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Hardy types go camping in all sorts of weather, and good on them too, we say, as we wave them off with their tents in the depth of February. But, while we’re filled with admiration at those who pitch a canvas home on the side of a mountain before the daffodils come out, there’s a lot to be said for luxury camping too. A lot of luxury. Which is where Caalm Camp comes in, where owners Mark and Caryl have thoughtfully tested their toasty yurts in temperatures as low as -6, and found themselves with not a shiver in sight.
The six Mongolian yurts here are in deepest Dorset but just an hour from the M4 and M5 and have every little touch you could think of for a very caalm camping trip at any time of year: wood-burning stoves – with logs provided – for the cooler temperatures, an outside picnic table and barbecue for the warmer days, full electricity, electric sockets to charge up the gadgets (essential), crispy bed linen and fluffy towels, and even a hob for first-thing cuppas before getting out of your PJs (also essential). Yurts sleep up to six with a double bed and two day beds in each one; two extra beds can easily be added if you need them by saying so on the ‘special requests’ form when booking.
Each yurt comes with its own private and lockable shower room in The Old Hay Barn steps away, where there’s underfloor heating, hand driers and storage units for all your toiletry bits and bobs – no going across a campsite with your sponge bag around your neck here. The Hay Barn also has a big and plentifully-equipped communal kitchen where each yurt has its own fridge, cupboards and stacks of room to prepare food: make the mother of all fry ups then settle down in the comfy seats in the day room with its TV and children’s area…talk to other yurt-dwellers or just sit dreamily and gaze over the Dorset countryside; the choice is yours…
Elsewhere on the site there are chickens to feed on the farm, a wooded play area for little yurters, and a communal firepit to gather around with other guests at night to toast marshmallows, have a singsong or raise a glass to the spiffing surroundings. Fishing is available at Caalm Camp’s own lake or in the seven lakes at the neighbouring fishery, and for foodie supplies there’s a farm shop and the Kings Arms with top pub grub nearby.
As Caalm Camp is a farm site, dogs are not allowed.
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Arrive:Mon 1 Jul 2013
Depart:Wed 3 Jul 2013
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