Willow Hill

UK England South West England Gloucestershire Tewkesbury

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
  • Short walk to the pub
  • Walking
Hilltop camping and glamping with good food and views across the Severn Vale to the Cotswolds

Willow Hill farm sits on a small hill five miles from the medieval town of Tewkesbury, taking in stunning views of the Severn Vale, surrounded by ancient apple orchards and pasture, and away from the roads. Camping guests can pick their pitch on the Top Field or, for those wanting a spot of luxury, there's a collection of spacious bell tents, too, kitted out with proper beds, fridges, tables and chairs.

Camping pitches are on a flat, well-drained field, enjoying the elevated position that looks across the vale towards the Cotswolds. On misty mornings the distant hills are like a hazy mirage. But they are very much there and the Cotswolds AONB is an easy 20-minute drive away. Nine of the fully furnished glamping bell tents are in an old apple orchard with views over the vale, while two in the top field allows family and friends to gather with their own tents or camper vans. Each tent sleeps four with one double and two singles, and comes with Egyptian cotton bedding and towels, rugs underfoot, as well as outdoor furniture and a fire pit. You'll have your own gazebo and, if you're bringing children, the team will pitch a small tent with bed mats close by for them to enjoy their own camping adventure. More bell tents are also found near the farmhouse, fully furnished with the same level of luxury.

Willow Hill is also home to Happerley, a movement founded by farmers working to connect the consumer to the journey of their food and drink. You can enjoy a stay wrapped around delicious food, with options for pre-ordered breakfast, picnic, and barbecue boxes, as well as glamping 'table service' — order drinks, like English Sparkling wine, and snacks delivered straight to your tent.

The campsite gives children the chance to play out in nature, taking their pick of games to play on the top field, including farm croquet, and when the weather’s hot, they can take a splash in the new swimming pool (available from June onwards only) and two heated bathing pools. Willow Hill also welcomes well-behaved dogs, who will love exploring their fields and water meadows or following one of the well-marked footpaths nearby, tracing your way down to the Severn Way that follows the course of the famous river. For countryside days, you can explore the fields and water meadows with the self-guided nature trails, call into Coombe Hill nature reserve or follow paths down to a disused stretch of canal and along to a local pub.

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Facilities

Amenities at Willow Hill include two hot showers, two compostable toilets, two flush toilets (from 12 July) electrical points for charging your devices (light use) and WiFi hot spot.  There is a communal  BBQ and fire area in the Top Field beside our landmark tree stump chair, a great spot to sit on high.  A shared marquee gives guests a carpeted space and relaxed seating, as well as a choice of games including a table tennis table.  Set in front of the marquee to take in our view, there are picnic tables and chairs dotted around, enclosed by straw bales and lit restfully at night to create a relaxed vibe.  Moveable patio heaters are brought out if the evenings become chilled.  For tinies and bigger people, we offer a choice of two outdoor heated bathing pools for the perfect cool down after a summer's day in the sun!

If you fancy doing your own cook up, we offer a delicious choice of breakfast boxes and BBQ packs in our farm shop. We also sell eggs, bread and milk, plus a range of vegetable and fruit produce, soft drinks, cakes and snacks. You can hire a fire pit and/or BBQ (advance booking recommended) and buy firewood. On Fridays and Saturdays, we offer our Provenance Pizzas, 12" stonebaked sourdough with a choice of toppings. And you'll know the journey of everything you eat as food provenance is our passion! 

Our beautiful bell tents are fully furnished with king size bed and two singles, and all bedding plus towels provided. Each tent has a mini fridge, scattered rugs, soft glow lighting, gazebo with outdoor table and chairs, and mini fire pit. There are shared hot tubs, set in position with views across the orchard and down the slopes. Or we can set up a hot tub exclusively for your party by prior arrangement, and subject to availability.

Food is our passion as, aside from the farm, Willow Hill is also home to Happerley, a movement founded by farmers working to connect the consumer to the journey of their food and drink. It means that, throughout the year, the farm plays host to various events connecting producers, chefs, buyers and food lovers. Find us online for more information.

Suitable For

Camping is on a flat, well-drained field enjoying panoramic views over the Severn Vale towards the Cotswolds and we welcome caravans and tourers.   Please be aware, however, that there is no hard standing.

Dogs are welcome (maximum two per pitch) for a small charge. Gazebo (1 per pitch) or awning (1 per pitch) are charged extra. Fire pit loan and kindling/seasoned wood are charged extra.

