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Enjoy hassle-free camping at Old Bidlake Farm, a smallholding situated in west Dorset, in an area of outstanding natural beauty known as the Marshwood Vale, three miles from the dramatic Jurassic Coast.

We offer the chance of sleeping under canvas, close to nature, free from the stresses of modern life. This isn't glamping, rather hassle-free camping, where we offer everything we can think of to make your stay relaxing, comfortable and lots of fun.

Our traditional canvas tents sit sheltered by hedges and wild flowers in a one-acre section of pasture field, with backdrop views of Pilsdon Pen, Colmers and Lewesdon hills. A one-minute stroll through the orchard leads you to the shower block and communal kitchen. There is plenty of space for children to run free, ride bikes or go pony trekking at the riding stables next door, whilst you sit back and unwind.

Don't worry that the price to pay for this rural idyll will be a scarcity of culture and activity: we are two miles from the vibrant market town of Bridport, a hub for art, music and food lovers and just a ten-minute drive to the beach.

At the heart of our plans for the campsite is the desire to tread lightly on the landscape and our approach is eco-friendly and sustainable. Camping at Old Bidlake provides a great base for cycling and walking holidays; a perfect weekend retreat from the rat race; a traditional family summer holiday or a memorable location to celebrate a special occasion.

Open from 11 April to 18 September

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Terms and conditions

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

Arrivals and departures
Late arrivals must notify the campsite/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.
No refunds for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

Bookings are nominative and non-transferable.
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.

Hired accommodation
Smoking in the accommodation units is strictly forbidden.

No hen/stag parties permitted via
Occupancy cannot exceed the number stated on the booking form.
We cater for families and couples only.

Children must be supervised by their parents at all times.
Fire extinguishers and first aid kits are available on site.

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

Additional terms

We believe that when you are on your holiday you should be as free as possible from rules and regulations. However, we would ask all holidaymakers to show a general respect to one another, us and to the campsite and to comply with the following guidelines:

- You may drive your car onto the camping field at the beginning and end of your holiday in order to unload and pack your belongings. Your car should be parked in the allocated parking space, on the grass adjacent to the barn and potting shed at all other times.
- The tents, camp kitchen, shower rooms and potting shed are no smoking areas.
- As a peaceful site, noise should be kept to a minimum after 10pm.
- Please leave the tent as you have found it and let us know about any damages.
- Please do not go in the barn or other non-campsite areas of the smallholding.
- Never allow young children to wander around the smallholding unsupervised and please be aware that as a farm and natural environment there are many hazards which require appropriate caution.
- Please be aware of the potential danger of fire, particularly when you are cooking on the rocket stove.
- Rocket stoves must only be used outside the tent, a safe distance from the tent itself and from the long grass/hay of the main field, on top of the paving stone provided. Use the stove according to the instructions provided. Under no circumstances may the stove be taken into the tent.
- Campfires, other than those lit in the rocket stoves, are not permitted unless at the express permission of the campsite owners.
- Please do not be tempted to bring any tent/camping heaters, tea lights or candles, as for your own safety these are strictly forbidden within the tents.

We reserve the right to ask guests who knowingly disregard campsite rules or behave in a manner which causes nuisance and distress to leave Old Bidlake Farm immediately and without refund.

Your safety
Old Bidlake Farm offers you the chance to camp in the countryside but the freedom of this environment brings with it natural hazards, such as the ditch surrounding the field, insects, farming machinery, wildlife and limited lighting at night, so we would ask you to show necessary caution. In particular, the safety of your children is your responsibility at all times. We can accept no liability for any loss, damage, accidents or personal injuries arising from your stay at Old Bidlake Farm, including adverse weather conditions and other events beyond our control.

We will do all we can to make your stay a happy experience but in the event of any problems please let us know as soon as possible so that we may try to resolve them.