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7 Best Country Pub Campsites nr Bristol

Don’t we all love long winter walks in the country which end wth a nice pint in a cosy pub, sitting by a lovely log fire? But the only draw back is the driver can’t drink and you have to leave just as the locals are settling in for the evening. We totally agree, but we have recently made an amazing discovery. Country pub campsites, which are open through out the winter.

Could a VW California camper hire and country pub campsites be the perfect winter weekend experience?

A country pub with a campsite, in a stunning location with great walking and cycling potential. What a great idea. But it is winter when the country pub really comes into its own. After a day spent discovering the local area, there is nothing better than spending the evening in the warm friendly atmosphere of a local country pub. An open fire, a nice pint and  a home cooked meal on its way.

Safe in the knowledge that your comfortable bed is waiting for you just outside in the pub campsite.

When you hire a VW California from Sun Kissed Campers will even give you the remote control to the heater thermostat so you can get your camper toasty warm before you leave the fire side!

Our fleet of luxury VW California camper vans are designed to handle all types of extreme weather, so our typical British winter is no problem. All have rear double glazing, independent heating, off grid electrics as standard. During the winter we add in a couple of hand picked sheepskin rugs, a double duvet & pillows bed linen set, an over coat for the pop up roof and a thermal wrap for the cab windows.

We have compiled a list of our 7 favourite country pub campsites within easy reach of our base. Bristol and Bath are amazing cities to start a romantic winter weekend and are well served by airport, mainline rail and motorways. Once you have collected your camper van hire for the weekend all you need do is choose a destination. North, South, East or West. We have found choice pub campsites in every direction!

We have stuck with in an 80 mile radius of our base on the western edge of Bath, so the maximum  you can expect to drive is just about two hours. This takes us from the waterfalls of the Brecon Beacons in South Wales to the calm delights of the Oxfordshire Cotswolds.

Our criteria for pub campsites to make the shortlist is simple. They must have 24 hour access to toilets and fresh water, but many have hot showers and electric hook up should you desire it. Our campers are fine touring off grid. The pub really must have a log fire and home cooked food.

1. Somerset: The Cross Keys Inn,  Lydford -on- Fosse Somerton, Somerset TA11 7HA

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Pub Campsites: 2 acre secluded and level grassed site (although hard standing is available)

There are 29 pitches. 9 with electric hook-up

Cost per night: Low Season £12 per pitch, £18 per pitch with electric hook-up.

Includes: Toilets and showers, fresh water and recycling area. 

Dogs Welcome: Yes

Website: http://www.crosskeysinn.info/

Booking: Call 01963 240473 or book online on their website

Distance from Bath: 28.3 miles (53 mins drive)

Description: A real ale country pub in the heart of Somerset, situated at the crossroads of the A37 and A3153 in the village of Lydford-on- Fosse, between the small market towns of Castle Cary and Somerton. Ale poured straight from the barrel. Taste Of The West Silver medal winner for their food. This is a lovingly refurbished country pub. Pull up a seat by the log fire and enjoy a chat, there’s no noisy slot machines, jukebox, no pool table and definitely no TV. If you are tempted to eat, their award winning seasonal menu has much to offer. Best to book in advance at the weekend.

2. Gloucestershire: The Hawbrige Inn, Haw Bridge, Tirley, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL19 4HJ

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Pub Campsites: There are 10 grass pitches on their campsite which runs along the bank of the River Severn (if there has been severe rain storms best to check ahead)

Cost per night: £12 per pitch.

Includes: Toilet & Shower facility fresh water & electric hook up.

Dogs Welcome: please check with the pub

Website: http://www.hawbridgeinntirley.co.uk/index

Booking: Call 01452 780316

Distance from Bath: 56 miles (1 hour 26 mins drive)

Description: Situated next to the River Severn near Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire, The Hawbridge Inn is a traditional family pub and restaurant in an 18th-century house. The pub campsite runs along the river bank.

3. Brecon Beacons: The New Inn, Ystradfellte, Powys, CF44 9JE

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Pub Campsites: Back to basics camping field within walking distance of the famous Ystradellte waterfalls. Get your hiking boots on and see all four!

Cost per night: £5 per person (£4 for children).

Includes: toilet & washbasin facilities and fresh water.

Dogs Welcome: Yes

Website: http://www.thewaterfallspub.co.uk/

Booking: call 01639 720211 after 11.30am. PLEASE NOTE THAT BOOKINGS CAN NOT BY MESSAGE.

