Abbey Home Farm

UK England South West England Gloucestershire Cirencester

  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
Eco-camping for real. Cooking on an open fire. Unspoilt natural beauty

The Chester-Master family don’t always do things the easy way. “To make a farm pay nowadays, most farmers concentrate on one venture,” Hilary explains. “We are doing the opposite”. And she’s not just talking about the way 1,500-acre Abbey Home Farm seems to produce every food you can grow in the UK on site, from honey to halloumi. It’s also a reference to the award-winning farm shop, the educational courses and the vegetarian café with a menu that changes daily as it follows the progress of the surrounding garden. This is not just a farm. It’s an entire organic enterprise.

In addition to this agricultural activity is Abbey Home’s thoroughly low-key and off-grid campsite. Or rather, campsites. After all, why challenge yourself with running one when you have the space to manage several? The main ‘Green Field’ site is popular with families, who love the space – only accentuated by sweeping views of the surrounding pastures – and the car-free safety afforded to children. It's rustic to say the least, with showers in rough huts made from the farm's own wood, but that's really part of the charm.

Alongside the Green Field is a smaller meadow for campervans and those desperate to pitch accompanied by their vehicles, while, elsewhere, you’ll find a shepherd’s hut, a yurt and a four-yurt camp for groups. Perhaps our favourite site is the aptly named ‘Magical Glade’, an exclusive hire spot in the woods a whole mile away with space for about three small tents. Since the wood was only planted in 1991, the trees are still relatively small, giving campers the best of both worlds: sheltered seclusion and sunlight.

Wherever you’re lucky enough to pitch, you’ll have to start by checking in at the farm shop, the hub of all things at Abbey Home. Head grower Andy chalks notes on a blackboard inside, so that guests know what’s going on in the 15-acre vegetable garden that surrounds the building, and you’re welcome to wander through it all on weekends. There are also tours of the wider farm on their summer open day, though, at other times of the year, you can follow the well-signed farm trail yourself, heading to a beautiful totem pole by the campsite and on past fields of short-horned cattle, sheep and chickens before entering the woods and returning down an old railway line to the shop.

The diversity and seasonality of the farm means there is always something new and changing. ‘Sprouting Broccoli and Spring Greens cropping well’, reads one of Andy’s chalk-board notes in April. ‘Good year for soft fruit and Strawberries,’ in July. This propensity for change seems to have seeped into the varied courses and activities offered and, more recently, even into the running of the campsite. Almost 20 years after the farm first became certified organic, the next generation of the Chester-Master family are beginning to take the reigns of the site. While the camping will still be an off-grid, campfire-friendly and eco-friendly affair, plans are apparently in the pipeline for a few new welcome additions. Whatever happens you can be sure it won’t be done the easy way. But no doubt it will be set about with the same laudable aim of making the countryside and the environment a better place.

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The main, off-grid, Greenfield family campsite has 40 spacious pitches. There are separate ladies/mens compost loos, men's urinals and two gas-powered showers. Fire pits to hire (£5 for 2 nights) and wood for sale. You can park next to your pitch in the campervan field only, otherwise there is parking in an allocated area adjacent to the main camping meadow, with wheelbarrows provided to transport all your gear. The farm shop and café is a 10-minute gentle stroll through the wood. Farm walks, tours and talks are available through summer – see their website or the chalkboard in the farm shop and café to find out what's on during your visit. Some are suitable for adults only, some are geared at families. Elsewhere on the farm, there is also a Magical Glade (with its own facilities), a Four Yurt Camp (with space for up to 18 people), a shepherd's hut by the pond (different location again) and a Mead Hut available to hire.

Suitable For

Tents, small campervans – yes. Caravans, motorhomes, dogs, noisy folk and adult-only groups – no.


You could easily not leave the farm for a few days, hanging out at the campsite, letting the kids explore and wandering to the farm shop when you fancy a bit of action. Cotswold eBikes are based on the farm and provide you with a GPS pre-loaded with route options for exploring the local area. Children's seats and trailers are available so great for all the family. You are in Roman-remains territory round here, so it’s mosaics-a-go-go: Chedworth Villa (01242 890256) is less than 10 minutes away by car and has some of the best examples. If it rains, Cirencester is only 5 minutes away by car. The Corinium Museum (01285 655611) has one of the nation’s largest collections of Romano-British bits and bobs in what was the empire’s second largest British town. It has been recently renovated, with interactive displays and the opportunity to dress up as a Roman soldier. You’re also on the edge of the Cotswolds, with Cheltenham and Stow-on-the-Wold and tonnes of picturesque villages within half an hour’s drive.

