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. The fully furnished glamping bell tents, meanwhile, are set to one side so they can also take in the sweeping views. 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, private loo 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. A handful 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. As a result, you can explore the farm's walled garden and enjoy a stay wrapped around delicious food, with options for pre-ordered breakfast, picnic and BBQ boxes, as well as campsite 'table service' via radio – order drinks, like English Sparkling wine, and snacks delivered straight to your tent or campervan.

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). 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 in to 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

Campsite facilities include two hot showers, three compostable toilets, electrical points for charging your devices and WiFi hot spots. A limited number of electrical hook ups are available for campers/tourers but there are no hard standings. There is also an outdoor swimming pool (available from June onwards only), as well as a campsite BBQ and fire area, if making a fire, the fuel and logs have to be purchased on-site. For glampers, each fully furnished tent sleeps four with one double and two single beds, and comes with Egyptian cotton bedding and towels, outdoor furniture and a fire pit. Each also has its own gazebo, private toilet and the option of an additional small tent with bed mats for children.

Suitable For

Glamping, camping, tents, campervans, caravans, kids, dogs (on leads) – yes.

Nearby

Gloucester, is a 20-minute drive from Willow Hill, boasting historic docks and riverside walks, shops and eateries as well Gloucester Cathedral that sits above the city skyline and is well worth a visit. Closer to home, the medieval town of Tewkesbury has plenty to offer, with its spectacular Abbey (are you feeling brave enough to climb the tower?), John More Countryside Museum (01684 297174), independent shops and charming restaurants. July also sees the town go back in time with the biggest free Medieval gathering in Europe. For days out further afield, you can hop in the car to the Forest of Dean, around 40 minutes away, here you can test your nerve at Go Ape! (01603 895500), hire bikes to take a trail or take a walk through Puzzlewood, the popular filming location for scenes in Star Wars, Harry Potter and Doctor Who.

Food & Drink

There are pubs aplenty dotted around, the nearest being The Farmers Arms (01452 780307), located just a field’s walk away from the campsite. The pub has a large beer garden perfect for sunny days, serving a hearty menu with a wide choice of beers, wine and soft drinks. A 10-minute drive will take you to Tewkesbury where there is a big choice of restaurants including English, Indian, Italian and Chinese cuisine, as well as various coffee shops and cafes. Willow Hill favourites include Crystal Rivers (01684 295226) for delicious Bangladeshi and Indian options or Gupshill Manor (01684 292278), a popular wedding venue that serves traditional British comfort food. For local pubs beside the river, The Boathouse (01684275714) in Tewkesbury town centre (also a ten-minute drive away) is always a firm favourite.

Open

April–September.

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The Owner Says

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 three spacious bell tents with a hot tub. Named Apple Blossom, Pippin and Greengage, our five-metre bell tents come fully-furnished to sleep four (one double, two pull out singles) and face south into the apple orchard with open panoramic views. Boutique touches include fridge, fire pit & starter pack, outdoor furniture and welcome hamper.

The farm is a peaceful family-friendly retreat, with plenty of space for children to play and explore. There's a children's swimming pool, plenty of games and campsite marque as a chill zone and play area. 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.

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 wrap your stay around delicious food, with options for pre-ordered breakfast, picnic and BBQ boxes, as well as tasty evening meals, along with a range of English wines, beers and spirits -all with complete provenance from farm to plate.

If you love camping, food and rural life, how about combining all three with one of our food & family glamping packages?

For complete indulgence, enjoy a special 3-night glamping stay - during July and August only - with lots of extras laid on. Choose midweek or weekend, and arrive to one of five beautiful, 5-metre bell tents - named Pearmain, Russet, Cherry Blossom, Damson and Bramley - set apart with sweeping views. Each tent sleeps four (one double, two singles) and comes with cotton bedding and towels, outdoor furniture and fire pit. You'll have your own gazebo, private loo and - if you're bringing children - we'll pitch a small tent with bed mats close by for them to enjoy their own camping adventure. Campsite 'table service' is also included from 11am - 3pm and 5pm - 8pm via radio for ordering drinks and snacks. All you have to do is unwind and enjoy!

