The Wildings

UK England South West England Gloucestershire Bourton-on-the-Water

  • Contactless check in
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Children’s playground
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
  • Short walk to the pub
  • Walking
A simply lovely, all-season camping site with pods, yurts, and bell tents, all within walking distance of a quintessential Cotswolds’ village

“You should sit in nature for 20 minutes a day... unless you are busy, then you should sit for an hour.” So reads the Zen saying that’s quoted on the wall in reception at The Wildings, a new pod camping site in The Cotswolds. We quite agree and this charming little place on the edge of one of Britain’s quaintest and most-visited villages has made it a little easier for people to do that.

There are currently six camping pods. Each has insulation, heating, lights, and electricity, which make it possible to “camp” without a tent all year round. There are also four off-grid seasonal bell tents, and two yurts at The Wildings, a half-acre sliver of land surrounded by fields near Bourton-on-the-Water.  You can book the pods with camping mats-only, for what must surely be one of the best-value, all-season stays in the area, or ramp up the luxury by adding from a range of extras. It’s a sort of tailor-your-own glamping experience with beds, linen and towels, campfire cooking kit and tableware all available.

The bell tents offer boutique camping for a family of five or four adults, with these fully furnished, off-grid tents being illuminated by solar-powered fairy lights and lanterns. There's a campfire in a private garden surrounded by woven willow fencing for your evening meals, with each tent having access to its patch of grass with barbecue and benches. The yurts are a step-up from the pods for the pampered camper, once again being off-grid and lit up by solar-powered lighting, each kept warm with the addition of a small and efficient log stove.

This little camping village was set up by owner Kim when she was pregnant with her third child – and it shows. It’s a lovely spot for everyone but perfect for young families, with each unit sleeping up to a family of five. For some (perhaps especially parents) the fact that there’s nothing to set up and peg down will open up the world of camping. The pods, tents, and yurts are warm, weatherproof, and can be tailored to your needs. Bringing a baby? Add the cot bundle. Camping as a couple? How about booking a celebration hamper? And if you’re worrying about warming the baby’s bottle or feeding over-tired kids, don’t. Just head to the on-site Cook House with its fully kitted-out, undercover communal kitchen with sofas and books to boot. The site has also recently made two Ooni pizza ovens available to hire for the carbohydrate-lovers among you, while a new on-site mini-farm shop provides tasty produce while supporting local farms and businesses. Pick up your meat and dairy here, but also feel free to nab a gin or cider while you're at it.

You’ll get more than your 20 minutes in nature here: while enjoying a campfire and watching the bats, while the kids play on the climbing frame and even on your way to and from the communal loos. But lovely as it is (and “lovely” really is the word), it’s a simple site that, as Kim says, is a great Cotswolds base camp rather than an attraction in its own right. After all, there are plenty of those in the surrounding area already with picturesque, riverside Bourton-on-the-Water just a mile away. It has a historic model village, Birdworld and The Cotswold Motoring Museum as well as tearooms, inns and cafes. There’s enough to keep you occupied for a week but it’s well connected too with footpaths as well as roads leading out to the rolling hills and other heart-achingly perfect villages that The Cotswolds is so famous for.

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We think our extras make us super special! There are a few of them but it means that we appeal to hardened, experienced campers through to those who have never camped before or, like myself, you're a parent who loves the experience of camping and making our kids so happy but the thought of packing up the entire house and the washing/drying of a tent etc etc fills you with utter dread (you are not alone!) then this is the place for you!

Let us do all the hard work for you; just bring backpacks with the essentials and we'll have beds ready and the heating on or, in the case of our Yurts, the fires lit (in the winter of course) let the kids play on the play area whilst you light a campfire or get our pizza ovens fired up and have the most magical night under the stars telling stories and discovering constellations wrapped in our winter blankets.  Switch off from technology, (we have no WiFi - but good 4G just in case!) and watch how children are exhausted by the country air.  Then as they fall asleep in the pod you can stay around the campfire with a bottle of Prosecco and toast how fantastic you are!!

Suitable For

Whether you're looking for a romantic getaway, a break from busy city life or a relaxing family holiday, we think it is the perfect location right in the very heart of the gorgeous Cotswolds!!


We are in the very heart of The Cotswolds, there is so much going on here and its a great place to be whatever the weather.  On a summers day a wander down into the village of Bourton-on-the-Water (1 mile away) to the Model Village followed by a paddle in the River Windrush and fish chips on the waters edge followed by glass of wine round by the campfire with friends, or a breezy autumn day at the local National Trust Sherborne Estate (4 miles away) followed by a chilli con carne cooked in the Kotlich with baked potatoes in the embers


All year.

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The Owner Says

We want to give all our guests an amazing experience while staying with us, therefore we have designed our site to give you the best value for money, while also offering lots of options, so you can make it the perfect break for you.

We want to take any hassle out of camping for you and so have created a 'design your own holiday' campsite.

Love the idea of camping but don't know where to start? Then grab one of our gorgeous yurts add some extras and all you need is your fabulous selves and something to wear.

Alternatively you're a seasoned camper and have most of the kit? Then just take your pick of our pitch options and bring the rest! (The only thing we don't allow is gas BBQs).

Utterly simple and tailor made for you

We also offer a relaxing Cookhouse for all our guests to share where there are kitchen facilities, two fridges, sofas, games, books, and all sorts of other things to make your stay comfortable.

For children, we have a fantastic play area to keep them busy while you make supper or relax with a book!

There is parking for guests arriving by car and we also have a specific area for bicycles for any cyclists staying.


Six camping pods, four bell tents, and two yurts.

Meadowsweet Pod

Pod Sleeps 5 6 Available
Warm and very spacious, fully insulated, heated camping pod with built in double bed. Sleeps 5, natural setting, nestled in the family farm overlooking Bourton-on-the-Water

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Contact The Wildings, Lankett Lane, Bourton-on-the-Water, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

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Getting There

From the A429, turn south east signposted Clapton Sherborne. Continue along Lanketts lane until you reach us on the right hand side, if you get to a junction you've gone too far!!

From the A40, turn north signposted Sherborne Clapton, stay on this road for a few miles, its wiggly but don’t turn anywhere. Drive carefully as there are often roe deer about. Keep driving until you reach a junction at the top of the hill, take a left and we are the next left.

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The nearest train station is nine miles away at Moreton-in-the-Marsh from where the 801 bus service (which provides a handy connection to much of the surrounding area) runs frequently to Bourton-on-the-Water (except on Sundays). An alternative station is at Kingham, about 20 miles away, from and to where you can take a taxi.


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