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Benville Manor Camping: Secluded

General

  • Wild-style site set in the grounds of a 16th-century Tudor manor
  • A 30-minute drive to Lyme Regis or Charmouth; 10 minutes to Beaminster
  • Outdoor yoga classes in the hidden garden; firepits for hire

For wild-style stays in gorgeous west Dorset, get set for a trip to Benville Manor Camping. As the name suggests, this is a place where you can camp in quite some style – you'll be settling down in a spacious meadow sandwiched between manor gardens and green and leafy woodlands.

There's a strict limit on guest numbers here to keep things as peaceful as possible, meaning there's sure to be ample room where you can ramble, play and soak up the all-natural surrounds. Or perhaps have a good old stretch – a local yoga instructor runs hour-long classes in the pretty hidden garden on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 8.45 for a good way to ease yourself into the day.

This low-key and fetchingly rural spot has some convenient amenities too – the hot showers, well-kept toilets, washing-up facilities and strong 4G reception are likely to go down well with practically-minded guests. Fond of stoking the embers of a campfire? Sturdy firepits are available to hire on site, as well as the firelighters, kindling, firewood that are available at the small shop.

In the mood for some locally-produced snacks? Evershot and its artisanal bakery are five minutes' drive away. For the nearest supermarket, you're 10 minutes from Beaminster, where there's also a good selection of independent shops, restaurants and pubs. Dorchester (20 minutes) and its several specialised museums are also worth a peek – Dorset's county town has exhibits dedicated to Roman history, dinosaurs, teddy bears and Egyptology.

Those who fancy a bit of posh pub grub may instead like to head out for the half-hour hike to Corscombe, where top chef Mark Hix serves up smart plates at the Fox Inn.

Please note

The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act (i.e. Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, and Fila Brasileiro).

Single-sex bookings of 5 or more people (couples and immediate family members excepted) are not permitted via Pitchup.com.

Group bookings of 12 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).

Dogs are not allowed in the accommodation units.

Minimum spacing of 6 metres between pitches.

No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

Guests are advised to bring a good quality torch with them as parts of the site are unlit.


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9.5

Overall rating based on 125 reviews

 

97% would recommend this site to a friend.

93% would stay here again.

  83% described as Peaceful ?

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10/10 site with all you need for a nature-connected camping experience23/06/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomShareena H.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Benville Manor is a secret gem that offers people an opportunity to camp in a space that is dedicated to nature. Calm, beautiful surroundings and the owners are cool and thoughtful. Pitches are widely spaced with still opportunity to say hello. You can have a fire (using a pit, which you can hire or bring your own). The shower is fab - you feel like you are showering outdoors and it is hot - wooooo, compost toilets are kept clean and tidy. Outdoor sinks are hand - this is an easy and simple space that has everything that you need. Just come.... it's lovely.

    Disliked: 

    Leaving :)

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A great site with pitches mowed within the long grass around you.06/06/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomStephen B.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The space of the pitches and the peaceful location

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

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Gorgeous, quiet camping in Dorset06/06/2022

Reviewer's country: United Kingdomsarah d.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The site is beautiful, a handful of pitches spread out across a meadow, so plenty of space. The location is good for exploring Dorset and getting to coastal areas didn't take long at all. The Fox Inn is about half an hour away, lovely walk through very quiet lanes (we were only passed by one car), or partly across fields via bridleways. Friendly owners, and the facilities were clean and well looked after. Very restful camping experience, great for nature lovers.

    Disliked: 

    Only problem (and it really wasn't a problem at all) was the logs for sale were a bit green and smokey so we bought some kiln dried ones from the big Tesco in Yeovil.

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Lovely site, welcoming and friendly owners and calm, quiet location.06/06/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomPhilippa R.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Really loved the field, beautiful wild grass in places and an adjoining woodland. The field lays next to the family Tudor manor house which is stunning. The owners were very welcoming and offered fire pits and logs for use. We'll be back!

    Disliked: 

    Although I'm a big fan of wild camping and minimal facilities, I would suggest the outdoor showers have a roof added just so you can shower when it's raining and dry yourself off properly

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Outstanding!05/06/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAIDAN B.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Really outstanding!
    We took our 7 year old twin granddaughters plus dog-all loved it!
    Lots of space between pitches, walks and woodland to hand
    We went to West Bay to the beach which was 20 mins away-so very convenient
    We will go again

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

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Fabulous get away from it all site with friendly, staff07/06/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Clear pitch areas, pathways, solar lighting, the setting. Toilets and communal areas scrupulously clean. Loads of cleaner gel. Outside showers worked well. The ancient Woodland was a lovely walk with the dogs. Plenty of wood and fire pits available.

    Disliked: 

    Road Signage could have been more obvious, Bit of a hike to get anything at all. No drinking water on tap.

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Loved the relaxed friendly festival vibe - fellow campers were …07/09/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomKaren H.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Loved the relaxed friendly festival vibe - fellow campers were super respectful and considerate, site was pretty and immaculately kept… compost toilets not remotely smelly and always spotless. A walk to one of the nicest pubs (Mark Hix’s The Fox) with superb food.
    Fantastic - Highly recommend.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing.

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Because of the poor weather, we had already decided not …02/09/2021

Reviewer's country: United Kingdomlesley h.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Because of the poor weather, we had already decided not to stay at Benville overnight and to drive directly back home. But this was not before checking the site out. Just the kind of site we like. Pretty site (and area), level pitches, fire pits, basic but clean loo's, and loads of space. Perfect. Given five stars in anticipation for next year. We will be back!

