Camping is something that I used to love doing when I was a kid. I’ve got fond memories of putting up ancient canvas tents with my Girl Guide Pack in the pouring rain, and cramming sixteen of us in to one tent. Being slightly uncomfortable was part of the fun. And in my teens and twenties there was plenty of camping to be done at music festivals, and of course I was having far too much fun (and cider) to be bothered about sleeping on the ground.
But now I’m getting on towards my forties (the horror) the discomforts of camping are less appealing – any awkward sleeping is likely to put my back out and to be honest, I’d rather just have a comfy bed to sleep in! But the camping lifestyle is undeniably still fun and something that I’d love my kids to enjoy doing too, just as I used to; so there’s nothing for it – it’s time to make the change to glamping and all the creature comforts that it entails.
I don’t think we’ll ever look back!
The Apple Farm Glamping review
We were delighted to be hosted for two nights at The Apple Farm at Snitterfield in Warwickshire. Only an hour’s drive away from our home, it was close enough to get to after work on Friday yet far enough to feel like a proper mini-break.
The Apple Farm is a family run farm spread out over 60 acres of picturesque countryside. For the last few years, The Apple Farm has offered glamping in bell tents set within an apple orchard, and it has proved so popular that they have had to expand every year! Having visited, we can see why.
Read on for our review of The Apple Farm!
Arrival at The Apple Farm, Snitterfield
The Apple Farm is in a really peaceful location, just outside of the village of Snitterfield in Warwickshire. Away from the main roads, you’re not going to hear much in the way of human noise – just the wind in the trees, geese, sheep and perhaps the odd deer!
This somewhat out of the way location does mean that The Apple Farm can be a little tricky to find. Our host, Charlotte, gave us clear directions but we ended up approaching from the opposite direction than we expected which confused us a little! The entrance to The Apple Farm is a gated late in between the entrance to The Farm (a large shop) and a cream cottage. There’s a board pointing you to the gate but it’s still easy to miss unless you’re driving very slowly. You can’t drive straight on to the farm as the gate has to be kept locked to keep livestock from getting on to the main road.
Once we were at the gate we called Charlotte who came to collect us within a couple of minutes and led us on to The Apple Farm. The glamping site is a short drive down a private lane and through some fields (the track was fine for our car so no 4WDs needed).
Our tent at The Apple Farm
The tents at The Apple Farm are set within a seven acre apple orchard. Once we were parked Charlotte led us through the orchard to our tent. We timed our visit perfectly – the apple trees were in full bloom and their petals covered the grass like confetti. It was a lovely sight!
Although our tent was the closest to the car park, we couldn’t see it from the road. We walked through several rows of trees before it finally came into view. Charlotte has planned the layout of the tents as carefully as possible so that you can’t see any other tents from your site. There are only six tents in the field and so you’re not likely to have much to do with your neighbours!
Inside the tent
We stayed in a beautiful four person bell tent. These tents have a high ceiling and so there was no crouching needed – an adult can easily walk around without having to stoop. A handy side table with a solar light and fresh flowers was set between the beds.
Inside our tent we found two double beds with brightly coloured duvets, pillows and blankets. The floors were covered in rugs and colourful fairy lights were strung over the doorways, giving the tent a bright, airy and luxurious feel. There was plenty of room for the kids to play in and also lots of space for all our belongings (we’d brought quite a lot with us!).
We were also supplied with a hamper basket filled with plates, cutlery and plastic glasses so there’s no need to worry about bringing any kitchen equipment. You do need to bring your own food!
The beds were really comfortable and all four of us fitted in with no problems (except squabbles about who was sleeping where!). As the beds were low to the ground there was plenty of head space above the beds so no feeling claustrophobic!
We’d been supplied with blankets and hot water bottles, but we also brought some of our own blankets as the weather was forecast to be unseasonably cold during our stay. Even though it was pretty cold outside, we were cosy and comfortable during the night, and the tent was great as we had no leaks despite a fair bit of rain and wind after we’d gone to bed.
