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The Dorset Hideaway

7.8

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General

  • Quiet, secluded, well-maintained rural site 3.5 miles from Charmouth
  • With beauty and therapy courses, painting classes and fishing
  • High-quality facilities and recently updated

Do you rather fancy a Swedish massage, please? Or a lounge in a spa, or some beauty and therapy treatments without having to go off site...? The Dorset Hideaway might be small and rural, but for what's on offer on site, it's perfectly formed.

This is a holiday retreat for serious relaxation in the Dorset countryside: on-site beauty sessions include everything from facials, manicures and pedicures, to massages and holistic therapies, and guests can also take painting courses at the on-site art studio. There's also a modern toilet block and a dishwashing area kept clean and completely up to date – the site has already had several facelifts since opening in 2016.

The Dorset Hideaway also has a shop stocked with locally made items, firepit and chimenea hire (please ask and pay at reception for firepits when you arrive), wood and kindling for sale, DVD hire and a book exchange. A pond is on site for (non-commercial) informal fishing: please note this is catch and release only.

The setting is in farmland a few miles from the Jurassic Coast, with a glowingly good local landscape overlooking Dorset's highest coast and countryside hills. Although it's secluded and peaceful, it's only three miles from the main road for getting out and about – suitably relaxed and refreshed – around Dorset.

(Please note that while wifi is freely available in the information room, it isn't superfast fibre optic – this is what BT provide currently.)

Silver David Bellamy Conservation Award

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7.8

Overall rating based on 62 reviews

 

77% would recommend this site to a friend.

66% would stay here again.

 

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Great camping will be back next year 29/08/2017

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

  • Electric mixed pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Fantastic views, great location, clean modern toilet/showers, fire pits allowed, no noise after 11pm

    Disliked: 

    No Shop opening times, pool table had no balls

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Newly refurbished toilet/shower block clean good size pitch 21/07/2017

hannah_g257245 Confirmed

  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Newly refurbished toilet/shower block clean good size pitch

    Disliked: 

    People walking through our pitch continuously being loud need to fence off to make more private, very loud site,roads to the site wasn't very good, didn't enjoy the stay here very much.

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very clean, no amenities to far out to travel to areas of interest. 19/07/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom natalie_t751074 Confirmed

  • Electric mixed pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The couple were very pleasant , but a little laid back about there customers .

    Disliked: 

    The site shop was very poor for basic items such as bread , coffee milk etc . The problem was there just wasn't any .

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Excellent facilities and quite country side. 21/06/2017

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

  • Fully-serviced hardstanding touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Excellent facilities and quite country side.

    Disliked: 

    Country lane drive is long and un comfortable should you meet oncoming traffic when towing. Not many passing area's.

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excellent site second to none 06/06/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom kevin c. Confirmed

  • Fully-serviced hardstanding touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    the site was modern with top class shower and toilet facilities, even the chemical toilet waste was excellent. There was a warm welcome and a friendly atmosphere.
    would recommend to anyone, ideal for families with children.

    Disliked: 

    nothing

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Nice remote location, friendly staff, clean facilities 04/06/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Robert K. Confirmed

  • Electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Nice remote location, friendly staff, clean facilities

    Disliked: 

    chaotic pitch system.
    They sold electric picthes without electric hook, or extremely far from the pitch.

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good site for families with young children. 02/06/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom isobel_c329607 Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    our welcome was lovely - the owner was polite and friendly, the facilities were good (very clean and modern) and the site was well laid out. there was a dog exercise area so our dog could have a good run and everything seemed safe and well managed.

    Disliked: 

    it was a bit too noisy for us but that's just personal preference, no fault of the site. as it had rained quite heavily beforehand and the weren't any real tracks through the tent field, we probably parked closer to people than we would have liked, but again, this isn't the fault of the site.
    i would recommend the site to families but it wasn't quiet enough for us.

