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- Dorset glamping in luxury yurts
- Proper beds, linen, electricity and woodburning stove in each
- Dedicated wetroom in each with underfloor heating and flushing toilet
Hardy types go camping in all sorts of weather, and good on them too.
But, while you might be filled with admiration at those who pitch a canvas home on the side of a mountain in the depths of winter, 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 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: proper beds and crisp bed linen for starters, along with fluffy towels, woodburning stoves (with logs provided), electricity to charge up the gadgets (essential), and 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. A picnic table and barbecue are outside each.
Each yurt comes with its own private and lockable shower room in The Old Hay Barn steps away, with underfloor heating, flushing 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 fryups 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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However, where the pitch or accommodation occupancy allows it, you can make a booking for up to 30 adults and 30 children in one booking.
To book multiple pitches or accommodation, use the 'Special requests' box on the booking page to ask to be sited together. Complete the booking form for the first booking (you can add a password and save your card so that we remember your details). Then click "Make another booking like this" at the top of the confirmation page to make the next booking.
Large groups: check the listing page for any group restrictions set out in the terms and section titled ‘Please note’.
Large tents/caravans: check the restrictions on unit dimensions to ensure your unit is suitable for the space you will be provided with.
Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Commercial vehicles allowed
No dogs allowed
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
D. of E. welcome
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Tiny (1-10 pitches)
Tipis, yurts, or wigwams
- Coach stations
Shaftesbury Coach Stop
— 3.4 miles
3.4 miles Henstridge (Somerset): Virginia Ash Coach Stop — 5.7 miles
5.7 miles Wincanton: Memorial Hall Coach Stop — 7.9 miles
- Train stations
Gillingham (Dorset) Rail Station
— 3.4 miles
3.4 miles Templecombe Rail Station — 6.7 miles
6.7 miles Tisbury Rail Station — 9.8 miles
- Ferry ports
Poole Quay Ferry Landing
— 22.5 miles
22.5 miles Poole Ferry Terminal — 22.5 miles
22.5 miles Brownsea Island Ferry Landing — 24.6 miles
Bournemouth International Airport
— 23.8 miles
From London or Exeter, turn off the A303 at Chicklade and follow the A350 to Shaftesbury. At Shaftesbury, take the A30 direction Yeovil and after approx three miles, turn left at the Kings Arms. Go to the end of this road and at the T junction turn right. Continue for a third of a mile through a narrow cutting and as it opens up and you will see Goods Farm on the left, opposite a Royal Mail brick post box.
Some satnavs may not bring you to our door, so please follow the directions above.
The nearest train station is Gillingham, around five miles from the site. We are happy to pick up and drop off.
This area of Dorset is bursting with things to do from wildlife spotting to cycling to sunbathing on sandy beaches: start off with a walk to Duncliffe Wood, an ancient woodland a mile away from Caalm Camp and known for its carpets of bluebells in April and May, or clamber up to the prehistoric hill fort Hambledon Hill or to Bulbarrow, one of the highest hills in Dorset.
Two equestrian centres are nearby for lessons or a canter through the countryside, and several golf courses are within half an hour’s drive.
Local town and city trips include Shaftesbury, where the famous Hovis ad with the poor baker’s boy pushing his bike to the top of a very high hill was filmed at Gold Hill and where there’s a Thursday market, pool, tearooms and restaurants; Sherborne, with its abbey and castle; Wincanton for the racecourse, and Salisbury with its medieval cathedral, award-winning museums and outdoor market twice a week. Stonehenge is also within easy reach.
For attractions, the Haynes International Car Museum and the Beaulieu Motor Museum are within reach for petrolheads, Corfe Castle and Old Wardour Castle for time travellers, and Longleat Safari Park, Monkey World and the Abbotsbury Swannery for mini zoologists.
Also easily accessible is the World Heritage Site the Jurassic Coast, about an hour’s drive away and packed with active options: try the cliff walks at Durdle Door, mackerel fishing, Punch and Judy and sand modelling at Weymouth, the sandy beaches at Studland or fossil hunting at Charmouth.
- Stourhead House and Garden (8.8 miles)
- Haynes International Motor Museum (13.2 miles)
- Longleat (14.0 miles)
- Stourhead (8.6 miles)
- Philipps House and Dinton Park (14.0 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.