Batcombe Vale Campsite

UK England South West England Somerset Shepton Mallet

  • Staggered showering times
  • Distance markers in shared facilities
  • Contactless check in
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Hand sanitising stations
  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Good walks nearby
A hauntingly beautiful haven of peace and tranquillity

The first time you enter this secretive place is a memorable moment. As the lane reaches the hill’s crest it drops suddenly to reveal a breathtaking view of a veritable Shangri-La – a slice of heaven, dropped into the midst of rural Somerset, that is Batcombe Vale – where the camping is not so much ‘cool’, as ‘chilled-out-to-the-point- of-being-horizontal’. Around here, rabbits scoot across the grass, buzzards soar on thermals above, and herons pose majestically on the lakesides. Listening to the plops of fish in the water, you half expect the cast of The Wind in the Willows to come marching out of the hedges.

Batcombe Vale sits in a valley, and within this intimate, hidden, green fold in the countryside lies a single house (belonging to the owners), a stream, several large ponds (or small lakes even), a host of magnificent trees scattered about the valley floor and about 30 patches of ground where you can pitch a tent.

The 30 variously sized pitches are positioned on different levels, with caravans and campervans allocated spots on higher ground and the tent brigade safely tucked away among lush tropical- looking vegetation lower down – though the views are glorious from wherever you are. The four small lakes – one of which has four colourful rowing boats for Batcombe’s campers to mess about in – and hidden paths snaking off through the valley’s rampant undergrowth.The central patch, meanwhile, is a small oasis of green, with wonky wooden posts positioned at either end for those all important football matches.

The campsite facilities are good, but again a certain, and certainly appropriate, outdoor eccentricity runs through them. Whilst younger campers will find adventures aplenty on the lake and in the wooded valley, the soothing atmosphere of Batcombe Vale will be all the entertainment sensible adults will need.

There are numerous activities to undertake beyond this sheltered enclave: walkers have a choice of paths radiating outwards from Batcombe Vale. Alternatively, within half-an-hour’s drive, there are the magnificent Stourhead Gardens, and Longleat Safari Park.

Within half an hour’s drive (if you have to get in an ecounfriendly vehicle) are historic places like Wells (with its amazing cathedral) and Glastonbury. At the other end of the spectrum, there is the Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton or in Sparkford there’s the Haynes Motor Museum.

Batcombe Vale is a whole (and better) world in itself. It's hardly surprising that once they’ve bashed the last peg into the ground, many campers stay put in this bucolic Somerset paradise.



Rustic wash block, hot and cold water to wash basins and showers, electric hook-ups, grassed playing area for football and frisbees. Boating lake with free rowing boats for guests. Family and dog-friendly. Gas or charcoal non-disposable BBQs only. Firebowls are allowed and Kadai Firebowls are available for hire.  Only kiln dried firewood can be used, which is sold on site.

Suitable For

Tents, campervans, caravans, motorhomes, friendly dogs, small groups (up to 4 units, if there’s room) – yes. Big group celebrations, noisy types – no.


Most of our guests seem to prefer relaxing on the campsite, exploring local walks or using the rowing boats but if you would like to get to know the area, here are a few of our favourite things to do:

Hauser & Wirth Somerset is a very popular art gallery with an excellent restaurant, The Roth Bar & Grill.   The Newt in Somerset is a magnificent country house open to day visitors for its gardens and farm shop.

For a great family day out, head for Longleat Safari Park, or head to the Haynes Motor Museum, Yeovilton Air Museum and East Somerset Steam Railway. For discount shopping, try Clarks Village in Street or Kilver Court Designer Village in Shepton Mallet.

Check out the Royal Bath & West Showground, where there’s something going on most weekends during the summer.

National Trust properties in the area are Stourhead House and Gardens, Montacute House, Tintinhull Garden and Lytes Cary Manor.