Food & Drink

The farm shop and café have everything you could possibly need, from food for the campfire to beautiful vegan dishes and hearty breakfasts. If you do want to venture out to eat, The Stump (01285 720288) is four miles up the road, serving delicious pizzas in a stylish informal traditional country pub setting. The Village Pub (01285 740421) in Barnsley is just three miles away. Yes, that is it's real name. It's a gastro-style pub, if you fancy something more up market. Cirencester also has lots of independent coffee shops and restaurants, good for a wander around on a rainy day.


Open all year (Yurts from Easter–October only).

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The Owner Says

We have several options for staying here at Abbey Home Farm, something for everyone! Our Greenfield Family Campsite is a large field hugged on two sides by dry stone walls and the beautiful Yellow School Wood. It has stunning views across the farm and simple facilities; cold water washing up sinks, compost loos and two gas hot showers, all nestled into the wood. The main field is completely vehicle free and the car park adjoins it, with wheelbarrows to transport your gear. Just behind this is a separate field for camper vans and those that want to camp immediately next to their cars. This is a 'Leave No Trace Site', please take all rubbish away with you. We have no facility for it except recycling bins in the shop overflow car park for Cans and Glass.

Our 4 Yurt Eco Camp is great for groups of up to 18 people, the Single Yurt is perfect for couples or small families, tucked away in its own woodland. The Magical Glade (max 8 people) is nestled in a young coppice allowing for both privacy and sunlight! Just a compost loo and cold water tap - as close to wild camping as it gets. The Shepherd's Hut (next to an ancient woodland with stunning views) and the Hut by the Pond (nestled deep in its own wood) are perfect for couples, hidden right in the heart of the farm.

The Organic Farm Shop and Cafe are just a 5 minute walk from the main campsite, (a longer walk across the fields from the others). The shop sells 100% organic veg, soft fruit, dairy, bread and meat all produced on the farm, household and dry goods refills plus everything else you could possibly need. The cafe is inspired daily by the large kitchen garden surrounding it, serving very seasonal food.

Over the summer there are lots of interesting farm walks, tours and talks for all the family and something to suit all interests.

Here at Abbey Home Farm, we are committed to re-establishing the connections between nature, farming, and meeting human needs and believe that, as farmers and land stewards, we have a responsibility to efficiently produce food for the local community while protecting our soil and creating and maintaining biodiversity. We love to share what we do and hope to see you on the farm in the near future.

"The Land Is Not Ours. It Belongs To The Future And We Should Leave It In Good Heart."

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The Shepherds Huts

Shepherd’s hut Sleeps 4 21 Available
The off grid Shepherds Huts sit beside Wiggold Wood and its ancient oaks, with incredible views across the fields. Right at the heart of the farm, far from anyone Small groups looking for their own magical private spot, with incredible views and tonnes of space. Ideal, for 1 or 2 families (kids in tents!), two couples, plus up to 4 others in tents

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Contact Abbey Home Farm, The Organic Farm Shop, Burford Road, Cirencester, Gloucestershire GL7 5HF

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Getting There

From Cirencester, head east for the A417. At the A417 roundabout go straight ahead towards the B4225. After the next roundabout pass the turning for the A429, then take the next left, signposted ’The Organic Farm Shop’.

Train station: Kemble (seven miles) – London to Gloucester line. Bus no. 855 runs from the station to Cirencester, stopping at Stow Lodge, from where it’s a 20-minute walk to the site.


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Rated ★★★★★ over 39 reviews


Lovely off the grid site but smelly toilets

This is a lovely off the grid campsite with lots to do in the surrounding area. You need to be directed from the farm shop after you check in to get there and I think that's great. It's set well back from the road so no noise and beautiful countryside views. Make sure you bring loo roll with you as the shop does sell it but it closes at 4 after this you won't be able to buy any until the next day!! My only issue with the site was the toilets. We have been to lots of campsites before with compost toilets and they are usually the cleanest and least smelly so it's something we look for when decided where to camp. These were the smelliest and dirtiest compost toilets I have ever come across, the ladies seemed to have some sort of lining which had excrement on it. I'm not sure signage, as previously suggested, on how to use the toilets properly would completely eradicate the issue but it would probably improve it as nt everyone has used compost loos before
Sep 13, 2021 by Alicia Verified Review

Lovely stay at the farm

I love campsites like this. An open field and a lovely view! The farm shop was nice and you could walk through the woods to access this, the staff were lovely in there. The campsite was well off the road so we had no road noise and the loo's in the woods were quiet 99% of the time. You could pick wherever to camp so if you wanted to be away from others you could be. I have added a few things below that we wished we knew before staying on site. Eco toilets and showers- tall people can really see over the wall so bring swimwear if you do not wish to lock eyes when showering! Bring your own loo roll and bear in mind there is nowhere to bin rubbish. Some signs as to how to properly use the eco toilets would benefit all as it is my belief they should not smell, however they really did stink. When you check-in you need to go into the farm shop and then you are redirected back to the road to access the field via a padlocked gate. There are no signs to tell you all this and at first we thought we were in the wrong place!

