Cuckoo Farm Campsite

UK England East Midlands Rutland

  • Distance markers in shared facilities
  • Contactless check in
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
Family camping with campfires on an organic farm, set alongside the beautiful River Chater

There’s no better name for this small organic farm, set alongside the River Chater and a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The local birdlife, further encouraged by nearby Rutland Water Nature Reserve, sings a terrific morning alarm clock. Kingfishers can sometimes be seen in the lower branches of an ash tree that overhangs the river and cuckoos arrive here to officially welcome spring. It’s as if their call is the signal to open the campsite, which promptly welcomes campers from the middle of April each year. Cuck-ooo, Cuck-ooo, they call. The camping season has arrived.

Set in an open, very slightly sloping meadow, Cuckoo Farm Campsite has space for around 50 camping pitches, with a laid back, pitch-where-you-like attitude (though 20 specific spots are provided with electrical hook-ups). Campfires are permitted in the firepits provided and farm-owners Roland and Rebecca are thoroughly encouraging of campfire cooking, with grills, tripods and metal kettles you can use. The real treat is the on-site farm shop, where you can buy their fresh organic produce. Paired with bread and other goods from the farmers market in Stamford, a 10-minute drive away, it’s as wholesome as you could wish for.

For six months of the year the grassland of the campsite is grazed by the farm’s gorgeous black nosed Valais sheep, who move into the neighbouring meadows come camping season. Before being shorn, they look like a cross between sheep, shaggy Highland cows and giant teddy bears. Campers are welcome to book tours of the farm, which may involve the chance to feed lambs in spring and to collect fresh eggs from the chickens for your breakfast. There are pigs and turkeys too and Rebecca and Roland give some great insight in to organic farming.

For families, the seclusion of the farm is particularly special. It’s over half a mile back to the main road, while the river, which curls its way directly past the campsite, is shallow enough for sploshing, splashing and building dams with sticks and rocks. Rutland Water, meanwhile, is a seven-minute drive away, with a sailing school, fishing lodge and boat hire. You can also rent bikes next to the car park to cycle the family-friendly, 23-mile route around the entire reservoir – great to do with a picnic. When the sun’s out, the place is the very picture of summer.

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Details

Facilities

20 electrical hook-ups, 7 showers, 7 toilets and a brand new disable toilet and shower room. Washing-up sinks and a communal freezer for ice-pack freezing. Onsite farm shop. Firepits to rent, along with a range of campfire cooking equipment including kettles, pans, grills and tripods. This is a small organic farm and is home to sheep, pigs, turkeys, chickens and a small heard of fallow deer. Farm walks and tours available, so you can meet the animals, including the resident Black Nosed Valais sheep (the cutest sheep in the world!). Collect your own eggs. River Chater runs alongside the campsite.

Suitable For

Tents, campervans, large groups (contact in advance for separate field), dogs – yes. Caravans and large motorhomes – no.

Nearby

It’s 4 miles to Rutland Water Reservoir and Nature Reserve, a great place to enjoy the outdoors, whether it’s cycling the 23-mile circumference of the reservoir – nipping in and out of the woods as you go on tarmacked, car-free trails – or on foot. Cycle hire is available there if you haven’t brought your own. It’s a scenic spot to go for a picnic and you can also get out on the water sailing or in canoes. Bring binoculars to see the birds and, if you’re a real twitcher, pop into the Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre (01572 770651) and Rutland Water Visitors Centre (01780 686800) for more info. It’s 6¾ miles to Burghley House (01780 752451), a Tudor stately home and gardens, including sculpture gardens and the gardens of surprises (take a change of clothes and shoes as the kids will get wet). Guided tours of the house are available, complete with costumed guides to uncover the house's history and the people who have lived there. It’s also 15 miles to Grimsthorpe Castle Park and Gardens (01778 591205), 9 miles to Oakham Castle (01572 757578), 10 miles to Rockingham Castle and 9 miles to Barnsdale Gardens (01572 813200). The local market towns of Oakham, Uppingham and Stamford all vie for your attention with history, independent shops and good eateries in abundance. The latter has an excellent farmers market on Fridays and is also home to the excellent Stamford Arts Centre (01780 763203) – a good option for rainy days.

Food & Drink

A range a farm produce is available on site including organic eggs, chicken, lamb, venison, pork, sausages and burgers. As well as firepits you can hire a range of campfire cooking equipment so you can enjoy the full campfire cook out experience (equipment is limited, so book in advance). For something elsewhere, you can cycle (10 minutes) or walk (20–25 minutes) across public footpaths and quite country roads to the pretty Rutland village of Ketton for a drink at The Railway Inn (01780 721050), which is the last purely wet pub in Rutland. Or try a bite to eat at The Northwick Arms (01780 720238). It's also a short drive to the beautiful Georgian market town of Stamford, which has broad range of place to eat and drink.

Opening Times

April–September.

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The Owner Says

  • Family-run grassland site on a working organic farm
  • Within 10 minutes of Rutland Water Nature Reserve and activity centre
  • Farm shop selling organic meat; a five-minute drive from pub and shop
Roland and Rebecca, proprietors of this little Rutland gem, run an organic farm next door with pigs, turkeys, chickens, a small herd of fallow deer and a flock of Black Nosed Valais sheep (the worlds cutest sheep): visitors are invited to book tours and walks around the farm to greet and meet the animals and collect fresh eggs. The farm’s own produce including organic pork and lamb is on sale in the on-site shop – and with barbecues and campfires fully permitted, there’s no excuse for not having an outdoor feast.

Pitches

50 grass pitches (20 with electrical hook-ups).

4 birth onsite campervan with electric hookup

Pre-pitched tent Sleeps 4
Fully Kitted out 4 birth LWB VW transporter.

