Nettwood Country Breaks
To cast your eyes upon the Chew Valley is to gaze upon nature perfection. If there's a more idyllic scene than the undulating patchwork of lush, verdant sheep-dotted hills and wooded combes that surround the tranquil waters of Blagdon Lake, we're yet to find it. Nestled within the wider Mendips Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it'll come as no surprise that this is prime camping territory. With such an array of fantastic spots to pitch up in, the choice can often be beguiling. But for the best of bases, first-rate facilities and views to die for, look no further than Nettwood Country Breaks.
Nettwood Farm is 210 acres of Somerset livestock farm-cum-camping retreat overlooking the sprawling Chew Valley Lake (the largest in the South-West). Run by the lovely Griffin family, this is the ideal setting for getting away from it all with the family. There's a relaxed attitude to life here with 20 'pitch where you fancy' spots alongside other more formal grass pitches that come fully wired. The grass field is well-kempt and on an ever-so-gentle slope (although most pitches have been levelled out). Fringed by some 30 acres of woodland, campers pitching up in springtime will be treated to an amazing show of technicolour as the forest floor explodes with vibrant purple bluebells.
Kids will love this place too. The woodland copse is prime den-building estate and when they're not busy exploring the copse or kicking a ball about the fields (that's right – ball games allowed!), there's always Nettwood's resident sheep to meet.
Location, Nettwood has it all: easy access to the Mendips; expansive lakeside vistas; woodland walks around East Harptree; the famous caverns of Cheddar Gorge and Wookey Hole. You can stroll the quaint cobbled streets of Wells by morning, before following the afternoon to the seaside-kitsch at Weston-super-Mare. And when evening dawns, there's fewer more relaxing places to reflect upon the day than Nettwood Farm. All the easy-going owners ask is that you keep the noise to a minimum after 10pm out of respect for your neighbours. But truth be told, after a day's spent exploring the gems of Somerset, a contented slumber beckons under the star-spangled blanket of unblemished Somerset night sky.
Facilities block with 5 toilets, 4 hand basins(ladies) & 3 toilets, 2 urinals, 3 hand basins (gents). 6 showers, 3 washing-up stations, 1 fridge & 1 fridge/ freezer, 1 hair dryer (20p). Children's wooden play area.
Tents, caravans, campervans, family groups, well-behaved pets – yes.
Lots of lovely walks just across the road in East Harptree wood – head to the dragonfly-inhabited lake next to Smitham Chimney, a towering vestige of the woodlands lead and zinc mining heritage. Why not explore the forest on two wheels? The start point is 2 miles off Sustrans National Cycle Route 3 and you can hire bikes from Mendip Trail Bike Hire (07854 655212). The famous cave networks of Cheddar Gorge (01934 742343) and Wookey Hole (01749 672243) are both under 10 miles from the site. Walk the charming ancient cloisters of Wells Bishop's Palace Moat & Gardens (01749 671770) or connect with your inner hippy at Glastonbury Tor (01643 862452). The lovely seaside at Weston-super-Mare is a little over half an hour away while Longleat Safari Park (01985 844400) lies about 40 mins drive away and promises a great day out for young and old alike. Bath and Bristol are also just down the road. If you're visiting in August, you'll be lucky enough to see to see the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta overhead. Some have even been known to land at Nettwood!
Food & Drink
The Castle of Comfort Country House and Restaurant (01761 221321) serves up fantastically great value pub grub favourites (try one of their famous Somerset steaks). They also have a spacious beer garden with a children's play area. The Waldergrave Arms (01761 221429) is bursting with rural charm. This characterful old inn sits in the heart of the village. They even offer a takeaway service for Nettwood campers. Be sure to join in one of their frequent quiz nights to be in with a chance of winning big cash prizes! The village shop a mile and a half down the hill stocks all the basics. There's also a larger store in West Harptree that opens until 7pm.
Glamping: All year round.
Camping: 25th March - 2nd October.
The Owner Says
Our site has had a few little upgrades recently..
We have given each field its own name to aid you when booking.
The Woodland Field is next to our beautiful woodland and has its own facilities with a children's play area.There are 6 hook ups and room for 7 standard units in this field.
The Lake View Field benefits from the stunning view of Chew Valley Lake with its own facilities and also now boasts an area to keep the little ones happy. There are 4 hook ups arranged around a central post so you can angle yourselves how you fancy and room for up to 15 standard units.
We now have a proper job den building area in our woods to keep our little friends outdoors and busy.
New for 2016 our Woodland Pod sleeping 2 - 4 people and our Safari Retreat tent sleeping 4 - 6 people. Both are fully equipped for a bit of posh camping. Travel light and let us provide for you. No more arguing packing the car and even worse unpacking it!
Take a look at our website to take a more in-depth look at the site map and take advantage of our new booking system.
From the M4: Exit junction 18 to Bath on A46. Exit Bath on A39 West (you can bypass Bath on country lanes to Newton St Loe). A39 leads to A368 (sign posted Bishop Sutton/Weston Super Mare). Go through Bishop Sutton. On entering West Harptree, turn left to East Harptree. Then right turn into East Harptree. Drive straight across the staggered junction up the hill (1.6m). Head left up the long track. Nettwood Farm is on the right of the gravel track.
From M5 (from North): Exit junction 20 Clevedon. Left on to B3133 (sign posted Yatton/Congresbury). Follow to Congesbury, right at lights, left next set of lights (this is still the B3133). Head towards Langford. Right on to A38. Left at Churchill traffic lights A368 (sign posted Bath). Right on B3134 up Burrington Combe. Forward to the top of Mendips (via the old Roman road). Second left opposite Castle Of Comfort Pub. Down hill 1.1m on right (go through small bit of woodland). Nettwood Farm on right of gravel track.
From M5 (from South): Exit junction 22. Follow A38 then follow directions from Churchill traffic lights.
Nearest train stations are Bath Spa & Bristol Temple Meads.
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