Forge Farm Tipis

UK England South East England Oxfordshire Banbury

  • Campfires allowed
  • Adults only
  • Adults Only
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Walking
Comfortable tipi glamping on a family-run organic farm set along the banks of the Oxford Canal

Forge Farm Tipis is very much a family affair. After meeting the woman who would one day be his future wife, Kate, during an exchange trip, Detroit-born Greg decided his time in the UK would last far beyond university timetables. Staying in the country, Greg and Kate bought Forge Farm in 1981 with a big vision for the derelict barns and canal-side countryside they purchased. Now with the help of their daughter and her only family, they have turned the land into an organic farm and, as of 2020, have started welcoming visitors to enjoy the fruits of what once seemed a far-off dream.

Set in the countryside just north of the Cotswolds with the Oxford Canal running through the site, the farm is home to just three pre-pitched tipis kitted out with all the essential comforts. Each is complete with a skylight window (so you can stargaze from the double bed) and has carpeted floors, handwoven rugs and cushions – the sort of comforts only the hot showers (a short stroll away) might tempt you from. You can spend your evenings ambling along the waterside or sitting out around the campfire, perhaps cooking with something you've bagged from the farm shop, where they sell organic jams and honey, bacon and rare-breed meats. A welcome pack of marshmallows is also provided as part of your booking. Naturally. Why have campfires with out them?

It's not just the accommodation that the family have provided. Bushcraft workshops can be organised and canoe rental can be arranged. Glampers might also find themselves joined by the odd canal boat, which can park up along certain stretches of the canal. But there's plenty to do once you stride out beyond the farm too. A footpath runs along the opposite bank of the canal and links up with the Macmillan Way, which you can follow to National Trust owned Farnbrough Hall if you want a long walk (around four miles; with a good pub stop in the village), or you can drive to the 17th-century hall in less than 10 minutes. And it's not much further in the car to the likes of Canons Ashby, Sulgrave Manor, Broughton Castle and Upton House too. In short, there will always be one more place to visit and one more thing to do. And, after a weekend at Forge Farm, with Greg as living proof that staying beyond a holiday really is an option, you might find yourself asking for real estate tips alongside the usual pub and restaurant tips.

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Facilities

Within the farm itself there are many activities to enhance your camping experience; from Bush-Craft workshops to Canoe Rental, you will leave with an abundance of memories and skills. A great feature that the farm has is an Oxford canal running through, you are able to enjoy calm strolls of an evening or even get involved with the off-side, non-residential Moorings that are available. Off-side Mooring is a very unique experience that you will never forget! Bicycles are greatly encouraged, it is a very enjoyable way to see the countryside. There is also an opportunity to do some fishing, a local license must be obtained but that is very straightforward.

Here at the farm we operate a low noise policy, after 11pm we do not welcome the use of electric sound systems. Acoustic instruments are absolutely fine.

One of the best things about staying on an organic farm is the wonderful produce they have available- for breakfast you can enjoy locally produced sausages, bacon and Forge Farm eggs, jam and honey.

It is very important to ensure NO GLASS is brought onto the farm at any point, being a working farm glass can cause serious problems.

WIFI available, regretfully there is no power source within the Tipis. LED lights are provided.

Suitable For

Couples & Friends- unfortunately children and dogs are not allowed, this is due to the risks that come with being on a working farm with a canal running through.

Nearby

Farnborough Hall (National trust), Canons Ashby (National Trust), Spiceball Country Park, People's park, Banbury Museum Trust, Waterfowl Sanctuary & Childrens Farm. Oxford, Warwick and Stratford Upon Avon are all easily accessible for day trips.

Food & Drink

The Kitchen Farnborough (A rustic 16th-century gastropub & garden), The moon & Sixpence (A country gastro-pub & garden tables), Purple Mango restaurant (Indian cuisine), The George & Dragon (Village pub built in the 17th -century), The Red Lion (A 15th-century thatched terrace village pub), The Brasenose Arms (A 17th-century stone built English pub). There are many local restaurants & pubs that are really worth a visit, here at the farm we can advise you further which are our favourites.

Open

June–August.

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The Owner Says

Forge Farm is situated in some of the most stunning countryside that Oxfordshire has to offer. Whether you are looking for peaceful nights sat by the fire or fresh, bright mornings full of wildlife to discover- you’re in the right place.

Accommodation

Three tipis, each sleeping up to two guests.

Tipi Lakota

Tipi Sleeps 2 3 Available
The 18ft Tipi for 2 people provides you with your own cosy space to enjoy the serenity that comes with being in the countryside. Adults only. Fully furnished Tipi with beds (either 1 double or 2 singles) private toilets and shared showers. Outside individual BBQ's with shared washing up facilities.

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Getting There

From Banbury Town Centre head North towards N Bar St/ A361, take a left on to N Bar St/ A361, in 0.7 miles at the roundabout take the 2nd exit onto Southam Rd/ A423, in another 0.7 miles at the roundabout take the second exit onto A423, in 1.6 miles turn right onto Claydon Rd (you should have Barnstones Caravan Park on your right), in 1 mile continue onto Station Rd, in 0.4 miles take a slight left onto Claydon Rd (continue almost straight on rather than following the road to the right), follow the road for 1.1 miles then turn right onto Forge Farm.

When following your sat nav it is possible that it will take you to Oathill Farm, our neighbours, you need to continue on the road towards Claydon and the farm is signed on the right hand side – there’s a large stump, a board and a cattle grid. You need to drive up the track, over the cattle grid and then you will arrive at Forge Farm. Please don’t leave the track and drive onto the field/grass at any stage.

Follow the track down towards the canal, past the end of the basin and keep following it behind the barn into the car park (not into the farmyard). Come and find us and we’ll be able to direct you to your Tipi from there.

We look forward to greeting you & we hope you thoroughly enjoy your stay.

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Why book with Glampingly?

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