It all started out as a bit of a pipe dream, you know one of those things you’d love to do, but the reality of it is that your current lifestyle and situation was really quite good, large social network, good jobs, kids settled in nursery so on and so forth… However, the niggling urge for something different was always there, and wasn’t going away, so we bit the bullet, and after 11 years of living in Brighton, returned back to Emma’s home town of Bath to start something new.
Starting a campsite was the dream, and that dream is now our reality, the journey we’ve gone on to get here, I could write a novel on, the highs and the lows, from just trying to find and buy a field, getting planning permission, the building works, to getting us ready to open.
It took us about a 1.5 years to find the right field and have the field in our name. Planning permission was certainly a character building exercise, a tough, lengthy process to go through, but we employed an amazing Planning Consultant, who guided us through the system. However, whilst the process should have taken 13 weeks it actually took 10 months. Fortunately we had family around us to keep us grounded and with a roof over our heads; as we did feel a bit nomadic for a while.
We are pleased and proud to say we are located in the village of Woolverton, between Beckington and Norton St Phillip, just on the outskirts of Frome and Bath. Easy access off the A36, but still based in true Somerset countryside. We feel this is the perfect location for our guests to be based to enjoy these beautiful surroundings and with so much to see and do locally, we hope that we can put something back in to our local community and be a key part in increasing local tourism. With camping being a cheaper alternative to most other forms of holidaying we think we’ve struck the right balance to bring people to the area and get them spending money to be able to improve what we have around us and keep making it the county that it is for those that want to return and future holiday-makers.
We really want to be a little bit different to other campsites in the area, we are tent only for starters, and welcome your well behaved fluffy friends. Love campfires’, camping isn’t camping without toasting marshmallows, and we hire campfire kits out to our guests. We want to stock local produce in our shop, including beer and cider; meat from local, organic farmers; eggs from our own chickens, herbs and salad items from our garden beds, as well as have basic provisions that may have been forgotten from home.
Some of our guests are using us as a base for friends getting married locally, returning to see old friends and family as well as those who have never ventured to this part of the country before. With a great mix of things to do, from fun days out at Longleat and exploring the Roman town of Bath, to picnicking and flying your kite on top of the White Horse, to enjoying the plentiful National Trust properties, farmers markets, paint balling, quad biking forest schools, horse riding, quick trip over Salisbury plain to Stonehenge, or if you just fancy a kick about in the field, the list is endless and there is bound to be something for everyone.