Batcombe Vale Campsite

UK England South West England Somerset Shepton Mallet

A hauntingly beautiful haven of peace and tranquillity

The first time you enter this secretive place is a memorable moment. As the lane reaches the hill’s crest it drops suddenly to reveal a breathtaking view of a veritable Shangri-La – a slice of heaven, dropped into the midst of rural Somerset, that is Batcombe Vale – where the camping is not so much ‘cool’, as ‘chilled-out-to-the-point- of-being-horizontal’. Around here, rabbits scoot across the grass, buzzards soar on thermals above, and herons pose majestically on the lakesides. Listening to the plops of fish in the water, you half expect the cast of The Wind in the Willows to come marching out of the hedges.

Batcombe Vale sits in a valley, and within this intimate, hidden, green fold in the countryside lies a single house (belonging to the owners), a stream, several large ponds (or small lakes even), a host of magnificent trees scattered about the valley floor and about 30 patches of ground where you can pitch a tent.

The 30 variously sized pitches are positioned on different levels, with caravans and campervans allocated spots on higher ground and the tent brigade safely tucked away among lush tropical- looking vegetation lower down – though the views are glorious from wherever you are. The four small lakes – one of which has four colourful rowing boats for Batcombe’s campers to mess about in – and hidden paths snaking off through the valley’s rampant undergrowth.The central patch, meanwhile, is a small oasis of green, with wonky wooden posts positioned at either end for those all important football matches.

The campsite facilities are good, but again a certain, and certainly appropriate, outdoor eccentricity runs through them. Whilst younger campers will find adventures aplenty on the lake and in the wooded valley, the soothing atmosphere of Batcombe Vale will be all the entertainment sensible adults will need.

There are numerous activities to undertake beyond this sheltered enclave: walkers have a choice of paths radiating outwards from Batcombe Vale. Alternatively, within half-an-hour’s drive, there are the magnificent Stourhead Gardens, and Longleat Safari Park.

Within half an hour’s drive (if you have to get in an ecounfriendly vehicle) are historic places like Wells (with its amazing cathedral) and Glastonbury. At the other end of the spectrum, there is the Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton or in Sparkford there’s the Haynes Motor Museum.

Batcombe Vale is a whole (and better) world in itself. It's hardly surprising that once they’ve bashed the last peg into the ground, many campers stay put in this bucolic Somerset paradise.

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The campsite owner says

Batcombe Vale is a small, friendly and relaxed campsite set in an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty' in the rolling hills of Somerset.

There are wild gardens, wooded areas, shaded glades, lakes and a river to explore or simply relax and observe the abundant wildlife. Free rowing boats provide fun for children and adults alike.

Camp fires are permitted but only when hiring one of our own Kadai Firebowls.  Only kiln dried firewood can be used in the Kadai Firebowls, which can be bought on site. The Kadai Firebowls can also be used as a barbecue.

Walks of varying lengths can be enjoyed from the campsite, including one to the local pub, The Three Horseshoes!  This is a quiet and restful campsite.

There are many National Trust properties in the area including Stourhead House and Gardens, Montacute House, Tintinhull Garden and Lytes Cary Manor. The wonderful beaches of Weston-super-Mare, Burnham-on-Sea, Lyme Regis, West Bay and Weymouth are an hour’s drive away.

There are also lots of other outdoor leisure activities nearby such as swimming, cycling, golfing, horse riding, caving and many others.

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