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Bouncers Farm
Kent, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Lovely”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2013

Beautiful site, great to have a real camp fire in lovely surroundings. Tents have their own grassy nooks away from each other. Its a small farm as well as a campsite, with pigs, chickens, sheep, geese and a very old orchard. Very welcoming.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2013

It's easy to see why there are very polarised views on Bouncers. Much is wonderful about it - other elements are really problematic. The site itself is beautiful - ideal for campers who want a more natural experience and don't mind things being a little basic (e.g. no hot water). The owner is friendly - but rather quirky and erratic so is fixated on certain things and misses the bigger picture e.g. she provides miniscule fire buckets (even for use where there is a ringed off fire hearth) - yet not being able to create a small open fire is a real downer on a "back to nature" camp experience. The fire buckets are about 30 cm diameter - OK for burning coal for a (very small) BarBQ, but not for wood.

The major issues are as follows: 1) absence of soap in the toilets - this is a health hazard on any campsite, but particularly on a farm. An outbreak of something nasty is inevitable. 2) No commercial waste facilities. It is not acceptable for any hospitality business not to provide waste facilities and to suggest that customers dump their waste in municipal bins. No waste provision means no bin in the toilets - so sanitary towels etc will be flushed and blockages inevitable. Both toilets blocked during our weekend stay and the owner seemed oblivious as she seems to have a "once at the start of the weekend" cleaning policy. The lack of provision of loo roll no doubt adds to this issue as people will use whatever is in their pockets (e.g. kitchen roll). No waste provision also means no bin by the washing up area itself, (just a cold water hose pipe) so campers are tempted to scrape scraps into the bushes - encouraging vermin etc.

It's fine to have a "basic" - no electricity/no hot water site. But no waste facilities, no soap and no loo roll is a step too far. This is a beautiful site which could be at full occupancy through Spring to Autumn. The owner would quickly recoup the minor costs involved to fix these issues if she could get better reviews and encourage return visits. At the moment, this site would be a hygiene nightmare when full - and it's pretty ropey when not. We would love to return and see the site at its best, a thriving small business, a happy owner and happy campers.

Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Marbella, Spain
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2013

Having seen the previous negative reviews I was a little apprehensive. Our reservation had been made by the person I was going with before I read the reviews....

My apprehension was entirely unnecessary!

I visited Bouncers with my 12 year old son, 3 of his friends (also 12) and the father of one of the other boys. The weekend was booked as a request of the boys who had chosen to go camping for a birthday weekend to celebrate two of their 12th birthdays.

The boys were particularly after a camping experience which took them "back to basics". We were looking for somewhere that could support their desire to independently explore, make a den (using their new penknives!) and build a camp fire that they could sit around (although there was top be not much sitting and much poking of the fire!).

Bouncers is fantastic for this. The location is idyllic, there are enough animals (couple of black pigs, horses, sheep (which had recently produced lovely little lambs!) geese, chickens (the latter roamed freely around and much to the boys delight our tent was investigated on several occasions by two of the roosters!) to give the place a nice rural feel, but not too many to make you feel like you were camping on an actual farm (and meant there wasn't the smell associated with many farms!).

There are only a small handful of tent "pitches" (i would guess maybe 4 or 5) and a couple of the Romany caravans and these were all very well spread out and each positioned as such that you could feel like you were the only ones in the woods!.

Our pitch was at the edge of the woods & orchard next to a gorgeous meadow which provided some beautiful views of the surrounding country side (as well as giving the boys plenty of room to play cricket and football etc)

Facilities are very basic (sufficient) with a couple of water points (drinkable water) a couple of toilets (well out of the way) and the facility to shower, although you do have to load a stove with wood and wait for this to heat the water if you want a hot shower, but this is all part of the charm.

You do have to park in a small area at the entrance to the place and then load several wheelbarrows with your gear and walk it to where you can pitch your tent and for me this enhanced both the natural feel of the place and indeed the tranquility of the stay. It's not too far and was done in a just couple of trips.

If you are looking for 5 star service and you need/want "holiday camp facilities" then this isn't the place for you. We arrived and couldn't find the owners to announce our arrival and despite wandering around, knocking on the house and calling a couple of times! It took us 15 minutes to eventually find someone and get to have the gate opened so we could get in (we saw others arrive and have the same experience so this isn't uncommon). There are no electricity points, no onsite shop facilities (although the owners could get a nice fresh leg of lamb if you wanted it) and as already mentioned no hot water.

If however, you are looking for the chance to camp in the woods in a really safe and relaxing environment and warm marshmallows over an open fire started with your own fair hands then I couldn't recommend this place highly enough. It feels like a private orchard/woodland that has been in the family for three generations and the owners allow people to come and camp in their grounds rather than a business run with high set service levels and that's because this is exactly what is it (the owners won't "jump" to attention just because you are a "client" but will respond to your own warmth and friendliness with the same)

It didn't matter that we had to wait and find someone to get in (whilst we were doing so, the boys were having an initial scout around the place) it didn't matter that we had to walk our kit to our pitch and it certainly didn't matter that the facilities were basic because this is exactly what we were looking for. I didn't mind having to purchase well seasoned wood from the owners to have our fire (much better than using damp wood that only serves to smoke out everyone sitting around the fire!)

