The Campbell Room: Self catering accommodation for groups in Somerset's Quantock Hills

Frequently asked questions

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Winter walkers
Ramscombe picnic area
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Here are the answers to many of the questions we are asked about the Campbell Room. Note that we also have some additional information available for download too.

If your question still hasn’t been answered, please do contact us.
 

What kind of groups do you accept?

We accept bookings from a wide range of organised, responsible and insured groups of all ages; Scouts and Guides, other supervised youth organisations, school and university groups, walking and cycling clubs, as well as groups of families and friends.
 

Can I bring extra people?

The kitchen is equipped to serve 24 people and the main activity hall is well suited to this number, but we do accommodate larger groups on occasion. This is easier to do now we have the new multi-purpose cabin, but please contact us to discuss your situation before booking. Note that larger groups must bring the additional equipment required.
 

When can we arrive / when must we leave?

Outside the school holiday periods it is often possible to accommodate your needs.

During the school holidays the following normally applies, although it may be possible to make other arrangements:

Incoming groups are expected to arrive after 14:00. If you arrive early there is a nearby picnic area at Ramscombe where you could eat, play games, explore or relax, weather permitting.

Outgoing groups must leave no later than 12:00 noon, taking into account that we do ask you to clean the buildings throughout before leaving, to help us keep our prices low.
 

Is bedding provided?

Pillows are provided for the two bedrooms, which are usually used by staff. People sleeping in these rooms must bring their own pillow cases and sleeping bags

Those sleeping in the main hall will require sleeping bags and pillows, but 26 good quality foam mattresses are provided.
 

Is the centre accessible for wheelchair users?

There is a semi-wheelchair accessible WC and shower, but the paths, ramps and doorways are not ideally suited. We suggest that you telephone for further information before booking.
 

How well equipped is the kitchen?

It is comprehensively equipped with most things you are likely to need. The major equipment includes a Calor gas range cooker with a large oven and five rings (four regular and one large high power ring), two microwave ovens (one of them a combi microwave), a fridge freezer and a pair of sinks. You can find a full list of all the other kitchen equipment in our Essential Information for Hirers booklet, available on the downloads page. This booklet also contains a list of items that you will need to bring with you.
 

Is there a pub nearby?

Yes, several. There are three pubs in Nether Stowey (1.3 miles away), and one at Keenthorne (1.7 miles away). All except one of the pubs in Nether Stowey serve food too - and look out for the real ales from the local microbrewery (with ‘Nether’ in their names). Nether Stowey is recommended for walkers, since public footpaths can be used for part of the route.
 

Are there any local buses?

Yes - we have put together a separate bus services page with further information.
 

Where are the nearest medical facilities?

There is a health centre in Nether Stowey, a Minor Injuries Department in Bridgwater (not 24 hours) and a full A&E Department in Taunton. You can find details and information about other important contacts in our Essential Information for Hirers leaflet, available from the downloads page.
 

Will anyone be disturbed by noisy activities?

The neighbours are not immediately adjacent, but we do ask you to be responsible and to be quiet after midnight.
 

Is wood for a campfire provided?

No, but it is only a 10 minute walk to the forest where you can collect fallen timber.
 

Do you accept dogs?

Due to the risk of toxocariasis and other diseases, dogs (other than guide dogs) are not normally accepted; please contact us before booking.
 

Are you approved by the Guide Association?

Yes, Bridgwater District Guides have approved the Campbell Room for use by all sections of the movement, including for Brownie pack holidays.
 

Are the Quantocks suitable for Duke of Edinburgh's Award training?

Yes, they are suitable for expeditions up to Gold standard, and the Campbell Room can make a very useful training base for both backpacking and mountain bike expeditions. You should notify the Exmoor and Quantock Expedition Panel in advance.
 

What is a working party?

A group who volunteer to spend part of their stay (or even all of it) helping us to do some of the many maintenance jobs around the centre. In exchange we may offer a discount on our normal charges. If you are interested then please contact us for further details and to discuss how you may be able to help.
 

How is the YMCA involved? I thought this was a Scout Centre?

Until the end of June, 2014, the Campbell Room was operated by Sedgemoor District Scout Council. From 1st July, 2014, it’s operation transferred to the YMCA‘s local Somerset Coast Group, following a decision by the Scouts that this offered the best way of securing the future of the Campbell Room. For additional information, please see The Cambell Room Story.

The Campbell Room remains available for use by a similarly wide range of organisations and organised groups.
 

How long has the Campbell Room been around?

We have been providing accommodation on the Quantocks since the summer of 1981; you can about our history and development in The Campbell Room Story.


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