What a weekend I spent here with a group of friends. Having read the reviews on this and other sites I cannot express how much I agree with some whilst disagreeing with others.
Yes, this is a basic site, but isn't that what camping is all about? Going back to nature? Letting your Ray Mears out?
I arrived as the head of my group of 20 somethings, a reunion from University, and knocked on the distinctive blue door to be met by a very friendly lady who explained how things worked and ticked off my name in a rather antique looking A4 diary (presumably despite having made my booking by email things are still done pen on paper here, a refreshing change!). I was given a sheet of instructions about the site, including useful information about the local sights, pubs etc. Seeing that I was the leader of a group of younger people the lady explained to me, with a genuine warmth, that the quiet hours started at 10.30pm and would be policed by the wood delivery man and that any noise after this would result in our prompt expulsion, as well as waking up the campsite owner, Marcella an 80something adorable character whom everyone would love to be their grandma. I responded that yes, although we did enjoy a beer or three we would make sure to keep it down, which we did and were then thanked for in the morning.
We pitched in the most beautiful site underneath the white horse hill, just i time to watch the most spectacular sunset I have been lucky enough to see. Well seasoned pine, ash and hazel logs were delivered at what I belive to be the very reasonable price of £5 for a big bag (much cheaper than buying them for the garage!). When queried, the log man explained that the reason the surrounding woodland is out is of bounds to campers is that 'if we let every camper go in with an axe and saw, in not so many weekends we wouldn't have any woods left, and what a shame that would be!'. I did see a younger chap hop the fence in search of some free wood only to be repeated the very same logic, resulting in a very red face!!
The following day we climbed the white horse hill, a event in itself before dropping off our fire buckets and empty bags at the farmhouse to emphatic thanks before leaving for home, already planning our next trip.
To those intent on seeing the negatives, perhaps the holiday park style sites with swimming pools, shops, staff in luminuous uniforms is where you should stay and leave this gem for the more appreciative amoungst us!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Within walking distance of the White Horse Hill with its magnificent views and historic myths, Britchcombe Farm has been enjoyed by thousands of campers for more than 10 years - many of who came back year after year.Enjoy a delicious cream tea in our tea rooms, a roaring log fire in the evening or just relax and rewind in the unspoilt Oxfordshire countryside, our camp site is the perfect retreat for anyone looking to experience the this fabulous part of the country. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Britchcombe Farm Hotel Uffington
- Britchcombe Farm Uffington, Oxfordshire