Tipi

UK England East Anglia Cambridgeshire Cambridge The Orchard at Fen End Farm

  • Sleeps 4 (max 4 adults, 3 children)
  • Beds Provided

  • Bed Linen Not Included
Our 16 foot diameter Native American style tipi is perfect for those with a sense of adventure, but who want to be comfortable too. Check in time is between 4-6pm unless agreed with us in advance, latest arrival time is 9pm to avoid disturbing our other guests. Check out time is 12 Midday unless agreed with us in advance. Please note we have a 'quiet after 9pm' policy so everyone can enjoy the peace and quiet, Thank you.

The Owner Says

The tipi will sleep up to 4 adults, but is ideal for 2 adults and up to 3 children.
NB: The door of the tipi is quite low and narrow – access requires stooping.

We provide one proper double bed, plus folding foam floor-mattresses, small wood-burner with fireguard for heating inside the tipi, your own fire pit outside, and access to shared facilities. The tipi has a rain cap.

Bedding is not provided except for a sheet on the bed – please bring your own pillows, duvets or sleeping bags.

Campfires

We encourage campfires! Each accommodation and pitch has its own outdoor fire pit, and there is also a larger communal fire pit. You can buy firewood on the farm, and you are also welcome to bring your own logs (no treated wood please).

Kitchen

The Apple Hut is our communal facilities building, and houses a small kitchen area with sink for washing up,  a fridge, utensils, crockery and cutlery.

Bathroom

Next to the Apple Hut is the Shower Shack, which has a compost toilet, wash basin and shower with hot and cold running water.

Energy

Electricity is not available in our accommodation, but is in the Apple Hut. All our energy is generated by renewable systems. We have a 6kw wind turbine and a 40mw solar PV array on site, and we are also grid-connected via Good Energy. Please note that we do not offer electric hook-ups.

The wider farm

You are welcome to explore the rest of the farm, which is 117 acres. We have some fantastic bird life, including barn owls and skylarks. There are always fields left fallow, which you can run around in, play football or frisbee. We also have a young woodland which you can explore.

Local area

We think that once you are on the farm, you will not want to leave! But should you wish to explore, there is plenty to do. We are just a few miles from Cambridge, with very good cycle paths linking the village to the city. Ely is also very close with a fantastic cathedral. Cottenham and the surrounding villages have several good pubs and restaurants. National Trust properties Wicken Fen, Anglesey Abbey and Wimpole Farm are all within half an hour’s drive.

Minimum 2 night stay

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About The Orchard at Fen End Farm

Suitable For

Glampers, tent campers
Dogs – no, except assistance dogs, please let us know if you would like to bring your assistance dog
Sorry we can no longer accommodate campervans 
Groups of up to 12 people (max 6 adults within the group) may book online. Larger groups should enquire directly.

Nearby

The hallowed halls of historic Cambridge lie just nine miles away. Take a punt down the River Cam or spend a lazy afternoon at the idyllic orchard at Grantchester (01223 845 788). A little further north, Wicken Fen (01353 720274) is one of the UK's most bio-diverse nature reserves. If you've not had your fill of antiquated architecture, the National Trust property of Anglesey Abbey (01223 810080). Not for the nothing are The Fens known as 'The Holy Land of the English'. This comparatively small region features a cluster of consecrated sites, the most impressive of which is undoubtedly nearby Ely Cathedral (01353 667735). 

Food & Drink

Stock up on the farm's very own organic eggs and apple juice. Cottenham village (just 2 miles away) has a butchers (01954 250341) and greengrocer (01954 250351) as well as small supermarket, and an Indian restaurant (01954 250257). Pubwise, The Chequers (01954 488201) is worth a shout on one of their regular wood-fired pizza nights.
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Rated ★★★★★ over 9 reviews

★★★★★

A place away from the world

Well, this is now my favourite camp site in England. We took out own tent, although their tipis and yurts also looked amazing, and in our little pitch between the apple trees we were in a world of our own beneath the stars. Magical. Each pitch is really it's own little world, totally private and secluded and when it's get dark you are all alone with just your tent and your fire. The eco-credentials of the farm appear imprecable. The sausages and burgers were tasty and the apple juice was fantastic. The composting toilets are clean and practical as is the kitchen space and washing up areas. Not parking next to your tent is part of what helps create the atmosphere, but the trollies provided make moving your gear easy, even if you over pack like us. The village of Cottenham is just minutes away though and has all the shops you need and a decent chippie, so civilisation is never that far away. All in all this is pretty much the perfect pitch.
Sep 18, 2021 by Martin Porter
★★★★★

An ideal secluded family friendly campsite to get back to nature with the added bonus of the sites amenities.

