•Quiet site bordering the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
•Easy access to Stratford, Leamington Spa, Oxford and Banbury
•Back to nature site surrounded by woodland footpaths
For peace, quiet, and a wild countryside setting in the middle of Shakespeare country, it doesn't get much better than this. Edgehill Country Park lies near the Edge Hill escarpment, where the first major battle of the English Civil War took place, right on the edge of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and surrounded by miles upon miles of wondrous Warwickshire countryside.
Among open fields and next to a mature woodland, plenty of wildlife spotting. A relaxed back to nature site, which has a playground and tons of room for the kids to wear themselves out in.
Even better is that your helpful and friendly hosts allow you to choose your own pitch when you arrive at base, and you can kick back and relax in the knowledge that you won't be expected to rush off on your last morning, either.
Handily, four local pubs that serve food are within easy walking distance – two via roads and two across fields. There's also a small village five minutes' drive away for shops, a butcher, more pubs and a takeaway, so whether you want to buy yourself burgers for a bbq, order something in or eat good pub grub at a lovely local inn, you're nicely spoiled for choice.
While this site's focus is keeping you in touch with the natural surroundings, it's still got all the amenities you might need to ensure a comfortable stay, including a solar-powered sanitary block with toilets, showers and sanitary disposal units, drinking water points and a washing-up area.
The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act and/or any of the following: Staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Rottweiler, any Mastiff or Tosa.
Guests to Edgehill Country Park have absolutely heaps of history to explore in the local area. Within 15 minutes' drive you could be in the lovely town of Stratford-upon-Avon, most famed as the birthplace of Shakespeare, but also home to Anne Hathaway’s cottage and several theatres and music venues. The castles of Warwick and Kenilworth are also both within easy reach, and over in Royal Leamington Spa, Jephson Gardens – home to a lovely tearoom, a sensory garden and a botanical garden – is a splendid spot to tour on a sunny day, with the Royal Pump Rooms museum across the road being a pleasant place to wander around for an hour or so.
Around here is also land where the British motor industry began (and continues today) – the British Car museum is a mere seven miles away in Gaydon, while over in Coventry there's the Coventry Transport Museum, both showcasing the finest vehicular specimens of Britains' motoring history; well worth the visit if you're an ardent appreciator of a good chassis.
For animal-based fun around the internationally known Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that is the Cotswolds, take the kids to see the 500-plus birds at Birdland Park and Gardens, or the peacocks and deer at Prinknash Bird Park. The the world's biggest collection of swans, ducks and geese can be witnessed over at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust reserve at Slimbridge, which also hosts heaps of events, talks and wildlife encounters throughout the year.