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