Folly Farm is situated approximately 2.5 miles from the gorgeous Cotswold town of Bourton On The Water (often referred to as; The Venice of The Cotswolds). The site facilities are basic, to put it mildly, but the location more than makes up for that, set, as it is, in an area of outstanding natural beauty, and everything is clean and well maintained, with stunning views around the local countryside.
The site is a small(ish) family owned site, and is divided into three main areas, two camping fields and a caravan area, which is actually set within an old Victorian walled garden. The main facilities are located pretty centrally within the site.
The main site facilities are all contained in one central block. Their own web site describes them as ‘basic’ which I would say is on the generous side of accurate. The block contains 4 showers, and 7 toilets as well as washing up facilities. All are contained within a concrete building, with a corrugated roof, and heating is a luxury not afforded to this particular accommodation, which is fine when the weather is warmer, but, when camping there at Easter, we took our own portable gas heater into the showers to take the chill off.
That said, the facilities are well maintained, and there are even a few pictures dotted around in the wash room areas as well, just to make it a little more ‘homely’. Another slightly irritating aspect is that, not only are the showers among the most basic I have ever seen, they are also the most expensive, at £1 a go, which is taking the mickey slightly, but they do offer other facilities for free, such as use of the fridge and freezer for site visitors, so it’s hardly a major issue.
As you enter the site, via a long, poplar lined driveway, the signs direct you to the right, and, then, to the left, you will see the first camping area. A driveway circumnavigates this area, and the pitches, in turn, are around that driveway. As you enter this field, on the right hand side is the warden’s camper, and, next to that is the ‘Campers Cabin’. This is, basically, a large shed, but it doubles as an information room, with lots of useful local information, and fridge / freezer facilities, which are available for guests to use, free of charge. Behind the warden’s camper are the main facilities, and, behind them, is the large camping field.
The other main section is the walled caravan area, which is restricted to caravans when the site is busy.
Most of the electric hookup points (just 12, in total, according to the web site) are situated in the tourer area of the site, which is a lovely walled garden, with some gorgeous, and extremely large, trees. Whilst this makes the area a beautiful place to pitch, every time we do, the camper is marked by what falls from the trees. The roof of our Sterling still bears the marks of our first ever trip to the site, some 18 months ago, when it rained for 3 days solid.
These electric hookups have been extended into part of the central camping area as well, but the main, and largest camping field has no electric hookups at all.
Another thing about the site which is mentioned on their web site is the lack of lighting. There is none at all, other than the limited lighting within the facilities block, and getting there, from your unit, without a torch is an adventure, to say the least. That said, you don’t have any problems sleeping, with no intrusive lights, and such a lovely peaceful site.
There are a couple of footpaths running through the site, and a couple of pubs within walking distance, across the fields, although there is so much to do in nearby Bourton On The Water, that we’ve never actually made it to them.
One of the main appeals of this site, apart, of course, from its idyllic location, is its close proximity to the Cotswolds, with Bourton On The Water www.bourtoninfo.com being less than 3 miles away, with it’s picturesque buildings, riverside cafes and pubs, and array of shops, not to mention the famous model village and Birdland www.birdland.co.uk plus the scenic & historic towns of Stow On The Wold and Winchcombe are also nearby. For those wishing to travel a little further afield, it’s only about a 20 minute drive to Cheltenham, www.visitcheltenham.com and a marginally longer one to the Cotswold Wildlife Park, at Burford, which is always well worth a visit. www.cotswoldwildlifepark.co.uk
The site has very basic facilities, but the prices are not unreasonable, and the location is lovely, both in terms of the scenery, and it’s proximity to the joys of the Cotswolds. Prices range from £13 a night for a tent in low season, to £23 a night for a caravan with full awning, and electric hookup in the peak periods, so it’s a pretty cost effective way of getting away for a day or two.
We love Bourton, and have used this site a number of times for a weekend, or long weekend, away there (even though it is less than an hour’s drive from home). The site really excels as a peaceful and pleasant base to explore the Cotswolds and surrounding area. It’s a peaceful and scenic site and a pleasure to sit and chill, provided you get the weather, of course.
Facilities on site are very limited, and we found you have to travel for everything, including basic groceries and supplies, but, as we were out and about in Bourton most days, anyway, this was never really an issue.
If you fancy a Cotswold break, without the Cotswold price tag, and you’re not looking for 5 star facilities, then this little site is well worth checking out.
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