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- 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.
Open from 01/09/2021 to 31/10/2021
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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Non-electric grass tent, trailer tent or campervan pitch
Max. persons: 4 x
One Trailer tent or Tent or Campervan allowed per pitch
Pitch size : Avg 10.0m width x 8.0m depth (32.8ft width x 26.2ft depth) Calculated area: 80.0m² (861.1ft²)
Ground type: Grass
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Great no frills camping with fires allowed!
Basic site that ticks all the boxes.
Perfect back to basics campsite with amazing views
A last minute booking that went very smoothly. Basic but ideal site.
Great views, wild camping feel, close to the town centre …
Rural feeling with stunning views but still facilities
Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Car parking by pitch/unit
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
D. of E. welcome
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Electric car charging point(s)
Gas cylinders available
No drinkable water point
No hot water
No running water
Dog walk nearby
Large (51-200 pitches)
Indoor pool nearby
Outdoor pool nearby
Touring and motorhomes
- Coach stations
The Town Hall
— 0.5 miles
0.5 miles The Town Hall — 0.5 miles
0.5 miles Virginia Ash — 9.0 miles
- Train stations
Gillingham (Dorset) Rail Station
— 4.2 miles
4.2 miles Tisbury Rail Station — 6.7 miles
6.7 miles Templecombe Rail Station — 9.7 miles
- Ferry ports
Poole Quay Ferry Landing
— 21.8 miles
21.8 miles Poole Ferry Terminal — 21.9 miles
21.9 miles Brownsea Island Ferry Landing — 23.8 miles
Bournemouth International Airport
— 22.0 miles
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.
- Stourhead House and Garden (9.3 miles)
- Longleat (13.5 miles)
- Kingston Lacy House and Gardens (14.6 miles)
- Stourhead (9.2 miles)
- Philipps House and Dinton Park (10.8 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
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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.
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. During COVID-19 you can transfer your deposit to a future stay booked within 3 months of your arrival date. Read more.
You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.
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- Does Holyrood Farm Campsite have a swimming pool? No View all features
- Is Holyrood Farm Campsite dog friendly? Yes View all features
- What attractions are near Holyrood Farm Campsite? 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 … Read more
- When can I check in and check out of Holyrood Farm Campsite?
Camping and touring Arrive: Anytime – Anytime Depart by: Anytime
- 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