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Benville Manor Camping

9.5

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General

  • Wild-style site set in the grounds of a 16th-century Tudor manor
  • A 30-minute drive to Lyme Regis or Charmouth; 10 minutes to Beaminster
  • Outdoor yoga classes in the hidden garden; firepits for hire

For wild-style stays in gorgeous west Dorset, get set for a trip to Benville Manor Camping. As the name suggests, this is a place where you can camp in quite some style – you'll be settling down in a spacious meadow sandwiched between manor gardens and green and leafy woodlands.

There's a strict limit on guest numbers here to keep things as peaceful as possible, meaning there's sure to be ample room where you can ramble, play and soak up the all-natural surrounds. Or perhaps have a good old stretch – a local yoga instructor runs hour-long classes in the pretty hidden garden on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 8.45 for a good way to ease yourself into the day.

This low-key and fetchingly rural spot has some convenient amenities too – the hot showers, well-kept toilets, washing-up facilities and strong 4G reception are likely to go down well with practically-minded guests. Fond of stoking the embers of a campfire? Sturdy firepits are available to hire on site, as well as the firelighters, kindling, firewood that are available at the small shop.

In the mood for some locally-produced snacks? Evershot and its artisanal bakery are five minutes' drive away. For the nearest supermarket, you're 10 minutes from Beaminster, where there's also a good selection of independent shops, restaurants and pubs. Dorchester (20 minutes) and its several specialised museums are also worth a peek – Dorset's county town has exhibits dedicated to Roman history, dinosaurs, teddy bears and Egyptology.

Those who fancy a bit of posh pub grub may instead like to head out for the half-hour hike to Corscombe, where top chef Mark Hix serves up smart plates at the Fox Inn.


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9.5

Overall rating based on 133 reviews

 

96% would recommend this park to a friend.

92% would stay here again.

  83% described as Peaceful ?

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Location09/05/2022

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

  • Primitive grass tent or trailer tent site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Disliked: 

    Compost toilets, outside showers, advertised as peaceful but unfortunately the neighbouring tents didn't get the memo

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Generally a very peaceful stay here at Blenville. Very welcoming hosts09/04/2022

Reviewer's country: United Kingdommandy C.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Primitive grass tent or trailer tent site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Wildness, meadow, woods, owls

    Disliked: 

    No easily available drinking water.
    Occasional ticks.

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Peaceful, back to nature, friendly, gorgeous surroundings.08/30/2022

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

  • Primitive grass tent or trailer tent site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Beautiful setting - lovely meadow with mature trees around the most of the perimeter of the field and a view of distant hills from top of field. Pitches were separated by the long meadow grasses which created a lot more privacy than a flat open field. Even at its busiest on Saturday night the field still felt very peaceful and spacious. Sitting around a campfire watching shooting stars and spotting various planets and constellations was such a treat. My husband also spotted and heard a wood pecker in a nearby oak tree.
    Facilities were basic but added to the overall charm of the setting, and the outdoor showers were a novelty! (Water was lovely and hot.) Would definitely stay there again!

    Disliked: 

    My only possible suggestion would be to add doors to the showers rather than curtains. They do blow in the breeze a bit! But we coped so not a dealbreaker. Otherwise disliked nothing!!

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One of our all time favourite campsites. Can’t wait to return!08/30/2022

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

  • Primitive grass tent or trailer tent site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Everything! Loved how the pitches were so spaced out and how natural the site felt. Incredible hot showers, lovely clean toilets. Lovely hosts!

    Disliked: 

    Having to leave

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Clean composting loos, outdoor showers, friendly owners08/21/2022

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

  • Primitive grass tent or trailer tent site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Back again and just as peaceful! This place is special, with lovely helpful owners and somewhere to go if you enjoy back to basics camping. Thanks guys!

    Disliked: 

    Absolutely nothing.

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Wild camping....with nice hot showers08/21/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomDavid F.Confirmed

  • Primitive grass tent or trailer tent site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Couldn't have been happier. Had a lovely quiet little pitch in the field, very peaceful. Toilets and hot outdoor showers available too which was great.
    Hosts were fantastic people, very friendly and welcoming, I'd happily book again in the future.

    Disliked: 

    Didn't dislike anything, I was very happy.

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Beautiful, friendly, feels like a well-kept secret08/11/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomDan T.Confirmed

  • Primitive grass tent or trailer tent site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Benville Manor Camping is a genuine slice of heaven. This week we watched swallows swooping overhead, and saw a young buzzard being taught to hunt by its parent in the next field over. The pitches are very generous and well spaced. Cooking over the firepit (which was available on site along with wood) was a joy in the evenings as the sun went down. The toilets are clean and eco-friendly and the showers were fantastic and great fun. If you like real countryside, basic camping and want to keep things simple I cannot recommend this place highly enough!

    Disliked: 

    As someone else said - 'leaving'.