Outdoor leisure activities nearby include swimming, cycling, golfing, horse riding. For an adrenaline burst, try abseiling or caving at Cheddar Caves and Gorge.  The wonderful beaches of Weston-super-Mare, Burnham-on-Sea, Lyme Regis, West Bay and Weymouth are an hour’s drive away.

Alternatively, take the train from Bruton and spend the day in the City of Bath then treat yourself to a spa session at the Thermal Bath Spa? Or visit Wells with its Cathedral and Bishop's Palace, Glastonbury with its Abbey and Tor and Frome with its independent shops and markets. Less than an hour away, you will find Salisbury with its Cathedral and Close and Sherborne with its Abbey and Castle as well as the historic city of Bristol.

Food & Drink

Take the pleasant 1-mile walk from the site to the 17th century Three Horseshoes Pub (01749 850359) in Batcombe for pub grub and drink. The Bell Inn (01749 830287) at Evercreech is also worth a visit.  In Bruton, head for At the Chapel (01749 814070), a restyled chapel offering pizzas and superb wine or try the renowned Roth Bar and Grill. Gilcombe Organic Farm Shop (01749 813710) is noted for its meat and can supply organic packs for the BBQ.



The Owner Says

Batcombe Vale is a small and friendly campsite set in the beautiful rolling hills of Somerset. With stunning scenery, it sits in its own secluded and private 120 acre vale with glades, woods and lakes. Within easy reach of Glastonbury and Frome, the campsite  is situated outside Bruton, home to Hauser & Wirth and The Newt.

Free rowing boats provide fun for children and adults alike. We are a dog-friendly site.

2021 - Fishing for campsite guests is back!

Camp fires are permitted in firebowls and you can hire one of our own Kadai Firebowls, which can also be used as a barbecue. Only kiln dried firewood can be used, which can be bought on site.

Walks of varying lengths can be enjoyed from the campsite, including one to the local pub, The Three Horseshoes.

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Social Distancing Measures

The health and wellbeing of our guests and staff are paramount. We’re aiming to provide a safe holiday in the fresh air, keeping to social distancing best practices and introducing additional safeguarding measures in accordance with the government’s guidelines. To find out more, please visit our homepage at and click on the coronavirus update link.


Contact Batcombe Vale Campsite, Batcombe Vale, Batcombe, Near Bruton, Somerset BA4 6BW

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Getting There

We are located just outside Batcombe, a quiet Somerset village which is about 7 miles south-east of Shepton Mallet, 9 miles west of Frome, and 23 miles north of Yeovil.

Access to the site for caravans must be from the B3081 between Bruton and Evercreech, then follow the brown/white international campsite signs to Batcombe Vale.

Sat Nav Users
You can easily navigate to the campsite by using the postcode BA4 6BW

Coming from the East
Take the M3, A303, B3081 then follow the brown tourist signs to the site.

Coming from the Bristol area
Take the A37, B3081 then follow the brown tourist signs to the site.

Coming from Devon or Cornwall
Turn off at junction 23 off M5, A39, A361, A371, B3081 then follow the brown tourist signs to the site.

Train Information
Our nearest stations are Castle Cary and Bruton. For more information on booking trains please contact either:

National Rail

Enquiries 08547 484950 or

Phone Bookings 08457 000125

Taxi Information

Castle Cary Taxis: 01963 351333 (Castle Cary)

No.7 Taxis: 01963 351015 (Castle Cary)

Chinnock Taxis: 01749 831529, mobile 07703068878 (Shepton Mallet)

Wright Cars: 01749 345151 (Shepton Mallet)

Frome Taxis: 01373 452211 (Frome)

ABC Taxis: 01373 452444 (Frome)


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Rated ★★★★★ over 17 reviews


Beautiful site

Stunning Campsite, views coming into it are amazing. Site itself is lovely. Site is small only 30 pitches and whilst I was there only 8 were in use. Staff member I dealt with was friendly and helpful. Majority of pitches are semi private with trees/bushes planted to give some privacy. Toilets etc absolutely spotless. I would definitely visit again.
Jul 3, 2021 by Russell Green

