Situated amidst beautiful Wiltshire farmland, Botany Camping offers spacious grass pitches furnished bell tents just a stone's throw from Longleat House and Safari park
The grand Elizabethan architecture of Longleat House vies for the public's attention with the exoticism and fun of the safari park behind. The first of its kind outside of Africa, the 500-species-strong park is kept slightly separate from the house, so those planning to admire the crystal clad ballroom won’t find monkeys on their bonnet, grasping at the windscreen wipers. On particularly still evenings, though, the roar of male lions can still be heard beyond the encolsure boundaries, carrying over the house to the surrounding Wiltshire countryside.
Beyond the range of the lions’ roars and the chattering of howler monkeys lies a small, new campsite with a top location. Three miles from Longleat and ideally situated for exploring the rest of the county, Botany Camping is a charmingly simple campsite that also boasts a colourful cluster of bell tents for those looking for a more effortless stay. Chose this glamping option and you needn’t bring much at all, other than your duvet and a devil-may-care attitude. Guests will find futon-style beds, eco-fuel heaters, cooking facilities, and all the utensils required, while campers and glampers alike still share the composting toilets and conventional flushing loos, along with four family shower rooms in a separate shelter.
Each pitch offers plenty of space and includes a firepit where campfires are not only allowed, but positively encouraged, with guests arriving to a thoughtful ‘starter pack’ including firelighters, wood, skewers and a hefty pack of marshmallows. The site also boasts a small shop at the entrance for buying essentials, while a supermarket in nearby Warminster is well placed for a larger shopping session.
The size of the campsite gives it a friendly, sociable atmosphere, but much of this is also down to the relaxed personality of Crispin, the ever-present, yet unobtrusive, manager, whose welcoming and helpful nature makes him a go-to man for queries of all kinds. It's no surprise then that such niceness has seen him charm his neighbours into offering 30% off Longleat tickets, very handy for family visitors.
Cycling, walking and fishing in the local countryside, along with Stonehenge, Bath and Salisbury, all 30 minutes away, makes Botany Camping a pleasant base for would-be explorers. And if you’re there on a clear night you can even use the North Star to guide you. With a proper rural setting and no light pollution, this is the perfect place for admiring the night sky.
Bell tents sleep up to 5. They include a firepit and solar-powered fairy lights, a free campfire pack (wood, firelighters, marshmallows, skewers), and cool box with frozen cool blocks, beds, stoves, utensils and everything you require for cooking. You’ll need to bring your own bedding and towels. There are composting toilets and regular flushing loos plus 4 family shower rooms with sinks and hot water.
Bell tent glampers, tent and campervan campers – yes. Caravans, large motorhomes, dogs – no.
Less than 4 miles away, Longleat House and Safari Park (01985 844400) is the UK's premier wildlife experience. Crispin can get you 30% off your ticket price. Travel 30 minutes north to the historic city of Bath, small but eloquent and a good day trip from the campsite. A similar distance in the opposite direction takes you to Salisbury with its towering cathedral (01722 555120) and narrow streets. Be sure to stop at Stonehenge en route. Wardour Castle (01747 870487), Stourhead (01747 841152) and Wilton House (01722 746714) offer further history in the area, while more active campers can try cycling in the Woodford Valley. Anglers should head to Shearwater Lake (01985 844496) with a massive range of fishing on offer.
Food & Drink
A small onsite shop sells essentials and sweet things for the kids, and there's a Morrisons supermarket in Warminster a mile away. There are also several pubs and restaurants in the town. The Snooty Fox (01985 846505) is one of the closest and best, serving good fare in a friendly environment.
Mid February – mid September.
There's a full rainbow spectrum of bell tents on offer but green is the colour that really stands out at this campsite with heaps of grassy space to run wild in and bushy hedgerows all around. And, with discounted access to the country's oldest safari park, you're all sorted for weekend activities.
