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Merley Court Holiday Park

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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, 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 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. I say.

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

Please note

The outdoor swimming pool is open between all spring bank holiday time and early september (subject to weather conditions).

Facilities/activities including the use of facilities at Merley's sister site Oakdene (7 miles away) are subject to extra charges payable on arrival.

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

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


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8.6

Overall rating based on 102 reviews

 

89% would recommend this site to a friend.

87% would stay here again.

 

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Nicely laid out site with spacious pitches. Shower block very ... 24/05/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom kevin_b956192 Confirmed

  • Electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Nicely laid out site with spacious pitches. Shower block very clean. Very friendly staff

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Very helpful staff, well-kept grounds, range of facilities and value ... 23/05/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Nicholas M. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

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

    Very helpful staff, well-kept grounds, range of facilities and value for money

    Disliked: 

    Non- adjustable water temperature in showers

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Excellent clean and tidy campsite, amazing value for money. 23/05/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Alison E. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Spotlessly clean bathrooms with outside areas really well maintained, helpful staff, quiet campers. Accessible location, good shop, would use again. Impressive WiFi!

    Disliked: 

    We were staying midweek and not yet in high season, but the weather was scorching. I hadn't noticed from the pitchup description that the pool wouldn't be open when we stayed but it wasn't a big problem.

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Clean facilities and pleasant staff but did not live up to expectation 22/05/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Dave T. Confirmed

  • Electric grass tent pitch
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    Staff were pleasant. The site was clean and tidy

    Disliked: 

    Saturday I had to hunt down a person to let me past the barrier at 7.00pm. Sunday there was no-one to let me past the barrier at 9.30pm. Had to listen to another persons music past midnight on Saturday (it wasn't loud just annoying) and was constantly woken by another persons dog barking through the night on Sunday. Very limited goods to buy in the site store. Not somewhere I would visit again. I should have settled for a busier site with more amenities rather than try for what I thought would be a quiet relaxing weekend. Wifi had so many restrictions it was a pain. I am an adult I do not need policing! Oh well; lesson learned.

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Very friendly park, clean and all kept, great for kids 22/05/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Michelle M. Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
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    Very friendly park, well kept and good for young children

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Excellent site with clean facilities, helpful friendly staff. 14/05/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Tania M. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Very good site, facilities, friendly welcome, great location, very pleasant campers, generally an all round great place to overnight.

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Booked on to a larger sized grass pitch, which was ... 30/04/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom laura_m645341 Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
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    Booked on to a larger sized grass pitch, which was lovely. Great toilet and shower facilities, regularly cleaned. And nice to have a sheltered washing up area. Simple things make all the difference to tent campers. Really friendly and helpful staff. On site WIFI helped when the weather was not great. We also popped in to the on site bar for a couple of drinks and played board games provided for the kids. Sussed out pitches that we would like to stay on next time.

    Disliked: 

    The grumpy old man in the caravan opposite! He made a point of telling us campsite rules for children......we hadn't even got the tent out of its bag yet! Luckily our children are well behaved and it put him back in his box lol.

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Overall a good site 23/04/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Victoria H. Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    The check in was very quick and straight forward, toilets presentable and quiet site

    Disliked: 

    The check out time of 10am seemed a little early compared to other sites. Unable to have a chilled morning as rushed to get off in time

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Good value lovely staff very clen 22/04/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Phil R. Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
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    Very much clean friendly and had every thing you need

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Lovely quiet site, ckean facilities, great dog walk just outside site 21/04/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Iain M. Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Toilet and shower block
    Peace and quiet

    Disliked: 

    Quite difficult to manouvre our motorhome onto the pitch as very narrow road with hedge on one side

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Features

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

Take away

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Tents for hire

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Touring and motorhomes

Drainage hook-up points for tourers

Fully serviced pitches

Hard standings

Motorhome service point

Seasonal pitches

Tourer storage facilities

Water hook-up points for tourers

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Forest

Peaceful

Walkers' paradise

Nearby leisure

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Leisure/theme park nearby

Outdoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Large (51-200 pitches)

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
Parkstone: Ashley Road Coach Stop — 4.4 miles
Poole: Dolphin Centre Bus Station — 4.6 miles
Bournemouth Uni.: Talbot Campus Coach Stop — 4.8 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 — 6.7 miles
Airports
Bournemouth International Airport — 6.9 miles
Southampton Airport — 29.8 miles

Directions


The site is clearly signed at the junction of the A31 and A3349 roads (roundabout), on the Wimborne bypass.

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

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:  12 p.m. –  9 p.m.
Depart:  10 a.m.

Please note, reception closes at 5pm, however our warden will be able to check you in up until 9pm. Strictly no arrivals after 9pm.

Merley Court Holiday Park cancellation policy

No refunds within 1 week of arrival date.

5-12 weeks before arrival: 50% will be refunded.
1-4 weeks before arrival: 25% will be refunded.

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

A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. Merley Court Holiday Park will debit the balance from your card 12 weeks before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 12 weeks then the balance will be taken immediately.

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

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

Extras
Facilities/activities including the use of facilities at Merley's sister site Oakdene (7 miles away) are subject to extra charges payable on arrival.

Pool
The outdoor swimming pool is open between all spring bank holiday time and early september (subject to weather conditions).

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

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

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