Cotswolds Camping at Holycombe

UK England West Midlands Warwickshire Shipston-on-Stour

  • Contactless check in
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Hand sanitising stations
  • Campfires allowed
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
Think Countryfile meets Time Team. Camping in six-acres of unspoiled Cotswold countryside, built in the grounds of a Norman castle.

The historic county of Warwickshire is geographically and culturally (as birthplace of the Bard) at the heart of England, boasting some of the country’s most quintessentially English towns and villages. Unfortunately, for enthusiasts of the very British pastime of camping, it has tended to offer (Much ado about) nothing. The village of Whichford, however, is harbouring one of the county’s best-kept camping secrets; but with its mash-up of the medieval, middle-eastern, and the mystical, Holycombe is unlikely to stay a secret for too long.

The six-acre site is built in the grounds of a Norman castle, the legacy of which is a splendid water-filled moat harbouring carp among the bulrushes. Local mystics have it that Holycombe was a sacred Neolithic site, evidenced by six converging ley lines, so it would have been a shame not to add a stone circle to venerate that unusual spiritual asset. The irony is that this rich heritage lay beneath a scrapyard until Sally and Andy Birtwell built their eco-home and holistic retreat centre, overlooked by an alternative campsite perfect for purists and – with a yurt, treehouse and a pair of furnished bell tents – part-timers.

Holycombe (taking its name from combe ‘valley’ and the nearby Holy Well spring) has a natural beauty to match its rich history, adjoining Whichford Wood (a wildlife-filled designated Site of Special Interest). It’s also handily located a short walk from the Norman Knight, a classic Cotswold pub. So after a long ramble, or a pint up the road, you can light a campfire as dusk settles on the valley, and banter long into the night about whether ley lines really do exist, or ponder on what might be lurking at the bottom of that mysterious moat.

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Campfires allowed, and wood can be bought on site.

At Holycombe, all our facilities are centrally heated.(except the compost loos.) We have 2 hot showers, 1 flush and 2 compost loos, as well as a log cabin  kitchen. For people glamping in one of our structures there is our glamping bathroom.The kitchen is equipped with an electric cooker, sink and a fridge, table, 3 chairs, a wicker sofa and enough cutlery and plates for 12 people, and basic pots and pans. Outside is a picnic table. We supply firepits for you to have fires and you can purchase wood from us at £4 a bag and put the payment into the honesty box. No camping on the right side of the moat (as you come in) where there are clear signs saying "no camping on this side of the moat.

 Bell tents are equipped with rugs, eco lanterns and two single futon mattresses. The kitchen log cabin has a fridge, sink, electric cooker, and seating. There are 2 hot electric showers and 3 loos (2 compost, 1 flush)

Suitable For

Singles, couples, small campervans and children over 12 only. Dogs, groups, caravans, motorhomes and unaccompanied teenagers – no.

Our campsite is designed for those looking for a peaceful, rustic, outdoor experience, surrounded by nature and history. In order to ensure that all our guests have the quiet, peaceful experience they expect from Holycombe, we have designated our site a “Quiet Campsite”. We limit our campsite to adults and children of 12 and over only.  No groups, and you are only able to make one booking per party. We do not allow people to play music, so, no radios, CDs or ipod docs, drums or other instruments. Bring your earplugs if you are sensitive to the sounds of church bells. Anyone disturbing the tranquillity will politely be asked to leave.


Holycombe adjoins Whichford Wood, where you might see Muntjac deer, polecats, or kingfishers. Continue exploring the mystical at the Rollright Stones, three miles up the A3400. Or take home a hand-made terracotta memento from Whichford Pottery (01608 684416).

Holycombe Holistic Retreat Centre and campsite  is situated adjacent to Whichford Wood. There is access through the public footpath - opposite the church in the village. In early May there is a sea of bluebells, in autumn there are chestnuts and hazelnuts and quite often, if you are quiet, you will see muntjak and deer. It’s also located a short walk from the Norman Knight a classic, award winning Cotswold pub, which serves excellent grub and has great live music nights. Last orders for food 9pm but they like to know in advance if you are thinking of eating with them that late (01608 684621). It is open every day except Monday lunchtime. Also the famous Whichford Pottery and Straw Kitchen Cafe selling delicious food. So after a walk in the woods, or a pint up the road, you can roll back here, light a campfire, and enjoy this peaceful and charming place. Enjoy stargazing the dark night sky, watching the meteor showers without light pollution form our ancient stone circle.

Other Local attractions include Hook Norton Brewery and The Cotswolds Distillery in Stourton

There is no shop in the village, but there are some very good shops nearby. The village shop in Long Compton has basic foodstuffs and sells papers. Wyatts Farm Shop near Great Rollright has a good selection of meat, vegetables, gifts and plants, wine and a cafe. The Village Shop Hook Norton (3 miles) is excellent and open from 8am-8pm

Food & Drink

Wander the ½ mile to the Norman Knight (01608 684621) for traditional ales, flagstone floors, exposed timbers, and gastropub-grub while the kids run free on the village green. Wyatts Farm Shop (01608 684835), near Greater Rollright, has a good selection of local meat and veg. There’s a village shop at Long Compton.


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The Owner Says

Cotswolds Camping at Holycombe, Whichford Castle Moat, is situated in the beautiful North Cotswold village of Whichford, near the Warwickshire, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire borders. We are in the Heart of England, in the middle of everywhere.

We would love to welcome you to our campsite, which is close to many beautiful Cotswold towns and villages. With plenty to explore in the vicinity, this is an excellent place to base yourselves on your camping adventure.Our beautiful five-acre camp site is situated where a Norman castle once stood, the legacy of which is the splendid water-filled moat, ducks, moor hens, and Canada geese. Before the Normans, we know there was a Roman settlement as  a Roman conduit leads from the wood to the moat. There was an excavation of the site in 1954 and a plan is in the camp kitchen.

Holycombe Holistic Retreat Centre and campsite  is situated adjacent to Whichford Wood. There is access through the public footpath which is opposite the church. We have a copy of the public footpath in the camping kitchen. The deer are being culled in the woods so please stick to the public footpath to avoid any misshape.

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Social Distancing Measures

Between 12th April and until the next change on 17th May, anyone coming camping will need to have their own shower and toilet facilities. We don't have an emptying point for chemical loos or any other kind, so please ensure you have the appropriate kit with you. We hope this will change on May 17th and we will update when we know more...

At the moment only Yurt Yami and Airstream Anna have en suite shower and loo so therefore between 12th April and May 16th we will offer Little Dutch cabin to exclusively use the Glamping bathroom and Yurt Yasmin to have use of one normal camping shower and flush loo and Gypsy Caravan Carmen to have the second camping shower and a compost loo, or similar arrangement.

We ask all guests to keep at least 3m between pitches, and to follow social distancing when using the facilities.

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There are no set pitches, just wild camping wherever you like (the places not available are clear). A maximum of 40 campers and 26 glampers at any one time.

Little Dutch Cabin

Grass pitch Sleeps 2
Cosy cabin with double bed, wood-burning stove and kitchenette, the perfect space for a romantic getaway.