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Rated ★★★★★ over 28 reviews
Beautiful surroundings, clean & lovely staff
A very friendly campsite set in beautiful surroundings. The facilities were lovely and clean. Location was right next door to Longleat forest and safari park. Horses next door to the camping field. Fire pits available (including marshmallows) with a bus cafe on site, with food & treats available at a resonance price. Staff were lovely, we enjoyed it so much we stayed another night!
Small spacious campsite with lovely views
We had a camping pitch for two nights - the site felt very spacious and not at all crowded. Facilities were clean and we never had to queue. The first shower we had wasn't particularly warm, however used one of the outdoor ones the next day and it was lovely and hot. There is a double decker bus on site which sells bacon sandwiches, cakes and hot drinks. In the evening they do Thai food - it smelt amazing, and if we hadn't already bought BBQ food we would definitely have tried it! Cars aren't allowed onto the camping field, which I do understand, however it would be great to be able drive on just to unpack/pack.
We had a great time in botany camping we were 6 family's comprising lots of people plenty of space in middle to play games nice clean showers and a great bus for takeaways specially the Thai definately come again
Girls weekend in Warminster
From beginning to end this trip was amazing! We are a group of three looking for a break away from city life with wine and walking. On arrival, we were shown the accommodation which was well equipped and well above our expectations. A hob, gas, plenty of coal and firewood.... we had taken our own cooking equipment but didn’t need any of it! Mugs cups plates knives...everything we needed was available. The cool box was so useful and we were able to swap the coolers over for free to keep everything fresh. The beds were super comfy and we slept the whole way through the night. There is a cockerel on site that was our own alarm which I was happy about as I got to see the sun rise :) The toilets and facilities were clean and well managed - the cafe bus was a great addition. If we hadn’t had our own food, we would have definitely tucked in to the Thai food that looked DELICIOUS! All reasonably priced :) Location was perfect. We went for a lovely walk to Shearwater Lake then got lost in Longleat Forest and happened across Heavens Gate. Definitely worth the ramble. We also visited Castello in Warminster for a fancy meal if you want to eat out for a treat. Great service, excellent food! This is a 10/10 establishment with easy access to so much. We saw lots of families there and all the kids were happy playing around on the farm and looking at the animals. I would recommend them to anyone - perfect weekend!
Lovely spot, spacious tents with everything you may need from seating, cooking equipment to torch and bbq, clean toilets and showers, and great to have the bus good option when you want an easy meal or a sweet treat. Will definitely be back!
Just as described. Well run. Amazing setting
The campsite was perfect for our family of four with 2 children aged 9 and 8, plenty of space and fantastic views. Good clean toilets and showers. Will be back 👍
Nice Site, quirky extras
Great onsite Thai food, cakes and ice cream at the double decker bus, convenient and a big positive for the kids. Nice vibe in the camping fields with all cars parked separately away from the tents, (complimentary wheelbarrows a nice touch). Sadly a bit restricted where campervans can pitch though. Enjoyed the open air showers option (in good weather!)
Perfect quiet spacious campsite
We went for a last minute 1 night trip (seems that everyone is now into camping!). Everything was great, lots of space between pitches, facilities were clean, the owner was friendly and our newborn didn't cry once (she obviously also approved of Botany). Would recommend, we will be coming back!
Great camping experience
Would definitely recommend this place .helpful staff , clean toilets and bathrooms . Everything well organised. Very peaceful and pollution free . Thank you
Great Location but Busy
Botany was a great location for our camping. Staff were friendly and hard working. We did some great walking in the nearby woods. Site was tidy and we'll kept. However it did feel busy. Little or no social distancing around the busy reception/ bus cafe area. Campsite area felt a bit cramped. A 10m rule between tents might be an idea.
Glamping with two small children.
