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Lovely location but staff leave something to be desired
Stayed here for the weekend and whilst the location, views and general facilities were fine, the management and staff need to up their game. Being asked for your credit details just to see if people will hand them over, despite not needing them, wasn't funny the first time you did it and just makes you unprofessional and seem like a bunch of chances. We ordered some food from the hot food van, and whilst the lady working seemed amiable and the prices fair, the literal 1 hour wait for some bacon and egg rolls is ridiculous, despite there being no queue. May come back, but will bring our own breakfast!
Do not stay here! Look at the tripadviser reviews
Having stayed at this campsite for the last three years, nothing could have prepared me for the shock and devastation of how much it had changed and how we were treated. We waited an hour for a temperature check, even though there was only one caravan in front of us. The facilities were disgusting and inadequate which rendered the temperature check a joke! We thought we had booked electrical hook up so when my husband asked to see the booking (very politely) we were then subjected to a tirade of abuse from the so-called manager, culminating in us being told to leave in 15 minutes, well to **** off! He then proceeded to tell us that he didn't like us, we had 'fancy equipment' (a landrover with trailer tent!) which he didn't like. He was irritated that one our group asked if the temperature check area was being sanitised after each person. His final outburst was that he was glad he'd 'ruined our only holiday of the year'. Members of our group (5 families all with children) tried to reason with him but he was like a rabid dog! My only conclusion, looking at how many campers were arriving and had arrived, was that it was overbooked and he was looking at any excuse to kick people out. Absolutely disgusting and very upsetting. I have never in my life been treated like this and still can't believe it happened. We luckily found alternative accommodation at 'Rough Grounds Farm Campsite' in Lechlade. We were all devastated so the wonderful owners at Rough Grounds restored our humanity in campsite owners. Please stay away from this disgusting place, such a shame as it WAS a beautiful campsite. The new owners have destroyed it, luckily not our lovely memories of previous trips here.
Having read the below reviews I had to check it was the correct site. This campsite was the worst I have visited in many years of camping and i was appalled and disgusted by the amount of overcrowding, dirty facilities, aggressive staff and general lack of consideration. The new owners really would struggle running a bath and during our trip this bank holiday weekend we were told by many other visitors that the apparent remit from staff was to tell you to leave, aggressively, if you complained only to find they would fill your empty pitch within hours to generate funds. We were told the leave if we don't like it when asking for an electrical hook up having pre-paid for one and then being located in the middle of a field 20m from a hook up, which was already heavily loaded. The site was dangerously overcrowded and toilets were dirty with no toilet roll, no seats and hand sanitiser/soap run out. Tents were crammed in with less than 2m spacing and no checks or any consideration to social distancing. It was a COVID hotspot...... I appreciate there are a number of contradicting reviews on here but would implore you to read the trip adviser reviews where many other campers have commented. I don't usually leave reviews but thought in this instance I had a duty to warn others, especially given the severity of a dirty, ill managed and dangerously overcrowded site during a pandemic!
Cannot fault the wonderful people at Cotswolds Camping. The beautiful site is small but perfectly formed, with excellent facilities. The staff were unobtrusive but available and very helpful when needed, the showers were hot, the toilets clean and the little kitchen was a life saver. There is a brilliant little wood which the kids spent hours den building in and a food truck at the top of the site, in case you needed some dinner. We all had a wonderful time and hope to be back next year, assuming they still have space!
Clean, friendly, relaxed camping which we'll return to.
Very quiet when we arrived so you could choose your own pitch from a choice of fields. Due to covid, there was a temperature scan on arrival, hand sanitizer available at all facilities and no communal loo roll. Facilities were clean, hot water, good showers, and they left out mops for customers too. My only siggestion would be to add a mirror. Washing machines, fridges and freezers available too (though we didn't use these). Firepits available to hire if you don't have your own. Food van on site selling bacon, burgers, chips, hot drinks etc, and they got in vegan options for a family who asked. Lovely little wooded area for kids to play with logs and branches - very slippy in the wet though, so supervision is advised. Staff live on site, and were always on hand to chat or help. We plan on returning with friends next year.
A lovely site but a little unloved. No toilet paper and no lock on 1 of the 2 toilets in the ladies and no seat in the men’s. Soap dispenser was left empty for a few days. Showers ok but no temperature control so a little hot for kids. Overall a nice site but some attention to the details required to make it a place worth returning to.
camp site with cafe bar and great walks all around
Hard working and nice staff in this campsite. Temp checks on entry, fire pits to hire, a handy cafe and plenty of toilet and kitchen blocks. It was less busy on our field the second night, there are lots of little fields to camp in
Great Location, clean facilities , friendly staff
After reading some bad reviews they seem to have the over crowding sorted , nice site , party of 6 campers got us all in really good location together , only slight gripe was no toilet paper when other sites have it ... Much better than reviews would have you believe just don't be noisy of an evening they really do not tolerate it ! which is good for families just less so for Tipsy adults lol......
Great experience at Cotswolds Camping
Really enjoyable few days camping, the staff were very pleasant and helpful! Facilities were generally clean, just not when the rain was bad creating mud everywhere in the toilets, that couldn’t be helped though. A mirror in the toilets would be good!
Lovely place, very friendly staff
Lovely place to stay. All staff were helpful and very friendly. Would highly recommend.
The site was flat and the grass well kept. The toilet block and showers were constantly cleaned. The site was very busy but we all had space and there was a lovely, imaginatively managed little wooded area which my granddaughters loved.
Family friendly camping
Having read some of the previous negative reviews I feel like we stayed at a different campsite. All of our party (nearly 30 including children) couldn’t have been more impressed with the camp staff from the ladies in the food van, to the young men working reception & looking after the camp site to the staff cleaning the toilets & shower areas (which were cleaned very regularly). Staff were incredibly approachable, friendly & helpful, nothing was too much trouble, they all took the time to chat and make sure we were ok & literally couldn’t have been nicer. They were also always visible (including management) so if you needed help it was there. Unlike some comments the food van was a godsend for us particularly for ice lollies for the children. Our party used it several times for chips, burgers & sandwiches & the food was lovely. We had no problems with rubbish & in fact staff stopped us when we were carrying rubbish to the bin & disposed of it for us. One of our parties tents ripped during our stay & the staff told us to leave them to dispose of that too rather than pack it all up & take it home with us! Overall lovely staff, well maintained facilities & nearly 30 happy campers!
