Stowford Manor Farm is a great little site with a few rough edges. The good points are the site grounds, they are really very nice with a little river running past it that you can paddle in, there are two rope swings and it's great fun.
We were unlucky to catch terrible weather from the tail end of a hurricane but the pitches did not get water logged and remained firm which is nice.
We opted for an electric hookup and this was completely reliable.
Toilets are clean and well stocked with paper, hand wash and were never too busy when needed.
Showers are in a converted cow shed I think, 50p gets you a good long shower that is nice and hot.
You can buy local milk if you get to it quickly, it's amazing in coffee but other than some jams, and logs for the fire, I didn't see any supplies available on site. That said, there is a sainsbury supermarket a few miles away and some nice pubs for eating out. The Barge Inn served very good food and cider but filled up quickly.
I did try to hire a fire pit but couldn't find anyone to hire it from, we rang bells but eventually gave up on the idea. Shame.
We did give the swimming club site a go but the site felt very much in decline, as though someone loved it very much in the past but not today. Frames that used to be diving boards were still there but the boards had long gone. The water was refreshing and deep and it was a lot of fun but I would have loved to see it in its hey day.
Over all, the site is very good and had a nice relaxed family feel - no noisy groups, and everyone I spoke to was really nice.
Just spent 11 unbelievable days at this gem of a site. Should have been 10 but we couldn't resist another night. After reading some of the reviews we were a bit apprehensive but all that went once we'de arrived and pitched. The owners were so polite and helpful, going about there business with a smile. The showers were the hottest we have come across and well worth the 50p. The Cream tea's in the Manor House are to die for. We used the site as a base for touring but on some days we were content just to sit outside the tent and watch the world go by, it was that pleasant.
We are not easily pleased but this site will be getting a re-visit next year.
I can understand many of the previous comments on this Site.
On the positive side, it has plenty of space and, even though we understood that it was full when we stayed, all units were sited along the edges of the fields and there was plenty of space left inside the field. There is a lot of room for children to play safely, even if there isn't a for,
Formal playground. The site has a really relaxed feel for everyone and is ideal for a quiet break.
On the negative side, facilities are less than great:
2 showers @ 50p for 8 minutes
3 toilets which were often less than spotless due to the high traffic. This latter issue could be sorted easily. The others need investment which doesn't seem to have been evident in the recent past.
Stayed here for two nights. Found the site to be noisy from road, and we were in the rear field. Toilets and showers are adequate but basic. Untreated Jersey milk, excellent.
Grass 6 inches or more long, I thought everything was rather unkempt and could do with a bit more maintenance (tlc). Went to walk to pub up road from the castle but gave up as you take your life in your hands trying to walk anywhere alongside this road with traffic thundering by at high speed incessantly and blind bends everywhere with no footway. As we have a dog, walking was limited to alongside the river down through the rally field.
Recycling area, various bins piled in middle of rear field.
Totally unimpressed with what is on offer here, would not visit again, could be so much better with a little more effort. At £15 with EHU I suppose it is not bad value nowadays, but not for me.
We have just returned from a 4 night stay at Stowford Manor.
We used it primarily as a base for visiting surrounding areas such as Longleat, Bath & the gorgeous Bradford on Avon and it served well as that.
Other than paying for the stay at arrival, we saw nothing of the owners, which suits me fine. We were directed to pitch anywhere we fancied, which also suits.
There are 2 fields, 1 near the road which can be noisy but does quieten down considerably at night.
Other reviews I had read noted there are only 2 showers and 3 WC's, however I only once had to queue for either.
Showers are in an old cowshed and quite 'Shabby chic' and endearing. 50p per shower (most we have ever paid) however last 15 mins so both my son & I managed with 1 50p. There are no instructions on use however, and I saw one lady struggling to get partially undressed then come outside the cubicle to drop her 50p in, which is unnecessary as the time doesn't seem to start until you turn the shower on.
The fields are pleasant and large, although surrounded by a lot of nettles, so not great if you have small children.
There are a couple of footpaths over the road which go to a small hamlet with a lovely church & pub and further to Bradford on Avon. We walked there (about 1 hour) & had a few pints by the canal which was nice.
There are no playground facilities although there is a bit of a rope swing and a ford which is suitable for paddling and my 9 yr old liked.
Generally a nice cheap site, if not a little rough around the edges, but it is a working farm!
Stayed here for five night. Regardless of what is said traffic noise can be heard from anywhere on the site and is a constant noise which awakes you from about six in the morning if it has not given you a disturbed night.
That aside this is a great base for visiting Bath Longleat and even a trip to the coast at Weston Super Mare and Cheddar Gorge.
The Toilets and showers are adequate but I would be worried if it was a very full site if they are enough. Only concern we had with the site was a risk of flooding due to the volume of rain with the owners checking the river levels one night( apparently the site was evacuated in May due to a flood). The field was very wet. Excellent milk available to buy on site but unfortunately never got to try the cream teas.
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