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Rated ★★★★★ over 144 reviews
Lovely place. I stayed at the end of the season so there was plenty of space. Toilets and showers were spotless although I didn't realise how far I'd set up camp from them so was a bit of a walk in my pj's. Walking distance into cheddar once I found the non road way to walk in (my fault). Dog welcome and family friendly
The site is perfectly located to walk in to Cheddar safely, walk to Cheddar Ales, short drive to Wells & Glastonbury. Choice of fields to suit your requirements with flat pitches. The facilities were superb, best showers I have ever had at a campsite, clean and fresh- the girl cleaning was lovely and always friendly and so hard working! Small shop for any items you may have forgotten or run out of. Super recycling facilities. This is definitely a 5 star campsite.
We loved our stay at Petruth Paddocks. The staff were super friendly and helpful on arrival showing us to a quiet area to pitch up, telling us everything we needed to know for our stay about the campsite and informing us about things to do in the area. Also very nice and clean toilets/ showers which you don’t always get camping! Would highly recommend and happily come back.
Relaxing and enjoyable.
The site was clean, tidy and very family friendly. Sociable noise but not late. The showers were awesome. Great toilet, washing, housekeeping facilities. Would definitely go again.
We had *the best* time
I opened the Cool Camping website and told my sons to choose the site. They chose Petruth Paddocks at random and I’m so glad they did. We had a tremendous week. Best bits: nightly campfires, morning coffee from the on-site coffee shop, the amazing pizzas and the family field where the boys (13 and 8) spent hours playing football/manhunt/who knows what with all the other small people, leaving me to sit and read. You should deffo go there.
Still The best campsite
Can't really put my finger on it but this campsite has that something. Could it be the amazing shower and toilet facilties? The chilled out, friendly staff? The location? I don't know! But when I arrive here, something clicks. I feel totally relaxed and at peace. The campsite has somewhat of a festival feel but is still quiet come 10pm. I just love it here! You need to visit Wells, Wookie Hole, The Cheddar Ales Tap Room (10 mins walk from campsite), Wilkins Cider and not to forget the amazing Gorge! We'll be back!
From the moment we arrived we were made to feel welcome. The staff were friendly and helpful, even calling ahead to Cheddar Ales to ask them to stay open a little later for us to pay a visit. The facilities were kept really clean, there was always a member of staff cleaning the toilets and showers. There is lots to do in the surrounding area abs staff are knowledgeable about the best places to visit. Thank you.
Fantastic family campsite
We went as a group of 12 people, 5 adults and 7 children. The team were hugely accommodating and set us up with two huge pitches, unconcerned that we had also bought a kitchen tent. We had ice creams from their ice cream seller on the first night, hired fire pits and a huge bbq! The staff on hand couldn’t have been friendlier and gave us great advice on what to do when out and about. Facilities were clean (despite the joys of mud from camping) and cleaned regularly. The campsite was not cramped and everyone was very respectful, music was all off sharp at 11 and we didn’t hear a thing. We would definitely be back - excellent campsite. Thank you for our stay.
What a great campsite!
We (2 families inc a 5 yr old and 2 toddlers) spent a lovely 5 days at Petruth campsite. It has a friendly and welcoming feel to it. The pitch space is roomy with lots of areas for the kids to run free. Staff work continuously to keep the toilets and showers spotlessly clean. Alway friendly and stopping to say hello or for a chat. They offer firepits and wood and have free charging hubs. Would recommend!!
A great night despite the weather!
We booked to stay at Petruth Paddocks fairly last minute and didn’t know what to expect. We ended up having a great stay, only one night but enough to get a feel for the place. We were impressed with the friendly staff, how clean and nice the toilets were and the pizza / breakfast / coffee huts were amazing to have on site, so handy. The weather was pretty bad and we still enjoyed ourselves, so that’s a sign of a good campsite I’d say. Relaxed atmosphere and choice of field depending on what you were looking for. Would definitely recommend to others. Thanks!
This is a spectacular camping site. The facilities here are second to none. The toilets and showers are on a constant cleaning rotation so are beautifully clean ALL the time and there is hot running water, with good pressure. The washing stations are kept in wonderful condition and the bins are emptied often. There is a coffee cabin on site, hot food is also available at certain times (and is well worth trying) and the basic kids' play area is enough to keep them all occupied for hours. The thing that really sets them apart though, is the staff. Every single member of staff was friendly and helpful and no problem was too big or small for them to help with. I really do mean every member of staff too - ranging from the coffee cabin people, the wood delivery folk, the premises maintenence staff, the teen cleaners, the management - everyone was so, so friendly, helpful and capable. The site is within easy walking distance of everything Cheddar has to offer, including a Sainsbury's and a Tesco, so you can happily wander around sightseeing to your heart's content and grab something to cook on the way home. We will definitely visit here again!
Fantastic site for camping
Firstly, I have to say that the staff were excellent. We were a fairly large group and every time one of us went to the toilet, washing up area or shower- there were staff cleaning. Maintenance worked on ensuring mud and puddles were bridged over and front desk personnel were friendly and helpful. Site is very big, with beautiful views and is very organised with logs/fire pits brought round to pitches and staff doing the rounds at 11 to ensure only fireside chatter can be heard at night. Coffee and breakfast stalls in the morning are a Godsend on a rainy weekend. I would have no hesitation in returning to this site. Not only is it a first class campsite, but it is very well located too.
Buzzy atmosphere and spotless facilities!
My camping buddy and I had a fantastic few days in Petruth Paddocks as part of a cycle camp adventure in Somerset. I was really impressed by the friendliness of the staff, and also by the sheer number of people working on the site tirelessly to keep in clean. The showers / toilet facilities are unlike anything I've ever experienced on a campsite, really good quality. The site felt very covid secure, with hand sanitiser regularly available close to many of the water taps, and obviously a lot of thought has gone in to making this site as safe as possible - thank you team! The site was pretty busy and had a great chilled buzz to it. We really enjoyed the breakfast bap (and the fact that the outside dining area was somewhere we could get into the shade in the mornings) Cheddar was a great place to explore for a few days and we had a lovely shady bike ride along the Strawberry Line, which is a walking and cycling path based on an old railway. Happy days
Another great holiday to petruth, lovely to get away and unwind. Staff work continually to keep the washrooms spotlessly clean. Alway cheerful and stopping to say hello. Children all out playing and having fun! Fire pits make a lovely addition too. Lovely short walk into cheddar, be sure to try La Rocca restaurant and brilliant value and delicious pizzas. Would recommend petruth to anyone who loves camping!
Everything you need and more
Petruth Paddocks is absolutely amazing. Being able to grab a coffee, pizza, hot dog on site - what a luxury. The toilets and showers were very clean, all info was clearly communicated. Amazing brewery 5 minutes walk away and each and every staff member greets you like an old friend. I stayed with 6 mates and we had one of the best camping trips we've had in years. Thanks Petruth Paddocks.
Welcoming and friendly site for a great group experience with teenagers
We were warmly welcomed and given a site safely distant from everyone else which made the teens in the party even more relaxed. This is a great site with clean well maintained facilities and easy access to all the local shops and facilities of cheddar. Dogs loved it too and the on-site football goals came in very useful.
Been visiting Petruth for 10 years, it only gets better
Been visiting Petruth for around 10 years now it only gets better the toilets and showers are amazing by far the best on any campsite friendly knowledgeable staff fires allowed what more could you ask for and I even found a spot to put me hammock up already looking forward to next year or maybe sooner if I get chance
Lovely site friendly people great location
Nice quiet site with friendly helpful staff great location for getting out walking & literally 10 mins to the town of cheddar 20 to the gorge itself
Lovely campsite for a weekend away
We had a lovely time at Petruth Paddocks, and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a friendly, well-run, family-oriented campsite with easy walking access to Cheddar. The stonebaked pizzas available onsite were delicious.
Fantastic Facilities - a relaxing couple of nights away!
