Big Skies Cotswold Glamping

UK England South West England Gloucestershire Cheltenham

  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Short walk to the pub
  • Walking
Bell tent glamping with campfires and great views in the Cotswolds

A tent you don’t have to pitch, a bed you don’t have to make, firewood you don’t have to collect and some of the poshest composting toilets we’ve come across. Camping has gone all Cotswolds on us. This is Big Skies Cotswolds Glamping. The clue is in the name; it’s not really camping at all. But while it’s rather more glamorous than pitching your own, this bijou bell tent site has kept the heart and soul of everything we love about camping. You sleep under canvas, toast marshmallows on the fire and generally enjoy the outdoors.

Situated five miles south of Cheltenham and just off the Cotswolds Way National Trail, Big Skies is a great base for a summer holiday in this area of outstanding natural beauty. The site’s five bell tents are pitched in a big meadow on a sizeable family farm. They are surrounded by fields and horses grazing and, thanks to the rolling landscape of this part of the world, have a pretty good view of big skies too. This comes into its own at sunset and gets better as the stars come out.

Tents are kitted out with everything needed for a couple to stay but have room for a family four (you just need to bring a couple of sleeping bags for the kids). The location works well for either and there’s enough space between tents for everyone to enjoy this quiet location. While tents are off grid, lit by fairy lights and candles, there’s electricity on hand too. There’s a communal fridge with a shelf allocated per tent, a kettle, gas stove and a place to charge mobile phones too. While the facilities block is in a rustic converted stable, you’ll find showers are hot and composting toilets are modern.

There’s a good-value chain pub within walking distance but for a real Cotswolds country inn, go further. Hike three miles to the Kilkenny Inn or drive to The Frog Mill for a place with a garden and stream for the kids to splash about in. The Cotswolds Water Park, farm park and zoo are all within visiting distance but it’s the simpler pleasures of country life that are most tempting; a walk to the pub, a snoop round honey-stone villages and a campfire under the stars.

Details

Facilities

Each tent has a made-up double bed and two futon sofa beds with sheets (bring your own bedding). Tents are off grid but there are solar fairy lights and a tea light chandelier. Outside each tent there's an off-ground fire pit and a frying pan, Dutch oven and barbecue utensils are provided too. A bag of logs and kindling are provided with more are available to buy if you need them. There are two shared compost toilets, two hot showers and a sink with running hot water by way of facilities. There's also a fridge with a shelf allocated to each tent, a kettle which you can use to fill your tent's flask to make teas and coffees and a communal gas camping stove under cover for rainy days. There is also an honesty shop selling any necessities that you may have forgotten and local treats.

Suitable For

Glampers, couples, families, friends, groups, dogs on leads (in one of the bell tents) – yes. Campers, campervans, motorhomes, caravans, hen and stag dos – no.

Nearby

The campsite is situated within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, right on the Cotswolds Way National Trail so it's a lovely place for walking. It's also just five miles away from the Regency town of Cheltenham with its shops, restaurants and impressive architecture. There are plenty of charming Cotswolds villages to explore and lots of things to do. Giffords Circus, which tours the Cotswolds during the summer months, is a family-friendly day or evening out for the whole family and there's clay pigeon shooting Ian Coley's Shooting School (01242 870 391), within walking distance of Big Skies. Tourist hotspot Bourton-on-the-Water, with its many restaurants and cafes, is 14 miles away. Other attractions within 25 miles of site include the Cotswold Wildlife Park (01993 823 006), Cotswold Farm Park (01451 850307), Broadway Tower (01386 572283) and the Cotswold Lavender fields (01386 854821).

Food & Drink

Within hiking distance (a little over three miles away) is The Kilkenny Inn  (01242 820 341). A little further (five miles) is Dunkertons Cider (01242 650 147) and a good value option is The Hungry Horse at Severn Springs (01242 870 219) which is only a 15-minute walk. There are lots of lovely pubs in the area but your hosts particularly recommend The Green Dragon Inn and Farmshop in Cockleford (01242 870 271) and The Frog Mill (01242 386 364), which has a nice outdoor dining space and a riverside setting in Andoversford. The Royal in Charlton Kings (01242 228 937) offers regular pizza nights and live music.