Beautiful site - ruined by unreasonable charges

This is a spectacular location, except for us the pitch wasn't ideal it was cramped (pitch 16), with most nights disturbed by our next door neighbour snoring (an example of how close their tent was), and the owner was confrontational and showed no compassion - from the minute we arrived. Trying to pitch in the rain and arrived only minutes before, he came across to strongly advise us there would be an additional charge for our second car. We felt unable to relax. We had been glad to get a pitch on the busiest summer we've known for camping, but later regretted choosing this site. Sadly our visit wasn't simply a holiday, I needed to visit a sick relative fairly nearby who we hadn't seen for 7 months due to sheilding from Covid. We didn't realise there was a charge for a second car of £15 per night, on top of charges already applied for our dog, our children, and expensive wood in a half filled bag. The owner knew it was a genuine mistake on booking, knew the reason for the visit, yet was unfriendly and showed no compassion. He applied unreasonable charges anyway, it was totally unavoidable bringing our other car and like many Covid has impacted finances. So this forced us to park one vehicle off site, making our stay unnecessarily stressful, at a difficult time. We should have just booked a b&b. This was what we will remember, it was expensive and the owner was confrontational and showed no compassion. However, if you know the cost, and look thoroughly through your booking, this is a stunning site, abit packed in, hopefully it won't be as busy for your stay, but avoid upsetting the owners.
Aug 29, 2020 by Katharine Briggs

Response from Batcombe Vale Campsite

Dear Mrs Briggs,

Thank you for taking the time to leave your review and we at Batcombe Vale are disappointed that your visit did not live up to expectations, although you did choose to extend your stay by an extra four days. We are fortunate to offer our site in an area of unparalleled beauty, with both a boating and fishing lake, rolling hills, managed woodland and landscaped pitches. While we endeavour to keep costs down, maintaining the unique landscape requires financial upkeep and our charges are clearly publicised on our website.  As indicated on the website and included in the booking process, we apply a charge to second cars in order to minimise traffic around the site.  As you appreciated, Batcombe Vale is a wonderful environment for families and dogs and the safety of exploring children is our paramount concern and this can only be maintained if all our guests are respectful of the site, our warden and other guests.    

The Batcombe Vale Team

Gorgeous location

Beautiful cozy campsite. Not too many pitches, gorgeous location in a valley and clean facilities! The kids loved being able to run and explore the surrounding area, and the row boats were a hit!
Jun 2, 2018 by Fiona

Stunning campsite

Visited this site at the weekend for the second time in a month.  I'd say it is one of it not the loveliest campsite I've visited.  Generous pitches, stunning location, clean facilities, somewhere you can really relax.  This really is a very special place.

Jun 9, 2015 by Kath

perfect rural getaway

This was a joint camping trip for my family and my sister so we met in the middle, my son loved the cows everywhere!  We stayed for 3 nights in August 2014 which was a little damp unfortunately but that didn't ruin our visit at all.

Everything you need is there and kye is the perfect host, the walk to the local pub was fab, through fields with horses cows etc the setting is completely rural and the scenery blows you away. 

if you want remote and quite this is the place for you

Sep 25, 2014 by Phunky_saz

Idyllic and Nostalgic Setting

Being let down and double-booked by another campsite was a blessing in disguise! We booked Batcombe Vale last minute for a 2 night stay and ended up wishing we could've stayed longer. 
It is in the most idyllic setting, set in a valley surrounded by the beautiful lush green rolling hills of the west country.
We received a warm welcome when we arrived and were shown to our very ample sized pitch and told that all the surrounding land was owned by the same person and that we were welcome to explore wherever we liked.
After getting settled we started exploring. There is a beautiful picturesque lake with ducks and duckling and row boats which are free to use at any time (our 11 year old spent almost the whole stay on these boats).
There are little glades where families played football and cricket and an even smaller secluded glade with a picnic table. 
In terms of facilities they have washing up sinks, a freezer for freezer blocks, and well looked after toilets and showers.
We had such a lovely time and the only fault I can find is a really minor one which is that the toilet/shower block lighting is on a timer which requires pushing a button near the entrance to turn the lights back on (not great if you having a shower in the evening when it is dark).