Yurt Yasmin

Yurt or Ger Sleeps 2
Cosy Yurt with double bed and wood-burning stove

Yurt Yami

Yurt or Ger Sleeps 4
Spend a night under the stars in our heated Yurt, decorated with beautiful textiles, a wood-burning stove and a private en-suite

Camping Pitch – Tent or Campervan

Grass pitch Sleeps 4 5 Available
We do not have formal pitches, so guests can choose where they camp upon arrival. In order to enhance your time, we’ve limited the number of guests we allow on site at any one time, meaning campers have plenty of space! Come and experience the peace of the land and the sounds of nature, without light pollution, from our ancient stone circle.

Airstream Ana

Airstream Sleeps 2
Airstream Ana is cosy with a woodburner and central heating, It has just been rebuilt and refurbished and has everything you need for a romantic and relaxing weekend. It is self-contained with a sink, (hot and cold running water) central heating, gas oven and hob, under counter fridge and pots, pans, crockery, utensils and cutlery.

Bell Tent

Bell tent Sleeps 2
We have 2 Large Bell Tents. Our Bell Tents have beautiful wooden floors and are simply and attractively furnished with rugs, cushions, a small table, a wind-up torch and 2 lanterns, bunting and solar fairy lights. The Bell Tent are suitable for 2 people, and has a double futon We only accept children over the age of 12 and no dogs

Gypsy Caravan Carmen

Gypsy caravan Sleeps 2
Our Gypsy Caravan is perfect for a cosy romantic getaway or a space of solitude. With the wood burning stove and peaceful setting come and recharge your batteries in the countryside, living simply amongst nature.

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Contact Cotswolds Camping at Holycombe, Whichford, Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire CV36 5PH

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Getting There

Take A3400 northbound at Chipping Norton roundabout. Follow signs for Whichford and soon after the speed limit sign as you enter the village, take the first right down a steep lane; Holycombe is on your right, at the bottom of the dip. Moreton-in-Marsh station is 5 miles away (Oxford-Hereford line); a taxi to Holycombe will cost roughly £15.


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Rated ★★★★★ over 81 reviews


What a GEM!!!

This camp site is amazing! Such peace and quiet and tranquility. The facilities are tucked away nicely. Not too far away from any of the pitches and yet they don't intrude at all on the gorgeous setting. Hearing the wildlife in the moat (coots/moorhens?), the wind in the trees, the crows roosting while sat reading by a camp fire was the best possible way to spend a weekend. The stone circle in the middle of the site provided a lovely slice of history as a focal point. There were plenty of people staying here, and yet I didn't feel the pitches were too close together and it was still so peaceful. There are footpaths close by that lead you onto, amongst others, the Macmillan way. The woods are close enough to explore too. Its a perfect gateway to the Costwolds! The food, ale and service at the Normal Knight was spot on too. Plus the Hook Norton brewery is a 10 minute drive and I spent a bit too much there (never heard of bacon jam before - its actually very nice!) Best weekend camping I've had in a very long time and I will definitely be back!
Sep 28, 2021 by Tim Dwelly Verified Review

Unspoilt countryside in the Cotswolds

I really liked the site, the location and the space. The facilities are basic but very well maintained, the compost loos were a first for me but surprisingly acceptable, although there is a flush loo to use if you feel you are already doing enough for the environment. Ample fire pits for everyone to use and wood available to buy. The site rules ensure a peaceful and quiet stay. Will visit again as long as it doesn't get too popular.
Sep 20, 2021 by John Brown Verified Review


Love this place so much, have been there 5 times since the beginning of June. I live 5 miles away, but it feels like the other side of the world. Personally speaking I love the bell’s tolling every 15 mins, though I can appreciate that others don’t. I love the peace and quiet of this place, and always feel so refreshed come home time.
Sep 20, 2021 by Alison Noyce Verified Review

Peaceful and clean - lovely surroundings too!

Lovely campsite with friendly owners. Very clean facilities, I think the best compost loo I've ever used... Seriously though, those @&$¥ing church bells really do ring throughout the night. Bring earplugs or a bag of sand to bury your head in.


Just the right balance - great site, fire pit available, good facilities. thank you!

Great location and atmosphere, highly recommended

We stayed for one night and left saying that we wished we were there longer and would definitely look to return. Beautiful, historic setting that felt very special. So peaceful. Highly recommend booking a stay.

Peaceful and well-managed

Great campsite with good facilities, not too busy, nice pub a short walk away.

Beautiful calm campsite

A lovely quiet campsite. We liked being able to have a campfire, and the showers were nice and warm! You can hear the local church bells, but these were blocked by earplugs. As other reviewers have pointed out - there is no official "check in"; just pick a pitch then sign in at the on site cafe :).
Aug 7, 2021 by Kay Verified Review

Great stay

Cycle touring I stayed one night. Lovely quiet site with pitches for no cars, non smelling compost loos, warm showers with changing area. There was nothing not to like. The church bells just part of the scene and easily blocked out at night with ear plugs.
Aug 1, 2021 by Hilary Verified Review

Lovely rustic campsite.

This campsite is family run. The pitches are well separated and you can choose your pitch on arrival. There are 2 showers, one regular toilet and two compost toilets. A washing up sink and a nice touch being a fridge and a freezer you can use during your stay. Not forgetting a kettle and a toaster. There is also a small cafe where you can takeaway hot drinks and breakfast baps. Each pitch comes with a fire pit and there is an honestly scheme to buy logs either by cash or online. Which reminds me I owe them £8 for two bags of logs. Each pitch is limited to 2 people and because of this you get genuine campers and no party animals. The campers are very quiet and I would have given the site 5 stars if it wasn't for the unholy ringing of the church bells every 15 minutes 24 hours a day. I thought there were noise rules regarding church clocks but these don't seem to apply to St Michael's church next door. On the whole a great site for real campers.

A beautiful, peaceful site

We have just got back from 6 lovely quiet nights here. The facilities were clean and never busy and we enjoyed the pick your own spot on arrival. Space in between pitches ensured privacy, we never felt over looked or in anyone’s way. We spent our holiday cycling, running, swimming and walking - not everyone’s cup of tea! but we had a fab time. Enjoyed a drink and a meal at The Norman Knight as well as some local treats cooked ourselves. This is a lovely place to stay.
Jul 19, 2021 by Pippa

A perfect escape

We spent two amazing, peaceful days at Holycombe, bathing in the summer sunshine. The only sounds were the distant church bells and the sheep in the nearby fields. The site is beautiful and spacious, the facilities clean and tidy. The owners are attentive, friendly and helpful. The location is perfect. Close enough to the lovely village of Whichford, and the great food at the ‘Norman Knight’ pub, but far enough away to feel like you’re really in the middle of nowhere. This is exactly what camping should be. We will be back.
Jul 17, 2021 by Tom Howgate Verified Review

Spot on

If you want noise-free camping in peace and quiet this is the place. Lovely countryside and pretty Cotswold towns to visit as well as an intriguing stone circle in the middle of the site. The local pub serves terrific food. Fires allowed, always a bonus, and basic but clean facilities. Me and our Frank love it and will return!

Back to nature!

