Atkins Alpacas

Charity Barn, Windmill Road, Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire, GL6 9EE

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  • Dogs
  • Families
  • Peaceful stays
  • Working farm

Why stay here ...

The CL is idyllically located on one of the highest inhabited plateaus in the UK. The adjacent 580 acre Common is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, part managed by the National Trust, where the long parallel ditches and mounds of a former Iron Age fort can be found.

We only opened in 2014 but due to demand we now have electricity to all of our pitches.

The town of Stroud is just 4 miles away with its Farmers Market regularly voted ‘Best in Country’. The reason for this is that the market only sell produce produced by local people, and some of the best food and hand crafted goods. Further afield the Georgian town of Bath is a 30 mins drive with Cheltenham (20 mins) and Cirencester (15 Mins) closer.

A very good pub and restaurant The Lodge is  just an easy ten minute level stroll away. The Golf course comes up to the boundary of our farm.

There are some lovely walks and cycle rides in beautiful countryside virtually on our own doorstep, with views across the five valleys, and on a clear day the River Severn can be seen winding its way across the landscape.

My wife Sue makes many different varieties of marmalade, jam and chutney which she sells at local Farmers Markets and they are also available on our farm. She has also just started baking the most delicious gluten free cakes, biscuits, muffins and savouries. These are a must try if you have a gluten intolerance and Sue sells out every single week. 

Currently our farm has no alpacas and we have horses on livery at different times and you may be lucky to see a young foal this year as well.

We are now able to take dogs should owners wish to bring them with them. As we are surrounded by common land there are some really nice walks right on our door step. Should you wish to pop in the car for two miles then you can walk along the pathways of the Stroud water canal. If cycling is your thing then again some  we have some excellent bike rides with lovely pubs and restaurants in almost any direction you choose.

There are many things to do around Minchinghampton from visiting a Roman Villa at Chedworth or lovely old villages such as Bibury. With pubs, restaurant, golf course and horse riding on your doorstep you are quite literally spoilt for choice.

For those of you with an interest in Horses then we are five minutes from Gatcombe Park Horse trials and an easy 15 to 20 minutes drive from Badminton. 

We are just above the little town of Nailsworth with a variety of shops and two supermarkets for supplies. Or just a short walk into the lovely old town of Minchinhampton and many of its old Cotswold stone buildings are mentioned in the Doomsday book - their narrow streets were designed for quieter times and a horse and cart. 

We do offer a battery charging service should you need it. We are proud to be members of the Club. When our children were small, some 26 years ago, we had some fantastic holidays visiting CLs that our children still talk about to this day. We can promise you that we will do our utmost to make your stay as happy and memorable as our visits were.

Facilities on site ...

  • Battery charging
  • TV reception: good
  • Working farm

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Pitches

Types of pitch: grass

Electric hook up available

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0.5 acres

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Postcode:
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GPS:
Lat 51.707413 / Lon -2.201965
OS field ref:
SO386075
OS map ref:
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Transport links

  • Buses go to: Stroud, Cirencester
  • Nearest train station: Stroud

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Fantastic find

We booked this site as we were attending concert at nearby Westonbirt, the booking was a pleasant affair the owners couldn't have been more helpful. On our arrival we were greeted by a lawned area which was well maintained. Shortly after pitching we were greeted by Sue who made us more than welcome giving us information on the best places to eat nearby, even going as far as lending us a takeaway menu. The site is set in a tranquil part of the English countryside and the only disturbance was the beautiful sound of songbirds made even better by the peace and quiet. Would we visit again?? you bet, cannot wait until we book again, if you are looking for a busy activity filled weekend then give it a miss, but if its a beautiful peaceful get away from it all time you desire then this is the place to come

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Excellent access to the common very peaceful

This site is in the middle of the common so is a fantastic location for walkers and hikers. The site is very compact...so vans are quite close together. Electric hook up is quite a distance..though the owner Nick can provide an extension lead.. Basic CL..owner very welcoming..
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well kept secret

This is a great little CL surrounded by fields on one side and a sports ground on the other [only ever saw a couple of runners so not busy or noisy when we visited] The owners are so friendly and welcoming and a source of local information. The local chip shop in town appears now to have closed down but there are other shops in the village which is a stunning little village, in fact there are so many little villages within walking distance. The site is adjacent to the Minchinhampton Common which is great for dogs and walking, popular space but never seemed over busy. Just beware the roaming cows and the presents they leave on the common! Good pub on the common by the golf course not the cheapest but looked good food.10 minutes walk away or 2 mins drive. Dog friendly pub. To make the site even better it would be nice to see the pitches have hardstanding, but only because it was wet one day, ground never got boggy despite an almighty thunderstorm and downpour. We will be back to enjoy the walking around, and we must not forget watching the antics of the Alpacas and horses having fun in the field adjacent. Great sunset from the site, got some stunning pictures.
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Alpacas and Kites on the Common

We have just spent a wonderful BH weekend at this CL. We found the site easily, and had a warm welcome from Nicholas, who also lent us an extra electric cable as the EHU points are all in one place. The site is a level grass area,with good facilities, overlooking the fields and Minchinhampton Common, which is just outside the gate. We were watched while setting up by the very inquisitive Alpacas, who also kept us entertained over the weekend. There are plenty of walks directly from the site, although there are some steep hills, so be warned! Minchinhampton is a level walk away, which took us about 15 minutes, with a shop, cafe and fish & chip shop.However the pub is now closed. Stroud has a wonderful farmers market every Saturday, and Sue from the site sells her jams & Chutney, which I can recommend. The National Trust who manage the common had a Kite festival on the Sunday, and the sky was full of kites in many different shapes and sizes. Can also recommend a visit to Winstones Ice Cream on Rodborough Common. We had a great weekend, and will definitely be back, as soon as possible.

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Lovely quiet site

This is a traditional CL with basic facilities but all you need if you use on board washroom/toilet. Easy to find (follow the owners directions) easy enough access (though a little tight - need to swing wide on your way in), nice and level and good views. The alpacas are relaxing to watch and there's next to no passing traffic. If there's one small point it would be that it's a little bight tight for space across the top where the electric hook ups are placed. It would be great if the pitches were marked across the end, with the third tight to the fence to give a bit more room between vans. Not a major issue. We had a great weekend and will almost certainly return.
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