From our arrival to leaving the staff were visible right across the site and extremely friendly and helpful. At Check in we got a full briefing of where everything was and then were shown to where we could pitch, the fire pits and logs service was very efficient and when visiting the shower and toilet facilities there was always someone working to clean them in batches which was very reassuring. We stayed on a weekend and we made use of the coffee hut and the pizza trailer which were both great! We are not the most experienced campers but found all of the waste facilities self explanatory with the site well laid out and easy to navigate. We made a trip into Cheddar itself which was easily accessed via a path set away from the main road into the town, a lot of lovely places to eat and drink and only about a 10 minute walk away! We will definitely look to stay here again and thank Jules and the team for working to deliver such a great experience!
Stunning campsite, amazing facilities and super friendly staff
We had an amazing 3 night stay in the general camping field. Stunning views of Cheddar Gorge and nearby hills and really nice atmosphere on site - drinks and music around fires in the evening up to the 11pm cut off which they politely reminded us of, though we were able to stay chatting around the fire after. Facilities were immaculate - fantastic showers and toilets that were spotless, as well as washing up facilities. Staff were so so nice, really made us feel at home. Log drop off every evening for the fire was amazing and they provided a grill so we could do a BBQ. On-site coffee and breakfast rolls were great and handy when we couldn't be bothered to cook, and the Cheddar brewery a few mins down the road is a must-visit. About a 20 min walk to the Gorge through the small town and a beautiful walk around it. Couldn't recommend it enough, will definitely be back.
Brilliant- excellent facilities
We stayed here for 2 nights and thought this place was brilliant. We’re avid campers, and typically camp every other weekend throughout summer. I can honestly say Petruth have the BEST shower and toilet facilities I’ve ever seen. The shower is so hot and powerful! Grounds are well kept, lots of water points and great atmosphere!
Lovely campsite, superb welcome.... clean and tidy. Showers and toilets were regularly cleaned and you had hot water whenever you went for a shower. There was everything you could want. Will definitely return.
Wonderful Experience for New Campers!
We arrived at the camping site and we’re so pleased to see how everything was well thought through. We all checked in and got to our spot. As a first time camper I was a bit anxious but boy did Petruth Paddocks deliver! The bathrooms and toilets were cleaned regularly, the shower had hot water, they had breakfast, pizza and coffee with vegan options which was great for us! They gave out fire wood every evening and even a barbecue. All in all it was a great experience and will definitely be recommending this to others!
A Perfect Summer Getaway Location
A beautiful mid-summer getaway! It was my family’s first time camping and we were lucky to have a great experience! Facilities had everything you could ask for and were cleaner than we could expect. Throw in a morning coffee shack and evening pizzas (vegan options readily available) and we leave with no complaints. Definitely hope to return.
Very friendly and welcoming . Facilities were excellent.So clean and the staff worked really hard to keep them that way. No queues either . Will definitely go back . Recommend a visit to Cheddar Ales brewery - well worth a visit .
The Shower of a lifetime
Superb welcome, very relaxed vibe, everything you could possibly need in a campsite. And the shower was probably one of the best I’ve ever experienced anywhere in the world. Well done you guys for organizing this campsite. I will be back !
So glad we found this campsite! Incredible pizza, perfect location, great facilities!
This campsite is great! It's the perfect location for exploring Cheddar and the surrounding areas by foot, bike or car. We didn't realise that it had a super convenient path that went straight into town avoiding the main road, and there is a park there ideal for kids. It was also super refreshing to have a site that was so well organised into sections for families, groups, couples etc. and had the perfect level of interaction from the friendly hosts who even bring round firepits etc for you. Finally I have to mention that the site had some incredible facilities- lovely warm showers and the cleanest toilets I've ever seen on a campsite, plus the weekend pizza's were some of the best I've tasted- loving the sourdough bases and homemade wild garlic dip. Will definitely be visiting again thanks :)
There was so much space between pitches, almost had a field to ourselves. In all my years of camping have never stayed anywhere with such immaculate toilet and shower facilities even though it was a very wet / muddy few days.
Myself and some friends decided on a spontaneous camping trip and after calling to enquire, getting a very happy chappy on the phone, knew this would be the perfect place! And we were not disappointed! Staff were all brilliantly helpful and happy and the campsite was so lovely and tidy, immaculate toilet facilities and an all round great experience. Will definitely return for another fun weekend!
Good stay but flawed booking process
It is quiet and there was plenty of space. When I booked, I wanted an electric pitch but apparently only ONE grass pitch was available. I was expecting the site to be fairly full but there were maybe six people pitching on the grass area but I was surprised to see 10 or more electric pitches free. In fact somebody turned up on spec and was offered one of these. Something amiss with the booking system , as another camper had tried to book an electric pitch with the same result!
Petruth Paddocks is a lovely campsite, we felt very welcomed and safe and it had a lovely atmosphere for both families and adults only. Only a 15-20 min walk from the gorge (and a lovely walk at that). Beautiful views from the campsite and nice clean facilities. Will definitely be returning! Thanks Petruth Paddocks :)
Fantastic Camping Spot
We had the best weekend at Pentruth Paddock’s. It’s not far from the village of Cheddar and Cheddar Gorge is so easy to get to, perfect camping spot. The campsite is huge and everyone is nicely spaced out. The facilities are spotless and Jules & The team are on top of the cleaning, which given the current situation is something everyone is mindful of. They allow & provide campfires together with firewood for a small cost which is just what you want when you’re camping. They also have a coffee hut on a Saturday and Sunday morning, as well as a fresh pizza stall on a Friday and Saturday night. Perfect!! I loved our family trip away and will for sure be returning.
Relaxed field camping with good toilets/showers
Perfect place to relax and camp in a field and have a fire every night. Toilets and showers kept clean very regularly and quite good standard compared to other campsites. Washing up area is good. Added benefits of pizza and coffee hut on the weekend. Separate family field - great to let children run around and make new friends. Only 10mins to walk into cheddar village and 15/20mins to the gorge ! Overall a friendly campsite and I will be going back.
We had a lovely weekend camping at Petruth Paddocks. The facilities were excellent and the showers and toilets were cleaned very regularly. Jules and the team were very accommodating, friendly and helpful. We bought the fire bundle which was a lovely addition. Would recommend this site for groups of friends, couples and families of all ages! Will definitely be going back!
We had a warm friendly welcome and that set set the tone for a very happy stay.
From the moment we arrived, we were made to feel very welcome and being shown to our pitch was the start of this. The BBQ service was an excellent touch and all in all it felt very comfortable. The showers and toilets were probably the best I have ever seen and the morning coffee bar was most welcome! Finally, the location was wonderful and very close to Cheddar Village and the great beer and pizza place up the hill! I expect to bring my family many times in the future. Thanks to Jules and his team.
More negatives than positives.
I understand you can't please everyone. Below are the positives and negatives from our visit. Unfortunately, we don't feel we'd coming back. Many people will probably find this camping perfect, but we have been to, cheaper, smaller camping sites with less facilities and have found it a better experience overall. Positives: - Walking distance to Cheddar and Cheddar Gorge walk. - Friendly staff. - Toilets and showers are cleaned everyday. Negatives: - Higher prices than other sites. - Our tent pitch was chosen for us by a member of staff without any consideration whatsoever other than their own logistics. We wanted to place our tent next to the trees where there was plenty of space as it was going to be windy, but that was not accepted. Although Im not blaming them for the wind, we would have spent a warmer couple of night with the protection the trees. - No hand sanitiser available, anywhere. Other camping places we've visited in last couple of months had hand sanitisers right next to the toilet blocks and any other public facility. - The camping is overbooked for the amount of facilities available. There are queues for the showers, toilets, washing up and everything else. Only 6 showers available for a great amount of people. - Toilets lack of effective ventilation and washbasin and toilets are in the same enclosed space. This is not a nice set up when you want to brush your teeth and have to do so in a toilet you have queued for, after watching multiple users going in and out. - Showers also lack ventilation and drainage is sometimes clogged. There are condensation drops (big ones) forming all over the walls and ceiling. - The area next to ours -inside the camping- had what felt like a rave one night. There was very loud music after 10pm. Although we were warned that that specific area permitted music, we didn't expect it to be so loud.