We camped at Holycombe in late June and it was every bit as beautiful and peaceful as described. We camped at the top near the stone circle and was able to have our van right next to the tent, which was convenient. There's a water tap near the big old trailer by the entrance and we cooked on our gas stove - there was a helpful bench where we camped. This spot got quite shady / cool in the evening and got the sun in the morning. If I went again, I'd camp on the next 'tier' down, the other side of the trees and towards the toilets / showers - those spots got the lovely evening sun :) There is a flush toilet cubicle (lighted and heated!) and the shower block with two showers is also warm and cosy. There are also two compost toilets and they were all clean. We walked to the stone circles at Rollright, which was an 8 mile round trip, worth seeing. Although we mainly walked on the roads, which could be a bit hairy! Maybe there is a cross-country route, which would be much more pleasant.

Nice and relaxed campsite, excellent facilities and great location

First time camping here. I was very impressed with the pitch layout (individual pitches mown into some long grass) and parking arrangements. Facilities are really good, kitchen (sadly closed during COVID but fridge, freezer, microwave and most importantly kettle available for use), toilets and warm showers. Free fire pit hire and logs for sale meant we couldn't resist having a few campfires and cooking over an open fire. Great location too with the pub only a 5 min walk away (Norman Knight, booking recommended on a weekend). Only thing I could say is maybe a bit too relaxed, not clear that you literally just arrive and pitch up providing you've already paid online. Maybe some better signage or email communication to make it clearer.

Lovely camping experience in a picturesque and peaceful site in the middle of nowhere!

Why I've given this 5 stars: The pitches are lovely, marked out by long meadowy grass inbetween them which gives you the feeling of caming in a field. The fact that this is on a former historic castle site, with a moat, and a more recent stone circle make a lovely setting. The showers, toilets, facilities were fine for a 3 night stay. It's camping not a hotel. A fridge and freezer are available which was ideal for refreezing my ice packs. Fire pits are allowed, bring your own or borrow one of theirs (free) with your own wood or theirs for a small charge. The local area is so rural, we did a 10 mile circular walk taking in the Rollwright Stones and passed through just 2 small villages. The local Norman Knight was fantastic, friendly with good food, only 10 minute walk away. What you could do better but still worth 5 stars: Better arrivals instructions so that people know they won't be greeted and may find their own pitch. There's lots of DONTs but not many DOs. Update your info signs around the site (and in the toilets!) as some of these are from 2017 and some from last year. Some are just faded and easily missed such as the one for not using the hookup pitches without booking. You said hi as you passed but maybe introduce yourself as the owner or ask if there's anything you can do as you could have just been another camper passing by for all we knew. Brush the grass cuttings off the stones after you've mown/strimmed! Tips: Earplugs for the church bells, eye masks for the early morning sun. (There were some nice soft earplugs provided by the kitchen) Local OS map for the local stunning walks. Prebook the Norman Knight for a table at the weekend. Be wary of how far your voice travels at night. Enjoy the stars!

Wonderful hosts, magical setting

Staying at Holycombe was a dream, we were blessed with beautiful weather and enjoyed some lovely walks. The team at Holycombe will always go the extra mile to ensure your stay is the best it can be and nothing is too much effort for them. The site is beautifully well looked after and has everything you could need, and if by chance it isn't there, someone will help you find what you need. I would love to recommend Yurt Yasmin to anyone thinking about staying here and we would definitely love to come back
Jun 12, 2021 by Bradley Verified Review

A blissful weekend camping amongst buttercups and cowparsley!

An utterly peaceful haven - with fantastic walks all around. The only downside was the showers were tepid - which didn’t matter as it was a sunny weekend - but would have in cooler weather.

Perfect, peaceful, idyllic

Two nights in the Little Dutch cabin at Holycombe. The cabin is a beautiful and cosy little place, with a great bed and just enough comforts (cooker, fridge, kettle, sink, electricity) to make it truly relaxing. The use of the adjacent ‘glamping loo/shower’ was also particularly lovely. It was so warm we didn’t need to use the wood burner but at a different time of year that would have been extremely nice. The site was clean and lush with nature and having a gastro-pub within walking distance made it even more appealing. The quiet rule ensured that we slept really well. We are more used to tent camping so as a first foray into glamping this was the perfect introduction. 10/10.

Idyllic Setting and Beautiful Village

Peace, tranquility, beautiful setting and clean. What more could anyone want? This was an idyllic get-away for my wife and I. We stayed only one night after traveling the day from Suffolk to visit relatives in the Cotswolds and Holycombe was just a nice, peaceful and relaxing way to end the day. All the campers on the site respected the rules and were equally quite. The church bells that rang every 15 minutes throughout the night were the only annoying aspect of our stay; however, we understand this has nothing to do with the the owners. We did come prepared with earplugs, but if you wake up in the night, it is difficult to get back to sleep because of the bells. In any case, the bells would not stop us from returning to Holycombe because the beautiful and relaxed setting more than make up for the annoying bells.
May 28, 2021 by GollyOlly Verified Review


Really beautiful campsite, awesome amenities in a really sweet nook between the hills. Really enjoyed
May 17, 2021 by Tana Lucker Verified Review


What a gem of a place. Just a 2 hour drive from central London, this quiet hideaway is the perfect place to relax in the countryside. We went cycling in the area, there's a pub close by, the people are all super friendly and respectful. Shout out to Swampy for welcoming us so kindly. Also they don't pounce on you with a list of rules like other places do. So chill... We cannot wait to go back!

Beautiful tranquil camping in a lovely village.

Site beautiful and peaceful. We were there first day out of lockdown and it felt very special. Great place to see the stars, hear the birds, and walk through the woods. Village pub is great and there are lovely walks close by.
Apr 16, 2021 by rice.wilson Verified Review

Response from Cotswolds Camping at Holycombe

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review. It was lovely to meet you all and you were wonderful first out of lockdown customers to stay here!


Peaceful and idyllic

Very remote, with beautiful walks into Whichford Wood and around the Rollright Stones locally. You quickly acclimatise to the church bells. Close enough amenities in nearby towns for those things you forget! Wyatts Garden Centre is gorgeous as well, with beautiful plants and delicious food.

Great quiet site, clean amenities, will absolutely be back!

Visited here as a newbie to the camping scene and absolutely loved it. Very informal arrivals process which was great, pretty much just pulled up and pitched up! Fire pits available to get a fire going, and plenty of firewood (£4 a bag - we used 4 for 3 days). Flush toilet was very clean, compost toilets were really really fine, and showers were clean and hot. Other campers on the site all welcoming, kind and quiet, so a perfect site for a relaxing weekend! Found some lovely walks on foot from the camp site as well as a pub, and there's an Aldi not too far away as well. Highly recommended and we will be back!

Response from Cotswolds Camping at Holycombe

Thanks for taking the time to write a lovely detailed review. Good to hear you found some of the walks, the woods are beautiful and look great at this time of year! Hope you come again soon :) 

Lovely place

Beautiful eco campsite. Good vibes and sooo peaceful. The facilities were spot on, clean and quirkily set in a little wooded area. Use of fire pits was ideal and saved us so much room trying to pack one, as were the £4 kiln dried log bags. Brilliantly situated for the Rollright Stones, the Hook Norton brewery and the local pub which was just 5 minutes walk away.
Sep 24, 2020 by sarah Verified Review

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Hi Sarah

Thanks so much for your lovely review and I am so happy that you enjoyed your time here.


