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Snelling Farm Campsite

9.3

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General

  • Small site on a family farm in the Dorset countryside
  • Choose your own pitch; unrestricted pitch sizes; campfires allowed
  • Close to beaches at Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door

Among Dorset countryside on the edge of the River Frome, Snelling Farm is in a rural setting for camping for families, friends and couples. The farm is well off the beaten track a mile from the nearest road, in an unspoilt countryside location but within a short drive of many attractions including The Tank Museum at Bovington and its regular events including Tankfest.

Keen campers themselves, Sam and Cristabel know what's important and they want to keep things simple and relaxed. The owners champion back-to-basics camping, encouraging star gazing and meetups around a campfire, and have picked a scenic, level flat, oak-lined 23-acre field for the camping area where guests can pick their own spot and have plenty of room on unrestricted, non-allocated pitches. Dogs are welcome.

From here you can enjoy the sunrise through the mist of the River Frome, take in the glorious afternoon sun and watching the abundance of roe deer grazing in the evening sunset. This is a real home for wildlife where you can watch the swans, ducks and herons on the river while catching a glimpse of a passing kestrel, hare and even a barn owl at dusk if you're lucky.

The campsite is well equipped with electric hot showers, washing-up sinks, eco-friendly compost toilets (please bring your own loo roll) and drinking water taps. The villages of Wool and Crossways (both three miles) have convenience stores.

When you arrive please follow the signs to the field, pick a spot and pitch up. Sam or Cristabel will be round to say hello when they have finished tending to their animals.


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9.3

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98% would recommend this site to a friend.

96% would stay here again.

 

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super place to stay and relax! 22/08/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Anonymous Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
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    super place to stay and relax!

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Was a brilliant weekend. Clean and friendly. Loads of space. 21/08/2018

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

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
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    Really spacious site with well kept facilities. friendly and peaceful with a lovely little walk to the local village and Ford. Recommend the walled garden in Moreton for something to do. Kids were able to play and met loads of little friend.

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Facilities were basic but were kept clean by owners. 21/08/2018

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

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    The site was so natural.

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clean site, friendly staff and lots of room to pitch tent 21/08/2018

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

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
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    The back to basics style and loved having a campfire toasting marshmellows

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    Just needs a few more showers

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Highly recommend if you want back to basic camping. 21/08/2018

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

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
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    Loads of space, not crowded even though it was fully booked. Lovely owners always around should you need them.
    Kids had a great time playing on the hay bales and rope swings. Toilets and showers were clean and hot.
    Could hear the owl at night and beautiful star gazing. Two separate fields, one for the nosier campers. Absolute heaven and defiantly returning.

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Quite camp site, lot of space, friendly owner, lovely area. 20/08/2018

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    Quite camp site, lot of space, friendly owner, lovely area.

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On arrival we were advised we had chosen the field ... 20/08/2018

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

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
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    On arrival we were advised we had chosen the field that was more likely to have big groups!So went too the next field!We were very grateful!Wow the space we had was huge and views amazing!Are son loved the sheep and rope swings and he loved the nearby ford where he could safely paddle!Lovely peaceful break with so much space !Brilliant

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    Nothing

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Loved loved loved by myself and my 9 year old daughter 20/08/2018

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

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    Loved the quietness, freedom, friendliness great unspoilt site

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Absolutely loved the site. Had a brilliant stay. Masses of ... 14/08/2018

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

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    Absolutely loved the site. Had a brilliant stay. Masses of space for the kids to run wild and free. It was lovely being tucked away, off the beaten track yet it was close enough to beaches and days out with the children. Loved the idea of the 2 different fields for early risers and night owls. Just perfect!

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    My only issue was that i couldn't get the shower door to lock. After showering with my daughter she decided she wanted to get out yet I wasn't ready. Whilst tussling with her to get her to stay put, we managed to catch the door handle and the door swung open 🙈 Very embarassing!!! I did discover the following day that with a bit of brute force I could lift the door in order to get it locked.
    So that was my only complaint. However it did give me a funny tale to tell about our holiday 😂

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needed a basic economic campsite: it was all this and ... 14/08/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Julia S. Confirmed

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    needed a basic economic campsite: it was all this and not crowded either. and plenty of places to walk the dog without driving. Full marks to the owners: would recommend.