Guests are advised to bring a good quality torch as parts of the site are unlit.

Whatever your camping style – if it’s pitching a tent and lighting the BBQ, flopping into fresh sheets and a proper bed in a bell tent or turning up in the comfort of a tourer – a warm welcome awaits at Willow Hill!

Nearby

Willow Hill’s campsite offers children the freedom to play, explore and get close to nature. Take your pick of games to play on the top field including farm croquet. And when the weather’s hot, the children can take a splash in our swimming pool (available from June 2021). For countryside days, you can explore our fields and water meadows with our self-guided nature trails, pick a path by the River Severn or call in to Coombe Hill nature reserve.

For days out further afield, hop in the car to the Forest of Dean, where you can test your nerve at Go Ape, hire bikes to take a trail or take a magical walk through Puzzlewood, film location for scenes in Star Wars, Merlin and Doctor Who!

From ancient forests, you can head to the rolling hills of the Cotswolds and take an outing to pretty villages and market towns where there’s plenty for all the family to see and do.

Gloucester, a 20 minute drive, boasts historic docks and riverside walks, shops and eateries as well as The Quays retail outlet. The spectacular Gloucester Cathedral soars above the city skyline and is well worth a visit. The Regency town of Cheltenham is 23 minutes by car, with its elegant architecture and landscaped parks, racecourse, theatre, restaurants, bars and shops.

Closer to home, the medieval town of Teweksbury has plenty to offer, with its spectacular Abbey (do you dare to go to the top of the tower?), John More Countryside Museum, independent shops and restaurants. There's a leisure centre with two swimming pools, gym and pay-as-you-go activities ten minutes by car. July sees the town go back in time with the biggest free Medieval gathering in Europe. Tewkebury Medieval Festival attracts more than 2000 re-enactors from all over the world to play out the Battle of Tewkesbury 1472, one of the most decisive battles of the Wars of the Roses. It's a virtual event for 2021, but back to battle as usual in 2022.

There are pubs aplenty dotted around, the nearest being The Farmers Arms, just a field’s walk away from the campsite and serving a hearty menu, and wide choice of beers, wine and soft drinks. Pubs beside the River Severn include the Red Lion at Wainlode, Lower Lode Inn near Tewkebury and The Boat House, just off Tewkesbury high street, overlooking the weir and moorings.

Food & Drink

Aside from farming, Willow Hill is home to Happerley, a movement founded by farmers to connect consumers to the journey of their food and drink.  It means we're passionate about food! And it means that we wrap your stay around food, with guests able to pre-order breakfast boxes, picnic lunches, BBQ boxes and delicious evening meals plus local produce from our on-site shop, together with a range of English wines, beers and spirits - all with known provenance. The nearest farm shop is 4 miles away at Coombe Hill, a family run enterprise by farmers Sam & Phillipa, selling home reared free range pork, lamb & eggs and local beef, fruit & veg.

The campsite's nearest pub, The Farmers Arms, is family-friendly and just one field's walk away. The pub has a large beer garden, and serves a popular menu with a choice of beers, wines and soft drinks. A 10 minute drive away, Tewkesbury has a choice of restaurants - embracing English, Indian, Italian and Chinese cuisine - as well as various coffee shops and cafes. Willow Hill favourites include Crystal Rivers, The Raj Shahi, Salerno and Gupshill Manor.  For local pubs beside the river, guests always enjoy The Boathouse in Tewkesbury town centre, The Lower Lode Inn near Tewkesbury, The Red Lion at Wainlodes, and the Fleet Inn at Twyning.

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April–September.

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Willow Hill farm sits on a small hill five miles from the medieval town of Tewkesbury, taking in stunning views of the Severn Vale, surrounded by ancient apple orchards and pasture off the beaten track.

Camping guests can pick their pitch on the Top Field or, for those wanting effortless luxury, there are eleven spacious bell tents to choose from.

Our five-metre bell tents come beautifully-styled and comfortably-furnished to sleep four (one king size, two singles) with nine of our eleven glamping nests facing south into the apple orchard with views down to the vale. A further two bell tents are located in the Top Field, by the old oak tree stump and with panoramic views. Boutique touches include mini fridge, Roberts radio and USB charging, Egyptian cotton bedding and colourful throws, soft glow lighting, fire pit & wood starter pack, gazebo and outdoor table and chairs. Glampers can enjoy a shared hot tub or we can set up your own by prior arrangement.*

The farm is a peaceful family-friendly retreat, with plenty of space for children to play and explore. There are two heated outdoor bathing pools, a variety of outdoor and indoor games and a carpeted marquee set out as a chill zone with relaxed seating. We welcome well-behaved dogs, so bring your four-legged best friend and explore our fields and water meadows, take a stroll by the River Severn or follow one of the well-marked footpaths nearby to enjoy open countryside and great views. For an evening meal out, the village pub is the Farmers Arms, less than a five minute walk down through the orchard.

