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Abbey Home Farm
Burford Road
Cirencester
Gloucestershire   (Browse area)
GL7 5HF
Tel: 01285 640441
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Open: Easter To October

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 3 Reviews
                8/10 from 3 Reviews

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Who's it for
 Families Welcome   Not Members Only   No Rallies   Not Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome 
Facilities
 Toilet Facilities   No Showers   No Washing Up Area   No Bathroom 
 No Baby Changing   No Laundry   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 No Chemical Disposal   No Battery Charging   No Gas Exchange   No Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   No Freezer / Fridge   No Motorhome Point 
 Shop On Site   Bar <5 miles   Restaurant <5 miles   No Wifi Access 
Activities
 No Playground   No TV Room   No Games Room   No Evening Ents 
 No Fishing   No Wild Swimming   No Indoor Pool   No Outdoor Pool 
 No Horse Riding   No Cycle Hire   No Golf   No Tennis 
 No Beach   No Watersports   No Boat Launch 
Other Features
 No Sea Views   Not Working Farm   No Campfires Allowed   Not Open All Year 
 No Waterside Pitches   Public Transport   No Dog Walk 

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Date of Visit: August 2013 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Clairetwoboys 8 reviews from this member

 This is an unusual camp site, in my experience, but it could be a fantastic one. Of course, what we want from our camping experience varies from person to person, but I can only compare it to other sites I have been on, and will just describe what I found.

We camped here with another family, who were ahead of us on leaving and so arrived at approx. 6. 10 in the evening. You have to book in at the farm shop, which is close to, but not on the camp site itself and they were given the pass code to the gate to the site. They explained that their friends (us!) wouldn't be here until a little later as we had encountered traffic on the M-way, and we both had to work until 5. 30 and were met with a response of 'well the site closes at 6. 30 so I don't know what they are going to do'. My friend managed to persuade them that she could give us the code and let us in, and was told (begrudgingly, she felt) that 'ok, just this once'.

This kind of set the tone for the weekend - most of us work, and leave for camping after work, so who can feasibly always get to site by 6. 30? We had paid up in full, so why not email us on receipt of payment with instructions and gate code?

We were also informed then, that 'you know there are no showers?' - actually, no. We didn't know that - the reviews on here (of which tellingly there are only two, mention the eco-showers and the website explains that there are private washing facilities and that they are foot pumped) So we were expecting basic, but they were literally a pallet base, three walls and a shower curtain in front. No one used them for the time we were there, so yes, I guess you could say there were no showers.

There was also no hot water on site, so washing up is done by boiling your own, same for hand washing after the frankly smelly loos. We have been on many camping trips with compost loos and found them to be fine, as long as they are maintained. These weren't. They smelt really, really bad, and had no loo roll provided, and often no saw dust to throw in either.

All of this is ok, call it as close to wild camping as you can get, and take it as you find it, but I have never been on a site with so many rules attached: No arrivals after 6. 30/Don't waste water/no bins - take your own rubbish/All visitors (even just people helping you to pitch etc) have to pay/fire pits cost a tenner for the weekend (never had to pay for a fire pit before - usually they are just left for people to pick up and use) and the general feeling is that though it is sold as an eco-friendly, tree-hugging kind of place, it is actually a very, very strictly managed regime.

Another difficulty was the rule about no cars on the pitching field, even for loading and unloading, so you have to cart your stuff manually to where you are going to camp. They claim to provide wheelbarrows to help you do this, but there were only two, so not much use to anyone really, and it made for an exhausting start and finish to the camping weekend. All in all, with a little more thought to the visitors they presumably want to attract, this could be fabulous. The spot is beautiful, the pitches relatively flat, and lots of lovely places and pubs to visit nearby, but it is the first time ever I have been camping and was quite happy to be going home. 


Date of Visit: July 2012 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Ink1974 5 reviews from this member

 I am almost reluctant to leave a review for this campsite in case it gets harder to rebook in the future!

We've just returned from a weekend stay at this campsite, our first visit. We prefer simpler campsites and only visit places where they allow campfires. Having heard about Abbey Home Farm, we booked their Magical Glade, and it really was magical.

Due to confusion (probably on my part) we got there early but they were very accommodating - and while we waited we enjoyed the fabulous farm shop and cafe (all organic, local, delicious). We were then shown to our glade by the very friendly owner, and we were left to our own devices.

You can't park your car next to your tent here but a wheel barrow is provided for the short journey to the glade. There is a compost loo and a water stand pipe, not next to each other, and a fire pit, and that's about it (you can use the Eco showers on site but we didn't during our short stay - the woods provide enough privacy for a wash up).

What was amazing for us was that we didn't just get the glade to ourselves but pretty much the whole wood, about an acre(?), fenced in so that we felt relaxed about our kids (age 4 thru 8) off exploring without supervision.

This is very much back to basics camping but in a very special spot. The area, if you feel the need to leave the wood, is a great place to visit - we went to the local National Trust roman villa and for a walk to a great little pub in Chedworth. But the main attraction was the sense of isolation, the privacy, the magic of being around the campfire in the woods, and the fantastic on site shop.

The only significant drawback of this site for us was the constant background road noise - would've thought Cirencester had so much traffic? Not so noticeable against the crackle of the campfire but not quite what you'd expect in an otherwise totally isolated spot. It's the only reason I didn't give the site 10 out of 10, and I feel mean coz it's not their fault.

The other smaller drawback - and it's hardly worth mentioning unless these things are important to you - is that being in a wood there isn't space for football / cricket / frisbee and there is no view, but when you have a stone circle, the ponds, the wedding hut and other areas to explore, who needs frisbee?

If you want to feel like you really are getting away from it all, don't have a problem with compost loos, and can ignore a bit of traffic noise, then I can't recommend this place highly enough. We will be going back, no doubt about it. 


Date of Visit: June 2012 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Smif247 1 review from this member

 I can't believe this is the first review of this beautiful place. We (being myself. My partner and two children 10 &14 ) decided to look on UKCampsite.co.uk for a reasonably priced greenfield site.

We arrived and were surprised to find a fantastic organic supermarket style farm shop and cafe. Hidden away in the woods we booked in without a reservation and it was painless and fast. We were given our map of the site and informed of the rules ie. no noise after ten thirty. We arrived at the field we needed as we wanted the car close by, and unloaded on to a flat well kept field and the only tent peg we bent was one I tripped over.

The whole site is extremely well cared for and is a leave no trace site.

There are some beautiful sights around the farm itself and lots of walks too. The nearby town of Cirencester is a must with some real history dating back as far as the first century, we spent a rainy day in the museum 13. For a family ticket 2 adults and two children,

Nearby are plenty of fast food outlets we went for marks Chinese very good food.

There is a service station nearby for those last minute things that get forgotten too.

For those that like to camp on fields without cars they have a car free field with beautiful views over the valley.

Oh and we hired a brazier to cook on too, and used the big open barn when it was raining.

Toilet facilities reminded me of I'm a celeb tv jungle dunnies but were practical.

All in all for a back to basics leave no trace greenfield sight 10/10. 



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