The Wildings

UK England South West England Gloucestershire Bourton-on-the-Water

  • Contactless check in
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Children’s playground
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
  • Short walk to the pub
  • Walking
A simply lovely, all-season camping site with pods, yurts, and bell tents, all within walking distance of a quintessential Cotswolds’ village

“You should sit in nature for 20 minutes a day... unless you are busy, then you should sit for an hour.” So reads the Zen saying that’s quoted on the wall in reception at The Wildings, a new pod camping site in The Cotswolds. We quite agree and this charming little place on the edge of one of Britain’s quaintest and most-visited villages has made it a little easier for people to do that.

There are currently six camping pods. Each has insulation, heating, lights, and electricity, which make it possible to “camp” without a tent all year round. There are also four off-grid seasonal bell tents, and two yurts at The Wildings, a half-acre sliver of land surrounded by fields near Bourton-on-the-Water.  You can book the pods with camping mats-only, for what must surely be one of the best-value, all-season stays in the area, or ramp up the luxury by adding from a range of extras. It’s a sort of tailor-your-own glamping experience with beds, linen and towels, campfire cooking kit and tableware all available.

The bell tents offer boutique camping for a family of five or four adults, with these fully furnished, off-grid tents being illuminated by solar-powered fairy lights and lanterns. There's a campfire in a private garden surrounded by woven willow fencing for your evening meals, with each tent having access to its patch of grass with barbecue and benches. The yurts are a step-up from the pods for the pampered camper, once again being off-grid and lit up by solar-powered lighting, each kept warm with the addition of a small and efficient log stove.

This little camping village was set up by owner Kim when she was pregnant with her third child – and it shows. It’s a lovely spot for everyone but perfect for young families, with each unit sleeping up to a family of five. For some (perhaps especially parents) the fact that there’s nothing to set up and peg down will open up the world of camping. The pods, tents, and yurts are warm, weatherproof, and can be tailored to your needs. Bringing a baby? Add the cot bundle. Camping as a couple? How about booking a celebration hamper? And if you’re worrying about warming the baby’s bottle or feeding over-tired kids, don’t. Just head to the on-site Cook House with its fully kitted-out, undercover communal kitchen with sofas and books to boot. The site has also recently made two Ooni pizza ovens available to hire for the carbohydrate-lovers among you, while a new on-site mini-farm shop provides tasty produce while supporting local farms and businesses. Pick up your meat and dairy here, but also feel free to nab a gin or cider while you're at it.

You’ll get more than your 20 minutes in nature here: while enjoying a campfire and watching the bats, while the kids play on the climbing frame and even on your way to and from the communal loos. But lovely as it is (and “lovely” really is the word), it’s a simple site that, as Kim says, is a great Cotswolds base camp rather than an attraction in its own right. After all, there are plenty of those in the surrounding area already with picturesque, riverside Bourton-on-the-Water just a mile away. It has a historic model village, Birdworld and The Cotswold Motoring Museum as well as tearooms, inns and cafes. There’s enough to keep you occupied for a week but it’s well connected too with footpaths as well as roads leading out to the rolling hills and other heart-achingly perfect villages that The Cotswolds is so famous for.

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Details

Facilities

Two showers and four toilets are shared between the pods. There’s also a communal fully-fitted cookhouse with a fridge and cooker as well as a seating area with sofas and books. The pods are fully insulated with an electricity supply, lighting and camping mats and there’s a whole host of extras available to customise your stay from camp beds and bedding to welcome hampers. The bell tents and yurts are off-grid with solar-powered lighting, while the yurts have an included log burner. Campfires are allowed but restricted to the site’s own off-ground firepits which you can hire either on their own or as part of a campfire cooking bundle. Both include a basket of logs.

Suitable For

Glampers only: families, couples, groups, dogs (for an extra charge) – yes. Campers, caravans, motorhomes, rowdy groups – no.

Nearby

Bourton-on-the-Water is in the middle of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural beauty and the site is just a mile away from the village. Attractions in and around the village include The Model Village (01451 820467), Birdland and Jurassic Journey (01451 820480), Bourton Model Railway (01451 820686), The Cotswold Motoring Museum (01451 821255), Greystones Farm Nature Reserve (01453 810853) and the Cotswold Brew Company (01451 824488) where you can enjoy a tour and tasting. You can also head out on The Warden’s Way from the village, to walk through some of The Cotswolds’ most lovely scenery to nearby villages. Lower Slaughter is two miles away with its Old Mill Museum, shop and cafe (01451 820052) and historic St Mary’s Church. The picturesque market town of Stow-on-the-Wold is five miles away – home allegedly to England’s oldest inn (see below), medieval stocks, antique shops and eateries.

