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Holyrood Farm Campsite

9.3
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General

  • Wild camping ten minutes' walk from Shaftesbury
  • Spectacular views over the Blackmore Vale
  • Campfires allowed

The views from this Shaftesbury site, they are stunning. As is the setting: small and secluded Holyrood Farm Campsite is in Dorset countryside overlooking the Blackmore Vale, within easy walking distance of the pubs and shops of Shaftesbury. It's close to several good footpaths for walking too – or you could take things up a notch with a stagger up Shaftesbury's Gold Hill, the famously steep cobbled street used several times as a set for the big and small screen…?

Those spectacular vale views are from Holyrood's working farm, with sheep and cattle (standard), alpacas (less so) and a badgers' watch (nocturnal trips ahoy). The vibe is wild camping, but there's a shower available all season.

Campfires – of course – are allowed, to sizzle up the sausages and other farm food sold by Jason and his team: other food (and beery?) bits can be sorted 10 minutes' walk away at the supermarkets and independent shops of Shaftesbury.

Following a successful start to the site and taking feedback received into account, the owners have added flushing toilets, a washing-up area and improved access in and out for 2017, along with on-site checking in, firepits for rent and wood for sale. A permanent shower was also added in 2017, with plenty of room to dry off and hang your clothes while showering.

Please note

Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Your dog must be tattooed and microchipped.

The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act.


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9.3

Overall rating based on 79 reviews

 

94% would recommend this site to a friend.

92% would stay here again.

 

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A basic, but nicely located campsite near Shaftsbury. 31/05/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Phil C. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Lovely location, just a short walk from beautiful Shaftsbury and with stunning views across the countryside. Large field with plenty of room between pitches. We knew the site was a little basic, so didn't expect much, but the shower was adequate and the toilets were very clean. Friendly staff and a great facility is provided for a proper camp fire, supplied by the owners.

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    Nothing

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Lovely campsite surrounded by woods, fields and rolling hills. Amazing ... 30/05/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Claire B. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Lovely campsite surrounded by woods, fields and rolling hills. Amazing views. Very peaceful. Loads of space, we were free to chose where to pitch and the site was very spacious. Plenty of space for kids, games, dogs, exploring. Toilets/shower were good and clean. The owner was very friendly and helpful. Excellent value for money. Definitely recommend.

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Very good 9 out of 10 for sure. 29/05/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Ros G. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Loved the space & the fact we could choose where we wanted to pitch - no marked out pitches.
    Loved the fire pits & the wood used was great value.
    Loved the view all around the site & the sounds being in the middle of the country - Peacocks! - there are.

    Also loved the close proximity to Shaftesbury so if you wanted some town time it was easy.
    The campsite Manager was very friendly.

    Disliked: 

    Not Dislikes as such but would have liked better shower facility & washing up facility.
    Didn't realise before the first evening that they sold good quality BBQ meat - this would have been great to know as we took meat with us but would have been happy buy locally.

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This was a great no frills site which is the ... 29/05/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom stephen h. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    This was a great no frills site which is the way we like to camp. Jason was a great host checking on us when we arrived and coming round each night with logs for the firepit.

    The site is a lovely big field which almost has different levels which gave the site character when looking out over the other campers and enjoying the view.There was a hired toilet block which you would find at a wedding which was kept clean and was adequate for the amount of campers on site. There is only one shower, which maybe a drawback for some people, but it's a good size and had lovely hot water.

    It's a short uphill walk to the closest pub the two brewers which did lovely food and great beer. The town was a bit further uphill but still a lovely walk and a a beautiful town.

    We will definitely go again

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Great site. 29/05/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Gintare s. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Great facilities. Friendly owner.
    Would go again.

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Perfect site to spend a weekend. Would definitely return 29/05/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Mark E. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Amazing views from the campsite. Fella running the place was very helpful. Plenty of space rather than being crammed in.
    Couldn’t have wanted for a better site.

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    Nothing

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All in all nice place, helpful Jason and one the best place to camp. 29/05/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Himal T. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Liked the campsite and wonderful location.nice area and nice people.

    Disliked: 

    Just had one male toilet so have to stay on queue for about 20 mins .

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The site was great, it had the most spectacular views ... 29/05/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Sheridan H. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    The site was great, it had the most spectacular views & due to the weather forecast a lot of people cancelled - meaning there was a lot of space! (not sure how busy it would be when fully booked).

    Facilities are fine, basic but plenty of hot water, clean & tidy.

    Jason came around every afternoon to check everyone was happy & he had fire pits and wood available for hire (5gbp for the pit, 5gbp for the wood), Jason also went to the trouble to bring us extra wood when he'd run out which was very nice of him :)

    There's a great farm nearby whereby the farmer pops round offering burgers and sausages for sale.

    Nice that BBQ's and fireputs are allowed - made for a really good experience!