A dreamy escape to a peaceful farm

This is a very peaceful and eco conscious campsite and attracted similarly minded campers during our stay. This made for a very relaxing break. We stayed on the field without cars. It is still very easy to access you car to collect kit, made easy with the use of the provided wheelbarrows. The car free field is a fantastic place to pitch up as you have lovely views across the fields and get the added bonus of watching the animals grazing and being able to observe some of the field work of the farmer and shepherd. Both camping fields are next to the woodland area where the compost loos and path to the farm shop can be found. On the edge of the camping field, next to the wood are two sinks and a water tap. I was nervous about the loo situation initially but actually much preferred the compost toilets to the portaloos you sometimes find at other ‘off grid’ style campsites. (Remember to take your own paper) The toilets were checked and tided regularly by the site staff (at least 3 times a day I would estimate). It was also great to know they were on hand if any questions arose during the stay. The staff at the farm shop were very friendly and informative when we signed in. On check in, you get a little map of the farm, with a nice walking route for guests to follow around the farm and wood. We did use the shop for supplies for one of our evening meals and were pleased with the quality and range of food on offer. We will definitely return to Abbey Home Farm next summer!
Aug 20, 2021 by Emma HallM Verified Review

Staff were very friendly and helpful

The woods and campsite views with an amazing organic farm shop - will return most definitely!

Excellent farm shop

I stayed one night on a cycle tour around the Cotswolds. Great flat field, loads of space with facilities as advertised. Delicious vegetable pasty from shop. Compost loos a bit smelly which I assumed was normal until 2 nights later staying at another site where the compost loos for whatever reason didn’t smell. Would still recommend.
Aug 1, 2021 by Hilary Verified Review

Peaceful, wildlife haven.

This campsite is surrounded by fields and native trees. The efforts made to encourage biodiversity have resulted in a rich haven for native wildlife as well as plenty to see for the tree lovers amongst us. A lovely place. Farm shop also excellent.
Jul 27, 2021 by Mary Tassell Verified Review

Ideal Location if Cycling NCR 45/48/57

I stayed here for a couple of nights in July having arrived by bike, cycling up from Swindon railway station. The farm is well signposted and easy to find, not far off of National Cycle Route 48, the booking in process very smooth and welcoming. The Organic farm shop is a real treat, an expansive selection of products and treats, just about everything required is available. The site is only a couple of miles from Cirencester if there is something you are missing and can't do without. The views across the landscape from the tent field were excellent, the site was very peaceful and not crowded at all, plenty of space and it's a real treat to not have cars parked up alongside tents, no slamming of car doors etc. With the composting toilets and outdoor showers the rustic feel of the site only adds to the chilled demeanour. I very much enjoyed the location, tranquility and relaxing nature of the site and am sure I will return again at some point in the future. It's a great location for a stay if cycling on National Cycle Routes 45 / 48 / 57.

Peaceful retreat

The camping field had lovely views and really made us feel we were taken to a place a million miles away, very relaxed and tranquil. However, we had to use the campervan field due to having a roof tent and the views here were obscured by tall hedges. We had our BBQ watching the views then slept in the campervan field which was not a problem. Facilities were good and still allowed us to feel within nature with the compost loos and outdoor showers with lovely hot water! The farm shop was really well-equipped with lots of local produce. Lovely experience and would have happily stayed for more than our 2 nights
Jul 12, 2021 by Susan

Wonderful place

Outstanding camping site. The staff were amazing, the organic market is really something you don't want to miss. The view, the site, rustic toilets and showers, were the best way to take a moment with family to relax and enjoy the nature. Thank you so much, we are going to be back very soon.
Jul 12, 2021 by Jason Verified Review

A beautiful campsite

We camped here for one night and wish we could have stayed longer! The camping field itself was situated overlooking a stunning view of the Cotswold countryside. The handy wheelbarrows available made transporting luggage the short distance from the car especially easy. The site owners were friendly and helpful, pointing us to any facilities we needed and welcoming us into their farmshop. The farmshop itself is fantastic, and I am sure the cafe would have been absolutely delicious - we were sad this was still closed due to COVID, but it gives us an excuse to return!!! The site is also situated about 8 minutes drive from Cirencester, so perfect to pop in to browse the shops/cafes. There are showers and toilets and clean drinking water easily accessible. All in all a very enjoyable stay and we will definitely be returning!

