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Cosy Cocoons

UK England South East England Oxfordshire Banbury

  • Children’s playground
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Good walks nearby
Hassle-free canvas pods on the banks of the River Cherwell, with acres of space that's exclusively yours

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.

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6 cocoons (each with a double bed; linen provided at extra cost), 2 loos, 1 shower. A big communal firepit (wood provided). Cooking pot and cooking facilities. Dining marquee with table and chairs. 4 bikes for hire. Trees to climb and river to paddle in. Farm animals and horses to stroke and feed. Badger watching and bird life in abundance.

Suitable For

Glampers and groups (up to 12). No extra tents or campervans permitted. Up to 2 dogs allowed per booking.


It’s a 30-minute drive to ‘the city of dreaming spires’, where you can explore the various Oxford colleges and quads on foot, admiring the architecture, or try your hand at punting (01865 515978). Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon is around the same distance – worth a visit not just for the theatres and Shakespeare-centred history, but also as an attractive little town in its own right. Just beyond, Warwick is particularly popular for its well-kept Norman castle (08712 652000) – family activities run throughout school holidays. Closer to home, enjoy walks directly from the Cosy Cocoons glamping site. There are several local footpaths along the riverside, while long distance routes – the Jurassic Way, Millennium Way and Battlefield Trail – are also accessible.

Food & Drink

Cosy Cocoons work with a local chef who, with enough notice, can prepare food for grilling over your campfire or proper sit down meals for dining around the table. You'll need to organise it a little in advance, so get in touch before you arrive, but for big group gatherings its a convenient addition to the itinerary. As for dining out, The Griffin (01295 660311) in Chipping Warden is an easy 15-minute walk away – it's dog-friendly and serves hearty pub food – or, if you want to really treat yourself, the renowned Butchers Arms (01327 260504) at Priors Hardwick is only a 15-minute drive.

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Rated ★★★★☆ over 3 reviews



Upon arrival at 2pm, which is the check in time, we literally passed the owners on there way out for the day. We was informed our pod “should be empty by now” and they will be down later to change the sheet. At about 6pm they finally turned up to do which is just pure laziness. If check in is 2 then it should be ready at 2. Regardless if you have a bbq to go to. The pods are not cleaned either as there was hair everywhere and a pair of dirty socks.

The peace and tranquility

The peace and tranquility 
Jul 20, 2018 by RACHEL

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
Aug 13, 2017 by Jenny

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