Food & Drink

There are plenty of recommended places to eat in Bourton-on-the-Water from the simple Bakery-on-the-Water with its riverside cafe (0141 822748) to De La Haye’s fancy Fish & Chip Shop (01451 822500). The Rose Tree Restaurant (01451 820635), The Mousetrap Inn (01451 520579) and the Duke of Wellington (01451 820539) are all recommended and for Italian food, there’s L’Anatra (01451 820286). It would be rude not to pop in for a pint or a bite to eat at The Porch House (01451 870 048) in Stow-on-the-Wold which claims to be England’s oldest inn (though there are a few others vying for the title). For a coffee or hot chocolate in the same village, The New England Coffee House is the place to head for. The Old Prison (01451 860339) in North leach, five miles away, is a great place for brunch and you get free admission to the old prison it’s named after too. The Fox Inn at Barrington (eight miles away) comes highly recommended for its quintessential Cotswold riverside setting and atmospheric cosy fires.

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All year.

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The Owner Says

We want to give all our guests an amazing experience while staying with us, therefore we have designed our site to give you the best value for money, while also offering lots of options, so you can make it the perfect break for you.

We want to take any hassle out of camping for you and so have created a 'design your own holiday' campsite.

Love the idea of camping but don't know where to start? Then grab one of our gorgeous yurts add some extras and all you need is your fabulous selves and something to wear.

Alternatively you're a seasoned camper and have most of the kit? Then just take your pick of our pitch options and bring the rest! (The only thing we don't allow is gas BBQs).

Utterly simple and tailor made for you

We also offer a relaxing Cookhouse for all our guests to share where there are kitchen facilities, two fridges, sofas, games, books, and all sorts of other things to make your stay comfortable.

For children, we have a fantastic play area to keep them busy while you make supper or relax with a book!

There is parking for guests arriving by car and we also have a specific area for bicycles for any cyclists staying.

Accommodation

Six camping pods, four bell tents, and two yurts.

Meadowsweet Pod

Pod Sleeps 5 6 Available
Warm and very spacious, fully insulated, heated camping pod with built in double bed. Sleeps 5, natural setting, nestled in the family farm overlooking Bourton-on-the-Water

Nettle Tent

Bell tent Sleeps 5 4 Available
Sleeps 2 Adults & up to 3 Children, Double Bed, Crockery Hamper and Fire Pit BBQ included

Ragwort Yurt

Yurt or Ger Sleeps 5
Sleeps 2 Adults & up to 3 Children, Double Bed, Crockery Hamper, Wood Fired Stove and Fire Pit BBQ included

Mugwort Yurt

Yurt or Ger Sleeps 5
Sleeps 2 Adults & up to 3 Children, Double Bed, Crockery Hamper, Wood Fired Stove and Fire Pit BBQ included

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Location

Contact The Wildings, Lankett Lane, Bourton-on-the-Water, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

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Getting There

From the A429, turn south east signposted Clapton Sherborne. Continue along Lanketts lane until you reach us on the right hand side, if you get to a junction you've gone too far!!

From the A40, turn north signposted Sherborne Clapton, stay on this road for a few miles, its wiggly but don’t turn anywhere. Drive carefully as there are often roe deer about. Keep driving until you reach a junction at the top of the hill, take a left and we are the next left.

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The nearest train station is nine miles away at Moreton-in-the-Marsh from where the 801 bus service (which provides a handy connection to much of the surrounding area) runs frequently to Bourton-on-the-Water (except on Sundays). An alternative station is at Kingham, about 20 miles away, from and to where you can take a taxi.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 20 reviews

★★★★★

Back to nature!

We stayed at the Wildings in a pod in July 2021. The site is new and the facilities are clean and well kept and I can imagine it is very peaceful outside of school holidays. Our pod was very clean and it came with a fire pit which was lovely. We did bring a gazebo with us for rain shelter which was useful, we are a family of 5 so we tended to stay outside a lot. The site is around a mile up a lane (bring a torch!) from the town which is nice for a wander around the shops and there are plenty of pubs and restaurants- would recommend booking ahead as they were very busy. My one very slight issue is that we could’ve done with a bit more space outside the pod- it’s absolutely for sitting round the fire, making breakfast etc but we would’ve like to play games with the kids- it’s kind of a tradition for us. But it looks as thought the site will be expanding so hopefully there will be a bit more room for a field to play cricket in! Thanks to Kim and the family for a lovely time, we loved the eco approach and the general atmosphere of trusting guests to behave and treat the site and each other with respect. We will be back (we have yurt plans!)
★★★★★

Fantastic family break in the Cotswolds

This campsite is so lovely because it is small, family friendly and not overly busy. It is really well set up with all the facilities you need to make it much more comfortable than a normal camping trip! Everything was clean and so well organised and the owners and their family are so welcoming. Gorgeous spot right by a beautiful village with loads to do on the doorstep.
★★★★★

Great service and great experience , I would highly recommend!