Food is our passion as, aside from the farm, Willow Hill is also home to Happerley, a movement founded by farmers working to connect the consumer to the journey of their food and drink. It means we can wrap your stay around some delicious food.  If you fancy doing your own cook up, we offer a delicious choice of breakfast boxes and BBQ packs in our farm shop. We also sell eggs, bread and milk, plus a range of vegetable and fruit produce, soft drinks, cakes and snacks. You can hire a fire pit and/or BBQ (advance booking recommended) and buy firewood. On Fridays and Saturdays, we offer our Provenance Pizzas, 12" stonebaked sourdough with a choice of toppings. And you'll know the journey of everything you eat as food provenance is our passion! 

*subject to availability

Accommodation

Around 30 grass camping pitches, some with electrical hook-ups and eight luxury bell tents.

Luxury Safari Camp

Bell tent Sleeps 20
5 bell tents, each sleeps 4, fully-furnished, pre-book food options

The Wash House

Quirky Sleeps 4
Tiny house, sleeps 2, private courtyard, ensuite monsoon shower

Non-electric pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 30 Available
Non electric grass pitch for tents, tourers and caravans. Maximum 2 dogs per pitch. Awning and gazebo extra per night. Fire pit loan and wood extra.

Grass Pitch with Electric Hook-Up

Grass pitch with electricity Sleeps 6
Electric grass pitch. One vehicle per pitch. Maximum 2 dogs per pitch. Awning and gazebo extra per night. Fire pit loan and wood extra.

Apple Blossom

Bell tent Sleeps 4
5 metre bell tent, beautifully furnished to sleep 4 with lots of extra touches, fresh linen and towels, additional kids tent available on request, shared use of hot tub in the Shrubbery. Minimum two night stay at weekends, can be booked single/multiple nights Sunday - Thursday.

Greengage

Bell tent Sleeps 4
5 metre bell tent, beautifully furnished to sleep 4 with lots of extra touches, fresh linen and towels, additional kids tent available on request, shared use of hot tub in the Shrubbery. Minimum two night stay at weekends, can be booked single/multiple nights Sunday - Thursday.

Pippin

Bell tent Sleeps 4
5 metre bell tent, beautifully furnished to sleep 4 with lots of extra touches, fresh linen and towels, additional kids tent available on request, shared use of hot tub in the Shrubbery. Minimum two night stay at weekends, can be booked single/multiple nights Sunday - Thursday.

Bramley

Bell tent Sleeps 4
5 metre bell tent, beautifully furnished to sleep 4 with lots of extra touches, fresh linen and towels, additional kids tent available on request, shared use of hot tub in the Shrubbery. Minimum two night stay at weekends, can be booked single/multiple nights Sunday - Thursday.

Cherry Blossom

Bell tent Sleeps 4
5 metre bell tent, beautifully furnished to sleep 4 with lots of extra touches, fresh linen and towels, additional kids tent available on request, shared use of hot tub in the Shrubbery. Minimum two night stay at weekends, can be booked single/multiple nights Sunday - Thursday.

Damson

Bell tent Sleeps 4
5 metre bell tent, beautifully furnished to sleep 4 with lots of extra touches, fresh linen and towels, additional kids tent available on request, shared use of hot tub in the Shrubbery. Minimum two night stay at weekends, can be booked single/multiple nights Sunday - Thursday.

Elderflower

Bell tent Sleeps 4
5 metre bell tent, beautifully furnished to sleep 4 with lots of extra touches, fresh linen and towels, additional kids tent available on request, shared use of hot tub in the Shrubbery. Minimum two night stay at weekends, can be booked single/multiple nights Sunday - Thursday.

Pearmain

Bell tent Sleeps 4
5 metre bell tent, beautifully furnished to sleep 4 with lots of extra touches, fresh linen and towels, additional kids tent available on request, shared use of hot tub in the Shrubbery. Minimum two night stay at weekends, can be booked single/multiple nights Sunday - Thursday.