Great Family Friendly Fun

Really lovely campsite with good facilities. Not too crowded even at “full capacity”, and i think only families with loads of kids playing continuously. Also with the fantastic organic farm shop 5m walk away. All set against a backdrop of the most amazing views. It was a perfect weekend getaway with the kids, we’ll definitely be back.

A spacious haven with a lovely vibe

I arrived a bit flustered (having not followed the clear instructions to not trust satnav!) and was immediately put at ease by a warm welcome, clear instructions and the lovely array of goods in the shop. There was so much space on the site, and the short walk into the woodland to toilets and showers added to charming and totally relaxed vibe. Would definitely recommend, and will go back for sure.

Great relaxed campsite with well stocked organic shop onsite

We had a fantastic two day trip at Abbey Home Farm. There was a choice of two sites to pitch and we choose the one which allowed us to camp and park our car nearby. If we where to return (which we hope to do) we'd definitely make the extra effort and choose the other field as this had amazing views of the rolling countryside. Everyone we spoke to had rave reviews about the site. Two good showers, and two toilets per gender seemed plentiful for the amount of campers. The shop was well stocked and provided lots of delicious food. Lovely walks from the two sites though the woods to the shop added to the experience and a lovely small loop around the local fields made it a very relaxing and enjoyable weekend. The only one negative I would add is that you have to take your rubbish away with you - and when you have a full car, its not ideal. And its not ideally having to then find a place to depose of it. It'll be good if they offer the option to recycle or at least help with suggestions of where to depose of it. I would have given 5* if it wasn't for the rubbish issue. But would definitely recommend the site.
Jun 17, 2021 by Jules S Verified Review

Will go again

First time in a long time I've had a view of rolling hills with not a telephone pole in sight. Love the freedom to pitch wherever. Lots of friendly families around us. Loos and showers and taps close by. Loos are great as long as you don't look down the hole! Take your own rolls. Large farm shop with gorgeous pasties and cakes. Lots of items on offer. Felt safe for our two young children. Car park also very close to campsite. Very reasonably priced. Will definitely go again for a local getaway!
Jun 14, 2021 by Holly Bird Verified Review

Beautiful views from the Camping Field

The photos are very true to what you will see when you come out of your tent in the morning. Great secure parking which can be as close to your tent and the facilities as you wish. The farm shop is brilliant with all organice produce and eco products. It is a 5 minute walk from the site. The showers were great. I loved being outside to shower. We were lucky with the weather so even at 10pm it was still warm. Only one shower was working at the time but there was never a queue so I guess I was lucky. I didn't like the toilets so much. The site wasn't all 40 pitches full but I still felt that 2 toilets was not enough. Not for the waiting but because of the compostable loos and the flies. The noise from the road is not noticable during the day but if you have trouble sleeping, it could be a disturbance. That said, we had a lovely visit and would return and happy to recommend to our friends.
Jun 14, 2021 by Sarah Knott Verified Review

Perfect campsite for a break in the great outdoors

Stayed here with friends for two nights on the campervan field. Well maintained ground with basic, back to nature facilities. Lovely short walk through a beautiful wood to the very well stocked farm shop. Had a day out at the Cotswold Sculpture Park, can highly recommend this and a lovely 10 mile walk around local area. Will most definitely be coming again. Thank you 😊
Jun 14, 2021 by Mark Taylor Verified Review

What a fabulous site!

This was a much needed break and didn’t disappoint! Peace and quiet, plenty of space, beautiful views, amazing walks in woodlands alive with birdsong - I will be coming here again! Thank you for keeping this site so beautifully and so eco friendly 😊
Jun 14, 2021 by Ruth Drury Verified Review

Great spot but facilities could be better

Starting with the positives: the field itself is stunning with beautiful views and (on the June weekend we were there at least) had vast amounts of space for the number of campers. On the negative side, I think you get a little bit less for your money here than at other sites we’ve booked through Cool Camping. Compost toilets are normally great, but the issue here is that they don’t separate the ‘number 1s’ and ‘number 2s’, and the combination creates an awful stink. The gents urinal is just a haybale rather than a soakaway, so was truly disgusting and unusable by Sunday. Also no toilet paper or hand sanitiser available. The access is a bit annoying, off a locked gate on a busy road, especially when there are lots of cars coming and going from the campsite. In summary - we had a lovely weekend here but it will not be on our list of sites that we would return to!
Jun 14, 2021 by James Turner Verified Review

