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- 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.)
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very clean, no amenities to far out to travel to areas of interest.
Newly refurbished toilet/shower block clean good size pitch
good site for families with young children.
Excellent site with clean facilities and friendly staff.
Amazing place for family holidays.
Very clean and tidy pitch site nice and peaceful in ...
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.
Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Tents for hire
Gas cylinders available
Touring and motorhomes
Drainage hook-up points for tourers
Fully serviced pitches
Tourer storage facilities
Water hook-up points for tourers
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Cycle hire nearby
Horse riding nearby
Mountain biking nearby
D. of E. welcome
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Nearby farmers' market
Medium (26-50 pitches)
Jumbo tent pitches
- Coach stations
Bridport: Coach Park West Street — 4.7 miles
4.7 miles Ilminster: Market Square Coach Stop — 10.8 miles
10.8 miles Seaton (Devon): Sea Front Bus Stop — 11.0 miles
- Train stations
Axminster Rail Station — 6.9 miles
6.9 miles Crewkerne Rail Station — 7.4 miles
7.4 miles Maiden Newton Rail Station — 12.1 miles
- Ferry ports
Weymouth Ferry Terminal — 21.0 miles
21.0 miles Bridgwater Ferry Terminal — 26.1 miles
26.1 miles Exmouth Ferry Landing — 27.6 miles
Exeter International Airport — 25.2 miles
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.
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.
- Mapperton House & Gardens (6.2 miles)
- Montacute House (13.4 miles)
- Abbotsbury Swannery (13.4 miles)
- Loughwood Meeting House (9.4 miles)
- Shute Barton (9.4 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.