-fuel heaters, cooking facilities, and all the utensils required, while campers and glampers alike still share the composting toilets and conventional flushing loos, along with four family shower rooms in a separate shelter.
Each pitch offers plenty of space and includes a firepit where campfires are not only allowed, but positively encouraged, with guests arriving to a thoughtful ‘starter pack’ including firelighters, wood, skewers and a hefty pack of marshmallows. The site also boasts a small shop at the entrance for buying essentials, while a supermarket in nearby Warminster is well placed for a larger shopping session.
The size of the campsite gives it a friendly, sociable atmosphere, but much of this is also down to the relaxed personality of Crispin, the ever-present, yet unobtrusive, manager, whose welcoming and helpful nature makes him a go-to man for queries of all kinds. It's no surprise then that such niceness has seen him charm his neighbours into offering 30% off Longleat tickets, very handy for family visitors.
Cycling, walking and fishing in the local countryside, along with Stonehenge, Bath and Salisbury, all 30 minutes away, makes Botany Camping a pleasant base for would-be explorers. And if you’re there on a clear night you can even use the North Star to guide you. With a proper rural setting and no light pollution, this is the perfect place for admiring the night sky.
Warminster, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Crispin C.Joined in July 2015
14 Ratings · 53 reviews
July 27, 2022
There was plenty of field space for games of rounders etc between the tents, so perfect for what we wanted. The bus wasn't fully functional so we weren't able to have the Thai meals we'd hoped for. Facilities fine.
July 24, 2022
Really lovely stay at Botany Bay. Friendly staff, loads of space, everything you need for a weekend of sitting round the fire with friends, games if rounders, tea from the bus and a comfy bed. Lovely views too!
July 10, 2022
Great first glamping experience for us. Everything there that we needed, clean and tidy site and helpful, friendly staff. Couldn’t have asked for any more. Would definitely recommend
June 14, 2022
Grass pitch (Tents only)
Really lovely relaxing environment. Perfect size for us - big enough to have shower and toilet facilities but small enough to feel like a relaxing family space. The on-site cafe bus was great - the coffee wasn’t super fancy quality but the food was delicious- great breakfasts and a delicious pad Thai! Location was spot on too; couldn’t be closer to Longleat and we also managed to explore cheddar gorge and Stonehenge, with loads more we could have done if we’d stayed longer. All agreed we’d happily return
June 7, 2022
First time camping
Our family of 5 stayed for one night in one of the glamping bell tent. It was our first time camping and we were reallt pleased. The futon beds were very comfortable, and service was top notch. Everything is included, so we travelled pretty light. Showers and toilets were clean. The onsite bus café serves ice cream and food. Would highly recommend for first time campers!
October 24, 2021
Friendly site team. Plenty of safe space for our toddler to play. Toilets and showers clean, hot water much appreciated. Lovely onsite bus café! Only downer for us was that the camping field hadn’t been mown.
From the host
Botany Campsite is set in the rolling Wiltshire countryside, an ancient landscape of beauty, with stone circles, white horses, and stunning Wessex scenery. Our campsite offers family friendly camping (pitch only) and eco glamping in 5 m bell tents ideal for a family of 4/5, furnished with all the goodies…..
Less than 4 miles away, Longleat House and Safari Park (01985 844400) is the UK's premier wildlife experience. Travel 30 minutes north to the historic city of Bath, small but eloquent and a good day trip from the campsite. A similar distance in the opposite direction takes you to Salisbury with its towering cathedral (01722 555120) and narrow streets. Be sure to stop at Stonehenge en route. Wardour Castle (01747 870487), Stourhead (01747 841152) and Wilton House (01722 746714) offer further history in the area, while more active campers can try cycling in the Woodford Valley. Anglers should head to Shearwater Lake (01985 844496) with a massive range of fishing on offer.
Food and drink
A small onsite shop sells BBQ kits, marshmallows and Bubble wands for the kids, and there's a Morrisons supermarket in Warminster a mile away. There are also several pubs and restaurants in the town. Food wise, we have the wonderful Thai Rainbow Bus Cafe on site for hot/ cold drinks, ice cream, breakfasts, etc.