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“Perfection in a campsite!!!”
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Britchcombe Farm
Oxford
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“Perfection in a campsite!!!”
Reviewed August 26, 2012

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!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 20, 2012

As newbie campers, we didn't know much what to expect but we had the most wonderful weekend here. Granted, a lot of our pleasure came from the awesomely hot weather and wonderful company, but the site facilitated it in a number of ways: Loads of space to spread out, and even though it's high season, we were pitched in almost isolation with loads of privacy. Our kids slept well, and we couldn't hear other families waking early. Campfires are allowed, but bags do cost £5. Incredible star views as little ambient light, if any at all. Showers were hot (a bit buggy, but fair play it's the countryside!), fridge/freezer to store stuff, portaloos on each field were clean and had loo roll. No rush to check out on time, we left after lunch.

Any draw-backs? A bit too far to walk to the showers and washing up facilities, across a fast road not ideal for kids. Lots of nettles at the field edge, but you could choose to pitch more central in the field. You have to drop rubbish sacks at the main reception, quite a walk from our pitch - we had to drive it there! Would it kill them to provide a rubbish collection from the portaloo area in each camping field? Overall, would recommend to anyone who wants to pitch in a grouping, loves campfires and basic countryside outdoorsness.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Flitwick, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 16, 2012

I have just got back from spending two nights at Britchcombe Farm with two friends. Although the weather was pretty dire, the staff were more than helpful and made our stay a pleasant one.

On arrival, the lady in reception was very helpful and pointed us towards our field, allowing us to choose a spot of our own. Her dry sense of humour was wonderful - just a shame some other reviewers seem to have a sense of humour meltdown. The toilet facilities were close by, and consisted of well-serviced portaloos and a shower block near the main farm building.

As always with camping, there were one or two noisy groups but this noise generally didn't go on past midnight and didn't bother us one bit. Who goes camping and is tucked up in bed by 9pm?

The log man comes around twice an evening, and gives you a fairly small bag of logs for £5, plus a minuscule amount of kindling which is what has lost this review its one star. The logs were definitely not seasoned properly, resulting in an enormous amount of smoke when burned. I wasn't surprised to see at least three other groups smuggle their own logs onto the site!

All in all, a lovely relaxing weekend.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Worcestershire
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Reviewed July 1, 2012

The campsite is in a fantastic location, incredibly beautiful and nicely suited for a short drive into Abingdon. We had booked up for two nigts, and stayed one.

There are porter loos, but to be honest I have never nearly thrown up so hard from smell before and I frequently go to large mainstream heavy festivals - at least festival toilets are cleaned every 6 or so hours! - These most certainly were not cleaned for at least 24 and that long in the long leaves a very experience.

The camp site is great for children, but really there should be a "Family field" and a "quiet field". I spent most of my days keeping a close eye on our cars to make sure they were not getting hit by balls and on morning one being woken by screaming children at 8am.

I wouldn't say this was the most welcoming camp site - a walk from our field back down to the main threw road take us past an electrical fence and guard dogs in place to prevent anybody stealing wood (Whilst you can agree with it, it is not a "Relaxing" thing to come across.

Wood is sold for £5 a bad, and the rules as to why you can't burn your own are ridiculous (Sparks from wood may cause tents to catch fire). You always feel like you are being rinsed of your money when it comes to fire wood!

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 1, 2012

Intended to spend 2 nights camping here. Arrived and checked in at the farm, received what was probably supposed to be helpful advice but came across as a condescending lecture from the owner, a do's and don'ts sheet (fairly standard stuff) and were directed to a field which varied from mildly to ridiculously sloping. That was ok though.

The wood man delivering firewood was good, would need two bags to keep a fire going for a whole evening.

Our field had a row of 6 loos, and we didn't see them get emptied at all. They were ok when we arrived and got dirtier and smellier. Was expecting better.

Our major problem was how busy the field got. With a family with about 10 kids one side, 5 the other, and the same again just opposite, it was loud and shrieking the whole time, being kept awake until the early hours and woken again at about 6, this did not fulfil our hopes for a peaceful couple of days away. I think the owner should have a designated quiet field if she doesn't want to enforce the 'no noise after 10.30' rule.

The Fox and Hound in Uffington is the most amazing little pub, nicest pub food I've ever eaten, and warmest reception I've ever received (having been caught in a massive downpour whilst walking there and arriving to drip all over the floor, they were very sympathetic). I think next time we'll just stay in their B&B!

We gave up and left after one night, as the rain became torrential, we got soaked 3 times, and couldn't face another night with no sleep, so we left.

It's a shame as it is a lovely pretty site, and a designated quiet field would have solved all of our issues.

  • Stayed June 2012
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Reviewed June 6, 2012

We stayed for three nights with two other families: 6 adults and 8 children in all. It was a very, very rainy weekend which probably kept people away. Consequently the site wasn't busy and there was lots of space and the facilities were not under much pressure.

The campsite has an unusual layout. It is made up of self-contained fields on both sides of a quiet B-road, stretched out over perhaps a quarter of a mile. Each field has an abundance of clean, well-maintained portaloos; ours also had a water tap. Most of the fields slope to some degree - some areas are quite steep, but we found a pretty flat patch. The farm, in the middle of the site, has a shower block with a handful of showers. The showers were spacious with loads of hooks and ample hot water. There is a tea room at the farm that is open in the afternoon for cream teas. We didn't try it.

The location is fantastic, scenery gorgeous. It's a short (steep) walk up to the White Horse and Iron-Age hill fort or you can drive up to the National Trust car park. The whole area is threaded with footpaths, including the famous Ridgeway.

We chose this site for the campfires, and I'm glad we did. Wood is delivered by a man in a Landrover between 4pm and 9pm - £5 a bag with kindling included. Two bags were sufficient to keep a good fire burning 6-10pm. We cooked over the campfire on two of the three nights.

Local pubs are excellent. The White Horse and the Blowing Stone, both within a couple of miles, served excellent food with very friendly staff.

We loved it and will return.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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london
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed April 21, 2012

This campsite and one night stay was the most awful thing I have ever had to do. The people we were camping with were all very nice. We found that the most intolerable man (that delivered a very small sack of wet wood - for £5) totally ruined everyone's stay. We were treated like naughty children (he kept checking on us every ten minutes - which gives creepy feelings of being watched by strange man with binoculars). The children were not allowed to make any noise or play anywhere. This man is very confrontational and just threatens to call the police if you answer him back. Very poor facilities. Only go if you are prepared to be moaned at constantly - would never go back to this site. To keep a fire going all night would cost well in excess of £50.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Britchcombe Farm
Address: Britchcombe Farm Faringdon, Uffington SN7 7QJ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Oxfordshire > Uffington
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Uffington
Number of rooms: 16
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 
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