The Gypsy Camp | Essex | Canopy & Stars

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The Gypsy Camp - Essex

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Bouncers Farm

Suitable for children of all ages

Not suitable for pets

Children of all ages are welcome at The Gypsy Camp

Lovingly created by Ann in authentic detail. Two wagons for sleeping in and the traditional willow bender tent is your lounge...

Live a wild life and become a country explorer with the kids - build dens, hunt (mini) beasts and roam among the chickens.

The camps two bowtop wagons are genuine articles, carefully restored and set among the apple trees. The bowtops are the bedrooms and the bender tent with the day bed and the wood-burner makes a great daytime living space and can even sleep a couple of extra guests. The beds in the red and green wagons are a snug 3ft and 3ft 6” respectively but they really are just for sleeping in. The camp as a whole, all let as a single private space, is a great place for families or couples travelling together to get out of the city and enjoy the countryside. From the pigs living on the other side of the orchard, to the blooming apple and cherry trees and the masses of delicious local produce, everything at Bouncers Farm seems full of life. With the coast and its many little-known beaches just four miles away and central London an hour by train, it’s an unusual and easy escape.

Please be aware there is a £100 damage deposit payable directly to Ann the owner after booking. This does not go through Canopy & Stars.

Our guests say...

It was wonderful, the facilities were just as described and the host Anne was really helpful and made us welcome. Great location.



This was a really special and fun experience. Back to basics and back to nature! No electricity or heating but the gypsy wagons are lovely, clean and decorated with taste. Although the sleeping space is small, it is very cosy. There is a fire pit outside and a tent with a small table a chair and a wood burner if you need to warm up. Ann will also lend you a gas burner pans and crockery. The children enjoyed the whole thing and even got to feed the lambs. They had no problem not being able to use their electronics and actually enjoyed reading their books . In the morning what fun to have breakfast outdoors (or in the tent when it drizzled)! There are a couple of friendly pubs nearby which serve good food as well as a small supermarket. We also enjoyed a few delightful walks around Wickham Bishops. This was a great little adventure which makes us look forward to our next escape with Canopy and Stars!



The Gypsy Camp is situated in a quiet countryside location, complete with a small menagerie of farm animals. The caravans are snug and brightly decorated with the useful addition of a large canvas tent with stove to keep campers warm when it gets colder. The caravans have warm bedding supplied but be warned that they are of traditional construction with no heating, so warm pyjamas are a must! They would also be cramped for taller individuals - over 5'10" will feel the pinch in bed length. However the tent offers a roomy alternative. The shower and toilet facilities nearby are modern and clean- but have a torch nearby for nighttime visits! Towns and shops are within easy reach for supplies. Firewood is available from the owner at reasonable cost- but bring extra firelighters if you are not a regular fire starter! You will need to keep the fires ticking over for cooking and keeping snug. The children loved being so close to the animals- chickens, geese, sheep and horses. They were allowed to bottle feed some new lambs and this was very exciting. We enjoyed our stay very much and would definately return.



"It was absolutely fantastic. The whole set up had been so carefully planned, and we really enjoyed cooking our dinner over the campfire. The atmosphere was fantastic, and Ann, the owner was especially helpful. We bought some of the Bouncers Farm apple juice and made mulled cider over the campfire - delicious. We wouldn't hesitate to go back there."



"The best thing was the relaxed atmosphere, the privacy, and the very pleasant farm. The children thoroughly enjoyed their ride in the pony carriage and Anne's fish pie gained star status!"



"We had a wonderful time and Noah hasn't stopped talking about it, he's excited about coming back! You have ( as you know) a beautiful spot and it is so tranquil you are very lucky! Take care and thank you for a special few days."


Paul & Noah

"We had such a wonderful time! The site is idyllic - the caravans hidden among the apple trees, animals roaming around and two days of rare sunshine in rainy June. We cooked on the open fire, drank red wine under the stars and read ghost stories by the log-burning stove. A perfectly clichéd camping experience."



"Wow! What a fabulous couple of days we have just spent at Bouncers Farm! It was my first time camping and I must say, it couldn't have been better. I took my mother and two children and we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The gypsy caravans were lovely, the showers fabulously clean and hot, the farm full of animals... and Anne, the perfect hostess. Just magical! We will be re-booking in the summer to take Daddy and Grandad along for a taste of the Darling Buds of May!"



"It really was just like something out of a movie set! They've all been telling mum about their exciting adventure; horse riding, cooking round the fire, searching for eggs, catching fish on the pier at Walton, Colchester Zoo (wonderful) and dining in style at The Ducane."


Marcus, JJ, Giselle & Nina

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