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The Gaggle of Geese

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Garden and barbecue shack

General

  • Pub site over five acres in the village of Buckland Newton
  • Half an hour's drive from beaches and the Jurassic Coast
  • Homemade meals and local beers, plus barbecue and pizza oven in summer

Walkers, riders, fishing folk, dog owners, family groups… all will want to take a gander at The Gaggle of Geese, a friendly country pub in the little village of Buckland Newton.

This is a place that’s mighty well located for all sorts of Dorset days out – it’s in the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty for all your country pursuits, 20 minutes’ drive from the historic market town of Dorchester and half an hour from the county’s stunning coastline. On top of that, those on family hols may like to note that a drive of less that 45 minutes offers up all sorts of ways to entertain/wear out the small sorts – animal parks, fossil hunting, watersports…

It’s not all about location though – the pub’s a rather fine destination in its own right. Five fab acres of peaceful fields, an orchard and a pleasingly sizeable beer garden make up the outside space, while inside’s all comfy corners and a warm welcome for all (nippers and dogs included). Up for a bit more activity? Skip over to the skittle alley or check the events list to see if there are any quiz nights, wine tastings or live music afternoons scheduled.

And you’ll be needing eats and drinks of course... homemade pub classics can be washed down with local beers and ciders; summer nights often see action out at the barbecue shack and wood-fired pizza oven too. Barbecues and campfires are welcome if you’d rather go the DIY route.

Please note

No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work-related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.

The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act.

Discount cards and gift vouchers cannot be applied to bookings made via Pitchup.com.

Single-sex bookings of 10 or more people (couples and immediate family members excepted) are not permitted via Pitchup.com.

Bookings must not be for more than 14 consecutive nights.

Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.


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9.7

Overall rating based on 149 reviews

 

98% would recommend this site to a friend.

97% would stay here again.

  94% described as Peaceful ?

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Will return,it was lovely31/12/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAlexandru G.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Bumble shepherd's hut (four man)
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    Everything

    Disliked: 

    The weather :))))

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Clean accessible facilities and overly accommodating family run site09/10/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomSammy S.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or motorhome pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Lovely pub, lovely people and quiet chilled out surroundings where you can have a fire and stare at the stars

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Beautiful setting, facilities exceptional. Hosts really welcoming08/10/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomChris W.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or motorhome pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    The setting, the welcome and the pub. We were made welcome from the start, and despite my inability to get my motorhome on to the field, I had a space on level ground. Nearer the pub! Ate there on our first night, substantial meals, really good quality and cheerful staff (even though it was a busy night). Will definitely visit again, with extended family if we can! Camping was great value, budget price for glamping facilities!

    Disliked: 

    The weather (some of the time!)

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Our 1st time in a shepherds hut will definatley be back12/10/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomJoanne G.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Bumble shepherd's hut (four man)
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    We stayed in the shepherds hut lovely and cosy with some lovely touches, a welcome pack on arrival with some essentials. Will definitely be going back.

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Clean and tidy toilet. very friendly and helpful staff. Great …29/09/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or motorhome pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Clean and tidy toilet. very friendly and helpful staff. Great pub on site

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Good site with some level areas,good clean facilities.25/09/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomTrudy W.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or motorhome pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Friendly welcome,good facilities,quiet site in beautiful country side.Great pub on-site serving great food.

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Every thing24/09/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomRichard C.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or motorhome pitch
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    Every thing

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Amazing weekend23/09/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomPhilip M.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or motorhome pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Friendly staff and great facilities with handy toilet and wash block and fantastic pub with food

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Great site , we all had a wonderful time and really chilled out23/09/2019

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

  • Non-electric grass tent or motorhome pitch
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    Everything was great , the staff were very friendly and the pub was wonderful , great place to go and loads to see around the area , poor phone signal but that’s not a bad thing haha

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This was second stay there of the summer as it is so good.22/09/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomMatthew N.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or motorhome pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Lovely, friendly atmosphere. The chance to have a fire in one of the fire pits and the handiness of having a decent pub right next door. Accurately priced camping plots too.