Fantastic location and warm welcome
Despite Storm Francis doing it's best to put a dampener on things, I couldn't be happier with the recent stay at Petruth Paddocks. The staff were all really friendly and welcoming when we arrived and we were settled in in no time. Each evening a couple of members of the team came around offering fresh firewood and a friendly check up to see if we were enjoying our time. I was most impressed with the facilities for ablutions. Everything was spotless and a member of the team on hand at all times to give the toilets and showers a quick wash down and disinfect on a regular basis throughout the day - very important at this time. The pitches were well maintained and flat making for an easy time putting up the tent. I would definitely recommend a stay at this site.
Great camping experience
Petruth Paddocks have worked really hard to ensure a great experience this summer. The new shower and toilet blocks were constantly being cleaned which was no mean feat with some of the weather we experienced! Good sized pitches and a friendly atmosphere led to a really great holiday. The fresh coffee in the mornings and pizza at the weekends were an extra treat. Lovely area around Cheddar with lots of walking, cycling and shopping options.
Great camping - thanks Jules and Team!
Good location - in the country but short stroll into town for places to eat and shop. Really nice facilities - all individual cubicles, very clean, lashings of hot water. Friendly, helpful staff who gave that personal touch that makes the experience more pleasant. The camping fields are spacious so you don’t feel crowded in with people. The facilities are central so, although you have a short trek, it increases the feeling of wild camping - in spirit at least! Really sensible ‘theming’ of different fields - young families, unaccompanied teens, accompanied teens, adult parties - means that you have similar groups in each area. Good because it reduces the chance of friction through different behaviours and daily timetables. It is not a noisy site. General happy music and sociability until 10 o’clock in the family field and 11 in the adults. After that it was quiet chat around campfires. We were never disturbed by noise from others. I feel that experience and careful thought have made this a really nice place for campers - well done Jules and team!!
The best camping in the West Country.
I'm almost reluctant to say how good it is in case I can't get a pitch next year. From the moment you arrive to the moment you leave, the crew take care of you and make you feel at home. The pitches are all within a walk to the facilities that doesn't leave you wondering if you'll make it. And because of the other campers, on site pizzas, wood fires and friendliness, I felt that I was at an overspill of the Glastonbury festival but VIP :). The best site I've stayed at in the UK and have now been visiting that part of the world for 45 years. These guys have managed to keep that camping buzz alive. Awesome people, awesome site for families, couples and groups. Something for everyone :).
Best campsite ever
There are loads of reasons this place is great. There is so much room for a start and each field is dedicated for different types of campers eg if you’re a couple you can stay away from excitable children. There’s an ice cream van twice a day and a coffee hut that sells amazing coffee. The facilities are great apart from there’s not quite enough of them and the lights don’t work all the time but they are very clean. You can get pizza delivered (amazing!). The town is a short walk away and if you want a drink that’s not that far there’s a brewery next door!
A great campsite
A great campsite in a beautiful area. Facilities were very good and showers and toilets were cleaned regularly. I would highly recommend this campsite.
Like a festival but without the bands
Petruth Paddocks is a great spot for families and young people looking for a safe, pleasant campsite with a bit of life. If you prefer small, quiet spots this is not the place for you although one of the fields did have low density camping which might be worth exploring. The kids loved having logs delivered round the site off the back of a mini-truck. However, the air quality does quickly drop when site after site lights up and it would be good to find a way to put a limit on numbers. Our immediate neighbours left their fire burning overnight which didn't look like a good move as the wind picked up. It's a free range site which gives a nice feel but that also means people's dogs off leads, this mixed with children running bare foot in time of Covid doesn't seem the best idea. Clean and ample facilities thanks to hard working staff.
excellant location, 1st class site
loved the easy going atmosphere at the site and the pitch where you like, staff were very helpful with local knowledge, very approachable and friendly. the toilets and showers were immaculate, cleaned constantly and made for a very comfortable stay.. will go again next year.
Fell in love with the site. Dark nights, no artificial lighting... perfect for stargazing. Kids were allowed to be kids. Loads of space to play. The site had a real buzz, a bit like a festival without the mess or noise. Toilets and showers were the best I’ve ever used on a campsite. Different fields for families, adults and groups works well. Staff were naturally friendly. Will definitely return! It’s captured a small piece of my heart!
Easy, friendly, joyful site
Loved the friendly welcome and informative briefing. Loved the help we immediately got when we mentioned we'd forgotten something. Loved the hot hot showers and the clean loo's. Loved the animals and the friendly farm residents who let my 6 year old look around and collect eggs. Loved the fellow campers - all friendly, nice souls. Loved the natural landscape and bird life around. Loved the surroundings, local amenities were great, and the awesome base this site provides for day trips all over Somerset. Loved the fire drums. The night sky was incredible. Loved how accessible the staff and owners were, always pootling around on the site, always with a happy greeting. Thanks Petruth, we will be back!
A lovely night
Great site, super clean facilities with constant cleaning, loved the site.
Beautiful views of Cheddar Gorge
3 nights camping with our girls at Petruth Paddocks, girls had a great time in the open field to play and "feel normal" again during COVID19. The site made such a great effort to keep people safe, with well-maintained showers/toilet facilities. The town was also very pleasant, even though there is a need for some kind of bypass for all the heavy traffic. The Gorge walk was challenging but fun, and the views are amazing of a great English country-side.
Petruth will be our second home!
This was not our first time, yet we were in a different field to previous visits and the work done to refresh the communal facilities was outstanding. At a time like this people want to know they're safe. The distancing in place and the cleanliness of the facilities was outstanding. We felt safe. We were greeted by a broad smile from Jules and in his usual upbeat manner, guided us to our spot and gently reminded us of the distancing requirements. Not long after we were set up, the fire pot trailer came around. We highly recommend this service and wish other campgrounds offered the same. There was a small but moving queue for the brand new ablution blocks with a cheery young lady on constant cleaning. Jules said they had more blocks coming which surprised me as there were so many toilets and showers already. We were there during the busy times... and it was busy, and although in the 'noisy' adult area... it was still beautiful and peaceful and relaxing! It rained on us again. Each time we've been it's rained a bit, but that doesn't change anything for us. It only makes the floors of the facilities a bit muddy but they're very quickly sorted by the cleaning team. We've grown a great fondness for Petruth and it's team and for Cheddar. Looking to head back there shortly... like with the next couple of months.
superb Camping site in a beautiful location
Petruth Paddocks is probably one of the best campsites we visited. The surrounding areas are as you would expect of Somerset - pretty amazing! The campsite itself is perfectly sited, just s few minutes walk from the pretty village centre and 10 mins walk to the Gorge. The cleanliness of the camp is outstanding - frequently and robustly cleaned, the showers match any top notch hotel! The site is well maintained, with fire pits aplenty. Having th dogs, we were sited in a field towards a country lane, which was ideal for taking the dogs out last thing away from the camping field itself. We didn't book for an electric hook up but would do next time only due to maintaining the coolbox, phones etc. The staff are extremely friendly and make you feel extremely welcome. Top stars for a top campsite, thank you for an enjoyable stay!!
Clean Social distancing rules in place Amazing location Very friendly and helpful staff Expensive Brilliant that you can have fires Expensive wood Lovely that ice cream seller comes around - although we never knew what time he’d come so often missed him.
fantastic family site
I've been here a number of times and think it's one of the best sites I've been too. The staff are very friendly and always stop for a chat. The views are great and the site is exceptionally clean with multiple staff all providing this service. There is a coffee shop on site thst opens at 7am and I love the fact you are provided wood and fire bins for an evening campfire. Would thoroughly recommend this site and its also dog friendly, with Cheddar just a short walk away.
Lovely little campsite
Really lovely little campsite; good facilities that were regularly cleaned, tents were very spaced out - worked really well having groups, couples and families all in separate fields. Great that dogs were allowed and the fire pits were a lovely addition. A nice 10-15 minutes stroll into Cheddar to the nearest pub. Would definitely stay again :)
Peaceful and instant relaxation
I stayed for one night camping in Petruths Paddock with my partner and we felt instantly relaxed. Everything felt very safe COVID wise and even with the option of just taking a short walk into Cheddar was very peaceful. We loved the option to hire a fire pit and also the laidback feel of Petruths Paddock - we will definitely be returning.