We booked two nights for our first experience under canvas with two small children. The bell tent was perfect coming complete with comfortable beds, stove, cooking equipment etc. It was a little chilly as night so definitely take the advice to layer up! The campsite was full of families and our 3 year old loved making friends to play with. We really appreciated the 10pm quiet rule and the option to get a cooked breakfast from the bus! The showers and toilets were clean and it didn’t feel too busy and ‘safe’ in light of Covid restrictions. You can hear the nearby road at night but that wasn’t a problem. Marshmallows on the campfire was a big hit. All in all a great few days :-)
It was our first family camping trip (With two young kids) and we feel very welcomed by the friendly owner. As it was during the pandemic, it provided additional sanitiser in the toilet. We really appreciated the quiet night rule. Even it was busy in the weekend, we did not feel crowded and enjoyed the nice atmosphere. Thanks for giving us a great first family camping experience!
Helpful staff, family friendly, great breakfast!
Really enjoyed my stay at Botancy camping - located very closely to the station which made it easy to get there. Well organised campsite and lots of space to set up with gorgeous surrounding views and tips for local walks/ eateries. The campsite was patrolled from 10pm onwards and warnings given to those parties still up and making noise which ensured families weren't kept up! Overall a satisfactory stay !
fantastic, clean, friendly
I really enjoyed my stay here and would definitely recommend. The facilities were great- hot showers and toilets cleaned regularly, washing up facilities and a bus selling snacks. The staff were super friendly and the fresh air, pretty views, forests and lake were exactly the touch of nature I needed for a little break from the city.
3 night family stay
Stayed here for 3 nights as a family group of 10 ages from 7 to 50 years. Pleasantly surprised with our first glamping trip. Clean well maintained site, toilets and showers cleaned every evening. Tent clean and tidy all kitchen equipment provided as listed. We used tent heater at night only left on for a few hours so lasted 3 nights. Bbq pack ok wood could do with being chopped smaller and maybe a bit more to keep it going longer. We loved the rule of quiet after 10 as it was a family hoilday not adult only - so if late night drinking and merriment is what you're after it's not for you. Wheelbarrows are a great help when moving things from the car to tent however we had to go retrieve one from other campers that seem to want to hoard them for their stay!!! Afternoon during one day was a little strange lots of young school children showed up and left to run rampant through the site running round the tents, jumping in the horse field, kicking the football at tents and lots of swearing, I'm assuming the parents were not aware of what the little angels got up to (or cared). A light in the toilets and showers would be really helpful maybe a solar light that worked? Website says no dogs but they are allowed on a lead in the cafe area. Bring blanks in addition to a sleeping bag and if you take a quilt take a sheet. Futons with mattresses really comfortable but the mattress is covered with two fleece blankets so not great to sleep on. No extra blankets supplied. And dont forget your pillow. Picnic table outside the tent some plastic chairs available but bring your own as these were uncomfortable. Cafe was reasonably priced food ok. Overall good place to stay we would return. We made a conscious choice not to use our cars during out stay so enjoyed a walk through longleat forest decided to give longleat a miss due to covid restrictions. Walked to Warminster town not much to do but a nice walk round and able to have our first pub meal since lockdown.
The perfect getaway - A step closer to normal.
Me and my girlfriend returned to our city flat after 4 nights camping here earlier this week. We are both over the moon with how good our trip was, and Botany Camping ground made sure of it. We met Christopher, who sported his farming gear daily. He gave us some great tips for local and not so local walking activities. All that we tried were met and exceeded his descriptions. "Heavens Gate" was my girlfriends favourite suggestion, she was blown away by the surrounding countryside and the chance to soak in the historical big picture perspective of Longleat House. The facilities were great - I personally enjoyed the outdoor private showers - so refreshing after a day's activities. It was such a positive atmosphere, it made it hard to remember we are experiencing the eased social distancing, the only reminder was that of the kind sign posts at key stations such as washing sinks the converted bus cafe or the odd step to one-side by well trained kids waiting in-line for the toilet. That being said, it rarely needed to be done due to the amount of space on offer at the ground. We also met some friendly campers even though there were only a handful of us in the private tent pitching section. Most of those staying were glamping, evidently these were great for larger families with young children and conveniently placed next to the playing area and farming animal pens to keep younger ones occupied. We felt like we received a private VIP camping experience in a recommended pitching spots by one of the staff, right near the horses field - waking up to the sound of them every morning was delightful. I could go on and on! To sum it up, it was clear that Botany Camping ground isn't just about giving you a place to pitch your tent for the night - Christopher and his colleagues clearly put their hearts into ensuring you enjoy your stay. You've made our "socially-distanced-lockdowned-summer" that one step closer to what we once knew as normal. Thank you.