A nice few days :)
I stayed here from Monday - Thursday and had a lovely time with my 6yr old. She enjoyed the woodland area and we have mostly a large field to ourself. The facilities were fine and we did appreciate (one rainy morning) being able to use the toaster and kettle in the in door kitchen. There is a lot to see in the area and the woodland play area was very popular. Teenage boys in particular seemed to be really enjoying building forts and playing with nerf gun in the woody part, which was nice to see. I was worried after seeing reviews but we had a lovely time. Our field had hardly anyone one in and the staff helped me choose a pitch on arrival. There was a busier field so maybe staff should leave a pitch free between pitches to discourage moaners 🤷♀️. There was a bit of litter in the play area so that could do with more regular checks but these little gripes didn’t stop us having a nice time. All the other campers I spoke to had nothing but positive things to say about the campsite.
Needs cleaning stepped up at busy times! Good location and staff friendly
Friendly staff and good location. Place was quiet (we stayed Sunday and Monday), glad we missed the weekend reading the other comments. The toilets need to be cleaned more often as they had ran out of soap and sanitiser a few times and the shower was full of dead bugs when I used it first thing both mornings. There was no toilet paper the whole time(perhaps due to covid ) but we weren't told this.. The cleaning staff seem to leave bleach bottles lying around with the lids off (an accident waiting to happen with kids around). At one point a little girl has spilt it everywhere, at least she didn't drink it! Final point and maybe silly but a mirror in the shower/ toilet would be useful and appreciated!
Dirty, overbooked and unprofessional
Campsite is benefiting from it's previous owners and having a similar name to Cotswolds VIEW caravan and camping. I would recommend booking there instead. They over booked the pods so were let down on our original booking but were appeased with 50% off our tent booking. We are glad we had a tent booking because after seeing how the young lads "clean" them without any disinfectant and simply a bin bag and 5 minute look around we might be in some COVID bother now. The toilets and showers were dirty and there were not enough for the amount of people they had cramped in there. There was no soap and no toilet roll, we weren't even told of this prior to arriving. The staff came off as aggressive making statements such as "we want to make an example of someone" and "We will be in your tent if you make noise past 11". On arrival the manager made a "joke" about losing his mum, then followed it up with that she was lost in Tescos. At any point this is not funny and its particularly unfunny during a global pandemic. We asked for help getting into the village and the manager described the place and the people in a derogatory way, there are clearly issues between locals and the campsite as when we went to the village people weren't too happy with them either. It is clear they have had issues with the amount of people they are letting into the site. It is a COVID breading grown for those in the campsite and in turn villagers due to the amount of people they are allowing in. The village however and the locals were extremely pleasant. On saturday morning we woke to the Manager and several other men marching a young woman through the campsite with raised voices telling her to leave. We found out that they had been kicked out for being loud. We did not hear them being loud, however we did hear the managements unprofessionalism and mentioning they wanted to make an example of someone the night before... Cotswolds & the area were lovely just DO NOT BOOK HERE.
Peaceful stay in perfect location. Excellent facilities
We had a lovely family camp over 2 nights at Cotswolds Camping. The staff were very friendly and helpful, the facilities were spotless and there was hand sanitizer everywhere I looked at the main block and other smaller ones. We had a very spacious area as part of the stable barn which made our stay really comfortable. Large menu of food on offer and beautiful play area for kids. Wish we’d spent longer here to see more of the local area but due to Covid stayed put. Will definitely come back and recommend 😊 We stayed Sat-Mon so had the quieter part of the week, although Sat was busy it seemed ok for us.
Benidorm in a field
Hugely disappointed with this campsite. We stayed for the weekend, and far from it being a relaxed, family friendly site it felt like we were at a festival, with tents pitched practically on top of one another, big groups of loud teenagers getting drunk into the small hours, and insufficient and dirty toilet and shower facilities. We had booked a regular and a large pitch as we were meeting up with another couple. The chap who checked us in didn’t seem to have any robust booking system at all, and directed us to two same-sized spots marked out with paint on the floor, both of which were far too small. He gave us some complicated instructions about putting the cars sideways on the edge of the pitch, ostensibly it seemed in order to cram in as many people as possible. It all felt completely chaotic. There were definitely more than 80 pitches: I would guess about double that. Three ladies showers (I never saw them being cleaned) were vastly insufficient. No loo roll and the hand soap frequently ran out (at one point I saw a staff member refilling in with washing up liquid). Communal fridges were filthy. And to top it off my toddler came across an open bottle of bleach which was lying around near the washing up area and before I knew it had poured it all over her feet. The staff were sleazy, and seemed more like bouncers than camp site owners. The burger van added a distinctly down-market feel. We saw rubbish piling up by the bins. I could go on and on. Needless to say I will be writing to complain, and I would recommend to any family with young children that they definitely give this place a miss. Even if you have booked and paid already: avoid, avoid, avoid! These guys are cashing in on people having to holiday in the UK and have no idea about creating a good camping experience. Cool camping should no longer list this site.
Friendly, peaceful campsite... until the weekend hit!
This campsite is so well located, there's a little river just a stones throw away and access to local villages and footpaths. We were greeted on arrival and the team were laidback and accommodating. We had a glorious few days on the site, it was so lovely to see kids running around playing ball and all the adults were so chatting and sociable. We enjoyed the local area so much, wild swimming in the rivers and having lunch in the picturesque villages. The toilets were fine and the shower works well. On the Thursday the manager came over and spoke to us to let's know the campsite was going to be a lot busier on the Friday night and he wasn't wrong - it was like coming back to a different site. And we totally got it - they were trying to accommodate everyone and keep groups to one field but there was a lot of noise spill over. A totally different crowd arrived in our field - the vibe was very different. If they are going to fill the campsite at the weekends there is going to need to be a bigger block for toilets and showers as it got so busy. We ended up walking down to the main block a lot as despite their best efforts they weren't able to keep on top of the cleanliness. If you want a quieter experience I would definitely suggest asking to pitch near the reception area. Granted my sister had requested we go further back because of the dog not being near the road but we regretted that decision a bit when a big group of 20 were enjoying themselves to the small hours of the morning. I will definitely go back but when the pandemic is over and people are back at festivals instead of partying on campsites!