An outstanding get away in beautiful Somerset
How do I start, what’s not to love about Petruth Paddocks. Jules and the team do everything they can to ensure you can relax and unwind. In the current climate let’s start with safety. New toilets and showers and toilets have been installed and are deep cleaned and sanitised very regularly, a friendly face comes round to sanitise the water points several times a day, cards are accepted throughout and the place is large enough so that everyone has plenty of space to keep apart. We really were impressed how they have adapted. I guess I should mention should you wish to venture out, shops pubs and attractions have also done a good job keeping us safe. Back to Petruth. We arrived on Friday afternoon and were met by 4 smiling face’s, one with 4 legs, booked in very swiftly and shown to our pitch. In no time at all we were setup and able to support the local economy, by drinking a few of Somerset finest exports - cider! The sun began to fall in tree sky and the most exciting part of the camp arrived for our 12yrs old (and me) the campfire! Delivered by trailer to your tent by yet about friendly face and with everything to get your going, we even cooked burgers on ours for dinner. As the sun set and we sat back looking across the field watching the calmer world go by; we brought out the marshmallows and digestives to make s’mores, they were simply amazing! Perfect. A Clever layout, I wanted to mention Jules’s great approach to where we were pitched, younger family’s, older families and adults across 3 fields. Everyone able to enjoy themselves with out the worry of disturbing others; on that music goes off around ten and no driving after dark, again for safety. So there it is, Petruth Paddocks the perfect, safe way to escape this current crazy world. It was our first stay, but now we’ve discovered this hidden gem it won’t be our last. Thank you to Jules and the team for helping us make such amazing memories:-)
The escape this Public Health worker needed.
I was anxious about stepping into the real world after working relentlessly since February (whatever the hell that is) but I needn't have been. The infection prevention and control measures are exemplary, and done in a way that doesn't make you feel dictated to. What this wonderful team have done should be a blueprint for all other businesses. Best toilets on a campsite ever (although I was terrified of taking out a small child by the spring loaded door😆), wonderful setting and a bloody amazing team of staff! I shall be singing your praises (appropriate socially distanced of course, singing is still an increased risk of spreading the virus) from on high to anyone who'll listen. Hopefully that won't mean I'm then unable to book due to you being busy. Thank you all so much, every single one of you! I feel recharged and ready to face our ever changing world again.xx #staysafestaysane
Response from Petruth Paddocks
Thank you so much. That actually made me well-up - wow!.
We have worked so hard to make the site safe and its just wonderful to hear that its all been worth it!
I have forwarded your cmments to each of the team who I know wll be really chuffed to rad them
Thank you for al you are doing in these ever-so difficult times - we really to appreciate it
Jules and the team
Great campsite for a family !
We had a wonderful time here. Facilities super clean and the fire pit was a lovely touch. Really recommend.
New toilet and shower facilities post covid-19... Meaning less crowded. Friendly and helpful staff. Would happily pay a bit more next time to ensure it remains less crowded.
Great site & facilities
We had a great weekend at Petruth Paddocks. The showers and toilet blocks were incredibly clean and lovely hot water in the showers. We ordered the campsite barrel and sticks and the children loved having marshmallows each night. The only gripe that we had was although we were in the family field the music was not off by 10pm as it was supposed to be and we had a very large group of loud adults talking until 2am by our tent and hindering the children sleeping for a while. They were having fun and it felt uncomfortable to say anything! Luckily the children managed to catch up on some napping when we travelled to the Gorge and Cheddar.
Large site good facilities
A large site with good facilities. We were there the busiest weekend of the year I expect (Aug Bank hol) and facilities struggled to cope - queues to showers and washing up areas. The craft tent was great for the kids, my daughters loved the tie dye t-shirt experience and would have loved the animal experience but we ran out of time. It’s unfortunate for Petruth that the next door industrial site on Tuesday morning had very loud music and woke us up at 5am with lorries running their engines. Overall our experience was good, the washing machine drums for the wood fire was brilliant and nice laid back atmosphere.
Fantastic camp site. Very well organised!
The campsite delivers a fire drum and wood to your pitch when you arrive which is wonderful and offers extra wood each night you stay all at a very reasonable cost. My boys loved the ice cream cart that came round twice a day! The site provides a lovely fresh coffee hut open in the mornings and a food hut offering cooked breakfast. Pizza is cooked on site at the weekend, perfect if you have been travelling and just arrived. We loved the fact that you could order a takeaway from local food outlets to be delivered to the campsite. The campsite offers a very warm welcome. People are onsite all the time working so hard to keep areas clean, deliver fire supplies to you, making sure all is running smoothily. The shower and washing up facilities were well lit and regularly cleaned. Plenty of fresh water taps availablw round the campsite. It was great to have a craft tent for children to create tie dye tshirts! And also small open top landrover for kids to play on. Overall, highly recommend Petruth Paddocks for camping. They have worked really hard to provide a lovely, family friendly rustic campsite with lots of very special additional details to make your stay enjoyable. My boys are already keen to come back so they can their icecream fix!!
Facilities, location and views to die for!
We had a fantastic stay at Petruth Paddocks that left us wanting to come back as soon as possible! The staff were very welcoming and friendly on our arrival, and we were immediately shown to a beautiful and spacious field with plenty of open space to pitch our tent. Just a short walk along a footpath to the lovely village of Cheddar and the stunning Cheddar Gorge, the campsite is ideally placed as a base for your holiday. The campsite offers a range of excellent services and facilities, including campfire supplies, very clean showers and toilets and the possibility of buying reasonably priced supplies (such as eggs and marshmallows - with toasting sticks) from reception. As an additional highlight, they provide a great booklet with useful tips and reccomendations for the surrounding area. We cannot reccomend Petruth Paddocks highly enough, and look forward to visiting again soon!
Pure camping experience
Beautiful surroundings and super friendly hosts. 20 minutes walk to Cheddar Gorge which is a mini Switzerland - caves, museum, stunning walks, cheese making, climbing experiences, escape rooms, a variety of places to eat and purchase gifts. The evenings provide the pure camping experience with the hire of fire pits - the girls loved toasting marshmallows whilst watching the moon rise and stars appear... the only negative is the British weather - apparently we didn't tick sun box when booking 😜 However our days were filled and we will be returning. WIFI's not great but Cheddar Gorge Costa ticked that box and kids needs to learnt to live without it now and again
Fab camping weekend with friends
This has been my best camping experience so far! I had a really fun weekend with friends. The atmosphere of the campsite felt relaxed and happy. The staff were cheery and we felt welcomed on arrival. The loos were near and the showers were good. We got a fire pit and cooked our meals which I loved, just sitting around the fire till night fall, star gazing, eating, drinking and catching up. On Saturday we drove to Mulchney to see their pottery and stopped off on route at places that looked interesting, Wedmore antiques and a village fete. On leaving, a very helpful member of staff even jump started my car as my friend's phones had run down the battery (which they promised it wouldn't!) It has been such an easy and positive camping experience that at the end of the weekend we all three resolved to do it again soon!
Lovely site, friendly staff, Facilities just a bit tired
Lovely site set in the Mendip Hills just a 20 min walk from Cheddar Gorge Toilets need a bit of a refresh as do the showers and the wi-fi signal isn't available in some areas. However well worth the trip and lovely people happy to help.
Perfect-exactly what we needed
Lovely place lovely location we went for the quiet field as we wanted silence. And we got exactly that. All the site staff were very relaxed and helpful. Will be coming back again. The only slight thing the toilets could be cleaner but there is alot of people using the same loos.
Beautiful location and friendly staff.
We love a campfire- friendly experience and enjoyed our time here. The views are wonderful and we liked having The Gorge within easy walking distance. We got the local pizza place to deliver on the first night and my vegan daughter loved her non-dairy options.
Warm & attentive staff, spotless facilities, beautiful spot
We spent the glorious Easter weekend staying in a cosy and well-equipped shepherd's hut. The site was superb, and run by incredibly friendly and helpful staff. They had thought of everything to make for a really fantastic stay, including fire pits with cooking grills, ice cream and coffee stalls, and a van selling cooked breakfasts and hot suppers. The loos were clean, the showers hot and powerful, what more can I say?! We will certainly be going back again. Thanks so much to Jules and the team!
