Glamping at Brandiers Farm

UK England South West England Wiltshire Malmesbury

  • Campfires Allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Walking
Bucolic rural glamping in a beautiful natural beauty spot on the borders of Wiltshire and Gloucestershire.

Set amongst 35 acres of re-wilded land on the borders of Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, Brandiers Farm - the home of photographers Kim and Peter Lavery – is a very special place. It's not only home a couple of lovely self-catering cottages, but also has a number of glamping options in its grounds, giving you the chance to explore and delight in what is a unique rural retreat, with self-contained grounds consisting of a walled garden, ponds and meadows, a lake and a tennis court, even a rustic lakeside bar.

The glamping here consists of three options, each positioned in its own field with its own private cooking area. In the middle field, 'Camp Brunhilda' is micro-site in its own right, made up of a a vintage 1975 VW campervan, sleeping 2, and an adjacent 3-metre bell tent, sleeping another couple. There's also a hammock, firebowl and a strategically positioned bed for star-gazing and nights outdoors, and Brunhilda is right next to the Farm's ‘Storytelling Circle’ , which has a camp fire, seating and outdoor cooking facilities. The top field is home to is a luxury 5-metre 'Bedouin Bell Tent', complete with wood-burning stove, king-size bed, low wooden tables, hand-woven rugs and cushions, and sleeping two lovers in total comfort. And finally there's the Showman’s Wagon in the bottom field –  a restored early 20th-century circus wagon with ‘gypsy-chic vibes and its own wood-burning stove, fridge and kitchen facilities, and sleeping 2 in a cosy alcove.

The toilet and bathroom facilities are shared, in a beautifully converted, wood-panelled horse trailer that comes complete with toilet, sink, washstand, hot water, electrical sockets, a shower room and 3 tin bath tubs. In addition to the toilet facilities, there is a covered kitchen for guests' use with fridge and freezer, in front of which is a unique lakeside bar – fully licensed and made up entirely of reclaimed and up-cycled materials. railway sleepers and tin from the old barn roof.

Dogs are welcome at Brandiers, as are children: the farm is a great place for kids, and there is lots to see and do,  including the lake (which has a boat for guest-use) and a very large rock for morning meditations and viewing wildlife – red kites, ravens, owls, buzzards, bats and badgers are all regular visitors. They run events – a professional storyteller lives on site and can provide entertainment on request – and  once the novelty of this beautiful natural haven has worn off,  it's nice to know that you're well placed for visiting nearby Cirencester and also just a five-minute drive from Cotswold Water Parks. There are also plentiful country walks, nature reserves and birdwatching spots nearby, while you are also close to two excellent country pubs that serve food all day.

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Facilities

Brandiers is home to three separate pitches, each with their own private cooking area as well as some shared facilities.


There is the Bedouin Bell Tent, a resplendent five metre tent up in the top field, complete with log burning stove, a king size bed, low wooden tables, hand woven rugs and cushions. This canvass palace sleeps two lovers in total luxury.


Then there is ‘Camp Brunhilda’ in the middle field, which is a micro campsite in itself. This consists of a vintage 1975 VW camper-van (Brunhilda) sleeping two, and an adjacent 3 metre bell tent, sleeping another two as well as a hammock, fire-bowl and star gazing bed. This camp is also right next to the ‘Storytelling Circle’ with a camp fire, seating and outdoor cooking facilities.


Finally there is the Showman’s Wagon in the bottom field. This is a vintage early 20th century wooden circus wagon, lovingly restored and with ‘gypsy-chic vibes. This sleeps two in a cosy alcove and has a log burning stove, fridge and kitchen facilities inside.


All three of these campsites share toilet and bathroom facilities. This consists of a beautifully converted horse box trailer with a wooden interior. Toilet, sink, washstand, shower, hot running water, and three tin bathtubs as well as sockets for electrical appliances.


In addition to the toilet facilities, there is also the lakeside bar, which is fully licensed, and entirely made of reclaimed and up-cycled materials. Railway sleepers, oak timbers and tin from the old barn roof.

Behind the bar is the bar kitchen with fridge and freezer. You are welcome to use this covered kitchen space to cook communal meals if you wish.


