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A background soundtrack of chattering chimps, laughing lemurs and trundling tanks makes for a fun vibe at laidback Longthorns Farm, an attractive rural site close to Dorset’s jaw-dropping Jurassic coastline.
You can stroll directly into Monkey World from Longthorns Farm to eyeball your noisy neighbours, and there is plenty more fluffy fauna about: alpacas, horses, sheep and chickens are among the friendly farm animals on site, and guests regularly spot deer, bunnies, buzzards and owls along the woodland trail. Walk a little further and you can track down those tanks, at Bovington Tank Museum.
After a busy day exploring the delights of Dorset, toast marshmallows over the embers of your firepit and kick back for a bit of stargazing, before snuggling up in a romantic shepherd’s cabin for the night...
The on-site honesty shop is another nice old-fashioned touch: it stocks essential provisions, including all the key ingredients for a slap-up breakfast, sourced locally and reasonably priced.
Alongside the aforementioned traditional approach at Longthorns Farm, a brand new eco toilet and shower block are in the offing too, complete with family/disabled bathroom and excellent facilities to bring the campsite right into the 21st century. Using recycled, reclaimed and recyclable products wherever possible in the construction of the building and its gorgeously green components - including recycled plastic to make the waterproof boarding inside (how smart!) - this new addition to the campsite has all the necessities plus handy little luxuries like hand- and hairdryers.
Ditch the wheels; there are two fab family attractions within walking distance of Longthorns Farm: Monkey World, right next door, and Bovington Tank Museum, a 20-minute walk, which puts on action-packed displays during the school holidays.
Fossil fans, beach bums and nature lovers will love having the Jurassic Coast within such easy reach: lovely Lulworth Cove is only ten minutes away by car, and other famous spots such as Durdle Door and Chesil Beach are just a little further along the coast, all offering magnificent walking.
For country piles, try Lulworth Castle and grounds; for culture, there’s Thomas Hardy’s picturesque country cottage; or for more urban pursuits, head to Bournemouth, Dorchester or Poole, which boast great tourist attractions, shops and restaurants of every flavour. There are also local markets and lots more in the smaller nearby towns of Wareham and Swanage.
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- Monkey World - Ape Rescue Centre (0.0 miles)
- The Tank Museum (1.2 miles)
- Lulworth Castle & Park (4.1 miles)
- Clouds Hill (2.0 miles)
- Hardy's Cottage (7.9 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
Clouds Hill - Moreton
- GRANGE HEATH (CURRENT BOUNDARY FROM 30/03/2005) (5.1 miles)
- West Lulworth Circular (5.2 miles)
- GRANGE HEATH (CURRENT BOUNDARY FROM 30/03/2005) (5.1 miles)
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Really nice shepherd's huts, really lovely hosts, really great stay! 27 Apr 2014
alice_r (With friends, 1 review) Confirmed
Perfect Romantic Getaway 18 Feb 2014
amie_b (Young couple, 1 review) Confirmed
Had a brilliant weeks holiday this summer, BEST HOL EVER 12 Sep 2013
amanda6 (Family with older children, 1 review)
will book again!! 29 Jul 2013
philip_s1 (Family with young children, 1 review) Confirmed
Nice One Night Stay 7 May 2013
sarahbowler946 (Family with young children, 1 review)
stayed in sheperds hut for weekend 30 Oct 2012
markslade509 (Young couple, 1 review)
The Best camp site owners i have ever met 17 Sep 2012
neilwatts54 (Group-mostly male, 5 reviews)
Wonderful Haven for Monkey world fans! 24 Jan 2012
deadlywhispers (Solo traveller-female, 1 review)
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Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Car parking by pitch
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Touring and motorhomes
Electrical hook-up points for tourersMax. motorhome length: 28.0 metres
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Cycle hire nearby
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Nearby farmers' market
Public transport nearby
Large (51-200 pitches)
Tipis, yurts, or wigwams
Ordnance Survey maps (GB and Northern Ireland only) are available at lower levels via the drop-down menu.
- Coach stations
Wareham: North Street Coach Stop — 4.8mi
4.8mi Corfe Castle: East Street Coach Stop — 8.2mi
8.2mi Dorchester: South Rail Station Coach Stop — 9.7mi
- Train stations
Wool Rail Station — 1.2mi
1.2mi Moreton (Dorset) Rail Station — 4.2mi
4.2mi Wareham Rail Station — 4.5mi
- Ferry ports
Poole Ferry Terminal — 9.9mi
9.9mi Poole Quay Ferry Landing — 10.2mi
10.2mi Brownsea Island Ferry Landing — 11.5mi
Bournemouth International Airport — 17.8mi
1.25 m from North from Wool, 2m South of Bere Regis, on the Bere Regis Rd, follow signs to Monkey World. Our site is 350 yards north from main Monkey World entrance.
Important travel information
Follow the brown signs to Monkey World. Please do not use the postcode: those using satnav systems, please be aware that the postcode takes you past our farm entrance to Clouts Hill. Follow the above directions and use Monkey World as your destination marker.
Public transport: Wool Train Station is two minutes away by taxi, or 20-25 minutes' walk.
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Arrive: Sun 1 Sep 2013
Depart: Tue 3 Sep 2013
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