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Excellent site with loads of room & green facilities08/08/2022

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

  • Primitive grass tent or trailer tent site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The space on the site and the compost toilets

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10/10 site with all you need for a nature-connected camping experience06/23/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomShareena H.Confirmed

  • Primitive grass tent or trailer tent site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Benville Manor is a secret gem that offers people an opportunity to camp in a space that is dedicated to nature. Calm, beautiful surroundings and the owners are cool and thoughtful. Pitches are widely spaced with still opportunity to say hello. You can have a fire (using a pit, which you can hire or bring your own). The shower is fab - you feel like you are showering outdoors and it is hot - wooooo, compost toilets are kept clean and tidy. Outdoor sinks are hand - this is an easy and simple space that has everything that you need. Just come.... it's lovely.

    Disliked: 

    Leaving :)

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A great site with pitches mowed within the long grass around you.06/06/2022

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

  • Primitive grass tent or trailer tent site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The space of the pitches and the peaceful location

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

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Features

Coronavirus

Check-in: contactless (in person)

Hand sanitizing stations

Shared spaces: more frequent cleaning

Leisure on park

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Playground

Recreation room/arcade

TV room

Takeout

Tennis

Watersports

Amenities on park

Bath available

Car parking by site/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Dog park

Drying room

Free wifi

Grocery store

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Laundromat

Parent & baby washroom

Payphone

Pick-up from public transport

Portable toilet

Pub toilets

Restrooms

Shower available

Washing-up area

Wifi

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Scouts welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue grills allowed

Barbecue provided

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Camping 2.0

Bell tents

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Hikers’ paradise

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Utilities

Charging facilities

Dump station

Electric car charging point(s)

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Dog walk nearby

Type

Pop-up campsite

Small (11-25 sites)

Location

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  • Benville Manor, Benville Lane, Dorchester, Dorset, England, DT2 0NW
  • Timezone Europe/London +0100 (GMT+01:00)   GPS 50.8316°N 2.6623°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Yeovil Bus Station — 12.5 kilometers
Coach Station — 13.0 kilometers
Greenhill — 16.6 kilometers
Train stations
Chetnole Rail Station — 7.4 kilometers
Maiden Newton Rail Station — 8.7 kilometers
Crewkerne Rail Station — 9.4 kilometers
Ferry ports
Weymouth Ferry Terminal — 29.1 kilometers
Bridgwater Ferry Terminal — 41.7 kilometers
Airports
Exeter International Airport — 54.3 kilometers

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

If you're drawn to this place because of the historical connections, you might want to step back in time off-site at nearby Mapperton House and Gardens (10 minutes' drive), another Tudor manor house built in gorgeous sandstone. For some even older entertainment, line yourself up trips to the chalk Cerne Abbas Giant (20 minutes) or the scenic ruins of Corfe Castle (an hour).

Have you packed your towel? At Benville Manor Camping, you're also well-placed to get some sea and sand at classic Jurassic Coast resorts like Lyme Regis (30 minutes) and Charmouth (30 minutes). There's also Bridport Harbour (20 minutes), an attractive spot at the end of mighty Chesil Beach. As any keen geography student will tell you, this isn't actually a beach at all, but an 18-mile shingle spit (great for saltwater fishing, less so for bathing).

Other noteworthy spots include Abbotsbury (30 minutes), a well-preserved village where a colony of swans has made its home on the sheltered side of Chesil Beach. There's also an 18th-century botanical garden here with an impressive collection of blooming plants that appreciate the area's warmer than average microclimate, plus an avian-themed adventure playground to keep the kids on side.

Must see

  • Mapperton House & Gardens (5.2 kilometers)
  • Montacute House (13.8 kilometers)
  • Abbotsbury Swannery (19.7 kilometers)

National Trust

  • Montacute House (13.8 kilometers)
  • Tintinhull Garden (16.3 kilometers)

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.

Policies

Permitted arrival/departure time

RV, travel trailer and tent sites
Arrive:  3 p.m. –  10 p.m.
Depart by:  1 p.m.
On-park accommodation
Arrive:  3 p.m. –  9 p.m.
Depart by:  11 a.m.

Benville Manor Camping cancelation policy

No refunds within 1 day of arrival date.

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 cancelations 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. Benville Manor Camping will debit the balance from your card 1 week before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 1 week then the balance will be taken immediately.

You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking, or at any point before the due date.

Payment methods accepted at the park

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Terms and conditions

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  • Does Benville Manor Camping have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Benville Manor Camping dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Benville Manor Camping? If you're drawn to this place because of the historical connections, you might want to step back in time off-site at nearby Mapperton House and Gardens (10 minutes' drive), another Tudor manor … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Benville Manor Camping?
    RV, travel trailer and tent sites
    Arrive:  3 p.m. –  10 p.m.
    Depart by:  1 p.m.
    On-park accommodation
    Arrive:  3 p.m. –  9 p.m.
    Depart by:  11 a.m.
    Read more

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