Our Perfect One Night Getaway
We stayed at Petruth Paddocks this Easter Sunday for one night only with our French Bulldog puppy and absolutely loved it. The camp site is perfectly positioned a short walk away from the village of Cheddar. The site is really clean and very organised, with great facilities. Including, fire drums, electricity points, even on site coffee trucks and delicious festival style food trucks. Loved it! Also to add to it there were lots of families with dogs the perfect place for a mini getaway. Highly recommend staying here.
Top notch, Jules and the team were ace and went out of there way to help us find the perfect spot. General vibe of the campsite felt really nice and everyone was friendly, it was just an all round great place. Close to shops,pubs and walks. Can’t recommend enough!
Clean, tidy, well organised and welcoming
Spent one night for a half term winter camping, so not many places open - the staff were very welcoming and everything was very very organised and well laid out (plus recycling) All the facilities were very clean and lots of them too - and got a firepit with logs delivered by Steve which was perfect for the marshmallows and hot chocolate. Practical location for exploring Cheddar.
Nice and friendly staff
Spot on campsite all the facilities were brilliant very clean site .Showers red hot ,we only stayed a few days cycling around Somerset staff were very helpful will use this site again and will recommend it to my friends .
Best campsite we’ve stayed in to date
Awesome campsite, very chilled out but fun, great facilities and stunning locaction. Great communication and help with anything from the staff.
Peace and quiet
Laid back and relaxed. The site had all we needed for our stay, toilets and shower blocks very clean, a little dated but nothing that we found a problem. If it is 5 star camping you are after this is not for you but if back to basics, no frills, relaxed friendly is then I highly recommend. Showers were great. Easy walk to Cheddar, beautiful scenery, nice beer and great food.
Location good for visiting nearby towns
Stayed here for 10 nights. Chose here mainly due to location, but doubt I will return. Having to pay £2 per night for a fire pit, and if you want one you need to pay for your full stay so this was £20 + they try to sell you paper and kindling seperate, (glad I know how to light a fire so I did not buy this) then £5 for bag of logs which is about bog standard for campsites so not complaining about that. If it had rained for the 10 nights the fire pit would have been a waste of money. As for toilets and Shower facilities, they are a joke. Although kept fairly clean, there are not enough for the amount of people this site takes. If you wanted a shower in the morning, forget it unless you want to queue. I know they warn you about this on web site but for the money this site takes in on a daily basis I am sure they could improve the facilities to accomodate the amount of people they have. I have been to a lot of sites which are cheaper and have much better facilities. If someone is using washing up area, the shower pressure reduces. One of the signs on the site by chemical waste asked that you only use 1 litre of water to clean out your chemical toilet to keep their charges down!! I am sure the flush in toilets was more than this and much less in these than a chemical toilet that a family has been using for a day or two. Pot holes could do with filling in with some hardcore at entrance to 2nd field as they were huge and when raining causes so much mud getting trailed into shower areas as well as tents etc. All in all probably a good site for large parties or young families but it is not a site for chilling out and have a relaxing holiday. Staff were all pleasant. Pitch sizes with EHU were good size, but this site is just a money grabber in my view.
For my first camping holiday I chose an amazing place to choose. The staff are fantastic and visible so you can always find one. The fire pits are delivered to your tent with everything you need which adds an amazing touch to the stay. Definitely recommend and will definitely be coming again.
Lovely site with friendly hosts and really close to Cheddar
This campsite had 3 huge flat fields, we chose the ‘quiet field’ which gave us large pitches but still had easy access to the facilities. There are cold water taps at the end of every row. We had a non electric pitch for our van, and the field was so well drained that we did not get stuck even though it had been raining heavily. The breakfast tea/coffee bar and baps&butties stand were very welcome, and we saw a mobile stone-baked pizza van there on the Saturday night. Bearing in mind that it was a bank holiday, there were probably just about enough toilets and teeth-brushing sinks. 7 showers was not really enough at peak times, but avoiding those times resulted in a good experience. Showers were free, had a sensible amount of hooks, a bench and a sensible grid on which to stand while drying that keeps your feet clean. There were only 2 hot water washing up sinks but we did not have to wait long to use them. The town of Cheddar is a 10-15 minute walk away and has lots of pubs and amenities. There are 2 supermarkets there. The Strawberry line off-road cycle route starts in the town, and so does Cheddar Gorge. This was a wonderful site and we look forward to coming back when there is a little less rain. Thank you Petruth Paddocks.
Friendly, but not for us
We went on the bank holiday weekend and it was like a well managed festival, without the bands. Queues for the loos and showers, tents packed so close you could hear everything, quad bikes and tractors zooming around till late in the evening trying to deal hundreds of people, so not my idea of getting back to nature, but a lovely location and nice touches like the breakfast hut.
Lovely site and amazing staff!
We came for one night from a residential care home with two service users. The site was beautiful and clean and the staff made us feel so welcome and made everything very easy to organise. Fire drums, logs etc and even marshmallows were available to rent/buy on site which made things super easy for us. Staff were helpful and friendly and the location of the campsite was great too - walking distance to town and all the great attractions such as the caves. We also loved the camp dogs! Highly recommend.
Relaxed and great to be able to play music and have a fire
A really good campsite with a great attitude. Loved that we could choose our own pitch. Having logs delivered to the tent with the fire pits made life easy and the site literally lights up a night with the glow from the 🔥. Short walk into Cheddar to some good pubs and the Thai restaurant was delicious.
Lovely cosy shepards hut!
Lovely campsite and well organised. Really busy in peak period in main field for family camping, which happens to be where the shepards huts are. Hut itself is lovely, great not to have to put the tent up, would be even better if it was in the quieter field, or just choose to go outside school hols.
First time camping in nearly 20 years I was quite daunted by the prospect of going back again. On arrival we were met by helpful staff who gave us leaflets on the local area and some handy information. The site was tidy with pitches well spaced out. We did mostly enjoy our stay, however, I did feel that although the showers were hot, there could be more than 8 to 600 people. The toilets were also less than ideal- I don’t expect amazing things when camping but they didn’t smell great at all. Overall an okay stay.
The simple life in a beautiful setting
A brief 2-night visit, but loved every second. A short walk from Cheddar and all of it's amenities, we took advantage of local activities: caving and horse trekking. The staff were all friendly and helpful and they offer lots of services, including the coffee and breakfast truck, as well as campfires and wood. Facilities were clean and user friendly. Potentially could do with a couple more showers during peak season but caused us no issues over a relaxing weekend!
One of our favourite places
Just had our second visit and already planning our third. Facilities are basic and I always wish the toilets had a bit more elbow room but they are clean (mostly - it rained one evening so things were a bit muddy but hardly unexpected) the water is hot and the showers do the job! Love the relaxed attitude and think the staff are lovely. Sitting round the fire watching the meteor shower was a highlight. Having access to a freezer and charge points make life easier. Also like the whole recycling ethos and it was surprisingly easy to get the children involved considering they are less enthusiastic about it at home!!
Love Petruth Paddocks. Stayed before and will stay again. Came with young son and did two nights. Super friendly team on-hand, tidy and safe field with ample range to enjoy own space or get involved with other campers. Good and clean facilities. Surrounded by brilliant countryside on all sides. What is there not to like?!
ticked all the right boxes
What a lovely place to stay! The showers were better than ours at home! There was a staff member around to help all the time. The Free Range Camping Guide that you receive upon arrival is well thought out. Everything that you needed was accessible. Areas that suited each individuals camping requirement was spaced out and relaxed. Our children (4yo & 2yo) were safe while they played happily outside. It was a great start to our family holiday.