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 grass pitch for tents

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 16 Available
Non electric grass pitch. One tent per pitch. Maximum 2 dogs per pitch. Awning and gazebo extra per night. Fire pit loan and wood extra.

Non-electric grass pitch for campervans

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 14 Available
Non electric grass pitch. One vehicle per pitch. Maximum 2 dogs per pitch. Awning and gazebo extra per night. Firepit loan and seasoned firewood extra.

Grass Pitch with Electric Hook-Up

Grass pitch with electricity Sleeps 6 6 Available
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
Available for single/multiple night stays. 5 metre bell tent, sleeps 4, fresh linen, outdoor seating, mini fire pit, complimentary welcome basket on arrival

Greengage

Bell tent Sleeps 4
Available for single/multiple night stays. 5 metre bell tent, sleeps 4, fresh linen, outdoor seating, mini fire pit, complimentary welcome basket on arrival

Pippin

Bell tent Sleeps 4
Available for single/multiple night stays. 5 metre bell tent, sleeps 4, fresh linen, outdoor seating, mini fire pit, complimentary welcome basket on arrival

Bramley

Bell tent Sleeps 4
Available July & August for a 3 night stay, midweek or weekend. 5 metre bell tent, sleeps 4, fresh linen and towels, complimentary welcome basket, table & chairs, additional kids tent, own gazebo & private loo. Delicious menu for pre-ordered meals, served with passion and knowledge - enjoy food and drink with provenance!

Cherry Blossom

Bell tent Sleeps 4
Available July & August for a 3 night stay, midweek or weekend. 5 metre bell tent, sleeps 4, fresh linen and towels, complimentary welcome basket, table & chairs, additional kids tent, own gazebo & private loo. Delicious menu for pre-ordered meals, served with passion and knowledge - enjoy food and drink with provenance!

Damson

Bell tent Sleeps 4
Available July & August for a 3 night stay, midweek or weekend. 5 metre bell tent, sleeps 4, fresh linen and towels, complimentary welcome basket, table & chairs, additional kids tent, own gazebo & private loo. Delicious menu for pre-ordered meals, served with passion and knowledge - enjoy food and drink with provenance!

Elderflower

Bell tent Sleeps 4
Available for single/multiple night stays. 5 metre bell tent, sleeps 4, fresh linen, outdoor seating, mini fire pit, complimentary welcome basket on arrival

Pearmain

Bell tent Sleeps 4
Available July & August for a 3 night stay, midweek or weekend. 5 metre bell tent, sleeps 4, fresh linen and towels, complimentary welcome basket, table & chairs, additional kids tent, own gazebo & private loo. Delicious menu for pre-ordered meals, served with passion and knowledge - enjoy food and drink with provenance!

Russet

Bell tent Sleeps 4
Available July & August for a 3 night stay, midweek or weekend. 5 metre bell tent, sleeps 4, fresh linen and towels, complimentary welcome basket, table & chairs, additional kids tent, own gazebo & private loo. Delicious menu for pre-ordered meals, served with passion and knowledge - enjoy food and drink with provenance!

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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 from the M5, Junction 9. From the motorway, take the A438 towards Tewkesbury, before reaching traffic lights with a Morrisons 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 onto a dual carriageway. After this, you will reach a second set of traffic lights. From here, turn right following the signs for Ledbury on the B4213. Follow for approximately two miles before taking a right turn into Sawpit Lane, signposted for Apperley. The road passes the village hall (on your right) before reaching a T-junction. Turn left on to School Road and go past the primary school (on your left) and then you will see the entrance to Willow Hill Farm on the left, almost opposite a house named Holly Tree Cottage.

The nearest train stations are Gloucester (seven miles away) and Ashchurch (eight miles, away). The 351-bus service serves the Tewkesbury–Gloucester route, and stops in Apperley village. From there it's just over a five-minute walk to Willow Hill. Pick up from train or bus services can usually be arranged in advance.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★☆ over 8 reviews

★★☆☆☆

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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