Perfect getaway

Brilliant camping experience! Perfect chillout site with peace and quiet and plenty to do nearby during the day. Cotswold zoo and Cotswold beech all in good driving distance which the kids loved. Would certainly stay again! Quite likely the best camp site we have been to, staff super friendly and helpful and we had a great time. The perfect get-away into the outdoors. Camping as it should be!

Lovely for low waste and simple camping!

The farm is really pretty and lovely, the staff in the shop are also super helpful. We stayed in the car campsite, and it was lovely and quiet and private too. The compost loos weren’t for me I’m afraid, but you know what you’re signing up for. There is an emphasis on low waste on the farm which is great, so make sure to seperate your recycling and take your waste away with you. The cotswold airport and RAF brize Norton are both near by so I loved watching the light and military planes flying in and out and was surprised by how many I saw. The location is also grey for visiting local attractions and Cirencester town. I had seen other reviews mentioning the noise from the road but I didn’t find this too much of a bother myself. Would love to see composting facilities on site as a way to create even less waste with food scraps. Would definitely come again, perfect for simple basic camping in the countryside.

Lovely spot for a laid-back break

This was our first camping trip as a family of four and we loved it. It’s lovely being able to camp anywhere in the field and there was plenty of space. Hiring fire pits at check-in was no problem at all. The site was peaceful in the evenings and felt safe enough for the kids to explore. Drinking water is available separately to the washing up area and the toilets and shower were in the wooded area - all kept clean and working. There isn’t always hot water for the shower, but this didn’t bother my son who insisted on a cold shower anyway! We would definitely come back!

Lovely location

Great location, camping spot has great views and access to the farm shop which stocks wonderful things. There was loads of space on the campsite and an option to rent a fire pit with wood for £5 for 2 nights which was ideal for cooking on. The road was quite loud but didn't affect us much.

A beautiful place

Truly one of the nicest camping experiences I've ever had. The site is beautiful and spacious and peaceful. The toilet/showers are basic, but isn't that the point!? And they're spotlessly clean. The surrounding farmland is a haven for nature and well worth exploring. Couldn't have asked for more. Will be returning as soon as possible.
Jun 1, 2021 by Bill Leuty Verified Review

Beautiful but basic

Spacious site with great views and scenic woodland walk up to the organic farm shop which offers a range of food. Only slight difficulty with the location itself is the presence of an electrified fence at the edge of the car-free field so it's not safe to give very young children free roam of the field. Facilities are clean, but very basic with no access to hot running water on site. It is possible to use some of the recycling bins at the farm shop, but this does not include disposal of food waste which instead must be taken home for disposal as this is a "leave no trace" site.

Lovely campsite

Lovely space with a wonderful farm shop with really delicious, local products (although quite expensive). There was loads of space for the children to run around in and it all felt very safe. Only downside was the noise from the road.
May 17, 2021 by Lauren Fuzi Verified Review


We booked a last-minute stay as the first post-lockdown getaway in our little camper van, and had a wonderful time! The campsite has everything you need - it's level, spacious, has a great view, water, and compost loos - and we loved the stroll around the farm, saying hello to the sheep and lambs, and wandering through the woodland. Just what we needed! The only problem is we got so carried away in the shop, full of organic goodies and beautiful things from India, that we spent far more than we'd meant to.. Will definitely be back, and hope to work our way through the courses on offer - what an inspiring place. Thank you :-)

Peaceful weekend.

Amazing views,good walks, friendly staff and good facilities ,

What a view!

Our camping experience here was lovely. We stayed in our campervan so was nice and warm during the chilly nights. The facilities was great. My daughter had never used a compost toilet before and was a little scared but soon got the hang of it. Showers were closed and so was the cafe so can’t comment on those. Everyone was so friendly and helpful so would highly recommend this campsite. We will definitely be back.