Relaxed atmosphere, family friendly camping
Wonderfull place to camp! Never been without toilet paper and the facilities are always clean. You get a small booklet with information, about the camping, but also the surroundings. Very useful. Loads to do in the area, but staying on site is definitely not a punishment. Special field for families and non families, everything for a campfire will be brought to your tent once the 'rounds of the quad' begin. You can visit the animals at specific times and in the weekends there are plenty of activities for everyone. Plenty toilets and showers, you never have to wait long if you have to wait at all. Special facilities for brushing teeth (finally a plane where mum and dad can brush together with the kids!) A coffee tent in the morning and an ice cream cart in the afternoon. That's enough for five stars if you ask me, but then there's Jules, the owner who, after many years of working on the camping, still tries to remember the name of every single person that camps here. His enthusiasm is simply wonderfull. 10 or of 10 for me!
Relaxed, friendly atmosphere
What a lovely little site with very friendly staff. My first stay here following a recommendation, we were able to pitch where we fancied so opted for a larger opening in the middle of the field friends were joining us so decided to put the tents around us leaving a communal area in the middle. Absolutely loved the fire pits that were delivered each evening, nothing like sitting out to all hours in front of the fire, we were particularly lucky to witness the meteor shower each night with lots of shooting stars. Came away feeling totally relaxed despite having 10 children with us, they loved the outdoor space, playing football and cricket, pony rides and meeting the animals, we all loved the ice cream man that came round daily. Only small issue and not a massive problem was the lack of toilet paper one morning as we tended to be up and about before the cleaner arrived but this was following a very busy Sunday and only encountered the once. Lovely stay in a relaxed site.
Response from Petruth Paddocks
So glad you had such a lovely time Joanna :) Sorry about the paper issue - our cleaner texted in sick but I didn't pick up her message till 7 - went and did it myself but an hour late!
She'll be calling in future........
Hope to welcome you back soon
Relaxed happy friendly site. Nothing too much trouble for Jules and the team. Perfect for groups, families couples friends.
Open fires , lots of space, coffee and food vans at weekends throughout the summer. Great showers and washing area, organised recycling. Easy walk to Cheddar Gorge, Sunday car boot . What's not to like
I stayed here as part of a group of women with children. On arrival we were made to feel very welcome and there was nothing the staff and owners could not do to help us. Throughout our stay everyone was very helpful and friendly. The children were allowed to play and relax at their own leisure Overall this one one of the best camping experience I have had!! Thank you
Fields surrounded by hills and within walking distance to Cheddar
An absolute gem! Stayed in a campervan with adult family who camped opposite us. Havnt camped for years but fancied a change and was not disappointed, the experience helped by the excellent weather. Facilities were good, clean, friendly and helpful staff. Fire drums are a wonderful idea which we enjoyed each evening. Lots of activities for youngsters to enjoy, tried the tie dying myself !! Would recommend.
Absolutely love this place. We returned this year after visiting last year for the first time. It was recommended to us by friends. We are a family of 5 and it was enjoyed by all. It's family run and they are all so welcoming and do not hesitate to help with anything. They put on lovely things for the children. We will be returning again next year, if not before! Thank you again!! Only issue we had this year was wasps, not a lot they can do about them though!
Wonderful and well organised
Brilliant place with everything you'd ever need and brilliant and attentive staff who will go out of their way at every opportunity to help. Exactly as it says on the tin.
Super welcoming feel
A really welcoming team/family. Everyone was always willing to help with any questions I had. Facilities were clean, shower was warm with power, Wi-Fi, fire pits were a lovely touch but was a shame we didn't get to use it due to me picking the one weekend of rain to go camping!!!! Nightmare! Will definitely be returning to get use of the fire pits and local wild swimming opportunities and nice walk (away from the rain)
Such amazing hosts
Jules and the team are the friendliest, most helpful hosts we've ever come across. A number of times they went out of their way to help us have the best time. The campsite is so beautiful and relaxing plus you can't beat sitting round an open fire in the evening and toasting marshmallows. :)
Laid Back Camping
Great site and really friendly. Facilities were clean and couldn't fault. Loved the fire drums. Thanks.
Large site with Festival vibe
Stayed overnight on way to Cornwall. Loved the atmosphere and child friendly relaxed setup. Will definitely be back
Brilliant site! We arrived midweek for a short 3 night break with our two children - 9 year old and 20 month old - and it was ideal for them. My eldest really enjoyed climbing/playing with the land rover in the middle of the site. It became the hub of activity for all the children throughout our stay! He made new friends every day and was out exploring or playing different games with his new friends. My 20 month old also enjoyed playing on the landrover, looking at the animals and running around the field. She made friends with some younger children in the tent next door to us. Staff- The staff were fantastic and very helpful! As soon as we are arrived we were greeted and shown the site. The staff also told us about the area and the way you can walk into Cheddar from the site. Food - in the mornings midweek there would be a food van selling basic breakfast baps (vegetarian options available) and there is also a Sainsbury’s not too far from the site. On the Friday night/Saturday morning there was another pop up food van that sold burgers and chips on the evening and breakfast baps in the morning. The coffee hut was also open on Saturday morning which was nice! Facilities - The toilets and showers were always clean and well maintained. I didn’t have to wait to use any of them. There are a couple of basins to brush your teeth and there is somewhere to wash up your plates. They also have a freezer and a charging point for phones!!! This is the first time I’ve seen a charging area in a campsite and it was a welcome addition! Cheddar is just a short walk from site and we explored the caves there. They were amazing and we had a fantastic day out. As we’re local we used our longleat passes to get 50% off the tickets! We also went to Shepton Mallet Lido which is only about 20/30 minutes drive away from the site. All in all it was a fantastic few days. We spent our days exploring and our evenings sat around a fire pit (you can rent one) toasting marshmallows. We were recommended this site by a friend and we will definitely be passing on that recommendation to others! Thank you for a wonderful stay. We will be back!
Camping without rules
I just stayed 1 night, in a campervan, after travelling fòr a week with my dog. What bliss to be able to let my dog run free instead of tethering her! Other campers were similarly relaxed and friendly. The owners were there to help if needed, and provided the best information booklet I've ever seen - all useful info about the area. Coffee and breakfast was available too! I'll definitely be back. Thanks for the enjoyable time 😊
Friendly and relaxed campsite with lovely views
Friendly and relaxed campsite with lovely views
Wonderful campsite with great facilities. Location to Cheddar, the seaside and Bristol meant we got to visit lots of places during our stay.
Friendly relaxed campsite
Really enjoyed our stay, great staff good attention to detail and good local knowledge. Also catered for all camping requirements we stayed in a more quiet area of the site over looking the horses field. We will caome back here even though it is not far from home!
Lovely friendly campsite with good facilities and local amenities
Always welcoming, friendly, helpful and nothing is a problem. Will stay again
Great hospility, great location, always welcoming, good facilities. Will definitely be coming back
Perfect place for a chilled quick getaway weekend with friends
We had a lovely quick getaway to Petruth Paddocks, meeting a couple of friends for a wonderfully chilled-out weekend. Great site and location close to Cheddar Gorge and the beautiful Mendips, and the site facilities and staff were great! Would definitely recommend, and will be coming back for sure!
This is the most chilled out place ever.
I returned to petruth with my new girlfriend after visiting on my own last year, for anyone who likes camping in a beautiful chilled out place this is it !! Definitely get a fire pit for your experience, well worth the money and wonderful sitting round a fire staring at the stars.
So relaxed, such an enjoyable site in an ideal location.
This is the first time my wife and I, with a group of old friends from Hampshire have visited Petruth Paddocks and after our five day stay we were all of the same opinion, it had been a great place to stay and we all thoroughly enjoyed the warm welcome of the staff and the lovely site. Jules was so friendly and helpful and went out of his way to make our trip memorable. The whole ethos of the site encouraged a relaxed atmosphere that was perfect when there are so many lovely places to visit in the area and you can look forward to returning to the site each evening knowing that you can relax and enjoy good company safe in the knowledge that your chat and laughter would be encouraged! A great place to visit and we will return; very well done to all at Petruth Paddocks!
Fantastic place and great for kids & dogs
I took my children aged 2 & 5 plus my shaggy dog for one nights camping over the weekend. We were made very welcome straight from the beginning and my two boys and the dog had a great time smiling and laughing from the moment we arrived until the minute we left. Such a great environment for kids and they can’t wait to return for our next adventure. The camp fire went down a treat as did the friendly people who were camping around us. Please don’t change this place it needs to remain the same forever!
