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General

  • Scenic seasonal site attached to the walled gardens at Moreton
  • New amenities block added in 2016
  • On the edge of Moreton village and enclosed by woodland

Frankly, you could go to The Walled Garden just for the gazebo. And picnic in it every day even if it rained – that, after all, is what a roof is for. And have a further picnic daily in different hideaways among the Victorian landscaped garden of this (frankly) gorgeous park in the Purbeck region of Dorset – that, after all, is what a holiday is for…

As with most of Dorset, there’s not far to go from your pitchside to some splendid walks/days out/cream tea picnics around the countryside: The Walled Garden is on the edge of Moreton village on a River Frome ford, enclosed by woodland to wander in, bridleways to canter down and cycle paths on which to have a Purbeck pedal. The chalky downs of the Purbeck Hills lie a little to the south, leading down to white chalk cliffs and the eastern edge of the Jurassic Coast: frankly fab.

The Walled Garden is a friendly and peaceful Purbeck place for families and couples in a parkland setting and well-kept amenities: the owners invested heavily after feedback from their first season and the site now has a new shower and toilet block with six showers and three additional toilets, as well as disabled facilities, several standpipes, mains water, showers with free hot water, washing-up sinks and hand basins.

A café is also available on site, and local shops and garages are about a mile and a half away for essentials. Also within a mile and a half (about 25 minutes' walk via country roads without footpaths) is the train station at Morton, from whence guests can ride to other Dorset delights like Dorchester and the coast at Weymouth, Poole and Bournemouth. (if you don't want to walk, local taxi numbers are available from the café.) Frankly, you could build a base at The Walled Garden and stay put there for some time...


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7.3

Overall rating based on 175 reviews

 

74% would recommend this site to a friend.

72% would stay here again.

 
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Clean facilities, level pitches, close to Jurassic Coast 27/07/2017

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

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Level open site with plenty of space to pitch, clean toilet and shower block, within driving distance of the Jurassic Coast

    Disliked: 

    Lack of hooks to hang towels/clothing/wash bag in the shower. Also a shelf to put toiletries on whilst showering would be good

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The facilities where always clean tidy, gardens are lovely to walk aro 27/07/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Tammi a. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    The facilities where always clean tidy, gardens are lovely to walk around and an amazing little river close by.

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Clean site, little small , friendly staff 26/07/2017

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

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Overall staff was lovely 😊 lovely gardens and walks

    Toilets weren't that bad as everyone was saying , I have been to worse. They kept clean!

    Disliked: 

    That we had a certain pitch up number, it was very organised which we understand probably works well, but I think we had a different idea in mind on pitching up somewhere beneath trees to get away from the rain etc..

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Quietness of the campsite 25/07/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Daniel T. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Quietness of the campsite

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Very friendly, accommodating staff. Loved the space. 24/07/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Joanne R. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    space, facilities, location and staff

    Disliked: 

    nothing

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Local access to the river for Kayaking, although its shallow ... 19/07/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Daniel B. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Local access to the river for Kayaking, although its shallow in some points.

    Fire pits are great and the logs are in abundance.

    Toilet block is what it is a shed in the field.

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Lots of space, big open area between tents in middle ... 02/06/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom dan_h229701 Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Lots of space, big open area between tents in middle of field. Walled garden nice to wander around, cafe on site with good baked food and wifi. Good value for money.

    Disliked: 

    Toilet/shower block nice and new, but needs a bit of finishing, and better water supply (hot water kept running out in mid-shower)

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Location is perfect for a weekend break. Large, level pitches. 02/06/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom ken_p790024 Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    The staff are lovely, cafe and gardens are great. The ford nearby is a great place for kids to play on a sunny day.

    Disliked: 

    Showers were faulty and made washing a bit of a guessing game!

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Amateurish set-up; could do a whole lot better. 31/05/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom jason_h245180 Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    We loved the surrounding are of Moreton. We also loved the actual garden itself and saw it as an incredibly therapeutic spot. the garden is a real draw, and would help them get more customers if they sorted all of the other elements out.

    Disliked: 

    We disliked the fact that the amenities hardly worked (such as the showers working 505 of the time, and the washing up area not working at all; or the toilet paper not being re-stocked). We also felt that having the check in at the same point as the café, where they are serving customers coffee etc, really held up proceedings. Another issue was the fact that they sold fire pitches for a tenner a shot, and the logs were left outside to get damp (also, the sign by the fire pitches stated that logs were available from the café). Another issues is the place is know to have weddings, so we called before booking and asked if a wedding was taking place. The staff told us that no weddings were booked over the phone, yet when we got there guess what? A wedding took place; cue terrible music keeping people awake into the wee small hours. The staff seemed young and inexperienced, and had little idea of procedures etc. They're not to blame, as this lays squarely on the shoulders of management and the owner. This could be a great site as it is located in a beautiful part of the country and has a fantastic garden next to the café (really incredible); it would be wonderful to see them make some changes.

