Chigborough Farm

UK England East Anglia Essex Maldon

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Games room
  • Short walk to pub
  • Walking
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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2 loos and 3 wet-room-style toilet and shower cubicles. Coin-operated washing machine. Fridge. Communal covered dining area with electric sockets, kettle, washing up sink and brick pizza oven. Log cabin fishery lodge (shared with fishermen) with a kitchen and undercover seating area with a bbq. Games room with pool, table tennis and darts. Outdoor play area and climbing frame. Boats and pedalos to hire with life jackets and fishing available. There's also a restaurant, a deli, a smokehouse, a pottery and a room used for yoga and therapies, which are all open to the general public. Paddleboarding and fly fishing tuition can also be arranged.

Suitable For

Tents, campervans, caravans, glampers, kids, dogs – yes.


The farm itself is a treasure trove. Along with the food and drink options, there's the Terajola Furniture & Gifts Shop (01621852048), fly fishing for trout, carp fishing in the main coarse lakes (07702244440) and a Pottery and Painting Studio (01621852048). There's also a converted space called The Lotus Room, where you can try pilates, yoga and complimentary therapies (07812213042). There's easy access on foot or bike to the sea wall by the beautiful Blackwater Estuary. Elsewhere, it's a 10-minute drive to the supermarkets and pubs at Maldon, where Maldon Promenade Park has a 'splash park' (watery fun for kids in summer) and crazy golf, rollerskating, bowling and soft play. Colchester Zoo is 25 minutes away. Tiptree Jam Factory (01621 815407) and Museum is about 15 minutes away. Pedallo’s, rowing boats and kayaks can be used on site on Home Water Lake from 1st July to 31st August. Either hire from us or bring your own. 

Food & Drink

Michelin-recommended Rubino's Restaurant (01621 855579) is located on the farm and there is also the excellent. Chigborough Barns Tearoom serving Breakfast, Lunch, Cakes and Drinks (07563 252902) Delicatessen selling on site smokehouse Lambton and Jackson smoked salmon and cheese and other local goodies. Down the lane and along the sea wall to Heybridge Basin where there’s a choice of two pubs and The Lock Tearooms. 

Opening Times

Easter–End of September.

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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, Chigborough Barns Tearoom, pottery painting studio, Farm Shop, 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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Regular camping, plus 3 bell tents, a safari tent and floating cabin.

Kingfisher Bell Tent

Bell tent Sleeps 16 18 Available
A coral red canvas 5m bell tent, furnished with wooden double bed, scatter cushions, carpets, bean bags, blanket box, solar fairy lights and bunting. We also provide outdoor folding chairs and blankets.

C1 Camping & Caravan Club - Electric

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 16 Available
A grass pitch with electrical hookup situated on our 2 acre field with plenty of space and activities to take part in. On site we have toilets, showers, games room, communal dining area with brick pizza oven and a log cabin style fishing lodge over looking the lake. Create a unique gift in our pottery barn in painted fired ceramic or decopatch.

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Contact Chigborough Farm, Chigborough Farm, Chigbourgh Road, Heybridge, Maldon, Essex CM9 4RE

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Getting There

From the A12 from London exit at Hatfield Peverel. Follow signs to Maldon, then Goldhanger and Tolleshunt D’Arcy on the B1026. Chigborough Road is a small left hand turn as you leave Heybridge after Heybridge Basin (if you get to the Mill Beach pub on your right you've gone too far). Go down Chigborough Road and take the first gateway on the left, signposted campsite only, or, alternately, continue along Chigborough Road a little further and you will see the main courtyard of Chigborough Farm on your left hand side. Take the train to either Witham or Hatfield Peverel stations and get a taxi to the campsite (the taxi costs around £10).


