Non-electric grass tent or campervan pitch

UK England South East England Oxfordshire Faringdon Ye Olde Swan

  • Sleeps 6 (max 6 adults, 5 children)
  • Dogs Allowed
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The Owner Says

A basic, non-electric, grass tent or motorhome pitch, close to the river. Flat pitches, basic amenities, shower, toilets and drinking water, next to The River Thames and a close stroll to Ye Olde Swan pub.

Ye Olde Swan is situated in a stunning location aside the River Thames at Radcot Bridge, originally an old packhorse bridge on the main wool export route from Northampton to Southampton. The bridge, which claims to be the oldest crossing of the Thames was built around 1200. Ye Olde Swan has been a stopping off point for weary shepherds and travellers for hundreds of years to enjoy fine ales and good food. Nothing has changed, though the sheep have long since disappeared.

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About Ye Olde Swan

Suitable For

Campers, camper vans, motorhomes, groups, dogs on leads – yes. Caravans – no.

Nearby

The Thames Path National Trail runs right past the campsite so getting out on foot is easy. Equally easy is taking to the river. You can bring your own vessel or paddle off on a hired kayak or stand-up paddle board. If you have a rod licence, you can fish from site too. There are plenty of classic Cotswolds towns to explore within 10 miles of site including Faringdon, Lechlade-on-Thames and Bampton (where scenes from Downton Abbey were filmed). The Cotswold Wildlife Park (01993 823006) is also within 10 miles of site. Kelmscott Manor (01637 252486), once owned by William Morris, is a 10-minute drive, Buscot Park (01367 240932), home of Lord Faringdon, is 15 minutes away and magnificent Blenheim Palace (01993 810530) is a drive of around 40 minutes away. Swindon, with plenty of attractions including rainy-day options from ice skating to trampolining, is a 30-minute drive.

Food & Drink

The obvious choice for food and drink is the pub, Ye Olde Swan (01367 810220)  just across the waterway. In the summer there’s often a BBQ in the pub garden and, if you’re lucky, the mobile pizza oven and Prosecco bar might cross the river to the campsite. There’s a little shop on site for basic campsite supplies but if you need more, there are plenty of shops and eateries in nearby Faringdon and Lechlade. For a meal out, try the recommended tapas restaurant, La Bobina (01367 240578), in Faringdon.

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Rated ★★★★★ over 103 reviews

★★★★☆

Great place

Had a lovely time time. The site is well situated with each plot having good space for each camper. The little shop is well stocked and the people friendly and kind. The swan pub is a delight and the food amazing And service excellent. We have a great time on the Thames via a conoe. The let down is the toilets there are enough toilets and showers but no cleaned while we were there and from dust taken over by spiders and cobwebs. A net over each door would reduce this and a quick clean would also stop this and is unpleasant after dust. Even a broom for the campers to do it . But overall excellent place and the pub is a must for all .
Sep 9, 2021 by Fran Verified Review
★★★★☆

Fun, friendly and clean

Friendly and accommodating owners, especially for groups. Toilets are portaloos however did the job and was cleaned regularly. Close to local attractions such as Oxford Castle, Crocodile zoo and water activities.
Sep 6, 2021 by Amy Holmes Verified Review
★★★★★

A wonderful campsite with friendly and helpful staff. A beautiful and peaceful location

The kids loved paddle boarding and fishing within a stones throw of our tent. A lovely 2.5 hour walk along the Thames path to the Trout pub in Lechlade
Aug 28, 2021 by Jo Ilott Verified Review
★☆☆☆☆

Absolutely terrible

We were extremely disappointed with the campsite, the toilet facilities are the worst we’ve ever seen. The stench hits you from about 5 meters away. We booked for 2 night, only stayed 1, could not stomach any more - we booked another campsite as soon as we got up. In addition to this, there is a general lack of maintenance around the site, grass not mowed, gate does not open properly, boundary fence unstable, tractor blocking emergency entrance.
Aug 28, 2021 by Enid Jones

Response from Ye Olde Swan

*****NEWSFLASH******

Happy to say that we have now had the pipe laid under The Thames to take away sewage - currently we HAVE to use event toilets - there is no other choice! .........................BUT from next month, the toilets will be flushed and taken under the river back to the large septic tank behind Ye Olde Swan so the smell from the holding tank will be a thing of the past - we have always listened to reviews and we have re-invested in this site on many levels over the past 8 months.

Oh and there are many reasons why there was a lack of maintenance these last few weeks!!! and that's because the owner of the business has actually been in hospital after suffering serious injury!!!! - so we are sorry that as a family we have been a little behind with these jobs but we hope for positive news and are slowly getting back on form following his accident! Thankyou so much for being a caring visitor, maybe if you had spoken to someone on site about your gripes we may have been able to discuss things with you rather than all over the internet! but that's the joy of reviews!

The tractor however isn't blocking the emergency access at all - its blocking the entrance for the people who moor boats here with us, We laid new grass seed recently and didn't want people driving over it and IS IN NO WAY anything to do with the campsite entrance so if you are going to go down the route of leaving a negative review - at least get your facts straight!

au revoir Enid!
★★★★★

Fantastic situation, great site!

Amazing situation. Had great fun kayaking, cycling, walking and eating at the pub. Will definitely come back
Aug 28, 2021 by Amanda Verified Review
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Location

Ye Olde Swan is located at Radcot Road, Radcot, Oxfordshire OX18 2SX

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Getting There

From Oxford take the A420 to Faringdon, then the A4095 Radcot Road to Radcot. Soon after the village sign for Radcot, you will cross a bridge with traffic lights. The campsite car park will be on your right just after this. Ye Olde Swan pub is just beyond the next bridge

It’s not possible to reach Ye Olde Swan using public transport and the closest railway station is at Swindon some 15 miles (30 minutes’ drive) away... but arriving under your own steam by paddling the Thames or walking on the Thames Path is an attractive option.