Grass Pitch (4 at The Orchard at Fen End Farm)
The Owner Says
We provide your own fire pit for campfires, composting toilets (4), hot and cold running water, showers and shared kitchenette with electricity, fridges and sinks. Electrical hook-up not available. Pitches can accommodate up to two 2-man tents. Larger tents will need a pitch each. Please note we request noise is kept to fireside chit chat after 9pm so everyone can enjoy a peaceful evening.
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).
The Apple Hut is our communal facilities building, and houses a small kitchen area with two sinks for washing up, three fridges, utensils, crockery and cutlery, a dining table and chairs and a wood burning stove. Washing up liquid, sanitiser, hand soap, surface cleaner, cloths and tea towels are provided.
Next to the Apple Hut are the two 'Shower Shacks', which have a luxury compost loo, wash basin and shower with hot and cold running water. There are two further luxury compost toilets. Shampoo, shower gel, conditioner, sanitiser, hand soap and hand towels are provided. Please bring your own towels for showering.
Electricity is not available in the yurt, tipi, bell tent or wagon, 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.
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, buzzards 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, pick up a track pack and bug hunting kit in the Apple hut and head out to see what you can find. We have seen deer, badgers, hares and foxes, lots of birds, caterpillars, dragonflies, bats and lots of other critters.
There's so much to see and do in the local area. 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 its beautiful 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
About The Orchard at Fen End Farm
Suitable ForGlampers, tent campers
NearbyThe 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 & DrinkStock 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
An ideal secluded family friendly campsite to get back to nature with the added bonus of the sites amenities.
An enchanted and magical place
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.
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
The Orchard at Fen End Farm is located at Oxholme Drove, Cottenham, Cambridgeshire CB24 8UP
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.