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Friar Waddon House: General site gallery

General

  • Peaceful, basic pitches in a tree-lined paddock with rural views
  • 15 minutes' drive from the beach and attractions of Weymouth
  • Country pubs and farm shop within a five-minute drive

A secluded spot, with scenic surrounds and a short hop from the gorgeous Dorset coast – what a fab little rural retreat is Friar Waddon House, in the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty 15 minutes’ drive from the seaside resort of Weymouth. Gorgeous green views all around give the place a decidedly peaceful vibe, but you’re only five minutes’ drive away from pubs and a farm shop, and 10 minutes from a train station and supermarket.

This is a laidback kind of place that welcomes dogs and has plenty of space for running about and playing games, setting up barbecues for dinners or trying your hand at campfire construction. A shared toilet block with showers is a short stroll away; there's lighting on site but sensible types might wish to bring a torch along anyway.

As you'll note from the map pointer, this is a most handy spot for Dorset adventuring: there are miles of footpaths and quiet roads to wander or cycle along around here – the Dorset Ridgeway being a particular favourite. It's also a 15-minute drive to Weymouth, Dorchester and the fossil-packed Jurassic Coast, so there should be plenty to keep you entertained whether you favour countryside or coast (or, ideally, a bit of both…)

Please note

Discount cards and gift vouchers cannot be applied to bookings made via Pitchup.com.

At least one of the party members must be aged 18 or over.

Please note that the toilet/shower facilities are unisex.

No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

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).

There are no bins onsite: all rubbish will need to be taken home with you.


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9.5

Overall rating based on 29 reviews

 

93% would recommend this site to a friend.

97% would stay here again.

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All facilities were very clean and tidy, beautiful place27/07/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomPaul K.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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Great location for exploring Dorset. Central and convenient. Hosts very …27/07/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAndrew D.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    Great location for exploring Dorset. Central and convenient. Hosts very nice! Facilities good.

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A basic well maintained campsite for real campers.26/07/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnthony B.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    I had a lovely welcome. The site has composting toilets, shower facilities, and washing up point. All are well maintained and hygienic. Pitches are level and well drained. No electric, which for me is a plus, but I understand why some units can't manage without. If you are a back to basics camper, this will float your boat.

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    Mobile data blank spot. Not a critical point for me, but it would be nice to have internet access to keep in touch with my loved ones.

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The most friendly, welcome and helpless from the lovely young …22/07/2021

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  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    The most friendly, welcome and helpless from the lovely young lady throughout the stay. Easy going campsite

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Friendly welcoming owners, beautiful surrounds and great hot showers!21/07/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomConnie W.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    Everything

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We like to stay at Friar Waddon House. Showers and …21/07/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    We like to stay at Friar Waddon House. Showers and toilets are very rustic. If you are not pretentious this place is nice. Staff was nice and friendly.

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Great site, well kept and good location.19/07/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    Great communication and instructions for finding the site. Really clean well maintained pitches with plenty of space. The site also allows you to have an open fire using the fire pits and logs.

    The toilets and showers were really clean and well managed … there was always toilet roll! Yes they are composting toilets but that really shouldn’t be an issue anymore.

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    Nothing

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Quite place to stay and very friendly and helpful15/07/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomLee G.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    Quite place to stay and very friendly and helpful

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Will stay again13/07/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnn G.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    Not packed

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I liked the whole setup from the greeting at the …12/07/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomTony R.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    I liked the whole setup from the greeting at the gate! Pitches were big and the facilities were also great and cleaned regularly! I was made to feel very welcome and was offered any help needed. I will definitely be going back!

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Features

Coronavirus

Hand sanitising stations

Shared spaces: daily deep cleaning

Shared spaces: more frequent cleaning

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

TV room

Take away

Tennis

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Car parking by pitch/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Dog park

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Portaloo

Pub toilets

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue provided

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Luxury

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Communal fridge

Electric car charging point(s)

Gas cylinders available

No drinkable water point

No hot water

No running water

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Dog walk nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Farm

Medium (26-50 pitches)

Pop-up campsite

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Climbing nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Leisure/theme park nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Tennis nearby