Relaxed, Beautiful Site

Ideallic - couldn't fault it! Clean facilities, peaceful site, stunning stone circle, campfires provided - will absolutely be back
Sep 21, 2020 by Kim Williams Verified Review

Response from Cotswolds Camping at Holycombe

What a lovely review. Thanks for taking the time to write it. Hope you come again soon :)

Nice chilled campsite in a great location

Cool quirky site with nice secluded pitches, great you can have a fire, very chilled!
Sep 19, 2020 by Tony Oakey Verified Review

Response from Cotswolds Camping at Holycombe

Thanks for the good review Tony, hope you come back again soon :)

Lovely, peaceful quality time camp site

Was a lovely site, not too crowded and was a very peaceful atmosphere. Site had toilet and shower facilities, as well as equipment to set up your own camp fires. Local pub was really nice, and would deffo recommend if looking for a relaxing stay.

Response from Cotswolds Camping at Holycombe

Hi Mairead

Thank you so much for leaving such a lovely review. I am so pleased you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for coming. Antonia

Quite, friendly and beautiful quirky setting in the best possible way.

We loved the warm loo and showers. Great for last minute cooking to have the microwave as well as toaster and electric kettle - luxury! As we didn’t get a chance to meet the owners, a photo of them would be nice at the kitchen area. Overall as we love the area and walks around, we’ll definitely return. Might try out The Airstream next time. Thanks!

Response from Cotswolds Camping at Holycombe

Hi Patsy Thanks for leaving such a lovely review and for the suggestion of having a photo of us there. Great idea! I'm sorry you didn't get to meet any of us. We were all here and around and about but we tend to leave people to themselves as much as possible. Thanks for coming and I am so glad you enjoyed yourself. Antonia

Picturesque clean site

Very good access to showers and toilets, cleaned regularly through-out day. Nice picturesque setting in cotwolds with nearby attractions. Would stay again 😊

Response from Cotswolds Camping at Holycombe

Thanks for taking the time to review us and highlighting our increased cleaning.
We really appreciate the feedback and glad you would come again :)

Did the job - small campsite with a peaceful aura and a lovely natural setting

Very pretty peaceful and compact campsite enhanced by the Quirky fixed Permanent rentals , which include a yurt, a shepherd hut and an Airstream . A beautiful place to wander and then venture up to the woods or along to the excellent pub. There’s an interesting history to the site , which will are worth exploring and a range of therapies book able at the main house, should you Possibly require further chilling out ... enjoy .. it’s lovely
Aug 21, 2020 by Teresa Ellis

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Hi Teresa

Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review. I am so glad you enjoyed your time here.

Lovely spot, good facilities.

Lovely little campsite, unique being able to camp around a stone circle! Didn't feel too busy or crowded. Showers were hot and compost toilets clean. Great to have a fridge and freezer which were available (along with a kettle and toaster, and I think a microwave) even though the kitchen was shut. Easy to walk from the campsite either to the pub in the village or further afield (we made it to the gin distillery!). Note that while campers are not allowed to make noise after 11pm, this does not apply to the church bells! The church is about 100 metres from the campsite and the bells seem to chime every 15 minutes, 24 hours a day....I stopped hearing it quite quickly but it kept some of our party awake! Also the sign from the road could be a bit clearer.
Aug 17, 2020 by Fiona Verified Review

Response from Cotswolds Camping at Holycombe

Hi Fiona

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review. I am glad you enjoyed it here and that you also used the local pub and gin distillery.
Sadly we can do nothing about the church bells. As you say some people hardly notice and other people get kept awake! Thank you so much for coming.

Peace, quiet & relaxation

Just spent a wonderful 3 days at Holycombe. Perfect place to camp if you want peace and quiet. Even quite enjoyed the tuneful sounds of the church bells. The place had everything we could wish for: showers, loos, fire pits and logs, access to fridge and freezer, somewhere to charge your phone etc. We loved that the owners trusted us and left us to it but were contactable via phone/text if needed. Plenty to do nearby. We enjoyed a lovely walk from Long Compton up to the Rollright stones and a lovely visit to Batsford Arboretum. Would definitely stay again.

Response from Cotswolds Camping at Holycombe

Hi Caroline

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a lovely review. I am so happy that you enjoyed it here and thank you so much for coming! Antonia

Almost all the stars!

Lovely place and facility. Picturesque and tranquil - except for the clock in the village. Do NOT forget earplugs!! This should be on the home page, not buried in the FAQs. The weather wasn’t on our side for stargazing but I reckon it would be amazing. They’ve done well with Covid safety precautions. As a family of three we were very comfortable. All basic needs were met. We will definitely go back. It was nice to have the stones and moat and orchard and labyrinth. I would suggest the labyrinth be ready before the summer as I enjoyed it but it wasn’t looking it’s best. If it’s a feature then make it photo ready. They had fire baskets to borrow and bags of wood. Great walks nearby through Whichford Wood. We look forward to returning. We liked the ‘no kids no dogs no parties no music’ policy as we were there for a break from it all. If you want to party - go somewhere else.

Almost all the stars

Lovely place and facility. Picturesque and tranquil - except for the clock in the village. Do NOT forget earplugs!! This should be on the home page, not buried in the FAQs. The weather wasn’t on our side for stargazing but I reckon it would be amazing. They’ve done well with Covid safety precautions. As a family of three we were very comfortable. All basic needs were met. We will definitely go back. It was nice to have the stones and moat and orchard and labyrinth. I would suggest the labyrinth be ready before the summer as I enjoyed it but it wasn’t looking it’s best. If it’s a feature then make it photo ready. They had fire baskets to borrow and bags of wood. Great walks nearby through Whichford Wood. We look forward to returning. We liked the ‘no kids no dogs no parties no music’ policy as we were there for a break from it all. If you want to party - go somewhere else.

great stay but shame about a couple of things

This is a lovely campsite with well kept facilities. we will definitely go again. HOWEVER on this occasion we were disappointed to find that campers next to us had a dog and a baby staying with them (doesnt seem appropriate to have 'no children under 12' rule and no dogs and not stick to it). Also two teenage girls rode a motor scooter round the standing stones every day which made it a less peaceful experience (we asked them to stop on the last morning) - they should have realised or been told by parents this was an unacceptable thing to do. I realise this experience may have jusr been bad luck but please stick to your rules - thank you

Response from Cotswolds Camping at Holycombe

Ben, I am devastated reading your review. We haven't allowed any guests to bring a child or a dog and we haven't had any reports of a baby or dog and they are definitely (very strictly!) not allowed on our site. I am going to contact you privately to gain more details so I can track down the guest. I am extremely sorry that this wasn't picked up, we leave guests to enjoy the peace and generally don't go round enforcing our rules; however if you had let us know we would have come up straight away. We ask all guests to report anything like this to us when they are onsite and we can then swiftly deal with it (the instructions you were sent when booking has a list of phone numbers we are contactable through). As we have had no report of a dog or child on site we really didn't know! And we have certainly not allowed anyone to bring a child or dog!! Our rules are our rules and we stick to them - regardless of the guest. I am extremely sorry your stay was disrupted and we will be in contact with you to discuss this further as it is not acceptable.

