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The Apple Blossom is a fully furnished and serviced 5 metre glamping bell tent. With one king size and two singles, the Apple Blossom sleeps four and comes with Egyptian cotton bedding and towels, rugs underfoot and fairy lights giving a welcome evening glow. There is a mini fridge and retro radio. And if you're bringing children who want their own sleeping space, we'll pitch a two-person tent next to your bell tent for them to enjoy their own camping adventure. The Apple Blossom is set in our old apple orchard, enjoying beautiful views over the Vale, and an easy stroll across to the Shrubbery where there is relaxed seating for dining and drinks, under cover of gazebo or parasol, dotted with fire pits and strung with lighting to create a chilled, restful setting.
Keeping your stay easy and stress-free, we offer options for pre-ordered continental breakfast, breakfast boxes for you to cook up and BBQ boxes. Our farm shop sells eggs, bread and milk, plus a range of vegetable and fruit produce, cakes and snacks. On Fridays and Saturdays, we offer our Provenance Pizzas, 12" stonebaked sourdough with a choice of toppings. And you'll know the journey of everything you eat as food provenance is our passion!
Features & Facilities
Amenities at Willow Hill include two hot showers, two compostable toilets, two flush toilets (from 12 July) electrical points for charging your devices (light use) and WiFi hot spot. There is a communal BBQ and fire area in the Top Field beside our landmark tree stump chair, a great spot to sit on high. A shared marquee gives guests a carpeted space and relaxed seating, as well as a choice of games including a table tennis table. Set in front of the marquee to take in our view, there are picnic tables and chairs dotted around, enclosed by straw bales and lit restfully at night to create a relaxed vibe. Moveable patio heaters are brought out if the evenings become chilled. For tinies and bigger people, we offer a choice of two outdoor heated bathing pools for the perfect cool down after a summer's day in the sun!
If you fancy doing your own cook up, we offer a delicious choice of breakfast boxes and BBQ packs in our farm shop. We also sell eggs, bread and milk, plus a range of vegetable and fruit produce, soft drinks, cakes and snacks. You can hire a fire pit and/or BBQ (advance booking recommended) and buy firewood. On Fridays and Saturdays, we offer our Provenance Pizzas, 12" stonebaked sourdough with a choice of toppings. And you'll know the journey of everything you eat as food provenance is our passion!
Our beautiful bell tents are fully furnished with king size bed and two singles, and all bedding plus towels provided. Each tent has a mini fridge, scattered rugs, soft glow lighting, gazebo with outdoor table and chairs, and mini fire pit. There are shared hot tubs, set in position with views across the orchard and down the slopes. Or we can set up a hot tub exclusively for your party by prior arrangement, and subject to availability.
Food is our passion as, aside from the farm, Willow Hill is also home to Happerley, a movement founded by farmers working to connect the consumer to the journey of their food and drink. It means that, throughout the year, the farm plays host to various events connecting producers, chefs, buyers and food lovers. Find us online for more information.
Willow Hill’s campsite offers children the freedom to play, explore and get close to nature. Take your pick of games to play on the top field including farm croquet. And when the weather’s hot, the children can take a splash in our swimming pool (available from June 2021). For countryside days, you can explore our fields and water meadows with our self-guided nature trails, pick a path by the River Severn or call in to Coombe Hill nature reserve.
For days out further afield, hop in the car to the Forest of Dean, where you can test your nerve at Go Ape, hire bikes to take a trail or take a magical walk through Puzzlewood, film location for scenes in Star Wars, Merlin and Doctor Who!
From ancient forests, you can head to the rolling hills of the Cotswolds and take an outing to pretty villages and market towns where there’s plenty for all the family to see and do.
Gloucester, a 20 minute drive, boasts historic docks and riverside walks, shops and eateries as well as The Quays retail outlet. The spectacular Gloucester Cathedral soars above the city skyline and is well worth a visit. The Regency town of Cheltenham is 23 minutes by car, with its elegant architecture and landscaped parks, racecourse, theatre, restaurants, bars and shops.
Closer to home, the medieval town of Teweksbury has plenty to offer, with its spectacular Abbey (do you dare to go to the top of the tower?), John More Countryside Museum, independent shops and restaurants. There's a leisure centre with two swimming pools, gym and pay-as-you-go activities ten minutes by car. July sees the town go back in time with the biggest free Medieval gathering in Europe. Tewkebury Medieval Festival attracts more than 2000 re-enactors from all over the world to play out the Battle of Tewkesbury 1472, one of the most decisive battles of the Wars of the Roses. It's a virtual event for 2021, but back to battle as usual in 2022.
There are pubs aplenty dotted around, the nearest being The Farmers Arms, just a field’s walk away from the campsite and serving a hearty menu, and wide choice of beers, wine and soft drinks. Pubs beside the River Severn include the Red Lion at Wainlode, Lower Lode Inn near Tewkebury and The Boat House, just off Tewkesbury high street, overlooking the weir and moorings.
Food & Drink
Aside from farming, Willow Hill is home to Happerley, a movement founded by farmers to connect consumers to the journey of their food and drink. It means we're passionate about food! And it means that we wrap your stay around food, with guests able to pre-order breakfast boxes, picnic lunches, BBQ boxes and delicious evening meals plus local produce from our on-site shop, together with a range of English wines, beers and spirits - all with known provenance. The nearest farm shop is 4 miles away at Coombe Hill, a family run enterprise by farmers Sam & Phillipa, selling home reared free range pork, lamb & eggs and local beef, fruit & veg.
The campsite's nearest pub, The Farmers Arms, is family-friendly and just one field's walk away. The pub has a large beer garden, and serves a popular menu with a choice of beers, wines and soft drinks. A 10 minute drive away, Tewkesbury has a choice of restaurants - embracing English, Indian, Italian and Chinese cuisine - as well as various coffee shops and cafes. Willow Hill favourites include Crystal Rivers, The Raj Shahi, Salerno and Gupshill Manor. For local pubs beside the river, guests always enjoy The Boathouse in Tewkesbury town centre, The Lower Lode Inn near Tewkesbury, The Red Lion at Wainlodes, and the Fleet Inn at Twyning.
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Willow Hill is 15 minutes by car from the M5, Junction 9. From the motorway, take the A438 towards Tewkesbury, before reaching traffic lights with Morrisons Supermarket up ahead on the right. Turn left at the lights to take the town's A38 bypass and follow signs for Gloucester, navigating three roundabouts. As you leave Tewkesbury behind, the A38 straightens with some double carriage way. At the second set of traffic lights, turn right signposted for Ledbury on B4213. Follow for approximately two miles before taking a right turn into Sawpit Lane, signposted for Apperley. The road passes the village hall (on right) before reaching a T-junction. Turn left on to School Road and go past the primary school (on left), the village pond and war memorial (on right). The entrance to Willow Hill Farm is on the left, almost opposite a house named Holly Tree Cottage. The automatic gate has a security code which will be provided with your booking confirmation.
Nearest towns are Tewkesbury (6 miles), Gloucester (8 miles) and Cheltenham (9.5 miles).
Nearest train stations are Gloucester (7 miles, taxi rank and bus service) and Ashchurch (8 miles, no taxi rank, bus service to Tewkesbury), both stations serving mainline routes in and out of the west midlands, Bristol and the south west. The 351 bus service serves the Tewkesbury - Gloucester route, and stops in Apperley village, where it is a 7-minute walk to Willow Hill. Pick up from train or bus services can usually be arranged in advance, please ask for details.