Nice Camping - AVOID CAFE

Camping was great, loved the wheelbarrows and the children loved the open space to run and play. Our stay was ruined by the slow service in the cafe when, after waiting in line for over 20 minutes, I was told I was "too late" to order toast by 2mins.
Aug 2, 2019 by Laura

An amazing privilege to stay in the Magical Glade

Unless you own land there must be few places where you can camp isolated from everybody in your "private" fenced woodland, where the children can roam around and explore without concern over who they may meet. You can sit around the campfire gazing up at stars without any light pollution, listening to birds and animals (and some distant but unobtrusive road noise). There is a wheelbarrow to transport your camping equipment the couple of hundred metres through the young trees to a clearing big enough for our 8 man tent and table and chairs but without too much open space. There is a brazier in the clearing for a camp fire and a short 30m walk along another path to a tap with water from the borehole. The compost toilet was housed in a green shed a short walk from the glade and was clean and smell free. We stayed early April (with a couple of frosts!!) and there were still some small ponds in another part of the wood (think of the inbetween world in CS Lewis the Magicians Nephew), but apparently these often dry up later in the summer. Having read other reviews we asked if we could have a farm tour and had a behind the scenes 2 hour wander through the farm finding out about organic farming and seeing (not petting) the various animals. Maya, our guide, was good at keeping our 4,8 and 11 year olds involved telling us interesting things we wouldn't have thought about asking. The farm shop and cafe were expensive but quality and worth the money when you see what is required in the production of the meat and vegetables and we loved the milk dispensing machine where you can take your own bottles to fill. It was a really friendly place where those we met seemed motivated by ethical living and looking after our environment, it really did feel like a magical glade.
Apr 15, 2019 by Family Campers

Lovely place and amazing organic shop!

We stayed last weekend and via email the owners couldn't be more helpful and happy to provide plenty of information. At first glance, on arrival, the site looks very simple and down to earth but there are great facilities and a wonderful view across the fields on the main site. Although many people would prefer toilet/shower blocks with hot, running water, this isn't why we like to go camping and frankly I prefer to use a composting loo as it's a much more friendly option than flushing gallons of fresh water down the sewerage system!

The site itself is a large main field overlooking a beautiful bucolic valley, some very well managed woodland with some lovely sculptures, yurts and a woodland path through to the very well provisioned organic farm shop with loads of wonderful food, drink and supplies; more than you could expect for a 'camp shop' and definitely a departure from the classic camp shops offering freezer blocks, 'meat packs' and cheap tat for the kids.

Two of our group have live-in vehicles so we were all able to stay together in the vehicle field which was lovely although we didn't get to enjoy the view over the valley directly from our tent doors, but the view of the rooks over the woodland and the sounds of the owls at night was beautiful and the ground was pretty good for pitching tents. Add to this that you can hire fire-bowls and you can spend a lovely evening chatting while the sun goes down before a restful night's sleep. There is, occasionally, some distant vehicle noise but the night is peaceful and while we were there we were treated to scores of shooting stars and the view of the Milky Way stretching across the night sky.

Maybe this site isn't for you if you want hot, running water, childrens playgrounds and loads of facilities but for us, this is what camping is about. If you want a cup of tea, you can boil a kettle and the kids on site seemed to be having a load of fun exploring and playing games on the huge field which seems like it can house huge numbers of tents without people being on top of each other. If you want somewhere peaceful, rustic, with soul and an amazing farm shop; this one's for you!

Sep 2, 2013 by bethand

What a fantastic campsite!

Just what an amazing place this is!

We booked for the weekend of 9/10 August and signed up for the Family Camp option. The Campsite alone, which is a great site, would have been worth this positive review, but it was the Family Camp which really blew us away.

The Family Camp is basically an all-inclusive version of the incredible range of activities organised on the farm by the Education Officer, Hope. Activities included, collecting eggs from the big flock of chickens, grading them and packing into boxes for the shop (our kids were most chuffed at collecting 247 eggs on one day!); digging up carrots from the field; watching the miliking of the cows (and meeting the day old calf!); playing with the pigs in the free-range pens; nature games in the woods; stories round the campfire; a dusk walk to see wild badgers; and a fantastic trip round the back of the farm in the back of the farmer's pickup (which apparently was specially for us as (unbelieveably!) numbers were low that weekend - normally it's a trailer ride pulled by tractor!).

The activities would have kept our kids entertained on their own for the entire weekend, but Hope who ran all the activities, was just incredible. Despite being pregnant she was fantastic - full or energy and ideas for things for the kids to do. The kids enjoyed every minute of it and they were so sad to say goodbye at the end. All the people who worked on the farm (and we met lots with all the activities!) were really friendly, and it just made it a very special stay.