Russet

Bell tent Sleeps 4
5 metre bell tent, beautifully furnished to sleep 4 with lots of extra touches, fresh linen and towels, additional kids tent available on request, shared use of hot tub in the Shrubbery. Minimum two night stay at weekends, can be booked single/multiple nights Sunday - Thursday.

Rose Hip

Bell tent Sleeps 4
5 metre bell tent, beautifully furnished to sleep 4 with lots of extra touches, fresh linen and towels, additional kids tent available on request, shared use of hot tub in the Shrubbery. Minimum two night stay at weekends, can be booked single/multiple nights Sunday - Thursday.

Teasel

Bell tent Sleeps 4
5 metre bell tent, beautifully furnished to sleep 4 with lots of extra touches, fresh linen and towels, additional kids tent available on request, shared use of hot tub in the Shrubbery. Minimum two night stay at weekends, can be booked single/multiple nights Sunday - Thursday.

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Location

Contact Willow Hill, Willow Hill, School Road, Apperley, Gloucestershire GL19 4DJ

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Getting There

Willow Hill is 15 minutes by car from the M5, Junction 9. From the motorway, take the A438 towards Tewkesbury, before reaching traffic lights with Morrisons Supermarket up ahead on the right. Turn left at the lights to take the town's A38 bypass and follow signs for Gloucester, navigating three roundabouts. As you leave Tewkesbury behind, the A38 straightens with some double carriage way. At the second set of traffic lights, turn right signposted for Ledbury on B4213. Follow for approximately two miles before taking a right turn into Sawpit Lane, signposted for Apperley. The road passes the village hall (on right) before reaching a T-junction. Turn left on to School Road and go past the primary school (on left), the village pond and war memorial (on right). The entrance to Willow Hill Farm is on the left, almost opposite a house named Holly Tree Cottage. The automatic gate has a security code which will be provided with your booking confirmation.

Nearest towns are Tewkesbury (6 miles), Gloucester (8 miles) and Cheltenham (9.5 miles).

Nearest train stations are Gloucester (7 miles, taxi rank and bus service) and Ashchurch (8 miles, no taxi rank, bus service to Tewkesbury), both stations serving mainline routes in and out of the west midlands, Bristol and the south west. The 351 bus service serves the Tewkesbury - Gloucester route, and  stops in Apperley village, where it is a 7-minute walk to Willow Hill. Pick up from train or bus services can usually be arranged in advance, please ask for details.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 22 reviews

★☆☆☆☆

Unacceptable and overpriced

We could not have been more disappointed with this so called glamping site. We are seasoned campers and have friends who run a similar site and Willow Hill could not be getting it more wrong. They fail on all the basics because they are too busy trying to offer posh drinks and hot tubs. I cannot actually believe that we paid over £200 a night and suffered through the following shambles: Overflowing composting loo shared between up to 40 people (left overflowing despite numerous complaints) - we had small children with us and they cried when they saw the overflowing urine Disgusting “heated outdoor pool” for kids that was effectively an oversized paddling pool with green dirty water A small filthy paddling pool and multiple dirty hot tubs around the place Washing up facility round the back of the field amongst old farm equipment with no shelter - this was also the only place to brush teeth etc in the rain and hot water rarely worked Tents were packed together with no privacy and no crockery/cups/ability to make tea/coffee at the tent or your own food One outdoor shower between 40 with flimsy fabric curtain Luxury breakfast in the barn involved sitting in the dark as the staff admitted the “wiring was dodgy” Sink to get fresh drinking water was blocked -filthy stinking water right up to the top and when it was eventually unblocked the sink was then filled with dirty hot tub filters waiting to be washed!!! Over flowing plant pots full of cigarette butts Toilets remained dirty all day and ran out of toilet roll and no hand soap Animal faeces in the grass The lack of cleanliness at a point when we are all just tentatively emerging from a global pandemic was astounding. After meeting the owner I would say it is clear he has never camped a night in his life and I suggest he tries suffering through these facilities and then he can decide whether a good wine list to choose from is really a priority!