Aug 21, 2014 by Warmelephant

Our favourite place to camp

We have stayed here three times.  It is a very well-kept site with spacious pitches, and lovely outlooks. There is a very special feel to the site, instantly relaxing.  The setting is simply idyllic and the walk through countryside to the pub is bliss.  It's recently changed hands, I understand, and we found it a little less organised than previous years (we'd booked six months previously and requested four pitches together - only two were) but the place is so lovely we let them off!

Aug 10, 2014 by MrsGeorgiaT

lovely site and clean

We came to camp with family friends and their kids over the Easter weekend. It was freezing, but that's no fault of the site, just our overenthusiasm to camp this early in the year.

The site is very picturesque and winds down a valley with small lakes at the bottom. one with rowing boats which the kids enjoyed. The pitches are mostly level and stepped. The first few along the entrance lane are all in a row and looked a little cramped, but we had 2 pitches around the corner numbers 28 and 29 and they were lovely with great views. It seemed the campervans/caravans used the sites along the main entrance. We didn't have hook up, but there are hook up pitches if you need.

The pitches are a little closer than I'm used to, but perhaps that come with having allocated pitches, as we usually camp in fields. There is a field for kids to kick a ball and run about and I felt it was safe for my children to play, although kept an eye on the little one due to the lakes being accessible.

Ky is the new site manager and he was very friendly, laid back and helpful. We did pack up late and he didn't have any issue with that - probably they weren't booked the following night and he made an allowance for the weather I suppose. The lady who replied to all my emails was very friendly too. Perhaps ownership has changed since some of the earlier reviews.

The facilities were basic, but very clean, which is important to me. Only 2 toilets and 3 showers in the ladies, but I didn't have to queue at all and it was well stocked. Loved the fresh flowers. The washing up facilities also have hot water and the showers were of decent pressure (not power, but better than I've experienced before) and hot - not much area for changing especially when showering kids too, but they looked pretty new shower attachments.

It's not signposted from Batcombe, but is just down the rd from the pub near the y junction. It is signposted from Prestleigh. We got a little lost, but the area is beautiful so didn't mind driving about in circles.

The only negative is that you can't have wood fires, which in the very cold temperatures we experienced would have made sitting out more enticing and as a result I went to bed pretty early. I believe from my husband that they didn't see any fish in the lake so went elsewhere to fish.

On the whole a relaxed and pretty site with clean facilities and friendly manager. We had a good couple of nights.

Apr 21, 2014 by Taitin

John Wacott

Fantastic!!! What a beautiful place. Chilled out and surrounded by ducks and trees, like camping in a park – chilled and cosy, can`t wait to come back next year!! A great price and you don`t have to leave the area (except for supplies) as so much countryside around and walking to be done. Thank you very much. 

Aug 16, 2013 by john Walcott

Lovely site

We have recently returned from a one night stay here and we loved it. The staff were friendly and helpful and there was no problem when we had to cut our stay short due to campervan issues. The facilities are of a very good standard and kept extremely clean. The boats on the lake are brilliant fun and the walk to the local pub is beautiful. The pub is also worth a mention - serves very good food with friendly, attentive staff. Shame we couldn't stay longer.

Aug 15, 2013 by Emma Allaway

The most beautiful campsite I’ve been to.