Great mid week
We had a great time at this site once the weekend crowd had gone. Saturday night was very loud and the owners warned us so they knew it was going to be bad. Once Sunday came the fields cleared and peace reigned. The staff did what they could and worked hard to maintain the site. We left Friday evening rather than stay out last night as we could see a repeat of the previous weekend as the units rolled in one by one. Clearly several units were ‘together’ and planning fun times. We left them to it. I’d definitely go back but avoid peak weekends.
Family site with managers learning from experience
Nice top field (extra large pitch) using every other pitch. If every pitch was used it would've been very cramped though as park on your pitch. 3 out of 4 nights it was quiet by 10 and one night by 11. Could do with planning out the pitch use better as grass was given no resting time resulting in straw being walked into tent. Really useful to have the fridges to freeze ice packs or keep milk in. Used the takeaway egg and bacon sandwiches on final morning, delivered to tent as we were packing up, great. No loo roll (presumably due to covid), would be worth mentioning on website. Would have hired a fire pit if I'd had cash for deposit, looked good. Teenagers took over the lovely playarea making it dangerous one day, but site staff sorted it out the next morning. Clearer signs and lighting appeared while we were there. Kettle also useful if you didn't want to put the gas on just for a cuppa. Toilets cleaned a few times a day and soap topped up. Liked the look of the huts and group field hut, could tempt us to return with family group.
It says that this is a peaceful site but that is not my experience. If you don’t mind noise until the early hours then this is the place for you. No respect was given to others and even whet it rained, the loud talking by several tents continued. There was music And singing at 1:15am.
Had an amazing time
We camped here for 6 nights. Staff were extremely friendly and helpful toilet block regularly cleaned. Twenty minute walk to the next town with a nice couple of pubs. Would highly recommend this campsite.
Beautiful base, relaxing and very accommodating
This campsite is exactly as described on the website, if not better! Relaxed peaceful atmosphere, all the facilities are within easy access and very clean, perfect base for exploring the amazing Cotswolds. Unique selling point for me and my daughter, having the best bacon butty for breakfast delivered! Thankyou to Clinton and family for making it a wonderful stay.
Avoid on weekends
We stayed at this campsite Thursday to Sunday and, like a lot of the other reviews have said, it was pretty good on the Thursday but horrific at the weekend. We felt like sardines crammed in with other people and it wasn't relaxing at all. I think Cool camping need to do something about this campsite as it seems to be benefitting from the great reviews it got under previous management (who clearly did a much better job at regulating numbers).
A good campsite for a short break
I don't have much experience with camping at larger campsites, but I liked the long weekend at Cotswolds Camping. We stayed on the group field and while it was busy, the groups were all well spaced out. A small food van was on site, which was convenient. There could have been more toilet and shower facilities, but they were always clean.
Poor hygiene standards and overcrowding
We spent one night at the campsite during a road trip. Upon arrival we were temperature scanned at the reception which was directly adjacent about 5 tonnes of rubbish waiting to be collected. The Covid scanning appears to be a box ticking exercise as the campsite was too overcrowded to observe safe social distancing and common areas such as toilets were well below adequate hygiene standards. There was not enough toilets or showers for the people on site and no regular cleaning of these spaces. No toilet roll or hand sanitising points. During our road trip we stayed at number of campsites who have carefully adapted to the pandemic with regular cleaning of common areas (twice daily) and the provision of anti-bac spray in toilets etc. In comparison the standards at this site are woeful, we felt unsafe and definitely would not have stayed another night. Standards need to raised at this site to avoid a public health incident. It’s a shame because the campsite itself is nice but poorly managed and overcrowded. Additionally the campsite was noisy beyond midnight the night we stayed however this was due to large group bookings so to be expected as the only suitable space we could go find was in the group field. I recommend avoiding until key issues are addressed. We couldn’t wait to pack up and leave with haste. The campsite is in great location and has great potential but falls short on some basic essentials for an enjoyable stay.
Nice site but way too many people ...
Good location and nice site but there were far too many people on site - even pre Covid I would have been frustated with the facilities (toilets / sinks / washing up sinks) available for the number of people there. We booked a campervan pitch and an XL pitch but we were practically on top of our neighbours. Really sorry to have to leave a less than completely positive review
Excellent Campsite 👍
We have just returned from our much needed break at the Cotswolds Camping site, we stayed Mon to Fri, 2 adults, 3 children and a puppy who was on his first camping trip. I would recommend Cotswold Camping to anyone, it has the right balance between entertaining and relaxing in terms of location, the children LOVED the wooded area and the staff were attentive and knowledgable but never overbearing, we had a great time and didnt want to leave, we will definately be returning.
Noisy, commercial, so not cool camping
Stayed during the week. Plenty of space in field but pitch sizes very small (circa 6.5m) - wouldn't have wanted to come for the weekend and can sympathize with other reviews below. My partner noted toilets weren't great and females never had toilet paper. One night spoilt by groundsmen using petrol strimmer around field whilst we were trying to have a BBQ(5.30pm), tried to talk to him and suggest it might be better done in the morning and someone else also spoke to him but he carried on. Other groundsman continually drives around on a petrol lawnmower to get around site. They then carried on setting up a burger van till 9pm with other cars etc driving on/off field. It seemed like they were more focused on trying to commercialise camping than creating the cooling camping experience this site is famed for.
Beautiful, very clean, friendly and considerate of COVID site
We have just returned from Cotswold Camping and I must say I'm in shock reading the below reviews. I don't know where these people were, because the site was far from overcrowded. We were travelling with our son and were concerned about COVID, however, the manager was so considerate of our situation and showed us several available plots away from people to settle our minds. They also had a high tech system upon arrival to check everyones temperatures before being allowed entry to the site. We had an abundance of space around us, so much so, that our son was able to run and play football without coming into contact with anyone. All of the tents and campers had ample space. The facilities were also spotless. I have been to many campsites and quite often, the toilets/showers are grotty. These were spotless. They must have been cleaning the showers after each use. There was also plenty of soap and sanitiser available at all of the facility points. There is not one bad word I would say against this site or the staff. They were so friendly and welcoming and we will definitely be recommending and returning again in the near future. Thank you for making us feel safe during these strange times. It was so nice to be able to provide my son with a safe fun environment for his first camping experience.
