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“Wonderful time in the Romany caravans.”
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Bouncers Farm
Reviewed July 31, 2012

We have just returned from a very enjoyable long weekend at Bouncers Farm.
There are two distinct camping areas. In the orchard are two traditional Romany caravans and a permanent tent. People staying in this part of the farm use the toilet facilities attached to the house. In the second area there were three more caravans and several people camping in their own tents. The loos and shower for this area were in a portacabin.
We stayed in the second area and spent the first night in 'The Burton', a traditional Romany caravan and the next two nights in 'The Buccaneer', a more modern travellers caravan. The Burton is quite compact and I take my hat off to the families who used to live in this type of home.
Both caravans were spotlessly clean and very comfortable. It is a simple camp site, without any electricity and cooking is done on camping stoves or bbq's. The shower is heated by a wood burning stove which intrigued my husband and he spent a happy half an hour popping in and out to monitor the boiler to check the water temperature. Life is very relaxed and moves at a slower pace at Bouncers!
There are requests to protect the bluebell woods which are not unreasonable as it protects the environment and preserves them for others to enjoy.
Providing our own loo roll was no problem either - at least we knew there was plenty available, and our favourite brand too!
It is a bit of a treck from the car park to the camp site and we were glad it was not raining but we knew about the wheelbarrow 'experience' when we booked so did not mind. It is rather nice to 'go back in time' to the campsite in the woodland clearing away from cars and modern appliances.
The animals were delightful and the owner of the farm was helpful and friendly.
It is a basic site and this is made clear on their website and these reviews so visitors know what to expect.
We enjoyed our weekend so much that we stayed for an additional night and hope to go back again later this year. Must remember to buy some eggs from the free range hens next time!

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Jenny W
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Reviewed October 5, 2011

I read the negative reviews of this site and thought they were unreasonable so went for a weekend. It was great! The owner joined us for a drink and it was fine. This is very simple camping and for what it is is just right.
Ian

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled solo
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2  Thank Ian C
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Reviewed August 31, 2011

Contrary to other reviews, we found our host very helpful and not in the least bit rude. Her dog is large and very friendly and the animals on the farm are all very well looked after and some are free roaming.
If you book this after looking at the website, you can be under no illusion about the basic amenities on the site and the rules that are imposed. In fairness, these weren't too difficult to follow, were sent out before payment so you knew what to expect and were rightly there as bluebells are a protected species. Cars simply can't get down to the pitches, so wheelbarrows are available as long as other campers return them back to the barn area, which doesn't always happen after transporting all the equipment down a muddy slope.
We were able to get enough wood for the day - the communal campfire and the communal kitchen area had been taken up by other campers. We had our own campfire on bricks. Feel that firepits could be dug into each plot to avoid any problems with damaging the grass.
We had a great time in a very nice part of the country and would certainly go back again.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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1  Thank Eliza1974
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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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4  Thank claire medcalf
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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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4  Thank penny p
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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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3  Thank Whiff1701
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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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Additional Information about 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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Bouncers Farm Hotel Wickham Bishops

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