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Go By Cycle Certificated Site
Tall Trees
Water Lane
Somerford Keynes
Cirencester
Gloucestershire   (Browse area)
GL7 6DS   See Map
Tel: 01285 862152
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Pitches: 15
Open: 1st Feb - 1st November

Rating: Average Review Score: 7/10 from 6 Reviews
                7/10 from 6 Reviews

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Who's it for
 Adults Only   Club Members Only   Rallies Welcome   Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome   Motorbikers Welcome 
Facilities
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   Bathroom 
 Baby Changing Facilities   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   Battery Charging   Gas Refills   Recycling Facilities 
 Kitchen Facilities   Freezer Available   Motorhome Point   Fully Serviced Pitches 
 Shop <1 mile   Bar <1 mile   Restaurant <1 mile   Wifi Access 
Activities
 Kids Playground   TV Room   Games Room   Evening Entertainment 
 Fishing <1 mile   Wild Swimming   Indoor Pool   Outdoor Pool <5 miles 
 Horse Riding <5 miles   Cycle Hire On Site   Golf <1 mile   Tennis 
 Beach <1 mile   Watersports <1 mile   Boat Launch / Mooring 
Other Features
 Sea Views   Working Farm   Campfires Allowed   Open All Year 
 Waterside Location   Dog Walk   Public Transport <1 mile 

This is a Camping and Caravanning Club Certificated Site, which accept caravans or motorhomes and usually tents, space permitting. It is a member only site - you may be able to join on arrival - please check direct with the site.

Reviews:

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Date of Visit: September 2015 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Jackandmia 1 review from this member

We enjoyed our stay at this site which is in a good location with flat pitches and clean well maintained facilities.

The owners Colin and Bev were friendly and helpful, even taking time to show us some lovely bike routes around the many lakes and pretty villages in the area.

Our only negative comment would have to be the noise from the road next to the site but we got used to this and were not disturbed during the night.

Date of Visit: July 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Cybercamperat 9 reviews from this member

Owners/managers very pleasant. Nice flat field. Facilities are absolutely adequate and clean. There is road noise but doesn't bother you unduly unless you are a light sleeper. If you are a cyclist, water sports enthusiast etc this may prove an idea spot. We arrived on a quiet day with few units on site. On the Saturday we returned after a day out to find numerous units had been shoe-horned on to the site! There was no space between pitches. Next door's unit was so close our guy ropes overlapped. I saw 3 tents pitched absolutely next to each other with no space between and whilst they were clearly from the same group it posed a fire risk. If we hadn't had been leaving early the next morning we would have packed up there and then. Shame really as it could be so good.

Date of Visit: June 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Bob61 24 reviews from this member

My main reason for choosing this campsite was to road test a new tent just for a one night stay at a cost of 11. 00 inclusive of EHU. The site is only an hours drive from my home so it was quite convenient but also offered some interest with the Cotswold Water Park and Beach being only a few minutes walk down the road and plenty of other walks and lakes to visit in the area. And of course the obligatory pub only 10-15 minutes walk away.

Having checked the site out on Google Street view and satellite I was a little apprehensive about the possible noise from traffic since the site is basically a triangular field with the apex at the junction of two roads. Although there is traffic noise the roads are by no means busy and the hum of passing traffic soon disappears into the background. It was certainly not too noisy to drown out the numerous song birds that could be heard in the surrounding fields and hedgerows.

On arrival I was greeted by a very friendly couple who pointed out the site facilities and even supplied me with a free map of walks in the area and explained the routes and what to expect to see throughout the walks. The campsite is just a flat field but the grass is very well mown and plush. Since it was midweek and I was the only camper I had the choice of all pitches some of which had access to EHU pillars (10 amps supply). As the only camper I was allowed use of either the main facilities or the disabled room. Both were exceptionally clean and in good order with plenty of hot water and I believe underfloor heating. Liquid soap was provided but I don't recall seeing any hand dryers although I always had my own towel with me when I used them.

The owners also run a cycle and boat hire business from the main building and live above the premises so there is always somebody on site. Cold canned drinks and hot drinks from a machine are available.

The Cotswold Water park and surrounding area is very pleasant with some nice walks but take the insect repellent as there are plenty of man eaters flying around the lakes area (thankfully not on the campsite itself). There is no charge to enter the park on foot but I believe there have been many complaints that cars are charged per occupant which is a strange and expensive way of charging for parking. Then the hire of boats or the use of other water facilities is extra. I was not impressed enough to have wanted to pay very much to walk around what is basically a flooded gravel pit.

In the evening I visited the Bakers Arms for a few drinks and a meal. It was a very welcoming place but quite expensive. 3. 75 for a pint of bitter and 11. 00 for a basic fish, chips and peas. It would have been even more expensive had I not spotted that I had been overcharged by 6. 00 on my debit card at the end of the evening!

All in all a very nice campsite with everything you could need and very pleasant owners. Nice walks and lakes very nearby (but don't take the car) and a very welcoming if expensive pub a short walk down the road. For me, not enough in the immediate area to keep me entertained for more than a day or two but it would make a good base for those wishing to tour the Cotswolds area.