Watersports nearby

Location

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  • Friar Waddon, Upwey, Weymouth, Dorset, England, DT3 4EP
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 50.6706°N 2.5117°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Dorchester: South Rail Station Coach Stop — 4.2 miles
Weymouth: Town Centre Coach Stops — 4.7 miles
Bridport: Coach Park West Street — 11.9 miles
Train stations
Upwey Rail Station — 2.5 miles
Dorchester West Rail Station — 4.1 miles
Dorchester South Rail Station — 4.2 miles
Ferry ports
Weymouth Ferry Terminal — 5.1 miles
Poole Ferry Terminal — 22.9 miles
Poole Quay Ferry Landing — 23.3 miles
Airports
Bournemouth International Airport — 30.7 miles

Directions


The best way to get to the site is by turning of the the B3159 onto the Friar Waddon Road. The site is 1.5 miles along, on the right as you head west. Look out for a large concrete track, tall trees and camping signs.

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

Country days and coast days are equally easy from here – and equally fab. Walking and cycle trails are pretty much right outside the site, and there are plenty more routes around the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. If you like to see big stuff, take a wander to see the Cerne Abbas Giant, 25 minutes’ drive away (a lengthy lad indeed at 55 metres from top to toe) or make for Maiden Castle, 20 minutes away (one of Europe’s largest Iron Age hillforts, the size of 50 football pitches).

For something more genteel, head east for 25 minutes or so to get to Sculpture By The Lakes and 15th-century Athelhampton House or follow the Thomas Hardy trail around Dorchester (15 minutes) and out to Higher Bockhampton.

A trip down to the coast is a cinch too – take your pick from the sandy beach, aquarium and traditional seaside fun in Weymouth (15 minutes), the sweeping 18-mile Chesil Beach (20 minutes) and the fossil-hunter’s fave Osmington (20 minutes). The sea-view subtropical gardens, swannery and kids’ farm at Abbotsbury (10 minutes) are certainly worth a stop too.

Must see

  • Abbotsbury Swannery (4.0 miles)
  • Weymouth Sea Life Park and Marine Sanctuary (4.2 miles)
  • Radipole Lake Nature Reserve (4.4 miles)

National Trust

  • Max Gate (4.7 miles)
  • Hardy's Cottage (6.7 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.

Policies

Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  1 p.m. –  8 p.m.
Depart by:  11 a.m.

Friar Waddon House cancellation policy

No refunds within 10 days of arrival date.

Bookings cannot be amended within 3 day(s) of arrival.

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.

Payment

Deposit transferable during COVID-19. Friar Waddon House will debit the balance from your card 4 weeks before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 4 weeks then the balance will be taken immediately.

Deposit transferable during COVID-19.

You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.

Payment methods accepted on the park

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Terms and conditions

Site booking terms and conditions

  • Does Friar Waddon House have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Friar Waddon House dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Friar Waddon House? Country days and coast days are equally easy from here – and equally fab. Walking and cycle trails are pretty much right outside the site, and there are plenty more routes around … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Friar Waddon House?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  1 p.m. –  8 p.m.
    Depart by:  11 a.m.
    Read more
  • How much does it cost to stay at Friar Waddon House? From £20 (for 1 night, 2 adults) - prices may change depending on your dates and party. Check prices and availability

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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the Pitchup.com terms and conditions.

Admission
At least one of the party members must be aged 18 or over.

Arrivals and departures
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

Changes to your holiday
Bookings cannot be amended within 3 day(s) of arrival.

Coronavirus
There are no bins onsite: all rubbish will need to be taken home with you.

Dogs
Dogs must be kept on leads and supervised at all times.
Guide dogs are allowed on site free of charge.
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).

Extras
Motorbike(s) can be brought instead of the car(s) included.

General
Discount cards and gift vouchers cannot be applied to bookings made via Pitchup.com.
In the event of a complaint, please speak to reception immediately. Complaints which are not brought to the management's attention during your stay cannot be dealt with once you have left the site.
Please note that the toilet/shower facilities are unisex.
Public areas are non-smoking.
Quiet hours must be respected between 11 p.m. and 9 a.m..
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and boots must be closed quietly.
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
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.
Firearms are not permitted.
Please do not touch or feed the animals.

Taxes
This area is not subject to city tax.

Visitors
Visitors are not permitted on site.

Additional terms

The site can take clean recycling away for you – a timeslot will be shared each day to do this.

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