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:Sun 1 Sep 2013
Depart:Tue 3 Sep 2013
It's now possible to make group bookings on Pitchup.com for up to 30 adults and 30 children.
As long as the 'one unit per pitch' rule is not highlighted on the pitch type information (please check this before completing your booking), you will be able to pitch your tents together on one booking.
If you are not satisfied with the results generated, try breaking your booking down for more options. For example, if you're a group of 10, enter five people for your initial search and book two pitches. Use the 'Special requests' box on the booking page to ask to be sited together when booking multiple pitches or accommodation units: the campsite or park will try to grant your request.
Before booking, please check the listing page for any group restrictions. These normally appear in a section titled 'Please note'. Please also check the restrictions on unit dimensions to ensure your unit - especially for a large party - is suitable for the space you will be provided with.
Max. persons: 6x
Our six traditional Mongolian yurts are beautifully equipped and can sleep up to six people; each yurt has a double bed and two day beds, with room with an additional two z-beds.
Duvets, bed linen, fluffy white towels are all provided. A wood burner (logs included) for cooler nights, an induction hob for that early morning cuppa or light bite, and electric lighting are also provided.
Each of our luxury yurts has its own private shower room within The Old Haybarn, a short distance from each yurt, with under floor heating, hand driers and vanity units for storage, exclusively for your use for the duration of your stay. Also in the Old Hay Barn you will be able to make use of the large communal kitchen, where each yurt has its own fridge and plenty of room to prepare a hearty breakfast, that can be eaten in the day room, which has a TV, children's area and comfortable seating too sit and relax, talk to new friends and look across at the lovely countryside that Dorset has to offer.
|Max. persons||6 x|
|Bed linen||1 included|
|High chair||1 included|
|Beds made up||yes|
|Gas and electricity included||yes|
|Extra z-bed (2 max)||£10/€12.69/AU$18.37/$16.10 per stay|
|Travel cot (2 max)||£10/€12.69/AU$18.37/$16.10 per stay|