Lovely Camp Site
I stayed here with my two daughters (10 & 7), two friends and their son (6). We stayed for two nights coming up on the Friday and leaving on the Sunday morning. We all really enjoyed our time here and would certainly come back if we wanted to visit the area again. We took our own tents, there are three camping field two of which were for clamping and the third for your own tent. During our stay there was plenty of room, they don't allocate pitches so I am not sure how much space you get when its busy but we had no problems. They have a no noise rule from 10 pm and I overheard other parties being asked to keep the noise low which we really appreciated. I thought that it was odd that although I paid online on my card, that you can only use cash at the shop. When booking I purchased a BBQ kit for both me and my friends and this was great as there was ample fuel both for a BBQ and a fire afterwards. The closest toilet to the camping field I was in was an eco loo. I didn't go in but my daughters did and said it was a bit gross. As a result I walk for an extra minute to the main toilets which we clean, had loo roll and solar lights! The showers were also clean and the water warm. I liked how at the washing up points they provided washing up liquid, scrubies and dish clothes. There is a table tennis table but no other entertainment to speak of. This didn't prove to be a problem as there was so much space for the kids to roam and we brought bats and ball etc... One touch I did like is that they provide wheelbarrows to take your stuff from the car to your pitch. I am not sure what the owners would say but the kids loved playing in these! I read in advance that you could purchase discounted tickets for Longleat. We decided not to go but I saw that this was the case. We went to Stourhead, a national trust property which was just 11 miles away and was a great day out. I also noted that the campsite is on the national cycle network (no 2 I think) so you could cycle to Romsey to Bath. As mentioned before if we come back to the area I would certainly come back here, it was a lovely camp site!
Lovely and central for visits
Pros: lovely and clean, thoughtfully laid out, love the quiet after 10pm rule! No one allowed to camp in the centre of the site so there’s some breathing space for those of us who like space, hand towels, soap and cleaning up items provided and toilets clean. Cons: too close to the highway so constant traffic sounds, farmers next door shooting at 4am ( I have an issue with hunting in general and the timing doesn’t help!), the check in guy not particularly friendly Other than that- it’s a nice site for getting around all the Wiltshire places to see - literally down the road from Longleat, Stonehenge, Avebury, old Sarum and not too far from Silbury and West Kennet Long Barrow. The locals are lovely and helpful and the site is clearly looked after and thoughtfully built. Definitely worth a visit! I took away two stars for the noisy highway and shooting!
Botany Camping is really nice, we have been a couple of times, once glamping and once camping. Tent pitches seem spacious and the staff are friendly. The site is clean and tidy. The only (minor) downsides are that the 'eco-loo' is just gross. It stinks and is completely horrible. The other toilets are fine. The website also advertises a BBQ being included with your camping. The BBQ was really a battered, rusty, fold-away thing where the top griddle didn't fit. Other than these two rather minor issues, the place is great. Oh, and I wish it was possible to check in earlier without incurring a fee.
Lovely quiet campsite with fabulous breakfast!
We were staying in our campervan, and had a whole field to ourselves! The BBQ pack was fab, with the option of Thai if we were extra hungry! Showers and toilets were spotless, washing up facilities had everything you need, including washing up liquid and tea towels! The eco loo was handy for night time visits with the kids. The Thai rainbow bus was great, would recommend the pancakes with bacon! A real treat! Campsite is perfectly placed for visits, including five minutes from Longleat and 1/2 hour from Stonehenge. All in all, a well resourced campsite with excellent facilities. We will definitely be returning!
Great little getaway!
