The Wildings

UK England South West England Gloucestershire Bourton-on-the-Water

  • Contactless check in
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Children’s playground
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
  • Short walk to the pub
  • Walking
A simply lovely, all-season camping site with pods, yurts, and bell tents, all within walking distance of a quintessential Cotswolds’ village

“You should sit in nature for 20 minutes a day... unless you are busy, then you should sit for an hour.” So reads the Zen saying that’s quoted on the wall in reception at The Wildings, a new pod camping site in The Cotswolds. We quite agree and this charming little place on the edge of one of Britain’s quaintest and most-visited villages has made it a little easier for people to do that.

There are currently six camping pods. Each has insulation, heating, lights, and electricity, which make it possible to “camp” without a tent all year round. There are also four off-grid seasonal bell tents, and two yurts at The Wildings, a half-acre sliver of land surrounded by fields near Bourton-on-the-Water.  You can book the pods with camping mats-only, for what must surely be one of the best-value, all-season stays in the area, or ramp up the luxury by adding from a range of extras. It’s a sort of tailor-your-own glamping experience with beds, linen and towels, campfire cooking kit and tableware all available.

The bell tents offer boutique camping for a family of five or four adults, with these fully furnished, off-grid tents being illuminated by solar-powered fairy lights and lanterns. There's a campfire in a private garden surrounded by woven willow fencing for your evening meals, with each tent having access to its patch of grass with barbecue and benches. The yurts are a step-up from the pods for the pampered camper, once again being off-grid and lit up by solar-powered lighting, each kept warm with the addition of a small and efficient log stove.

This little camping village was set up by owner Kim when she was pregnant with her third child – and it shows. It’s a lovely spot for everyone but perfect for young families, with each unit sleeping up to a family of five. For some (perhaps especially parents) the fact that there’s nothing to set up and peg down will open up the world of camping. The pods, tents, and yurts are warm, weatherproof, and can be tailored to your needs. Bringing a baby? Add the cot bundle. Camping as a couple? How about booking a celebration hamper? And if you’re worrying about warming the baby’s bottle or feeding over-tired kids, don’t. Just head to the on-site Cook House with its fully kitted-out, undercover communal kitchen with sofas and books to boot. The site has also recently made two Ooni pizza ovens available to hire for the carbohydrate-lovers among you, while a new on-site mini-farm shop provides tasty produce while supporting local farms and businesses. Pick up your meat and dairy here, but also feel free to nab a gin or cider while you're at it.

You’ll get more than your 20 minutes in nature here: while enjoying a campfire and watching the bats, while the kids play on the climbing frame and even on your way to and from the communal loos. But lovely as it is (and “lovely” really is the word), it’s a simple site that, as Kim says, is a great Cotswolds base camp rather than an attraction in its own right. After all, there are plenty of those in the surrounding area already with picturesque, riverside Bourton-on-the-Water just a mile away. It has a historic model village, Birdworld and The Cotswold Motoring Museum as well as tearooms, inns and cafes. There’s enough to keep you occupied for a week but it’s well connected too with footpaths as well as roads leading out to the rolling hills and other heart-achingly perfect villages that The Cotswolds is so famous for.

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Facilities

Two showers and two toilets are shared between the pods. There’s also a communal fully-fitted cookhouse with a fridge and cooker as well as a seating area with sofas and books. The pods are fully insulated with an electricity supply, lighting and camping mats and there’s a whole host of extras available to customise your stay from camp beds and bedding to welcome hampers. Campfires are allowed but restricted to the site’s own off-ground firepits which you can hire either on their own or as part of a campfire cooking bundle. Both include a basket of logs.

Suitable For

Families, couples, groups, dogs (for an extra charge) all welcome.

Nearby

Bourton-on-the-Water is in the middle of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural beauty and the site is just a mile away from the village. Attractions in and around the village include The Model Village (01451 820467), Birdland and Jurassic Journey (01451 820480), Bourton Model Railway (01451 820686), The Cotswold Motoring Museum (01451 821255), Greystones Farm Nature Reserve (01453 810853) and the Cotswold Brew Company (01451 824488) where you can enjoy a tour and tasting. You can also head out on The Warden’s Way from the village, to walk through some of The Cotswolds’ most lovely scenery to nearby villages. Lower Slaughter is two miles away with its Old Mill Museum, shop and cafe (01451 820052) and historic St Mary’s Church. The picturesque market town of Stow-on-the-Wold is five miles away – home allegedly to England’s oldest inn (see below), medieval stocks, antique shops and eateries.