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Bath available

Disabled facilities

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Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

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Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Forest

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Climbing nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Outdoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Watersports nearby

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Farm

Medium (26-50 pitches)

Location

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  • Clouds Hill, Wareham, Dorset, England, BH20 7NQ
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 50.7052°N 2.2664°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Wareham: North Street Coach Stop — 7.0 miles
Dorchester: South Rail Station Coach Stop — 7.5 miles
Corfe Castle: East Street Coach Stop — 10.4 miles
Train stations
Moreton (Dorset) Rail Station — 2.1 miles
Wool Rail Station — 2.6 miles
Wareham Rail Station — 6.7 miles
Ferry ports
Weymouth Ferry Terminal — 10.4 miles
Poole Ferry Terminal — 12.0 miles
Poole Quay Ferry Landing — 12.3 miles
Airports
Bournemouth International Airport — 19.7 miles

Directions


Do not follow your satnav: iit will try and take you through a deep river.

Head to Bere Regis, Dorset and then for Wool, Monkey World, Tank Museum and Bovington Camp. Continue, following the road around to the left past the Royal Oak pub. After 2.5 miles, turn right for Bovington, Tincleton and Tank Museum. Continue for just over a mile, drive past the left -hand turn for Clouds Hill/ Bovington Tank Museum. You are taking the next left in 100 yards so start to slow down.

Take the left-hand turn down the forest track and continue down the track for about a mile. Take the only turning left (footpath signposted Bovington), which takes you between 2 fields. On the bend continue straight through the farm gate and you will see the camping fields.

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

The farm is set on the Lawrence of Arabia Trail which has over six miles of cycling and walking through Moreton and Bovington Forest, suitable for families and children. Keen cyclists and walkers should also head into neighbouring Affpuddle Forest.

Moreton Ford is a ten-minute walk from the farm, perfect for a picnic by the shore, paddling, swimming and maybe even catching a small fish.

You can reach Moreton village in a 15-minute walk,for breakfast at Moreton Tearooms or a famed Dorset cream tea. The Snelling Farm Campsite owners also recommend a visit to the church of St Nicholas and the grave of the author TE Lawrence: the reason that hundreds of people visit Moreton every year.

The Tank Museum and Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre are three and five miles away. The Warmwell Leisure Centre is six miles away and has an indoor pool with wave machine and flume, a dry ski slope and an indoor soft play area.

If you like history, you may want to visit Lulworth Castle (home of Camp Bestival) ten miles away, or Corfe Castle which 12 miles away.

You can also have a walk or swim at nearby Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door beaches (ten miles from the site).

The pretty county town of Dorchester is seven miles far from the farm, for shopping or a historical day out. Well worth a visit is Thomas Hardy's Cottage where he wrote several novels including Under the Greenwood Tree and Far from the Madding Crowd.

For magnificent stately homes head to Kingston Lacey (17 miles) in Wimborne and explore the 8,500 acres. Athlehampton House (seven miles), built in around 1485, is a little closer and has prettily manicured gardens.

Both Sam and Cristabel grew up in the Isle of Purbeck, so should you want any advice about where to go or good local pubs to eat and drink in, then just ask.

Must see

  • The Tank Museum (1.2 miles)
  • Monkey World - Ape Rescue Centre (2.2 miles)
  • Lulworth Castle & Park (5.2 miles)

National Trust

  • Clouds Hill (1.0 miles)
  • Hardy's Cottage (5.7 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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Terms and conditions

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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.

General
Ground fires are not permitted.
Quiet hours must be respected between 11:30 p.m. and 7 a.m..
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behaviour is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.

Occupancy
Group bookings of 6 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).
No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

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

Additional terms

Well-behaved dogs are welcome but please be mindful of livestock and horses.

No music allowed on site.

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