Boxted CL

Boxted, Colchester, Essex, CO4 5QY

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  • Adults
  • Dogs
  • Peaceful stays

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Adults only

** New for 2019 - fully renovated shower/toilet block**

The Boxted CL site is a family run site set in 5 acres of land. The caravan site itself is approximately 0.5 acres. The site is run by Ties and Kate, and we have a dog (Barney), one pony (Checky), and several chickens.

Boxed is a village located approximately 4 miles north of Colchester, North East Essex, very close to the Suffolk border.  The village is surrounded by farmland. The River Stour flows through the village, providing the boundary between Essex and Suffolk. Old Boxted falls within Dedham Vale, a designated area of outstanding natural beauty. See the village website for further details https://boxted.org.uk/

Close to the site is Dedham Vale Vineyard, which hosts regular events throughout the summer, and wine tasting tours. Booking in advance is essential for tours.

The site is within easy access from the A12, which provides links to London, Suffolk and Norfolk. We are also 2.7 miles from Colchester Park and Ride which offers quick access into Colchester Town Centre.

Opposite the site is McLaughlin's Fruit Farm which offers fruit picking in the summer months, and fresh local produce, including vegetables and eggs. Also in close proximity is Fillpotts Garden Centre, which has a cafe, and also sells local produce.

Within easy reach are the Essex coastline such as Mersea Island, Walton and Frinton beaches, and Southend on Sea.

Other local places of interest include: Colchester Town (which has a lot of Roman history), Beth Chatto Gardens, Dedham and Flatford (Constable country), Colchester Stadium, Colchester Zoo, Layer Marney Tower, Colchester Arts Centre, the Mercury Theatre, and Colchester Park and Castle.

The site itself provides 5 pitches on well maintained grass with electrical hook ups. Upon entry to the site, there is a padlocked gate straight ahead which leads to the caravan field. The combination for the padlock is changed regularly and will be provided upon booking. The site is open all year round and the grass is flat and rains well.

There is a shower block with two cubicles, each with shower, toilet and basin. The shower is operated by a coin meter and is £1 for 10 minutes, thought additional coins can be used if you require longer. The coin meter takes £1 coins and 20p coins. There is also recycling facilities and a chemical emptying point.

In the shower building is an information point with local maps and leaflets for local businesses/ideas for days/vouchers out etc.

Dogs are welcome on the site. There are some lovely walking routes straight from the site through farmer's fields and via country lanes/tracks.

The entrance to the site can be a tight turn, especially when coming from the Boxted Village, though access from the A12 will usually bring you from the other direction, turning right into the site, which is advisable.

Pitches are £12 per night including electrical hook-up.

We strongly recommend that you visit our Facebook page for regular updates and photos.

Facilities on site ...

  • Dog walk from site
  • Shower (exclusive use)
  • WC (exclusive use)

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Postcode:
CO4 5QY
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Lat 51.942847 / Lon 0.907086
OS field ref:
TL998309
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Transport links

  • Bus stop within 1 mile
  • Buses go to: Colchester
  • Daily public transport within 1 mile
  • Train station within 5 miles

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Perfect!

Stayed here for one night on Sunday 28th July while visiting relatives in Colchester. It was just the perfect place! We were in a camper van so no problem turning in and lots of space in the field despite three other caravans/motor homes. It was very peaceful too. The shower and toilet block were clean and just the job! Kat was lovely and welcoming and chatted to us about local walks and it was a nice touch to receive an email today thanking us for our stay and wishing us a pleasant onward journey! Definitely recommend this site and will return for a longer stay in the future.

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What an absolute gem, found almost by accident. We just used this CL as a stopover to break our journey, so only stopped for one night, but we'll definitely be back for a longer stay. As said before, it's a bit of a tight turn in to the site but otherwise, easy to find and no problem getting on the the pitch as we'd been given the access code for the padlock. Good clean facilities, with 2 loos / showers for the 5 pitches. A reasonable £1 for 10 minutes shower time, on top of a very reasonable £12 pitch fee including EHU makes this CL exceptional value. The owner was very welcoming and extremely helpful - even providing a laminated map showing some lovely walks direct from the site. One thing to remember is that both owners work full-time so don't expect the showers/loos to be cleaned during the day - but that does mean that they're not closed for cleaning just when you're packed up and ready to leave, which can always be a problem on bigger sites! The pitch was grass, which was in lovely condition and the 5 pitches are well spaced out, giving privacy and lots of space. All in all, probably the best CL that we've stayed on, both for value and for situation / amenities.
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This is a lovely level site with a great toilet/shower block. One of the great advantages of using this CL is that Colchester's Park & Ride facility is only 2.6 miles away. Parking in Colchester is an expensive nightmare! If we are ever in the area again we shall certainly use this little gem. We wish Ties and Kat all the best with their wonderful little site.

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HIGHLY RECOMENDED

If you stay at this little BoxtedCL site you won't be disappointed as it has a charm all of its own. We have witnessed continuous improvements by Ties and Kate the lovely young couple who now run the site who are very friendly, welcoming, hardworking and forward thinking. I would say that once the toilet/shower block is upgraded for the new 2019 season (although it is presently clean and adequate and a nice sort of rustic) the site to my mind will be perfect. What we particularly like are the spacious pitches, pleasant views, and easy access to Colchester, north Essex, south-east Suffolk and the coast. There are so many places to visit and things to do for all age groups and a trip to the local garden centre will find you a lovely cafe/eatery for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea etc. particularly handy if you just don't fancy cooking or just want a coffee and a good chat (cafe closes @ about 4pm) So if you're wishing to visit the Colchester area and particularly Constable Country I would wholeheartedly recommend this BoxtedCL site :)

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Just the ticket!

Once through the gate this proved an ideal site for us. The turn from the road and back onto it is a bit tight with the van on the back and Essex locals are not renowned for their patience but the site itself is exactly right for us. We loved the horses in the next field, the weather was very kind, Colchester town was a couple of miles away and the owners were friendly without being intrusive. It would have been nice to walk the dogs in the adjacent field rather than round the field. Well be back.
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