Cricket Field Campsite

UK England South West England Gloucestershire Stow-on-the-Wold

  • 10+ metres between camping pitches
  • Staggered showering times
  • Distance markers in shared facilities
  • Contactless check in
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Hand sanitising stations
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
A pop-up riverside campsite in a classic Cotswold setting, 15 minutes' walk from the nearest pub

You don’t have to play cricket at this campsite. But it’s flat enough, it’s spacious enough and it’s green and pastoral enough that it somehow feels like an appropriate name; as English as Test Match Special and cucumber sandwiches in Hovis bread. The River Windrush forms the boundary, snaking along the eastern side, while the quiet road you enter and leave by, hidden behind a high hedgeline, borders the west. The only problem for cricketers is the grass, left wild and long in many places to maintain habitats for the bugs and birds. That and the tents, of course. You don’t usually see those on a cricket pitch.

Opened for the first time in 2021, Cricket Field Camping is a back-to-basics pop-up campsite with portable-style toilets, a few hot showers and drinking water taps. By and large it's the space and scenic Cotswold setting of the place that really makes it stand out. The camping meadow is blissfully quiet, with the little village of Temple Guiting 10 minutes’ walk north and the homely stone pub in Kineton 15 minute’s stroll to the south. The rest of the countryside is parcelled up into rolling fields and pockets of woodland, with the long-distance Diamond Way passing a few hundred yards away and the tower of a Norman church visible across the meadows.

Unsurprisingly, then, the campsite is a boon for walkers and those who can do without electricity and fancy facilities, but it’s a real hit with families too, thanks to its proximity to Cotswold Farm Park (two miles) and also the fact it allows campfires, which give the place that essential camping ambience. The river, too, makes the campsite a pleasant place to generally picnic, spend time and watch for wildlife and, though it’s too silty for safe swimming or paddling around, it makes a pleasing presence as you follow its banks on local footpaths, including the mile-and-a-half route to Ford, where a 16th-century courthouse (with dungeons) is now a characterful village pub with a wooden fort for children in the garden and inglenook fireplaces inside.

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Facilities

This is a pop-up summer campsite so facilities are simple but efficient, with four portable-style toilet, two hot showers, plus sanitising stations and sinks for water and hand-washing. Campfires are permitted in the designated areas on each pit and a limited number of firepits are available to hire. There is no electricity.

Suitable For

Couples, families, tents, campervans, dogs (on leads) – yes. Caravans – by request (in order to check ground conditions).

Nearby

This is typical Cotswolds country – think rolling hills, sheep-dotted fields, woods and plenty of footpaths. It's a few hundred yards to the Diamond Way, which runs past Temple Guiding church, through the village and along the riverside, north, to Ford, where there's a decent pub (The Plough Inn; 01386 584215). In Ford, the Diamond Way also intercepts the Gloucestershire Way, heading east towards Stow-on-the-Wold, one of the most popular towns in the Cotswolds and seven miles by car from the campsite. The most notable attraction nearby is undoubtedly Cotswold Farm Park (01451 850307; two miles), where children can get hands on with the farm animals, but it's also five miles to Sudeley Castle (01242 604244), six miles to the English Heritage-owned ruins of Hailes Abbey (01242 602398) and five to quirky Snowshill Manor and Gardens (01386 852410), best known for its 20th-century owner, Charles Paget Wade, who amassed an enormous collection of eccentric objects that interested him and built a model harbour village around the garden pond.

Food & Drink

There's no pub in Temple Guiting but there is a nice tea rooms (The Pantry; 01451 850577; booking advised) for fancy lunches and afternoon teas. The nearest pub is The Halfway House (01451 850344), three quarters of a mile away in Kineton, which has a lovely garden on sunny days, while it's a longer walk to Guiting Power (three miles) where there are two further pubs, a playground and a well-stocked Post Office shop.

Open

July–September.

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The Owner Says

The site is set in the most tranquil and beautiful locations described in the 18th century by one writer as being as near to Elyisum as could be, the Windrush undulates through the private estate's 80 acres and flows through the fileds and parkland which can be seen from the campsite, with views to the church and the river the landscaped gardens can also be glimpsed from the site. The site is set on a working farm, so you are at one with nature.  It is picturesque and peaceful with no light pollution.