If you're looking for a similar experience then book it right now! (although you may have to try on more than one occasion to get an answer on the phone, and don't rely on getting a call back if you have left a voice-mail or a response to an email, keep trying the old fashioned telephone until you speak to someone!)

I will post some pictures shortly

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Rochester, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2013

After reading the negative reviews, Myself and my partner are super happy not to have listened. Upon arrival, Ann was really friendly and welcoming. The farm and amenities were over and above what we were expecting. Bouncers farm was booked on its uniqueness and the weekend was amazing because of it.
Each wagon is located in a communal space but set in a way that each space has its privacy. The surroundings of the site are beautiful and we both felt relaxed from the moment we arrived. We were both super excited that the animals were able to roam free and seemed to content with us walking through the farm.
We shared a communal camping site with a family, who when conversing with them during the weekend had only positive things to say about the campsite. We all loved the wheelbarrows, the heat-it-yourself shower (which truly was amazing!), the animals, the host and the wagons.
Bouncers farm really is truly beautiful with a friendly and welcoming host. We will be recommending it to friends and family and will be coming back!

Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2012

I just spent my Bank Holiday weekend at Bouncers Farm with 10 of my friends. Lovely campsite, but the woman running it was a nightmare. She had been informed well in advance by telephone conversation and email as to what time we would be arriving, and that there were an additional two people in our group. Upon arrival, we were not given a warm welcome at all, in fact she was quite hostile towards us, denying all knowledge of the telephone conversation the day before, confirming arrangements. Things just went from bad to worse. Due to the size of our group – which the owner had been told about, a large deposit of several hundred pounds was requested – in cash, or we would have to leave. A search through our documentation proved that we had not been advised of this during the booking process (we would not have booked at Bouncers Farm had we known this). Documentation was then produced from the owner containing an attachment about the deposit, but the attachment was not our copy of the same email. After a lot of discussion and negotiation on our part, a deposit sum was agreed, and we did get it back before we left, but the added stress left everyone feeling shaken, and it put a dampener on our weekend. My impression is the owner likes to take your money, but doesn’t like to deal with people. Firewood had to be purchased from the farm at a cost of £10.00, despite the fact that there was plenty of wood laying around the campsite. We were not told in advance that there was no facility to dispose of rubbish, another opportunity for the owner to sting you £10.00 to dispose of it on your behalf. If you don’t agree with these rules, you must leave. Amenities were good – wood-burner shower and two toilets, which were clean. However the wheel barrow provided to transport your gear from the car park to the campsite had seen better days, the tyre was flat. Not very helpful when you need to make a few trips. Overall, I had a fantastic weekend with my friends, but dealing with the owner has really put me off the place, I was on edge all weekend, so I will not be returning.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank MissTweet68
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2012

We went to Bouncers Farm expecting a nice relaxing weekend camping. I will never go back to Bouncers, nor recommend it to anyone. The campsite is lovely, the woman who runs it not so much.
It started with a complaint about our group size. That turned into a deposit suddenly being required that we had no prior knowledge of. An email was produced that showed an excel spreadsheet attached with the information - funny that we had printed the same email with no excel spreadsheet on it! We paid the deposit but only because it was made very clear that had we not, we would have been asked to leave.
In all fairness the deposit was paid back in cash as we left, but I wonder if this was due to the rigmarol the day before.
No electricity was ok as we knew ahead, Toilets and showers were handy. On the downside, no rubbish bins and you have to remove your own rubbish. Very odd! No music after 10pm, not even with the volume down. You have to pay for everything as extra - firewood, £10 please. Rubbish removal, £10 please. If your tent is too big, more money please. Anfd if you don't comply, you can leave.
All in all, i had a lovely time with my friends, but dealing with the owner was stressful and left a bad taste in my mouth. I will be booking a proper campsite if I ever head that way again.

Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
22 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2012

If you like camping or caravanning this could be the spot to visit. Doubt I would stay longer than 2nights but it was nice while we were there.
The owner was a little Jekyll and Hyde, nice one minute and horrid the next! If you get things right and she's ok you'll have a nice time, although there were a few too many rules about what you shouldn't do (don't feed the animals - provide some food so we can, don't get near the electric fence - why is this here?, don't go in the wood as you'll kill bluebells - say where you can go, remove shoes - leave somewhere to do this, don't burn anything but fire wood bought at the farm - perhaps providing more would help = we didn't get to feel quite as comfortable or relaxed as we'd like a short weekend break to be)
We stayed in the bottom camp in the 2 gypsy wagons and more modern trailer - all were clean and tidy, the shared 2 loo's were ok and the wood fired shower ok (although annoyingly wood not provided and using all the wood we'd bought to fire this up and provide showers for all in the campsite cost us)
I'd like to find more places like this to compare...happy camping!!!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank AussieBecks
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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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