Food & Drink

There are plenty of recommended places to eat in Bourton-on-the-Water from the simple Bakery-on-the-Water with its riverside cafe (0141 822748) to De La Haye’s fancy Fish & Chip Shop (01451 822500). The Rose Tree Restaurant (01451 820635), The Mousetrap Inn (01451 520579) and the Duke of Wellington (01451 820539) are all recommended and for Italian food, there’s L’Anatra (01451 820286). It would be rude not to pop in for a pint or a bite to eat at The Porch House (01451 870 048) in Stow-on-the-Wold which claims to be England’s oldest inn (though there are a few others vying for the title). For a coffee or hot chocolate in the same village, The New England Coffee House is the place to head for. The Old Prison (01451 860339) in North leach, five miles away, is a great place for brunch and you get free admission to the old prison it’s named after too. The Fox Inn at Barrington (eight miles away) comes highly recommended for its quintessential Cotswold riverside setting and atmospheric cosy fires.

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The Owner Says

We want to give all our guests an amazing experience while staying with us, therefore we have designed our site to give you the best value for money, while also offering lots of options, so you can make it the perfect break for you.

We want to take any hassle out of camping for you and so have created a 'design your own holiday' campsite.

Love the idea of camping but don't know where to start? Then grab one of our gorgeous yurts add some extras and all you need is your fabulous selves and something to wear.

Alternatively you're a seasoned camper and have most of the kit? Then just take your pick of our pitch options and bring the rest! (The only thing we don't allow is gas BBQs).

Utterly simple and tailor made for you

We also offer a relaxing Cookhouse for all our guests to share where there are kitchen facilities, two fridges, sofas, games, books, and all sorts of other things to make your stay comfortable.

For children, we have a fantastic play area to keep them busy while you make supper or relax with a book!

There is parking for guests arriving by car and we also have a specific area for bicycles for any cyclists staying.

Accommodation

Six camping pods, four bell tents, and two yurts.

Pod glamping within walking distance of a charming Cotswolds’ village

Pod Sleeps 5
Warm and very spacious, fully insulated, heated camping pod with built in double bed. Sleeps 5, natural setting, nestled in the family farm overlooking Bourton-on-the-Water

Pod glamping within walking distance of a charming Cotswolds’ village

Pod Sleeps 5
Warm and very spacious, fully insulated, heated with a built in double bed camping pod. Sleeps 5, natural setting, nestled in the family farm overlooking Bourton-on-the-Water

Pod glamping within walking distance of a charming Cotswolds’ village

Pod Sleeps 5
Warm and very spacious, fully insulated, heated with a built in double bed camping pod. Sleeps 5, natural setting, nestled in the family farm overlooking Bourton-on-the-Water

Pod glamping within walking distance of a charming Cotswolds’ village

Pod Sleeps 5
Warm and very spacious, fully insulated, heated with a built in double bed camping pod. Sleeps 5, natural setting, nestled in the family farm overlooking Bourton-on-the-Water

Pod glamping within walking distance of a charming Cotswolds’ village

Pod Sleeps 5
Warm and very spacious, fully insulated, heated with a built in double bed camping pod. Sleeps 5, natural setting, nestled in the family farm overlooking Bourton-on-the-Water

Pod glamping within walking distance of a charming Cotswolds’ village

Pod Sleeps 5
Warm and very spacious, fully insulated, heated with a built in double bed camping pod. Sleeps 5, natural setting, nestled in the family farm overlooking Bourton-on-the-Water

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Getting There

From the A429, turn south east signposted Clapton Sherborne. Continue along Lanketts lane until you reach us on the right hand side, if you get to a junction you've gone too far!!

From the A40, turn north signposted Sherborne Clapton, stay on this road for a few miles, its wiggly but don’t turn anywhere. Drive carefully as there are often roe deer about. Keep driving until you reach a junction at the top of the hill, take a left and we are the next left.

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The nearest train station is nine miles away at Moreton-in-the-Marsh from where the 801 bus service (which provides a handy connection to much of the surrounding area) runs frequently to Bourton-on-the-Water (except on Sundays). An alternative station is at Kingham, about 20 miles away, from and to where you can take a taxi.

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