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“A little it of heaven” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Thistledown Farm

Thistledown Farm
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Owner description: Peaceful, tranquil and unspoilt green camping with superb views. A night or more at Thistledown gives you much more than just a campsite. Located within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty lies Thistledown Farm: 4 miles of maintained paths and sculpture trails wind their way through 70 acres of meadow, pasture and woodland. Educational boards around the site provide information on a host of environmental and agricultural subjects. Friendly pigs, goats and cattle are always happy to greet visitors. Fire pits are provided and wood is available to be bought. Numbers are strictly limited and booking is essential - please see our website for online booking.
Stroud, United Kingdom
1 review
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“A little it of heaven”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2010

I have stayed at Thistledown several times and I think I can safely say it is the best campsite location in the country! If you want a swimming pool, laundrette, shops and entertainment you would hate this place but we like the ‘wild camping feel’ and they do have running water, compost toilets and rustic, yet hot, showers. We were pitched on beautiful grass areas surrounded by woodland. Despite the ‘great outdoors’ atmosphere the town of Nailsworth is actually only a short drive down the hill. We will be back there next year, no doubt!

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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“Wonderful experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2010

Three things about Thistledown:

First, the view, vistas, camp spots and walks are magical. Secluded with a sense of privacy but without being isolated (though even that would be fine, given how safe and havenlike it all feels).

Second, the facilities (fire spots, bench/tables, toilets (!) and showers are not only very functional but aesthetically very pleasing. And the composting toilets not only make ecological sense, they also are visually and in terms of odour far superior to most of not all public toilet I have used to date.

Third, the site is not too far to reach on what are mainly public footpaths... my fellow travellers insisted on picking me up at Stonehouse - and I much regret that I did not put up more resistance; the surrounds are so stunning. One more reason to return...

Our group consisted of six adults and five children aged 1-6, and every one of us had a wonderful, wonderful time.

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Forget all other campsites!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2010

We have done a lot of 'green' camping but Thistledown was the best by
far. Beautiful countryside, peaceful and with a very harmonious
ambience. The fact that there were no cars let the kids roam wild
without fear. They made more friends that weekend than in two years of
school. We would thoroughly recommend Thistledown to anyone - just
don't take our spot - we want it again!!

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Bath
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6 reviews
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“Space, greenery, campfires and peace- lovely!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2010

This campsite is still a work in progress but it is clearly a work of passion with lovely woodland trails, designated campfire areas, sculptures and protected wildlife. It is ideal for those who enjoy space and nature and don't need more than that. The toilets and hot showers are fine, don't worry! One thing to really understand is that to enjoy the car free lower areas, camping kit needs to be moved from A to B, either by wheelbarrow or their 4x4 jeep, but once you're settled, it's wonderful. We had pet pheasants around us for the weekend, and gliders above. We will definitely return.

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mrscornishpirate
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13 reviews
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“Splendid, beautiful wonderful magical place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2010

Just spent a weekend at Thistledown to celebrate a brithday. Absolutely lovely place, stunning views, meadows, mown paths and woodland. Site is secluded and quiet we had a little glen to ourselves. The fabulously crafted composting toilets are the cleanest toilets I have ever been in on a campsite. There was about 30 of us including 9 children and two dogs. Ideal place to let children run free, lovely and safe and really great for exploring. Beautfil wooden sculptures and interesting educational boards around. Robert the famer could not have been more accomodating, driving everyone about in the mule including our camping gear. Supplying wood us for and taking the kids to feed the animals, with the chance to pet the piggies and goats along with some education thrown in, all very relaxed.
Totally blissful I would recommend this to any family or group that wanted a chilled weekend.

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