Mousley House Farm Campsite
In a modern world of voice-activated, auto-timed, ultra-light technology, sometimes it’s just nice to kick back and enjoy the simple things in life – beautiful countryside, lots of space, historic location, a friendly welcome, and plethora of good places to eat and drink. If we've just described your ideal destination, then this unspoilt spot just outside Warwick is the campsite for you.
Mousley House Farm Campsite is a spacious four acre site set in 62 acres of gorgeous Warwickshire farmland. The camping area sits in a beautiful fenced meadow where the neighbouring nosey horses peer from the paddock as you assemble your tent. With a limited number of pitches available, there is always ample space guaranteed and, in the middle of the site, plenty of room for the kids to kick a ball or throw around a frisbee.
A four-star toilet block to accompany the small family shower unit, plus a new washing-up area means you get creature comforts to accompany the gorgeous views. There's also a chemical disposal point for those in motor homes and electrical hook-ups are also available.
Those who like their camping with a healthy dose of glamour can stay in one the luxurious bell tents or charming retro caravans. The bell tents are surprisingly big (sleeping up to five), with new wooden double beds in each electric hook up along with a table, kitchen pack BBQ and seating area. The cool retro caravans are the epitome of camping chic – individually decorated and perfect for that romantic retreat, sleeping two in a cosy double bed. There's a family retro caravan sleeping four on the way for 2015 so watch this space.
If you’re not meeting the resident rabbits, guinea pigs and rare breed chickens, then a chat with the ever-friendly owner, Simon, is likely to set you up for the day. A wealth of local knowledge, he’s quick to point you down the footpaths you're after.
The first port of call is often nearby Warwick, 15 minutes away. The pocket size settlement is famous for its medieval castle, towering over the River Avon. Today, it's formidable stone walls house fantastic exhibitions and regular historic re-enactments. Further downstream, the town of Stratford-upon-Avon straddles the same picturesque river banks, a place renowned world wide for its literary lineage. At its heart an unassuming market town, the compact centre now plays host to thousands of tourists each year, bustling past the former home of William Shakespeare and visiting the various museums dedicated to his life. The town is certainly worth a visit but when the crowds become a little overwhelming you can spill down to the riverside and bask in the satisfaction of your own wise choice: pitching your tent in the quiet, easy-going rural retreat just 20 minutes down the road.
The site consists of a large grassy field with a boundary fence. For 2015, there's a brand new washing-up area and 4 star toilet block (ladies /gents) with plenty of urinals/cubicles & 3 washing sinks per section. There's electric hook up points, a toilet block and chemical waste disposal points. There is a small family shower unit on site. Hired bell tents come furnished with new wooden beds, fairy lights, rugs, a small table, basic kitchen pack, a BBQ and picnic bench. The retro caravans feature: a dining area that converts to large double bed (sleeps 2); electric two ring hob; heating; sink; all pots, pans, cutlery and crockery; a retro radio; board games and electricity hook-up included. Neither bell tents nor retro caravans have private toilets and guests must still use the main campsite toilet block. Meet the animals every Saturday during the summer season.
Everyone! Caravans, campervans, tents, trailer tents, glampers, campers, families, couples, pets...
Kenilworth Castle (01926 852078) and Warwick Castle (08712 652000) are two of the most impressive and medieval castles in the country. Warwick (15 minutes away) and neighbouring Royal Leamington Spa are both worth a daytrip. A 20 minute drive from the site leads you to Stratford-Upon-Avon, the birthplace of The Bard. You can visit all of Shakespeare's family homes, his mother's (01789 292100), daughter's (01789 292107), wife's (01789 292100) and of his own (01789 292325). There's a dedicated Shakespeare's Birthplace Museum (01789 204016). Away from the theatricals you can still enjoy the town for its other merits. Hire boats (01789 269977) for a paddle, take a cruise (01789 269669) or, for more space, head to Charlecote Park (08712 652000), a 12th-century stately home and deer park on the banks of the Avon.
Food & Drink
There are a plethora of top quality pubs and restaurants nearby – from top quality restaurants to a unique real ale pub just 5 minutes’ walk from the site. Alongside the beautiful canal staircase of the Hatton Locks, The Hatton Arms (01926 492427) is a nicely refurbished pub with a warm friendly atmosphere just two miles from the site. It is an excellent place to start or end a walk and Simon is always on hand to recommend some good routes. The Navigation (01564 783337) is another brilliant riverside spot for a drink or some tasty pub grub, while the slightly more old fashioned Durham Ox (01158 547107) also serves excellent food. The towns of Kenilworth and Warwick are the closest places to go for supermarkets and both have a good range of eateries.
All pitches: £12 per night. Adults/Children: £2 per person per night. Dogs: £1 per dog per night. Electric Hook Up: £5 per camping unit per night (standard 25 metre hook up cable required). See website for further details.
From the south M40, M42 & M6, follow the A46 to warwick, then take the A4177 and travel north towards Solihull for approx 4 miles to Fiveways traffic island. At Fiveways traffic island turn first left onto Fiveways road and then immediately right onto Case Lane. (see C& CC signs) The Campsite can be located 0.8 miles along Case Lane on the left.
From the north - from junction 5 off the M42 go south along A4141 for approx 7 miles until five ways traffic island. From the Fiveways Island take the 3rd exit onto Fiveways Road then turn immediately right onto Case Lane. The site is located 0.8 miles along Case Lane on the left (see C& CC signs).
Access to site must be via Fiveways Island and Case Lane only. The site can be approached via alternative routes but these are not suitable for caravans, trailers or motor homes.
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