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The True Lovers Knot

6.6

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General

  • Small site in Tarrant Keyneston, overlooking the Tarrant Valley
  • Half an hour's drive from the beach and Monkey World
  • In the grounds of a pub, with beer garden and playground

Bring your beloved, bring your kids, bring your granny, your dogs, your boss (steady on, now)… all are welcome to share the love at The True Lovers Knot, a small site behind the traditional pub of the same name in the pretty village of Tarrant Keyneston.

Shack up here with whoever’s lucky enough to have made the cut and you’ll be well placed for all sorts of Dorset days out – there are loads of places to ride a bike, go for a walk or go fishing in the scenic surrounds of the Tarrant Valley, and you’re half an hour or so from the beaches around Bournemouth and Poole. Blandford Forum, four miles away, is your nearest town, but it’s also a doddle to get to Wimborne, Dorchester, Salisbury and lots of family-friendly attractions.

Pitching up behind a pub, of course, has the benefit of drinks and dinner awaiting your return, whatever you’ve ended up doing with your day. And what a range of foodie choices the pub has; they’re particularly proud of their pies, their local meats and their lengthy list of gluten-free options. A beer garden beckons on sunny days, and there’s a playground for the nippers to scamper around in.

Over at the pitches, there’s a loo and shower along with facilities to sort electricity and water supplies.

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6.6

Overall rating based on 34 reviews

 

56% would recommend this site to a friend.

56% would stay here again.

 

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Not very relaxing, site could be cleaner 22/09/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Anonymous Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The bar and food good

    Disliked: 

    The noise

From the manager...

Hello, thank you for your comment.
We were not the operators at the time of your stay, we have taken over in October this year, we have noted and planned cleaning and upgrades to facilities.
I am not sure where the noise was from, possibly a wedding on site, however we plan a peaceful time going forward.
We hope you will give us another try.

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The countryside 17/09/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Patrick B. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The countryside

    Disliked: 

    On arrival we noticed a wedding in progress in the pub garden, proceeded to check in and pay and were shown our pitch. The WC area was crowded with wedding guests limiting access. We went for a drive around the area on return about an hour later the campsite was a full car park so decided to move on elsewhere. It would have been better if operator had blocked the site on Pitchup for the weekend and not taken bookings.
    You get better value for money campsites in the area.

From the manager...

Hello, thank you for your comment. We were not the operators at the time of your visit, we have taken over in October this year.
We have noted there many repairs and upgrades are needed and also have noted for future your comments on the weddings.
We hope you will give us another try, perhaps next year.

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Overall a great site with the added benefit of the pub! 17/09/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Stephen W. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Breakfast in the pub was great!

    Disliked: 

    Communal outdoor toilets, showers, water area could be a little better maintained.

From the manager...

Hello and thank you for your comment.
We have taken over as operators in October this year, so after your visit.
We have planned an upgrade and clean of all facilities, we hope you visit again and notice the difference.

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Lovely food. Really nice and helpful staff. Ideal for a ... 03/09/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom michelle p. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Lovely food. Really nice and helpful staff. Ideal for a one night stop over.

    Disliked: 

    Needs a litter pick. Filled a bag of rubbish as we pitched up of bits of cable etc.

From the manager...

Thank you for your comment, We have taken over as operators in October this year, We have commenced with some clean up and a refurbishment of facilities is planned.
We appreciate your comments and hope you may give us another try.

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Avoid. 07/08/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Terrie J. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Nothing

    Disliked: 

    Shower and toilet facilities poor.
    Perfect if you like staying in a pub car park. Music from wedding in pub garden until 12.30. Children playing football against our motor home. No where to safely walk dog.

From the manager...

Hello, thank you for your comment. We were not the operators at the time of your visit and have taken over in October this year.
We have planned a clean up and upgrade of facilities on site.
The site should look much better ready for spring season next year.
Do pop in and have a look if you are in the area next year, your comments are appreciated.

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A disappointing site, but in a lovely location. Could be very popular 03/08/2018

rickhull

  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The view from our corner pitch of the countryside.

    The standard of food in The True Lovers Knot was good, both for lunch and dinner.

    Disliked: 

    Having to use a black sack to dispose of a used instant barbeque, plastic bottles, baby wipes, cigarette ends and litter on our disgusting pitch before being able to park.
    Only one shower and one toilet for 15 pitches (a possible 60 campers), which were desperately in need of renovation and daily cleaning.
    Very poor and dirty facilities for drinking water, Elsan point and grey waste disposal which are below acceptable campsite national standards.
    Surprised by the number of other residents using the site as a base for commercial activities. Rather concerned with a camper parking a road work van on the campsite. The food service in the pub was very slow. Menu reduced by the amount of dishes that were off.

From the manager...