Response from Willow Hill

Thank you for your review. We are dismayed you have chosen to feedback a month after your stay and did not choose to ever express your grievances at any time to us.  We will be in touch directly. Your review  also deserves a response here as we believe parts might be a little misleading to others. The compost toilets were never overflowing - the twin loos in each were emptied on rotation and the toilets inspected and cleaned multiple times daily. The one urinal repeatedly blocking is a design fault we have taken up with the manufacturer - we unblocked as often as we could. You did have access to two new flushing toilets with hot water basins and an additional eco loo. We operated two heated pools, one 10’ and 12’ with filters changed daily at peak, with a daily cleaning and testing routine. We had to rotate during busiest times to enable whole emptying, cleaning and refill. We invested in hot tubs to help manage peak demands requiring - your are right - considerable maintenance and refresh. Our two hot outdoor showers have proved popular with most guests though yes we must create more. Our washing up facilities comprise brand new stainless steel units installed this year, with immediate gas fired hot water on tap. We will be creating a shelter. The Mil House was open from 7am - 10pm for glampers with crockery and glassware and complimentary hot drinks. We employed on rota 5-10 additional staff through the Summer to serve guests, and maintain facility standards. Bottled drinking water- from two  standalone dispensers was available. The Mill House sink (not that it was ever for guest use) was blocked - we called a plumber out. Unfortunately, loo rolls were regularly taken but four rolls were always stocked on every inspection and missing or taken dispensers replaced.  We did not  got everything right and look forward to addressing all lessons learned ahead of next season. 
★★★★★

Utterly fabulous place to unwind….

My family and I had the pleasure of staying at Willow Hill for 5 days recently. I was very impressed with the glamping bell tents, they were spotless, cosy, warm and spacious for a family of four. Each of the tents had tables and chairs outside which was a great base to chill out. Best part of all were the staff, Sarah and team honestly couldn’t do enough to make sure you relax and unwind - the pace of the camp was a very welcomed break from the craziness of living in London and the offerings of stone baked pizzas, English sparkling fine wines and local produce were all exceptional. Like the other reviews there are a few tweaks which could make the place even better but overall it was a fantastic site which we will most definitely be visiting again! Thank you Sarah and team ❤️
Sep 4, 2021 by Susie Higgs
★★★★★

Nice view, but haven't got the basics right

Lovely location - super panoramic view of the floodplain and hills, with a field of horses and cows in the foreground! The local pub really is that fabled '2 minutes walk away' that on some campsites is actually a 45 minute trudge across fields. You can't fault the ambition on the site either - the plethora of pools, balls, football goals etc are an obvious sign that the owners are trying to provide a wealth of on-site activities. Sadly the lack of control and organisation of these means that they end up looking like the detritus from a cheap festival at times... The one (massive) let down is the facilities.3 toilets for something like 30 pitches is unacceptable. The 'open air' shower is a massive fail too - let's not pretend that 'open air' is a feature, it's a fault. Put a roof on, a door with a lock (not a curtain), and make sure there's somewhere to hang the shower head? The washing up facilities (2 sinks) are outdoors too (we're in the UK here folks!), and the hot water didn't make it out of single digits in terms of temperature, so you can't wash your pots properly. Let's not confuse 'quirky' with 'unsanitary' basically. Doubt we'll return - there's so many campsites out there getting things right, that there's no need to put up with places like this.
Sep 3, 2021 by Rich Edge Verified Review
★★★★★

Great weekend away!

We had a great weekend away with our 6 and 2 year old. We camped on the tent side - very happy with the facilities and the kids loved playing with the many games provided - including swing ball, ping pong and in the paddling pool! Well maintained site and lovely location surrounded by apple trees. We had breakfast both days and pizza one of the nights - all lovely. Informal, relaxed campsite with great staff - special shout out to Henry who was particularly nice and super helpful. Thanks Willow Hill for a lovely weekend.
★★★★★

Fantastic!!

Loved our weekend here just now. We had 4 kids (aged 6-11) and 4 adults. Getting there and setting up was easy and the views from the site were excellent. Kids ran around, cycled around, made friends and played games. Ordered pizzas on the first night which were yum. Fire pits and wood available. Went on a fantastic bike ride right from the camp site, along a B road for a bit but then onto super-quiet roads through some small villages. Had lunch at Yew Tree Inn, a waterside pub which was fantastic. All the food was made fresh by the chef and was delicious! By the time we cycled back to camp the kids were ready to splash in one of the pools while we chilled out in the cafe area. All sorts of foods and drinks available on site making this a super-easy camping trip to enjoy with the family. The guys working here were really helpful in all respects and I cannot compliment them enough. Toilets were clean and super-well maintained (even the eco one!). Shower was good. Whatever the teething problems were, they seem to have worked them out. I cannot wait to return next year.
Aug 30, 2021 by Jatin Ondhia Verified Review
★★★★☆

