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8.8

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General

  • Off-grid farm and alpaca centre in peaceful rural Dorset
  • Alpaca walks, meets and parties all available to book
  • A 10-minute drive to Bridport, 15 to Dorchester and 30 to Lyme Regis

It’s all about alpacas at Happyard, an eco-friendly farm home to a herd of friendly woolly beasts that guests can meet, walk with or even book a party with.

The herd’s home is rural Dorset, in a swathe of green space with views over fields towards the Hardy Monument in the distance. It’s deep in the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty but is a handy spot for getting to sightseeing of all sorts: Dorchester is 15 minutes’ drive to the east, Bridport 10 minutes’ west and Weymouth within 25 minutes.

Driving west again past Bridport, the Jurassic Coast’s Charmouth and Lyme Regis are easily day-trip doable at 30 and 35 minutes. Or stop off at the site on the way to Devon or Cornwall, as its setting just after the village of Winterbourne Abbas is minutes from the A35.

The roomy accommodation field has spacious open-plan pitches – no postage-stamp sizes here, points out the site team – so there’s loads of room to roam when you’re not making friends with the Happyard herd. And yet another happy feature? Campfires and barbecues are allowed, so spark up your masterpiece and sit back under the night sky.

Please note that the site is off grid and that guests should bring their own drinking water. Portaloos and a standard toilet are the main yard but please note there are no showers on site. Book alpaca experiences in advance, using the contact details in your booking confirmation email.


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8.8

Overall rating based on 79 reviews

 

89% would recommend this site to a friend.

85% would stay here again.

  85% described as Budget/backpacker ?

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Great place. People were very kind. Given the chance, I'd …05/09/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Great place. People were very kind. Given the chance, I'd stay there again.

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Anonymous user

Beautiful but disappointing.04/09/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Alpacas & staff were amazing.

    Disliked: 

    Isn’t disabled friendly or suitable to camp on the hill, too steep and too windy, compostable toilet was actually two portaloo’s down a huge hill, alpaca walk had far too many people booked in it so stood around waiting to see a couple of baby alpacas for an hour before finally being able to spend 20mins walking the alpacas.

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awful, go somewhere else03/09/2020

Reviewer's country: United Kingdomsally j.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Nothing

    Disliked: 

    not a field, more of a hill
    Notified by email, advised not to go on Friday evening as field not accessible due to bad weather. Promised refund if option to cancel taken. No refund.
    No reply to two emails sent
    No hand sanitizer
    Had to remind Kate from Happyard about social distancing
    Illegal raves
    Very long grass, unkempt hill/field caused many trips. My ankle is still sore.
    Allround hell hole. I've been camping for over 20 years and never experienced anything like it. On the plus side, it was wonderful to go home. Usually feel sad but this time we all couldn't wait!!!

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friendly staff & clean toliets02/09/2020

Reviewer's country: United Kingdomluke b.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Being able to place the tent where we wanted
    Open fires off the ground
    Good location

    Disliked: 

    field on a slope
    Toilets a bit far from top camping field

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Relaxed and friendly.02/09/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
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    Relaxed and friendly.

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Excellent location, fuss-free, great value!01/09/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomHannah M.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    - very easy to find
    - lovely rural views
    - great location for access to Dorset coastline
    - friendly and welcoming hosts
    - great value for money

    Disliked: 

    - no showers (although we did know this before booking!)

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Excellent site with a lot of space and very helpful/friendly staff01/09/2020

Reviewer's country: United Kingdomluke t.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    The space, that you can have log fires and friendly staff

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Lovely and quiet. Nice to wake up to the horses …01/09/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomLaura P.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
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    Lovely and quiet. Nice to wake up to the horses in the field right next to where we pitched up. Great meet and greet with the resident alpacas. Will definitely be staying again

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Staff made us feel very welcome- Alpaca walking was great fun.01/09/2020

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

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
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    Alpacas

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Enjoyable weekend me and my son.01/09/2020

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  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    The Alpaca were a hit with my 11 year son.

    Disliked: 

    Trek to toilets but experience worse.

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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

TV room

Take away

Tennis

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Car parking by pitch/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

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

D. of E. 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

Budget/backpacker

Peaceful

Remote location

Walkers' paradise

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Communal fridge

Gas cylinders available

No drinkable water point

No hot water

No running water

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Type

Farm

Small (11-25 pitches)

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Horse riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Leisure/theme park nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Watersports nearby

Touring and motorhomes

Seasonal pitches

Location

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  • Bridevalley Farm, Kingston Russell, Long Bredy, Dorset, England, DT2 9ED
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 50.7210°N 2.5933°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Dorchester: South Rail Station Coach Stop — 6.9 miles
Bridport: Coach Park West Street — 7.5 miles
Weymouth: Town Centre Coach Stops — 9.7 miles
Train stations
Maiden Newton Rail Station — 4.2 miles
Dorchester West Rail Station — 6.7 miles
Dorchester South Rail Station — 6.9 miles
Ferry ports
Weymouth Ferry Terminal — 10.1 miles
Poole Ferry Terminal — 26.3 miles
Poole Quay Ferry Landing — 26.7 miles
Airports
Bournemouth International Airport — 33.6 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

Even away from the alpacas, this is an excellently family-friendly place in which to settle down for a Dorset hol, whether you want countryside, coast, farms or fossil hunting.

Or ditch the idea of day trips while you’re here and set off on the hiking paths and bike trails around the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – Kingston Russell manor house, the Dorset Downs, Long Bredy village and the Valley of Stones National Nature Reserve are all within walking or pedalling distance.

If alpacas have whetted the kids’ appetite for creatures of all sorts, drive 20 minutes or so south to Abbotsbury Swannery, the world’s only managed colony of mute swans. Around 600 swans are here to see and help feed, on a sizeable site also home to a petting farm, play areas, pedal go-karts, a nature reserve and a maze. (The Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens are five minutes’ drive from here if you crave a calmer time afterwards.)

Other excellent options include West Bay, scenic setting of the TV drama Broadchurch (15 minutes); a gawp at the Cerne Abbas Giant (20 minutes), the 55-metre chalk figure etched into the Dorset hillside, and following the Thomas Hardy trail around Dorchester to Higher Bockhampton.

Must see

  • Abbotsbury Swannery (4.3 miles)
  • Mapperton House & Gardens (7.1 miles)
  • Hardy's Birthplace (8.9 miles)

National Trust

  • Max Gate (7.5 miles)
  • Hardy's Cottage (8.9 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:  3 p.m. –  Anytime
Depart by:  11 a.m.

Happyard cancellation policy

No refunds within 4 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.

Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.

Payment

Deposit transferable during COVID-19. Happyard 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.

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

PayPal

Terms and conditions

Site booking terms and conditions

  • Does Happyard have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Happyard dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Happyard? Even away from the alpacas, this is an excellently family-friendly place in which to settle down for a Dorset hol, whether you want countryside, coast, farms or fossil hunting. Or ditch the … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Happyard?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  3 p.m. –  Anytime
    Depart by:  11 a.m.
    Read more

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

General
This site has no on-site shower facilities.

Additional terms

The site is off-grid and guests should bring their own drinking water.

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