We would love to welcome you to our campsite situated in the beautiful North Cotswold village of Whichford, near the Warwickshire, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire borders. We are in the Heart of England, in the middle of everywhere.
Come and share this special place, experience the peace of the historic land and the sounds of nature.
Holycombe is situated in the picturesque North Cotswolds, in close proximity to many beautiful Cotswold towns and villages. With plenty to explore in the vicinity, this is an excellent place to base yourselves on your camping adventure.
Our beautiful five-acre camp site is situated where a Norman castle once stood, the legacy of which is the splendid water-filled moat, home to carp, ducks, moor hens, and Canada geese.
Holycombe (taking its name from combe ‘valley’ and the nearby Holy Well spring) is situated adjacent to Whichford Wood, which boasts a wealth of flora and fauna. It’s also located a short walk from the Norman Knight, a classic, award winning Cotswold pub, which serves excellent grub and has great live music nights. So after a walk in the woods, or a pint up the road, you can roll back here, light a campfire, and enjoy this peaceful and charming place.
Our campsite is designed for those looking for a peaceful, rustic, outdoor experience, surrounded by nature and history.
To camp, you can bring your own tent or van (see the Pitches page for further information) or hire one of our Bell Tents or a Dome (see the Glamping page for more information).
Camping Fees are £10 per adult (age 18 +) per night and £5 per child (2 to 17 years) per night. Under 2’s are free. To make a booking, please use the Bookings page.
The campsite vibe
In order to ensure that all our guests have the quiet, peaceful experience they expect from Holycombe, we have designated our site a “Quiet Campsite”. In order to achieve this we only take families, couples and singles. We do not allow unaccompanied teenagers or groups. So, that's a maximum of 4 adults and 6 children per booking, and you are only able to make one booking per party. We do not allow people to play music, so, no radios, CDs or ipod docs, drums or other instruments. Limited use of acoustic guitars is permitted, preferably well clear of the sites periphery. Bring your earplugs if you are sensitive to the sounds of church bells and cockerels.
The history of the site
This is the ancient site of Whichford Castle, an English Heritage scheduled ancient monument. The moat is still there. Before the Normans, we know there was a Roman settlement as a Roman conduit leads from the wood to the moat. There was an excavation of the site in 1954 and a plan is in the camping kitchen for you to see. If you want to learn more about the history during your stay, you can visit The Market Hall Museum, Warwick, where there is more information about the site.
We do not have formal pitches, so you are able to choose where you camp when you arrive. In order to enhance your experience, we’ve severely limited the number of guests we allow on the camp site at any one time. This is a large site and with limited guests, this means that you will have plenty of space. You can choose where to camp when you arrive at the site, depending on your needs and where others are camped.
Choosing where you camp
The moat is surrounded by trees, which ensures that you can camp in the shade if you wish to.
You can pitch your tent according to the view you would like to wake up to, whether this is the moat, valley, woods, or the church and the village.
You can also choose your proximity to the moat, depending on how close you want to be to the wildlife and if you have small children (it is not fenced).
You can also choose how close or far away your want to be from the kitchen and the loos.
We allow cars on site, to make it easier for you to access your belongings and set up your camp.
Camp fires are an important part of the experience. There are several spots where you can build a fire, for cooking on or sitting beside. You can bring your own firewood, or buy it from us. We charge £3.50 per bag of wood.
Options for glamping at Holycombe
The idea of glamping is that you have an experience that is a little more luxorious and quirky than bringing your own tent and camping, but you still get the benefits of sleeping outside and convenience. You will see that our prices are considerably lower than most sites, this is because you will need to bring your own bedding, such as duvets or sleeping bags, pillows, sheets, pillow cases and towels. If glamping sounds like something that interests you, we have a number of options available. There is a minimum 2 night booking at the weekends, and 3 night booking on bank holidays, at other times, one night is fine. Prices include all fees and the use of the facilities.
As you will see, some of our glamping structures are still under construction. We currently have Bell Tents and a Dome available for hire.
At Holycombe, we have hot showers, flush and compost loos, as well as an outdoor kitchen. There are also picnic tables and places to have a fire.
The camping kitchen is equipped with an electric cooker, sink and a fridge, table, three chairs, a wicker sofa, enough cutlery and plates for twelve people, and basic pots and pans. On the patio outside there is a picnic table.
The showers and loos
Enjoy a warm shower in our shower shed. There is a flush loo, as well as two compost loos.
Rubbish and recycling
We have a place for you to put your rubbish and recycling, so you are able to leave the site as you found it.