Delightful eccentric chaos

One of the pleasures of Willow Hill, is the laid back nature of the management. There’s no plethora of instructions or sign posts. Campers are left to chose their own pitches and sort out their own holidays with little interference. The campers we shared the field with were a delight and we were all equally delighted and confused by the hands-off management. It’s all a bit chaotic and haphazard. It’s a strength and also a little opaque when you arrive and try to get organised. The pizza and food on offer for sale is outstanding. Once you’ve been here a few hours, you will soon be as laid back as the owners. Initial frustration turns in to relaxation once you start to unwind. The view from the camping field is fantastic and made the holiday special, for me. I’d like to make some suggestions if management is reading this: turn the shower in the camping field 90 degrees. Have the wall of hay bales form an L and hang the shower curtain so it is parallel with the wall. The lack of privacy didn’t bother me but Im not sure other campers would have enjoyed the view when the wind blew the curtains open. Let the grass grow long and section up the field by mowing paths and sites. It would give a nicer vibe. A welcome sheet that has some information on it and lists your services would have been welcome.
Aug 28, 2021 by esilvester Verified Review
★★★★★

A lovely place for some cool glamping with a relaxed vibe

The farm dog Craig, the friendly staff that went above and beyond to ensure we had a positive customer experience ensured we enjoyed our 4 days onsite. The organic food was excellent and the tents were nicely positioned with comfortable beds. There are some rooms for improvements around the compost lavatories and a few more showers would be a great addition for next season. We enjoyed the bohemian vibe and the English wine was terrific. We will definitely visit again and recommend it to glampers looking for a nice relaxing retreat. Thumbs up and five stars from our family. We wish the team continued luck in establishing this new business and hope they have lots of success going forward.
Aug 27, 2021 by Christian Verified Review
★★★☆☆

Lovely location

The campsite is in a lovely setting with great views from the camping field. The marquee for campers to use and the paddling pools etc are a nice touch, but our children were disappointed that balls etc were missing so they couldn't play with most of the games in the marquee. The area near the little shop seemed a little random, with inflatable hot tubs and gazebos scattered around. Communication wasn't great, I emailed a few days before arrival to ask if we needed to pre book the pizzas, but I had no reply, and when I tried calling the day we were due to arrive to advise them we would be late, there was no answer and my text apparently wasn't received until the following day. The main drawback of the site was the limited toilet, shower and washing facilities, which were inadequate for the number of campers staying. Overall it felt well meaning and as if it could have been really lovely, but I think a bit more thought was needed to realise the ambitions of the owners.
Aug 23, 2021 by Lee Verified Review
★★★★★

A lovely glamping site

Overall we were really happy with our stay at Willow Farm. I only received the Welcome e-mail/ instructions because I phoned with a query a few days beforehand though. The bell tents were clean and welcoming, with nice touches such as flowers and sleeping masks. Noah went out of his way to help us with a few things and was very friendly. Our dog was able to roam free given the fields were enclosed, which was great, she also made friends with Craig the farm dog. The condition of the toilets were OK, however we often chose to use the flushable toilets in the camping field which were generally much cleaner. Although you wouldn't necessarily expect compost toilets to be in prestine condition, it was disappointing to find the hand sanitiser and cleaning products empty for most of our stay. The open to the sky showers were amazing however! The beds are inflatable, which were very comfortable, however my son's deflated on the first two nights. It was then replaced and I was offered a bottle of wine to compensate. We noticed that Matt's venture of running his camping business was still in it's early days, with the marquee and hot tub being moved around the site. My kids loved the hot tub, however because it was all moved, it was only available to us on day one, as it was yet to be connected to power for the remainder of our stay. It's like the staff were super friendly but would start another job without finishing the first, like raking the heaps of gravel over the driveway for example, so a bit haphazard. We had pizza on two nights, which was both fresh and delicious. The local pub is a 2min walk, where we enjoyed nice burgers one evening. Tewkesbury consisted of many charity shops and not much to entice us, though we thoroughly enjoyed visiting the nearby Quays and the Cotswolds. Overall a thoroughly enjoyable trip, if you can get along with a bit of haphazard!
Aug 9, 2021 by Laura Verified Review
★★★☆☆