We went for a long weekend and had a fantastic time. Even though we arrived late (if you arrive after 8pm you have to ring ahead and let them know) they were still welcoming and friendly, driving us around the site to help us find a good spot and delivering the stuff for a fire right to our door. The facilities are great- the showers and toilets are clean and there are plenty of them. There is also a hot food and drink stand on sight which does pretty yummy food too if you don't want to cook! Cheddar is just a ten minute walk through residential streets from the sight so easy to navigate and there is a play ground on the way which is great for kids. On Sunday's there is also a massive car boot in the field next door which is definitely worth a walk round. If you have any questions at all the team will be more then happy to help with anything!
Best place ever
Stayed over the second bank holiday in May 2018, this was our groups 2nd visit, and again we were not disappointed. The children were free to just ride their bikes and run around, you just knew they were safe. The ethos is to just pitch up, kick back and relax, and that we did. Joules and the team are very friendly and welcoming, a real family business, nothing is too much to ask. We love that we can have a camp fire at our pitches. The addition of the food van and coffee hut for this summer is a great addition as take always close fairly early in town. Love that you can just walk into town and explore Cheddar. There is a real festival feel about Petruth Paddocks, the showers and toilets are regularly cleaned and staff are constantly sorting tidying or seeing to customers needs etc. I would highly recommend this site for those that don't mind a no thrills camp site, but the best that life has to offer. Love this place and shall be back again soon.
Very friendly & relaxed
Just had 2 nights at this very friendly & relaxed site. Close to Cheddar but still beautifully rural. Lovely staff, good facilities, on site coffee and food if you don’t want to cook, nice scenery, fires in washing machine drums an interesting idea (lends itself to more flexibility on where to pitch). Having said that we were told where to pitch but only after discovering what kind of group we were and whether we wanted to be with the young kids or towards the “later bedtime” end of the fields! Great attention to detail. Would definitely visit again.
Not as described
I was looking for a "back to basics" camping experience, and to a degree we got it, but in all the wrong ways. An overcrowded site, with over stretched facilities. Queuing for a urinal was an experience I thought only for festivals. I raised this with the owner, only to be told it was due to the bank holiday! What ever the date is, over crowding a campsite is putting profits ahead of campers. Not impressed. Feel let down and would never go back.
Convenient camping for cheddar
My family and I had a 3 night stay in a pre-erected bell tent over the bank holiday weekend. It was very busy, as expected, which meant a bit of queuing for loos, showers and washing up facilities but the waits were never too long. I was very impressed how clean they kept all the facilities and delighted with the hot, powerful showers. The staff were very friendly and happy to help out. As the site was so busy, I was a bit anxious it might be noisy after dark but all was peaceful. The coffee bar and the hut selling bacon butties did make this a bit more like glamping There are lots to do in Cheddar for all ages, even in the rain, so no need to venture further afield. Cheddar is only a 10mindrive away so it is easy to pop back and forth if needed The downside is that the site is very big and when it was busy it did feel like camping in a car park! Having said all that, there are plenty of reasons to recommend this site.
Atmosphere, Fun, Great Staff
Stayed here for a few nights, campsite was well maintained and staff were really helpful. There was a good almost "party" atmosphere in the site we stayed in but they also have another area for people not wanting to listen to other peoples music and drinking. All music stops at 11 anyway. They bring round wood (at a price) have shops, coffee stands, food, showers, toilets etc. All is well maintained. Just a few minutes drive from the gorge too, walking will only take you about 15 minutes. Great stay even given the sub-par weather.
This is not a “live and let live” campsite. Too many rules, pushed together in a rectangular field resulting in it feeling you are in a car park. Way too many people for the facilities. We were ordered quite aggressively to turn off our music at 22.00 (despite signs displayed that indicate music off at 23.00). The whole place prioritises making money (expensive food, kid’s activities) over creating the “free range camping experience “ as advertised. Should NOT be in cool camping book.
A pleasant site with a fun and relaxed atmosphere, well located for coatal or inland adventures!
My second stay at Petruth Paddocks and both occasions has been a pleasant and relaxing holiday, I can see us returning many times in the future. Its a lovely site, not too far from the coast or inland adventures. The amenities are well located and of a good, clean, quality. The staff were friendly and helpful. Thanks team!
A fantastic site
A fantastic campsite. Nothing too much trouble for the guys. You get a really handy booklet with all you need to know about your stay and local amenities, also got us a nice discount locally when we had a puncture in our air bed. The kids loved being taken round the campsite on the Quad trailer, and the old jeep is a great meeting place for the kids. Close to Cheddar Gorge and Wookie Hole for great days out Will definitely look to stay again. Thanks guys
Great campsite ..great experience
We had an an amazing couple of days. Not been camping for years and hubby and little people never been so was a tad on edge. Perfect is all I can say!! Will be back !!
Genuinely the real deal :-)
We stayed here for two nights on a grass pitch with a dog. On arrival (especially if you don't know Cheddar) it looks like a campsite on the edge of an Industrial Estate but it's well situated for the town and the gorge and is flat and grassy and with lovely views of the Mendips and the gorge itself. The family run team are laid back but very well organised and the site offers far more than most that we've stayed at (you can even charge your phone in a locker so no real need for an electric pitch). We had clear skies and saw the Perseid Meteor Shower, an unforgettable experience whilst sat around the campfire (washing machine drum fire pits supplied by the owners). Will be back with the children and our bikes. Thank you!
If Only All Campsites Were Like This!
Our family had a fantastic couple of nights staying here in one of their excellent shepherd's huts. We're not great campers (hence the shepherd's hut - and our surname's "Crook"!), so were especially grateful of the friendly assistance we were given when we proved incompetent at getting our BBQ lit, amongst other things. May have even changed our general opinion of campsites as this was relaxed, friendly and very comfortable - despite the rain! The toilets even had Dyson Airblades and potpourri!
Friendly and peaceful
We arrived for our first visit in july 17.within about 45 mins of arriving a cheery guy introduced himself to us as jools.the owner. We spent a while talking and he explained about the facilities, the family run business and to shout if there was anything at all that we needed. Really lovely to be greeted so nicely.reception took time to explain about local cycle routes.great fresh eggs daily laid by the families hens.had a great bike ride and a wonderful anniversary meal at the local thai restaurant recommended by the team.really enjoyed the visit.definately going back very soon.
Just an awesome place.
Been here several times over the years and really can't fault the place. We always bring the dogs and all of us have a truly lovely time. The fire pits are a great addition to an amazing time and we certainly can't fault Jules and the team. So friendly and professional who want you to enjoy your stay and ask that you merely adhere to their relaxed rules. So worth a visit. 5 out of 5 from us.
I've just enjoyed my second stay at Petruth Paddocks and, as before, it didn't disappoint! We had a large group of 17 and had the most wonderful, spacious area to set up our camp. The views are gorgeous, the facilities are great, and Jules and the team are so welcoming and friendly. It's peaceful for such a large site and there were never any queues for the toilets or showers. It's easy walking distance from the town centre and gorge, and an added bonus was that the ground made it easy to get the tent pegs in! There's great wildlife around too - horses, cows, sheep, llamas, alpacas, birds... and make sure you take a trip to the Cider Barn, which is accessed via a lovely walk through country lanes. Highly recommended!
Couldn't ask for more!!
Had a wonderful time, such a relaxed and chilled atmosphere,I forgot 2 air beds at home :( and had a complete melt down, but within minutes of arriving on site we had 2 camp beds delivered to our "door" :) along with a fire drum,kindle,paper,matches and logs couldn't ask for more. We took the quick walk to the village and after kids 15-7yrs got an ice cream from an amazing shop which had so many flavours,they decided they wanted to head back and sit around the campfire :) we didn't get to see much of the village as they didn't want to leave campsite. Everything about the campsite we all enjoyed including the great staff!!! 👏
Quiet and relaxing
Large site where you are left alone with staff nearby if needed. Great open spaces that was just chilled. Facilities great. Loved that you have camp fires on offer every nigh, great touch. Will return.
