Comfy Campers guide to the best camper van campsites in the Cotswolds.
Rectory Farm is a small working farm with a caravan and camping site in the heart of Gloucestershire countryside; the camping field is a flat sheltered paddock with toilet shower and basic amenities, with open views of the surrounding countryside.
Rectory Farm is near to a local garage and post office both of which sell a wide range of stock. There is also a local bakery within a mile. They sell farm produce (meat & eggs) from the farm.
There are several public houses all within a 3 mile radius of the farm (the closest is within walking distance). We have a local bus route that passes the door (Monday – Saturday) and they will pick up and drop off at the front gate. The nearest supermarket is Gloucester, which is 6 miles away
Where: Lawn Road, Ashleworth, Gloucestshire GL19 4JL (01452 700664, www.rectoryfarm-caravanandcamping.com)
Distance from Comfy Campers: 11.9 miles
Open: April to October
Abbey Home Farm is not just a beautiful place – it is a living expression of one family’s passion. There are quite definitely no food miles here. The organic label is far from being a gimmick or token gesture; this is a farm that has always been at the forefront of the organic farming movement. Organic living isn’t just a dream here; it has actually become a reality.
Due to popular demand, you’ll need to book in advance for all camping and farm activities – particularly on sunny weekends and Bank Holidays. The fee for the Green Field site includes access to the farm trail
Where: The Organic Farm Shop, Burford Road, Cirencester GL7 5HF (01285 640441 www.theorganicfarmshop.co.uk)
Distance from Comfy Campers: 17.1 miles
Open: March to October
Adam’s caravan and campsite offers a total country experience and unique access to all that the Cotswolds has to offer. Roll out of your bunk and capture those magical misty mornings and take in the fresh country air. Perhaps someone will already have the kettle on and you’ll hear the sizzle of breakfast on the go.
There’s nothing more invigorating than an early morning jog down quiet country lanes or perhaps you’d prefer to take things a little more easy – just have a stretch and listen to the countryside waking up around you; the birdsong in the hedgerows and newborn lambs calling to Mum.
At the end of an action packed day at the Farm Park, or exploring the Cotswolds, settle down back at the camp site and take the opportunity to relax and watch the fiery sun set over the Windrush Valley.
They have 40 pitches on a 2 acre level, grassy site, 16 of which have electric hook-up. Washing up facilities, showers, toilets, chemical toilet disposal and waste water disposal are all available on site.
The site shop stocks everyday provisions including freshly baked homemade bread and local farm produce. Adam’s Kitchen is also on the doorstep offering delicious homemade cakes, light lunches and snacks.
Where: Cotswold Farm Park, Bemborough Farm, Guiting Power, Gloucestershire, GL54 5UG (01451 850307, www.cotswoldfarmpark.co.uk)
Distance from Comfy Campers: 20 miles
Open: 9th of March 2015 to 2nd November 2015|
Thistledown is an organically managed family farm near Stroud, in the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The farm covers 70 acres of pastureland, woodland and elderflower orchard, and borders Woodchester Park. They offer three different areas for camping, two of which are car-free. The fields have plenty of space and every tent can have their own campfire.
Where: Tinkley Lane, Nympsfield, Gloucestershire GL10 3UH (01453 860420 www.thistledown.org.uk)
Distance from Comfy Campers: 22.8 miles
Open: April to October
Whitemead Forest Park is the perfect UK holiday destination, whether you’re looking for a relaxing break or an action-packed holiday. Whitemead offers a range of accommodation and camping and caravanning pitches in the heart of the forest.
Enjoy the free indoor pool, gym, sauna and Jacuzzis; join in with some great activities and entertainment; explore the acres of ancient woodland right on your doorstep, or simply curl up in your cabin and relax. The Log Cabins, Woodland Lodges and modern Apartments provide everything you need for a self-catering break, whilst our caravan and camping pitches make the most of our beautiful surroundings in the heart of the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire.
Where: Parkend, Lydney, Gloucestershire GL15 4LA (03301 230 374)
Distance from Comfy Campers: 27.4 miles
Open: All year round
This wonderfully spacious campsite is located on the edge of the Forest of Dean nestling among majestic oaks, stunning copper beech and tall pine trees. Open all year for you to pitch your tent in a prime position to see nature at its best.
Despite being surrounded by the forest, Bracelands is a relatively open campsite, and offers gorgeous panoramic views of the countryside. There are numerous scenic walks, circular routes, long distance paths, waymarked trails and cycle paths available to explore, and the River Wye is just a 35 minute walk away. A great attraction is the four mile long Sculpture Trail, one of the first to open in the UK, featuring sculptures created by artists to interpret the Forest environment and the history of this unique landscape. This walk is perfect for all ages and abilities.
The Forest of Dean is abundant in wildlife, and for bird watchers, the area is a true paradise. Peregrine Falcons, Goshawks, Buzzards and Red Kites can be seen soaring above woodland and nesting on the Symonds Yat rock face. During the summer months the RSPB set up a viewing station fully equipped with telescopes and experts on hand to provide information about the birds. Throughout the forest fallow deer and sheep wander freely, and wild boar also roam the area.
The Forest of Dean was once a vast forest that covered over 100,000 acres. For the past thousand years, the forest has gradually diminished. Today the forest is home to the largest area of old oak trees in the whole of Britain.
Where: Bracelands Drive, Coleford, Gloucestershire, GL16 7NP (0845 130 8224)
Distance from Comfy Campers: 27.7 miles
Open: All year round
Cotswolds Camping is a small country site for 18 pitches (caravan, tent or motorhome) with views over the Evenlode valley of West Oxfordshire. It is an ideal location to explore the Cotswolds, and Oxfordshire. Oxford is an easy train journey away, and Stratford-upon-Avon about 27 miles.
Grass pitches with electric hook-ups available, parking adjacent to pitch.
Where: Spelsbury Road, Charlbury, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire OX7 3LL (01608 810810 www.cotswoldscamping.co.uk)
Distance from Comfy Campers: 34.8 miles
Open: April to October