Abbey Home Farm

UK England South West England Gloucestershire Cirencester

  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
Eco-camping for real. Cooking on an open fire. Unspoilt natural beauty

The Chester-Master family don’t always do things the easy way. “To make a farm pay nowadays, most farmers concentrate on one venture,” Hilary explains. “We are doing the opposite”. And she’s not just talking about the way 1,500-acre Abbey Home Farm seems to produce every food you can grow in the UK on site, from honey to halloumi. It’s also a reference to the award-winning farm shop, the educational courses and the vegetarian café with a menu that changes daily as it follows the progress of the surrounding garden. This is not just a farm. It’s an entire organic enterprise.

In addition to this agricultural activity is Abbey Home’s thoroughly low-key and off-grid campsite. Or rather, campsites. After all, why challenge yourself with running one when you have the space to manage several? The main ‘Green Field’ site is popular with families, who love the space – only accentuated by sweeping views of the surrounding pastures – and the car-free safety afforded to children. It's rustic to say the least, with showers in rough huts made from the farm's own wood, but that's really part of the charm.

Alongside the Green Field is a smaller meadow for campervans and those desperate to pitch accompanied by their vehicles, while, elsewhere, you’ll find a shepherd’s hut, a yurt and a four-yurt camp for groups. Perhaps our favourite site is the aptly named ‘Magical Glade’, an exclusive hire spot in the woods a whole mile away with space for about three small tents. Since the wood was only planted in 1991, the trees are still relatively small, giving campers the best of both worlds: sheltered seclusion and sunlight.

Wherever you’re lucky enough to pitch, you’ll have to start by checking in at the farm shop, the hub of all things at Abbey Home. Head grower Andy chalks notes on a blackboard inside, so that guests know what’s going on in the 15-acre vegetable garden that surrounds the building, and you’re welcome to wander through it all on weekends. There are also tours of the wider farm on their summer open day, though, at other times of the year, you can follow the well-signed farm trail yourself, heading to a beautiful totem pole by the campsite and on past fields of short-horned cattle, sheep and chickens before entering the woods and returning down an old railway line to the shop.

The diversity and seasonality of the farm means there is always something new and changing. ‘Sprouting Broccoli and Spring Greens cropping well’, reads one of Andy’s chalk-board notes in April. ‘Good year for soft fruit and Strawberries,’ in July. This propensity for change seems to have seeped into the varied courses and activities offered and, more recently, even into the running of the campsite. Almost 20 years after the farm first became certified organic, the next generation of the Chester-Master family are beginning to take the reigns of the site. While the camping will still be an off-grid, campfire-friendly and eco-friendly affair, plans are apparently in the pipeline for a few new welcome additions. Whatever happens you can be sure it won’t be done the easy way. But no doubt it will be set about with the same laudable aim of making the countryside and the environment a better place.

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Facilities

The main, off-grid, Greenfield family campsite has 40 spacious pitches. There are separate ladies/mens compost loos, men's urinals and two hot showers. Fire pits to hire (£5 for 2 nights) and wood for sale. You can park next to your pitch in the campervan field only, otherwise there is parking in an allocated area adjacent to the main camping meadow, with wheelbarrows provided to transport all your gear. The farm shop and café is a 10-minute gentle stroll through the wood. Farm walks, tours and talks are available through summer – see their website or the chalkboard in the farm shop and café to find out what's on during your visit. Some are suitable for adults only, some are geared at families. Elsewhere on the farm, there is also a Magical Glade (with its own facilities), a Four Yurt Camp (with space for up to 18 people), a shepherd's hut by the pond (different location again) and a Mead Hut available to hire.

Suitable For

Tents, small campervans – yes. Caravans, motorhomes, dogs – no.

