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Holyrood Farm Campsite

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Holyrood Farm Campsite: Main view from the back of the field

General

  • Wild camping half a mile from Shaftesbury
  • Spectacular views over the Blackmore Vale
  • Campfires allowed: buy sausages and farm food from the team

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, rare-breed pigs and Dexter 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, breakfast bacon and other farm food sold by Jason and his team (order these bits when you arrive): 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, along with on-site checking in, firepits for rent and wood for sale. A permanent shower has also been added, with plenty of room to dry off and hang your clothes while showering.

Please note

Your dog must be tattooed or microchipped.

Bookings must not be for more than 2 consecutive nights.

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

The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act (i.e. Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, and Fila Brasileiro).

Coronavirus update: there are no sausages for sale this year due to the current safety measures.


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9.6

Overall rating based on 315 reviews

 

99% would recommend this site to a friend.

97% would stay here again.

  80% described as Spectacular scenery ?

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Close proximity to town18/10/2021

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  • Non-electric grass tent, trailer tent or campervan pitch
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    Close proximity to town

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Great no frills camping with fires allowed!03/10/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomGlenn M.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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

    Location was great, amazing views from the site, great access to Shaftesbury town near by. Fire pits with wood to purchase! Toilets were clean and tidy.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

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Excellent will be staying again02/10/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAllison F.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent, trailer tent or campervan pitch
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    Love the field, wonderful views and facilities very clean

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Basic site that ticks all the boxes.27/09/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomMark A.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent, trailer tent or campervan pitch
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    Site gets all the basics right, views are spectacular, short walk into town.

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Perfect back to basics campsite with amazing views20/09/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomSarah P.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent, trailer tent or campervan pitch
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    My third visit to Holyrood and it just gets better every time. A warm welcome, very quiet, fantastic views and if the weather is kind (as it was for me) great sunsets and star gazing.

    I usually stay just one night but as I was there for two nights I tried the shower which was warm and powerful. There was only one shower open but this wasn't a problem as when I stayed there were only a couple of other tents in the whole field.

    Walked to Compton Abbas airfield where there is a snack shack (7 mile round trip), great views. Easy (but steep) walk into Shaftesbury so close enough to have dinner out.

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A last minute booking that went very smoothly. Basic but ideal site.20/09/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomDes P.Confirmed

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

    The views, the isolation, the small number of campers, the facilities (incl excellent pit fires) the proximity to Shaftsbury.

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    Having to come home!

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Disappointed stay19/09/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

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

    The view and closeness to Shaftesbury

    Disliked: 

    For the £20 paid I have stayed in far better equipped sites than this one. Only one out of the 3 toilets was unlocked for use when at least 2 could of been open which meant queuing. The showers are just 2 huts with weeds growing up through the floor and the sink area has no hot running water and open to the elements. This really was a ‘rustic’ campsite. We were lucky it only rained on day of arrival otherwise it would of been a quagmire.

    It was a quiet, short stay but I don’t think I’ll be heading back, seemed like a lot to pay for essentially a field on a hill.

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Great views, wild camping feel, close to the town centre …19/09/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomJohn G.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent, trailer tent or campervan pitch
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    Great views, wild camping feel, close to the town centre and pub

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Rural feeling with stunning views but still facilities19/09/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomSian C.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent, trailer tent or campervan pitch
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    Rural feeling with stunning views but still facilities

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a lovely campsite, beautiful views and the owner was very …09/09/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomKatherine A.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent, trailer tent or campervan pitch
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    a lovely campsite, beautiful views and the owner was very friendly and helpful. A short walk to the village

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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

TV room

Take away

Tennis

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Car parking by pitch/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Dog park

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Portaloo

Pub toilets

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue provided

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

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Electric car charging point(s)

Gas cylinders available

No drinkable water point

No hot water

No running water

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Dog walk nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Farm

Large (51-200 pitches)

Pop-up campsite

Nearby leisure

Cycling nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Outdoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

Tennis nearby

Touring and motorhomes

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Location

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  • Gascoignes Lane, St James, Shaftesbury, Dorset, England, SP7 0NA
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 50.9982°N 2.1954°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
The Town Hall — 0.5 miles
The Town Hall — 0.5 miles
Virginia Ash — 9.0 miles
Train stations
Gillingham (Dorset) Rail Station — 4.2 miles
Tisbury Rail Station — 6.7 miles
Templecombe Rail Station — 9.7 miles
Ferry ports
Poole Quay Ferry Landing — 21.8 miles
Poole Ferry Terminal — 21.9 miles
Brownsea Island Ferry Landing — 23.8 miles
Airports
Bournemouth International Airport — 22.0 miles

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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, 30 minutes away; the small peninsula of golden sand at Sandbanks 45 minutes away, and the town of Bournemouth, about an hour from the farm. Or stay close to the site if you're around at the end of August, and use it as a peaceful base to come back to after days at the Great Dorset Steam Fair.

Must see

  • Stourhead House and Garden (9.3 miles)
  • Longleat (13.5 miles)
  • Kingston Lacy House and Gardens (14.6 miles)

National Trust

  • Stourhead (9.2 miles)
  • Philipps House and Dinton Park (10.8 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:  Anytime –  Anytime
Depart by:  Anytime

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

Deposit transferable during COVID-19. 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.

Deposit transferable during COVID-19.

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

Payment methods accepted on the park

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  • How much does it cost to stay at Holyrood Farm Campsite? From £20 (for 1 night, 4 people) - prices may change depending on your dates and party. Check prices and availability

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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 (i.e. Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, and Fila Brasileiro).
Your dog must be tattooed or microchipped.

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

General
Bookings are nominative and non-transferable.
Bookings must not be for more than 2 consecutive nights.
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 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’ cars are not permitted on site.
Visitors must leave the premises by 11 p.m..

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