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Merley Court Holiday Park

9.2

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General

  • Award-winning park two miles from Wimborne
  • Direct access to the Castleman Way for walks, cycling and horse riding
  • Pool, seasonal weekend bar, family room and play park

Simply smashing: award-winning Merley Court Holiday Park two miles from the Dorset town of Wimborne is firmly set up for family days and seaside stays: it's a short drive to Poole and Bournemouth, and is full of facilities for all including an outdoor pool open in summer, a seasonal bar and family room serving up lashings of drinks and meals, a shop, a games room and a play park.

Want more? Guests can also use the facilities at Merley Court’s sister site Oakdene seven miles away along the A31, with over 20 on-site activities including a gym (a small charge applies), sauna, steam room and indoor pool (how fab).

The park is set in 15 acres of sheltered grassland and woodland, two miles from the market town of Wimborne and a quick drive from the sands of Poole and Bournemouth. It has direct access to the waymarked Castleman Trailway for 16.5 miles of not too strenuous cycling, walking and horse-riding; you can pedal your way to Poole from here or amble along by the riverside.

Gold David Bellamy Conservation Award

Arrive: Tuesday 15 September 2020
Depart: Monday 21 September 2020 (6 nights)
Party: (listing defines adults as age 18+)

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9.2

Overall rating based on 37 reviews

 

95% would recommend this site to a friend.

95% would stay here again.

 

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Anonymous user

Excellent, quie site with friendly staff.12/11/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Everything. Clean facilities.

    Disliked: 

    Muddy pitch but that was to be expected. It liked worse that it was.

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Very clean site01/11/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomDennis N.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Very clean site

    Disliked: 

    Wet and windy. Amenities amenities closed

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Anonymous user

Best29/10/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Everything

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

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A great place to stay18/10/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomJet S.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    There is nothing to dislike about this fantastic campsite, even with Covid in place it still offered all facilities needed for a good stay. Lovely grounds clean and well kept. A well stocked shop with food takeaway on offer over several nights.

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great escape from the hustle and bustle super friendly staff04/10/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomRob W.Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
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  • Liked: 

    friendly greeting on arrival after long journey reception gave detailed instructions on getting to our pitch everything we needed to know with two Labrador dogs on our first visit site was clean ,tidy good facilities even a pizza man visiting we had a great stay at merely court

    Disliked: 

    nothing

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Anonymous user

Excellent site in good location.02/10/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Shower water temperature much better than previous visits. We look forward to our visits next year.

    Disliked: 

    I missed out on the 15% discount offered by Shorefield due to not booking direct with them. It will not happen again.

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Just great will definitely return again as we thought the site was fab29/09/2020

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

  • Electric grass pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Everything nothing not to like. Staff were great. Our pitch had loads of room and was clean and tidy . Toilets and showers were clean. Great area will definitely return.

    Disliked: 

    It’s was a hot sunny week and swimming pool was closed which would have been nice but it didn’t spill our holiday as we were told it was closed from 1 September. So k mi ore of an observation than dislike as there was really nothing to dislike about our stay

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Good site facilities28/09/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomNeil L.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
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    Yes

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Excellent site19/09/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomDavid F.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Enjoyed the chip van and pizza van didn't try the German sausage van. Friendly staff all round clean and tidy site. plenty of near by walks.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

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Anonymous user

Very clean site. Friendly staff. Shop reasonably priced. Pitches good17/09/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
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    Very clean friendly staff

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Features

Coronavirus

More frequent emptying of bins

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

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue provided

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Forest

Peaceful

Walkers' paradise

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

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

Nearby farmers' market

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Large (51-200 pitches)

Nearby leisure

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

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Outdoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Touring and motorhomes

Drainage hook-up points for tourers

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Water hook-up points for tourers

Location

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  • Merley, Wimborne, Dorset, England, BH21 3AA
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 50.7842°N 1.9886°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
St Johns Church — 4.4 miles
St Johns Church — 4.4 miles
Seldown Coach Station — 4.6 miles
Train stations
Hamworthy Rail Station — 4.3 miles
Poole Rail Station — 4.5 miles
Parkstone (Dorset) Rail Station — 4.6 miles
Ferry ports
Poole Quay Ferry Landing — 5.0 miles
Poole Ferry Terminal — 5.2 miles
Brownsea Island Ferry Landing — 6.8 miles
Airports
Bournemouth International Airport — 6.9 miles
Southampton Airport — 29.8 miles

Directions


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

Make room in the itinerary for a trip or two to Wimborne for its minster and its indoor market, the biggest undercover market in the south of England: it has a huge flea market and car boot every Saturday, fresh local produce including meat, cheese and fish, antiques, jewellery and vintage gear to rummage through… start saving up.