Nearby

You could easily not leave the farm for a few days, hanging out at the campsite, letting the kids explore and wandering to the farm shop when you fancy a bit of action. Cotswold eBikes are based on the farm and provide you with a GPS pre-loaded with route options for exploring the local area. Children's seats and trailers are available so great for all the family. You are in Roman-remains territory round here, so it’s mosaics-a-go-go: Chedworth Villa (01242 890256) is less than 10 minutes away by car and has some of the best examples. If it rains, Cirencester is only 5 minutes away by car. The Corinium Museum (01285 655611) has one of the nation’s largest collections of Romano-British bits and bobs in what was the empire’s second largest British town. It has been recently renovated, with interactive displays and the opportunity to dress up as a Roman soldier. You’re also on the edge of the Cotswolds, with Cheltenham and Stow-on-the-Wold and tonnes of picturesque villages within half an hour’s drive.

Food & Drink

The farm shop and café have everything you could possibly need, from food for the campfire to beautiful vegan dishes and hearty breakfasts. If you do want to venture out to eat, The Stump (01285 720288) is four miles up the road, serving delicious pizzas in a stylish informal traditional country pub setting. The Village Pub (01285 740421) in Barnsley is just three miles away. Yes, that is it's real name. It's a gastro-style pub, if you fancy something more up market. Cirencester also has lots of independent coffee shops and restaurants, good for a wander around on a rainy day.

Open

Open all year (Yurts from Easter–October only).

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The Owner Says

We have several options for staying here at Abbey Home Farm, something for everyone! Our Greenfield Family Campsite is a large field hugged on two sides by dry stone walls and the beautiful Yellow School Wood. It has stunning views across the farm and simple facilities; cold water washing up sinks, compost loos and two gas hot showers, all nestled into the wood. The main field is completely vehicle free and the car park adjoins it, with wheelbarrows to transport your gear. Just behind this is a separate field for camper vans and those that want to camp immediately next to their cars. This is a 'Leave No Trace Site', please take all rubbish away with you. We have no facility for it except recycling bins in the shop overflow car park for Cans and Glass.

Our 4 Yurt Eco Camp is great for groups of up to 18 people, the Single Yurt is perfect for couples or small families, tucked away in its own woodland. The Magical Glade (max 8 people) is nestled in a young coppice allowing for both privacy and sunlight! Just a compost loo and cold water tap - as close to wild camping as it gets. The Shepherd's Hut (next to an ancient woodland with stunning views) and the Hut by the Pond (nestled deep in its own wood) are perfect for couples, hidden right in the heart of the farm.

The Organic Farm Shop and Cafe are just a 5 minute walk from the main campsite, (a longer walk across the fields from the others). The shop sells 100% organic veg, soft fruit, dairy, bread and meat all produced on the farm, household and dry goods refills plus everything else you could possibly need. The cafe is inspired daily by the large kitchen garden surrounding it, serving very seasonal food.

Over the summer there are lots of interesting farm walks, tours and talks for all the family and something to suit all interests.

Here at Abbey Home Farm, we are committed to re-establishing the connections between nature, farming, and meeting human needs and believe that, as farmers and land stewards, we have a responsibility to efficiently produce food for the local community while protecting our soil and creating and maintaining biodiversity. We love to share what we do and hope to see you on the farm in the near future.

"The Land Is Not Ours. It Belongs To The Future And We Should Leave It In Good Heart."

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Accommodation

Grass Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 4 20 Available
Grass pitch, choose on arrival vehicle free field or vehicle field

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Location

Contact Abbey Home Farm, The Organic Farm Shop, Burford Road, Cirencester, Gloucestershire GL7 5HF

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Getting There

From Cirencester, head east for the A417. At the A417 roundabout go straight ahead towards the B4225. After the next roundabout pass the turning for the A429, then take the next left, signposted ’The Organic Farm Shop’.

Train station: Kemble (seven miles) – London to Gloucester line. Bus no. 855 runs from the station to Cirencester, stopping at Stow Lodge, from where it’s a 20-minute walk to the site.

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