Blackgrounds Farm, Culworth Rd, Edgecote, Nr Chipping Warden, Oxfordshire OX17 1LZ
It took the Very Hungry Caterpillar an entire week of gorging to spin his own cocoon. For us humans, there’s a far more easy option. A mile west of Chipping Warden in Oxfordshire, there’s a farm that’s had its very own caterpillar-like carpenters working around the clock to create an enticing glamping retreat. And the finished product is quite the treat: a nest of cosy canvas cocoons with an idyllic riverside setting. Leave your phones behind and get back to the basics – enjoying the company of your friends and family without any digital distractions.
At the bottom of a grassy meadow that slopes down towards the River Cherwell, the six cocoons have been gathered together in the meadow with a campfire pit at the centre. Each sleeps two people in a super comfy double bed (allowing the site to accommodate 12 people in total), while an additional kennel cocoon also means you can bring a couple of pets along. At night the raised base of each structure ensures a flat, waterproof abode, while the canvas roof, which can be rolled back to reveal the open sky, allows for unbeatable stargazing when the weather is on your side.
The river provides one of the most popular pastimes for children. Guests are welcome to dabble along the water's edge, build dams or clamber in the trees. Cricket, rounders, volleyball and badminton can also be enjoyed on the mown area adjacent to the cocoons – balls, net and racquets provided. Try your hand at catching cray fish too, which are delicious when freshly cooked over the open fire. Utensils, pots and crockery are all provided in a white marquee that is pitched alongside the cocoons and you can even invite local chef, Suzanne Smith along, who is happy to provide catering for groups (booking in advance essential).
If you do decide to assemble the gang and leave the hidden meadow setting, then a ramble along one of the local trails is a popular option, with multiple long-distance routes on the doorstep – the Jurassic Way, Millennium Way and Battlefield Trail are all accessible. Throw in a handful of the more driveable attractions – Blenheim Palace, Warwick Castle, Bicester Village and Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon – and you’ll find there’s plenty to do. Or you could only make it as far as the local village itself. There are two friendly pubs that will welcome you with open arms.
The Owner Says
These eco friendly cosy cocoons are exactly as they sound – warm and snug.
Set in beautiful parkland with stunning views close to the River Cherwell, this is real luxury in the great outdoors. You can star gaze with the canvas up or hunker down with the insulated roof protecting you from the elements.
The idea for these cocoons is to enjoy time with friends and family. If you book the site it will be for your group only.
Unbelievable star gazing and most comfy camping ever!
My partner and I booked a last minute weekend escape from London here and it was totally wonderful. We had the whole cocoon site to ourselves which was complete bliss. The site is totally private. The horses in the surrounding fields are beautiful, as are the chickens, ducks, dog and other animals on the farm above. The first night it rained a little so we sheltered in the lovely dinner tent, made cosy with wooden chairs, candles and solar panel fairy lights and board games. We were then snug as anything in our cocoon - the bed is super comfy and camping with a duvet was a real treat! The second night the sky was as clear as could be. We had a roaring fire in the pit and then pulled the roof off the cocoon and star gazed for hours. Hint: download the amazing star gazing app SkyView before you go! We've never seen the sky like it in England. It was totally clear. We drifted off under the big bear, little bear and saturn above us. We can't wait for our next trip. Come rain or shine, it's cosy as can be. Thanks for a wonderful retreat. x