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“Never again. Owner was extremely rude and coming to moan every 5mins!!!”
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Bouncers Farm
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“Never again. Owner was extremely rude and coming to moan every 5mins!!!”
Reviewed August 30, 2011

We went as a large group for a work leaving do. The place didn't have sufficient fire wood to purchase so had to collect a few loose twigs from the ground in the sorrounding area which we got called thieves and vandals for by the very rude owner. She the, promptly made us put the fire out and was told to "GET OUT" wonderful customer service skill...NOT!! It was smelly, the don't do list is as long as your arm and the silly woman with her hench dog really need to learn some manners!! Would never consider returning and would not recommend it to anyone unless you want to be treated in a disgusting manner by the scary pac a mac owner woman and her vile horse/dog. Claire M

  • Stayed August 2011
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Reviewed August 15, 2011

We visited for an extended family camping trip involving aunts, uncles, brother's, sisters, parents, grandchildren 4 and 21 months. We had two 6 man tents, the Bucceneer caravan, and 1 one man tent. Overall a good time was had by all round teh camp fire, Kids playing freely and enjoying the animals and freedom. Weather lovely. Facilities very very basic and not ideal for more than a two night stay.

We were prepared for the wheelbarrow's and long walk to the area for camping but think the owner would do well to improve the experience with provision of more than two barrow's (one of which was on its last legs) as on the Sunday when we left there were a total of 10 pitches packing up to leave with only two wheelbarrow's between us. The wild, rugged nature of the farm and site is great for kids and a feeling of getting away from it all but if the sand pit is for kids to play in then think the surrounding area should be kept nettle free and maintained by using a covering and borders. It felt like there were a lot of don't do rules which made us all feel a bit uncertain at times, like don't pick the fruit, don't go in the bluebell wood, don't enter the gypsy camping site... (by surrounding it with a white electric fence to keep us regular campers out!) I didn't feel the site was overly expensive but given its very basic provisions I think the inclusion of wood in the portacabin to heat the single shower would feel like a warmer welcome for campers. One final thing... The owners wolf hound a lovely and amenable dog roamed free which means having to dodge her poo! again if the owner made some effort to clean up after her pet I think it would again make campers feel more welcome.... generally my family and I was left feeling like an unwelcome guests.

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed September 21, 2010

Arrived on the Friday evening to find a nice quiet farm/wooded area. In the morning couldn't find any showers which are stated just a dirty portacabin with communial toilets and 2 sinks with only cold water. These were dirty and didn't even have any toilet roll. Eventually found the showers at the house but when we went to use them we were told by the owner in a voice from out of Little Britain "These showers are not for you, they are for the Gypsy Campers". When I asked where the showers were for the campers I was informed that there were none, when I stated that they were on the websites she just ignored me and walked away. We had paid for 3 tents with 4 people staying on the 1st night and 6 on the second, when my and my freinds wife arrived she shot out demanding more money even though we had paid. Also we asked if it was OK for 2 freinds to visit for an hour as they lived nearby and were told, only if they pay a visitors fee. The whole impression we got was that of a money grabbing owner, charging above the odds for campers (£16 an night for a 2 man tent and 2 people) and not having any facilities. I wouldn't advise staying if you are a camper.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with friends
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Windsor and Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed October 19, 2009

My husband, I and our 8 and 6 year old girls plus dog spent a glorious week at Boucers In August, along with my sister and her family also with 2 young girls (3 & 6 years) and their dog.

We were greeted on arrival by a menagerie of ducks, hens, geese and baby chicks as we collected our wheel barrows to transport our luggage down to our tents. We had two tents down below the orchard area.

The tents are beautifully set up - they feel rustic but offer luxury to those who like a little bit in their lives! I loved the fact we had an indoor loo and running water. We had dinner by candle light and parafin lamps. The children loved sleeping in the bunk beds and the cupboard bed was a big hit too.

