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- Small family-run farm deep in Hardy Country, two miles from Dorchester
- Less than 10 miles from the Jurassic Coast
- Firepits for hire, with wood supplied
If you're a Thomas Hardy fan, you'll know about Dorchester: it was where the Tess-writing dude lived and was his inspiration for the town of Casterbridge. And if you're taking the trail, settle down afterwards in a bell tent at Thorncombe Farm – it might be the perfect setting to reread Tess…?
Thorncombe is a small family-run livestock farm in Dorset countryside, near the hamlet of Bockhampton where Thomas Hardy was born, and two miles from the county town of Dorchester. Weymouth, Durdle Door, Chesil Beach and the Jurassic Coast are less than 10 miles away.
The five-metre bell tents here have been set up for those who want a bit less hassle on hol and who don't want to be faffed with putting up and taking down tents. Each is furnished with a separate dining area with seating and table, as well as a deluxe double and two single beds, carpeting and rugs, a storage cabinet and a mirror. There's electricity to power lighting, a small fridge and recharging points for devices.
Each bell tent also has a firepit barbecue (if you'd rather eat out, try Yalbury Cottage Restaurant or Pine Lodge Farm, both in Bockhampton, the Wise Man pub in West Stafford or the Blue Vinny at Puddletown). The Thorncombe team supplies firepits, wood and charcoal – read The Mayor of Casterbridge along with marshmallows, maybe…?
Open from 01/05/2021 to 30/09/2021
If making a fire, the fuel, logs and coal have to be purchased on site.
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|Max. persons||4 x
(1 x double bed, 1 x single airbed, 1 x single bed)
|No toilets in the unit: shared facilities available.|
|No showers in the unit: shared facilities available.|
|Bring all camping equipment minus the tent (linen, sleeping bags, pillows, cooking equipment, etc.)|
|Car parking by pitch/unit|
|No dogs allowed|
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Nice farm campsite with a friendly feel.
Lovely farm camp made all the more fun with the entertaining goat
Owners are very welcoming. The site is great. Plenty of …
Beautiful location and lovely hosts. Will defiantly be stopping here …
Will be back.
Disinfectant sprays and wipes provided
Distance markers in shared facilities
Hand sanitising stations
Shared spaces: more frequent cleaning
We're Good To Go (VisitBritain accreditation)
Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Car parking by pitch/unit
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Tents for hire
D. of E. welcome
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Commercial vehicles allowed
No dogs allowed
Electric car charging point(s)
Gas cylinders available
No drinkable water point
No hot water
No running water
Dog walk nearby
Nearby farmers' market
Public transport nearby
Small (11-25 pitches)
Cycle hire nearby
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Leisure/theme park nearby
Mountain biking nearby
- Coach stations
Dorchester: South Rail Station Coach Stop
— 2.2 miles
2.2 miles Weymouth: Town Centre Coach Stops — 8.1 miles
8.1 miles Wareham: North Street Coach Stop — 12.7 miles
- Train stations
Dorchester South Rail Station
— 2.2 miles
2.2 miles Dorchester West Rail Station — 2.3 miles
2.3 miles Moreton (Dorset) Rail Station — 3.9 miles
- Ferry ports
Weymouth Ferry Terminal
— 8.4 miles
8.4 miles Poole Ferry Terminal — 17.6 miles
17.6 miles Poole Quay Ferry Landing — 17.9 miles
Bournemouth International Airport
— 24.9 miles
The open woods of Thorncombe and Puddleton are next to Thorncombe Farm with miles of trails for walking, cycling and horse riding. Zorbing is available for the more energetic at the neighbouring farm – ask the Thorncombe team for details – and fishing, sailing and golf are all available locally too.
Dorchester is two miles away and well worth at least a day to browse its museums – the Dinosaur Museum is a definite must and also much recommended are the Dorset County Museum, the Tutankhamun Exhibition, and Thomas Hardy's townhouse Max Gate. Plenty of pubs, shops and cafés are in town as well.
Weymouth and the Jurassic Coast are a short drive from the farm: go for the long sandy beach, marina and harbour at Weymouth, the castle at Portland and the famed Chesil Beach stretching for about 18 miles to the west towards Lyme Regis.
Other nearby Dorset days out could be had at The Tank Museum, the Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, Maiden Castle and Abbotsbury Gardens and its swannery.
- Hardy's Birthplace (0.4 miles)
- The Tank Museum (6.9 miles)
- Weymouth Sea Life Park and Marine Sanctuary (7.2 miles)
- Hardy's Cottage (0.4 miles)
- Max Gate (1.7 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
Permitted arrival/departure time
|Arrive:||3 p.m. –||7 p.m.|
|Depart by:||10:30 a.m.|
Thorncombe Farm cancellation policy
No refunds within 4 weeks of arrival date.
The site will refund the balance payment minus a 10% fee only if the unit is re-let.
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.
Deposit transferable during COVID-19. Thorncombe Farm will debit the balance from your card 4 weeks before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 4 weeks then the balance will be taken immediately.Deposit transferable during COVID-19. During COVID-19 you can transfer your deposit to a future stay booked within 3 months of your arrival date. Read more.
Payment methods accepted on the parkCash
Terms and conditionsSite booking terms and conditions
- Does Thorncombe Farm have a swimming pool? No View all features
- Is Thorncombe Farm dog friendly? No View all features
- What attractions are near Thorncombe Farm? The open woods of Thorncombe and Puddleton are next to Thorncombe Farm with miles of trails for walking, cycling and horse riding. Zorbing is available for the more energetic at the neighbouring … Read more
When can I check in and check out of Thorncombe Farm?
On-site accommodation Arrive: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. Depart by: 10:30 a.m.
- How much does it cost to stay at Thorncombe Farm? From £60 (for 1 night, 4 people) - prices may change depending on your dates and party. Check prices and availability