What could be a fantastic campsite was let down massively by being extremely overbooked. Tents virtually on top of each other (despite current covid restrictions). Far too few facilities/toilets for the hundreds of tents. Broken glass found in the grass (nearly stepped on by 5 year old), breeze blocks with spikes in kids play area. No soap or toilet roll and wet logs available to buy at 10 pounds a bag (6 logs). We won't be returning sadly, but it would be a great campsite with half the campers and an increase in safety/hygiene standards.
A little disorganised but nice site and facilities
Large site split into smaller fields. Facilities were good. Was busy when we went and pitches weren’t assigned so a little disorganised on arrival. The kids loved the wooded area. Would be nice to have some more details about local attractions/activities. We enjoyed our stay.
A great campsite, let down by over busy weekends
Looking forward to a change of scenery after months at home, but also wanting to be cautious as we “re-emerged” into the real world we decided to book this campsite on the basis of its description as a well organised site, with only 80 pitches. We anticipated, maybe naively after reading descriptions of measures taken by other campsites, that the campsite might be quieter than expected with pitches more spread out than the usual 6m rule, and I had been reassured by the extra cleaning measures that the site said it would be taking regarding COVID-19. When we arrived on a Saturday afternoon however, we weren’t quite sure if we even wanted to get out of our car, as we looked over a field of tents more closely packed together than you’d normally expect (or that should be allowed). Our anxiety noted, we were persuaded that we should at least look at the pitch they intended for us, and realising that as we were not part of a group, were intending to stay for a week, and that we’d actually have a decent amount of space to ourselves we decided that we would stay. Despite the number of people on site, we rarely came across people using the facilities at the same time as us, and were impressed (at least for the first few days) at the number of times we saw the bathrooms being cleaned. Like others have noted, the provision of soap and toilet paper was patchy at best, but it was good to see the installation of soap dispensers and the addition of another ladies toilet during our stay. Overall we did enjoy our time at the site, it was a lovely place to be during the week when it was quieter and our children loved having a bit more freedom than usual, with trees to climb, dens to build and space to play in. At the end of our week though, in anticipation of the site filling up for another weekend, we decided to cut short our holiday by a day and with the amount of people arriving on the Friday morning, we felt no regret in doing so.
Overbooked to the point of dangerous - Again!
Having stayed at the site this weekend, I would like to re-iterate points made below by previous reviewers. We were told on arrival by the owner that the locals of Charlbury had asked that campers did not visit the village, and initially we were surprised and disappointed. However, having spent 48 hours there you can totally appreciate why. If I lived closely to this site I would be petitioning for it to close. I would imagine, outside of a pandemic and if the number of visitors had been controlled much more closely this could be a really nice site. Unfortunately there were just so many people crammed in it was dangerous. The token check of individuals' temperatures when arriving on site was simply box-ticking, and pointless when you consider the fact that there was no security enabling anybody to drive up and pitch on site at any time. Quiet hours were not adhered to - we have small children and were pitched next to a large group who were shouting and singing until past 2am. We stayed Friday to Sunday, and would agree that by Saturday afternoon it felt like disorganised chaos. Groups turned up and were shoehorned into every available space without consideration for pitch allocation or spacing for social distancing or fire reg purposes. It is clear that they are trying to make money back and recoup losses due to lockdown, but the lack of safety concerns was shocking. The facilities also were not suitable for the number of people on site, and although cleaning was taking place it would need to be done more than hourly to maintain the required standards. It wasn't. We are disappointed also, as a few days before we went Cool Camping posted this site on Instagram and it looked idyllic. I usually trust Cool Camping as a brand, but having had this experience I will look at other sites for information and reviews before travelling.
Do not stay - Cool Camping description is in out of date
Overcrowded, poor facilities with ineffective control measures. Irresponsible management. Cool Camping description is out of date / inaccurate Local area is lovely
Too many people!
This is what we thought we were booking: "... a small country site for 80 pitches (one caravan, tent or campavan) with views over the Evenlode Valley of West Oxfordshire." It was very much not the case. Whilst the site staff are very friendly, hardworking and helpful, they also let a lot more that 80 caravans, tents and camper vans on site - there were more than double that number this weekend and as a result it was packed, difficult to walk or drive round and felt pretty unsafe. The only views we had were of cars and tents. So many cars... We are experienced campers and choose our campsites carefully. Cotswold Camping did not have the vibe we are used to - queues for the loo, 50/50 chance of soap, bring your own loo roll, large groups camping together and not sticking to the pitches faintly marked out with paint on the grass. We've stayed before, a couple of years ago, and the website description was spot on then. I think it needs updating, not just with the fact that there are new owners and facilities but that the campers are now squeezed in, there are far more than 80 pitches, the manager tells you not to go into the nearby village for shopping or pubs as the locals have complained and don't want campers there. We didn't get what we were expecting. We won't be returning.
Nice site, clean & modern, but not actively managed
The signs and hand gel stacks around the arrival area suggest they are taking infection spread seriously. There didn’t seem to be an owner or manager ready to welcome us and orientate us, but a team of groundkeepers acting as caretakers. We duly complied with the control measures, only for the first guy to lean into our car. Absolutely no masks in use when dealing with the public, so this is risky. Very proud of their ‘scanner’ but I suspect it tells them nothing they would act on. Toilets seemed clean, though I never saw anyone cleaning them, or refilling the empty hand soap. I guess as we were mid week and the site at around 15-30% capacity, maintenance had been suspended. Inside the various fridges was a particular (stomach) churning point for me: solid milk, meat over 6 weeks past sell-by dates, rancid veg. The fire pits are rentable and worked well.
Relaxing and really enjoyable break
Well run spacious and private pitches . The facilities very clean and adequate for relaxing. Definitely will return.