We stayed at the Wildings on a yurt on the 16th July and the family loved it! Great location in Bourton-on-the-water close to other towns, great places to eat and things to do! The site is spotless and well kept, the yurt was clean and we all slept really well! It’s family friendly and other campers went to bed or chatted quietly so our 2 boys slept through the night! It was my wife’s birthday and I ordered some balloons and a cake to be delivered before our arrival! When we arrived on the Friday the Yurt had been decorated for us at no extra charge! We will be coming back next year and would highly recommend any family looking for a campsite in this area to stay at the Wildings!
★★★★★

Amazing stay, perfect to reconnect to nature

My partner and I went to the campsite for 3 days, a lovely location and perfect to disconnect from the city life and reconnect to nature. There are also great hikes, we ended up doing a 15-mile hike on one of the days going through fields and magical forests following the stream back into town. I would recommend this campsite for anyone looking to be in nature while also having the luxury of having a comfortable bed and a warm shower, there's also the option of cooking in their shared kitchen although we always ended up making a fire and cooking there with the campsite cooking package they offer with all the things you could need included. We will probably visit again, hopefully sometime soon. Nicolas
★★★★★

Great for a quick family get together

Well run site with high quality amenities. We stayed Friday to Sunday and everyone else on the site was super friendly. Had a lovely walk into Bourton on the water with the dogs on the Saturday (recommend the burgers at Smiths). Then a couple of glasses of wine round the fire pit in the evening.
★★★★★

Perfect getaway

We spent 2 nights , we needed to relax and unwind and the Wildings is the place for that . We brought our dog , and had a fire pit provided , cooked bbq both nights and sat by the fire . When you put the phone down and just listen to nature you really begin to appreciate it . The array of song bird in the are is unbelievable, and bird feed is provided for the kids to top the bird feeders . The lady hosting (sorry I’m terrible with names) was fantastic, couldn’t do enough for us , welcoming and friendly. The facilities were all spot on everything you need , kitchen and cooker , also loo’s and showers all spotless . Can’t wait to visit again and can definitely recommend
★★★★★

A perfect glamping location especially for families

We only stayed one night but would have loved to stay more! A peaceful and beautifal camping location really near Bourton-on-the-Water. The owners helped with all our needs and the whole site was very clean with everything you need. Perfect for families, people new to camping and perfect for those that want a quick getaway. Thank you!
★★★★☆

Great getaway with kids

We enjoyed a 4 night stay in half term, children 6 & 10. Site is very clean & there is a lot of attention to detail (mini tea & coffee in tents, the remote controlled lights in the tent to mention a few!). The little play area was great & my children just loved making friends which saw me enjoying a relaxing time! The site is within walking distance to Bourton on the water & 10 minute drive from Cotswold Farm park. The addition of the little onsite shop was great for milk/ice creams for kids. My only gripe was hot water was hit or miss for a shower if you went in the evening. Overall a cosy, well thought out glamping site.
★★★★☆

Enjoyable vacation

Great location and country scenery. We stayed in a pod with families in 2 other pods. Pods and yurts were closer to each other than expected so initially felt claustrophobic but once adjusted, was fine. We had paid for double bedding and took sleeping bags for kids but after 1 night of sleeping on an airmat, paid for the single bedding option and beds much better for kids. Need to remember to take chairs to sit comfortably outside. Children had a great time in play area and facilities and kitchen were nearby and well stocked with crockery and cooking equipment. Owners were friendly and helpful. Farm shop great addition and children enjoyed ice creams. Nice walk down to Bourton on water.
★★★★★

Great location, welcoming owners, Lovely stay.

This compact campsite was clean, friendly and we loved staying in the Mugwort Yurt, it was warm spacious and the attention to detail like tea, coffee, outdoor seating with a fire pit is a great touch. The owners made you feel very welcome. This was our first time glamping and we really enjoyed the luxury experience. The location was perfect for us, Bourton-on-the-Water is a lovely place with plenty to do within walking distance.
May 31, 2021 by Suzy Browne Verified Review
★★★★★

Amazing place to be

If I could give more stars than 5 I would. We loved this place and the children did too. We felt comfortable to let them roam and play. It's close to the village and Kim is so helpful and accommodating. She has made the site so picturesque. Will definitely be coming back!
May 24, 2021 by Lou
★★★★★