Outside the tent
Outside our tent we had a table and chairs to seat four under a gazebo strung with fairy lights. These flickered on as the sun went down which was a nice touch. The paths around the tents and to the caravan are also lit at night but you will probably want to make sure you have a torch too.
The Apple Farm supplies each tent with a barbecue (and barbecue tools), a small camping stove and a fire pit. You can buy wood and kindling for the fire pit for £5 a bucket, but we brought our charcoal and lighters with us.
As soon as we arrived and unloaded the car we got the barbecue going and dinner ready! I do love a barbecue as it’s literally the only time that the husband will cook. We had a really lovely evening outside around the fire pit and staying at The Apple Farm was a fantastic way to unplug and spend quality time together without the distraction of screens. The kids especially loved toasting marshmallows over the fire pit and having the freedom to explore the orchard.
Unfortunately due to the weather (there was actually a really bad storm during our stay) our gazebo couldn’t be put up which is why you can’t see it in my photos. But kudos to the tent – it stayed as sturdy as ever despite taking a bit of an overnight battering.
There are also six person bell tents available at The Apple Farm (such as the one above) which are ideal for groups of friends or larger families.
Facilities at The Apple Farm
You don’t need to worry about portaloos or washing in a bucket at The Apple Farm! On the edge of the field is a static caravan which has two bathrooms (including a full bath for grubby children) and a kitchenette. This is really handy if you want to cook on the supplied gas camping stove as there are saucepans and frying pans stored in the kitchenette. So you can cook up a full English in the morning!
You can also cook on the kitchen stove, and there’s teas and coffees supplied in the kitchen too. There’s also a comfortable seating area with some outdoor and indoor games that you’re able to borrow. The kids had fun playing with the toy farm.
There is an honesty box for buying any extra supplies that you need – if you’ve forgotten charcoal or firelighters then you’ll find some here. We tried The Apple Farm’s apple juice which was delicious, and there’s also cider available and sometimes eggs from the farm’s hens.
The Apple Farm is off grid so you can unplug totally while you’re staying. There is no electricity at all and everything is powered by solar or battery lights. We did bring a battery powered mobile charger with us as our phones wouldn’t have lasted the whole weekend but it’s a good excuse to step away from the internet for a bit!
What to do at The Apple Farm
The area around The Apple Farm is beautiful – there are some stunning viewpoints close by. There’s a walk up to the top of a nearby hill with a large obelisk on the summit where you will be able to get a great view of the countryside.
There are also plenty of tracks around the campsite to walk along, and there’s a lot of wildlife to keep an eye out for. We saw squirrels and rabbits and there are also lots of deer about, although we weren’t lucky enough to see any during our stay.
You’re able to have free roam of most of the farm during your stay, and you can meet the animals too, as long as you don’t go into any of the cattle fields. Just along the track next to the orchard is one of the best places to spot wild animals in the evening.
Shop and cafe – The Farm
The Farm is not actually connected to The Apple Farm – they’re just neighbours! But Charlotte recommended visiting The Farm, as there’s a brand new shop and cafe here. The Farm had only been open for about 3 weeks when we visited in April 2019.
I imagined that The Farm would be a small shop with a few shelves of essentials: milk, eggs, juice, that sort of thing. I was entirely wrong on that count! If you’ve forgotten any food then you can get it here. Fruit and veg? Loads. Fresh sausages for the barbie? There’s a butcher. Sauces and spices? Check. Beer and wine? There’s a large selection of beer and ale and a wine bar(!).
The cafe here is really good. If it’s raining and you don’t want to cook outside or in the caravan then have breakfast here – there’s a selection of pastries and cooked breakfasts. For children there’s an indoor and an outdoor play area, and some animals to look at too.
Word has got out about The Farm – we went for Sunday brunch and 10 minutes after opening time the cafe was full. The Farm opens between 8am – 6pm Mondays to Saturdays and 10am – 4pm on Sundays.
The Apple Farm: Know before you go
How to book your stay at The Apple Farm
There are two ways that you can book your stay at The Apple Farm.
You will need a car to reach The Apple Farm.