Beautiful location, friendly staff
Nice site with friendly staff although i think they were pretty overwhelmed on the Fri we arrived. Toilets and showers kept clean but not always soap restocked (although always hand sanitizer available) and hardly ever toilet roll so definitely take a good stock! They are taking temperature on arrival but difficult to do much more re social distancing in the shower/toilet blocks as they are quite small. There is no shop onsite (nearest village at least 20 mins walk or short drive) but several fridges you can keep your own food fresh. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay in lovely part of the world!
Worst I have ever seen!
Not good. No COVID measures in place. Staff doing their best but chaos reigned.over booked insafe. I got am immediate refund but in cash🤷🏻♂️ Not going back there. Putty location is very nice
Arrived on a Friday. The owners couldn't have been more welcoming. Took our temps when we arrived then showed us to the field where we could choose a spot. The toilets and showers were cleaned constantly. Nothing was a problem for them. Really enjoyed our long weekend. So much so that I've recommended to friends who are staying this week and more friends arriving next week.
The campsite was very busy during our stay but we never had to queue for facilities. Facilities were clean and all covid guidelines seemed to be followed. Staff were all helpful, we had no problems at all. Lovely area and walks around the campsite as well.
Chaotic and crowded
You would think that if you booked online here and confirmed the arrival time by email the day before, they would allocate you a pitch? You may be disappointed. When we arrived at 19:30 pm Friday we weren't shown an allocated, numbered pitch but a place near the car way! It seems they gave our place to somebody else. I think they let anybody in at the door because it was very crowded (even for normal non-pandemic periods) and there were other people let down, just like us. They offered us an untaken hut which we eventually accepted (better than camping on previous place) but it ruined our mood and experience. The facilities were clean and water was hot, hence two stars.
Gorgeous, laid back campsite
We booked the pod for the night and had a lovely time. The friendly, kind staff found charcoals and wood for us, and lent us a bbq so we could make dinner. It was chilled, relaxed and quiet, with lovely walks through cornfields.
Overbooked to the point of dangerous
Booked Wednesday to Saturday for first trip out of lockdown. First 2 nights were idyllic, if a bit damp. Facilities good, although very disappointed to have, not only no hot water for handwashing in loos, but no water at all. Showers were working, so it seemed odd not to have water at the sinks given the current situation. Hand sanitiser was available though. Owners were friendly and helpful, but by Friday afternoon had descended into disorganised chaos. Group after group, after group, turned up and were shoehorned into every available space and some spaces that didn't look remotely available or suitable (right on the vehicle approach coming into the field for a couple of tents). Far more were crammed in than the number of pitches they state available, with no adherence to distancing for fire regs, let alone covid. They were very proud of taking everyone's temperature on arrival, but didn't seem to grasp that not everyone with the virus would be symptomatic and indeed the main guy in charge was overhead telling one group he thought it was all a conspiracy. I totally sympathise with businesses trying to recoup losses due to lockdown, but not when it is detrimental to safety and I'm not just talking about Covid measures, the way that tents and vans were crammed in and the difficulty that presented in moving vehicles, was just OTT. Everyone we spoke to had booked, so they'd clearly overbooked on their system just for the sake of £££. Real shame as we thought it was a great find, but don't feel we'd be happy to go back.
Avoid like the plague at the weekends right now
Can only agree with the other reviewer that this place, whilst lovely outside the weekend, was massively overbooked at the weekend. It was unpleasantly crowded and chaotic without a pandemic, dangerously so during one. There were large groups pitched all over the place to the point where all you could see were other people's cars. We would not have been able to leave the site with the caravan from midday on Saturday as the way out of the field was blocked by tents pitched in the way. There was no evidence of any particular measures being taken in terms of distancing and cleaning. I too have sympathy for owners who have missed out on income but it doesn't extend to running a site in this way.
Nice site - but waaaaaaay too busy
We camped Friday - Monday, was one of the busiest sites I've been too. It was one of the first weekends post-lockdown and I'm sympathetic to all the lost income during this time, but it was really overbooked. The next group to us had to pitch about half a meter in front of ours. I didn't think this left tons of room for social distancing. No room for our little one to kick a ball around and it was noisy, loud music played after 11.30 from some groups. Sunday night was lovely though, very chilled and felt like a different place. If you've been fairly anxious about emerging from lockdown, I don't think this site is for you. Temperatures were checked, but there were a lot of people around, and only some people with COVID would have a high temperature at check in. Loos were also frequently out of hand soap (although plenty of hand sanitiser gel). I probably won't return unless I wanted to camp with a big group, or maybe if it was just a midweek stay and I didn't think it would be so busy.
Beautiful site, relaxed atmosphere
I spent a glorious long weekend camping here with friends. The staff are very relaxed, but with good measures in place for COVID-19, taking temperatures of everyone upon arrival, lots of cleaning of the facilities, and hand sanitizer provided. The shower, toilet and kitchen blocks are all very modern and rarely did I have to queue for anything. Owner and site manager Keith is very welcoming. Honestly it was the best weekend with sunny weather - nearby walks were gorgeous and all the local pubs were fab! This place feels like a real ‘find’ and I’ll certainly be returning.
Clean facilities and lovely setting
This is a large campsite but split into several fields. It still feels lovely and green and is close to a really cute little village. The site was very busy but the facilities were cleaned very regularly, in between each person at busy times. On the down side you have to take your own loo roll but on a plus the staff were very friendly.
Not the idyllic experience we were hoping for
The campsite is in a lovely location. We went for our first post lockdown camping trip - and so did everyone else. It was completely overbooked. Tents and vans crammed into every bit of available space. We booked two pitches to camp with friends but these were in separate fields. The owners are friendly but very disorganised. Complete mayhem when we arrived with people and vehicles everywhere. There was no plan for where people should camp and it was a complete free for all. Despite the large number of campers, facilities were kept clean and there was lots of hand sanitiser. Our fellow campers were considerate and once everyone settled there was a nice vibe about the place. No space for the kids to kick a ball but they enjoyed playing in the woods and adjacent farmer's field. Not quite what we expected based on the campsite description but we had a good weekend. If you are looking for quiet then check with site to find out how busy they are before you book.
Excellent first experience of camping
Really enjoyable trip and the camp site is very well run and organised. Lovely surroundings and nearby town of Charlbury has lots to offer, along with good walks and extended neaby church bells on the Monday evening we stayed!
