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The Island at Durweston Mill

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The Island at Durweston Mill: Look at the space on each pitch, 400m2 each and only 1 row of tents - nothing to block your view.

General

  • Grass sites on an island in the Stour, near Blandford Forum in Dorset
  • A 15-minute drive to Blandford Four; 45 minutes to the Jurassic Coast
  • Bell tents, wild swimming and kayaking on site; near walks and pubs

The Island at Durweston Mill really is an island – a five-acre island in fact, surrounded by the River Stour at the base of Hod Hill – a waterside campsite in a wonderful setting for nights under canvas. The camping experience here is simple, off-grid and off the beaten track, just the ticket for anyone who’d rather swim in rivers than swimming pools.

It takes all of two minutes to walk from your tent to the private, three-tiered weir, where you can relax and have a splash in the Stour, or stroll to the North Dorset Trailway.

Given the wild nature of this place, a big part of the attraction is getting out and exploring. It’s a great location for fishing and photography – or launching boats, kayaks and canoes onto the Stour (bring your own please) and paddling up or down stream.

In late summer, you can forage apples and cherries from the trees lining the Trailway, or blackberries in the bushes leading to the pub (a good excuse for a visit to the pub).

Stourpaine (five minutes’ walk) has a pub and deli selling local produce and handy essentials, and the local farm shop (five minutes’ drive) sells locally sourced, free-range meats, fruit, and veg. Don’t fancy cooking? Blandford Forum (10 minutes’ drive) has plenty of takeaways and restaurants too.

And at the end of the day, you get to retreat back to your little patch of peaceful wilderness on the Island. If you don’t mind foregoing a shower for the weekend and prefer to bathe in a river instead, then you’ve come to the right place. The pitches measure 400 metres squared and have room for up to 10 people. There are no additional charges for setting up additional tents and structures, plus well-behaved canines are very welcome.

Please note

This site has no on-site shower facilities.

Please note that the toilet/shower facilities are unisex.

Guests are advised to bring a good quality torch with them as parts of the site are unlit.

No naked flames are allowed inside the hired accommodation units.

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

No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

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

Group bookings of 10 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).

The unit only sleeps two guests, additional guests are welcome to bring their own tents to sleep in alongside the unit.

Pets are allowed but must stay outside the unit at all times.


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9.4

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Lovely peaceful site. Gorgeous river location. Great pub nearby09/01/2021

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    Beautiful location, peaceful, masses of space, tent pitches well distanced

    Disliked: 

    Nothing!

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Great communication, large pitches, great location and clean facilities.09/01/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomRebecca E.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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    Great communication, large pitches, great location and clean facilities.

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Liked08/31/2021

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Great quiet location. Lovely host.08/30/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomGintare V.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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    Great quiet location. Lovely host.

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The site is clean and the staff are really really nice.08/29/2021

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    Nice clean tent and toilet facility.A lot of space for the children to play ball and run around. I cannot fault the place staff are very helpful and friendly

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    Nothing to dislike

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Great place if you want to get away from everything.08/29/2021

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    Everything! Plenty of space, very quiet site (no recorded music, hooray), beautiful setting, swimming in the river, fire pit, absence of artificial light. Loved the simplicity and the absence of facilities - such a relief. Will definitely return, we had a wonderful time. (Also Portaloos were the cleanest I've ever experienced!)

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    Nothing for us to dislike

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Amazing location and friendly hosts, just a pity about the toilets08/25/2021

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    Amazing location and great fun on the river

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    Smelly toilets and only 2 for 6 pitches in which each pitch could have up to 10 adults on

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Excellent site. Clean, friendly, suitable for adults and children.08/24/2021

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

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    Our stay was amazing. Charlotte was lovely and answered all our questions no matter how small, quickly. We are first time campers so we had many question. When we arrived, the children were so excited to see the bell tent. It was good quality, clean and definitely was looked after. Our other family members pitched their tents next to us and there was plenty of space to do it.

    The grass area was well kept so it was nice for the children to have lots of space to run around freely and it was all open so we could see them at all times. We particularly enjoyed that each bell tent had plenty of space in between each other and it didn’t feel cramped or invasive to other campers who were there. This was perfect for our young children as they can be loud and bed time can be quite whiney haha.

    The facilities that were available were fine for the length of stay we were there (3 nights). The weir was incredible. The water was cold, but once you’re in, we all enjoyed it. Definitely a good idea to have brought our swim shoes for that as getting in and out was a little tricky, but we got used to it after the first time in, the children had wetsuits too which is advisable for any young children going. It might’ve been cold water, but after bathing in there, we did feel really fresh.

    The fire pit was a really good bonus. We spent all our nights sat around it and toasted marshmallows and just enjoyed watching the flame. It rained on some of the days we were there so it was nice having the fire pit to keep warm.