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Features

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Shop nearby

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

Nearby leisure

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

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

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Peaceful

Remote location

Walkers' paradise

Wild camping

Type

Pub campsite

Small (11-25 pitches)

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Location

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  • Buckland Newton, Dorchester, Dorset, England, DT2 7BS
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 50.8438°N 2.4440°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Sherborne Coach Stop — 8.1 miles
Milborne Port: Coach Stop — 8.5 miles
Dorchester: South Rail Station Coach Stop — 9.3 miles
Train stations
Chetnole Rail Station — 5.9 miles
Yetminster Rail Station — 6.7 miles
Maiden Newton Rail Station — 7.0 miles
Ferry ports
Weymouth Ferry Terminal — 16.3 miles
Poole Ferry Terminal — 21.8 miles
Poole Quay Ferry Landing — 22.1 miles
Airports
Bournemouth International Airport — 27.2 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

Country wanderings aplenty await around here – there are heaps of places for walks both short and lengthy in the surrounding Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A popular ramble from the pub is the four-mile route to the Cerne Abbas Giant (indeed a sizeable chap at 55 metres long – potential pub quiz answer...?)

Horseback hacks can be had from several stables within half an hour, and there’s a fab coarse fishery with 10 lakes (10!) five minutes’ drive away. Want a bit more oomph in your outings? Head to Henley Hillbillies (five minutes’ drive) for days zooming about on quad bikes or in hovercrafts or souped-up Minis.

Need nipper-pleasing days out? Take your (or more likely their) pick from The Dinosaur Museum (20 minutes), Monkey World (half an hour), the Tank Museum (half an hour), the Sea Life adventure park (40 minutes), Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park (40 minutes)… or head to the coast for beach days in Weymouth (40 minutes), watersports at Lulworth Cove (45 minutes) or fossil hunts in Kimmeridge (50 minutes).

Must see

  • Hardy's Birthplace (8.2 miles)
  • Mapperton House & Gardens (12.0 miles)
  • The Tank Museum (13.5 miles)

National Trust

  • Hardy's Cottage (8.2 miles)
  • Max Gate (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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Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  12 p.m. –  11 p.m.
Depart by:  11 a.m.
On-site accommodation
Arrive:  5 p.m. –  11 p.m.
Depart by:  11 a.m.

The Gaggle of Geese cancellation policy

No refunds within 1 week of arrival date.

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

Bookings cannot be amended within 2 day(s) of arrival.

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. The Gaggle of Geese 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 The Gaggle of Geese have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is The Gaggle of Geese dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near The Gaggle of Geese? Country wanderings aplenty await around here – there are heaps of places for walks both short and lengthy in the surrounding Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A popular ramble from the … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of The Gaggle of Geese?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  12 p.m. –  11 p.m.
    Depart by:  11 a.m.
    On-site accommodation
    Arrive:  5 p.m. –  11 p.m.
    Depart by:  11 a.m.
    Read more
  • How much does it cost to stay at The Gaggle of Geese? From £14 (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.
All guests spending the night at the park must present their ID at the reception desk and sign registration forms.
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.

Changes to your holiday
Bookings cannot be amended within 2 day(s) of arrival.

Dogs
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.

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

General
Bookings must not be for more than 14 consecutive nights.
Discount cards and gift vouchers cannot be applied to bookings made via Pitchup.com.
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 hours must be respected between 11 p.m. and 8 a.m..
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
No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.
Single-sex bookings of 10 or more people (couples and immediate family members excepted) are not permitted via Pitchup.com.

Pitches
You must follow the management directives when pitching your tent/unit and related equipment.

Reception
Reception is open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. between 01/04 and 01/09 and between 02/09 and 31/03.

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.
Firearms are not permitted.

Vehicles
Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work-related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.
No vehicle movement between 9 p.m. and 8 a.m..
Only one car is to be parked by the pitch. Extra vehicles must be parked in the designated area.
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’ cars are not permitted on site.
Visitors must leave the premises by 11 p.m..

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