Excellent for families with primary school kids

We absolutely loved this place, the pods are warm and very cosy. I slept in a sleeping bag and vest and i was lovely and toasty. Excellent play facility for kids Lovely cook house with fridge Dettol spray in showers, toilets and kitchen Owner has created a lovely get away, We did two nights. I will return in summer 2021 for another couple of nights with the kids. Bourton on the Water is a beautiful place, also check out the National Trusts properties close by.
Oct 31, 2020 by Kam Gill Verified Review
★★★★★

Great family fun

We had a great few days at The Wildings. The pods were an ideal way to camp with a little more comfort. We took our two boys, (4 year old and 7 month old) and this place was perfect. Our 4 year old made friends and loved the play area. As the whole area is enclosed and you can keep an eye on the play area from the pods it meant we could really relax. The facilities made camping with a 7 month old so easy, grass areas for him to crawl around, high chair in the cookhouse that we were able to take to our pod and being able to keep food in the fridge. The cookhouse was perfect for washing up and making tea and hot chocolate, there were also books and games to borrow. The fire pit was good fun for cooking on and toasting marsh mellows! We opted for ready made-up beds and the pod comfortably fitted a double, a single and a travel cot. The facilities were clean and there was never a wait for a shower. The site is located very close to Bourton-on-the-Water which is good for shops, pubs, tea rooms, Birdland, The Miniature Village and The Dragonfly Maze. We also had takeaway Pizza from the Italian one evening, which was lovely! We will definitely be back to stay at The Wildings again!
Sep 8, 2020 by Liz Jones Verified Review
★★★★★

Wonderful experience

Went there with my 2 girls 22 and 20 to make bond between us. We had such a great time did things together, cooking outdoor, a long walk, star gazing, creates the memories. Came home with new perspective and more positive. Thank you Kim and her husband for all the help just a phone call away, your campsite are adorable and very friendly. We will definitely be back again soon. J.N.S
★★★★★

Best camping place

Absolutely relaxing and quite place for family. Can recommend especially for those who travels with the kids. The kitchen has all the accessories for convenience: microwave, kettle, fridge and much more for your comfort. There is also a wonderful and clean playground for the youngest visitors. Pods comfortable, with the heating system. The hosts are very friendly and always ready to provide services! And the most important thing is the beautiful and charming nature 🦢  
Sep 2, 2020 by Sky
★★★★★

Very pleasant Stay....peaceful and small site

This site has made a lot of effort to be well priced and to keep things clean. The cooking hut is a super idea, the private but small fire pit areas a lovely, its small and personal and great for a quick stroll to bourton on the water 17 mins...and a good place in the cotswolds...I would return if the price stays the same...
Aug 31, 2020 by Theresa
★★★★★

Absolutely Amazing!

This place is amazing! So quiet.. Its wonderful. The campfire is fantastic, make sure you have that as an extra. It was so nice to go somewhere that allows the use of a campfire as we think it just adds to the experience (we love cooking outside). The pods are amazing. Clean and spacious. The toilets and showers are immaculate with funny quips and phrases around. The 'cookhouse' is brilliant if you're wanting to use that too. We spent the evening here with our 2 children and dog as we were passing through the Cotswold to visit family. We will definitely book again for longer.
Aug 28, 2020 by Amy Moss Verified Review
★★★★★

Absolutely Amazing!

This place is amazing! So quiet.. Its wonderful. The campfire is fantastic, make sure you have that as an extra. It was so nice to go somewhere that allows the use of a campfire as we think it just adds to the experience (we love cooking outside). The pods are amazing. Clean and spacious. The toilets and showers are immaculate with funny quips and phrases around. The 'cookhouse' is brilliant if you're wanting to use that too. We spent the evening here with our 2 children and dog as we were passing through the Cotswold to visit family. We will definitely book again for longer.
Aug 28, 2020 by Amy Moss Verified Review
★★★★★

Beautiful setting

What a beautiful place! The lovely friendly owners have taken great care with everything. The site is small but spotless as are the toilets and kitchen area. They have taken great care to make it as safe as possible with the current pandemic. My teens were a little bored but it would be perfect smaller children as there is a lovely little play area in the middle of the site. There are so many nice walks close by and the local town of Bourton on Water is a short walk away. It's beautiful and well worth the visit. We will be back!

Response from The Wildings

Thank you so much for your feedback, we are so pleased you loved it here! Hope your teens loved the campfire and hope to see you again soon!!
★★★★★

Amazing place

Lovely place, very tidy and beautiful area. Perfect place who loves nature but like a comfortable stay. More than recomendable.
Aug 3, 2020 by Simona

Response from The Wildings

Thank you for the lovely review and thank you for recommending us! Hope to see you again soon

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