What you need to bring with you
As it was our first glamping experience we wanted to be sure that we didn’t forget anything! As well as warm clothes and toiletries we brought towels, spare blankets, charcoal, lighters, wellies, torches, battery powered mobile charger, and a ton of food and drink (although everything you might need for cooking can be bought either at The Apple Farm or at the nearby shop).
You might want to bring outdoor and indoor games, and some books with you (leave the tablets at home, you won’t regret it!).
Things to do near The Apple Farm
The area around The Apple Farm is brilliant for exploring. Warwickshire is one of England’s loveliest counties and there is absolutely loads of things to entertain you and your family in this area. Although the Apple Farm is so picturesque that you could easily spend a weekend just on the site itself, with a good book or two!
While the countryside is wonderful, there are also plenty of nearby historical attractions to visit, depending on your family’s interests!
Stratford Upon Avon
We (well, me mainly) love a bit of history at Kids and Compass. So while we were glamping at The Apple Farm we just had to check out Stratford Upon Avon, a picturesque town only a couple of miles away. There is so much to see and do in Stratford, and you might notice that just one or two things are centred around William Shakespeare.
It’s not surprising that there’s so many Shakespeare themed things to do here. Stratford is where Shakespeare was born, where his family lived and where he spent a large part of his life. Many of the buildings associated with his life and his family are still standing today, and they do make an interesting and educational visit. I’ll round up the most suitable Shakespeare attractions in Stratford for kids in a separate post, but the short version is that Mary Arden’s Farm (pictured) is hands down the best Shakespeare house for kids.
There are other attractions of interest for kids in Stratford – try the MAD museum (an engineering museum), Magic Alley (most suitable for kids aged 7+) and the Stratford Butterfly Farm. Another huge hit with our kids was a boat ride on the river Avon – we recommend a tour with Bancroft Cruisers.
Keep an eye out for our upcoming Stratford Upon Avon itinerary!
One of the UK’s best castles is just up the road. Warwick Castle will take you a whole day to see, and there’s entertainment here for kids of all ages. Warwick Castle is run by Merlin Entertainment and as such it has a bit more of a theme park feel than many of Britain’s other castles. But that does mean that there’s loads to do for kids.
Highlights of our visit included the tour of the castle, the flaming trebuchet, and the Princess Tower for our daughter. When we went to Warwick Castle our kids were sadly too small for the dungeons, which can be pretty scary (they’re similar to the London Dungeons)! You should definitely walk the walls of Warwick Castle for lovely views over the town and surrounding countryside.
Stratford Upon Avon lies right on the border with the Cotswolds, one of England’s most famous areas. A short drive down the old Roman road, the Fosse Way, will let you explore Moreton in Marsh, Stow on the Wold and Bourton on the Water.
All three towns are beautiful, but Bourton on the Water is best for children. However it’s also worst for crowds so try to avoid it during the summer holidays when you can barely move for tourists in the town centre.
There are tons of family friendly things to do in the Cotswolds, ranging from animal attractions, more historical sites and exploring the countryside. Take a look at our post on the best things to do in the Cotswolds with kids.
Would we recommend The Apple Farm Glamping?
We absolutely would recommend glamping at The Apple Farm. The orchard location of the glamping site is especially lovely and it’s wonderful that the trees give you privacy, so you feel as though you have the place to yourself.
The tent was sturdy, warm and welcoming and the beds made for a comfortable night’s sleep. We loved spending time together outdoors, cooking on the barbecue and toasting marshmallows over the fire pit. The kids got a lot out of the glamping experience and are asking when we can go again – just as I had hoped!
Everything you need is supplied and the booking and check in process is efficient and friendly. And of course The Apple Farm is perfectly located to explore everything that the area has to offer. The Apple Farm is highly recommended for families with kids of any age, couples or groups of friends!
We definitely won’t be going back to regular camping now – we are true glamping converts.
Disclaimer: The Apple Farm very kindly hosted us for two nights. All opinions are my own.
Have you tried glamping with your family? Could you go back to regular camping? Let us know in the comments!