Relaxed & chilled
No 'don't' signs here ! Friendliest staff. Very basic toilet block, but overlooked by the whole ambience of this place. The fire pits are a must, trust me.
We generally enjoyed our stay at Petruth Paddocks. The facilities were decent and the position of the site was great - being able to walk to Cheddar Gore was Fab! We had an electric pitch which was a nice bit of luxury and was good to have a pitch on the edge of the field by the hedge There was a relaxed feel to the site with a degree of control - be prepared to have your rubbish bag searched to check you've recycled!! It was a shame that by Friday night they had packed so many campers in, and there were not really enough toilets etc.to cope with the number of people there. It was of course a bank holiday weekend so you can understand, to a degree, that they would make the most of that. It was described as Free range camping but bays were marked out and people told where to camp. This may however have been due to the fact it was Bank Holiday and they were incredibly busy. Would recommend this site but perhaps not on a Bank Holiday - unless you love the festival feel!!
Lovely chilled out weekend
A group of 7 friends stayed here for my birthday celebration - really chilled out, toasting marshmallows on the fire, singing along to a couple of us playing the guitar. The facilities are nice and clean, everything you need, and it's only a short walk to Cheddar Gorge which was a treat! Nice atmosphere and very friendly. Will definitely stay again if in the area.
Our New Fave Campsite
Stayed here for 3 nights after a recommendation from a friend. Not disappointed at all. Lovely site, great location and very friendly people. Will definitely stay there again.
10 out of 5 stars!!
I've never been the biggest fan of camping but this place definitely changed my mind! An amazing atmosphere which is well worth the price! We only stayed for one night but we both wished we had stayed for longer. I loved how relaxed the place was and it really helped me to espace from stressful life. I would stay again in a heartbeat! I felt to welcome and well catered for. Can't wait to return!! :)
Felt right at home!
A very chilled out place to stay, the staff were always about and very helpful and friendly. We rocked up and set up camp how we wanted it with no silly restrictions on space or what we were pitching. Facilities were to a good standard and the fact that we could have a little camp fire and all the bits and pieces were supplied at a very reasonable cost, delivered right to your door! I'd go again for sure. We didn't have kids with us but the ones that were there seemed to love it, especially the trailer rides that took place daily :)
10 year wedding anniversary - great fun
We celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary at Petruth Paddocks. Jules, Kelly and the team were so welcoming. From the moment they picked the phone up to discuss us having the camping weekend with a group of people to when we left. They could not have done more to ensure that our weekend was a success as well as being relaxing and hassle free. It will be a wonderful weekend that we will always remember.
Service at its best
We arrived on easter Friday, fantastic welcome from the girls.. given a really useful guide booklet, as it turns out...very useful and personal to the camper... they gave us good ideas what to do and where while on holiday...the added experience was Jules personal delivering a fire pit and logs every night to our tent.. what a great touch. ..and even took the time to get to know us personally. Having camped on many sites the amenities were very clean and the showers were great and hot..great family atmosphere.
Run out for gas, which on site they had replacement.. otherwise we would have been freezing with no food..
we experienced storm Katie on Sunday night/morning...it was that bad we vacated our tent and slept in our car....at about 4.30am Steve drove round on his buggy to check every one was ok and if we needed anything.. if you want customer service, you couldn't wish for anything better..
Fantastic welcoming site, looking forward to going back.
Just got back from 5 nights here. Really loved the campsite and the laid back atmosphere. Jules and the team were great. They were always there with a smile - so friendly and nothing was too much trouble. The loos are pretty basic but functional. There's a separate area for teeth cleaning which is good and the showers are great. Location-wise it's just a short, traffic-free walk into Cheddar. But the best bit about camping has to be the camp fires!
Quiet and relaxing
Lovely retreat (February) close to Cheddar, relaxed friendly atmosphere from owners and other guests alike. Brilliant for stargazing.
Can't wait to go back
They advertise as Free Range Camping and that is exactly what this is. Open fires, a very friendly reception and nice hot showers. In a beautiful spot just a short walk in to Cheddar. We went with another family and between us our 4 boys aged 2 & 4 and this was exactly what we were hoping for. Lots of space for them to run and play and use their imaginations. Just perfect!
Thanks to Jules and the Team for the most lovely weekend here at Petruth Paddocks. Stayed for the Reef weekend in my little campervan along with my dog and we both had a wonderful time. The camping was ideal and the facilities were always spotlessly clean and tidy. Great to be such close walking distance to the Gorge and amenities, yet it was quiet and chilled at the site itself. So refreshing to be somewhere where common sense reigns, not draconian rules and regulations! Definitely on my list of places to be revisited, loved it!
Fab fab fab!!
We took our 3 & 5 year old girls camping here for the first time last weekend. Coming from Bristol we didn't want to travel far so Cheddar seemed like the ideal place. We also wanted somewhere peaceful to camp, where we could amuse ourselves without the extra expense of evening entertainment venues etc! Jules and the team were so helpful, providing us with a handy camping guide booklet & offering rides for the kids on the quad bike trailer whilst delivering logs to those who wanted to build camp fires. The kids enjoyed having the freedom to run around & watch the horses in the neighbouring paddock and had fun climbing about on the old land rover. We all enjoyed BBQ's and toasting marshmallows on the campfire and we couldn't have had better weather! The lovely hot showers were great for for me - one home comfort I cannot go without!! :) There is a great pizza delivery service delivering direct to your tent and a couple of shops (plus a cash point), approx 10 mins walking distance from the campsite via a foot/cycle path (with a little kids park along the way!). The following day we went for a walk through Cheddar Gorge (stunning views!) and took the kids to the old fashioned sweet shop to watch the sweets being made. Both well worth a visit. Hope to camp at Petruth Paddocks again next year!. We all had a fantastic weekend.
Best Ever Camp Site
A friend recommended this site in July and during August/September I have camped with Jules and the team at Petruth 3 times. Each time has been wonderful, relaxed and so so chilled out. The team are all friendly and welcoming, the laid back atmosphere makes for making great friends with your camping neighbours (several of which I am now in touch with regularly). The allowing of a real fire makes a massive difference, after a day of walking round Cheddar or the many other surrounding interesting places it is wonderful to get a fire going, light the bbq and relax with a few drinks. It really has become home from home for me and cannot wait to go back. Even Biba, my dog, relaxes totally when we are there. Keep up the good work Jules & Team and hope to see you soon. x
Had a great weekend here when we stayed with a group of friends in our camper van. The site was very clean and tidy and they would come around every day to make sure everything was ok. Great to be able to have camp fires especially when it's a bit chilly in the evening! We would highly recommend this site and will definitely be returning. Keep up the good work guys, see you soon.
We have just returned from a great weekend away with friends. What a relaxed and friendly place. Jules is so welcoming and the idea of having next to no rules makes you want to be on your best behaviour because you want to not because you've been told you've got to. The location is ideal as it feels like you're in the middle of nowhere but within 10 minutes walk you have all the things you need that you have forgotten to take with you.......
We will without a doubt be going again to enjoy the hospitality and freedom this site offers.
Jules you have got it spot on. Thank you !
Where kids can be kids
We had a lovely stay in one of the Tipis with our three children aged between 11 and 15. Apart from the excitement of sleeping in a tipi, it was great to watch our kids enjoying the kinds of things that we did as children without having to worry about them. They disappeared off round the site clambering around and making friends, joined in with the crowd of children "assisting" with the log round, loving being towed in a trailer behind a quad bike. Jules was so welcoming of them and never made them feel in the way but allowed them to "help" him, whether it truly was a help or not!
The highlight for us was the hours spent chatting with friends around an open fire, toasting marshmallows, life's simple pleasures.
Petruth Paddocks is a lovely escape into a time gone by with exceptionally welcoming and accommodating owners.
We have stayed here twice now with our try's trusted T2 camper van and our two boxer dogs. This is one of the most relaxing sites we have been on with wonderful views. Jules and the team make you feel so welcome and the dogs just love it. The camp fires are an added bonus and make chilling out in the evenings so good. We would thoroughly recommend this campsite to anyone especially if you have travelling pooches :-)