Electric Grass Pitch

Grass pitch with electricity Sleeps 5 18 Available
Grass Pitch with access to Electric Hook Up, set in an open, very slightly sloping meadow. We have space for around 50 camping pitches, with a laid back, pitch-where-you -like attitude.

Grass Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 5 30 Available
The grass pitch area is set in an open, very slightly sloping meadow, we have space for around 50 camping pitches, with a laid back, pitch-where-you-like attitude. Campfires are permitted in the firepits provided and farm-owners Roland and Rebecca and thoroughly encouraging of campfire cooking, with grills, tripods and metal kettles you can use

May Fly Lotus Belle Tent

Bell tent Sleeps 4 2 Available
Why not enjoy a little extra luxury and comfort in our new Lotus Belle Tent. The Tent is full height and fully furnished including a woodburning stove and located next to the stream in its own area with a picnic bench and firepit.

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Location

Contact Cuckoo Farm Campsite, Cuckoo Farm Campsite, Stamford Rd, Ketton, Rutland PE93UU

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Getting There

From the South on the A1: Take the A47 exit towards Leicester. At the roundabout, take the third exit right onto the A47 towards Leicester. At the next roundabout (5½ miles), take the second exit and stay on A47. Take the first right (1 mile) on to Barrowden Road – signposted ‘Tixover House & Grange’. After 1½ miles you will see a signpost for Cuckoo Campsite. Turn Left on to un-adopted Road and, after ¼ mile take the track on the right down to the farm and follow signs to the campsite ground.

From the North on the A1: Take the A6121 exit signposted ‘Stamford’. At the top of the road turn right Signposted Ketton, Tinwell A6121. After 2¾ miles turn Left on to Church Road, following sign towards Collyweston and Wansford (just before red the telephone box on the right). Continue over the river and follow the road round to the right. Take the first right immediately after the railway crossing on to Barrowden Road. After 1 mile you will see a signpost for Cuckoo Campsite.

From the West on the A47: After passing through the village of Morcott stay on the A47 and drive for 3½ miles. Turn Left on to Barrowden Road – signposted ‘Tixover House & Grange’. After 1½ miles you will see a signpost for Cuckoo Campsite.

From the A43: At the roundabout with the A47, take the exit signposted ‘Leicester A47’. Take the first right (1 miles) on to Barrowden Road – signposted ‘Tixover House & Grange’. After 1½ miles you will see a signpost for Cuckoo Campsite.

Stamford (4¾ miles) is the nearest train station with services running to Birmingham, Stansted, Cambridge and Peterborough.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 77 reviews

★★★★★

Peaceful, beautiful Cuckoo Farm

This was my first camping trip in quite a long time. I didn’t know what to expect. But cuckoo farm didn’t disappoint! Clean shower blocks. Very friendly staff. A handy little shop with the essentials. And some inretesting animals to see on the farm. It’s a shame that Covid stopped the farm visits. Maybe next time!
Sep 21, 2020 by Sarah Allen Verified Review
★★★★★

Perfect getaway

Visited Cuckoo farm for a night away camping with my partner. Very beautiful surroundings and excellent facilities. I’m not much of a camper so was a bit apprehensive but felt very comfortable during my stay. The toilets were very clean and staff extremely friendly and helpful. Looking forward to visiting cuckoo farm again.
★★★★★

Relaxing, clean and friendly

Lovely setting, peaceful and well kept. Very happy with our stay in Sept 2020
Sep 14, 2020 by Peter Mayne
★★★★★

Lovely lovely lovely!

We stayed at Cuckoo Farm campsite this weekend and will definitely be back. The site was clean and spacious with gorgeous countryside views and a stream running across the bottom of the field which our dog delighted in splashing about in! The farm shop was well stocked with everything you need and staff friendly. Great site to explore local towns such as Oakham and Stamford and easy access to Rutland Water.
Sep 9, 2020 by Abi Rae Verified Review
★★★★★

Brilliant fun

Lovely campsite. We particularly enjoyed talking to the sheep and goats each morning! The on site shop selling its own produce and a few essentials was superb especially as we were able to cook the produce on the supplied fire pit. Facilities were great and the regular cleaning and general attitude towards the current pandemic situation made us feel safe and cared for. Very impressed.
★★★★★

Great for kids

We befriended a goat and named him Bilbo, rode our bikes around the tracks like we were Scalextric Cars and threw logs on the fire whilst playing cards all under the most amazing full moon. It was great! Recommended!
Sep 3, 2020 by Ayday Verified Review
★★★★☆

Fantastic campsite, clean and modern facilities.

Very good campsite, very spacious and an overall peaceful atmosphere. Kids enjoy playing in the stream as well as exploring the campsite and its animals. Only downside to this beautiful farm is the bumpy road leading in.
★★★★★

Just fantastic

We stayed 2 nights from Sunday 30th August until 1st September. Such a relaxing atmosphere. The facilities are really clean and modern. Roland was friendly and very approachable. We are that happy with this site that we plan to make it a regular site for us
Sep 2, 2020 by Andrew Allan
★★★★★

First time!

It was my first time camping and I choose a nice place to start. Close to nice green areas! Not to hard to find! Weather was ok! Nice place to camping and definitely recommend it. I will back without a doubt ! Good experience
★★★★★

Clean and relaxed site with great facilities, local farm shop, and plenty to do nearby.

