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Holyrood Farm Campsite

8.3
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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 and more in peak times.

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.

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

The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act and/or any of the following: Staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Rottweiler, any Mastiff or Tosa.


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8.3

Overall rating based on 82 reviews

 

90% would recommend this site to a friend.

88% would stay here again.

 

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Lovely simple campsite with spectacular views across the Dorset countryside. ... 22/08/2017

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

  • Non-electric grass tent or motorhome pitch
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    Lovely simple campsite with spectacular views across the Dorset countryside. Warm welcome from the hosts.

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A basic farm site with flushing toilets and hot shower ... 22/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Godfrey R. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or motorhome pitch
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    A basic farm site with flushing toilets and hot shower together with a sink for washing dishes. Excellent views across open countryside and up to Shaftesbury which is within walking distance. A friendly, welcoming owner who made every effort to keep the facilities clean.

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Had an amazing time , beautiful sites and the farmer ... 22/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Carly R. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or motorhome pitch
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    Had an amazing time , beautiful sites and the farmer jason was lovely and very welcoming .

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nice place to stay for a relaxing freestyle campsite ⛺️ 18/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Cliff H. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or motorhome pitch
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    Open space friendly owner Jason
    Laid back and lovely view

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Excellent site, views incredible, welcoming owner. 17/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Emma H. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

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    Everything

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Excellent clean open and free 17/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Charlotte L. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or motorhome pitch
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    Open space. Tree bench the kids loved. Walking distance to town and parks. Didn't think much at 1st but ended up being best camping trip so far. And we love the fire pit that they hire out

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Back to basics camping. Beautiful location. Friendly owner. 16/08/2017

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Loved the quiet site, and stunning views....... 15/08/2017

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Peaceful, simple site, I would return without hesitation. 15/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom ian m. Confirmed

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    Simple campsite, set in a quiet rural location with beautiful views over the surrounding area, I lost count of the number of different animals I heard. The facilities are very basic but well attended to by the site owner who was on site twice a day to clean and replenish.

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    If I'm really picky, the grass could have done with being a bit shorter.

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Features

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

Take away

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Touring and motorhomes

Seasonal pitches

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.

Policies

Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  10 a.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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Terms and conditions

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 and/or any of the following: Staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Rottweiler, any Mastiff or Tosa.
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 11pm and 7.30am.

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 11.30pm and 7.30am.
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 11.30pm.
Visitors’ cars are not permitted on site.

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