Nearby Dorchester and Swanage markets are worth a punt too, and heaps more shopping is available in Bournemouth and Poole.

Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch are the main day trips for visitors to this part of Dorset, with Portsmouth further along the coast to the east and Weymouth and the Isle of Portland easily reachable to the west.

All have miles of award-winning beaches, a myriad of museums, theatres and restaurants, boat trips, sea fishing and watersports for all sorts of landlubber and seafarer holidaymakers; combine both with a comb around the Jurassic Coast to see what fossils you can find (even if it’s an unidentifiable shard of bone, be sure and tell the kids it’s from a T-Rex).

If you’re more of a sea dog than an urbanite, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is first class for a gander around historic ships and pretending you’re Horatio (or maybe that’s just us). The National Museum of the Royal Navy is here too and there are several other attractions on offer including the Mary Rose, harbour tours by boat and Action Stations with simulators, tech experiments and a giant climbing tower; one ticket covers all dockyard attractions and is valid for a year.

A harbour cruise from Poole, the biggest natural harbour in Europe, should also be firmly added to the diary – look out for the Very Posh houses of the Sandbanks peninsula if you feel like gnashing your teeth in envy (it has the fourth highest land value in the world and the moniker of Britain's Palm Beach).

Land fans are loaded with options in the area: try exploring and pony-trekking in the New Forest (the main visitor centre at Lyndhurst has info on this and heaps more foresty things to see and do); golfing at Dudsbury or making your way around the several National Trust properties in Dorset including Brownsea Island, one of the best wildlife-watching spots in the south-west.

For a rainy day at Poole, the Tower Park Leisure Complex has a water park, cinemas, bowling and an award-winning soft play centre.

And, as the kids will remind you even if we don’t, Peppa Pig World is in the vicinity too, along with other famed kid-friendly attractions like Monkey World at Wareham, the theme park Adventure Wonderland at Christchurch, the formidable Tank Museum at Bovington and swinging about at Go Ape! in the Moors Valley Country Park.

Must see

  • Kingston Lacy House and Gardens (2.8 miles)
  • Adventure Wonderland (6.3 miles)
  • The Bournemouth Balloon (6.7 miles)

National Trust

  • Kingston Lacy (2.6 miles)
  • White Mill (3.5 miles)

Cycle routes

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Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.

  • Does Merley Court Holiday Park have a swimming pool? Yes View all features
  • Is Merley Court Holiday Park dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Merley Court Holiday Park? Make room in the itinerary for a trip or two to Wimborne for its minster and its indoor market, the biggest undercover market in the south of England: it has a huge … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Merley Court Holiday Park?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  12 p.m. –  9 p.m.
    Depart by:  11 a.m.
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Terms and conditions

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

Admission
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

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

Changes to your holiday
Changes cannot be made once you have booked.

Coronavirus
All onsite food and drink establishments are closed due to restrictions imposed by the coronavirus outbreak.
Minimum spacing of 2 metres between pitches.
The bar facilities are closed due to restrictions imposed by the coronavirus outbreak.

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

General
Bookings must not be for more than 21 consecutive nights.
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.

Pool
Only park guests are authorised to use the pool.
The outdoor swimming pool is open between 20/07 and 01/09 (subject to weather conditions).

Reception
Reception is unmanned after 5 p.m.. Please inform the site while on your way there should you expect to arrive after this time, so that the team can provide information about your unit/pitch.

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.
Firearms are not permitted.
Open fires are prohibited.

Vehicles
Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work-related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.

Additional terms

The outdoor pool is only open on Saturday and Sunday outside of the school holidays (20 July- 1 September). During school holidays, the pool is open every day.

Single-sex groups of more than 3 people or mixed adult parties of more than 6 people are not accepted via Pitchup.com.

The bar is open 5.30pm - 11.00pm on Friday and Saturday, and will be closed throughout the winter season (from October).

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