Distance from Bath: 86 miles (1 hour 50 mins drive).

Closed Mondays in January and February

Description: Welcome to the waterfalls pub! The New Inn, Ystradfellte is a very special pub in the heart of waterfall country. After a full day out in the Brecon Beacons, you will find a warm welcome awaiting you at this 16th Century Inn, which has been under new management since 2014. The new landlady and staff could not be more hospitable and sitting in a cosy sofa in front of a roaring log fire with a pint of local ale or cider you will feel quite at home. Well behaved dogs are welcome and home cooked food is available from 12 noon. Booking is advisable for evening meals and Sunday lunch.

4. Dorset: True Lovers Knot, Tarrant Keyneston, Blandford Forum. Dorset. DT11 9JG

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Pub Campsites: Refurbished friendly pub campsite with countryside views. 8 hardstanding pitches and extra level grass pitches.

Cost per night: Please ring 01258 452209 for up to date prices.

Includes: toilet, shower, fresh water point, electric hook-up and 15% discount meals at the pub

Dogs Welcome: please check with the pub

Website: http://trueloversknot.co.uk/

Booking: Call 01258 452209 to book, check in times during pub opening times

13.00 to 15.00 and 18.00 to 22.00 Mondays to Fridays, and 13.00 to 22.00 Saturdays & Sundays.

Distance from Bath: 50 miles (1 hour 30 mins drive)

Description: Set in the heart of Dorset in the idyllic village of Tarrant Keyneston, nestled in the breathtaking Tarrant valley surrounded by stunning open countryside, The True Lovers Knot is a traditional country pub with a twist. Half way between Blanford Forum and Wimborne Minster, True Lovers Knot is perfect for countryside walks, exploring the Dorset’s Jurassic Coast and the New Forest. Open for breakfast (booking required) lunch and evening meals. Bike hire is available with cycles and accessories to suit everyone and the pub kitchen will even prepare a picnic for you!

5. Wiltshire: The Golden Swan, Wilcot, Nr Pewsey, Wiltshire SN9 5NN

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Pub Campsites: The Golden Swan offers camping facilities including toilets and a washroom (containing a shower).

Cost per night: £10 per campervan and £5 per person.

Includes: Toilets, Shower, wash room, fresh water.

Dogs Welcome: Yes

Website: http://www.thegoldenswan.co.uk

Booking: 01672 562289 or askthegoldenswan@aol.com

Distance from Bath: 32miles (1hour 12mins drive)

Description: Originally built in 1746, The Swan stood at the South Corner of Wilcot Green. But in 1859 it was moved ‘Brick by Brick’ to the East Corner just 200 yards from the canal and renamed The Golden Swan. Its thatch roof is said to be the steepest in Wiltshire. This is a traditional Inn serving pub food, real ales and a guaranteed open fire every winters evening. Open for Lunch 12-2.30 and from 6pm Monday to Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday. 

6. Worcestershire: The Drum & Monkey, Newbridge Green, Upton upon Severn, Worcester WR8 0QP.

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Pub Campsites:  hard standing and grassed.

Cost per night: £10 / £15 with ehu

Includes: Toilets, Showers, fresh water.

Dogs Welcome: Yes

Website: http://www.the-drum-and-monkey.co.uk/index.html

Booking: Call 01684 592758. or email info@the-drum-and-monkey.co.uk

Distance from Bath: 62 miles (1 hour 28mins drive)

Description: Traditional 17th Century Inn with open fire and freshly prepared food a short drive from the picturesque town of Upton upon Severn at the foot of the Malvern Hills.

7. Oxfordshire: The Gate Hangs High, Whichford Road, Hook Norton, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX15 5DF.

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Pub Campsites:  A large grassed camping field with some ehu 

Cost per night: £10 includes ehu

Includes: Toilets, fresh water, showers available by request

Dogs Welcome: Yes

Website: http://www.gatehangshigh.co.uk

Booking: Call 01608 737387. or email gatehangshigh@live.co.uk

Distance from Bath: 68 miles (1 hour 49mins drive)

Description: superb panoramic views of the surrounding Oxfordshire countryside and many wonderful walks that can be enjoyed, the Gate Hangs High is the perfect spot to stop and enjoy a glass of one of Hook Norton’s famous ales or a delicious meal in our lovely restaurant.

With polished brasses on the walls, complementing the simply decorated plaster work and the beamed ceilings, lit by candles, pretty wall lights and the roaring log fire in the feature inglenook fire place, the bar is just how you would imagine – idyllic.