The owners were friendly and welcoming, and had been hugely helpful in booking the site as we were a larger group wanting a few pitches together. Despite it being a family site, they were incredibly open to my group staying for two nights, so ignore all the reviews about this site not being great for people in their mid-20s! The on-site shop was amazing, with fresh produce available and all the essentials. Facilities were clean and modern as well, with plenty of room for washing up and separate sinks to keep socially distant. Plenty of local pubs within walking distance, lovely countryside to explore, and within driving distance of Rutland Water for water sports activities and some lovely walks. I'd highly recommend the site to anyone wanting a getaway and will definitely be returning!
★★★★★

Amazing camping trip!

Hired the Bell Tent for the weekend. Fantastic experience...all details were well thought through. Location right next to the river. Camp kitchen, log burner and comfortable furniture in the tent. Fire pit with grill and picnic bench for our tent. Roland was very helpful and looked after us. Highly recommended!!
★★★★★

What a great campsite 🏕

We’ve just returned home from a weeks camping at Cuckoo & our whole party had the most fantastic time. Facilities we always spotless, ample room for social distancing & a great shop with yummy food just waiting to be cooked on the fire pit that we hired for the week. Beautiful surroundings & the kids loved the lake, (take beach shoes as it’s pretty rocky in there!) Even in the rain we had a lovely week, thanks for the memories! ; )
Aug 23, 2020 by Kate Lewis
★★★★★

Beautiful place to stay for the family.

What a wonderful peaceful place to stay for adults and children. Stayed in the Mayfly bell tent which was amazing, very clean and was looked after well. Had everything you needed for a great get away and even had the owner come to make sure we needed anything els. My little boy fully enjoyed being able to play and slash about in the stream which kept him very busy. He also loved seeing the animals around the site including his favourites the Turkeys. The on-site shop was pretty stocked up with items you might need and was very impressed that you could buy local meat to be eaten on the BBQ. Very yummy! Toilet and showers where clean and well looked after during the day and was cleaned and checked every few hours. Felt very safe with everything that’s going on at the moment.....would defiantly recommend this campsite and we will defiantly be booking again. Thank you Cuckoo farm campsite for are time away 😁
Aug 22, 2020 by Carla
★★★★★

Lovely campsite with great fire pits and nice atmosphere

Lovely campsite with glorious curly-haired sheep, goats, turkeys and venison. A lovely little stream to paddle in and surrounded by nice rolling countryside. Nice relaxed atmosphere and very calm and peaceful at night. Shower/ toilet/washing-up block absolutely immaculate - even in the full day of rain. The fire pits are wonderful with tripods to hold a grill over the flames and cook up some great campfire food. Rutland water very close for water sports and cycling. We had a really lovely 3 night stay. Thank you team Cuckoo Farm!
Aug 21, 2020 by Jo Scrivens Verified Review
★★★★★

Fantastic facilities and setting

Stayed at Cuckoo Farm for a few nights in August 2020, during COVID pandemic. The campsite was well organised for social distancing, and the ample facilities were kept very clean. The site is set next to a brook, perfect for young children to play in the shallow waters. We had a nice flat pitch close to a clump of trees and made use of the hire-able fire pit to cook on and have a camp fire as the sun set. Perfect family getaway and we'll certainly be back!
★★★★★

A wonderful ,clean ,relaxing farm site perfect access to Rutland Water and Stamford

My partner and I were looking for a quiet rural campsite not too far from home . Not having explored Rutland area much before we were pleasantly surprised by the quiet rolling countryside and beautiful surrounding villages for a wander and a pint . We found Cuckoo Campsite with ease from Ketton Village . Secluded enough to be quiet, the site is in a valley by a small river . Check in was a breeze , pre paid , masks worn and fire pit collected . We were told we could pitch anywhere we liked . Tents were spaced well and even with 30 or so it always seemed tranquil . Lovely to hear resident deer , turkey , goats and sheep in the mornings . Although we didn’t need it there was a small shop with eggs bread etc and ice creams . 2 clean shower and toilet blocks were well maintained . A great relaxing atmosphere and base to explore Would stay again Thankyou
★★★★★

We will be back

Lovely site, clean and good facilities. Friendly staff and shop is handy. Nice vibe, not overly strict and others onsite were respectful of it being a family friendly site so noise level was appropriate. Tiny gripe would be that we took an extra car as wife came after work, appreciate the extra charge no problem, but £10 per car per night seems a bit steep. Other than that, we are booking again so that tell you all you need to know.
Aug 17, 2020 by Claire Bacon Verified Review
★★★★☆

See you next year!

We stayed for 2 nights in August and were pleasantly surprised. Really clean site, not too busy, handy having the little shop, easy to get around to other places. Our kids loved the little stream to play in. We will be booking to go back so that tells you everything! We needed to take an extra car as one person was travelling a bit later due to work, I thought £10 extra per night was a bit excessive. But other than that all good.
Aug 17, 2020 by Claire
★★★★★

Relaxing, chilled break

My wife and I Chose Cuckoo Farm Campsite for a short break after a few months of lockdown stress. I have to say we were pleasantly surprised with the overall cleanliness and organisation of the site, the toilet blocks/showers and washing up facilities were exceptionally clean at all times and social distancing rules were maintained throughout our stay. Tents were spaced sensibly, leaving more than adequate room for a gazebo or additional porches if required and fire pits were available for hire or you could use your own. Ideal location for walks or bike rides and close to major supermarkets for supplies. Overall, we were really happy with the site and would definitely stay again.
Aug 16, 2020 by Peter O’Sullivan
★★★★☆

Wonderful, rural camp site with lovely natural stream

We had a fab short break at the campsite... lovely spot next to the stream and the kids loved paddling! We’d recommend water shoes as it is quite rocky!! Good cleanliness and sanitiser points - well done Cuckoos! Just be prepared for the shop to sell out of some core items, there are shops locally to get supplies too. Would be great to see the farm shop develop and provide a more staple and also luxurious “farm shop” type produce. We would def recommend and return!! Fantastic holiday!! 😃
Aug 12, 2020 by Woodhouse Family 💜
★★★★★