Lovely campsite great for exploring cotswolds
Had a 2 night stay at this lovely campsite (sadly cut short due to the weather) - facilities were great and despite there being very few toilets/showers we never had to wait. The freezer would also have been very handy if we had stayed longer. Pitches were in 3 different areas which made it feel quieter. We went for a lovely bike ride exploring the area and would definitely return to explore more in the future!
Spacious campsite, clean and well appointed. Surrounded by beautiful countryside, a walk into Charlbury and then hop on the bus to Woodstock and get a reduction in the entry fee at Blenheim Palace when you show your ticket.
Very quiet and picturesque site with very clean and adequate facilities. Would stay again.
Small well run campsite with extra little touches. Recycling could be more organised also date of leaving could be left on food etc put in the excellent fridges and freezers provided to help with room. Only a helpful comment not criticism. Really enjoyed the stay 😄
My first camping experience and a huge thank you to the new owners Keith & Carol. They are doing a tremendous job getting everything looking ship shape. They kept the showers and kitchen very clean and tidy with nothing being too much trouble. Very peaceful site. Near to the pretty village of Charlbury where you have a choice of pubs, we are at the Bull where the food was gorgeous. Two supermarkets, Londis and Coop where you can get pretty much all you need, Witney nearby has a large Sainsbury’s too. Hope to come back next year- thanks guys and all the best
Beautifully clean with quality facilities. Friendly owners and other campers. Spacious field close to facilities. Local pub The Bull in Charlbury served excellent food and wine - only a short walk away. A great few days away.
Great location, very pretty, under new management and facilities not clean
The location of this site is lovely surrounded by beautiful countryside and lovely views. The site is broken up into sections which is good. There are only 2 female showers and just 3 female toilets, but there is a family shower room too. We arrived on Friday 12th July and received a good welcome but the site had recently changed ownership and the new owners hadn't really got their act together and the cleanliness of the bathroom facilities was not great. I didn't see anyone do any cleaning the whole 3 days we were there... However, that said, there is a kitchen on site, electrical hook ups, plenty of fridges and freezers that are free to be used and overall we had a wonderful time. There are some great walks to be done locally, the village of Charlsbury is within easy walking distance (across fields) and there are pubs and shops there. We would recommend The Bull Inn - great place and lovely food. The only other downside was that we found the booking process awkward if you wanted to book more than one pitch or if you wanted to ensure you got pitches next to each other. Hopefully the new owners will sort this out.
Quiet and pretty campsite
As long as you know how to read you will be fine. We turned up, read the sign that said to pitch up anywhere, and did so. The toilet and shower block is clean, although there are only 2 showers for the women's and if the campsite had been busy this may have become a problem. We didn't properly meet the owners apart from a quick hello but that wasn't a problem for us. A few short walks along country paths nearby which was nice for walking the dog.
Beautiful place very relaxing
The campsite was so beautiful, peaceful the staff are very friendly, everything you need at the campsite is there such as toilets shower etc, the downfall I had was I booked it when it was raining, I set up that day the rain got too heavy and had to pack up and leave, its a shame about the weather but I will be booking again when the weather is better and finish off my camping brake (Kingy Sutherland Film Director)
Came for 2 nights but stayed for 5
Visited during the week in early June. The site was so peaceful and quiet with very clean showers and toilets. Loved the extra touches such as fridges and freezers and a kettle with tea making facilities. Owners were very friendly. Plenty of walks and national trust properties to visit nearby, particularly enjoyed Hidcote gardens. We will certainly add it to our list of campsites to revisit.
Beautiful campsite - great den building
Our family loved this campsite. My daughter loved the wooded area where there were two swings and materials to build her own den. The campsite was quiet and very laid back. We didn’t see the owners as we were out and about a lot of the time visiting Blenheim palace which is only 20 minutes away by car. There were plenty of leaflets about activities to be done close by and a few take out menus for those wanting to take a break from the campfire. There was also a hut containing a few toys for kids to play with. Toilets and kitchen were clean, shower spacious and a couple of fridge and freezers to store food and ice packs. I would definitely go back.
Our favourite campsite
So much thought and hard work has gone in to the design and upkeep of this site that it's hard to make even the slightest suggeation for improvement. From the swift booking system, the friendliness of the owners, the amazing facilities and the range of local activities to the tiniest details being so carefully planned - we really couldn't have had an easier stay her. This was our second visit and we'll be back time after time again. Thank you for making our visit to the heart of Oxfordshire so special.
We liked everything! Excellent site.
We were spent 4 days away with our daughter, son and their families, comprising of 5 under 8 year olds camping in the group field which was perfect for our large group. We thought the site and facilities excellent set in a beautiful location convenient for exploring the Cotswolds. The only downside was not being able to stay for longer. We will be back!
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Lovely site, well thought out
This is a lovely little site and a reasonable price. We really enjoyed our stay and the owners were very friendly, popping round the site occasionally to check everyone was ok. It was the little details that they had thought through that made a big difference: the kids loved the summerhouse full of toys. The kettle and real mugs in the little kitchen made it so much easier to have that extra proper brew without getting the stove etc back out. The fridges and freezer made it so much easier to keep our milk fresh and our ice packs frozen. The picnic bench. The breeze blocks for BBQs. The large family washroom is a great idea. The woodland play area was a hit with the kid too - we had fun building a den! A great base to explore the Cotswolds from. I also loved the cosy feel of the field we were in, divided up with a few trees and the toy shed. If we go to the Cotswolds again we will definitely come back to this site. The groups field looks good too so we might even bring friends!
Lovely pitches, clean and well kept facilities
We stayed for 2 nights and would have loved to have stayed longer but could not book the extra nights as we had left it too late; our fault. Our two children loved the campsite as it had lots of toys supplied by the owners and a lovely wooded area that they also enjoyed. There is plenty to do in the area and will most likely book again but for a longer period and in plenty of time. My only drawback is there is not a little shop on site, but the local village is not too far away.
Heatwave camping in school holidays
Lots of space and clean facilities. We came at the start of the Summer holidays, staying off-peak on a Sunday and Monday. Plenty of pitches to choose from. We were initially a bit sceptical about the "no campfires" rule, but luckily so hot that we didn't miss it. Grass so parched that probably a fire risk anyway. Barbecues permitted, as long as they are on blocks to keep them off the grass. Owners friendly, and kids loved exploring the woods. Definitely would recommend!