Social Distancing Measures

As it is a large field we feel we can give you room to be away from other campers of up to 10 meters, we will clean the facilities twice a day and provide hand sanitiser for the use of guests and give a staggered shower time for the guests on site, we provide a non toxic anti-bac spray at all facilities for extra comfort of campers.
  • Masks must be worn in the toilet facilities.
  • No bookings of more than 2 families/bubbles..
  • Only 6 from same bubble in booking
  • Hand Sanitiser at all public shared facilities
  • Facilities cleaned twice daily
  • Family shower/bubble shower times
  • Mens and Womens designated loos
  • Large site for socially distanced pitches

Pitches

Around 30 individual camping pitches, with a pre-pitched bell tent also available to hire.

Wild Meadow Pitches

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 24 Available
Grass pitches

The Nights Templar

Bell tent Sleeps 4
Our only glamping pitch

Wild Meadow Pitches Single Person Rate

Grass pitch Sleeps 1 5 Available
Grass Pitches for Individuals

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Location

Contact Cricket Field Campsite, Temple Guiting Road, Temple Guiting, Kineton, Gloucestershire GL54 5RW

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Getting There

The village of Temple Guiting is signposted from the B4077. Go through the village and the campsite is on the road towards Kineton about a quarter of a mile beyond Temple Guiting on the left hand side. It is the second gate, three fields along from the church; drive slowly as it's quiet well tucked amongst the hedge. If coming north from Kineton, it is just before you arrive in Temple Guiting on your right. If you're using SatNav, the nearest postcode to the camping meadow is the local school in Temple Guiting: GL54 5RW.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 28 reviews

★★★★★

Great little site

William and his dad looked after us well while we were here and it’s a great new campsite. William is aware of some of the improvements that could be made so I won’t mention the challenging showers (they were lovely and hot though with great pressure) We will definitely be back
Sep 3, 2021 by Christine Elliott
★★★☆☆

Enjoyable, but not quite as hoped

The campsite is in a lovely rural location, with plenty to do nearby. We enjoyed campfires in the evening and visiting local Cotswolds towns and Snowshill. The owners were friendly, helpful and relaxed, although only present for a short time each day. We were there over August bank holiday weekend and the Friday night was wonderfully quiet with all pitches very spaced out. The Saturday night was not so quiet, as a noisy group pitched in the spot next to us playing loud music and spoilt the ambience for us somewhat (although they did turn it off by 11pm). We don't have a problem with basic amenities, but didn't feel that they were looked after during the long weekend. By Sunday, most of the toilet paper had run out and some of the toilets were not pleasant to go in as they became too full for the flap to close (if you know what I mean without me being too graphic!). By Monday, this was the case for all the toilets. To be fair, we didn't ring the owners to let them know, who may well have sorted it out, but given that it said on the website that facilities were cleaned twice daily, I didn't really consider it. All in all, we had a good weekend, but were grateful to return to a toilet where we didn't have to look at everyone else's deposits and some peace and quiet. Based on this experience, we probably wouldn't return, although we recognise that sometimes it's luck of the draw depending on who your neighbours are, and that bank holiday weekends are always going to be busier.
Aug 31, 2021 by Louise Verified Review
★★★★★

Basic but lovely campsite.

Plenty of space between plots Lovely view Warm showers Great eggs and runner beans from Sarahs eggs in village. Nice coffee nearby.. Could do with a bit more hands on management ie checking toilets but very pleasant nights stay..
Aug 31, 2021 by Tim Froud Verified Review
★★★★☆

Basic but beautiful

Basic facilities but that’s all you need! It’s in a lovely location and there is so much space on the field! It would be great to see a recycling bin there too.
Aug 31, 2021 by Laura Davis Verified Review
★★★★★

Absolutely loved it

My partner and I stayed here for one night and really liked it. We opted for a more rustic camping experience and were really happy with our choice. The field is huge and well spaced between tent pitches, lots of Owls (which was great) but other than that incredibly quiet. We’d stay here again... and would go back to The Pantry too :)
★★★★☆

Peaceful and basic site

Lovely welcome from William on our arrival. Advise on where to pitch as it was quiet and had plenty of choice. Showers are great bug compact, toilets are portaloos but kept clean. Firepits and wood available. I think it was £4/8 for half/full bag. The entrance came up suddenly so had to reverse back to it as a little overgrown. We would visit again although it is a little pricey for a fairly basic site.
Aug 28, 2021 by TonyRichards Verified Review
★★★★★

