Cotswolds Camping

Holycombe, Whichford Castle Moat

Frequently Asked Questions



How do we make a booking?


Please use this link to our online booking system.


Do you have a minimum number of nights booking policy?


No - except for glamping


Can we bring our dogs?


No - we do not allow dogs on the campsite, because we want to protect the wildlife that have chosen to live here.


What do we need to bring?


You need to bring everything with you that you will need to camp. We suggest that if you are sensitive to the noise of church bells and crowing cockerels, you also bring some ear plugs! The church bells in Whichford ring every 15 minutes, day and night, all year around.


What is your policy on noise?


We want to keep noise to a minimum, and so have designated ourselves as a "quiet campsite". This means that we have banned the use of stereos, ipod docs, and instruments. We only take couples, singles and families; the maximum number of people per party is 5. We do not take groups of more than 5 or any unaccompanied teenagers. This is in order to ensure that all our guests get what they bargained for!


Can we come as a group?


We do not take parties of more than 4 adults, because we are a "quiet campsite" and therefore, we want to keep noise to a minimum and we know from experience that groups tend to be looking for somewhere they can make noise. We do not take unaccompanied teenagers.


Can we have fires?


Yes - there are several spots where you can light a fire. You can bring your own firewood, or buy it on site for £4 per bag.


Can we bring our motorhome/campervan/caravan? Do you have electric points for caravans?


Can we bring our motorhome/campervan/caravan? Do you have electric points for caravans?


Yes you can bring your own van; we do allow campervans but not motorhomes. Here are the specifications from the council "Small camper vans are permitted and shall not exceed a weight of 3.5 tons, shall not have twin rear axles and shall not measure more than 6.25m in length, 2.22m in width and 2.77m in height when closed"However, if it is wet, we may ask you to park near the gate as it is easy to get cars and vans stuck on the site in wet conditions. Caravans are not generally welcome, although we may make an occasional exception. The local pub - The Norman Knight - has the facilities to take caravans. There are no proper "hook-ups" for caravans and campervans, but there is a 13amp socket available for charging batteries etc.


Are there any size restrictions on the tent that we bring?


There are no size restrictions on the tent that you bring, we have plenty of space.


Can we book the whole site?


No, our booking system limits each person to booking a maximum of 4 adults and 6 children, as we do not allow groups.


What is the maximum number of people that I can book for?


The maximum number of people you can book for is 5 people.


Can we request a particular camping spot?


No, we are unable to take requests for particular spots in advance. Spots are on a first come first served basis. However, there is plenty of space, so it should not be a problem to find somewhere that suits all of your needs.


How close is the pub?


The pub is a 5 minute walk through the sleepy village of Whichford.


How far is the local shop?


There is a village shop in Long Compton, 2 1/2 miles away which sells most provisions and newspapers. There is a larger village shop in Hook Norton, 4 miles away, which sells all the basic provisions and more. There is Wyatts farm shop, 3 miles away towards Rollright, which sells good local produce, including vegetables, meat, cheese, wine, and it also has a cafe. There is also a very good shop, Taste of the Country, selling quality meat and other produce located in Shipston-on-Stour, 6 miles away.


How far is the nearest supermarket?


There is a Sainsbury's supermarket in Chipping Norton (6 miles). There is a Co-op in Shipston-on-Stour (6 miles). Both sell all of the basics. There is a new Waitrose in Stratford-upon-Avon (13 miles). There is a Tesco in Stow-on-the-wold (12 miles). Banbury (11 miles) has every supermarket known to man.


Is there a 'check-in' time?


The check in time is 3pm onwards.


Is there a 'check-out' time?


The check out time is 11am.


Can we park our car near our tent?


Yes - except when it is wet, when you cannot drive down the hill, towards the orchard, because you will get stuck.


Can we go anywhere on the camp site?


There are areas of the site that are off limits. This includes the cabin by the moat, the yurt near the kitchen, the dome, the showmans wagon, and the owners garden beyond the wooden fence.