Hardy types go camping in all sorts of weather, and good on them too, we say, as we wave them off with their tents in the depth of February. But, while we’re filled with admiration at those who pitch a canvas home on the side of a mountain before the daffodils come out, there’s a lot to be said for luxury camping too. A lot of luxury. Which is where Caalm Camp comes in, where owners Mark and Caryl have thoughtfully tested their toasty yurts in temperatures as low as -6, and found themselves with not a shiver in sight.
The six Mongolian yurts here are in deepest Dorset but just an hour from the M4 and M5 and have every little touch you could think of for a very caalm camping trip at any time of year: wood-burning stoves – with logs provided – for the cooler temperatures, an outside picnic table and barbecue for the warmer days, full electricity, electric sockets to charge up the gadgets (essential), crispy bed linen and fluffy towels, and even a hob for first-thing cuppas before getting out of your PJs (also essential). Yurts sleep up to six with a double bed and two day beds in each one; two extra beds can easily be added if you need them by saying so on the ‘special requests’ form when booking.
Each yurt comes with its own private and lockable shower room in The Old Hay Barn steps away, where there’s underfloor heating, hand driers and storage units for all your toiletry bits and bobs – no going across a campsite with your sponge bag around your neck here. The Hay Barn also has a big and plentifully-equipped communal kitchen where each yurt has its own fridge, cupboards and stacks of room to prepare food: make the mother of all fry ups then settle down in the comfy seats in the day room with its TV and children’s area…talk to other yurt-dwellers or just sit dreamily and gaze over the Dorset countryside; the choice is yours…
Elsewhere on the site there are chickens to feed on the farm, a wooded play area for little yurters, and a communal firepit to gather around with other guests at night to toast marshmallows, have a singsong or raise a glass to the spiffing surroundings. Fishing is available at Caalm Camp’s own lake or in the seven lakes at the neighbouring fishery, and for foodie supplies there’s a farm shop and the Kings Arms with top pub grub nearby.
As Caalm Camp is a farm site, dogs are not allowed.
Nearby attractions and activities
This area of Dorset is bursting with things to do from wildlife spotting to cycling to sunbathing on sandy beaches: start off with a walk to Duncliffe Wood, an ancient woodland a mile away from Caalm Camp and known for its carpets of bluebells in April and May, or clamber up to the prehistoric hill fort Hambledon Hill or to Bulbarrow, one of the highest hills in Dorset. There are two equestrian centres also nearby for lessons or a canter through the countryside, and several golf courses within half an hour’s drive.
Local town and city trips include Shaftesbury, where the famous Hovis ad with the poor baker’s boy pushing his bike to the top of a very high hill was filmed at Gold Hill and where there’s a Thursday market, pool, tea rooms and restaurants; Sherborne, with its abbey and castle; Wincanton for the racecourse, and Salisbury with its medieval cathedral, award-winning museums and outdoor market twice a week. Stonehenge is also within easy reach.
For tourist attractions, the Haynes International Car Museum and the Beaulieu Motor Museum are within reach for petrolheads, Corfe Castle and Old Wardour Castle for time travellers, and Longleat Safari Park, Monkey World and the Abbotsbury Swannery for mini zoologists.
Also easily accessible is the World Heritage Site the Jurassic Coast, about an hour’s drive away and packed with active options: try the cliff walks at Durdle Door, mackerel fishing, Punch and Judy and sand modelling at Weymouth, the sandy beaches at Studland or fossil-hunting at Charmouth.
Attractions near Caalm Camp
- Stourhead House and Garden (8.6 miles)
- Haynes International Motor Museum (13.2 miles)
- Longleat (13.8 miles)
- Stourhead (8.5 miles)
- Philipps House and Dinton Park (13.9 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
Activities near Caalm Camp
Duncliffe Wood (0.9 miles) Walking
Todber - Fifehead - Stour Provost - Todber (1.1 miles) Walking
Shaftesbury – Kingsettle Wood – Motcombe - Shaftesbury (3.6 miles) Walking
Overall rating based
We stayed at Caalm Yurt campsite. It was very relaxing. Our 5 year old daughter made lots of friends and had a wonderful time.
Robbie F. (Family with young children, 1 review, 0 photos) Confirmed ?
Liked: Yurt, the remote site, friendly proprietors, log stove, facilities, clean.
Disliked: Too far away from pub/ restaurant.