As they make clear on their website, the campsite is basic. The standard camping area is two fields, one for campers and those who want to keep thieir cars with them, and one for tents only. The tents-only field has by far the better views but everywhere is quiet and tranquil with plenty of space to pitch.The composting loos were really well managed and worked really well (no smells!). And it all ties in to a genuine and whole hearted organic approach to farming and camping - this is not a campsite where organic is plastered everywhere just to attract visitors - it is clear that looking after the environment and the animals on the farm means everything to people who are involved with the farm and the campsite. And to top it all, without all the glaring lights from any "oh-so-clean" toilets blocks you get at other campsites, we managed to see a sky full of stars (complete with shooting stars!) that you just don't get in the South East! There is slight road noise from a nearby road at night, but this does not affect the peace and tranquility of the place.

The farm shop is excellent, and you realise when you are doing the actiivites that this truly is a farm shop - all the things in the shop, the milk, cheese, meat, vegetables etc. are all produced on the farm! The restaurant is also good - and open early!

So overall, this was a great place to go to, and easily the best camping trip our family has been on so far. Everyone worked really hard to make sure we had a good stay, and we'd like to thank Hope especially for all her hard work over the weekend.

We would defintiely recommened the campsite to anyone, and we would particularly recommend any of the activities on the farm, particularly the Family Camp - they are all excellent, and when we booked pretty reasonable for what you get. When we went there was loads of space on the site and on the Camp, so get in quick before everybody works out what a real treasure this place is!

Aug 18, 2013 by JJHL

Glorious camping

We stayed at Abbey Home Farm over this last weekend (the one when Murray won Wimbledon!) and the weather was perfect. We pitched our tent in the car camping site where we had masses of space even when a few more tents turned up, but the main field is just stunning with so much space that it just eats up families with loads of space left between tents. The sun setting over a field of clover was a sight to remember.

The water tastes wonderful from the spring. Don't be put off by talk of compost loos, we were there in July and they were fine and there were certainly doors on both of the ladies' loos.

It is a few minutes walk through the wood to the beautifully quirky shop and cafe where you can buy all kinds of organic fruit, veg and delicious bread and the best lamb chops! It is such a treat to have a campfire to cook on and sit by as the sun sets and the sense of wellbeing that comes with being in fresh air all day settles all around you. 

Jul 9, 2013 by jododds

Definitely going back...

We turned up just in time to book a spot for last minute, car-free camping this past Friday night. The shop was amazing, with tonnes of fresh produce (BEST rocket and cherry tomatoes!), and the staff were very patient and friendly. 

We rented a brazier and some firewood and cooked up a nice meal that evening, against a sunset sky over the sheep meadow valley adjacent to the camping field. There were lots of families there with kids running around; the campsite feels very safe being cut off from the B4425 by a padlocked gate. We stayed for two nights and didn't take showers the whole time, mainly because we didn't bring a container to use for heating and supplying water for the pump showers, but next time I'm sure we'll give those a go. The compost toilets are totally fine - especially the one with the makeshift handrail so you don't have to sit on the seat - and the drinking/washing water from their bore hole is great. 

If you eat in the cafe, choose a table on the back veranda; it's amazing how much that space blocks the wind but traps the sun - really lovely place to have some tea and yoghurt with fresh fruit and honey. Be sure to take note of the shop's opening times as you won't want to have to drive into Cirencester to buy groceries...we did one night and were disappointed not to have another chance to try some food from the farm. It was a fantastic experience and we will definitely go back again and again!

Jun 3, 2013 by The Ooses

A walk on the wild side with added good karma.

If you're coming to Abbey Home Farm, prepare to go with the flow and take it free and easy for an unforgettable green camping experience. 

Bookings? No, they don't take them. 'Just turn up when the shop's open, we've got plenty of room' is the theory. As a habitually organised teacher-type, this filled me with trepidation as we hooked up the trailer and set off for the farm. Qualms were, of course, unfounded. We booked in with no trouble and had oodles of space. The laid-back, friendly approach really set the tone for our May Bank Holiday break. Abbey Farm is run by good people. It's all about a more ethical, organic, eco way of living. Inspiring stuff!

Camping is in two fields: one flat (for vehicles) and one sloped (no cars, use a wheelbarrow to lug your gear). Bordering the fields are woods, housing not only trees but carved chairs, sculptures, little nooks for den making, compost toilets, and a little shrine. Little paths weave through the trees. It's quieter than you'd think of a campsite on a working farm. There aren't any pitches - choose wherever you like. Lovely. 

