Botany Camping

UK England South West England Wiltshire

  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Good walks nearby
Situated amidst beautiful Wiltshire farmland, Botany Camping offers spacious grass pitches furnished bell tents just a stone's throw from Longleat House and Safari park

The grand Elizabethan architecture of Longleat House vies for the public's attention with the exoticism and fun of the safari park behind. The first of its kind outside of Africa, the 500-species-strong park is kept slightly separate from the house, so those planning to admire the crystal clad ballroom won’t find monkeys on their bonnet, grasping at the windscreen wipers. On particularly still evenings, though, the roar of male lions can still be heard beyond the encolsure boundaries, carrying over the house to the surrounding Wiltshire countryside.

Beyond the range of the lions’ roars and the chattering of howler monkeys lies a small, new campsite with a top location. Three miles from Longleat and ideally situated for exploring the rest of the county, Botany Camping is a charmingly simple campsite that also boasts a colourful cluster of bell tents for those looking for a more effortless stay. Chose this glamping option and you needn’t bring much at all, other than your duvet and a devil-may-care attitude. Guests will find futon-style beds, eco-fuel heaters, cooking facilities, and all the utensils required, while campers and glampers alike still share the composting toilets and conventional flushing loos, along with four family shower rooms in a separate shelter.

Each pitch offers plenty of space and includes a firepit where campfires are not only allowed, but positively encouraged, with guests arriving to a thoughtful ‘starter pack’ including firelighters, wood, skewers and a hefty pack of marshmallows. The site also boasts a small shop at the entrance for buying essentials, while a supermarket in nearby Warminster is well placed for a larger shopping session.

The size of the campsite gives it a friendly, sociable atmosphere, but much of this is also down to the relaxed personality of Crispin, the ever-present, yet unobtrusive, manager, whose welcoming and helpful nature makes him a go-to man for queries of all kinds. It's no surprise then that such niceness has seen him charm his neighbours into offering 30% off Longleat tickets, very handy for family visitors.

Cycling, walking and fishing in the local countryside, along with Stonehenge, Bath and Salisbury, all 30 minutes away, makes Botany Camping a pleasant base for would-be explorers. And if you’re there on a clear night you can even use the North Star to guide you. With a proper rural setting and no light pollution, this is the perfect place for admiring the night sky.

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Facilities

Bell tents sleep up to 5. They include a firepit and solar-powered fairy lights, a free campfire pack (wood, firelighters, marshmallows, skewers), and cool box with frozen cool blocks, beds, stoves, utensils and everything you require for cooking. You’ll need to bring your own bedding and towels. There are composting toilets and regular flushing loos plus 4 family shower rooms with sinks and hot water.

Suitable For

Bell tent glampers, tent and campervan campers – yes. Caravans, large motorhomes, dogs – no.

Nearby

Less than 4 miles away, Longleat House and Safari Park (01985 844400) is the UK's premier wildlife experience. Crispin can get you 30% off your ticket price. Travel 30 minutes north to the historic city of Bath, small but eloquent and a good day trip from the campsite. A similar distance in the opposite direction takes you to Salisbury with its towering cathedral (01722 555120) and narrow streets. Be sure to stop at Stonehenge en route. Wardour Castle (01747 870487), Stourhead (01747 841152) and Wilton House (01722 746714) offer further history in the area, while more active campers can try cycling in the Woodford Valley. Anglers should head to Shearwater Lake (01985 844496) with a massive range of fishing on offer.

Food & Drink

A small onsite shop sells essentials and sweet things for the kids, and there's a Morrisons supermarket in Warminster a mile away. There are also several pubs and restaurants in the town. The Snooty Fox (01985 846505) is one of the closest and best, serving good fare in a friendly environment.

Opening Times

Mid February – mid September.

Family Friendly

There's a full rainbow spectrum of bell tents on offer but green is the colour that really stands out at this campsite with heaps of grassy space to run wild in and bushy hedgerows all around. And, with discounted access to the country's oldest safari park, you're all sorted for weekend activities.

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The Owner Says

Botany Campsite is set in the rolling Wiltshire countryside, an ancient landscape of beauty, with stone circles, white horses, and stunning Wessex scenery. Our campsite offers family friendly camping (pitch only) and eco glamping in 5 m bell tents ideal for a family of 4/5, furnished with all the goodies…..

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Accommodation

6 regular pitches, 16 glamping bell tents available in 2 fields. More camping pitches available in August.
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Location

Contact Botany Camping, Botany Farm, Bradley Road, Warminster, Wiltshire BA12 7JY

Getting There

As you come up the hill on Bradley Road, leaving Warminster, Botany Camping is the 2nd entrance on the left after the bridge.

There is a railway station in Warminster. Botany Camping is also on national cycling route 24.

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