Location and vibe great, work needed on the basics

A lovely location, the photos of the view across the hills are exactly what you get. Great place to camp and loads to do in the area, although do expect at least a 40 min drive to some of your more likely destinations such as Forest Of Dean and the further reaches of the Cotswolds. Recommend the Cotswold Farm Park if you have younger kids, which is close by. Staff tried their best and were friendly and helpful throughout. I suspect we arrived a week before peak season as the games area / marquee / paddling pools were all a bit of a jumble, everything felt half-completed and it was very haphazard getting service from the onsite shop as others have mentioned. I felt we wouldn't have been able to rely on the onsite shop for general provisions but there are supermarkets close by. The pizzas were however very good and the site was admittedly looking a lot more finished and ready when we came to leave (typical!). The split solid/liquid compostable toilets need work. They are a good idea in principle but too many times they were out of paper, not draining properly, covered in composting wood chips and so on. I would advise the staff to use them! There is a sink which is great but it needs proper soap and not 5 half full bottles of alcohol hand gel. Another site we stayed at in Weymouth the week before had these loos, they were being pressure-washed 4 times a day and had 10 rolls of paper in every one on a simple wall-mounted roll holder. They won't stand up to a busy summer season without better processes in place. Overall it's a lovely place to camp, it's hard to knock the effort put in by staff and the concept is great, but they need to focus on getting the basics right first before promising all the extras. I expect it will come good over the next few weeks if feedback is taken on board and a lot of people will have a nice holiday there.
Jul 26, 2021 by James Hart Verified Review
★★★★★

Idyllic location with lots of fun stuff to do!

Gutted we only stayed at Willow lodge one night on our way back from Wales. The site has super friendly and helpful staff and loads to offer. From beautiful views over the countryside, to pizza nights, paddling pools (it was during the heatwave), a farm shop and a pub a short walk away! Will be back!
★★★☆☆

Lovely site

Lovely site, but some issues with service and facilities. Waited nearly an hour and a half for breakfast (only 6-7 other tents, vans on site). Had to ask 3 different members of staff then paid £30 for a small cafetiere of coffee, just enough for half a cup each and a plate of four croissants/pain au chocolat. Good wood fired pizza the evening before though.
Jul 25, 2021 by Camping Woof Verified Review

Response from Willow Hill

hello there, thank you for leaving a review, we value all feedback and are glad of an opportunity to respond if there are any issues. Firstly, my apologies that you had a considerable wait for breakfast, we strive for a prompt service and I'm sorry that we didn't meet the mark on this occasion - it's not good enough on our part. We had a number of pre-ordered breakfasts to prepare for glamping guests that you may not have been aware of and, in these situations, it's down to us to manage expectations thoughtfully, and have our team well-briefed and able to respond  ..  we really don't want to keep anyone waiting with a sense of growing frustratration!  As for the charge, I would be just as appalled to be charged £30 for two half cups of coffee and 4 croissants - the price for a cup of coffee and four croissants should have been £10.50, and I'll be delighted to ensure you're refunded. Please do drop me an email ruth.darling@willow-hill.co.uk and I will follow up personally.  On the plus side, we're delighted that you enjoyed our stone-baked Provenance Pizzas, that you think our site is lovely and we really hope you had a great stay with us overall.  All feedback is useful feedback, so thanks again for geting in touch, Ruth and team. 
★★★★★

Best campsite experience!

This campsite is fantastic! It has great views over the countryside, we could pitch up wherever we liked and there was so much space, so we pitched up right next to the cow field and enjoyed feeding the very friendly cows across the fence. On arrival the staff were friendly and helped providing all information we could need. There is a small swimming pool and lots of games to keep children (and adults) entertained! On Saturday night we ordered a pizza which was delivered to our tent and it was super tasty, what a wonderful idea. Its ideal location for a walk along the Severn river which has some wonderful pubs along it and fishing spots. Could not recommend this campsite more! We will definitely be coming back, thank you 👍👍
★★★★★

Top class campsite

I recently completed a big cycling trip across the UK, and this campsite was the best out of all the ones I stayed at. The view from the camping field was beautiful, and it was really nice to camp in a proper meadow. The trees at the edge of the field meant there was loads of birdsong, and it's just a short walk through an orchard to a decent pub. All the staff were really friendly and went out of their way to be welcoming and helpful, even though I was just there for a night. They even made me breakfast, and just seem a great bunch of people :) Would definitely recommend this site, either to stop at on a walking/cycling trip, or for a longer stay.
Jun 18, 2021 by Robbie Strathdee
★★☆☆☆

Nice but...........