Tranquil, peaceful, beautiful

What a special place. It is lovely to be allowed to have a fire, with fire pits provided and you can buy logs on site. Brilliant, regularly cleaned facilities and many different areas of the site mean your pitches are nicely spaced out. The moat and stone circle make it a quirky, lovely stay.
Jul 28, 2020 by Tess Sieling Verified Review

Response from Cotswolds Camping at Holycombe

Hi Tess

Thanks so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review! It makes us so happy when people love it here!

A very relaxed stay

A lovely campsite with a very relaxed atmosphere - you can choose your own pitch which is something we really liked. The facilities are very good and there is even a fridge, freezer and kettle! Everything was very clean and the coronavirus guidelines were very clear. There are lots of good walking routes nearby and some very good pubs (although the nearest one is only open at the weekend at the moment). Would definitely stay here again!

Response from Cotswolds Camping at Holycombe

Hi Bethan
Thanks for taking the time to leave a review and I am so glad that you enjoyed your time here. It is useful for us to have feedback that our guidelines are clear as well. Thanks so much for coming. Antonia

Beautiful site, and helpful staff!

I cannot recommend this site highly enough. It's located in the beautiful historic village of Whichford and from the site you get an amazing view of the rolling hills. The amenities are very clean, accessible and easily located. When I called the proprietor to ask about wild swimming spots they were helpful and friendly and gave us amazing insider local information. Would 10/10 recommend to a friend.
Jul 25, 2020 by Martha Mitchell

Response from Cotswolds Camping at Holycombe

Hi Martha

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a lovely review. I am so happy that you enjoyed your time here! Thank you for coming and we hope to see you again. Antonia

Peaceful and chilled

Wicked compost loos and outside washing up area set up. Peaceful and chilled, rock up and find a pitch. Local pub walking distance and villages nearby to walk to
Jul 23, 2020 by Sam

Response from Cotswolds Camping at Holycombe

Hi Sam

Thanks for your review. So glad you had a nice time here!

Perfect and peaceful

Great site, really beautiful scenary and nice to have the orchard and the stone circle to walk around. Very calm and chilled atmosphere. Great to have the fire pits. All the amenities were clean and well stocked. The only reservation/advice is that the nearby church bells are a issue if you're a light sleeper (not the campsites fault at all obviously) and I would recommend both noise cancelling ear plugs plus another layer like headphones because it is every 15 mins night and day. Thanks for the great time!
Jul 23, 2020 by AliceEdwards Verified Review

Response from Cotswolds Camping at Holycombe

Hi Alice

Thanks for taking the time to leave a review. I am so glad you enjoyed it here and so sorry about the church bells! Thanks for coming. Antonia

Beautiful and peaceful stay

Beautiful and relaxed camping. Stunning field to camp in with great facilities. It was spaced out enough to feel safe distancing from others, and communal areas (outdoor) were kept clean. Very relaxed when we were there - for example honesty boxes for logs and fire pits dotted around the field to use. Also had a delicious meal from the Norman Knight pub which was within walking distance. Would definitely stay here again!
Jul 13, 2020 by Orla Fehily Verified Review

Response from Cotswolds Camping at Holycombe

Hi Orla. Thank you so much for coming to stay with us and for leaving such a lovely review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay here and that you felt relaxed. 

The perfect escape in a delightful campsite!

This is a delightful little campsite nestled in a pretty valley on the edge of a sleepy village. Trying to decide where to pitch my tent was the most difficult decision I had to make and I opted for a sunny spot next to the moat. I loved the layout of the site and the fact that some of the grass had been left to grow long, to create space between pitches and to help the wildlife. The loos and showers are tucked away in a little woodland area, which is a really nice touch. If you don’t like compost loos then there is a conventional flushing loo. And the showers were very good. It’s a great site for just relaxing, cycling, lovely walks and exploring this part of the Cotswolds.
Jul 13, 2020 by Maggie

Response from Cotswolds Camping at Holycombe

Hi Maggie. Thanks for coming to stay with us and for taking the time to leave such a lovely review. I am so pleased you had a nice stay. It sounds like you chose a very good spot! 

Loved Airstream Ana on 2nd visit. Sitting under perfect warm starry sky by camp fire was magical last Saturday.

Weather changed overnight and thunderous rain on rooftop was quite frightening. Had to jump out of bed to shut roof vent where the rain was coming in. Remember to shut it before you get into bed! Love the camping experience with solid roof and not under canvas as we used to do when younger. Beautiful peaceful countryside and views, listening to the birdsong, smelling the wood burners, listening to the random church bells, all helping to forget the pressures of life.
Sep 24, 2019 by Sheila

Quiet, attractive campsite

Nice and quiet campsite apart from one idiot who turned up with a drone but we were packing up so it didn't matter. Well maintained site. Liked the metal firepits (logs £4.00 per bag), kitchen cabin with fridge, freezer, cooker etc. Showers ok but the water not very hot. Only one WC and 2 compost loos, might not be enough if site full but no problem end of season. Pub in village (max half mile away), good beer but far too done up "Gastropub" for my liking but thats not meant to be a criticism, better than no pub. Very relaxing stay would recommend.
Sep 16, 2019 by Mark Colman Verified Review

Great location, well maintained.

It’s a very nice place, plenty of great walks in the vicinity of the camping. Unfortunately there was a party in a house not far from the campsite which lasted the whole night! Almost impossible to sleep. Of course the owner of the camping was not responsible for that, but my stay was a bit spoiled by the loud music. Will probably make a second try...
Sep 2, 2019 by Defossez Verified Review

Lovely campsite

Idillic campsite with very well maintained facilities. The Norman Knight pub is a short walk away and we had a fantastic meal there. The church bells were a bit of a nuisance, chiming every 15 minutes 24 hours a day. There were ear plugs in the kitchen if you wanted them, which was a nice touch, but you did still hear the chimes.
Aug 5, 2019 by Louise Verified Review

Very peaceful

This campsite is very relaxing and very quiet. The communal areas are clean and the kitchen has a fridge and a place to charge mobile phones (the 4G signal is also very good). I highly recommend this campsite if you are looking for a place to unwind with minimal noise except the church bells.

Peaceful, beautiful location

We loved this site - it was very peaceful with lots of beautiful features like the moat, stone circle and fruit trees. The facilities were a short walk away and beautifully clean. Logs, fire pits and picnic benches were easily accessible. The cosy kitchen cabin was a lovely addition - especially on a very rainy October day! We managed to have our breakfast bacon sandwiches and coffee in the warm. The site was very easy to find and located near a few really nice pubs and villages. We will definitely return and wouldn't hesitate to recommend!