Amazing Campsite

I recently stayed for two nights with a friend and our 4 children. The road going in is a little scary but don't be put off! The site was clean and well managed. The toilets and showers were cleaned regularly throughout the day. The staff were very helpful and the onsite farm shop is great. Lovely meats if you are of a carnivorous persuasion! There is a stream onsite the children can play in and the animals for them to see (the goat was very friendly). The children would have been happy onsite all day, but is only a 10 min drive to Rutalnd Water. Overall was pleasantly surprised by this site and would definitely come abck again.
Aug 11, 2020 by Laura
★★★★★

Lovely Site

Partner and I stayed for 3 nights over a long weekend. Very clean facilities and helpful owners who were available as required. Not a huge site in comparison to some and good for families, small groups and couples. Kids seemed to enjoy the stream & seeing the farm animals and the sunsets were beautiful. Good location to access Rutland (go early as car parks are busy in August) and surrounding areas by car.
Aug 11, 2020 by Karen
★★★★★

Beautiful site and excellent facilities

Just got back from a brilliant 3 nights staying in one of the lotus belle tents. The site is quite small and secluded by a river. The owner Roland came to greet us not long after we settled in and was very warm and welcoming. The facilities are excellent- 2 toilet/ shower blocks which are currently unisex to help manage with social distancing. 6 free showers in total with hot water, 4 washing up stations with hot water as well. There’s sanitiser stations outside and the facilities were kept really clean and well stocked with hand wash and toilet paper. There’s a little on site shop selling fresh meat, food essentials, ice cream and wood. The bell tent itself was so beautiful and well though out. A really comfy king size bed, fairy light lanterns, a camp kitchen with crockery, cutlery, pots and pans, a 2 ring gas stove, cool box (with free ice pack exchange), a picnic table and a fire pit with tripod grill. All you need is your food and drinks! We normally camp with our own tent and gear but this was such an easy and relaxing stay. Will definitely be back!
★★★★★

Lovely well set up campsite

We really enjoyed our 2 night camp. Very friendly staff and clean facilities. The kids enjoyed playing in the stream and as it is not a large site - it wasp easy to keep track of the kids. It felt like we were well spaced out and we were pleased that the feel of the site was small family groups so no one was up late keeping others awake :)
Aug 6, 2020 by Katy
★★★★★

Great campsite

Lovely experience at Cuckoo Farm. We stayed for 2 nights and enjoyed every moment. The shower and toilet blocks were kept spotlessly clean throughout, the kids loved playing in the stream and seeing the animals around the site. There was plenty of space and a nice atmosphere.
★★★★★

Beautiful, quiet little campsite

Great set up here for a short camp, beautiful site next to a stream - perfect for kids to paddle/ explore. Very clean toilets/ facilities, Farm shop selling local organic meat, fire pit etc. Helpful staff. Although it was fairly full it still felt quiet.
Aug 6, 2020 by bethany callow
★★★★★

Fantastic relaxing stay

Such a lovely little spot we’ll definitely be back. Not too many pitches so felt safe during COVID and the site managers did a great job of keeping the facilities clean with hand sanitizer right outside I felt totally comfortable using them. The farm animals were greatly appreciated by the kids who thoroughly enjoyed feeding clover to the goats! Really recommended for young families or those seeking a peaceful, relaxing stay.
Aug 6, 2020 by Laura
★★★★★

Amazing, welcoming and very safe in current times

Amazing stay (Just a quick night with the family) Staff were very welcoming and helpful. The kids loved the environment they were in and very clean. The safety measures they have in place are very well coordinated while keeping the feeling of normality for the campsite. A little English gem has been found. I will be booking again for longer
★★★★★

Brilliant 3 days

First visit to Cuckoo Farm campsite and we are glad we booked it. From arriving and the ease of booking in, finding our pitch we got out our tent and within half an hour we had the kettle on. There was plenty of room between pitches, it was perfect we had a power connection, we was close to the toilet block, which was kept clean and sanitized all the time keeping distances was good and everyone kept to the rules, the little shop had some nice organic food for the barbecue and some main essentials including a pit fire you could hire and not expensive. We had our Granddaughter with use and on Friday when it was so hot she enjoyed playing in the small stream just on the edge of the camp and was cool and enjoyed every minute. We are looking forward to our next visit and with Stamford only 5 miles away and Oakham only 9 miles away and Rutland park so close you have plenty to do. Also in Ketton the Railway inn does flagons of real ale which you can take back to the camp and enjoy in a perfect setting.
Aug 3, 2020 by T'owd Camper
★★★★★

Excellent weekend stay

Lovely campsite with big pitches and plenty of space to run around. Really enjoyed the firepit in the evening. Facilities were kept very clean. Will definitely be back!
Aug 3, 2020 by Emma Williams
★★★★★

First time camping trip

This was our first family camping trip. We had electric pitch it was easy to find our pitch once checked in. Toilets showers and washing areas where always clean. There’s a little farm shop where you can bu drinks ice cream and meat. Also fire pits and wood available. There is a lovely river at the side which kids loved to play in. We will definitely be going back.
Aug 2, 2020 by Gemma Green
★★★★☆