Bucolic Idyll

The location on a balmy August day was simply a bucolic idyll. A charming field with pitches marked out by the stripes of a lawn mower. Plenty of space for proper outdoor living with fire pits and simple necessities. Will gave us a charming welcome. We only stayed briefly but would have happily stayed for a week in the quaint location and explored the picturesque Cotswold villages nearby.
★★★★★

Basic, but beautiful

This place was exactly as described. It is basic, though the basic provision is absolutely fine (and clean). And it is very beautiful. The camping field is huge and there is an abundance of green space - and owls. William was extremely helpful both before and at the visit. If you want basic provision in a wonderful setting, this is the place.
★★★★☆

Great area for a basic campsite surrounded by nature

We were welcomed very warmly by William. The site is very nicely located and pitches are large affording good privacy. We loved the surrounding, walks nearby and the pub, meeting lovely locals. The sanitary facilities are very basic though. That is not an issue as there is some romance to basic camping. However we thought the price was rather high for the facilities (£30 for site plus 5 for dog plus 5 for fire pit without wood). I suggest to at least provide fire pits for free. So overall very nice spot but somewhat overpriced for what it offers.
★★★★☆

Basic but spacious

Huge field with lots of space between you and the next pitch. Nice outlook and a pub just over half a miles away. Perfect for 1 or 2 nights camping
Aug 16, 2021 by Tom Bennet Verified Review
★★★★★

Wonderful w.e.

Very peaceful and great views. We had a great time. The showers are basic but work really well! The host was very attentive. Thank you William. We’ll be back.
Aug 16, 2021 by Bene Smith Verified Review
★★★★★

beautiful spot, lovely staff !

Stopped here on a bike tour and was not disappointed - the field is enormous (plenty of space to be tucked away from everyone) and has a beautiful view of a wood. The member of staff I spoke to (William) was super kind and helpful, and the showers were just what I needed. Will be coming back for sure 😁
Aug 16, 2021 by Ben Stott Verified Review
★★★★★

Amazing, peaceful campsite

This is an absolute gem if you want to get off the beaten track and experience a properly spacious, beautiful campsite. The pitches are marked out and so far apart, you could barely hear your neighbours. The only sounds at night are the distant rumble of the combine harvesters, the church bells and the owls (of which there seemed to be hundreds!) Don’t expect amazing shower or loo blocks or you’ll be disappointed, but what you get here is so magical, that cleanliness and hygiene pale into insignificance! Sadly we were only able to stay one night, but this place will stay in my magical memory pot for a long time to come. Even my husband and teenage kids (who claim to hate camping, thus just one night) had a brilliant time and have all agree to come back for at least three nights next year.
Aug 12, 2021 by Amberley
★★★★☆

Beautiful and peaceful place at the heart of the Cotswolds.

We really enjoyed our stay at cricket field campsite. A short walk to a very friendly pub (The Halfway House) which does great food. Although the onsite facilities are quite simple it is a real back to basics camping experience, and you can't beat a good camp fire under a clear night sky. It's a great location for visiting the Cotswolds with the villages of Stow-on-the-wold, Chipping Northon and ,our favourite, Bourton-on-the-water not too far away. Great for cyclists and walker. Would definitely go back. Thanks again to William and family.
★★★★☆

Beautiful and peaceful place to camp

We really enjoyed our stay at cricket field campsite. A short walk to a very friendly pub (The Halfway House) which does great food. Although the onsite facilities are quite simple it is a real back to basics camping experience, and you can't beat a good camp fire under a clear night sky. It's a great location for visiting the Cotswolds with the villages of Stow-on-the-wold, Chipping Northon and ,our favourite, Bourton-on-the-water not too far away. Great for cyclists and walker. Would definitely go back. Thanks again to William and family.
Aug 12, 2021 by mandr20000
★★★★★

Idyllic setting and a wonderful campsite

This is a fantastic new campsite deep in the heart of the Cotswolds. The setting is wonderful - across the field on one side you can see a beautiful old church; and there are woods all around. The campsite manager was very attentive, showing us to our pitch when we arrived, and explaining how to use the (very innovative) 'fire pits'. He told us about some things of interest in the local area (dating back to the Arthurian era!) , and basically made us feel very welcome. The tents were well spaced so you felt like you had your own little slice of the countryside all to yourself. We did meet another camper, a Portuguese fellow and his wife, and he said he had done a LOT of camping all over Europe, and this was one of the best spots he had stayed at - unspoiled, 'magical' as he put it. There's a nice pub within walking distance which served us an excellent supper. At night we sat by the fire outside our tent, and looked up at the stars in the sky - it was so peaceful and tranquil. Then in the morning we awoke to the gentle sound of nature. Such a change from the city life! Excellent facilities - hot showers, water basins, toilets - and a really wonderful place to wake up in the morning, Would thoroughly recommend, and hope to visit again soon. A real gem of a campsite.
Aug 10, 2021 by D.Osser Verified Review
★★★★★