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The on site cafe was great and served delicious hot ... 31/05/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom beckie_d Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    The on site cafe was great and served delicious hot food as well as cream tea. There is also a local ford which our children loved playing in.

    Disliked: 

    When we checked in at the cafe the staff had little knowledge on what we were meant to do and where to pitch up. I even asked if we had a pitch number and I was told that we could park anywhere so we parked up and set up our tent. we were then told about an hour later that we werent allowed to actually park there as it wasn't our designated pitch. They then suggested we packed up our stuff to move to the other side of the field. We told them it would be too much hassle trying to move with 2 small children and that it would be easier if we pack up and go home. They then decided we could stay where we were as we weren't actually in the way of anyone. There was also a wedding on the next field which had loud music until the early hours. I would have liked to have been told about this as when booking it stated that all noise would stop at 10pm which was ideal for us as we are a family. However there was still loud music blaring out gone 1am and to add to that I had to try and explain to my 4 year old why there were (drunk) people rolling around in the field.

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Gas cylinders available

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Barbecues allowed

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Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

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Location

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  • Moreton Wareham, Dorset, England, DT2 8RH
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 50.7019°N 2.2800°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Dorchester: South Rail Station Coach Stop — 6.9 miles
Wareham: North Street Coach Stop — 7.5 miles
Weymouth: Town Centre Coach Stops — 9.8 miles
Train stations
Moreton (Dorset) Rail Station — 1.5 miles
Wool Rail Station — 2.9 miles
Dorchester South Rail Station — 6.9 miles
Ferry ports
Weymouth Ferry Terminal — 9.8 miles
Poole Ferry Terminal — 12.6 miles
Poole Quay Ferry Landing — 12.9 miles
Airports
Bournemouth International Airport — 20.3 miles

Directions


Head west on the A35 and after Bere Regis, make a left onto the B3390, which runs from the A35 via Affpuddle to the A352 Weymouth road. Approximately 2 miles from Affpuddle after crossing the River Frome there is a small lane to the left signposted Moreton (if you miss this there is a crossroads a half-mile further, turn left for Moreton!). Follow the road past the tearooms and we are 100m on the right.

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

Within ambling distance in the Dorset countryside is Clouds Hill, the Grade II-listed cottage that once belonged to TE Lawrence (he of Lawrence of Arabia fame).

It’s now a museum managed by the National Trust, with exhibitions on Lawrence’s life and most of his furniture and possessions left intact; more Arabian-related artefacts are displayed in the Lawrence of Arabia room at the Moreton Tea Rooms.

Clouds Hill is on the Lawrence of Arabia Trail and has another main stop at St Nicholas’ Church, with Lawrence’s grave as well as engraved stained windows added by Laurence Whistler after the church was bombed in World War II. If you’re taking the trail, spare a few hours at its start or finish to steam through The Tank Museum at Bovington, over 300 vehicles in six roomy halls telling the tale of warfare from World War I to the present day.

Up for more walls? The walled city of Wareham is about seven miles from The Walled Garden and is well worth a wandering day around its quay, along the River Frome and the mile along its Saxon walls; wander to the free Wareham Town Museum for info on the towns’ history and more on Lawrence of Arabia.

Also at Wareham, the ape rescue centre Monkey World should give plenty to chatter about for all ages and is open daily all year round apart from Christmas Day. Corfe Castle (we’ll never tire of pointing out this was the inspiration for Kirrin Castle in Enid’s Blyton’s Famous Five) is about five miles to Wareham’s south-east.

Feeling more coastwards? Take the train from Moreton, a ferry from Wareham Quay to Poole or a superly scenic drive to the beaches and red sandstone cliffs of the Jurassic Coast.

Both Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, two of the most magic coastal sights in Britain, are within a five and a half mile drive of The Walled Garden: at Lulworth, make room to also see its seventeenth castle, and at Durdle Door – well, we suggest you just sit and stare.

Must see

  • The Tank Museum (1.7 miles)
  • Monkey World - Ape Rescue Centre (2.8 miles)
  • Hardy's Birthplace (5.2 miles)

National Trust

  • Clouds Hill (1.6 miles)
  • Hardy's Cottage (5.2 miles)

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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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Arrive:  9 a.m. –  6 p.m.
Depart:  Anytime

The Walled Garden cancellation policy

No refunds within 30 days of arrival date.

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.

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Dogs
Dogs must be kept on leads and supervised at all times.

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

Additional terms

The café's general opening times are 8.30am to 6pm Monday-Wednesday and 8.30am-9pm Thursday-Sunday. (Subject to events and bookings, please ask on arrival.)

Please be aware that over the busy summer months weddings and events are held. Any live music in the gardens (separate to the campsite) will finish by 11pm and all large groups are asked to turn off any music by 11pm as per the site rules.

We do not accept hen or stag parties, or single-sex groups.

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