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Excellent site with clean facilities and friendly staff. 31/05/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom amy_b285652 Confirmed

  • Electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Absolutely beautiful site, wished we had stayed longer, definitely will next time. As well will be booking spa treatment!. Juliet loved the tractor ride and running around in the fresh air, mini fishing pond was so cute, and caught fish too! The Indian night went down a treat on the Saturday and picking up bakery items for the morning was perfect for our snacks on journey home. Cannot wait to book again!

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Amazing place for family holidays. 30/05/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom ricardo-alex_m Confirmed

  • Electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Really quiet and nice place, perfect for a family. A lot of attractions for kids. Very well organised. Good prices. Not too busy, very clean.

    Disliked: 

    Not enough fire pits for the camp site, you can not take kids with you for the hot tub.

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Very clean and tidy pitch site nice and peaceful in ... 09/03/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom georgie_j422113 Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric mixed pitch
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    Very clean and tidy pitch site nice and peaceful in the beautiful country side

    Disliked: 

    Nothing to do onsite

From the manager...

many thanks for your review Georgie - glad you liked the peace an quiet on site and beautiful countryside it's what we are all about! :) Out of peak season i.e.: when you stayed it was February there are limited things to do due to there being very few people on site and therefore minimal staff! You could still have hired a fire pit and star gazed or hired the hot tub or gone on one of circular walks or joined an art class, borrowed a book from the library or hired a game or DVD from the shop - so enough to occupy two nights on site! In the high season obviously there is lots more going on for obvious reasons...that is pretty standard on all sites out of season.

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Features

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Hot tub

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Pétanque

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

Local produce

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Tents for hire

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

Fully serviced pitches

Hard standings

Seasonal pitches

Tourer storage facilities

Water hook-up points for tourers

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Luxury

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Horse riding nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Watersports 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

Type

Farm

Medium (26-50 pitches)

Camping 2.0

Jumbo tent pitches

Location

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  • Bridge Farm, Gassons/Cardsmill Lane, Whitchurch Canonicorum Bridport, Dorset, England, DT6 6RW
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 50.7761°N 2.8463°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Bridport: Coach Park West Street — 4.7 miles
Ilminster: Market Square Coach Stop — 10.8 miles
Seaton (Devon): Sea Front Bus Stop — 11.0 miles
Train stations
Axminster Rail Station — 6.9 miles
Crewkerne Rail Station — 7.4 miles
Maiden Newton Rail Station — 12.1 miles
Ferry ports
Weymouth Ferry Terminal — 21.0 miles
Bridgwater Ferry Terminal — 26.1 miles
Exmouth Ferry Landing — 27.6 miles
Airports
Exeter International Airport — 25.2 miles

Directions


From the A35 westbound, go through the village of Morecombelake and take the right turn at the art gallery towards Whitchurch. Follow the single track lane for approximately a mile to the centre of the village. Turn right at the pink thatched cottage on the opposite corner. If you are coming eastbound on the A35, take the first sign towards Whitchurch Canonicorum village (Berne Lane), then do not turn at the pink house, just carry straight on 500 yards past the village hall/old school.

Should you wish to approach from different directions other than those here please note that while it's possible, it will involve more single track lanes and it is not signposted all the way, only as you get near. PLEASE DO NOT ENTER TAPHOUSE OR LODGEHOUSE FARMS WHATEVER YOUR SATNAV TELLS YOU, YOU HAVE NOT REACHED YOUR DESTINATION! KEEP DRIVING FOR ANOTHER HALF A MILE TO REACH THE SITE.

Go through the village of Canonicorum and at the hall/old school, take the exit to the left to Marshwood/Gassons Lane (opposite Berehayes Holiday Cottages, also known as Cardsmill Lane on Google). Follow the single track lane for approximately 2 miles; do not turn off. You’ll pass the Mandeville Stoke Farm turning on your right (marked dead end) and you will turn through a sharp 90-degree bend to your left. After 200 yards go under the pylon wires overhead. Slow down as our site entrance is coming up on your left.

You have arrived at Dorset Hideaway – welcome! Please pull into the site entrance, close the gates and enquire at reception for pitching instructions and site information.