This campsite sits in beautiful gardens that are well maintained, in an peaceful rural valley. The couple that look after the campsite are very friendly and were more than helpful when we realised we didn’t have a map of the area and no idea where the nearest pub was. The campsite and facilities are kept very clean. The pub (The Three Horseshoes) produces very good quality food, it is a little pricer than usual but certainly not overpriced for the quality and freshness of meals. A small but good selection of ales and ciders. Very pleasant. I have been camping for years now and this is definitely my favourite campsite so far. I am just looking forward to going back there soon hopefully, to get a chance to have a row on the lake. I can’t recommend it enough.
Jun 27, 2012 by camping clare

Batcombe Vale Campsite

We stayed for five nights and had a great time. The campsite was beautiful, the owners were friendly & the whole campsite had a lovely ambience. We went to the local pub (short walk along a footpath) and it was nice, although a bit pricey for food. The facilities were great & always clean. The owners were friendly and helpful and their home-made scrumpy was fab! Would highly recommend this campsite.
Feb 14, 2012 by CamillaRomaine

Batcombe Vale Campsite

Beautiful campsite, lovley relaxing week, welcoming and helpful couple. Pitches are well maintained, the grounds are tranquil, a really perfect place to stay.

We left the site reluctantly to go to Tesco's and on the day it rained we went to Wells to see the filming location of Hot Fuzz. Otherwise we floated around the site, enjoyed watching the birds, sitting by the lakes and on the boating lake, absorbing the slow pace of life in the Vale.

Hoping to return very soon for another dose of Batcombe magic.

Aug 13, 2011 by

Batcombe Vale Campsite

Maybe the people running the site have changed because they were lovely to me! This place is amazing. So idyllic. I had my campervan hooked up looking over the tiny lake with the rowing boats. It is just so beautiful. heading back there again to explore the area more and because two days weren’t enough. If you’re looking for someone chilled out and idyllic then head here - it is breath taking. Facilities were nice and clean with really hot free showers. @selinabarker - 6 months travelling around the UK living and working from my campervan, Beryl
May 18, 2011 by SELINA BARKER

Batcombe Vale Campsite

This is a fantastic site. Really peaceful and relaxed in a beautiful part of the world. The site is well looked after without looking manicured or regimented. We stayed here for 12 days this summer and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Barbara and Gary could not have been more hospitable and gave us lots of info about the area. Our daughter particularly loved the boats and would have spent all day messing about on them given the chance. We have visited this site twice so far and will definitely visit it again as it was worth the 8 hour drive from Scotland.
Sep 7, 2010 by oddie

Batcombe Vale Campsite

What a wonderful idyllic campsite!!! We stayed for 6 nights in July and absolutley loved it. Barbara greeted us on arrival and showed us to our pitch and explained the layout of the site, very friendly. There are just over 30 pitches set in a valley in the middle of beautiful countryside. Our pitch was plenty big enough and although the electric hook up pitches seemed smaller, they were still sizeable. We were in pitch no. 33, in the back corner under a tree, flanked on 2 sides by a small bank, with fields beyond and had a great view of the site. The site facilities are clean, free showers with plenty of hot running water, the ladies had 3 showers, 2 toilets, 3 hand basins with mirrors and also 2 electric points should you need to take a hair dryer. There are 2 sinks for washing up at the shower/toilet block but there was also a uncovered sink and a drinking water tap at our end of the site for rinsing, only cold water here though. The surroundings are stunning, take time to have a stroll around the fishing lakes. The nearest pub is the Horseshoes in Batcombe, it’s a 20-25 min walk through fields, and not too hilly, nice on a summer evening (Good food but a bit more a la carte and not so cheap). The campsite will provide a map. We found for other pubs, we needed to drive, but we ate at The Bell in Evercreech (basic pub grub but good), The Old Red Lion at North Brewham (quirky, but great home cooked food) and Strode Arms in West Cranmore (good pub food) If you need supplies, we went to the large Tesco at Sheppton Mallet, roughly 10 miles away. If you want to get away from it all, this is the place to go!!

Jul 30, 2010 by cnissen

Batcombe Vale Campsite

Peaceful, well-kept, truly beautiful campsite... Surrounded by stunning countryside... Run by a lovely friendly couple... Made a blissful week away...

Jul 27, 2010 by Debbieanne

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