In addition to the three pitches, there is a spare small bell tent, sleeping two, which can be erected with any of the above pitches, increasing the capacity by two. Just let us know in advance.


In addition to this, we often run events at Brandiers and can book these in for you on a private basis with prior arrangement. A professional storyteller lives on site and can provide an evenings entertainment at special request, and we can also cater and provide food and drink for small and large groups. We even run spoon carving and other outdoor skills courses. Great for the kids. Again, just get in touch and we can arrange this for you.



Suitable For

The site is perfect for people who love nature and the outdoors and want a relaxing get away, as well of those after a little bit of magic.

Dogs are of course welcome, as long as they are cleaned up after, are well behaved and are put on a lead as and when required. This is a nature-sensitive site, so responsible dog owners only please. Children are of course welcome, under supervision. It's a great place for kids, but does have all the 'dangers' of any farm or bit of countryside, such as brambles, ponds and ditches.

We certainly don't mind you letting your hair down and having a bit of a party, lighting a fire, playing some music. Just be aware that there may be other guests using the site, so please be considerate that others may have come simply for peace and quiet. Having said that, the pitches are far enough away for you to have privacy. If unsure, you can always enquire in advance, to ask who else will be staying. Alternatively, you can book out the whole site, then you will have it to yourselves!

We are open minded people, and want you to have a good time, just respect others and above all, respect the environment.

On that note, please do not burn fallen branches and logs you find on the ground, those are to rot down for the insects, as requested by Wiltshire Wildlife. We will provide you with some firewood, and if you want more, we sell very reasonably priced kiln dried logs and kindling.

Nearby

There are many walks you can take from Brandiers.

Up to the lovely village Church in Upper Minety (10 minutes)

Down the public right of way to Flisterage Wood (30 minutes) this an ancient woodland of mainly oak trees and part of what was once part of the ancient Braydon Forest. A truly magical place. A carpet of bluebells in spring, and a sea of gold in autumn.

If you fancy a pub walk, there's the village pub in Oaksey (45 minutes).

You can walk (or drive - 5 minutes) to the lakes of the Cotswold Water Park, where there are many leisure and sporting facilities. Sailing, fishing, kayaking, swimming, cycling, archery, paint balling - the lot. You may have to battle with the tourists though. You will be pleased to have your private idyll to return to!

By car, you can explore Cirencester, the 'Gateway to the Cotswolds' (20 minutes) it has an excellent museum and market and many pubs. This was the regional Roman capital of Corinium and is steeped in history. This is your launch pad to the wider Cotswold region with its many little villages, hills and and towns.

Other historic market towns nearby are Tetbury and Malmesbury (20 minutes). Both great places to grab a coffee and wander the high street, browsing the many antique stalls. Nearby too is Charlton park, where WOMAD is held every year.

Slightly further afield is the vibrant and progressive town of Stroud, as well as Minchinhampton Common (35 minutes). A great place to walk, where you can see all the way to the Brecon Beacons over the Severn Estuary.

Or, go South, to Avebury (35 minutes) and have a drink in the Red Lion pub, inside the largest pre-historic stone circle in the world, or, a little further, the world famous Stonehenge itself.

Food & Drink

In terms of local supermarkets, shops and delis...

There's a good, big Waitrose just outside Malmesbury and one in Cirencester, which also has a Tescos, an Aldi and a produce market in the town centre on most days. Just outside Cirencester is the also the 'Organic Farm Shop', selling excellent farm produce with a deli and cafe on site as well.

The 'Jolly Nice Cafe' on the way to Stroud also hosts a farm shop, restaurant and cafe in its large Yurts with log burning stoves. A nice place to walk.

For pub lunches locally you cant do much better than The Potting Shed, just 5 minutes away in Hankerton. The Wild Duck at Ewen and The Tunnel House in Coates were good local eating options, but under refurbishment at the time of writing. Do check first. The Weatsheaf in Oaksey has a cosy bar with fireplace and a restaurant round the back. You'll need to book. The Horse and Groom in Charlton has a large beer garden.

For more 'cheap and cheerful' options there's the White Horse in Minety, and The Tavern in Kemble, which practically on the railway platform (great if you're getting the train) and the Thames Head nearby is unfussy too.