Beautiful and relaxed

Get away from all the hustle and bustle in this campsite. Our spacious pitch had a beautiful view overlooking the orchard and a pond behind us. After super sunsets we could see the milky way on a clear night sat beside our campfire! The amenities only a 2 minute walk away. Peaceful between the 15 minutes church bells which rang throughout the day and night, but don't let this put you off, I am a light sleeper and wore ear plugs, you just get use to them. It's worth it! We will definitely return.
Sep 14, 2018 by Nicola Bishop


Booked a 2 night stay in the Gypsy Caravan online, which was simple. Had a lovely email in regards to directions of the site, and the overall use of the site. We found the site so lovely, quiet but very friendly with such lovely thought for detail. The Glamping bathroom is so warm and spacious, the kitchen with lots of extras, we felt very comfortable eating here! Would definitely recommend this site and truly hope to come back again!! Thank you. X
Aug 19, 2018 by Sarah Scrivener

Small and Perfect

This is such a beautiful site. The whole atmosphere is of nature and history, and a feeling that the owners care about their guests and the land. It is very quiet and peaceful, welcoming groups of no more than 5 campers and no children under the age of 12. (or dogs). The vibe from the Holycombe Retreat spreads up the hill through the lovely orchard and the grass labyrinth and into the campsite. The surviving moat of a Norman castle, a stone circle, a flock of wild geese, beautiful water plants and wildfowl, what more could a campsite want? The pitching areas have good fire pits and some have wooden benches and tables, and there is a choice of locations but not marked out pitches. As a 'wild camping' style site the tents are a little closer together than I am used to but as everyone is so quiet, peaceful and tranquil, this didn't matter at all. The facilities are excellent, rustic, being housed in huts, cabins and sheds, but clean and well planned. Two hot water washing up sinks, a flushing toilet as well as two compost. If you did forget you whole kitchen box and stove the kitchen is as fully equipped as at home. And has a toaster and electric kettle! The nearby woods are lovely to walk in, and the artisan ice cream at the café at the Whichford Pottery is not to be missed. This is a place I would very much look forward to visiting again.
Jul 24, 2018 by - DB -

Peaceful and beautiful

A delightful location that exceeded expectations.
May 30, 2018 by Alex Good

Glorious tranquil stay

We had the most peaceful and relaxing stay at Holycombe. For us the campsite is the perfect balance of rustic and practical. The compost loos, heated loo and pleasant kitchen are great while the rest of the site is very laid back with no set pitches. The countryside and villages within reach are simply stunning and there is so much good food and drink even within the village of Whichford itself. The site is so pretty and surrounded by nature, hearing the birds sing every morning was a perfect way to wake up.
Apr 24, 2018 by Charlotte

Good For The Soul

We visited here last year after a 20 year break from camping to see if we might enjoy it still and found the most beautiful place to rekindle our relationship with outdoor living. If you are like me and have a passion for wildlife, peace, quiet and beautiful countryside then this is the place for you. This year we have revisited and found it even more wonderful. The fact there are no set pitches is lovely and you can choose whether you want to be near the moat or down near the orchard which is closer to the facilities. The facilities are basic but all that one would need. The toilets and showers are clean as is the tiny kitchen. The best thing is the super toasty WC which is perfect to warm your bum just before bed. I have seen so much wildlife here and love hearing all the wildlife at night particularly on the moat. The nearby pub is really welcoming with lovely people and serve excellent food and a good range of beer. The Whichford pottery is also a great place to visit and both are walking distance from the campsite. Will definitely be back next year.
Sep 9, 2017 by Emma


Soent a lovely couple if. Ights here last year so have booked another visit this year. Excellent site "no children? Perfect!" (Shame about the Rave going on somewhere in the Valley but thats out of control of Holycombe owners. Hopefully it wont be going in this year) and I'll be taking earplugs to ward off the evil spirits emanating frim the church bells in the wee small hours. Loved the overall atmosphere of the place, and its idyllic setting. Just wondering about musical instruments, can I bring my fiddle (I do have a 'mute' if necessary)
Aug 6, 2017 by terry.taylor

Lovely setting

A lovely site with either pitches around a (modern) stone circle near the woods or on the hillside overlooking the owners' very nice house and garden and the valley beyond. We were looking for a quiet site after a harassed camping trip previously where there was barely space to move and lots of noise and this was exactly what we wanted. Facilities are rustic but kept clear. There is a really nice kitchen area with seating etc. The nearby pub the Norman Knight was nice for lunch and the area was very quiet and peaceful. We would return here.
Aug 27, 2016 by Chris

Beautiful location - shame about the facilities

We have just returned from a three night stay at this campsite. This is a review of two contrasting halves! First the positive! The site is beautiful and the fact that the number of campers is limited means that we were spoilt for choice when selecting our pitch. It is probably the most tranquil place we have ever camped and we began to relax from the moment we arrived. The site is very conveniently located for walks in the Warwickshire countryside (although beware of little-used paths which are hard to negotiate due to nettles, bee hives and other obstacles) and the local pub is a delight. Now for the not so positive. Firstly, there was no warm welcome, in fact there was no welcome at all. During the four days we were there we didn't come across any of the owners and this made us think a little about security. Secondly, the facilities are in desperate need of updating. We are quite happy to 'rough it' but the state of the showers, toilets and washing up facilities fell far below any we have come across before. Clearly they were lovely when they were first installed but they are now very tired, dirty and neglected. There are no separate facilities for men and women and although there are two showers for campers, they are in a communal area so really only one person (or a couple) can use them at once. The kitchen is warm but with only one sink for washing up. The large fridge is useful but filthy. The outdoor washing up sink is in a terrible state being dirty and dilapidated and attached to the side of the wooden loo shack. We went to have a look at the more 'luxurious' glamping facilities but these are not impressive. They consist of one shabby bathroom. The paving stones around the kitchen and washing facilities are loose and dangerous. To be honest, it really wouldn't take a lot to improve the facilities. A bit of an update, a good clean on a regular basis and some simple additions like handsoap would suffice. To sum up - a stunning location but the poor facilities would put us off going back.
Aug 20, 2016 by Louise

Response from Cotswolds Camping at Holycombe

Thanks for  flagging up our strengths as well as our weaknesses. That dirty washing up station is defunct- it was replaced by the camping kitchen and needs to be removed so people don’t mistake it- so glad you pointed that out, we’ll remove it.  The showers definitely need a re-fit, you are right, and we intend to make it a priority  over the winter, we have been busy replacing the plumbing up to that building prior to the refit.  

The paving stones  have only just become loose after torrential rain and we will put them right next week. But everything is cleaned every day and we take exception to your criticism of our new glamping shower and loo, which is exceptionally nice by anyone’s standard. 

The fridge is a tricky one. We ask people to take their food home but with new people arriving and departing all the time, it  is difficult to know what food to throw and what to keep – we got into deep trouble last week by getting rid of some tired birthday cake and a 10th of a bottle of wine. 

The owners were around all week and live on site, and we try and talk to everybody, but we deliberately don’t have a registration process and the rest of our customers think this is a positive, rather than a negative attribute. That said, the most common remarks written on our feedback sheet is “This is the nicest campsite we’ve ever been to” and in answer to the question “What would you like to change? The answer is most often “nothing”. We have also been voted to be in the Guardian top 10 glamping sites and the Observer top 5 glamping sites this year.


An English Summer

In a typical English summer of sunshine and rain we visited this beautiful site and felt very welcomed even though the owners were getting ready for a family wedding. The facilities are good, and do not distract from the beautiful setting.  Lots of lovely places within walking distance including the local pub, and beyond the village a distillery. Definitely coming back.