Lovely scenic campsite with attentive staff

Friendly welcoming staff, owner kindly kept a hook-up for us and greeted us although we were rather late. Showers are the best I've EVER come across on a campsite - immediate hot water, no waiting! Plenty of room in cubicles for belongings. Regular cleaning and Covid rules applied, although toilet roll checks need to be done, especially in morning. Fire pits really enjoyed by most guests so although too intense smoke for me, everyone else seemed happy. Proximity to lovely Stamford town and the beautiful Rutland Water where you have to hire bikes or boats! Oakham has Aldi and a wonderful sandwich shop. Plenty to do in area. Lots of family groupings but not too noisy after hours. Plenty of choice of pitches depending on whether you prefer closeness to facilities or being away on your own. Friendly site which will probably convert some non campers!
★★★★★

Lovely quiet farm campsite

My friend has just had a new to her campervan and wanted to test it out for a night. I did some research and came up with Cuckoo Farm. We arrived with 2 campervans, 2 teenagers and an 8 year old. Cuckoo Farm is a lovely, small and quiet campsite. We felt very welcome and were told we could park up anywhere except on the circular area where the electric hook ups are. The campsite is fairly flat to start and then slopes up a hill so if you have a van you may be limited on where you want to go but there was plenty of choice for us. The shower/toilet blocks were very clean, we had to pick one of the two to use for our stay. There are plenty of sanitiser stations to use. We had a relaxing time and wouldn’t hesitate to go back again.
Aug 1, 2020 by Alex
★★★★★

Great small site

We are just back from a 4 night stay and the whole family had a fantastic time. The location is picturesque, located in a small valley and only a short drive to Rutland Water. The site is small which means children can run around and you can keep always keep them in view. There are two shower and toilet blocks which were cleaned regularly and we never had to queue for the facilities, there is also a system to ensure you always use the same block and lots of hand sanitiser located everywhere. The staff were friendly and the shop, although limited, had essentials and some really tasty food from the farm. With the farm animals and the stream, the kids can be easily entertained if you don't leave the site, there is also ample space to play outdoor games. The only thing to note is that there is no chemical toilet waste disposal on site so if you are planning to bring your own toilet you'll need to take the waste away with you, probably not a big concern for most people.
Jul 31, 2020 by James Sebire Verified Review
★★★★☆

Relaxed friendly campsite

The campsite is in a lovely meadow - slightly sloped so pitch your tent right! On arrival we were advised to pitch 6m away from other tents and there was plenty of room to accommodate this. Due to Covid-19, we were asked to pick either washblock A or B for the length of our stay. There was rarely a queue and everyone stuck to the 2m guidelines. I saw the washblock being cleaned regularly as well. Next to the washblock there is a paddock of turkeys which my girls loved as whenever you went near they gobbled en mass. I was also given some delicious Turkey eggs by the owner. My girls played in the river running by the field and there was plenty of space to play games by our tent. We visited Rutland water which is a fantastic place to visit for walks / cycling / watersports. We rented a fire pit for 1 night as the cost is £5 a night, which I thought was slightly expensive - hence the 4 stars. otherwise I would have given 5 stars. I was expecting a £5 or £10 for the length of our stay. However, not a problem we hired it for 1 night and had a bbq. I would definitely visit again, thanks for having us!
★★★★☆

Nice site

Just returned from 6 nights camping at Cuckoo Farm. We had a hook up pitch for our stay, unfortunately those are probably some of the least fav spots as its were everyone are driving past with there cars etc. Farm shop is simple and not much available but the meat is wonderful just bring your basic stuff. We enjoyed the surroundings and the walk to the pub was nice. The showers and toilets were clean and nice, could do with filling up the toilet paper a bit more. Would be worth having a no music police on site as the site is very open and spots near each other. Will def be back and the young staff was wonderful and super sweet.
Jul 27, 2020 by Jannegron Verified Review
★★★★★

Perfect little get away

Booked for 3 nights with my hubby and 2 children aged 5 and 11. It is a beautiful space, amazingly clean shower facilities and friendly staff. Our children were happy playing in the stream and making friends during our stay. Would love to revisit!
Jul 25, 2020 by Kelly
★★★★★

A great little site in a nice setting.

This is a really nice camp site with clean toilets and showers. The site is ideal for visiting Rutland water. The Northwyke Arms in nearby Ketton is great for Eating out if you want a change from camp cooking. The co owner of the site Roly, and staff are helpful and friendly. The site is child friendly and safe and in the current climate the owners have made every attempt to keep people safe. Would we return, yes most definitely. A great break from all the troubles in the world.
★★★★★

Peaceful break.

The site was organised well in these unusual times. There was no problem gaining access to the excellent showers and toilets even though the site was fairly busy. Venison steaks from the on-site shop were delicious. Plenty of space around our pitch. Lovely to see the sheep and goats in the next field and the turkeys near the shower block. Trains passing by could be heard but weren’t so frequent as to be a problem. Thoroughly recommend this site.
★★★★★

Lovely stay!

We only had a few days at Cuckoo Farm, but what a delightful place for a breath of fresh air! Loved the fact that it was only tents, well spaced apart, and mainly families, so quiet and relaxed. Lots for children to do, though we were with teenagers, they were happy to chill and watch the sheep and goats. The staff were really friendly and helpful, lending us the adaptor to enable us to blow up our mattresses and finding a route for a good dog walk. The countryside around about was beautiful, and the villages charming. Excellent Italian food at the Bluebell Inn too.
Jul 25, 2020 by Judith Cooke Verified Review
★★★★★

A great little site in a nice setting.