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Our Stay at Caalm Camp - our first Yurt holiday which was fabulous
clarestevenson69 (Family with young children, 1 review, 0 photos)
Liked: Everything about this holiday. The warm welcome. Everything you need is catered for in the Hay Barn with your own bathroom and a fully equipped kitchen and living space. The Yurts are warm, welcoming, cosy and very spacious and comfortable. The facilities cater for families and children with a great play area, animals you can go in and pet. BBQ's and fire pit all available so you can enjoy your evenings. The Yurts and ...
Disliked: Nothing. It was perfect.
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Josephine Easterlow ...Best holiday by far in a long time
josephineeasterlow (Extended family, 1 review, 0 photos)
Liked: First and formost the wonderful warm & friendly welcome we got,nothing was to much trouble, Facilities are amazing.We stayed in "Foxglove" Yurt the owners Mark and Caryl have thought of everything from the comfortable beds to providing Logs for our camp fire and log burner., nothing had been over looked , The kitchen is so well equipted and is of fantasic standards ..and each yurt has its own wet room including yourown toilet + another toilet ...
Disliked: There was nothing to dislike nothing at all
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Fantastic Glamping experience!!
Annahankey1 (Family with young children, 1 review, 0 photos)
Liked: Where to start........
Disliked: Nothing at all!
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Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Car parking by pitch
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Commercial vehicles allowed
No dogs allowed
Horse riding nearby
D. of E. welcome
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Tiny (1-10 pitches)
Tipis, yurts, or wigwams
Ordnance Survey maps (GB and Northern Ireland only) are available at lower levels via the drop-down menu.
- Coach stations
Shaftesbury Coach Stop — 3.4mi
Henstridge (Somerset): Virginia Ash Coach Stop — 5.7mi
Wincanton: Memorial Hall Coach Stop — 7.8mi
- Train stations
Gillingham (Dorset) Rail Station — 3.3mi
Templecombe Rail Station — 6.6mi
Tisbury Rail Station — 9.7mi
- Ferry ports
Poole Quay Ferry Landing — 22.7mi
Poole Ferry Terminal — 22.7mi
Brownsea Island Ferry Landing — 24.7mi
Bournemouth International Airport — 23.9mi
From London or Exeter, turn off the A303 at Chicklade and follow the A350 to Shaftesbury. At Shaftesbury, take the A30 direction Yeovil and after approx three miles, turn left at the Kings Arms. Go to the end of this road and at the T junction turn right. Continue for a third of a mile through a narrow cutting and as it opens up and you will see Goods Farm on the left, opposite a Royal Mail brick post box.
Some satnavs may not bring you to our door, so please follow the directions above.
The nearest train station is Gillingham, around five miles from the site. We are happy to pick up and drop off.
Permitted arrival time
Should you need to cancel the holiday for whatever reason we will do our best to re-let it for you. If successful, we will reimburse you for the amount the holiday is re-let at minus an administration fee of £40. In the unlikely event of the yurts not being available due to unforeseen circumstances, we cannot accept liability or responsibility for any loss, including consequential loss, but the full cost of the holiday will be refunded.
Please note that your deposit paid to Pitchup.com is non-refundable.
Payment of balance
Full payment is due within 6 weeks of arrival or as soon as possible if booking within 6 weeks. Please contact Caalm Camp with the details in the Pitchup.com confirmation email to arrange final payment.
Cards accepted on the parkNone
Terms and conditionsSite booking terms and conditions
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For a 2 night stay, between Wed 26 Jun - Fri 28 Jun, for 2 adults
Our six traditional Mongolian yurts are beautifully equipped and can sleep up to six people; each yurt has a double bed and two day beds, with room with an additional two z-beds. Duvets, bed linen, fluffy white towels are all provided. A wood burner (logs included) for cooler nights, an ...
Max. persons: 6x
Our six traditional Mongolian yurts are beautifully equipped and can sleep up to six people; each yurt has a double bed and two day beds, with room with an additional two z-beds.
Duvets, bed linen, fluffy white towels are all provided. A wood burner (logs included) for cooler nights, an induction hob for that early morning cuppa or light bite, and electric lighting are also provided.
Each of our luxury yurts has its own private shower room within The Old Haybarn, a short distance from each yurt, with under floor heating, hand driers and vanity units for storage, exclusively for your use for the duration of your stay. Also in the Old Hay Barn you will be able to make use of the large communal kitchen, where each yurt has its own fridge and plenty of room to prepare a hearty breakfast, that can be eaten in the day room, which has a TV, children's area and comfortable seating too sit and relax, talk to new friends and look across at the lovely countryside that Dorset has to offer.
|Max. persons: 6x|
|Unlimited cars included|
|Extra z-bed (2 max)||£10 per stay|
|Travel cot (1 max)||£10 per stay|