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    English weather!

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Hosts are great and friendly, wonderful area to explore,01/09/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Nice clean site with great family vibes

    Disliked: 

    Did pick up a few ticks so keep checking!

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Clean facilities and helpful, friendly staff.01/09/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomTracy F.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Very peaceful and on-site staff very helpful and friendly. Can rent a fire pit and buy logs and collect your own kindling in the forest walks around the site. Showers hot. Didn't use the the toilets as have own porta potty.

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Features

Coronavirus

Check-in: contactless (in person)

Hand sanitising stations

Shared spaces: more frequent cleaning

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

TV room

Take away

Tennis

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Car parking by pitch/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Dog park

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Portaloo

Pub toilets

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue provided

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Camping 2.0

Bell tents

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Electric car charging point(s)

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Dog walk nearby

Type

Pop-up campsite

Small (11-25 pitches)

Location

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  • Benville Manor, Benville Lane, Dorchester, Dorset, England, DT2 0NW
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 50.8316°N 2.6623°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Yeovil Bus Station — 7.8 miles
Coach Station — 8.1 miles
Greenhill — 10.3 miles
Train stations
Chetnole Rail Station — 4.6 miles
Maiden Newton Rail Station — 5.4 miles
Crewkerne Rail Station — 5.8 miles
Ferry ports
Weymouth Ferry Terminal — 18.1 miles
Bridgwater Ferry Terminal — 25.9 miles
Airports
Exeter International Airport — 33.8 miles

Directions


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

If you're drawn to this place because of the historical connections, you might want to step back in time off-site at nearby Mapperton House and Gardens (10 minutes' drive), another Tudor manor house built in gorgeous sandstone. For some even older entertainment, line yourself up trips to the chalk Cerne Abbas Giant (20 minutes) or the scenic ruins of Corfe Castle (an hour).

Have you packed your towel? At Benville Manor Camping, you're also well-placed to get some sea and sand at classic Jurassic Coast resorts like Lyme Regis (30 minutes) and Charmouth (30 minutes). There's also Bridport Harbour (20 minutes), an attractive spot at the end of mighty Chesil Beach. As any keen geography student will tell you, this isn't actually a beach at all, but an 18-mile shingle spit (great for saltwater fishing, less so for bathing).

Other noteworthy spots include Abbotsbury (30 minutes), a well-preserved village where a colony of swans has made its home on the sheltered side of Chesil Beach. There's also an 18th-century botanical garden here with an impressive collection of blooming plants that appreciate the area's warmer than average microclimate, plus an avian-themed adventure playground to keep the kids on side.

Must see

  • Mapperton House & Gardens (3.2 miles)
  • Montacute House (8.6 miles)
  • Abbotsbury Swannery (12.2 miles)

National Trust

  • Montacute House (8.6 miles)
  • Tintinhull Garden (10.1 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:  3 p.m. –  10 p.m.
Depart by:  1 p.m.
On-site accommodation
Arrive:  3 p.m. –  9 p.m.
Depart by:  11 a.m.

Benville Manor Camping cancellation policy

No refunds within 1 day of arrival date.

No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

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

Deposit transferable during COVID-19. Benville Manor Camping will debit the balance from your card 1 week before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 1 week then the balance will be taken immediately.

Deposit transferable during COVID-19.

You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.

Payment methods accepted on the park

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Terms and conditions

Site booking terms and conditions

  • Does Benville Manor Camping have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Benville Manor Camping dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Benville Manor Camping? If you're drawn to this place because of the historical connections, you might want to step back in time off-site at nearby Mapperton House and Gardens (10 minutes' drive), another Tudor manor … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Benville Manor Camping?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  3 p.m. –  10 p.m.
    Depart by:  1 p.m.
    On-site accommodation
    Arrive:  3 p.m. –  9 p.m.
    Depart by:  11 a.m.
    Read more
  • How much does it cost to stay at Benville Manor Camping? From £20 (for 1 night, 2 adults) - prices may change depending on your dates and party. Check prices and availability

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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.
Unsupervised minors must have a letter of authorisation from their parents or legal guardian.

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.
Please pick any available pitch on arrival.

Coronavirus
Minimum spacing of 6 metres between pitches.

Dogs
Dogs are not allowed in the accommodation units.
Dogs are prohibited from main facilities and amenities.
Dogs must be kept on leads and supervised at all times.
Guide dogs are allowed on site free of charge.
The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act (i.e. Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, and Fila Brasileiro).

Extras
Motorbike(s) can be brought instead of the car(s) included.

General
In the event of a complaint, please speak to reception immediately. Complaints which are not brought to the management's attention during your stay cannot be dealt with once you have left the site.
Quiet (afternoon) hours must be respected between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m..
Quiet hours must be respected between 11 p.m. and 9 a.m..
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and boots must be closed quietly.

Occupancy
Group bookings of 12 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).
No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.
Single-sex bookings of 5 or more people (couples and immediate family members excepted) are not permitted via Pitchup.com.

Reception
Reception is closed from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.. No arrivals are permitted between these times.
Reception is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. between 27/05 and 05/06 and between 29/07 and 17/08.

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.
Guests are advised to bring a good quality torch with them as parts of the site are unlit.

Vehicles
No vehicle movement between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m..
Only one car is to be parked by the pitch. Extra vehicles must be parked in the designated area.

Visitors
Visitors must leave the premises by 10 p.m..

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