The campsite is clean and well run. The toilet blocks are kept really clean with plenty of hot water available. The site is situated by a stream where the children played happily. The owner Roly and staff are all friendly and helpful. Overall a gem near to the facilities of Rutland Water and if you fancy a meal out the Northwyke Arms in Ketton serves good meals. Overall we had a great break.
★★★★★

Fab campsite

Lovely little campsite close to Rutland Water for days out. Clean toilet block and showers and all Covid secure. I stayed on my own this trip but will be back with the kids. Highly recommended.
Jul 24, 2020 by Aimee Pearce Verified Review
★★★★★

Cuckoo Cool

I am not a seasoned Camper - fancied a night away with the family My summary of brief but pleasant stay Spacious Pitches - electric if you need Spotlessly clean Friendly owner and staff Shop - all the essentials Toilet & Shower facilities - modern & light - plenty of hot water - For the kids - Stream and rope swing to play Fire pits allowed - great ambience to the camp at night Would i stay again - yes Would i recommend to friends - yes 😊
Jul 23, 2020 by laurence Verified Review
★★★★☆

Fabulous, chilled, family friendly break

Myself, hubby and three buys have just returned from a 4 night non-electric stay at Cuckoo Farm, and can confidently say we had an amazing time!! We had originally planned to do lots off-site, sightseeing and cycling. But once we arrived and pitched up, we just didn't want to leave! The atmosphere was that of a really chilled, safe, fun, family friendly campsite. No play area but there was a little stream to keep the kids amused for hours, an onsite shop selling the basics, and a pitch where you like attitude. We sat for ages watching kids of all ages riding round on bikes, flying kites, and playing frisbee. Oh and on an evening, the smell of barbecues and campfires was just bliss. No rowdy crowds and everyone observing the quiet times (11pm until 7am). In terms of COVID, the campsite appear to have made a few changes to ensure everyone onsite remains safe. There were hand sanitising stations set up outside both toilet blocks with requests that people use these before entering, and rules around social distancing. The facilities themselves were always spotless. The showers were hot and free (push-button). Hardly ever queues for the toilets/showers even through the campsite was busy. There were two outside wash-up sinks and I think one inside (though most people seemed happy to use the outside ones). There was an onsite freezer for icepacks too. The only negative for us was an awful earwig infestation in our tent. There were literally hundreds of the little blighters!! We always kept our bedroom pods zipped up but in the main part of the tent they got into absolutely everything. Nothing that we could do (I think) but it made things hard when we got home as we had to clean every piece of equipment, clothes, and leave it all outside un til we could. It made for very hard work. But apart from our unwanted house-guests, we had a fab holiday!
★★★★★

Lovely campsite

Really nice campsite, friendly owners, great location for Rutland and all it has to offer, useful on site shop, loads of space and a stream for the kids to play in.
Jul 22, 2020 by philviner Verified Review
★★★★★

Lovely place to get away

Friendly staff, lovely area and views. Clean facilities. Would go again.
★★★★★

Friendly campsite in good location

We stayed here in mid July and were impressed with the emphasis placed on safety given the C19 pandemic. Toilets were cleaned thoroughly regularly throughout the day and good controls were in place - even if a few campers seemed a little oblivious :-( The river to one side was great for kids to paddle in, though care should be taken as there are parts where its too deep for children below say 10. Great farmshop with really tasty meat was another highlight !
Jul 21, 2020 by anne sheedy Verified Review
★★★★★

Excellent camp site

We really enjoyed our stay at cuckoo farm, really clean toilets and showers lovely farm shop very friendly staff..we will definitely going back
Jul 20, 2020 by Carol Dobson Verified Review
★★★★☆

Great campsite, pity about some campers who arrived in massive groups with no social distancing

Great campsite - good facilities, friendly staff, lovely field and location. A pity it was marred on the Friday when the campsite got very busy with the arrival of a couple of very large groups (multi-family, multi-tents) who partied until late and clearly were not observing social distancing. Felt uncomfortable that this was not appropriate and potentially unsafe.
★★★★★

Great site definitely coming back

Great chilled out site excellent facilities plenty of space to choose your spot will definitely be back with my kids.
Jul 17, 2020 by Rob
★★★★★

Lovely break

We stayed for a quick change of scene just as we were coming out of lockdown. This was just what we wanted, quiet, friendly, clean socially distanced facilities and a campfire! We did arrive on Sunday evening without any food and found it tricky to find a local shop that was open but had a lovely time barbecuing venison from the shop onsite which went down well with four teens and kayaking on Rutland water was beautiful. Thank you.
Jul 15, 2020 by Imogen Pacey
★★★★★

Beautiful, calm site

Stayed here a couple of weeks after campsites reopened during COVID-19. We were lucky to have amazing weather and really enjoyed the calmness and quietness of the site. People were enjoying BBQs, campfires and games on the grass which was lovely to see. The facilities are great, really clean and modern and well organised to ensure safety with COVID19. We stayed on grass pitch at the very top field which also has a water tap. However, if you want an extra hour of sunshine in the evening stay down the bottom closer to the entrance and toilet.
Jul 14, 2020 by Lucy Naylor Verified Review
★★★★★

Lovely site

A lovely well maintained site. If you use the directions they send you in the email you will have no problem finding the site. Facilities clean but was out of loo roll a couple of times so take your own down. Nice and peaceful area ( some train noise) with lovely views. Camped on the slope out of the way which seemed a bit windy for cooking outside, farm shop was baisic but nice but do take most of of your essentials unless you want to drive 20 mins to the shop. Overall really enjoyed our stay
★★★★☆

Lovely site

campsite was nice and secluded which was exactly what I wanted for me and my daughter, Its a 10-15 minute drive to the nearest decent shop, I thought the farm shop would of stocked a bit more so make sure you take all you need before hand Close to rutland water which was a lovely day out However I do feel there should be a curfew on music as lots of large groups arrived on the Friday and played music quite late Overall a lovely clean site,toilet, shower and washing up facilities spot on
★★★★☆

