Camp Wood House is situated in the middle of Macaroni Wood, a mixed wood originally planted at the end of the 19th century. We have been told that the wood and adjoining farm are named after ‘Macaroni’, the winner of the 1863 Derby.
The holiday house project began experimentally in the 1960s when Mrs Nan Sainsbury, the Fairford district commissioner and leaders, took local Brownies there on holiday. The situation and building seemed so suitable that, with the generous cooperation of the late Sir Thomas Bazley and his family, it has been developed and modernised through the years. In 2002 the Ernest Cook Trust purchased the estate from the Bazley family.
The use of the premises is for organised Girlguiding parties only. Weekend bookings run from Friday evening until Sunday evening. Weekly bookings run from 2pm on the day of arrival until 2pm on the day of departure.
The accommodation charge includes gas for central heating, hot water and gas cooking range; wood for the wood burning stove in the lounge and all lighting. All other electrical supplies are through meters taking £1 coins. Heating is switched off from May to September.
We do not hold a TV licence for Camp Wood House and therefore the use of any type of television receiver is prohibited.
We do not have a permanent on-site warden.
We have a large lounge with easy chairs, sofas, and wood burner.
Dining area with tables and chairs.
Separate craft room with work tables and chairs.
Sleeping accommodation for a total of 28 people
1 bedroom for 12 children in bunk beds.
2 bedrooms each for 6 children in bunk beds.
1 leader's bedroom with 4 beds and telephone with honesty box.
1 first aid room with 1 bed.
1 bathroom with toilet, bath and wash hand basin.
1 washroom with toilet, shower and wash hand basin.
1 washroom with 2 toilets (1 for those with disabilities), large room with shower and wash hand basin (suitable for those with disabilities) and 3 wash hand basins.
All bath, shower and washrooms have hot and cold water.
Large kitchen including:
1 electric cooker and 1 gas range.
2 microwaves and toasters.
Fridge and under counter freezer.
Additional upright freezer in craft room.
Hot and cold water.
A good supply of cooking and kitchen utensils.
Other equipment supplied
Chairs, tables, crockery and cutlery for 30 people.
Vacuum cleaners, brushes, buckets and bowls.
Fire extinguishers and fire blankets, smoke alarms and fire bell.
Hot water supplied by gas fuelled boiler or immersion heater.
Wood burning stove in lounge.
Full gas central heating.
Grassed area with large camp fire circle.
Tables and benches
The only entrance to Macaroni Wood is from the Fairford via Eastleach Road. Look for the sign to Macaroni Wood and take the track opposite into the woods. Follow the track around to the right and take the second turning left then the next right turn. Parking is permissible on the hard standing to the rear of the house or under trees to the left of the house. Please do not allow vehicles on the grass in front of the house. There is a 10mph speed limit in the woods.