Jun 21, 2016 by GJ

Charming stay, will be back!

My partner and I stayed here in the treehouse Tara for the weekend. 

The treehouse was rustic and charming, just as described. Great facilities( the new glamping showers were lovely).

The first day there we took a long walk around the closeby whichford woods, passing many locals who greeted us kindly. We also walked around the holycombe site itself, which is beautiful too.

In the evening we went to eat at the norman knight pub which is within a ten minute walk. I can see why it has won awards, the food was fantastic, our newly "best meal ever".

We were forwarned of the church bells before coming but they didn't bother us atall, we actually really missed them when we got home. 

Overall, a lovely peaceful place to escape from it all, in beautiful surroundings. Would recommend highly, we will be back.

Mar 8, 2016 by Tina.

Lovely place

Lovely campsite. Just got back from 3 nights over the Bank Holiday weekend. Beautiful surroundings and lovely places eat eat near by in the pub or at the lovely Pottery Cafe. The church bells did not bother us and we sleeps well. Can highly recommend this lovely place.

Sep 3, 2015 by Janne Gron

Great Stay!

I recently stayed at Holycombe with a few friends for a weekend break and had a great time. The site is easy to find following the sat nav and really well kept and tidy. Not having a designated pitch allows you camp where you choose and the site is split by a moat and lots of trees giving you more privacy. It is a very idyllic setting with the moat, stone circle and apple trees, very relaxing! I was especially impressed with the facilities, the outdoor kitchen which is more like a summer house (with fairy lights!) has a cooker, kettle, fridge, sink, cups, plates etc, which was especially handy as we were only staying for one night so didn't bring much. There is also lots of info on the local area and things to do. Although we didn't try the showers they looked very clean and the compost loos were pleasant to use. The local area is gorgeous with a local pub just down the road. We also did the walk suggested in the info book at the campsite which was lovely, although a small part was overgrown! I would definitely recommend Holycombe and can't wait to visit again!

Aug 25, 2015 by rhiannonledger

Get away from it all with a great pub nearby!

This site was highly recommended by a colleague and we weren't disappointed.  We visited the week after the school holidays finished and were the first campers on a Friday afternoon. Just 3 more families followed and so we all had plenty of freedom to choose our pitches.  There are braziers around to use and firewood which can be bought using a trust box.  Beautiful site - fairly small and surrounded by trees and a moat, (the site of a Norman castle) and has its own standing stones.  It looks down over the valley and the Holycombe retreat at the bottom of the hill. All the info you need is on the notice board by the showers and loos (compost loo for the brave*, flusher for the wimps).  There's a great little shed kitchen available to use.   Showers are in a shed too and fairly basic but fine for us. A short walk into the very picturesque Cotswold village and a great pub (The Norman Knight) where we reserved a table as suggested by other reviewers and ate very well. Good beer there too and live music some nights. Back at camp we sat and gazed at our campfire till the flames died right down - wonderful. So dark so bring a torch. Next morning we did a 5 mile  circular walk to Hook Norton across the fields, had a coffee at the brewery (what?) and then a last beer at the Norman Knight before dragging ourselves back to the city.

We felt refreshed, relaxed and hope to return next spring.

*Husband advises compost loo is fine.  Church bells chime 24 hours so bring ear plugs if this might bother you.  Otherwise all is tranquil.

Nov 13, 2014 by mrssmy


Lovely site, very peaceful and great to be able to light a fire! We were concerned that a weekend in August might be busy and it was, however because the numbers are limited it was still peaceful. The church bells are pretty loud and continue all night every 15 minutes though, so bring earplugs! You do get used to it after a bit. It was a shame that the flushing toilet broke early in our stay and be aware there is no hot running water in the kitchen and no facilities to wash your hands after using the compost toilets if someone is in the shower (the compost toilets are absolutely fine, not smelly at all in case you wondered!). The entrance is also potentially very muddy in wet weather although the owners had warned us about it and took precautions with some straw to limit the possibility of getting stuck. Full recycling facilities available, but we could not find the trailer to put our other rubbish in when we left.

In summary, lovely peaceful site but be aware of limited facilities!

Aug 18, 2014 by Sprucers

Bat heaven

Just a quick note to say a big THANK YOU for providing us with such a lovely camp site on Saturday night. It was absolutely beautiful and both us adults walked around saying it was the best campsite we'd ever been to. An even better accolade is that the kids loved the fact that the chickens were walking about, that there were little cabins to explore (loved the compost loos especially!) and that once it got dark and we got the bat detector out there were SO MANY BATS!!! It was tremendous and totally perfect. PS, I think it set the scene that payment was simply done on trust.

Jul 14, 2014 by jinglespoons

Holycombe Campsite

Just stayed 5 nights in the tree house, we had a lovely experience. It was 1st time in a tree house. It rained heavily a few times overnight and not one leak. A few creaky noises can be expected as you're up in a tree so took a little getting used to. Took sleeping bag/duvet and pillow for the double bed and we also took a few bits for our own use in the kitchen- plates, cups and knife, fork, spoon, otherwise everything else was provided for. We had a private area for our own use which included a fire pit, covered kitchen with seating and wood burner, which was great for the wet weather we had. We were left alone to enjoy the tranquility of the area we had which was great as it was good to get away from it all.  The 2 electric showers worked well. There are 2 composite loos or 1 normal one. The tree house bedroom has electric connection and small wood burner or electric heaters to use. Lovely walks, Whichford Pottery (new cafés opened up so worth a visit too, local pub The Norman Knight is superb & nearest shop ( farm shop 3 miles away) also has a vast selection of fruit, veg and a butcher counter. The campsite website really doesn't do it justice! Book and enjoy this wonderful,experience. M&M 

May 12, 2014 by MarciaMartin

Calm and relaxing

Lovely campsite where there is enough space to be by yourself or with others. Lovely walks and pubs for food. Get there early to find a flat spot but it is idilic place to spend a few days.

Sep 17, 2013 by KeithCov

An Island of Calm

This campsite is a bit special I think.  Firstly, it is wonderfully positioned, sitting on a former site of a Norman Fort, and nestled on one side of a sweet valley, with lots of trees and horses, and a small lake to boot.  It is a very charming location.  It is quiet.  The church bells ring intermittently, of course, but they only emphasis the peacefulness of this sleepy valley.

There is a bit to do locally too, of course.  I recommend visiting the local pub (The Norman Knight) and Blenheim Palace (birthplace of Churchill).

Aug 12, 2013 by George Lawrence

Holycombe Campsite

A great atmosphere, family friendly and surprisingly uncrowded. Beautiful location, chickens wandering around under the apple trees. Definitely one to visit again! Other than that I think the other reviews have captured things pretty well!

Jun 6, 2013 by Rupert Whitehead

Holycombe Campsite

We camped here over early May bank holiday and had a wonderful time.  The campsite is beautiful and tranquil and is located next to the lovely village of Whichford.  The facilities are great and being able to have a real fire makes this campsite extra special.  There are wonderful walks directly from the campsite through woodland and open countryside, and a fantastic pub in the village.  We are already planning our next visit!