Lovely quiet campsite

This was a lovely family run quiet campsite. Shower and toilet blocks kept very clean. Able to hire camp fire pits which was lovely in the evening. Close to good days out, Rutland water, owl sanctuary and walks. Only slight negative is that the electric pitches are mainly on slopes and this always makes everything a little bit trickier. Shop didn’t have eggs or milk when we went in but did have ice cream. Stamford has lots of main shops for food and little shop in Ketton has the essentials.
★★★★★

Beautiful location,good clean facilities

A quick one night stay with my five year old,her friend and mother. A small but beautiful site. Toilets and showers very clean and staff very helpful. . Order food before you get there,as all was frozen so had to go to a local post office for rubbish sausages! Shame,as the freezer was stocked full of amazing looking meat.
Sep 23, 2019 by Fran Reeder Verified Review
★★★★★

Nice weekend Staub with family and friends

Nice, smaller campsite. Clean and warm facilities. We stayed hooked up to electricity due to cold night weather but would prefer different pitch if there were electricity there. Small stream next to the camp side kept the younger part of the group occupied for hours despite of cold and rain. Close to the Rutland water reservoir make it good place to stay while wanting to enjoy bike ride there. Campsite fire allowed with warden making logs and pots available at charge. We had our own and that was OK. We also pitched huge gazebo in between our tents and it wasn't a problem at all.
Sep 23, 2019 by Paulina Sobczak
★★★★★

Lovely location great facilities

Visited towards the end of the summer. It’s a new good campsite in a good location for local nature trails and facilities . Very clean and good service here too from the owner. Highly recommended
Sep 23, 2019 by Paul Clampin Verified Review
★★★★★

Great site with clean facilities and plenty of room

We turned up fairly late but this was not a problem, the shop was stocked with lots of interesting meats from the farm and the facilities were clean and modern. Fires were allowed and there was plenty of space so that you didn't feel like you were too close to your neighboring campers. Highly recommended
★★★★★

Great campsite, everything you could want.

We camped at Cuckoo Farm on a scorching hot Aug Bank holiday. The campsite its self has everything you could want, plenty of hot & clean (free) showers, taps for water everywhere on the site, a river for the dog to play in, a great farm shop (with the usual organic farm shop pricing, but it was so worth it!) and generally clean and tidy throughout (despite the best efforts of some of the other campers to leave their rubbish around). The only downside of the whole stay was a few of the other people on site who were a bit loud for our tastes (I mean who takes a projector camping and sets up to watch angry birds outside at 10.30pm???) and seemed to just be there to drink EXTREME amounts all day and have a party. We'll definitely be returning at some point when it's a bit quieter
★★★★☆

A few lovely days

Just back from a lovely short stay at Cuckoo Farm. We loved: the fact there was lots of space, we could have a fire, we could play in the steam, catch wild brown trout and that the facilities were spotless. We did think: £7:50 for 7 logs was rather steep, although they were good and dry and a good size. Perhaps because we live in a rural area anyway, we found the constant trundle of the nearby train slightly irritating at bedtime although it did stop at about midnight. It would have been nice to know where the basic campers could fill water containers too. We used the taps in the washing up room. Will we come back? - almost certainly.
Aug 22, 2019 by Anna Howard Verified Review
★★★★★

Fantastic weekend getaway

We were a party of 5 adults and 6 kids and we had a fantastic time at Cuckoo Farm. The campsite is in a lovely secluded spot and the welcome email gave great directions. It felt very safe with small children although we had to keep them away from the river! We had to set up tents in the pouring rain on the Friday and the owners came to check we were all ok which was a nice touch. The facilities are plenty and spotless. 3 (or four?) hot showers, 3 toilets and 3 sinks in the ladies’ block. Never had to queue to use the facilities. Good washing up facilities and a freezer for ice-blocks. We didn’t need to use the shop but it looked well stocked. We also missed the farm tour (11am on Sunday) as we had an activity booked on the lake but will go for that next time. The lake is very close by (10min drive?) and there is lots to do there. The nearby towns of Stamford and Oakham are also lovely and good for a rainy afternoon. The only negatives would be a slight slope for pitching our tent (although this is clearly stated on the website) and it was quite windy which made cooking in the open quite a challenge! All in all we had a fantastic stay and will be returning again next year.
Aug 20, 2019 by Giovanna
★★★★☆

Clean and fresh - could be better though

A good clean campsite, a good way to escape. We were camping up the hill slightly and managed to escape the wind. Improvements would have been a warmer welcome and point out of the facilities, as well as better water pressure or flow in the men's bathroom. With it being a working farm there were sheep and goats in the next field. At about 4am our tent was been eaten by goats... Not want you want to wake up too, but atleast we stopped them before they caused any damage. Being able to have a fire was good. Would be a 3.5 if I could.
Aug 12, 2019 by Ben Searle Verified Review

Response from Cuckoo Farm Campsite

Thank you for the feedback and I’m sorry Gertie and Griselda disturbed your sleep! We have since stepped up goat security and after further 2 breakouts have moved them to a maximum security facility elsewhere on the farm. Don’t worry if you are a fan of the goats as they will be back next year when the new secure fencing is in place.  As for the taps in the gents we are working on a solution and hope to have full flow back very soon.

