Forge Farm Tipis

UK England South East England Oxfordshire Banbury

  • Campfires allowed
  • Adults only
  • Adults Only
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Walking
Comfortable tipi glamping on a family-run organic farm set along the banks of the Oxford Canal

Forge Farm Tipis is very much a family affair. After meeting the woman who would one day be his future wife, Kate, during an exchange trip, Detroit-born Greg decided his time in the UK would last far beyond university timetables. Staying in the country, Greg and Kate bought Forge Farm in 1981 with a big vision for the derelict barns and canal-side countryside they purchased. Now with the help of their daughter and her only family, they have turned the land into an organic farm and, as of 2020, have started welcoming visitors to enjoy the fruits of what once seemed a far-off dream.

Set in the countryside just north of the Cotswolds with the Oxford Canal running through the site, the farm is home to just three pre-pitched tipis kitted out with all the essential comforts. Each is complete with a skylight window (so you can stargaze from the double bed) and has carpeted floors, handwoven rugs and cushions – the sort of comforts only the hot showers (a short stroll away) might tempt you from. You can spend your evenings ambling along the waterside or sitting out around the campfire, perhaps cooking with something you've bagged from the farm shop, where they sell organic jams and honey, bacon and rare-breed meats. A welcome pack of marshmallows is also provided as part of your booking. Naturally. Why have campfires with out them?

It's not just the accommodation that the family have provided. Bushcraft workshops can be organised and canoe rental can be arranged. Glampers might also find themselves joined by the odd canal boat, which can park up along certain stretches of the canal. But there's plenty to do once you stride out beyond the farm too. A footpath runs along the opposite bank of the canal and links up with the Macmillan Way, which you can follow to National Trust owned Farnbrough Hall if you want a long walk (around four miles; with a good pub stop in the village), or you can drive to the 17th-century hall in less than 10 minutes. And it's not much further in the car to the likes of Canons Ashby, Sulgrave Manor, Broughton Castle and Upton House too. In short, there will always be one more place to visit and one more thing to do. And, after a weekend at Forge Farm, with Greg as living proof that staying beyond a holiday really is an option, you might find yourself asking for real estate tips alongside the usual pub and restaurant tips.

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Facilities

Tipi’s come fully furnished with handwoven rugs, a skylight window, tables, chairs and either one double or two single beds, with bedding provided. Use of a fire bowl and BBQ, camp kettle and water supply are including in your stay, as well as access to your own composting toilet block and hand-washing facilities. All guests have access to a hot shower, fridge and proper toilet as well as private parking (one space is available per booking). A welcome pack including tea, coffee, sugar, firewood and marshmallows is also available and additional bits and bobs can be purchased from the onsite farm shop. Please note that no glass is allowed on site for safety reasons. The tipis don’t have a power source but LED lights are provided and WiFi is available.

Suitable For

This is an adult-only glamping site (for those over the age of 16). Camping in your own tent, campervan or caravan is not permitted. Dogs are not permitted at this location.

Nearby

It's less than 10 minutes to the National Trust's Farnborough Hall, built in the late 17th century you can take a look inside the house and admire the paintings, family treasures and well-maintained décor before spending the day making the most of the landscaped garden and circular five-mile walk around the parkland. Spiceball Country Park (around 10 minutes’ drive) is another great spot for gentle walks, while Canons Ashby is a little further away (around 20 minutes) – an Elizabethan manor house that looks onto 18th-century terraced gardens, free for you to wander round before taking a trip to the tearoom. Banbury Museum Trust (01295 236165) is also around 10 minutes away. Dating all the way back to the 1940s, the history of the museum itself is intrinsically linked to the development of Banbury town, growing and developing alongside the investment in the town so that what was once a limited collection displayed in the local library is now a diverse museum that hosts regular learning sessions and exhibitions.

Food & Drink

The Kitchen (01295 690615) is a 10-minute drive away in Farnborough. The 16th-century gastropub plays has a menu so local it changes on a weekly, sometimes even daily, basis so that it is always spotlighting the best produce. The Moon and Sixpence (01295 730544) is also under 10 minutes away. The quaint country gastropub serves high quality traditional favourites alongside real ales that can either be enjoyed inside or out on the garden tables. For something different, try Purple Mango (01295 276900) in Banbury, a popular Indian restaurant with a convivial atmosphere.

Open

June–August.

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The Owner Says

Forge Farm is situated in some of the most stunning countryside that Oxfordshire has to offer. Whether you are looking for peaceful nights sat by the fire or fresh, bright mornings full of wildlife to discover- you’re in the right place.

Accommodation

Three tipis, each sleeping up to two guests.

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Tipi Sleeps 2 3 Available
The 18ft Tipi for 2 people provides you with your own cosy space to enjoy the serenity that comes with being in the countryside. Adults only. Fully furnished Tipi with beds (either 1 double or 2 singles) private toilets and shared showers. Outside individual BBQ's with shared washing up facilities.

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Location

Contact Forge Farm Tipis, Forge Farm, Clattercot Wharf, Cropredy, Oxfordshire OX17 1QA

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Getting There

From Banbury town centre head north towards Bar Street and the A361 before taking a left to continue onto the street. After just under a mile, take the second exit at the roundabout onto Southam Road. Carry on for another mile until you reach another roundabout, then take the second exit again, onto the A423. After a mile and a half, turn right onto Claydon Road then continue for a mile before reaching Station Road. Follow this road for about half a mile then take a slight left onto Claydon Road, follow the road for one more mile then turn right onto Forge Farm.

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