Batcombe Vale Campsite

UK England South West England Somerset Shepton Mallet

  • Staggered showering times
  • Distance markers in shared facilities
  • Contactless check in
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
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.

Details

Facilities

Recently upgraded wash block, hot and cold water to wash basins and showers, electric hook-ups and freezer housed in the log cabin. Boating lake with free rowing boats for guests. Family and dog-friendly. Gas or charcoal BBQs only – no campfires. Kadai Firebowls are available for hire and kiln dried wood is sold on site.

Suitable For

Tents, campervans, caravans, motorhomes, friendly dogs, small groups (up to 4 units, if there’s room) – yes. Big group celebrations, noisy types – no.

Nearby

Most of our guests seem to prefer relaxing on the campsite, exploring local walks or using the rowing boats but if you would like to get to know the area, here are a few of our favourite things to do:

Hauser & Wirth Somerset is a very popular art gallery with an excellent restaurant, The Roth Bar & Grill.   The Newt in Somerset is a magnificent country house open to day visitors for its gardens and farm shop.

For a great family day out, head for Longleat Safari Park, or head to the Haynes Motor Museum, Yeovilton Air Museum and East Somerset Steam Railway. For discount shopping, try Clarks Village in Street or Kilver Court Designer Village in Shepton Mallet.

Check out the Royal Bath & West Showground, where there’s something going on most weekends during the summer.

National Trust properties in the area are Stourhead House and Gardens, Montacute House, Tintinhull Garden and Lytes Cary Manor.

Outdoor leisure activities nearby include swimming, cycling, golfing, horse riding. For an adrenaline burst, try abseiling or caving at Cheddar Caves and Gorge.  The wonderful beaches of Weston-super-Mare, Burnham-on-Sea, Lyme Regis, West Bay and Weymouth are an hour’s drive away.

Alternatively, take the train from Bruton and spend the day in the City of Bath then treat yourself to a spa session at the Thermal Bath Spa? Or visit Wells with its Cathedral and Bishop's Palace, Glastonbury with its Abbey and Tor and Frome with its independent shops and markets. Less than an hour away, you will find Salisbury with its Cathedral and Close and Sherborne with its Abbey and Castle as well as the historic city of Bristol.

Food & Drink

Take the pleasant 1-mile walk from the site to the 17th century Three Horseshoes Pub (01749 850359) in Batcombe for pub grub and drink. The Bell Inn (01749 830287) at Evercreech is also worth a visit.  In Bruton, head for At the Chapel (01749 814070), a restyled chapel offering pizzas and superb wine or try the renowned Roth Bar and Grill. Gilcombe Organic Farm Shop (01749 813710) is noted for its meat and can supply organic packs for the BBQ.

Opening Times

May–September.

The Owner Says

Batcombe Vale is a small and friendly campsite set in the beautiful rolling hills of Somerset. With stunning scenery, it sits in its own secluded and private 120 acre vale with glades, woods and lakes. Within easy reach of Glastonbury and Frome, the campsite  is situated outside Bruton, home to Hauser & Wirth and The Newt.

Free rowing boats provide fun for children and adults alike. We are a dog-friendly site.

New for 2020 - Fishing for campsite guests is back!

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

Walks of varying lengths can be enjoyed from the campsite, including one to the local pub, The Three Horseshoes.

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Social Distancing Measures

The health and wellbeing of our guests and staff are paramount. We’re aiming to provide a safe holiday in the fresh air, keeping to social distancing best practices and introducing additional safeguarding measures in accordance with the government’s guidelines. To find out more, please visit our homepage at batcombevale.co.uk and click on the coronavirus update link.

Location

Contact Batcombe Vale Campsite, Batcombe Vale, Batcombe, Somerset BA4 6BW

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Getting There

We are located just outside Batcombe, a quiet Somerset village which is about 7 miles south-east of Shepton Mallet, 9 miles west of Frome, and 23 miles north of Yeovil.

Access to the site for caravans must be from the B3081 between Bruton and Evercreech, then follow the brown/white international campsite signs to Batcombe Vale.

Sat Nav Users
You can easily navigate to the campsite by using the postcode BA4 6BW

Coming from the East
Take the M3, A303, B3081 then follow the brown tourist signs to the site.

Coming from the Bristol area
Take the A37, B3081 then follow the brown tourist signs to the site.

Coming from Devon or Cornwall
Turn off at junction 23 off M5, A39, A361, A371, B3081 then follow the brown tourist signs to the site.

Train Information
Our nearest stations are Castle Cary and Bruton. For more information on booking trains please contact either:

National Rail

Enquiries 08547 484950 or

Phone Bookings 08457 000125

nationalrail.co.uk

gwr.com

Taxi Information

Castle Cary Taxis: 01963 351333 (Castle Cary)

No.7 Taxis: 01963 351015 (Castle Cary)

Chinnock Taxis: 01749 831529, mobile 07703068878 (Shepton Mallet)

Wright Cars: 01749 345151 (Shepton Mallet)

Frome Taxis: 01373 452211 (Frome)

ABC Taxis: 01373 452444 (Frome)

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