Our campsite is all about a slower pace of life, whether it be laying in the tall grass listening to birdsong, or stargazing around a campfire.
We are only able to accommodate up to twenty five guests at a time so the site is naturally quite quiet and has a relaxed, friendly and communal feel. As we are small the meadow is also perfect for groups of family or friends who would like to book the whole site for a get together.
The bell tents, shepherd’s hut, gypsy carvan, living van and tent pitches are set in amongst the 4 acres of grassland. The meadow changes over the season, with short grass and flowers in April and May, long green grass and swooping house martins in June, bees and butterflies in July and tall golden seed heads in August and September. Each year we change the layout of the pitches depending upon which areas of the meadow need to be cut and which are given a rest and left to grow.
All of the communal facilities, compost loos, shower and bike shed, are designed to have as little environmental impact as possible and are together at one end of the site. Cut paths wander their way from here to the accommodation and pitches. We believe that the meadow really belongs to the local wildlife, so we always leave a large section undisturbed for the roe deer, barn owls, tawny owls and hares. For the same reason we keep the meadow vehicle free (we provide trolleys for moving kit around).
Campfire and fire pits
Camping is just not camping without the opportunity to sit by an open fire, toast marshmallows and watch the sunset over the meadow. Our large brick-edged communal campfire is lit with lanterns, has log seating and looks out across the fields around the campsite. We also provide small fire pits with grills that you can borrow and take to your pitch.
We ask that you use the wood provided on site for your camp fires. Seasoned logs are available to buy in our bike shed (£5.00 a trug). We provide eco firelighters and matches and we also have a fire lighting kit so that you can have a go at starting your fire with a flint and steel! Marshmallows are also available to buy in the bike shed.
Our canvas camp kitchen has picnic benches, a central worktop and shared camping equipment for cooking and dining. It also has storage boxes for food and a cool box (shared ice blocks in the freezer). We provide a one pot wood fired rocket stove for cooking and bundles of kindling to buy in our bike shed. At night the kitchen is lit with solar fairy lights and a bike wheel chandelier as we have no mains power on site. We provide facilities for recycling glass, paper and kitchen food waste. We also have a mini freezer for freezing your cool blocks in the bike shed.
To let you know about recent wildlife sightings, activity on the farm, local walks, cycle rides and upcoming events we have an information area here too. For budding naturalists we also have an explorer kit with identification charts and magnified bug boxes (see 4kids)!
A covered washing up area can be found just next to the bike shed. It has a large butlers sink with draining board and eco friendly washing up liquid and tea towels. All of the water on site is drinking water but we also provide a stand pipe here to make it easier to fill up water containers.
The sink is near to our rocket stove and when this is hot you can stand your kettle on the top to heat water for washing up (this helps us to save hot water for showers). The stove has also been used to boil water for cooking potatoes!
Environmentally friendly facilities
The farm is not connected to the mains and we have had to be creative when providing our toilets and shower. The farm philosophy has always been to tread lightly on the land and we want to continue to do what we can to protect the environment.
We want to do our best to help fuel the idea that composting toilets can be both practical and beautiful. We have used a design that separates liquids and solids and by providing good ventilation we can ensure that they stay smell free. Each of the two loo huts has its own sink unit with hot and cold water, a mirror and environmentally friendly handwash. Over the years we have camped in tents that are too small to stand up in so we have also made sure that there is plenty of room to get changed or gather all of the children for the ceremonial brushing of teeth.
We also have ‘The Wee Hut’ urinal for the boys. It also has its own sink unit with cold water tap.
The large shower has space to get changed and hang up your clothes and towels. The water for the shower is heated using a combination of solar panels and our rocket stove. We have discovered, after a lot of experimentation, that water is one of the most difficult substances to heat and as it can take several hours to heat a full tank we light the stove just once a day. The water heats up in the afternoon, ready for showers in the evening or the next morning. When we are busy we don’t have enough hot water for everyone to have a hot shower every day so we ask that campers are considerate of others when using the facilities.
Living in one of the driest places in Britain, we try to save as much water as we can. The grey water produced on site is recycled by ‘Grow’, a system that uses gravel and marginal plants to filter waste water. Once filtered the water can safely soak away to the surrounding hedges or can be used to water plants in the farm garden.
There is no electricity on the meadow. All of the power needed to supply lights and water pumps is generated by the sun. We do have 12v USB phone charging points in the camp kitchen, but no 240v plug sockets.
We provide battery lanterns and solar chandeliers or wall lights in the bell tents, shepherd’s hut and living van. The fire pits are lit with lanterns and tealights. It does get very dark on site at night so you might find it useful to bring a torch with you.
Mobile signal and Wifi
Mobile signal is a bit hit and miss here. Some guests find that they have no signal at all and others seem to get along fine. We don’t have Wifi on the campsite but it is available at the farmhouse if you need to briefly connect.
We have a secure bike shed on our campsite site (takes up to six bikes) and can lend you a bicycle free of charge for an outing during your stay. We just have the one small child’s bike at the moment but we do also have a child seat to fit on the back of an adult bike. We make sure that the tires are pumped up and they are ready to go, but all of the bikes are second hand and have seen many adventures before, so we ask that you check them to make sure that you are happy before you set off. Storage space and cycle supplies are limited so please let us know if you would like to use these facilities when you book! The bike shed also contains a pump, puncture kit and bike locks.
We are often asked if dogs can stay on site. As we leave a lot of the meadow wild we have decided not to take pets as we feel that it would not be fair on the local wildlife. Also, although we do have fences and hedges around the meadow, it would be easy for pets to wander and get lost across the fields.