We were met by the friendly owner as we drove up the drive. Greeted and told to park wherever we wanted to but if we wanted electric, which we had paid for, to try and park near the house as they just run cables from the house to your unit to provide the electricity. The owner seemed a bit taken aback that we wanted electricity, which we found out later was because he already had a lot of electricity users on site, and had to find yet another outlet to provide our power. Luckily we have a very long cable so he only needed a short extension, There is only, that we could find anyway, one composting toilet that used straw. Great idea, just that being the main one on the site, the unit was not very clean. On our visit there were also two Portapotis in toilet tents and one in an old touring caravan, probably the best toilet on site, but it was very busy so the portapotti got full very quickly. There is only one shower (no roof, just blue sky) that we could find on site which was always in use with queues in the morning, fine in dry weather but your clothes will get wet if its raining, and no door, just a shower curtain so leave your shoes outside or hang your towel over the door or shower in your swimming costume. Yes there is a pub very close, which was very popular looking at the amount of people coming back from that direction in the evening. Yes the site has spectacular views and nice walks, set in a very quiet location, so it would suffice midweek, but our weekend it was very busy. We had a delivered BBQ in the evening, (on time), good quality and very nice, just expensive. But what really put the downer on the stay was when the owner came along 6:30am Sunday with a vehicle and noisy trailer to clean and empty the compostable toilet bins. He then went away only to come back a short time later with the clean bins and straw. This needed to be done without doubt but a more sociable hour would have been nice. It woke up a some people who had to queue for it to be ready
★★★★☆

Lovely

What a fabulous weekend, a most unexpected experience, some of the best views I have experienced in the UK, fabulous hosts, and so much enthusiasm put into the site in all aspects, except the loo’s. The marquee and dining area help to bring people together, which is lovely, and the lack of over picky site rules help to make this a proper campsite, but better. We will be back, along with our pedigree dog!
Jun 14, 2021 by Gary Lawes
★★★★★

Stunning site

This is a really lovely site, the position, views, sunrise and sunsets are to die for. The owners can't do enough to help, with tons of extras. Dogs are very welcome and our pup had such a good time. I would highly recommend this site and we will definitely be back. The only negative is that the toilet facilities were seriously creaking during a busy weekend.
Jun 14, 2021 by Nightingale Verified Review
★★★☆☆

Fantastic views for camping but…

Very relaxed atmosphere, fantastic views and great ideas and opportunities, people were very friendly, but, there was only one shower for the whole campsite and the toilet facilities were very poor.
★★★★★

Stunning !!

First time camping with a dog!!! We had an amazing time at this camp site and I would definitely recommend staying here. The owners and staff are lovely and can’t do enough for you, big up to Noah who brought the hired fire pit to ‘my door’ and even made me tea!! The view from the camping field is simply stunning and the village of Apperley is beautiful also. Great walks along the river Severn for the dog - and not a lot of people about. Will be going back ASAP !!! Thank you !! All in all fantastic stay
★★★☆☆

Lovely but...

Willow Hill is a beautiful location and there are many great intentions but the facilities are lacking for campers. There are no dishwashing facilities, not enough bins and the toilets were dire. It is a beautiful place with many great touches for those glamping and lots of fun and freedom for the kids. However, improvement needed to the facilities to enable this to be great for campers too.
★★★★★

Charming, quirky & laid-back

Willow hill is a great little campsite. In a beautiful location with a relaxed and informal atmosphere. We loved the wood-fired pizza and delicious English wines, beers and fizz recommended by the wonderful owner. In the morning the friendly team brought fresh milk together with bacon and egg baps to our camper - a lovely touch. Great for kids, our 11-year-old made lots of new friends and loved the table tennis, swings and all the other thoughtful touches. We loved the shower....no roof....open to the sky, it was a beautiful day, so showering under blue skies was a treat. We would definitely recommend and would go back in a flash!
★★★★★

Heavenly weekend glamping with stunning views

We stayed at Willow Hill in May with friends (including 17 children under the age of 10!) some of us in the glamping bell tents and others our own tents. We could not have been happier! The spot is really special, surrounded by orchards, wild flower meadows and stunning views beyond. The tents are beautifully done up, with comfy beds, bohemian cushions and quirky accessories. There is so much for the kids to do - a large paddling pool, a hot tub, giant connect4, ping pong, firepits for when it gets colder and want to toast marshmallows, you name it - they played whilst we had a few drinks and enjoyed the view. Matt, Sarah and Amy could not have been more helpful and charming. In the evening we pottered down the hill through orchard to have dinner at the local pub, but next time might stay and enjoy the pizza oven and bacon butties that were on offer. We will definitely be back. Thank you to the Willow Hill gang for a magical stay!
May 24, 2021 by Milly Bowring

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