A beautiful campsite, very peaceful in a lovely setting

A very convenient campsite for accessing all the local towns such as Stow-on-the-Wold and Bourton-on-the-Water. Peaceful location with beautiful views and very helpful and friendly camp owner. Would definitely recommend
★★★★★

Suspended - Duplicate.
Beautiful quiet surroundings and lovely host! Perfect for a relaxing back to basics stay :) the Halfway House pub just up the road was great for evening food too! We’ll be back!
★★★★★

Beautiful rural Cotswold location - with thoughtful, helpful owners who are clearly learning and improving as they go.

I wanted to celebrate my 60th b/day with my wife in a memorable, rural Cotswold location and this site was lovely. The location: as per the photos, lovely views of church+manor house in one direction, mature/beautiful trees, etc; expansive views in the other direction. Pitches very large and spaced out - great! V minor road so no real traffic noise. Owls hooting at night. Camping field is adjacent to a field which drops down to the River Windrush - v pretty. Great part of the Cotswolds as a base for exploring the whole area. The owners: very friendly and kind. They popped over each evening + morning to have a chat and check that all was good. Thank you, William and family! The facilities: the photos and blurb on the website make it quite clear what to expect - it is a 'simple' site (basically just a great big field, but in a SUPERB location). From the owner's response to Geoff's review it is clear that the owners are learning as they go and are going to make improvements - that's good. I would imagine that, because it is a two month 'pop-up' site, the owners will be aiming to keep it 'simple but comfortable', rather than expanding facilities and putting in lots of permanent structures. Price per pitch: great to read that a new rate of £15 for 2 adults+tent is being considered as I agree with Geoff about a 'blanket rate' of £30 being too high for just two people when facilities are very simple. (I was tempted to 'negotiate a lower rate' when I booked on the phone ... but, being very 'British', I decided I didn't want to make a fuss!) However, before booking here, we had thought of staying at the Cowley Manor Hotel where the most basic rooms were £275 per night ... it's horse for courses! Summary: there are not many campsites in the Cotswolds and this one is a little gem - simple but lovely. Well done to the owners for having a go at creating a special little site - and for responding to suggestions in a positive way. Bob
Aug 7, 2021 by Bob Shelley
★★★★★

Lovely scenic campsite

Had a lovely stay over two nights here. Clean warm showers with benefit of renting wood and fire pit. Pitches are spacious and set in a scenic cotswolds valley. Campsite owners were incredibly helpful and responsive, suggesting excellent walks and lovely nearby pubs and attractions. Would stay again! Will
Aug 6, 2021 by Will Kosek Verified Review
★★☆☆☆

An extraordinarily expensive one night stay for two cyclists and a small tent.

While the site is in a lovely location it lacks the facilities you should expect for the high prices charged. We were two cyclists with a small two man tent and paid £30 for one night. This is the most expensive campsite I have stayed on and I expected much better facilities than those provided. There were two showers, a bit like porta loos, but there was nowhere to change or leave your clothes if you wanted to use them, how is that supposed to work? Three sinks stood in the open to wash up in but cold water only and you get wet if it rains. No facilities for charging electrical equipment, GPS, phones etc and if you dont have a car that is a problem. For this price I would expect at the very least a proper shower block, proper toilets and good wash up facilities. The owners of this site need to review their prices and start charging sensibly for what they are offering.
Aug 3, 2021 by Geoff Verified Review

Response from Cricket Field Campsite

Hi Geoff,

I am very sorry you felt disappointed with your stay. As a new, pop-up campsite, we are on a learning curve - and have taken on board what you have said in order to improve. We are now in the process of setting up reduced rates for certain groups of campers - our lowest rate will become £15. We are also creating a block near the shower for changing.

However, we do believe that our campsite offers something different and unique. Our campsite is in an exceptionally rural location - surrounded by rolling hills, the river Windrush and woodland. It offers a large amount of space - far greater than most campsites. It is very hard to get electricity in this sort of location - unless we were to introduce a noisy generator into the site. As a result, we have prioritised maintaining the idyllic nature of the site over introducing electricity.

