We had been looking to set up something like this on and off for a number of years after bring disappointed by a number of camping experiences. We spent over 2 years looking for a suitable piece of land but something always got in the way of it becoming “the” place – whether that was access, suitable parking, terrain or ancient woodland designations. On seeing this plot though we instantly fell in love with it and could see all of the potential that it offered. After a frantic and nerve-wracking few minutes of bidding at auction we managed to secure the purchase of this superb 7 acre site, in the shadow of Hambledon Hill, which now forms the centrepiece for Bloomfield Camping.

The land was in great condition when we took ownership but we immediately added to this with some hard landscaping, drainage, planting of native trees and hedging. Another early job was to clear the entrance area and put in the new car park. This instantly gave us a great staging area and allowed us to plan the rest of the development. In the past we have stayed at too many campsites that have not had much space between pitches, have ruined views by overcrowding and have not told the whole truth when it comes to descriptions. Setting out the pitches was extremely important as we knew that getting this wrong could spoil the whole camping experience. At the heart of the project is the aim of making this the type of site that we would like to visit.

The next job was to set out the paths to the pitches and then to start building the decks for the tents. These provide a great solid and level base for the bespoke 6 metre bell tents. Once we had recovered from moving the huge amounts of wood across the field to build these we moved onto the kitchen units. Again, past experiences drove the process to improve on what we had seen elsewhere. Each kitchen comes fully equipped with gas cooker with hob, grill and oven. All cutlery, crockery, pans and utensils are provided as standard. Coming off the kitchen is a canvas canopy to provide covered seating.

Once we had repeated this process for the other pitches we moved on to building the reception and toilet/shower blocks. Again, we have tried to improve on what we have experienced elsewhere and so have some extremely spacious facilities. 2 flushing toilets, 2 wash basins and 2 showers all have loads of space, shelves, hooks etc. Power for the block comes from our solar install and powers the lighting, pumps for the packaged sewage system and a hair drier and straighteners in one of the wash basin cubicles.

Now that the main builds have all been completed we look to increase the planting year on year, encourage even more natural habitats for nature and look for other ways to improve the site even further.

We love this place, are putting our heart and souls into making it even more special and look forward to sharing it with you.

Jon & Amanda.

With over 160 trees and 200 metres of hedging already planted Bloomfield will continue to improve year after year as these grow to screen each pitch and enhance the wildlife habitats on site.