Date of Visit: July 2014 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: D Michael 3 reviews from this member

We Had a very pleasant night's stay here as a stop over supporting a charity bike ride. The site was nicely flat with well kept clean Toilets and Showers. The pot washing facilities where in a small cabin but quite adequate for the job. The Electric hook ups are around the edge of the site but we found the nearby roads did not disturb us. The owners where most friendly and helpful. The area has plenty of water sports and cycle routes close by. Cycle hire is available on site. We had a good nights sleep and would be happy to return. Compared with most of the 20 sites we stayed at during our trip the pitch fee was quite low.

Date of Visit: July 2014 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Sama 6 reviews from this member

Stayed here for 3 nights and while the owners were friendly and welcoming, we felt the site did not offer good value for the money we paid (18 per night). When we arrived we were directed to a site which backed onto the road which the owner said was not a main commuter road. The traffic noise started around 4. 30 in the morning and continued all day to late evening! The mens loos were out of use so I was asked to use the disabled toilet which did'nt have a mirror (I had to shave from memory!) and there were no hand dryers. The washing up facility was small and cramped and the grey waste had to be lifted onto the chemical waste toilet to empty.

In spite of these negatives, we felt the owners could do so much more with what they have. Sorry guys, but I don't think we'll return.

Date of Visit: March 2013 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Baby Blue 2 reviews from this member

Stayed here for two nights just before Easter during the very cold weather. We were the only occupants. The site is very new and whilst there four electric hook up points were installed. Meanwhile we hooked up to an extension from the new building on site which houses the bike hire business and the showers and loos.

The brand new and separate mens and ladies facilities both house two toilets, two showers and two sinks each, with mirrors above the sinks and hooks on the wall and on the backs of the shower and toilet doors. The bathrooms are large and the showers are sort of wet rooms and larger than most we have used on sites. The whole of the facilities have underfloor heating which was very welcome. The floor does get wet in the showers so take clothes in a bag to hang on the door hooks and Crocs would be a good idea. The facilities were clean and tidy and cleaned whilst we were there.

We were on the large clinker gravel type of hardstanding which is also the car park for the bike hire and was in the process of being made larger. There is big level field for tents and all pitches will be close to the showers.

At the time of our stay washing up was in the old portacabin showers where a large sink and draining board existed and the Elsan was in the other part of the portacabin, but the owners intend to have the portacabin removed just as soon as they have added better washing up facilities etc. They were also in the process of having more lighting installed around the building area.

The nearest shop is a Londis in South Cerney. Also a small shop in Ashton Keynes, which possibly has variable opening hours. No shop in Somerford Keynes though. This small pretty village did house a lovely Saxon church which has a memorial to Henry the 8th's barber that depicts Native Americans, believed to be the earliest carvings of such in England. There was also a pub which did food as far as we can recall and was holding a quiz night on the Wednesday. Plus pubs in the other villages.

The day we arrived we walked around the lake nearby where there is a sort of beach with a fenced off area in the water for young children and on the other side of the lake a similar area. Both have play parks and barbecues have been built which can be hired out. It was a very pleasant walk with water birds to look at and we feel we could have kept our six and three year old granddaughters amused in the beach areas for a day or two and with a picnic it would be a cheap day out. Only thing they don't have are the splashy playparks with fountains and jets of water. You can hire canoes and pedal boats on the lake and there is a sort of Go Ape type man-made climbing area open to five year olds and above. The boats and the climbing facility won't be free but the beach area is. There is a shop there and an information place and toilets on both sides. Plus a car park but you won't need that as it is near enough to walk to.

Next day we took the bikes out for a ride, which makes a change from taking the bikes out for a walk which we usually do in hilly areas. The area around the Cotswolds Water Park is level though and we did over 12 miles easily around the three villages mentioned above which were all pretty places and quiet roads to cycle on. First time on the bikes since last season so we had to start out with a gentle cycle. We even sat by the side of The Thames watching ducks swimming about, (it wasn't quite frozen over), in the snow drinking hot soup. A novelty for Londoners! There are cycle paths but we decided not to risk those due to the recent weather.

We only realised we had run out of milk after we arrived and when I asked the owner where the shop was she said she was going to Tescos anyway and kindly purchased milk and bread for us. Also when I went to buy bike clips in the hire place, which also had cycling accessories on sale, as mine were not in my panniers and I assumed I had left them at home, she gave me some designer clips made from elastic bands.

If you are into bird watching there are hides around the lakes and plenty of fishing swims.

Obviously you can hire bikes for all ages and abilities and suitable seats and trailers to put children in and those extensions that children can sit on and cycle with you.

No play park on site but there is the large field when not occupied by tents.

As we are not dog lovers we were also pleased this site doesn't allow canines.

The only thing wrong was some building paraphernalia lying about but that will be removed, no doubt, as soon as the new washing up area is done and the hardstanding extended. The owners have set this site up from scratch and are working hard to finish it all off.


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