Just came back from a lovely weekend at Botany Campground. The site itself was fine - loads of space in the centre for kids and adults alike to engage in a bit of frisbee or football. What I loved was the 'barbeque pack' option - marshmallows included! There was loads of wood and the fire built up quickly and easily. The site was quiet through the night and if one did happen to stay up to look, it's dark enough to see a glimmer of the Milky Way :) We didn't eat the Thai food or the breakfast baps because we barbequed, but loved that it's an option and my partner and I are dead keen to try it when we come again - just remember to bring cash!!
Stunning location, friendly staff
On arrival the staff were prompt to greet us and make us feel entirely welcome. They showed us where to park up and even brought us over a wheel barrow so we could move our things easily. The facilities were brilliant- the loos were so clean and the food availability was fantastic. Camp fires being allowed was such a plus! Would definitely recommend!
Botany campsite is very charming. Nice big open fields with great views of the country side. This camp site is completely off the grid (so no fridge facilities or any where to plug in a hair dryer ect) Thus is very eco friendly and complete with eco toilets and solar lighting. Every thing was kept very clean and topped up. There’s a charming restaurant/tea room in an old bus on site. The owners and staff were very jolly and nice and food was good. There’s also some animals onsite. Our pitch was a great size and came with a bbq to use. Great for a few days camp over the weekend. Also just a stones throw from Longleat safari park. Would come back again :)
Ive never been glamping before so it was a fun experience. It was great that we did not have to take anything apart from our bedding as everything was provided. We got a good deal with 2 nights for 1 but i wouldn't of paid £150 per night as its still quite expensive for what it was. The camp site was in a good location also. A couple of downfalls was that our zip on our tent did not do up properly but this was soon resolved the next morning when we found someone to help fit it. Another is that the string on our tent broke 2 times that resulted in the tent collapsing slightly. This was also resolved as soon as we reported it. The service was great and they helped with everything we asked. Great for familys and friends. Like i said i wouldnt pay that much per night but it was a fun experience and something different.
Great Family Weekend
We returned yesterday from our first glamping experience and it was fantastic. We were greeted on arrival and shown exactly what to do, we unpacked, made our beds and we were ready. We went for dinner in the recommended Snooty Fox which was nice and sat in their lovely garden. We then toasted our marshmallows and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We had the best thunder and lightening storm to entertain us throughout the night which our 4 year old slept right through. We took advantage of the discounted Longleat tickets and spent all of Sunday having a brilliant time. Everyone is up early cooking their breakfasts, the kids are able to roam free and play. The showers are clean and warm and plenty to choose from. You really only need your bedding, towels and clothes as there really is everything else you need! I would highly recommend Botany Camping, it's been a proper treat!
Great weekend at Botany Camping
We spent the May Bank Holiday weekend camping at Botany, in a group of five families. This was in our own tents, rather than the glamping option. We were really pleased and impressed with the site, which suited us very well. We had the space to pitch our tents in a circle in one corner and there was loads of space in the middle of the field for all the kids on the site to run around and play. The facilities were also very good, and in some cases brand new! Crispin was very helpful and good to chat to. The proximity to Longleat and Stourhead means that there is plenty to do in the area and the facilities of Warminster are close by. We enjoyed ourselves so much we want to book for the same weekend next year!
We loved this campsite. Lovely owners, fantastic facilities kept immaculately clean. pretty campsite with lots of Eco charm. Great location for Longleat and Stonehenge and good local pubs. We have two young children who found plenty to occupy themselves and the campfires provided were perfect for a family evening. We cannot wait to return.
Beautiful and charming
Botany camping has everything we could wish for from a campsite. Crispen was always happy to help and looked after our needs. He and other family members were friendly and knowledgeable about the many local opportunities to enjoy.
The facilities were of a high standard and kept clean with extra toilets and showers being installed ready for this season. I hope this development doesn't go too far as this site is a great example of a lovely small family run site with a whole lot of charm and stacks to do and explore for any camper.
Loved our stay and can't wait to visit again.