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Cotswold Farm Park, Bemborough Farm, Guiting Power, Gloucestershire
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Being able to pitch a tent in the Cotswolds is an extremely rare occurrence, so somewhat apt that it is possible here - at a rare breeds farm. This place is a huge hit with families, as you're next to the popular Cotswold Farm Park, also known as Adam's Farm on the BBC's Countryfile programme. You're surrounded by the sights, snorts, and smells of all creatures great and small; from Highland cattle and Gloucester Old Spot pigs to chickens and donkeys. Most campers take advantage of the one-off entrance fee for unlimited visits to the farm park. Kids love the adventure playground and the Touch Barn, where you can cuddle such cuties as newborn chicks, rabbits, and ducklings.

Cotswold Farm Park, Bemborough Farm, Guiting Power, Gloucestershire


And then there are the views.You're camping in a flat field on top of a Cotswold ridge, with stunning vistas in every direction. And, because all the land surrounding you is farmed by the park, you have access to the most amazing footpaths. The Wildlife Walk is a two-mile wander from the campsite gate into a beautiful valley and back up again. Even the locals can't believe how lovely it is. Many campers use the site as a basecamp for exploring the Cotswolds and its variety of attractions. From the chocolate-box stone cottages of villages like Stanway and Guiting Power, to the 'bright lights' of the spa town of Cheltenham, now more famed for its shops and eateries than its water.

Cotswold Farm Park, Bemborough Farm, Guiting Power, Gloucestershire


The bonus here is that when all the tour buses and day trippers have left, you and the animals are still there.You're at one with nature - albeit you're tucked up in a tent and they're in a stable.

COOL FACTOR Animal-tastic site nestled on top of the Cotswolds... gold dust in this neck of the woods.

WHO'S IN? Tents, campervans, caravans,groups, dogs (on leads, and not allowed into the farm park) - yes.

ON SITE There are 40 pitches, 16 with hook-ups. The facilities are fairly basic, but very clean. They offer men's and ladies' toilet blocks, with free showers and 2 washing-up sinks in a separate shelter. Baby-changing and disabled facilities are just across the yard. An onsite shop offers BBQ packs including home-grown/reared and local produce; ice-block freezing; camping gas; and so on. There's plenty of room in the field to play outdoor games. Huge adventure playground next door at Farm Park. BBQs allowed, but no campfires.

OFF SITE The main attractions are right on your'farm-step'. You're surrounded by 1,600 acres of farmland, with access to wonderful walks. A one-off entry fee gives you unlimited access to Farm Park. You're also in the heart of the Cotswolds, so the famous Cotswold Way footpath is never far from you.

Cotswold Farm Park, Bemborough Farm, Guiting Power, Gloucestershire


FOOD AND DRINK The Cotswold Kitchen at Farm Park offers a hearty cooked breakfast and food throughout the day. Local pubs serving food are the Plough Inn (01386 584215) at Ford and the Half Way House (01451 850344) at Kineton. Bourton-on-the-Water (4 miles) has facilities including a small supermarket and bakery. For home-grown veg visit Pauline's honesty box stall on the side of the road in Taddington (2 miles away). Winchcombe (6 miles) boasts the Michelin-starred Restaurant 5 North Street (01242 604566).

GETTING THERE From Stow-on-the-Wold or Bourton-on-the-Water (both on the A429), follow the camping signs.

OPEN March-October.

THE DAMAGE From £11 per night for a pitch with hook-up in low season, to £19 in high season.

Cotswold Farm Park, Bemborough Farm, Guiting Power, Gloucestershire





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