Atkins CL

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 and have now installed electricity to all of our pitches. This is no longer a working farm and therefore dogs are welcomed and there are some amazing walks on the adjacent common land. A very good pub and restaurant The Lodge is just an easy ten minute level stroll away across the common. They are dog friendly and always have a bowl of water and often some biscuits for them.

The Golf course comes up to the boundary of our farm. 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 sells local produce and some of the best food and hand crafted goods. Further afield the Georgian town of Bath is a 30 minute drive with Cheltenham (20 minutes) and Cirencester (15 minutes) closer.

There are some lovely walks and cycle rides in beautiful countryside virtually on our own doorstep. Canal walks and cycle and walkways along the route of the old 'Dudbridge Donkey Steam Train' are sadly no more. Spectacular 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 bakes 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.

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

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

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Welcoming and peaceful site.

We came for a week's relaxation and recuperation from our busy lives. We could not have picked better! The site was well maintained with Sue being welcoming. Sue and Nick were friendly and helpful giving much needed info on the surrounding area with places to walk the dogs (bear left by the Bear!). Sue sells jam and marmalade which was scrummy and wonderful on toast. The local common just across the road from the site was good for walking the dogs and in the evening we were often in conversation with other dog owners who lived nearby. We enjoyed walks and visiting local towns and villages. The nearby village of Nailsworth had a Morrisons and very friendly people when you walked around the assortment of shops with a lovely bakery. Our dog needed some veterinary care after a nasty tick bite and the local vets was helpful and knowledgeable with a friendly attitude. Gloucester cathedral is a must see as is the docks area for coffee. Cirencester was a lovely market town with friendly chatty locals. The whole week refreshed both of us and our dogs and parrot. We came away relaxed and trying to work out when we could come again.

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Lovely relaxing place

We decided to do an impromptu weekend away in our new to us motorhome. We didn't want to go too far away but we found a gem in this site. It was an hours journey from home, the owner replied by email quickly and efficiently giving us all the info we needed to secure the booking. The entrance was difficult for us to see in the dark (having arrived at 8pm) but Mr Atkins was looking out for us and came to find us when we over shot the drive. We had 2 lovely breezy walks with the dog around the local area over the weekend and felt like we had been away for a week. Thank you for a lovely site and helping us to feel welcome.
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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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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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