Peace and quiet
I stayed with my son for three nights in July 2018. What a beautiful, peaceful, charming retreat. Facilities were immaculate and other guests were considerate and quiet, despite us camping close to a group/party of three tents. Really friendly owners who have gone the extra mile with the kitchen areas and additional fridges and freezers. It is the perfect site to relax and rewind without any distractions (my idea of heaven), and it's lovely to be able to choose your pitch too. Plenty of walking nearby for the dog. We did a day trip to Oxford and some wild swimming in the river near the beautiful ruins at Minster Lovell. Perfect.
Simple and fine campsite, just enough facilities
We are there for 15 nights with our Labrador Abby. It was very hot in that period but the campsite has a lot of shadow if you wish. We were very happy with the 4 refrigerators and a freezer for the guests on the campsite. There is a lot of space for the children and also a playing wood for them. Good to bring them back to nature. There is no Wi-Fi, and that we liked. Fine are also the walking ways in the surroundings and the bridleway direct behind the campsite. Also a very nice staff. We enjoyed our Holliday and the friendly (English) people on the site. It was a party for our dog too. We recommend this campsite.
Great Cotswolds Basecamp
Just had a 3 day midweek break at this site and had a great time. The facilities are good, clean, and modern. There is plenty of choice for where to pitch and all flat and spacious. The village is lovely and I’d also recommend trips to Lower Slaughter and Bourton on the Water.
Excellent site with very good facilities
Several good sized, level, grassy ‘fields’ with plenty of space to have your own little area and for kids to safely run around. There were several fridges, a freezer, a small kitchen, good washing up area and clean, roomy toilet/shower blocks. It seemed very friendly and well run and the other campers were also very friendly and respectful with no noise after about 11.
Calm and beautiful getaway near Oxford
This is a lovely, small campsite with just the facilities you'd want for a peaceful camping getaway. The site is made up of three fields plus a smaller field - each grassy and surrounded by mature trees and fields. I went with my husband for two nights over a weekend. We were left to choose our own pitch with Julie suggesting the back field that just had adults in. There was plenty of space. We set up on a corner surrounded by trees and a meadow with horses the other side. The facilities were great - showers and toilets all clean plus a handy kitchen with microwave and kettle and an outdoors clean up space with fridge and freezer to use. The site is really easy to get to and near Oxford plus loads of charming towns and walks to explore nearby. We really enjoyed our peaceful stay and would definitely go back again.
Compact friendly site
Just stayed here for 3 night bank holiday weekend. Beautiful grassy site with mature trees. Very good for families with wooded play area. BBQs allowed. Good for walks or cycles to local pubs with good food. Mix of campervan and tents.
Great site right in the middle of nature!
Fab site that has a few different areas split up by trees and hedges, making it feel like you have your own little space. Great facilities and location and our friends little boy was in heaven with all the toys and the woodland play area! Loved it as adults wanting a quiet getaway with mates too...
Fantastic spot. Relaxing. Clean. Friendly.
Great time was had cycling and walking around the area. Gorgeous chilled out site with brilliant and helpful hosts. Easy and fast to book online. Top spot. X
Quiet, clean and relaxing
Stayed over the Easter weekend, very tidy and sheltered campsite close to Charlbury by bike or a short stroll. Facilities super clean and well thought out. Plenty of local walks and rides if you do not want to venture out in your vehicle.
We have just returned from a 3 night break and Cotswolds Camping is now one of our favourite sites so far. Spotless, easy going, lots of space, very well ran, prefect base for the whole of the Cotswolds, main line train also runs from Charlbury so you can pop to Oxford (20 mins away) and leave the car at the site. We only live approximately an hour away and will definitely be returning for some weekend breaks over the coming months. Thank you so much for a wonderful stay, John and Shell
We stayed recently in our camper van and had an awesome stay, the owners are so friendly and helpful, the cleaner helped to explain a great walk into Chalbury,the facilities were excellent and clean, the kitchen is so user friendly, everything you could need, love the way if you have forgotton something you can borrow it as people leave it for the next one, sort of swop shop, our second visit but certainly not our last, well done to the owners,
I've stayed in the huts here a few times, which could sleep more than the 4 adults that they are advertised for. They don't come with anything in them, but this means that they're affordable! They do have power sockets, which is handy for a kettle etc., and lighting and heating. Nice play area for children and field space where we could play frisbee! Nice pubs and a big co-op in Charlbury.
A fantastic quiet campsite, book ahead if you want a hook up, and bring a long cable as pitches are not defined, leaving you to park where it suits you best. We got a great quiet spot in the corner, the showers and toilets are great and there are plenty available even when the site is full. Area was great for two days of cycling and the owners were very accommodating. Easy to forget that you are on a campsite! Thanks!
Lovely, well thought out site
It's a lovely site and it's clear the owners are campers. The electric hook-ups are dotted around, not all in one field; the trees break up the field, giving privacy and the facilities are spotless. They've a little wood with a swing and dens for kids; a kitchen with fridges and even a microwave if you need it. We were there in a campervan mid-week and I guess the facilities (which are limited in number) could be crowded at weekends, but otherwise it's really a lovely place about a mile from the pretty little town of Chalbury.
We spent 2 nights here (5th - 7th June 2015) trialling our brand new tent. We thought it was a lovely, relaxed and quiet campsite - our 3 year old could roam free and we felt the site was safe and friendly. The facilities were clean and tidy with plenty of hot water and the microwave and kettle in the kitchen area were a real novelty! Great location to explore the nearby area - we visited Costwold Wildlife Park and had a brilliant day out. Would definitely visit again, thank you for a great stay.