    The supermarkets are really close by so that was great for picking up bits for dinner and breakfast. We had bbq dinners over the fire pit which was lovely. (We brought our own fire pit grill to go over the logs.)

    Overall our stay was so much fun and we all really enjoyed it (10 adults, 5 children), we all decided that 3 nights was not long enough haha. Charlotte and Simon were both so friendly and were available whenever we needed them.

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    None, we all had such a good time! x

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Beautiful spot with lots of space for kids to run and paddle in08/16/2021

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

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    River and waterfall to bathe / play in
    Local pub
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    Cosy bell tent

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Wonderful site, lots of room for children to run around. …08/08/2021

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    Wonderful site, lots of room for children to run around.

    Very secure with locked gate and CCTV.

    Charlie, Dumps and Hannah professional, cheery, friendly, polite and helpful.

    Cleanest portaloos I've ever seen!

    Bell tent stayed completely dry despite heavy rainfall.

    Wonderful to fall asleep to the sound of rushing water and owl hoots.

    Complementary marshmallows in tent!

    Made my first fire in the fire pit , bucket list moment!

    Would love to visit again.

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Features

Coronavirus

Check-in: contactless (in person)

Check-in: one group at a time

Deep cleaning of accommodation units between guests

Meal delivery to unit/pitch/outdoor seated area

More frequent emptying of bins

Shared spaces: daily deep 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

Camping 2.0

Bell tents

Themes

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Electric car charging point(s)

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Dog walk nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Pop-up campsite

Tiny (1-10 pitches)

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking 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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  • Mill Lane, Durweston, Blandford Forum, Dorset, England, DT11 0QD
  • Timezone Europe/London +0100 (GMT+01:00)   GPS 50.8805°N 2.2016°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
The Town Hall — 13.9 kilometres
The Town Hall — 13.9 kilometres
Virginia Ash — 17.7 kilometres
Train stations
Gillingham (Dorset) Rail Station — 17.8 kilometres
Templecombe Rail Station — 20.3 kilometres
Holton Heath Rail Station — 20.7 kilometres
Ferry ports
Poole Ferry Terminal — 24.1 kilometres
Poole Quay Ferry Landing — 24.2 kilometres
Brownsea Island Ferry Landing — 27.5 kilometres
Airports
Bournemouth International Airport — 28.4 kilometres

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

Local attractions and activities:

- North Dorset Trailway: accessed from site

- Stourpaine (neighbouring village): five minutes’ walk

- Blandford Forum: 10 minutes’ drive

- Gorcombe Extreme Sports (quad biking, paintballing): 15 minutes

- Hambledon Hill: 15 minutes

- Sturminster Newton (historic town): 15 minutes

- Lulworth Cove (Jurassic Coast): 40 minutes

- Sandbanks: 45 minutes

- Studland: 45 minutes

- Durdle Door: 45 minutes

Must see

  • Kingston Lacy House and Gardens (13.9 kilometres)
  • Monkey World - Ape Rescue Centre (20.4 kilometres)
  • The Tank Museum (20.8 kilometres)

National Trust

  • White Mill (13.0 kilometres)
  • Kingston Lacy (14.2 kilometres)

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.

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Permitted arrival/departure time

On-site accommodation
Arrive:  3 p.m. –  8 p.m.
Depart by:  10:30 a.m.

The Island at Durweston Mill cancellation policy

No refunds within 1 week of arrival date.

Bookings cannot be amended within 7 day(s) of arrival.

The site is not liable for any refund in the event of force majeure.

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. The Island at Durweston Mill 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.

Hired accommodation: £50.00 (€59.05) damage/cleanliness/bracelet deposit is required on arrival and will be refunded on departure after inspection of your unit should no damage/losses be found.

The damage/cleanliness/bracelet deposit required on arrival can only be paid for in cash.

Deposit transferable during COVID-19.

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

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Terms and conditions

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  • Does The Island at Durweston Mill have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is The Island at Durweston Mill dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near The Island at Durweston Mill? Local attractions and activities: - North Dorset Trailway: accessed from site - Stourpaine (neighbouring village): five minutes’ walk - Blandford Forum: 10 minutes’ drive - Gorcombe Extreme Sports (quad biking, paintballing): 15 … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of The Island at Durweston Mill?
    On-site accommodation
    Arrive:  3 p.m. –  8 p.m.
    Depart by:  10:30 a.m.
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  • How much does it cost to stay at The Island at Durweston Mill? From €88.98 (for 1 night, 10 people) - prices may change depending on your dates and party. Check prices and availability

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The unit only sleeps two guests, additional guests are welcome to bring their own tents to sleep in alongside the unit.

Pets are allowed but must stay outside the unit at all times.

No check in or check out is permitted on Saturdays.

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