Bell tents and spacious pitches in the Teme Valley, close to the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
It is no coincidence that By the Red Phone Box's name sounds like it was lifted straight from a children's book. Offering a spot of magic in the headland of a hayfield, this campsite provides secluded glamping along with stripped-back camping on the edge of the Teme Valley. Husband-and-wife team Ian and Emma believe guests will be as taken with their site's natural surroundings as they are, and with its positioning in view of Clee Hill along with all the accompanying wildlife, it's not difficult to see why. This site looks more reminiscent of a scene from The Wind in the Willows than your average camping destination.
By the Red Phone Box boasts two furnished, spacious six-metre bell tents, lovingly named Evelyn and Lillian, each situated in their own small field. The former is nestled within three hedges and tucked away behind a fence, offering a distinctive woodland feel complemented by its dark timber furniture. Lillian is in more open ground, but still offers a sense of seclusion thanks to its distance from campers and car park. Privacy in both tents is further guaranteed by their own bathroom and kitchen facilities. Hot showers and compost loos are hidden away in unique converted horse trailers, while a two-burner gas hob, dining set, and necessary utensils are also provided in an outdoor kitchen.
Ian and Emma wanted guests to be able to share the picturesque location of By the Red Phone Box, while also ensuring that their carbon footprint remained as low as possible. As such, the site is off-grid aside from mains water. There's no electricity here and bottled gas is used to heat the showers and hob. Aside from the bell tents' personal showers, there is also a separate shepherd's hut containing a bathroom for the site's three available camping pitches, all of which are located within a spacious field with uninterrupted views of the surrounding countryside.
Local seasonal produce can be purchased from the on-site shop, along with wood and kindling for the bell tents' provided fire pits. You can even grab yourself some breakfast or book a spot of afternoon tea. To further ensconce yourself in your wonderfully wild surroundings, take a trip down to the neighbouring Commonwood Farm, which allows guests to enjoy a picnic in its ancient perry pear orchard. It's all so quaint that you'll soon feel like a character lifted from the pages of that children's book.
Tenbury Wells, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Emma M.Joined in June 2021
6 Ratings · 5 reviews
July 25, 2022
Grass Camping Pitch
Lovely campsite. Excellent compost toilet, sink and separate shower in the shepherds hut. Lovely views of the field. Quiet and friendly. Definitely recommend!
July 25, 2022
Grass Camping Pitch
Great location in peaceful countryside with a good network of public footpaths, some inaccessible unfortunately due to being overgrown. Spotless facilities and good communication from Emma. Thank you, we really enjoyed your camp site!
July 17, 2022
Grass Camping Pitch
What a FAB site!! Great facilities, lovely touches, although Emma was away from the second night we camped, everyone was so friendly!! Such a lovely place to stay, very relaxing, I would highly recommend!!
September 4, 2021
Lillian Luxury Bell Tent
We stayed in Lilian and the set up was great. Quiet area of a field with visible sheep for neighbors but nothing else. The kitchen area was covered, so if it rained you could still eat. The bathroom in the horsebox was amazing. No worries about lack of hot water, or power shower it was better than home! The bed was comfortable and the space inside was great if you need to be inside. Overall it was the best glamping we've done and would definitely recommend and return.
August 15, 2021
Grass Camping Pitch
Had an absolutely wonderful two nights here. Booking was straightforward and communication with Emma was very easy. The site is quiet, surrounded by beautiful countryside, ideal for walks or cycling round the lanes. Shower and toilet facilities were not only really quirky, but absolutely immaculate. Emma was very welcoming and a lovely host. I cycled round to the farmhouse and collected my afternoon tea! What a lovely add on! Do treat yourselves! The quirky little phone box library made me smile, and had a lovely little selection of books to borrow. Would definitely return here again. Thanks Emma xx
From the host
Get away from it all to our area of outstanding natural beauty and stay on our off grid eco site in one of our two fully furnished bell tents, or camp in the large adjacent camping field. The Bell tents are sited separately in their own individual secluded, peaceful little fields, offering privacy peace and quiet with their own private areas and facilities, the only shared area is the parking! This is all on our working stock farm in Knighton-on-Teme.
The parking is near but not next to the tents. This leads over a small bridge between the trees, to the first of our tents, Evelyn, this field is more secluded with a woodland feel, just a short walk between the hedge row and our living wall (created to provide privacy to visitors staying in Evelyn) is the second tent called Lillian,
Walkways have been cut into the meadow grass whilst maintaining a natural habitat for the wildlife. Each tent is furnished with a comfortable double bed and for children, camp beds can be provided, which will you need to bring your own sleeping bags for .
To keep warm on those chilly nights there are hot water bottles, and if you're sitting outside, fire pits
Both tents have a bathroom which is in a converted Rice Horse Trailer. Lillian’s bathroom has a modern feel while Evelyn’s bathroom has a quirky vintage feel. They also have an outdoor kitchen containing a double gas burner hob, cutlery, cooking utensils dinning sets along with China teapots etc. BBQs are also provided.
The camping is along the headland of our hay field, there is no fence between the hay field and the three camping pitches, giving lots of space and uninterrupted views of the countryside. this is directly off the parking area, we ask that after pitching up, unless you vehicle forms part of your accommodation, that you leave the vehicle parked just inside the camping field for the rest of your stay.
Commonwood Farm (07974 438517) is a farm located next door to the campsite, having been owned by its family since 1887 and famed for its ancient perry pear orchard. The farm is known for its variety of delicious, homemade drinks, included its fermented sparkling vintage perry and apple juice, while visitors can pre-book a picnic in its orchard for certain weekends. The site is an 11-minute drive to Tenbury Wells, where visitors can experience the historic Regal (01584 811 442), with regular theatre performances (COVID-restrictions providing) and the latest films displayed in a cinema established in 1937. For the family, Habberley Trail (07398 929858) is a 30-minute drive and provides an adventure trail and plenty of outdoor fun. The trail is complete with a mesh maze, wobbly water squirter bridge, and other unique interactive activities to keep the kids occupied and the adults exercising.
Food and drink
The Peacock Inn (01584 810506) is a local favourite and just a 10-minute drive away, with this 14th-century country pub providing a la carte dining and takeaway food, too. The Live and Let Live Inn (01299 832391) is a similar distance away, with an extensive range of malt whiskies and gins for the drinkers among you. The Colliers Farm Shop and Cafe (01299 832242) is a 15-minute drive away, with this relaxing cafe having been transformed from a pub into a more laid-back setting selling local produce, real ales in bottles from the shop, and the occasional draught cider in the summer.