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Rated ★★★★★ over 17 reviews


Lovely site

We stayed on the Willow Site (non members) which was nice. Spacious pitches and everything you need close by. The lake really is beautiful and you can hire rowboats which we enjoyed. You can buy some very tasty smoked salmon from the deli on the farm, and there are some nice pubs fairly close by. It's a nice walk along the seawall to get to the Jolly Sailor. The owners were very helpful. Overall we loved it and had a great time at Chigborough Farm.

Lovely weekend away

Had a great time at Chigborough Farms. The eating area with the pizza oven was really charming, and the games room was great for an evening round of pool. The corn maze was another nice touch and the hosts were very friendly. Makes for a perfect weekend getaway from London.

Lovely campsite

Stayed at the willow campsite lovely campsite good facilities. Great for fishing walks and getting back to nature. The hosts were so helpful couldn’t be more friendly and helpful.
Aug 26, 2019 by Julie

Basic campsite

The site has great potential, it’s a lovely location, but there are some real negatives I’m afraid. The lavatory facilities are woeful. There are three unisex loos for the whole site. They double up as wet room showers and are accessed from doors in the games room. This means that there are people playing ping pong on the other side of the partition! Ping balls rolled under the door while I was using the loo. There were often queues for the loos, particularly in the mornings when they were being used for showering. The washing up facilities are horrible. There is an old chipped, stained Belfast sink and no drying rack. The site needs closer supervision. We didn’t see anyone from the management, at all. There was no information available about local attractions, walks etc and no reception area. The rubbish bins were not emptied while we were there, so rubbish was piled up and began to smell. The rubbish bins were located right next to the fresh water tap so collecting drinking water was not a pleasant experience. The management of this site needs to get busy, there is a lot of work to do. This was not shabby chic, it was mucky.
Aug 18, 2019 by Louise

Peaceful setting, great facilities

Stayed in the non club camping on willow farm, you have so much space per pitch, it doesn't feel boxed in. Beautiful walks all over the site. The facilities were great, showers really good, some of the best ones I've used whilst camping.
Aug 10, 2019 by Amy Verified Review

Lots to do and peaceful

We spent 2 nights on the campsite. Pitches are a generous size and the setting is beautiful. Lots of facilities on site without it being overcrowded or too noisy. Very relaxing and an enjoyable weekend. We walked along the path to the Jolly Sailor pub in Heybridge for some food which was great. The showers / toilets are within the wet room and this meant the bathroom floor was often wet and muddy. More squeegees would be helpful or a mop for people to use to keep it more clean and dry. Other than that it was a great site and would use again.
Jul 22, 2019 by Blue bus campers

Fantastic experience

Weve pitched a tent quite a few times now at Chigborough Fisheries & absolutely loved it! Everytime we’ve been the campsites are very spacious even with a lot of people & whenever we needed something the workers on site were absolutely lovely. It’s such a wonderful place for kids as there’s, trails, a corn maze, fishing, and beautiful lakes around! Definitely will be coming back again and again!

Lovely rural location with good facilities

We loved the fire pits, the lake with its ducks, geese and dragonflies, the maze, the cafe nearby, and the friendly owners.

Lovely lakes, rowing boat great place

Nice camping trip will definitely come again
Jun 30, 2019 by Mark

Blissful visit at this quiet, pretty campsite

We spent an impromptu night at Chigborough in our campervan and wished we could stay longer. It was a secluded flat field with only a couple of other tents in and a real sun trap. We enjoyed the fire bowl and an epic dinner at the Rubino Kitchen just minutes walk away. Will definitely be heading back there to spend more time chilling by the fishing lakes and maybe to sample one of the very luxurious looking bell tents or the floating hut on site. Can’t recommend highly enough!
Jun 11, 2019 by Astrid

Lovely stay, toilets & showers were clean

Stayed for 2 nights, only one other tent in the field so plenty of choice of where to pitch the tent. Friendly owners and horses woke you in the morning 🙂. Idyllic location very peaceful.

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 Verified Review

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 Verified Review

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 Verified Review

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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