The Farm Camp

UK England South West England Wiltshire

  • Laundry
  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
An off-grid getaway where you can escape the gadgets and enjoy the outdoors in comfort

Fancy escaping the trappings of modern life? Perhaps friends have been hinting at a countryside retreat? Well, swing on over to the secluded woodlands of The Farm Camp, where peace, tranquillity and fuss-free camping awaits. There’s something very special about arriving at Church Farm to find someone has already made camp for you. With beds made, stove at the ready, just bring your nearest and dearest, and some fresh supplies for a BBQ under the starry Wiltshire skies.

The site's four, off-grid, self-catered bell tents (fondly named after West Country phrases: "Wossnem", "Eesorite", "Yertis" and "Ispecso") come furnished in a cosy, shabby chic style. With über-comfortable mattresses, fresh linen, cooking and dining equipment and a wood-burning stove, these homely abodes contain everything you could wish for. Outside the attention to detail continues with the rustic camp kitchen, and well-cleared pathways leading to the hot showers, compost loos (which are much nicer than the name suggests!) and communal BBQ area. Less than half a mile down the country lane, happy campers also have access to the luxury of Church Farms’ facilities, which include a heated indoor swimming pool, games room and laundry facility.

If you're fancying some country fun, a brief stroll into the Limpley Stoke valley brings you into an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with the Kennet & Avon canal (perfect walking, cycling and boating territory) and the River Avon for wild swimming with various pubs and cafes beside them. A visit to this corner of the world isn’t complete, though, without a wander around Bath. With its splendid terraces, sweeping honey-stone crescents and fascinating array of historical sites, it's little wonder UNESCO named the whole city a World Heritage Site. Only five miles from camp, this fashionable haunt of British society is unquestionably one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, and exudes an air of wealth and sophistication. Boasting more listed buildings than almost anywhere else in the country, Bath is home to a bounty of architectural beauty’s, including some of the world’s finest Roman spas and the opulent Royal Crescent. So, there really is something to keep everyone Happy Campers.

There are plenty of activities back at The Farm Camp too, where guests can try their hand at the ancient art of sheep herding. After being taught the basic principles, try to direct those woollen workers around a simple course, against the clock. Other activities include: archery, yoga and massage (by the multi-talented Angela) and keeping deathly silent whilst trying to spot ‘The Big 5.” Deer graze nearby, foxes and badgers come out at night, buzzards hunt in the adjacent fields and then there's Big Steve, the resident farmer.

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Facilities

4 bell tents (each sleeping 2–4) with ready-made beds, wood burning stove, kettle, cooking and eating equipment ​in the camp kitchen​, cool box to keep supplies chilled overnight, wind up torches and a tea light chandelier. Shared camp features include 2 hot showers and eco-friendly shower gel (1 towel per guest) and compost loos for each tent. ​Drinking water, sink, refuse and recycling bins​ in the camp kitchen​ and car parking field. Please note: This is an 'off-grid' camp, however power is available down the country lane in the laundry room.

Suitable For

This is purely a luxury camping site. So, tents, caravans, campervans and dogs – no.

Nearby

Around 1 mile away in Little Ashley, you can take a tour around Quoins (07835 265082), a small, local organic vineyard. Listening to wine talk is optional, however you simply can’t leave without sampling their produce. Prices from £15 per person. The last outpost of the Cotswolds, the unspoilt market town of Bradford-on-Avon is found in the western corner of Wiltshire. Often described as a “Mini Bath”, Bradford-on-Avon has a wonderful collection of boutiques, restaurants and café’s lining the narrow streets of the town centre, making for a lovely day of leisurely strolling. The surrounding hillside (beware of the climb!) is covered with stone houses and cottages of every shape and size. Cycling is the best way to get to know the local landscape. Several country lanes and the Kennet & Avon Canal (into Bath & Bradford on Avon) make for superb, traffic free cycling. Bring your own or hire from Dundas Cycle hire (01225 722292). Prices start from £8 per hour (+£1/ hour extra), or £15 for 24 hours and £25 for weekend.

Food & Drink

Run by cousin Tom, Hartley Farm Shop (01225 864948) offers a delicious range of home grown and locally produced goods. Located only 1 mile away, Tom has kindly agreed to offer a 10% discount for camp guests and some catering packages are also available. The village Co-Op (3/4 mile) has a large selection of food and drink items, with an off-licence, newsagent and post office also available. It's also situated next to your closest bus stops to Bath and Bradford on Avon. The recently refurbished Seven Stars (01225 722204) is an award winning village free house in the village of Winsley. Food is homemade on the premises and ingredients are locally sourced from the West Country. The seasonal menu changes frequently as the seasonal fruit and vegetables become available, and there’s a wide range of local cask ales, fine wines and continental lagers. Be sure to take a look at the daily specials board. The Castle (01225 865657) is another great, local pub with good food and a welcoming atmosphere. Further afield, there’s a plethora of dining options available in both Bradford on avon and Bath.

Opening Times

Easter – early October.

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Accommodation

4 tents in ​a secluded and sheltered corner of our young woodland.

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Location

Contact The Farm Camp, Church Farm, Winsley, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire, BA15 2JH

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Getting There

From M4: follow A46 towards Bath for 6 miles (coming down a long hill) then follow signs for A363 for 5 miles to Bradford on Avon. At the mini roundabout in Bradford on Avon turn right on B3108 to Winsley. Follow B3108 for 2 miles to roundabout. Take 2nd exit (right) signed to Bath/ Limpley Stoke (ignore exit to Winsley). Church Farm is just under a mile on the right (look for tree outside entrance on grass verge).

From Bath: follow A36 towards Warminster for 4 miles. At traffic lights (Viaduct) turn left onto B3108 towards Winsley. Follow the road for 2 miles eventually passing under railway bridge. Go up Winsley Hill. After the hill continue on this road (ignore turning right to Winsley/Dorothy House) and Church Farm is on your left (approx. 300 metres past turning on right). Look for tree outside Church Farm entrance on grass verge.

From Bradford on Avon: over town bridge towards Swan Hotel. At roundabout turn left and go to top of hill. At mini roundabout go straight on (passing church on right). At next mini roundabout turn left onto B3108 to Winsley. Follow B3108 for 2 miles to roundabout. Take 2nd exit (right) signed to Bath/Limpley Stoke (ignore exit to insley). Church Farm is just under a mile on the right (look for tree outside entrance on grass verge).

The sites nearest train stations are: Bradford-on-Avon (2 miles) and Bath (5 miles). The 265 bus runs through the village stopping at the Co-op shop and opposite the pub every 30 minutes. The route runs between Bradford on Avon and Bath.

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