The Orchard at Fen End Farm

UK England East Anglia Cambridgeshire Cambridge

  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
No passing traffic; no near neighbours; just sweet rural seclusion when glamping at this organic Fenland apple orchard near Cambridge

The south-west has its Moors; Norfolk has The Broads; Yorkshire has its Dales – iconic landscapes that evoke the wild beauty of England's green and pleasant land. Add to this esteemed list, the Fens of East Anglia.

The Northamptonshire 'Peasant Poet' John Clare envisioned his beloved landscape with '...the horizon stooping smiles/ O'er treeless fens of many miles'. But when this expanse of low-lying marshland and meres, once home to just a scattering of isolated flood-battered settlements, was drained in the 1700s this nutrient rich land saw an explosion in agriculture. Now known as 'England's breadbasket', the Fens are dotted with sweeping golden wheat-fields, dazzling rapeseed, and green fields of marrowfat peas, sugar beet and mustard (the latter supplying the neighbouring Norfolk condiment king Coleman's).

And while many farming might be at the more industrial end of the scale, the Kelso family's Fen End Farm has been wholly organic since April 2003. Besides an array of delicious GM-free crops, a resurrected apple orchard, and native Red Poll cattle grazed on herb-rich pastures, they've also got quite a nice little glamping site we think you might like to hear about...

Fen End Farm sits just nine miles from Cambridge on the edge of the Fens. Deep within the 117-acre farm's organic apple orchard lies a wholly self-contained campsite. For the canvas contingent there are just four, well-spaced tent pitches dotted around the orchard, while those looking for something a little more fuss-free can opt for either the brand new bell tent, a 16ft traditional tipi, or a 16ft canvas yurt (both sleeping up to 4 adults). There is also a beautifully authentic gypsy wagon stationed amongst the wind-fallen English Cox.  

It goes without saying, this organic farm boasts an exemplary environmental ethos. This refreshingly undeveloped site features an eco-friendly shower and compost loo, while electricity comes courtesy of a renewable on-site wind turbine and solar panels. 'The Apple Hut' log cabin is the communal facilities area which houses an outdoor kitchen boasting a wood-burning stove, fridge, sink, hot water and cooking utensils – everything you'll need for rustling up some campfire cuisine.

The long grass, hedgerows and native broadleaf woodlands that border the ample, football-friendly-fields, are a haven for a menagerie of curious critters. Keep your eyes peeled for grey partridge, lapwings and hares, not to mention the odd buzzard circling overhead. When twilight descends, see who can spot the most barn owls and bats fluttering from the barn by the entrance... that's if you're not too captivated by some of the clearest night skies in all the land.

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Facilities

Each tent pitch and glamping unit comes with an outside campfire pit. The yurt has a double futon bed, a wood-burning stove, coir matting flooring and foam bed mats for extra guests. The bell tent has a wood-burning stove, double futon bed and foam bed mats for extra guests. The gypsy waggon (circa 1883) has a wood-burning stove, a small double bed with foam mattress and a table and chairs. The tipi has coir matting flooring and foam bed mats. Please bring your own bedding/pillows, plus sleeping bags/pillows for the bed mats provided for extra guests. A shower and 3 composting toilets are provided. No electric hook-ups or laundry facilities.

Suitable For

Glampers, tent campers, campervanners (only small, VW-sized vans permitted) – yes. Dogs – no. Groups of up to 10 people (max 6 adults within the group) may book online. Larger groups should enquire directly.

Nearby

The hallowed halls of historic Cambridge lie just nine miles away. Take a punt down the River Cam or spend a lazy afternoon at the idyllic orchard at Grantchester (01223 845 788). A little further north, Wicken Fen (01353 720274) is one of the UK's most bio-diverse nature reserves. If you've not had your fill of antiquated architecture, the National Trust property of Anglesey Abbey (01223 810080). Not for the nothing are The Fens known as 'The Holy Land of the English'. This comparatively small region features a cluster of consecrated sites, the most impressive of which is undoubtedly nearby Ely Cathedral (01353 667735). 

Food & Drink

Stock up on the farm's very own organic beef, eggs and apple juice. Cottenham village (just 2 miles away) has a butchers (01954 250341) and greengrocer (01954 250351) as well as small supermarket, and an Indian restaurant (01954 250257). Pubwise, The Chequers (01954 488201) is worth a shout on one of their regular wood-fired pizza nights.

Opening Times

April–September.

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The Owner Says

Fen End Farm is a small organic farm just six miles north of Cambridge (UK) on the edge of the Fens. You can come and stay in our beautiful orchard campsite.  We have four grass pitches as well as a yurt, bell tent, tipi and gypsy wagon.  We cut the pitches and pathways but leave the rest of the orchard as a meadow, which provides a sense of privacy and seclusion. On the farm we have horses, cows and hens, lots of wildlife including roe deer, muntjac deer, badgers, hares, buzzards, barn owls and kestrels.  We have 117 acres of land to explore including a woodland.  We look forward to seeing you on the farm!
Minimum 2 night stay

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Accommodation

Dotted around the orchard between the apple trees are 4 grass tent pitches, 1 yurt, 1 bell tent, 1 gypsy waggon and 1 tipi.

Yurt

Yurt or Ger Sleeps 5
Handcrafted on the farm, our yurt is a perfect hideaway for up to four adults or two adults and three children

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Getting There

From M11 travelling north, join A14(E) at junction 14. At junction 32 take the B1049 to Cottenham (1st exit of roundabout). In the village, take the 2nd exit of the mini roundabout onto the High St. Follow High St all the way past All Saints church and take the next left onto Smithy Fen. Continue straight on onto Oxholme Drove, Fen End Farm is at the very end of the road. Please drive slowly into the yard as there are free range hens and children on site!

Nearest train station or bus links. Nearest train station is Waterbeach. Citi8 bus from Cambridge Bus Station stops in the village.

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