The Real Campsite at Park Farm

UK England South East England Oxfordshire Faringdon

  • 10m + spacing between camping pitches
  • Staggered timeslots for showers
  • Distance markers for shower/toilets queues
  • Contactless check in
  • Daily deep cleaning of common areas
  • Individual toilets per camping pitch
  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Good walks nearby
Back-to-basics camping in rural Oxfordshire with big views (and extra space for 2020)

Since 2016 Lindsay and Alan have been running one of England’s most highly rated and exclusive campsites on the doorstep of the Cotswolds. Though the place is all about ‘proper’ camping – think campfire cooking and big views – it also has an air of luxury, with just eight camping pitches and a private ‘en-suite’ toilet beside each, so that you never need to walk far from tent to loo.

This summer, after a tough lockdown period and with a higher than usual demand for staycations, Park Farm is retaining its exclusive camping vibe but with an additional ‘wild camping’ meadow in a separate field a few hundred metres away. The new space, a nine-acre hay meadow bordered by ancient trees, offers a more back-to-basics experience, with no showers and and a few stand-pipes for water, but you still get your own private portable toilet near the field entrance. There’s room here for 20 tents – which still leaves heaps of space – and campers still have the same access to footpaths and trails on the 370-acre arable farm.

The land here, nestled just on the edge of the picturesque Thames Valley village of Littleworth, has 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 both the farm and the campsite are a real labour of love. In recent years, the farm’s flock has diminished to just a handful of pet sheep, a small herd of dairy goats and some chickens. Peep from your tent at the right times, however, and you can also spy less expected critters – hares, buzzards, red kites or deer.

If you’re heading out to explore, try 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 drifting along in a punt.

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Facilities

The main, exclusive campsite has just 8 pitches, each with 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 for the main campsite (including two larger, family-sized cubicles) in a block with underfloor heating, a hair dryer, shaving points and one further toilet (note, this is not available to campers in the 2020 temporary site). There's an undercover washing up area and lockers available 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.

Open for just 28 days in August 2020: The temporary pop-up camping meadow is different from the main site and more basic. Each pitch has access to its own private, designated, portable toilet, located close to the meadow entrance. A stand pipe provides water for washing up and drinking but there are no showers. Tents and small campervans only.

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 Roves Farm (01793 763939) in nearby Sevenhampton, which has daily animal handling and feedings, as well as tractor rides and more. For something more exotic, spot rhinos, giraffes and zebras at Cotswold Wildlife Park (01993 823006), 25 minutes away.

Food & Drink

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.

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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. TEMPORARY CAMPING MEADOW: No access to main site. Undesignated grass pitches, designated portable toilet, cold water standpipe for field. No showers. No campfires (BBQS and raised firebowls fine - bring your own). No dogs. Tents and small campervans only. No caravans.

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 nine 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.

*** Special Pop-up Camping Meadow for August 2020***

Open for just 28 days in August 2020 our temporary pop-up camping meadow at Park Farm is a unique experience not to be missed! It’s completely different from our main site that back at the farm but we think it is just as special. Located in one of our beautiful and wild hay meadows bordered with ancient trees, there is an abundance of space with just over 9 acres for only 20 pitches. It’s all about the simple things, starry skies, beautiful views, connecting nature and roaming outdoors. There are no showers but each pitch has access to it’s own private designated portable toilet located close to the meadow entrance and a stand pipe provides water for washing up and drinking etc. Tents and small campervans only.

Social Distancing Measures

Our priority is keeping our customers safe during the COVID 19 outbreak. Our private 'en-pitch' toilets and individual pitches put us in a unique position of easily being able to implement social distancing on our site. Once we re-open we implement a raft of procedures to further enable this included increased cleaning, contactless check-in, staggered shower block usage, and only taking wood sales through pre-orders.
ANYONE FAILING TO ADHERE TO OUR SOCIAL DISTANCING MEASURES WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE IMMEDIATELY WITHOUT REFUND.


​COVID19 Refund Guarantee - if we have to close the site by government order over your stay we will give you a full refund (minus any Cool Camping booking fees). This only applies if we are forced to close and not if you decide to cancel for any other reason.

Pitches

8 private grass pitches with 'en-suite' loos, plus a separate, nine-acre camping meadow this August only, with room for 20 further pitches.

1. Oak End

Grass pitch Sleeps 6
The closest pitch to the farmyard, car park & showers etc. Each pitch has it's own private toilet shed with cold running water, campfire area, picnic bench and more than enough space to pitch a large family size tent. Includes 1 car and use of electric socket in locker in washing up area.

2. Hare's Hollow

Grass pitch Sleeps 6
The 2nd pitch along from the site entrance. Each pitch has it's own private toilet shed with sink and cold running water, campfire area, picnic bench and more than enough space to pitch a large family size tent. Includes 1 car.

3. The Pines

Grass pitch Sleeps 6
The 3rd pitch from the site entrance. Each pitch has it's own private toilet shed with sink and cold running water, campfire area, picnic bench and more than enough space to pitch a large family size tent. Includes 1 car. NB YOU ARE NOT BOOKING A BELL TENT JUST A GRASS PITCH FOR YOUR OWN TENT, THE PHOTO IS OF A GUEST'S TENT TO SHOW SIZE OF PITCH.

4. Brize View

Grass pitch Sleeps 6
The 4th pitch from the site entrance. Each pitch has it's own private toilet shed with sink and cold running water, campfire area, picnic bench and more than enough space to pitch a large family size tent. Includes 1 car.

5. Stumps

Grass pitch Sleeps 6
In the middle of the site, the 5th pitch from the site entrance. Each pitch has it's own private toilet shed with sink and cold running water, campfire area, picnic bench and more than enough space to pitch a large family size tent. Includes 1 car.

6. Badger's Holt

Grass pitch Sleeps 6
At the far end of the site, the 6th pitch from the site entrance, car park, farmyard etc. Each pitch has it's own private toilet shed with sink and cold running water, campfire area, picnic bench and more than enough space to pitch a large family size tent. Includes 1 car.

7. Ash End

Grass pitch Sleeps 6
At the very far end of the site, the second furthest pitch from the showers, car park etc. Each pitch has it's own private toilet shed with sink and cold running water, campfire area, picnic bench and more than enough space to pitch a large family size tent. Includes 1 car.

8. Hawthorns

Grass pitch Sleeps 6
At the very far end of the site, the furthest pitch from the showers, car park etc This is the most private pitch but its a little walk away. Each pitch has it's own private toilet shed with sink and cold running water, campfire area, picnic bench and more than enough space to pitch a large family size tent. Includes 1 car.

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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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