Hilltop Hideaways

Hilltop Farm, Fosseway, Hunningham, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire CV33 9EL
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The views, the food and the country escape feel of it all.

Gently rolling Warwickshire doesn’t strike you as the hilliest of counties as you journey through. The open plains of yellow flowering fields and shimmering, green meadows stretch on endlessly, only broken by flanks of trees along their edges. Yet the precision engineering of the Grand Union Canal, traversing the county, marks out the rises and fall of the landscape’s every inch, its locks acting as a meter by meter way marker for every slope the water meets. In the village of Long Itchington alone 10 locks climb in sharp succession, leading boats up to one of the highest points on the whole canal. It’s just a couple of miles from here that the picture perfect pastoral scene of Hilltop Hideaways is found.

Aptly named, Hilltop Hideaways really does sit on a high, open crest, overlooking swathes of agricultural landscape. The views are outstanding and the sense of escape is palpable. Yet the juxtaposition of an open hilltop and being ‘hidden’ is equally fitting. The tall hedges that line the back edge of the site and the quarter-mile farm driveway that leads you away from the road, give you a sense of being cut off, while the open views to which the accommodation faces make you feel as if you’re looking out across the county, with no one there to look back at you.

This is all, of course, with the exception of the Hilltop Farm farm shop, a long standing business that brings a hum of local customers eager to sample the finest Warwickshire produce. Edging the meadow where the bell tent and camping cabins lay, the farm shop has a playground and café with outdoor seating and acts as a hub for the site and a reminder of the world beyond the greens and browns of the countryside surroundings.

The camping itself leaves a few options for guests to ponder. There are bell tents and wooden cabins, each with comfortable double beds and all the bed linen provided. Families are also welcome, with extra camp beds added to the spacious pads. These cosy abodes also feature lighting (the cabins have electricity and the bell tents with vintage looking lanterns) and deck chairs which all adds to that classic camping feel. Normal tents are also welcoming in the grassy meadow, with no electrical hook-ups and an easygoing, pitch-where-you-like attitude.

When you do fancy escaping back out into the real world, Royal Leamington Spa is just a few minutes in the car, a regal looking spot but with a surprisingly young and modern atmosphere, particularly during the term time of nearby Warwick University. Historic Warwick is just a couple of miles further, while Shakespeare’s Stratford-Upon-Avon is also close at hand and worth dedicating a day to for the full scope of it’s treasures. On a nice day there’s a tourist buzz about the town and a wealth of Bard-related attractions. And when you’ve had your fill of the crowds, it makes escaping back to your Hilltop Hideaway all the more perfect!

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★★★★★

A great break

We (two adults and two 4 year olds) stayed at Hilltop at the beginning of September in one of the cabins. It was just as the weather had turned so a really cold week, however the cabin was really very warm and comfy. The location for local attractions was great and the food (& beer) at the Hilltop Farm Shop / Cafe was very good - I'd highly recommend the breakfasts. We hired the barbecue for a few nights having bought some very fine meat at the farm shop and went to the local pub for food one evening. There's also loads of space for the kids to explore. All in all a great stay.

We'd definitely recommend it and would love to go back in warmer weather!

★★★★★

Simply lovely

We spent a really lovely night at this brand new glamping venue. The cafe and farm shop at Hilltop have long been a favourite of ours and the Ellis family are always so warm and welcoming. 

With large picnic benches on the pitch and full sized BBQ's to hire, we were able to buy some fabulous local produce from the farm shop to enjoy in the evening and the children's play area was close enough that our kids could play and still be seen by us at the  tent. The site it's self is very well set up but retains a very romantic charm with winding paths mown out of the long meadow grass, lovely twinkly lights to mark the way and as all the pods and tents face West - you get the full force of sunset to round off your day. 

We stayed in a spacious bell tent and found it very comfortable. The double bed was soft and warm and given that my children slept much later than usual, I'd say that their camp beds were pretty good too! I was pleased to find lovely fluffy towels, hot showers and clean toilets and the facities were close enough so that it wasn't a treck in the night but still tucked away out of sight.

We had a delicious and very generous breakfast on the cafe patio in the morning with lovely coffee and juices. 

I will definitely be coming back to Hilltop Farm!

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