★★★★☆

great campsite wild enough and comfortable enough

Great space in a very big field surrounded by sheep and deer. River runs by the field and the kids had great fun playing in it. Water's shallow and there's some nice climbable overhanging trees. Campsite is a little exposed on 2 sides with no trees there to break up the wind. But plenty of level space and great facilities.
★★★★★

A Perfect Campsite

Cuckoo Farm is as good as they get. A stream for the kids to play in, plenty of room to pitch your tent so you are not close to others, a shop selling the most amazing meat, most of it reared and butchered at the farm and spotless wash rooms. We are visited everyday to check that everything was ok. We will definitely be going back before too long.
Jul 29, 2019 by Paul Cooper Verified Review
★★★★★

Tranquil and relaxing and not commercialised

It’s perfect to explore the Rutland area. Very friendly and accommodating owner Roland. Facilities are all new and kept clean. What I loved the most was that you can sit and chill with a glass of your favourite tipple and afire pit and completely relax with no one coming round saying you can’t do this or that. 10 out of 10 Roland. Thank you
Jul 26, 2019 by Suzie Hitchcock
★★★★★

The ideal site

Camped here with friends, very comfortable, good clean facilities and host Roland very amiable and keen to ensure we had what we needed. The site is peaceful, family friendly and the use of fire pits a brilliant idea.. limited to tents and small campers only it felt like a proper campsite.. with countryside all round and a sense of peace.
Jul 16, 2019 by Carolyn Ramsamy
★★★☆☆

Beautiful peaceful retreat lacking a human touch.

The site is beautiful and very quiet (there were hardly any other guests there when we were) with a stream and gorgeous wildflowers. The toilet and washing facilities are great - clean, with lots of hot water. However, it must be very different when it is busy. The welcome was non-existent during the two days we visited. The shop wasn't open. We would have appreciated a single visit while we were there to check everything was ok, tell us what was on offer in terms of fresh produce from the farm, suggests a couple of walks etc. But if you want peace and quiet, and to be left alone, then during term time this is the place to go.
★★★★★

Wonderful campsite

We've just got back from a wonderful weekend with friends at Cuckoo Farm. We pitched up near the stream which was a lovely sound to wake up to. The children spent half of their time playing in the stream and had so much fun. Roland was really helpful and friendly, the toilet and shower block was lovely and clean, washing up facilities, a freezer for re freezing the freezer blocks and a short farm tour on the Sunday morning, we couldn't have asked for a better time here! We even had some sausages and eggs produced on the farm, yum. The site was lovely and quiet, even though it was busy, it was mostly families so quiet from 11pm ish. Lots of space too, not crammed in, space for the children (and adults) to play. One of our party members also did some fishing and caught 3 small fish. We would really recommend staying at this site.
★★★★★

Beautiful farm campsite – great weekend in the sun

Lovely campsite that feels really hidden – gravel track to get there and a long way from any main roads. Lambs in the neighbouring field. Great little farm shop. Facilities all seemed brand new and I saw there was a sign up for farm tours, which I imagine is loved by families. Campfires a necessity for me, so very pleased with this and nice being by the river (though the river is not a central part of the campsite, it's only very small). Loads of space. Owner was super friendly. We spent the day cycling at Rutland Water (5 min drive), which I highly recommend and playing games at the campsite. Very family-orientated site. We were a group of 7 adults and it was made clear to us that we couldn't be noisy/up all night boozing, which was fine and I imagine would be reassuring for families with young'uns to know.
Jul 8, 2019 by deleted Verified Review
★★★★★

Beautiful little place

Fantastic and friendly family run campsite, with stunning views and great amenities. Loads of places for the kids to explore and get back to nature. Close to Rutland water which has some beautiful walks and lots for the whole family to do. Can't wait to return!
★★★★★

Lovely family site

We spent a Saturday night here for a quick break. Weather was pretty shocking but the site made up for it. Very good facilities, well maintained pitches and a warm welcome from Roland and his family for whom nothing is too much trouble. A lovely stay and we will definitely return.
Jun 16, 2019 by Mark Fuller
★★★★★

Great little campsite

Lovely little spot by a river. Friendly, laid back ownership, incredibly clean and clearly brand new facilities. No extra charges for showers etc. If you walk to the pub, don't follow Google Maps - it takes you on a busy road with no path past the golf club. There is a better via the road not yet on Google. Only criticism was clearly lots of other people read the good reviews - we had hoped to get the place to ourselves!
★★★★★

Best camping weekend ever!!

Absolute idyllic campsite. One of the finest sites our family has camped at. Such a pretty setting with a stream running through which the kids loved playing in. The new shower and washing block is the best we’ve used and we’ve done a lot of camping. Owners have obviously put a lot of effort in setting up new site as caters for all of your camping needs. Highlights were delivery of firewood and fire pits, farm tours, and lovely organic farm shop selling farm produce and delicious ice cream. Our family enjoyed staying at campsite and didn’t want to leave.
Jun 3, 2019 by Lisa Taylor
★★★★★

FANTASTIC! Best yet, away from everything.....

The friendliest of people, very helpful, provided home cured bacon and eggs (for a very reasonable fee), we will return with out a shadow of doubt. Roland was extremely personable and is undoubtedly devoted to making this camp site and farm work. I'd say good luck - they won't need it though. Showers, toilets, washing up all good, even somewhere to sit in the shower. Roland mate, my one and only consideration for you is hooks on the back of the toilet doors - that's it. Otherwise don't spoil it, apart from perhaps a micro brewery to go with the butchery! Brilliant. Thank you, see you again - James and Claire.
May 21, 2019 by James Easter
★★★★★

Family time

Amazing place to have some family time, plenty of places to visit around the camping site, or if you’d like to hang around there are beautiful animals to see.
May 6, 2019 by Carolina Verified Review
★★★★★

Beautiful & peaceful

We booked a last minute camping trip due to the good weather and they were very helpful and accommodating. Brand new facilities kept very clean and tidy. Lovely little farm shop to buy their own meat products and a small selection of other things. Lovely quiet setting away from the road and you can see when the trees are more established it will be fabulous. Loved it, will definitely return
Apr 23, 2019 by Jo Docker Verified Review

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