If you're looking for a peaceful, rural environment in which to enjoy your holidays in Somerset, why not pitch for one night or more at Batcombe Vale Campsite, near Shepton Mallet.
This is an award winning campsite, being a finalist in Practical Caravan, Practical Motorhome and Caravan Sitefinder's Top 100 Sites Guide 2014. Being listed in this go-to camping and travel guide means that Batcombe Vale Campsite is one of the best campsites in the UK – and it is one of only nine sites in the Somerset, Avon and Wilts section of this guide. Visitors voting for this campsite loved its facilities, especially the private bathrooms, the neat and careful landscaping and commended the staff for being helpful.
This pretty, green campsite welcomes caravans, motorhomes and tents. There are 33 touring pitches, none of which are hardstanding, but you can have access to a 10A electric hook-up for a slight additional fee. If you're visiting with a double-axle caravan, please state that this is the case when booking and take extra care when accessing the campsite.
This is a dog friendly campsite, too – there's a small extra charge to bring them, though. One dog is allowed per pitch without prior arrangement and it must be kept on its lead at all times. There's a field for exercising dogs. Owners must remember to clean up after their dogs and be mindful of the fact that not all visitors might be keen on dogs – and certain breeds are not welcome, so do check when you place your booking.
Fishermen or -women will be in their element on their motorhome, camping and caravan holidays at this campsite in Somerset as they’ll be able to enjoy the trio of angling lakes on site that are stocked with tench, rudd and carp; you must have a current fishing licence. And all visitors will love the peace and tranquility the park offers – you might spot a buzzard gliding overhead. You can even borrow a free rowing boat to make the most of the on-site lakes, or stretch your legs with a stroll along the miles of pathways and lanes around the site.
There are lots of other places to go and things to do in this beautiful part of the country, too. A day out at Longleat Safari and Adventure Park, about half an hour's drive from this campsite, will be lots of fun for all the family. The historic city of Wells is also about a 30-minute drive away, and near Wells you can also take in Cheddar Gorge, Wookey Hole and the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Haynes International Motor Museum in Yeovil is also around 20 minutes away, the Fleet Air Arm Museum on the outskirts of Ilchester about 10 minutes further away.
So there's lots to do on your camping, motorhome and caravan holidays in Somerset, and the well regarded Batcombe Vale Campsite is one of the best campsites in the county.
charcoal and gas BBQ allowed
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Kilver Court Secret Gardens
If you'd like a night off from cooking – and washing up! – you will be pleased to hear that there are three good pubs within three miles of Batcombe Vale Campsite, and all of them serve great food and ale.
Shepton Mallet is also only about a 20-minute drive from site, with shops to top up your camping supplies, petrol stations and plenty of pubs, cafes and other eateries to enjoy.
Based on 3 review(s)
Shropshire 09 Jul 2015
Upon arrival we were warmly greeted by Andy and Jude (Site wardens). Having been directed to our pitch we had to wait a short while till the rain passed. Thankfully we then had glorious sunshine while we set about pitching our tent.
The pitch we were given (number 19) was very spacious allowing for plenty of room for our medium sized tent, windbreak, chairs, table, BBQ, car etc.
The site itself is set down in a valley that is the most beautifully tranquil scenic place for a campsite.
Although it was just my partner and I that stayed there is enough for kids to do there with a decent sized playing field and loads of space to explore
There are very adequate toilet and washing facilities on site which are kept spotlessly clean by both wardens. The site I know has received negative feedback in the past due to the showers producing little more than a dribble and being lukewarm at best. Thankfully they have a new boiler system fitted now which produces more power and heat than you really need and was easily the best shower I have used on any site. Only on one day did we notice that the temperature in the showers had dropped, however we mentioned this to Andy and Jude who had this fixed later that afternoon.
There are 2 spacious sinks to use for washing up with both hot and cold water available.
They have a small chest freezer available to use (FoC) which is handy for storing ice blocks and the much needed ice lollies on the hot days we were there.
On the side of the washing/toilet facilities there was a washing machine for the campers use. Although we didn't use it we were told it was £3 to use.
There are a total of 4 lakes on site with the first one having 4 rowing boats that are free to use (life jackets available from wooden cabin). The fourth lake is available for fishing at just £5 per person per day. Apparently there are carp and Tench to over 20lb, but we never saw anything over 4lb on the one day we fished. There are however literally thousands of very small Rudd though which are very keen on eating bread and sweetcorn that was being used as bait by us and others while we were there. We felt that the fishing lake would be more suited to parents teaching there kids the joys of fishing for the first time rather than more experienced anglers
The site we found to be centrally located to numerous places of interest including Longleat, Wookey Hole, Wells, Glastonbury, Clarks village in Street, Fleet Air arm Museum, Haynes Motor Museum. All of which were roughly a 30 minute drive away.
I'll finish by saying that if you are after a well run, peaceful, tranquil site set within the beautiful Somerset countryside you really need to check this place out.
Thanks again to Andy and Jude for being so warm and helpful, you really are a credit to Batcombe Vale and we look forward to hopefully seeing you again this September.
Stephen & Beccy
P.S. Although we understand the site has recent new owners we hope they will continue to run the campsite as it is for future years
Hampshire 10 Jan 2014
I can't believe Gary was aggressive, that person or her children must have behaved very badly to cause that. He thoroughly enjoys running that site for families. Go there and take your kids it's the best experience they and you will have of the countyside.
somerset 04 May 2009
This is a beautiful site, the owners are lovely, but unfortunately the couple that lease the site are far from hospitable. The male aggressively addressed both women and children whenever a need for communication arose. At one point he aggressively shouted and waved his finger in the face of a woman who was carrying a small child after she pointed out he was being aggressive, rude and of a threatening manner in front of young children. I would strongly recommend that you avoid this site-such a shame!
Batcombe Vale Campsite