In your case, you chose to camp outside of a demarcated pitch in the car park, something not advised for a camper at our site - we were happy to be generous and flexible, considering you did not wish to move even though we offered you a mowed pitch several times. However, we believe your experience may not reflect that of the ordinary camper at our campsite as a result.
★★★★★

Loved the glamping!

We had the loveliest stay in the glamping tent this weekend. It was spacious and super comfy for our family of two adults, two teenagers and a bouncy Labrador. We strolled to The Pantry for delicious coffee and cake and The Halfway House for fish and chips. William and Amber could not have been more helpful or welcoming. Thank you for having us, we will be back!
★☆☆☆☆

Sloping grazing field in quiet location

The field is covered in sheep poo but the landowner and son kindly raked an patch for pitching. The showers are literally a cubicle so no where to put your clothes or towel. I threw mine outside as it wasn’t raining and no one was about. Each shower need a bit built on for changing and some hooks.. There are 2 sinks installed on 3 paving stones but the user has to stand on the mud pile created from installation. Pavings stones in front of the sinks would help. Loos are hired and were fine but will need to be cleaned regularly because of mud at sink and poo in field. I had left by 10am and I expect they were cleaned later. The landowner and son were very apologetic about the poo and accepted that they were on a learning curve. £30 per pitch is ok is you are a group of 4-6, for one person it was expensive compared to facilities provided by 3 other sites that I stayed at in the Cotswolds this week.
Jul 31, 2021 by Hilary Verified Review

Response from Cricket Field Campsite

Hi Hilary,

I am so sorry you found your stay at our campsite disappointing. We are a new, pop-up campsite - and as a result are in a constant process of refinement. Although we do not necessarily believe your comments justify a one-star review, we do nevertheless understand you have a right to be disappointed with your experience.

 As a result of your feedback, we are in the process of making a few changes to the way in which we run the campsite. We are in the process of setting up a new, lesser rate for those that turn up as individuals - and have offered you a partial refund so that you also benefit from this.

We, as a campsite that doubles up as a sheep farm, have previously had sheep on the site. We have now removed the vast majority of the sheep poo from the pitches with equipment designed from removing animal faeces. We have also introduced shower hooks. In terms of the portaloos, we do clean these loos regularly.

Compared to many other sites, our pitches are very generous: with large pitches generously spaced from one another. The site is in an extraordinarily rural, isolated area of the touristic Cotswolds, far away from any main roads and with practically zero light pollution. We believe this justified our price for pitches with two or more people.


I hope you will take the opportunity to come back in future to see our genuine progress with our campsite.

★★★★★

Beautiful campsite

A wonderful campsite in a perfect spot in the Cotswolds. We stayed very early in their season and the owners were incredibly friendly and helpful. Will definitely return later in the summer - highly recommended!
Jul 30, 2021 by RosieM
★★★★★

Perfect!

A wonderful, traditional campsite in tranquil settings. Just perfect! The surrounding countryside is beautiful and plenty of local walks at your doorstep! The owners were very helpful and accommodating as we arrived later than expected. We were also greeted each morning to ensure everything was okay and if we needed any support/advise. The toilet facilities and showers were very clean. A must return! Thank you.
Jul 27, 2021 by Paloma Venn Verified Review
★★★★★

Wonderful spot, lovely people

Amazing campsite, I would recommend to book early, it's rare to find such a beautiful area to camp in a stunning location. The owners are lovely and very helpful. Lots of great walks near by in what is one of the most unspoilt rural parts of England. Ten out of ten.
Jul 24, 2021 by Matt Stanwix
★★★★★

If you want to chill out, this is perfect

Tucked away behind some trees, this campsite is an oasis of calm and tranquility. Stunning setting, huge pitches, close to the pub or a tea room, campfires allowed, perfect for the real camping experience. Was made to feel very welcome and had everything we needed. Will be back ☺️
Jul 24, 2021 by Nancy Hooper Verified Review
★★★★★

Blissful

Our stay at Cricket Field Campsite was completely amazing in every way. The setting was utterly breathtaking, the hosts were exceptional in every way… kind, helpful and hugely accommodating. It felt like the most wonderful and luxurious home from home in completely enchanting sourroundings. We can’t wait to return!
Jul 19, 2021 by Flora Fairbairn

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