Don't pack any food! Seriously, don't, you'll regret it if you do. The farm shop is full to bursting with incredible produce from the fields and gardens around Abbey Home Farm. The cafe is home to all that is local and good - veggie in the week, with 'meat as a treat' on Sunday for a top-notch traditional roast. The beef we had was delicious, with perfectly cooked trimmings including cheesy leeks that my daughter has sinced begged me to recreate at home. We finished with a superlatively sticky toffee pudding and thick cream.

The highlight of our break was the 'Dusk Walk' we booked with farmer Will. New-born lambs skipped around us as we headed to a slope overlooking a particular patch of hedgerow, keeping downwind and keeping silent. Well, silent-ish. Silence is a big ask of my 7-year-old! As night fell, we sat passing the binoculars to and fro, eyes fixed on a gap in the hedge. Eventually, little black-and-white stripy faces began to emerge from their sett. I'd never seen badgers in the wild before; I honestly felt like a kid again. Walking back towards the camping field, there's a wonderful view of other campers' braziers glowing on the slopes.

 The farm is built on a site that's been used for thousands of years. A neolithic circle was found in one of the fields, which might account for the magical vibe of the place. We asked our new farmer friend about the history of the place, and he kindly invited us to join him on his walk round the farm in the morning to look for Roman finds. So, bright and early the next morning in the cereal fields, there was fierce competition among children of all ages as we hunted for Roman artefacts. Alas, no coins - but we found lots of pieces of pottery, and were delighted to play at 'Time Team' for the morning! 

Downside? Not everyone's a fan of compost toilets, which are tucked cleverly away and blend into the woods. The showers are seriously hard work! Heat your own water, pump frantically, rig up the length of hose provided with the little shower head... ok, I confess. We didn't use them. There are steamy hot showers available with a free swim if you go into Cirencester! Also: challenging to wash up without a sink and hot water. There are taps, but nothing else. This may make it a little too basic for some visitors!

We were a little sad to pack up the tents. But, as there's no need to book, there were many interesting conversations on the way home. "If we left work a bit early, could we make it in time before the shop closed? Could we?"

I think we could!

May 19, 2013 by okfantastic

Abbey Home Farm

We stayed at Abbey Home Farm in July 2011 and hired out the private field (including Shepherd’s Hut) for a birthday celebration over a weekend and had a fantastic time! There were 20 of us but the field could have accommodated a lot more than that as we had a lot of room to run around and play football/rounders etc. Plus lovely woods to explore next to the field. We took along a large gazebo and we could have had a few more which would have been handy in the rain! The field felt very private so we did not have to worry about noise and the owners Hilary and Wills were very friendly and accommodating but without being intrusive! The private field includes a ’fire pit’ and some logs to sit on around the fire which was a great touch and gave the large field a central point for us to gather. The Shepherd’s Hut was lovely and cosy - I think next time we will all be fighting to stay in there as it was so nice!! The actual farm with shop and cafe was lovely and a great addition to a camping weekend - lovely to walk there for breakfast / lunch / cuppa tea and cake or a little browse round their shop. Plus helpful to get essentials for last minute campsite bbqs! The only downside (but not enough to keep us all from returning!) was the toilet - there was only one compost loo built in the woods which for that many people is a bit tricky and even with sawdust, gets a bit nasty towards the end of the weekend. Plus the door is only half a door, so you can look out - and be seen - while sitting down! Not very pleasant so we pinned a bin bag to the entrance which worked ok. A proper door with a lock and a solar light in there would make it a lot nicer. I’d highly recommend this campsite (despite the compost loo!) and we’d love to visit again!
Feb 14, 2012 by Kay84

Abbey Home Farm

We loved this ultra-basic campsite with its oak wood and compost toilets. When we arrived, the field was empty; by bedtime it was full! Food at the shop is fabulous, and you can rent fire buckets.
Jun 5, 2011 by erzsebel

Abbey Home Farm

If you want know more about where your food comes from, wake up to a stunning view, eat really amazing fresh organic food, hear the owls hooting at night, take a trip on a trailer ride up to see the pigs oinking about in the mud, live the good life, then this place is for you. If you can meet the people than work there and hear about their passion for farming the organic way then do. They have chickens, cows, sheep and pigs. They grow vegatables galore and make their own flour. They sell it all in their brilliant shop and you can sit in and have it all wisked up into a tasty meal for you if you desire. Otherwise you can buy your goods and cook up a feast over a fire by hiring one of their braziers. This is an inspirational place that I will definatly be returning to. They have tons of space for camping in beautiful fields and two new showers which will certainly give revitalise you and get you ready for the day! Fabulous.
Apr 27, 2011 by Nic Nok

Abbey Home Farm

A lovely lovely place!

Jul 27, 2010 by TinaH

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