Open

June–Mid-August.

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The Owner Says

Big Skies Cotswold Glamping is the new kid on the glamping block for Summer 2021!

Nestled in the heart of the captivating Cotswolds right on the Cotswold Way National Trail, we are fortunate enough to be slap bang in the middle of this area of outstanding natural beauty and offer a down to earth glamping experience which embraces getting back to nature with family or friends.

Picture this …sitting around the campfire, one of the most magical things to do when camping, telling stories and singing songs, toasting marshmallows, creating endless fun and laughter, and kids being kids, making the most of Mother Nature running free and wild in the wilderness!

Wake up to the song of the skylark bird, the chirpy tunes of chiff chaff or the prancing footsteps of passing deer. At night fall asleep to the sound of the hooting tawny owl under a blanket of a thousand stars.

So what are you waiting for? Come and create memories that you and your family will treasure fondly. Head to Big Skies Cotswold Glamping and immerse yourself in the much sought after Cotswold surroundings; get back to basics by connecting with nature and feed your soul. We promise you’ll leave with some very special Cotswold hospitality that will stay with you forever.

Set in an idyllic wildflower meadow on a unique private 350 acre working farm, prepared to be spoilt with breath-taking views over one of the most beautiful areas in the South West.

Big Skies is a family run business driven from our passion for the great outdoors. We are Kenny and Vicki Pettigrew along with Ally and Aila our two young children. We also have Jojo the farm dog and our four beloved horses, Charity, Dolly, Carlo and Rory; all are very friendly and love making friends with our guests.

Sustainability is really close to our hearts with Vicki being an ecologist by trade, so we are as sustainable as we possibly can be. Consequently, we set out to do very little harm to our environment so only use solar powered lights and tea lights in our tents. We encourage you to recharge, recycle and re-purpose to help us keep the sustainability wheels turning.

Accommodation

Five kitted-out bell tents.

Hawthorn Bell

Bell tent Sleeps 4
Sleeps up to 4 guests. One double bed with linen, warm duvet and pillows provided, and 2 single futons with sheets provided. Guests are required to bring their own pillow and sleeping bags / duvets for the futons. This bell tent is in a more secluded location and dog friendly.

Old Ash Bell

Bell tent Sleeps 4 4 Available
Sleeps up to 4 guests. One double bed with linen, warm duvet and pillows provided; and 2 single futons with sheets provided. Guests are required to bring their own pillow and sleeping bags / duvets for the futons. This bell tent is situated in our Wildflower meadow.

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Location

Contact Big Skies Cotswold Glamping, Wistley Heights Farmhouse, Upper Coberley, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL53 9RE

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Getting There

If using SatNav, you'll need to use the postcode GL54 4AX (which is different to the campsite address) to reach the right road. From Seven Springs, if you’re coming from the M5/Gloucester or Cheltenham/Cirencester/M4 take the A436 towards Andoversford/Oxford. You will notice a large lay-by on the left, which means you’re on the right track. Big Skies is the first left after the lay-by, look out for the deer warning sign and you can’t miss it.

If you’re coming from Oxford/Cotswolds direction you will see Ian Coley's Shooting School on the left as you travel down the hill and the turning for the campsite is immediately at the bottom of the hill on the right. It's a good idea to start to slow down on the hill otherwise you'll miss the turning.

To arrive on public transport, the number 51 bus, which goes between Cheltenham and Swindon, has a stop 10 minutes' walk up the Cotswold Way. Its also a useful service to use if you fancy a trip to Cheltenham or Cirencester. The nearest train station is Cheltenham Spa, the bus D can then be taken to Cheltenham Town Centre, then the Number 51 bus can be found on Pitville Street.

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