Absolutely great time, just two nights but really able to kick back and enjoy. Obviously a very well run campsite and yes the kitchenette is indeed a godsend (note two lovely ladies own and run this site... ) Would not hesitate to recommend and next time will be looking to hire the little 2 bed lodges. Great walks very nearby, and do try to get to Kingham particularly the Wild Rabbit & Charlbury; ( added bonus - & were able to take our dog)
We camped (tents) here with some friends over a long (and bit soggy) weekend in August. The site is very well organised - the pitches are very spacious and yet the facilities don't seem too far away. Betwen us we had three children under 5 and I was very nervous as to how the campsite would "cope" with us, but the facilities for the little ones are fabulous. There is a really nice little fenced-off area with Little Tikes slides, seesaws and cars which all three kids loved (and I enjoyed the chance to sit down safe in the knowledge that they couldn't run off!). We pre-ordered a french stick and some pain au chocolat for breakfast, which was a great idea - and set us all up for a fun-filled day! The woodland paths are really well marked and were perfect for a long walk with the buggy (as we tried to get the little one to sleep). All in all a lovely, friendly campsite with great facilities.
Good for a stop over
Stayed here for one night in July 2014. Very well appointed site with shared fridges, microwave, toaster, kettle etc and spotless clean large shower / toilets. However for me this is more of a stop over site (one or two nights) rather than for longer stays as it is a couple of fields and not a lot to do on site. I had a small camper and the cost was £27 for one night with two adults and one child with hook up, which I thought was quite expensive.
Lovely, chilled campsite
I've just returned from a 3 night stay here. The owners popped along in the day and checked everything was ok and were really friendly. The site is pretty and well maintained. Several small fields meant that campers had lots of space but were able to meet others without being on top of each other.
The owners just seem to really want you to have a lovely stay, they don't tell you every rule going like some sites do.
The facilities are really clean and again, well maintained.
The placement of a fridge in the camping field as well as the kitchen was ingenious! I will definitely be coming back.
We've just come back from our second stay at this site. Even though it was advertised as full, the site is not overcrowded or overly busy. The site is clean and well organised, and the owners are friendly.
Improvements have been made to the wooded area, and we lost the kids for hours at a time, whilst they were den building! Also new is a second shower block, and an additional washing up area and fridge. Never had to queue for the showers or the toilets.
Definitely in our top five camp sites we've stayed in.
A truely beautiful campsite set in the magnificent Oxfordshire countryside. The site is well maintained and immaculately clean, the owners are very friendly and welcoming. The site feels very private with privits and hedges lining the site. I had originally planned to stay just 2 nights but soon realised this was not long enough to fully enjoy the place and wish I'd booked longer. I highly recommend the site and will return again soon I hope. Thank you Cotswold Camping for everything!!
This is a lovely little campsite, very informal and sheltered. We came in our camper and the shower and toilets were very clean, kettle and fridge provided to use too. The woods were lovely too - my daughter made a den! Nice touches for the kids like a tyre swing and basketball and hoop. Would definitely return if we are in the area again.
This is by far the tiniest campsite we've ever camped on! There were only 4 pitches in use the weekend we were there and I think that at full capacity (10 pitches) the site would still have plenty of room for games. Lovely location with limited light pollution so good for star gazing. Fires & BBQ's allowed off the ground only and slabs & bricks are provided.
The facilities are excellent; it was so handy to have access to a kettle on a frosty morning when our camping gas was playing up. Very easy to book online. Nearby village of Charlbury lovely - good pubs!
Excellent campsite just outside Charlbuy. Only 10 pitches but has a very friendly and comfortable feel. Site has kitchen with microwave, fridge and even a toaster. The site is spotless and well looked after. There is only one shower and toilet for each sex but as we were off season it wasn’t an issue. Lots of good walks nearby. Charlbury has some good pubs, Bell hotel and Bull. Site owners were very friendly and helpful. Booking online was simple? Will be back.
I would echo the first comments here, as I would also love to keep this place a secret. This was our first time at a tiny campsite such as this, but thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The facilities are excellent - electric included, although we didn’t use this. Kettle, toaster, microwave and fridge in the kitchen, along with fresh eggs from their own chickens. Plenty of hot water, and despite minimal showers & toilets we never had to wait. The cosy feel was embraced by everyone staying, and we had a lovely peaceful couple of days. Our boys (age 7 & 9) and friends’ daughters (7 & 9) found plenty of space to play and explore, including the small wood/copse nearby, and neighbouring fields. They were delighted by the summer house & selection of outdoor toys that the owners provided. The only downside would be the site appears to be quite rocky under the soil, so we managed to bend a few tent pegs, but I’m being picky here and this is truly the only downside I can find in an otherwise perfect campsite. The owners were incredibly friendly and helpful - particularly when we delayed our arrival due to an evening/overnight storm & turned up v.early the next morning instead - our fellow campers were aware and greeted us on arrival. If ever in the area again, I would not hesitate to stay here again.
I should really rate this as rubbish to keep you all away. The campsite was well set out, pitch where you like :) The owners freindly and relaxed. The facilities were great. Clean loos, shower and little kitchen, comlete with kettle, toaster and microwave. Alongside the site is a small copse, great if you have kids, this leads to fields and footpaths. The owners also have horses at the end of the campsite and chickens, having fresh eggs for breakfast was lovely. The location is fantastic with many puplic footpaths to explore and the town is within walking distance (although we used the car for shopping). The town is small and friendly with a great little deli and a co op. Back soon !! Judyegg
This is the Kylie Minogue of campsites: small, pretty and likeable. It’s basically just a very attractive field in a lovely location. It has a clean, new toilet block and even a little kitchen. The proprietors are very nice people, though you won’t see much of them as don’t live on site. If you’re lucky, they may have remembered to pin a welcome note onto the gatepost for when you arrive. Nearby Charlbury (15 min walk or 3 min drive) is a small town with a Co-Op, a deli-type shop and a small handful of pubs, including the lovely Bull Inn - who do fantastic (but not cheap) dinners). If you’re desperate to get out and about, Oxford is half an hour away (use one of the park and rides) and Blenheim Palace is 10-15 mins away. Chipping Norton is also a pleasant enough place. The site does not have many pitches, so it is difficult to discern an overall feel or atmosphere for the it . The rates are very reasonable and their website does online reservations. The site lies in the Evenlode Valley, which the RAF use to send their Puma and Merlin helicopters for low-level training - at all times of day or night. This is infrequent, but if they turn up and you’re not expecting them, you will think you’re going to die. In summary, if you want a charming, simple campsite in a pleasant location, you won’t go far wrong here.