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From £30/€34.09/A$50.31/US$38.12/CA$50.62/CHF37.03/kr333.70/kr254.45/kr322.58/kr3,947/$623.70/$25,000/PEN124.38/NZ$52.42/R495.05/zł144.37/R$127.66/Kč895.52/RSD4,167 (for 1 night, 6 people)

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  • Small family-run farm deep in Hardy country
  • Less than ten miles from the Jurassic Coast
  • Firepits for hire: wood supplied

If you're a Thomas Hardy fan, you'll know about Dorchester: it was where the Tess dude lived and was his inspiration for the town of Casterbridge. And if you're taking the trail, settle down afterwards in a Cool Haven bell tent at Thorncombe Farm – it might be the perfect setting to reread Tess...?

Thorncombe is a small family-run livestock farm in the heart of Dorset, 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 ten 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. They come unfurnished and have a separate dining tent area with a dining table and bench seats.

For eats, 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 – have The Mayor of Casterbridge along with marshmallows, maybe...?

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Party: 2 adults


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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the terms and conditions.

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.

Cooking or gas appliances of any kind (inside the tent) are not permitted.
Quiet hours must be respected between 9pm and 8am.
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.

Additional terms

Our campsite is on, adjoining or near to agricultural land used for farming. There is also forestry work on land adjoining the campsite. Campers must be careful if entering these areas whilst camping with us.

Do not attempt to feed or disturb any of the livestock on the farm.

No smoking is allowed within campsite facilities, near any drying crops in fields or near any of the farm buildings.

Naked flames used in or by the tent are entirely at your own risk.

Please use only firewood or charcoal supplied by Thorncombe Farm or as directed by our staff.