We are back from a two night stay and visit to Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park, the farmer from BBCs Country File. We stayed on the campsite at the Farm Park in our 1976 VW Bay Window Campervan. We had a great time hanging out with Goats, Sheep and a few Morris Dancers.
Good flat site with around 30-40 pitches, lots of room and although full we never felt crowded. Good clean facilities but a couple more toilets would be nice. As was the case for the whole Farm Park, genuinely friendly staff who do all they can to help, and a good little site shop. The best thing about the site……..the animals! You are right next too a small field with Donkeys (be warned they like an early start) the Cow Amelia who is currently used for milking demonstrations and the friendliest goats I’ve ever known. We would have happily taken a little sandy goat home he/she was adorable and my daughter (5years old) loved her. On my list for the future-own a goat!
The Farm Park
Good value for money at around £8.50 entrance, if you camp you only pay once and get free re-entry for your stay. Lots of swings, slides, bouncy pillows, tractor rides and sand pits. A chance to cuddle some rabbits and meet chickens, ducks, goats and sheep. We learned a lot about Rare Breeds and the work the farm is doing to protect them. It was really very inspirational, with the beauty of the animals themselves enough evidence of the need for conservation, they are truly majestic. The ‘journey through time’ approach gave you a real sense of just how important and historic some of these breeds are. You also feel you are part of the experience and again the thing that makes it special,really lovely staff and more amazing animals.
We visited the local traditional chocolate box Cotswold villages of Stow-on-the-Wold and Bourton in the Water. They are very pretty and worth a visit if you have never been, although they are tourist heavy. The real gem for us was The Halfway House pub, a 1.5 mile walk from the site, or you could drive. It’s a great walk across the farm and down a country lane and then over a Ford. It is a fairly small country pub but the food was excellent and the staff and locals were very friendly. It was good value for money, good wine and cloudy cider. Some of the food we enjoyed included Salmon Salad, Pate and Toast, Whitebait and baked Camembert-we ate their both evenings.
On our last night the pub had Morris Dancers meeting in the Car Park. There were around 20 of them performing right there! They looked spectacular!one of the ladies explained they were ‘Border Morris’ so no regimented Lederhosen here, they wore feathers, badges, bells and rags, and each seemed to have their own identity. We watched two performances sat on a crumbly dry stone wall just as the sun was setting, it was truly magical. We could hear their music on our journey back up the hill, my daughter danced herself all the way home…..
All in all a brilliant stay, well done Adam Henson and your team for bringing rare breeds and the countryside alive. The Halfway House and those wonderful Morris Dancers were the icing on the heritage cake.