Hello and thank you for your comment.
We were not the operators at the time of your stay and have taken over in October this year.
We agree and we have started a cleanup and planned an upgrade of facilities which should be in place for early next year.
Please do pop in and see us if you are in the area next spring/summer

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Fantastic 19/02/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Nadine S. Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The campsite is very straight forward. Easy to use facilities. You'll receive a warm welcome with a fantastic menu available at the pub. this was our second time there and we will be back.

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Friendly staff, lovely location 15/02/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom sarah s. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Location, surrounding! Very lovely location, pitch very tidy all seemed very friendly. Pub very welcoming, lovely large portioned food and really good prices. Children loved the park and even built a tee pee den ( hoping still there when returning )

    Disliked: 

    Booked our pitch 2 weeks prior to trip but upon arrival got told there wasn’t any hard standing ones left ( not right considering we pre booked! Seemed all hard standing was permanent stayers ) toilet & shower could be better maintained ( stated cleaned daily but clearly wasn’t )

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Will certainly be back again. 05/02/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Kevin F. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The service, the food, the beer,
    Thanks to Chris and the bar staff for a stress free stay!

    Disliked: 

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Great Pub site with good food and friendly staff 19/01/2018

david_t212853 Confirmed

  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Nice little campsite. Very handy for a pint and some good food.

    Disliked: 

    No Wifi but there's plenty of beer instead.

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Features

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

Take away

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Touring and motorhomes

Drainage hook-up points for tourers

Hard standings

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Peaceful

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wildlife haven

Nearby leisure

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Restaurant nearby

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Shop nearby

Type

Pub campsite

Small (11-25 pitches)

Location

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  • Tarrant Keyneston, Blandford Forum, Dorset, England, DT11 9JG
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 50.8413°N 2.0972°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Poole: Dolphin Centre Bus Station — 10.0 miles
Parkstone: Ashley Road Coach Stop — 10.4 miles
Wareham: North Street Coach Stop — 10.7 miles
Train stations
Hamworthy Rail Station — 8.7 miles
Holton Heath Rail Station — 9.0 miles
Poole Rail Station — 9.8 miles
Ferry ports
Poole Quay Ferry Landing — 10.2 miles
Poole Ferry Terminal — 10.2 miles
Brownsea Island Ferry Landing — 12.2 miles
Airports
Bournemouth International Airport — 12.4 miles

Directions


Take the B3082 towards Tarrant Keyneston. In the village turn right at the crossroads (if coming from Wimborne; left if coming from Blandford) and the entrance to the car park is the first turning on your left.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

Trots around the Tarrant Valley are terribly scenic – a fave walk from the pub takes you on a trail to Tarrant Rushton (a mile away) to see its 14th-century church and World War II airfield. If you’d like a blast of sea air as you stroll, the South West Coast Path starts half an hour away in Poole (no need to follow its full 630-mile length; a shorter stretch is rewarding too).

Folks who don’t fancy a long journey can amuse themselves nearby sauntering through the elegant estate at Kingston Lacy House, imagining life as a giant at Wimborne Model Town or learning the finer points of beer making on a tour of the Hall & Woodhouse Brewery; all are within an easy 10-minute drive.

Look a little further afield and there’s heaps to keep you busy for days on end: with half an hour’s drive you can be on the beach in Bournemouth, giggling at the residents of Monkey World, admiring the armoury at The Tank Museum or boarding boat trips from Poole to Brownsea Island.

Must see

  • Kingston Lacy House and Gardens (3.4 miles)
  • Monkey World - Ape Rescue Centre (11.2 miles)
  • Adventure Wonderland (11.9 miles)

National Trust

  • White Mill (3.0 miles)
  • Kingston Lacy (3.5 miles)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.

Policies

Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  1 p.m. –  10 p.m.
Depart:  11 a.m.

The True Lovers Knot cancellation policy

Balance refunds: no penalties

If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.

Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.

Payment

A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now.

The remainder is payable on arrival.

If you would like to pay the balance by bank transfer or PayPal then you need to pay before your arrival date. Please contact us using the details in your booking confirmation to arrange this.

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Please read the park terms and conditions below and the Pitchup.com terms and conditions.

Admission
Admission is only permitted after registering at reception.
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Arrivals and departures
Late arrivals must notify the park as soon as possible. Your booking will be held for 24 hours. After this period the management reserves the right to relet your unit.
Units will be allocated on arrival.

General
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and boots must be closed quietly.
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behaviour is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.

Reception
Reception is open from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. between 01/04 and 30/09 and between 01/10 and 31/03.

Vehicles
No cars/motorbikes by the pitch/unit. All cars must be parked in the designated area.

Additional terms

When you arrive please go into the pub to be given all the information for your stay and be shown where to pitch up.

If you wish to pay the balance by bank transfer or by Paypal then this must be paid in advance of your arrival date, please contact the site using the number in your booking confirmation to organise this.

Please note, from April to September the site holds a bike night every Thursday. This runs from 6.30pm to 9pm and may cause some noise as the bikes arrive and depart.

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