May 19, 2013 by Carrotstaz

Holycombe Campsite

This was our first outing in our new campervan and what an excellent introduction it was. The site was everything I was hoping for, which was a great location, not too big and most important of all relaxed. This place is just soooo laid back it could fall over. Everybody was very friendly and where else can one have an open fire next to a Norman moat, just fantastic. The compost loos do not smell at all and the facilities do the job perfectly, in fact the basicness really adds to the charm and experience. We only had one snag, the plan was to eat and have a couple of drinks at the recommended local pub before returning to a night in front of the fire. Unfortunately they do not serve food on a Sunday night (even though it was a Bank Holiday weekend). We spent a while driving before finding another lovely pub which serves great food. So if you plan on staying on a Sunday then I recommend you bring your bangers. Thanks for the experience, we will return for sure, I just hope you do not get too popular, at the moment it's just perfect.

May 10, 2013 by gregola

Yep! very Cool!

A nice tranquil spot (after a while you don’t hear the church bells, but you know the time by magic) no disco, no supermarket, but real camping. hedge rows teaming with life,communal kitchen & an excellent pub (with micro brewery) nearby, couldn’t have found a better spot! as I was in the area for a (yearly) fair I will come back and then a bit longer so I can see more of the stunning surroundings.. Here’s a satisfied customer! Gerard.
Sep 13, 2012 by gerard

Quiet and pretty

Nice to be able to drive in and pitch where you like with the car right next to the tent. Beautiful location in a quiet village. The local church bell really doesn’t stop - every 15 mins it chimes away 24/7. So if you’re a light sleeper make sure you bring your earplugs. Other than that there’s no noise around at all! The facilities are lovely, a little kitchen hut with fridge, oven, hobs, toaster, kettle and washing up facilities. Didn’t use the shower block, but the toilets were clean and have electric lighting. Remember to bring your own toilet paper though. We were lucky enough to be there for the Whichford Village Fair, which was a traditional style fair. Really welcoming and with plastic glasses being used by the Norman Knight, cold beers to take over onto the green to enjoy classic games (coconut shy & aunt sally), hog roast and the dog show. Will definitely be putting time aside to go and visit again. Not a place to come for a busy, activity filled, party weekend, but a break to get away from everything (including phone signal) and relax is great.
Sep 11, 2012 by rufus33rufus

Mid August peace

We wanted a bit of peace for a couple of days before a festival. Amazed to find we were the only ones in the moat encircled meadow. Zone out the church bells (every 15 minutes) and there is perfect peace. We had a lovely long woodland walk and spent lots of time watching the wildlife in the meadow and moat.
Aug 29, 2012 by johndrumcrazy

Lovely place - great pub nearby

Holycombe is a great little campsite a quick drive from London but feels a million miles away. It is very relaxed there. You can light fires and do you cooking or there is a very sweet little kitchen you can use if it’s raining or you’re feeling a bit lazy! The campsite is situated in the sleepy village of Whichford. There’s some great walking to do around the nearby villages. Overall there’s not that much to do and life slows down a bit. There’s a fantastic cotwoldsish pub in easy walking distance which overlooks the village green, there’s a kids play area too to keep them busy for a while, so you can watch them play while you have a few cold beers. There’s something lovely and mystical about this site - enjoy.
Aug 3, 2012 by LucyLu123

Great relaxing getaway...

We booked our stay to celebrate our first year anniversary and what a treat! We were the only campers in the entire field for the 3 days we were there - probably because we stayed during the week rather than weekend. Even the weather was on our side! Peaceful surrounding, stunning views all around and pretty villages near by if you fancy a bit of a road trip of the surrounding area. The local Norman Knight pub is very convenient with great outdoor seating overlooking the village green but unfortunately do not serve food late Sunday and Monday. The compost loos were interesting! My first time using them :) Don’t worry, there is also a flushable loo (thank goodness!) The shower hut is quite basic but perfect for what you need, at least the hot water works! The kitchen cabin is a luxury addition - working fridge, pots, pans, cutlery, crockery provided. My husband was adament in getting a fire going which we managed to do on the night of our anniversary day. Yes the church bells do ring every 15mins but this is in no way disruptive, in fact it was quite nice learning the different chimes for every quarter hour. By the end of our stay I didn’t have to look at my watch and knew what time it was. Thank you Sally, we would definitely come to stay again, hopefully next time the weather will be even better!
Jul 2, 2012 by tinaposey

Holycombe campsite

If it’s peace and tranquility you’re looking for then this is the place for you. A beautiful setting with fantastic views, the church bells never seem an annoyance but a rhythmic soundtrack to the countryside. The camping field is far enough away from the main house so it feels like a rural setting and not a back garden as some campsites can seem. The facilities are amazing including a fantastic summerhouse with a full electrical kitchen set up for rainy evenings. Alternatively the friendly local pub is 5 minutes walk away. We stayed at Holycombe as a couple looking for a weekend escape from the city to unwind and enjoy the countryside, and it fitted the bill perfectly. Highly recommended!
Jun 23, 2012 by Nicky


We just came back from this lovely campsite. As first time campers we could not be happier. Everything was nice and clean, simple but nice facilities (kitchen, toilet and showers) and a beautiful location. Lots of things for the kids to do in the campsite, walking distance from a pub with playground across the road. What else can we say? We loved it! The weather was good (a bit windy sometimes) and even the bells sounded pituresque. We would go again, definitely!
May 3, 2011 by titibuni


We have just spent a couple of nights at this idyllic spot in Warwickshire. After having sought shelter in the car whilst a thunder storm passed over head, the beauty of this little spot was evident once the skies cleared. We camped beside the little pond which encircles the camping field and were greeting in the mornings by the calling of the resident ducks newest offspring. As detailed the facilities include kitchen shed, shower shed and toilets, all constructed in a quintessentially English DIY style – but are great. The nearby church bells are omnipresent throughout the day but you soon get used to their tolling (though do watch out for Saturday morning ringing practice!). We also enjoyed a great meal in the nearby Norman Knight Pub, so go and relax………… Post by matt –
May 3, 2011 by sebco


I’m really reluctant to write a review for Holycombe - because more people will go there and from my perspective it’s a secret best kept! However I did promise Sally at Holycombe that I would write a review - so here I am. My partner, our young daughter and a group of friends have just come back from camping over Easter and what a lovely time we had. Holycombe was everything I’d read about and more. Sally and Holycombe resident Christophe were extremely welcoming and their dedication to the site, it’s success and commitment to meeting campers’ needs was formidable. Holycombe is a really small, pretty site in an extremely pretty part of Oxfordshire. We were impressed by it’s laid back feel and good facilities - 2 compost toilets, 1 normal and 2 showers. Best of all was the camp kitchen which is available for people to use should they wish - normally we wouldn’t but following a problem with our gas stove we did use it for the last day and it’s a great facility with stove, fridge, washing up and indoor seating area as well as some picnic tables outside. Holycombe also has some pre-pitched yurts and tents that can be hired and used in conjunction with the camp kitchen - a great option for people who want to try out camping without buying all the kit or if you just can’t face packing up your kit. I’d highly recommend Holycombe to anyone and I hope we’ll be going back either this, or next year.
May 1, 2011 by lemonk

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