Please note this is a geographical postcode and as such is shared by more than one address. Please use the directions above once near as Google Maps and satnav software will sometimes take you past the campsite and farm for a further half mile. Please note the satellite image shown on Google maps is 6 years out of date and so the improvements and changes are not yet shown.

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

Jurassic Coast towns and coves are within a few miles of The Dorset Hideaway, with other top destinations of Dorset, Devon and Somerset within easy driving distance.

The main towns of the Jurassic Coast closest to The Dorset Hideaway are all worth a day trip for coast and countryside pursuits: Charmouth for its fossil museum; Bridport for brewery tours at Palmers' and vineyard tours at Furleigh Estate; and Lyme Regis for the Dinosaur Museum, marine aquarium and town museum, full of fossilly finds.

More museums – of teddy bear, county and Keep Military – are at Dorchester, along with the Tutankhamun Exhibition, the first outside Egypt to show an exact recreation of Tutankhamun's mummy and one of Dorchester's most-visited attractions.

For other museums and history highlights in the region, have a look at (Thomas) Hardy's Cottage just outside Dorchester; the Tolpuddle Martyrs museum at Tolpuddle; Northe Fort, the nineteenth century naval museum at Weymouth, and the castles at Corfe and Sherborne.

Seven miles south of Dorchester is another esteemed Jurassic Coast town, Weymouth – head here for sailing, the Sea Life observational tower and the lighthouse and cliffs of Portland Bill (bring camera to here and surrounding Chesil Beach).

From Weymouth, drive further along the coast to Swanage, Wareham, Corfe and Poole: Swanage for the Swanage Steam Railway and Studland Beach; Wareham for Monkey World and Cloud's Hill, the birthplace of TE Lawrence; Corfe for an Enid Blyton-style castle and Poole for all sorts of sightseeing including trips to spectacular Brownsea Island.

In the other direction from Weymouth, stop off at Seaton to see one of our fave sights along the Devon coast, the Pecorama model and light railways set most scenically in the hills above Beer.

From Seaton, head inland to Axminster, Chard, Shaftesbury and Yeovil, or continue along the coast to reach Torquay, Brixham and Paignton.

Must see

  • Mapperton House & Gardens (6.2 miles)
  • Montacute House (13.4 miles)
  • Abbotsbury Swannery (13.4 miles)

National Trust

  • Loughwood Meeting House (9.4 miles)
  • Shute Barton (9.4 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.

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Terms and conditions

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.
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.
Units will be allocated on arrival.

Dogs
Dogs must be kept on leads and supervised at all times.
The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act.

Extras
Facilities/activities including spa, logs for fire pit, art classes, washing machine and tumble dryer, fishing are subject to extra charges payable on arrival.
Motorbike(s) can be brought instead of the car(s) included.

General
Ball games and kites are not permitted.
Bookings are nominative and non-transferable.
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.

Occupancy
Group bookings of 2 or more units (e.g. tent, touring caravan, motorhome or accommodation hire) travelling together are not permitted via Pitchup.com.
Group bookings of 6 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).
No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.
The site caters for families (immediate members) and couples only - bookings from all other forms of groups are not accepted.

Pitches
Pitches: a £20 deposit is required on arrival and will be refunded on departure when returning the gate badge/barrier pass/toilet keys.
Units should not be left unoccupied unless previously agreed with the management. Please speak to reception when the need arises, a fee may be charged for unsupervised units.
You must follow the management directives when pitching your tent/unit and related equipment.

Reception
Reception is open from 9am to 11am and from 3pm to 6pm between Easter and 31/10.

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.
Open fires are prohibited.

Vehicles
No cars/motorbikes by the pitch/unit. All cars must be parked in the designated area.
No vehicle movement between 11pm and 7am.
The car is only included in the rate if you are travelling with a touring caravan or a tent. If you wish to bring a car along with your motorhome/campervan please select the extra.

Visitors
Visitors must register at reception and pay their fee.

Additional terms

Due to limited availability, please contact the site using the contact details provided in the booking confirmation email if you wish to book a spa treatment – you will need to provide your booking ID.

Catch and release fishing only.

In wet weather no cars are allowed onto the grass anywhere on site.

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