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- 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.
Open from 20/07/2018 to 23/07/2018
Open from 26/07/2018 to 30/07/2018
Open from 03/08/2018 to 06/08/2018
Open from 10/08/2018 to 13/08/2018
Open from 17/08/2018 to 20/08/2018
Open from 24/08/2018 to 28/08/2018
Group bookings of 6 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).
No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.
No music allowed on site.
Check availability at Snelling Farm Campsite…
Many sites set a maximum occupancy of 6/8 people per pitch, so try breaking your booking down into smaller groups to generate more results. For example, if you’re a group of 10, enter 5 people in your initial search and then book 2 pitches.
However, where the pitch or accommodation occupancy allows it, you can make a booking for up to 30 adults and 30 children in one booking.
To book multiple pitches or accommodation, use the 'Special requests' box on the booking page to ask to be sited together. Complete the booking form for the first booking (you can add a password and save your card so that we remember your details). Then click "Make another booking like this" at the top of the confirmation page to make the next booking.
Large groups: check the listing page for any group restrictions set out in the terms and section titled ‘Please note’.
Large tents/caravans: check the restrictions on unit dimensions to ensure your unit is suitable for the space you will be provided with.
Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
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Fantastic open space, great area for children to run free. ...
Beautiful field - really quiet and remote setting. Yet very ...
Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Mountain biking nearby
Outdoor pool nearby
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Public transport nearby
Medium (26-50 pitches)
- Coach stations
Wareham: North Street Coach Stop
— 7.0 miles
7.0 miles Dorchester: South Rail Station Coach Stop — 7.5 miles
7.5 miles Corfe Castle: East Street Coach Stop — 10.4 miles
- Train stations
Moreton (Dorset) Rail Station
— 2.1 miles
2.1 miles Wool Rail Station — 2.6 miles
2.6 miles Wareham Rail Station — 6.7 miles
- Ferry ports
Weymouth Ferry Terminal
— 10.4 miles
10.4 miles Poole Ferry Terminal — 12.0 miles
12.0 miles Poole Quay Ferry Landing — 12.3 miles
Bournemouth International Airport
— 19.7 miles
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.
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.
- The Tank Museum (1.2 miles)
- Monkey World - Ape Rescue Centre (2.2 miles)
- Lulworth Castle & Park (5.2 miles)
- Clouds Hill (1.0 miles)
- Hardy's Cottage (5.7 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
Permitted arrival/departure time
|Camping and touring|
|Arrive:||Anytime –||8:30 p.m.|
Please rock up, find a spot, pitch up and someone will be round when we have finished tending to the animals.
Snelling Farm Campsite cancellation policy
Balance refunds: no penalties
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.
A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now.
The remainder is payable on arrival.