The Real Campsite at Park Farm

UK England South East England Oxfordshire

  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Good walks nearby
Back to basics boutique camping in Oxfordshire. No frills, no gimmicks and no hefty price tag, just a simple meadow with endless views of the Cotswolds.

After a number of years running one of England’s most highly rated glamping sites, Park Farm, on the doorstep of the Cotswolds, has returned to its real camping roots and given the site a name to match. There are no more frills and gimmicky thrills on the farm these days, just simple, back-to-basics camping with stonking great vistas of the unfolding land beyond.

In fact, what they’ve really crafted is a site that brings out the best of both worlds. A campsite it may be, but they’ve still taken a very boutiquey, individual approach to its creation, restricting the numbers to just eight pitches and providing each spot with its own private toilet. Nevertheless, there’s still a genuine feel of wild and simple authenticity about it all, with campfires crackling late into the evenings and the bleating of young lambs waking you softly in the morning.

The meadow itself is set on a 370-acre mixed arable and sheep farm, nestled just on the edge of the picturesque village of Littleworth. Today it is run by Lindsay and Alan, but it's been farmed by Lindsay's folks for four generations and there's a warm, beaming enthusiasm radiating from the whole family. It's clear that Park Farm is a labour of love. From their helpful, personal approach, you can see how proud they are to keep the family tradition alive, and the extra activities, such as Lindsay's felt-making workshop, are a great way to bring visiting families together.

The land is home to 400 ewes, and if you visit in April or early May, you might be lucky enough to see the newborns taking their first wobbly steps. There are also two mischievous pygmy goats, and a chicken coop where campers can collect eggs for their morning breakfast, fried over rekindled flames. Peep from your tent at the right times and you can also spy less pre-determined critters – hares, buzzards, red kites or deer.

Perhaps one of the finest features, however, ever present and ever changing through the year, is the view. Each pitch boasts a spectacular vista stretching out from the Upper Thames Valley to the Cotswolds beyond. After enough time spent ogling, it eventually draws you out, either on foot or in the car. Head towards the historic market town of Faringdon or the Thames-at-Radcot, both within a leisurely half-day stroll. Alternatively, take to your wheels and wind your way to Oxford for days spent lounging in the sun as you drift along in a punt.

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Facilities

Each of the 8 pitches has a private toilet with wash basin and cold running water, a standpipe for drinking water, a campfire pit (wood available to purchase) and picnic bench. There are no electrical hook-ups and car parking is in the farmyard to keep the meadow safe and traffic-free. Wheelbarrows are provided to transport your luggage. There are five showers (including two larger , family-sized cubicles) in a block with underfloor heating, a hair dryer, shaving points and one further toilet. There's an undercover washing up area and lockers available to hire for valuables with a powerpoint for charging small devices (bring your own padlock). A small honesty shop sells essentials and fire wood, with free to use freezer for ice packs and a communal fridge. 

Suitable For

Tents only, great for families and couples. Strictly no caravans, motorhomes, campervans, dogs. No Hen/Stag parties and large groups unless booking the entire site in advance only. No walk-ins - pre-book in advance only.

Nearby

Viewing your surroundings is always a good way to start. Faringdon Folly Tower, a unique 100ft tower built by the eccentric Lord Berners in the 1930s, offers fantastic panoramas of the Thames Valley and, a mile or so further north, Radcot Bridge and Lock is a wonderful spot to stop for a picnic after. It's the oldest bridge across the Thames and was the scene of many battles, today, away from the lock itself, this area of the river is also particularly popular for wild swimming. To the south lies Uffington: home to the famous white horse; a hill figure carved into the chalk escarpment and thought to date back to 1000BC. For more farm fun, kids love Farmer Gow's Activity Farm (01793 780555) in nearby Longcot, which has daily feedings at 11am and 2pm. For something more exotic, spot rhinos, giraffes and zebras at Cotswold Wildlife Park (01993 823006), 25 minutes away.

Food & Drink

There's a wood-fired oven available to hire by the day, ideal for pizzas, baked potatoes or cooking joints of home grown Park Farm lamb (available to buy from the freezer in the honesty shop)! Tripods and cauldrons are also available to hire for campfire cooking. If you're venturing off-site, you don't need to stumble far – it's a 10 minute walk to The Snooty Mehmaan (01367 242260), a multi-award winning Indian restaurant, including 'Best Asian Restaurant in Oxfordshire'. For something more traditional, The Lamb at Buckland (01367 870484) – serving local brews and seasonal hearty pub fayre –  is a pleasant hour's stroll away (there's a bus that can drop you back). Faringdon town centre, meanwhile, is home to plenty of other eateries. A few doors down, the Faringdon Coffee House (01367 241574) has a handful of outdoor tables – grab a slice of cake and watch the world pass by. The Trout Inn (01367 870382) at Tadpole Bridge is a touch on the pricey side, but worth it for its location on the banks of the Thames with views across the Oxfordshire countryside.

Opening Times

April–October.

Family Friendly

Keeping to a tiny number of pitches has been a stroke of genius at Park Farm. There's so much space to play in and ample time to enjoy it. But between the North Downs and the Cotswolds, it's the landscape that does most of the hard work. The views are positively dreamy.

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The Owner Says

The Real Campsite at Park Farm is proper, real tents only camping, how it should be​: a small site with large spacious pitches, stunning panoramic views, campfires, your own private toilet on your pitch and no cars on site making it safe for children (and adults!) to run around, play and explore.

This is real camping but it isn't pitching your tent in a crowded field, 6inches from your neighbours, tripping over guy ropes on the midnight toilet trek. This is 'boutique' but it isn't a yurt or log cabin, with electricity, hot tub, and a glamourous price tag to match.

Our eight individual designated pitches boast stunning views across our 380 acre working arable farm and on over the Thames Valley to the Cotswold hills in the distance. Relax, walk, build dens, spot wildlife, collect eggs from our chickens, make friends with the pet goats – you might never want to leave the farm! But if you do there is lots to see and do: we are close to the Cotswolds, the dreaming spires of Oxford and we are just a few minutes drive from some of the best wild swimming spots on the Thames.

Pitches

8 large grass pitches, each suitable for up to 6 people and 3 tents (with 1 car parking space in the farmyard; extra cars bookable).
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Location

Contact The Real Campsite at Park Farm, Park Farm, Littleworth, Faringdon, Oxon, Oxfordshire SN7 8ED

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Getting There

Full directions emailed after booking.

Nearest bus stop is 10mins walk, on the Oxford – Swindon 66 route running every 30mins or so.

Nearest train station – Oxford or Swindon (15miles from each).

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Why book with I Love This Campsite?

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  • A chance to win prizes in our regular competitions

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