Chigborough Farm

UK England East Anglia Essex

Boating, biking and bell tent glamping on a farm near the Blackwater Estuary, where good food and walkable pubs are also on the menu.

A few hundred metres from the sailing-boat-dotted salt waters of the Blackwater Estuary in Essex there’s a farm that can do no wrong. It’s home to some of the best fly-fishing in England, has a Michelin-recommended restaurant and an award-winning fine salmon smokehouse – plus a tea room and deli in an old barn space that will charm your socks off. The latest addition to this prime waterside spot? A camping and glamping site, of course.

Set among Chigborough Farm’s 130 acres, the campsite is actually divided into a collection of different areas. There’s a small tent and caravan meadow, a trio of beautiful pre-pitched bell tents and an individual safari tent in a clearing, reached (with a wheelbarrow full of your belongings) on foot. Separately, there’s also a floating cabin, out on one of the farm’s many sparkling lakes (accessed by row boat) and, for all guests, the likes of a games room, a playground and a dining and kitchen space to use.

Nudging the camping meadow, the pre-pitched bell tents have access to all the same facilities – including modern, wet-room-style showers – and are furnished inside with a proper double bed, soft furnishing and all the bedding and towels you need. In summer you can roll straight from your mattress, peel back the creamy canvas of the tent and step out onto the farm, sheltered by hedges on three sites, with views of open farmland and The Essex Wildlife Trust Reserve to the north.

It’s an easy wander to the seaside – part river, part coast really, but very much with a nautical feel – where maritime images adorn the local pub, 400 metres down the road. Walk along the sea wall to find other watering holes or drive the five minutes to the likes of Heybridge and the old market town of Maldon just beyond. Not that you need travel far for fun. By day, pedalos and boats can be hired for tom-foolery on the farm’s lakes and bikes are also available for off-site exploring. Then there’s the deli, the gift shop and that award-winning fishing to try. Why leave to visit anywhere else?

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The Owner Says

Just under an hour from London, but feeling like a million miles away, Chigborough Farm is a tranquil and picturesque rural oasis on the North of the River Blackwater estuary near Maldon in Essex. The camping and glamping area is nestled in amongst 130 acres of arable land and fishing lakes, there are permissive footpaths throughout. It is just a short walk from the sea wall and the local coastal village of Heybridge Basin where there are pubs and a Wilkins and Sons tearoom. On site we have toilets, showers, games room, communal dining area with brick pizza oven, log cabin style fishing lodge over looking the lake, Rubino's restaurant, The barn at Chigborough Smoke house shop and deli, pottery painting studio, Terajola furniture and gift shop, yoga and pilates and complimentary therapies. The bell tents are fully furnished and bedding and towels are fully provided. 

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Perfect campsite

We have just spent Easter weekend at the campsite and it was everything we could have wanted & more! Lovely location with lakes to walk or cycle around. Plenty of space without a sensible number of pitches so you are not squeezed in. Good showers, lovely outdoor kitchen area, games from. The restaurant is amazing! We will definitely be back. Highly recommended.
Apr 23, 2019 by Adam

Chilled out, beautiful experience

Lovely relaxed campsite surrounded by beautiful lakes and more daisies than I've ever seen! Would definitely go back
Apr 23, 2019 by Vicky

All of it

I went camping here at the weekend the owner’s have put a lot of thought into this place and I would definitely go back the only thing that recked the weekend was the weather constant rain for two day’s but the owner still went the extra mile well done owner’s
Sep 24, 2018 by Tina

Relaxing holiday in a peaceful setting

We stayed in the kingfisher tent which was very comfortable and close to the amenities. Sam and her family were friendly, helpful and accommodating. The communal tent that was pitched in the field was really useful for cooking and under cover dining. The games room was well equipped, toilets clean, fab pizza oven , lovely grounds. Overall a great time away with the family. Thank you Sam and family!
Aug 25, 2018 by Natalie

Great experience

We stayed here for two nights at Kingfisher and the weather was very warm the tent is warm and comfortable and toilets and showers are clean there is also a great games room where you can play table tennis
Aug 17, 2018 by Hana Smid

Camping in style - Tranquil Essex oasis

We booked the Oystercatcher and Pheasant bell tents for two nights. The tents were really spacious and the beds were very comfortable. Facilities were great. It was great arriving and not having to pitch our tents as the camp was already set up. We loved the fact there were no cars on the glamping site and we ferried our belongings from the car park to the tents in a wheelbarrow. The owner was also extremely helpful in carrying our kit on her motorised buggy. Leaving us with lots of information on where to go and what to do. We loved the little touches on the site; the solar lamps, complimentary wood basket and fire pits and what to do and where to go. We had the field to ourselves (two families with young children) the first night. It was very peaceful and exclusive! We had a very relaxing and enjoyable weekend. I'm a converted glamper! We will definitely be back.
Jul 23, 2018 by LuginaMc

Response from Chigborough Farm

Thank you for your kind comments. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay at Chigborough and hope to see you again soon.

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