Just got home from a 2 night stay at Fen Edge Farm and found it outstanding, even my non-camping partner loved it. This is a family friendly site with wonderful facilities to help enhance your camping experience.  We chose to camp but the site offers a variety of glamping options, each pitch has it's own fire pit and you can purchase wood for this onsite at a very reasonable cost. There is one very nice shower shack with compost toilet and sink, 2 seperate compost toilets and a hay bale urinal, a communal kitchen where you can find everything you need from pots and pans to utensils and cutlery, there is also some very tasty homemade apple juice and ice lollies you can purchase from the kitchen. The farm offers some beautiful walking opportunities but beware it hosts it's own private runway so very occasionally the field gets fenced off for safety reasons but this is certainly not a problem, it was wonderful watching the aircraft taking off. The owners are helpful and friendly and so are the free roaming chickens who liked to come and say hello. A truly wonderful first camping experience for my son, we will gladly return.
Aug 25, 2019 by Kirsty Speed
★★★★★

An enchanted and magical place

The Orchard at Fen End Farm is a truly magical place to stay, whether in your own tent or one of the permanent fixtures. We arrived and were greeted by Amy who showed us around and led us through the heavily laden apple trees to our 'pitch' complete with fire pit dug out of the ground ready for our camp fire later. We enjoyed wheeling our camping equipment from the car by wheelbarrow and then set up our little home for the few days with a delicious glass of chilled apple juice from the farm which is on sale in the 'Apple Hut', a well equipped kitchen/dining space with plenty of equipment, crockery, cutlery to borrow and two fridges, kettle and toaster to use. The facilities here are second to none and the 'bathroom' is superb with shower, sink and compost toilet, they also supply travel bottles of shower gel, shampoo & conditioner as you must only use biodegradable products here. The farm is completely organic and all the fixtures and fittings are recycled or reused which is brilliant. We loved the peaceful and pretty orchard and had to force ourselves to leave each day to go exploring nearby Cambridge and Ely! Coming back each evening was a delight though and we cannot recommend The Orchard highly enough if you want a little bit of heaven thanks to the lovely family who own the farm and their free range chickens as your friendly neighbours!
Aug 21, 2018 by helsbels
★★★★★

A wonderful camping weekend among the apple blossom - Fen End Farm

We stayed at Fen End Farm for a birthday celebration with family and friends. The site is well laid out and accommodated our campervans and tents. The less adventurous campers stayed in the farm’s tipi. Each pitch has its own fire pit dug out and there was a larger fire pit for us to use as a group. The pitches are well spaced and would ensure some privacy if you were camping alone.

The toilets and showers were clean and well maintained. The owners are environmentally conscious and asked that only biodegradable shampoos and soaps were used; they had some available for sale. The owners were very attentive to checking the composing toilet – we stayed as a large group and the cleanliness could not have been better.

Our parents stayed in the tipi, had a great night’s sleep and were very comfortable. They loved it, despite never wanting to come camping with us before. They were tickled to be glamping and are up for doing so again! Having the wood hut and log burner meant that our hot water bottles were easily filled up before the chilly night. The hut was a great place to sit, eat, play and just hang out. It is a real bonus to have on the site – particularly if you are unsure whether you’ll be warm enough and it allows you the option to eat around a dinner table if the weather doesn’t look great.

The farm itself is beautiful and a great place to walk around. Friends enjoyed the farm's produce. The grass airfield provided entertainment when planes were heading out or returning. It is a short walk to the village and we went to the small supermarket, pubs and restaurants over the weekend.

This review is unacceptably overdue. We stayed at Fen End Farm in May 2015 and cannot recommend it highly enough! Thank you for having us.

May 5, 2016 by PennyVW
★★★★★

Tranquil Site - loved it

I booked a couple of nights in the yurt with some friends.   A very tranquil and beautiful setting.  The kitchen and shower facilities were excellent.  The owners were very friendly and helpful.   We had a really nice time.  Thank you Amy

Apr 3, 2016 by ruth
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Location

The Orchard at Fen End Farm is located at Oxholme Drove, Cottenham, Cambridgeshire CB24 8UP

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Getting There

From M11 travelling north, join A14(E) at junction 14. At junction 32 take the B1049 to Cottenham (1st exit of roundabout). In the village, take the 2nd exit of the mini roundabout onto the High St. Follow High St all the way past All Saints church and take the next left onto Smithy Fen. Continue straight on onto Oxholme Drove, Fen End Farm is at the very end of the road. Please drive slowly into the yard as there are free range hens and children on site!

Nearest train station or bus links. Nearest train station is Waterbeach. Citi8 bus from Cambridge Bus Station stops in the village.