Finally, the hidden gem that is The Marlborough Arms on Sheep Street in Cirencester. This is a drinker's pub. No food. Just a great range of well kept beer and cider and good company. No pretence here. A proper pub. Go here if you visit the Corinium museum.

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The Owner Says

Brandiers Farm is set amid 30 acres of re-wilded arable land, consisting of a patchwork of wildflower meadows, lakes, ponds and woodland.

It is the home of the Lavery family, who over 30 odd years have transformed ‘Brandiers’ from degraded agricultural and grazing land into a fertile haven and micro nature reserve. We work closely with the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust and other local volunteer groups, and Brandiers is now home to many rare and protected species.

You are likely to see red kites, ravens, owls, buzzards, bats, badgers, hares and great-crested newts as well as deer, ducks, dragonflies, grass-snakes, moorhens and a whole host of butterflies including the critically endangered marsh fritillary.

There is a large lake with a boat for you to paddle out on, as well as a lakeside bar where you can pour yourself a tipple and sit and watch the wildlife on the water, and even a very large rock for your morning meditations and sun salutations.

Brandiers is home to three separate pitches, each with their own private cooking area as well as some shared facilities. There is 'Camp Brunhidla', consisting of a vintage VW camper-van, bell tent and other amenities. Then there is the luxury 5 metre 'Bedouin Bell Tent', and finally there is the wooden 'Showman's Wagon'.

Toilet and bathroom facilities for all three are a beautifully converted, wood pannelled horse box trailer with hot running water and electricity, shower room and bath tubs.

Aside from being a nature reserve, the site is brimming with local history, once being a Roman settlement. Indeed Brandiers is an excellent base for exploring the nearby Roman town of Cirencester; the gateway to the Cotswolds, as well as the Cotswold Water Park with its swimming and leisure facilities right on your doorstep.

Accommodation

Three glamping options – Brunhilda, sleeping 4 people, a bedouin Bell Tent, sleeping 2, and a Showman;s wagon, also sleeping 2.

The Bedouin Tent

Bell tent Sleeps 2
The Bedouin Bell Tent is a resplendent five metre tent up tucked up away in a wild meadow beneath mighty oak and ash trees. The most secluded spot on Brandiers Farm, complete with log burning stove, king size bed, low wooden table, hand woven rugs and cushions. This canvass palace sleeps two lovers in total luxury. Sleeps a couple in a double bed

Camp Brunhilda

Quirky Sleeps 6
An actual fairy tail. A whole private micro-camp all to yourself, which centres around 'Brunhilda' a vintage 1975 VW van, sleeping two, and adjacent 3M bell tent with double bed, also sleeping two. The camp includes a fire bowl, hammock, star gazing bed, dining table, horse-box bathroom conversion and private bushcraft camp and storytelling circle.

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Getting There

Brandiers is well located just 20 minutes from the the M4 providing excellent links to London (2 hours) or Bristol (50 minutes). Take either junction 15 or 16 for Malmesbury or Royal Wooten Basset respectively.

If coming from Malmesbury and the M4 google will probably take you through Minety Village, past the church. In this case was Brandiers will be just before the level crossing and railway line. On the left is the the Farm house and Barn where your hosts live, the glamping sites are on the RIGHT.

You can drive in the gateway opposite 'Oakwood Stable', where there is a mowed field. From here you will see both 'Camp Brunhilda' and 'The Showman's Wagon' a short distance away. You can leave you car here and use the wheelbarrows provided to transport you things to your camp.

Obviously, if you are coming from the other side, over the railway, then the glamping sites will be on your LEFT. The car park gate will be the fourth one on your right after the level crossing.
Alternatively Kemble train station is only 15 minutes away, which provides a straight through direct route from London (1 hour 20 mins) and Bristol (30 Mins). Just try to avoid peak travel times.

Or there is the National Express Bus which takes you into Cirencester, 20 minutes away.

A taxi can be arranged from either Cirencester, or Kemble, (or Swindon train station).

If you are staying in Camp Brunhilda, then Olly can always pick you up from the Kemble station in your VW.

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