The fact this is not a working farm was a plus for us with young children. The kids were totally safe from working machinery etc - they so loved feeding the pigs ( there were two litters of piglets - all had been named by the end of day 1). We let them roam - to the sand pit and around the farm generally and they loved this freedom. The other 3 tents were situated quite away on the other side of the farm so we really felt we had our own space. But close to all the animals, and a 4 min walk to the showers - which were very clean and by the honesty shop - we had fresh eggs and bread daily although we bought some meat and provisions on the way home after some of our day outings - there is plenty to do in the area.

Daily life on the farm is very relaxing and you really need to get into the rhythm of life in the outdoors. The wood burning stove does take time to heat up, but the wood is now free, so you just need to keep it stoked - first one up lit the stove in our case! If you will find this a problem you can always take a camping stove but we really didn't need one and my brother in law managed to cook us all wonderful meals every evening.

One of the top items locally was a riding stable that does a morning programme for children - they learn to groom, ride, and look after a pony for a very reasonable rate - they each get allocated a pony and there are lots of helpers to assist them - the kids loved it.

Ann who runs Bouncers farm was extremely helpful with any queries we had on the local area, or any questions we need answered. We throughly enjoyed our visit to Essex, beautiful countryside, some great places to visit and what's more the East Coast does seem to be providing the best weather - we had lovely weather.

I highly recommend this as a holiday for those with young children who want them to experience life in the outdoors without TV's, playstations etc but who enjoy a little luxury like not having to go off to find the loos in the middle of the night!

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed November 1, 2008

Feather Down Farm at Bouncers Fram is a new farm to the UK Feather Down range. The other reviews of Feather Down Farms paint an accurate picture, so I'll highlight the points to watch out for on this farm.

From my point of view, it's not real camping, it's more of an experience. You're in a tent, but it's hugh with proper beds, a flushing loo, sink and running water. Real camping doesn't have these in your tent, and doesn't exclude you from having gas to cook on, or electricity for lighting, and these shortfalls just take away from the camping experience.

The stove takes a long time to get hot enough to cook on - the free fuel from next year will help - keep it well stoked with firefood to get real heat out of it.

It's not really a working farm - it used to be one - it is now just a Feather Down Farm. There are a few animals that have been brought in for the "farm" experience but that's all.

The bread oven is not used, instead the "farmer" just buys the rolls/baguettes/croissants you want from a local baker. Also the farm shop is basic, it has most things you might need, but we felt it was expensive for what it was. Many items were from Tesco.

The parts I didn't like:

It is a long way to the tents from the car park, downhill on the way there, but uphill when you're leaving. You use wheelbarrows to carry your stuff there, good luck if it's been raining heavily!

The showers are not great. They're attached to the main farmhouse so again it's a walk to get there and back. They've been builf for the camping, but it's one room with 3 electric showers. And that's it. One small fan tries to keep the place dry but fails miserably. Get there early, or you'll find the floor soaking wet and full of grass and mud. Guests are asked to take their shoes off outside the shower room, but few do, there's nowhere to sit down to remove boots/shoes before entering , nor is there anything inside the room but the 3 showers, not even a sink.

I've had better showers in basic camp sites, this is the biggest let down. The funny bit...the lock is a piece of string that is wrapped around 2 screws - one in the frame, one in the door.

I hope the showers improve soon (they may already have), and the free fuel will help with the cooking - we got through quite a lot over a weekend - again you need to wheel this to your tent. It would be nice to have had the bread oven working, and there was no sign of a waterpump for the outdoor shower the Feather Down web site promotes, not that I would have used it!

We enjoyed it very much, but I wouldn't go back. it's not real camping but more of an experience weekend...go with that attitude and you won't be disappointed.

  • Liked — Experience - do it once
  • Disliked — Not a real farm, tent location, poor showers
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
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Property: Bouncers Farm
Address: Bouncers Wickham Hall Lane, Wickham Bishops, Witham CM8 3JJ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Essex > Witham > Wickham Bishops
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Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Wickham Bishops
Number of rooms: 3
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