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The campsite location was perfect, a 5 minute walk to ... 29/05/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Naomi C. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    The campsite location was perfect, a 5 minute walk to the high street and with a beautiful valley view. Jason came round to introduce himself and make sure we were ok which was a really nice touch. Whilst described as wild camping the toilets and showers are more than adequate and very clean. We much preferred this setup to the normal standardised pitch size, it felt like everyone had lots of space around them and privacy to enjoy the lovely surrounding scenery. We'll be back very soon - it's our new favourite campsite!

    Disliked: 

    Nothing - we'll be recommending it to friends and family

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Brilliant value for money 29/05/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Laura B. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Loved our stay here. Beautiful scenery and very relaxing. Amenities were basic but clean which is all you need really. Guy comes round with burners to hire and got to sample some delicious sausages and burgers that were for sale delivered fresh to your tent. Would definitetely return.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing really. Only one shower but wasn’t too busy so not really a problem.

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Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

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Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

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Shower available

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Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Touring and motorhomes

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Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Peaceful

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Nearby leisure

Cycling nearby

Outdoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Farm

Medium (26-50 pitches)

Location

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  • Gascoignes Lane, St James, Shaftesbury, Dorset, England, SP7 0NA
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 50.9964°N 2.1957°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Shaftesbury Coach Stop — 0.7 miles
Henstridge (Somerset): Virginia Ash Coach Stop — 8.9 miles
Wincanton: Memorial Hall Coach Stop — 10.1 miles
Train stations
Gillingham (Dorset) Rail Station — 4.2 miles
Tisbury Rail Station — 6.8 miles
Templecombe Rail Station — 9.7 miles
Ferry ports
Poole Quay Ferry Landing — 21.7 miles
Poole Ferry Terminal — 21.8 miles
Brownsea Island Ferry Landing — 23.7 miles
Airports
Bournemouth International Airport — 21.9 miles

Directions


Off the Royal Chase Hotel roundabout take the exit into the town centre then straight away take the next left which will take you behind Shaftesbury School. Turn right onto Hawkshead Lane, and follow that road until you come to a crossroads. Take the left turn onto French Mill Lane and keep going onto Gascoigne Lane, on the right, for 400 metres. The site is on the right.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

If you're a UK sort of a certain age and can remember the famed ad for Hovis bread, nearby Gold Hill is where it was filmed – and did you know, big screen buffs, that the ad was directed by one Ridley Scott? The hill is five minutes' drive from Holyrood Farm Campsite, so totter up it for yourself when you get there; careering down afterwards on a bicycle very much recommended too.

Your tired legs should also make an in-town effort to see Shaftesbury's two museums, one beside the ruins of Shaftesbury Abbey and telling its tale, and the other back at the top of Gold Hill, telling the history of Shaftesbury via many artefacts from its surrounds. (Best to have a look at this latter on your first climb, to save having to trek back up.)

Day trips are within easy driving distance away from Shaftesbury: try the gardens at Stourhead House and Kingston Lacy 20 and 40 minutes away; the Fleet Air Arm Museum, telling the heady story of British aviation, half an hour away, and Dorchester about 50 minutes away.

Other good day trip options are Longleat Safari and Adventure Park 20 miles away; the small peninsula of golden sand at Sandbanks, 45 minutes away, and the town of Bournemouth, about an hour from the farm.

Must see

  • Stourhead House and Garden (9.4 miles)
  • Longleat (13.6 miles)
  • Kingston Lacy House and Gardens (14.5 miles)

National Trust

  • Stourhead (9.3 miles)
  • Philipps House and Dinton Park (10.9 miles)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.

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Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  3 p.m. –  Anytime
Depart:  10 a.m.

Holyrood Farm Campsite cancellation policy

No refunds within 15 days of arrival date.

No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

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.

Payment

A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. Holyrood Farm Campsite will debit the balance from your card 15 days before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 15 days then the balance will be taken immediately.

You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.

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

Admission
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

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.
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

Dogs
Dogs must be kept on leads and supervised at all times.
Guide dogs are allowed on site free of charge.
The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act.
Your dog must be tattooed and microchipped.

Extras
Motorbike(s) can be brought instead of the car(s) included.

General
Bookings are nominative and non-transferable.
In the event of a complaint, please speak to reception immediately. Complaints which are not brought to the management's attention during your stay cannot be dealt with once you have left the site.
Quiet hours must be respected between 11 p.m. and 7:30 a.m..

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.
Open fires are prohibited.

Vehicles
No vehicle movement between 11:30 p.m. and 7:30 a.m..
The car is only included in the rate if you are travelling with a touring caravan or a tent. If you wish to bring a car along with your motorhome/campervan please select the extra.

Visitors
Visitors must leave the premises by 11:30 p.m..
Visitors’ cars are not permitted on site.

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