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The Gaggle of Geese

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Garden and barbecue shack

General

  • Pub site over five acres in the village of Buckland Newton
  • Half an hour's drive from beaches and the Jurassic Coast
  • Homemade meals and local beers, plus barbecue and pizza oven in summer

Walkers, riders, fishing folk, dog owners, family groups… all will want to take a gander at The Gaggle of Geese, a friendly country pub in the little village of Buckland Newton.

This is a place that’s mighty well located for all sorts of Dorset days out – it’s in the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty for all your country pursuits, 20 minutes’ drive from the historic market town of Dorchester and half an hour from the county’s stunning coastline. On top of that, those on family hols may like to note that a drive of less that 45 minutes offers up all sorts of ways to entertain/wear out the small sorts – animal parks, fossil hunting, watersports…

It’s not all about location though – the pub’s a rather fine destination in its own right. Five fab acres of peaceful fields, an orchard and a pleasingly sizeable beer garden make up the outside space, while inside’s all comfy corners and a warm welcome for all (nippers and dogs included). Up for a bit more activity? Skip over to the skittle alley or check the events list to see if there are any quiz nights, wine tastings or live music afternoons scheduled.

And you’ll be needing eats and drinks of course... homemade pub classics can be washed down with local beers and ciders; summer nights often see action out at the barbecue shack and wood-fired pizza oven too. Barbecues and campfires are welcome if you’d rather go the DIY route.

Please note

No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

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

Discount cards and gift vouchers cannot be applied to bookings made via Pitchup.com.

Single-sex bookings of 10 or more people (couples and immediate family members excepted) are not permitted via Pitchup.com.

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

Bookings must not be for more than 14 consecutive nights.

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).

Please note that the pub is closed on Mondays.


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9.7

Overall rating based on 212 reviews

 

97% would recommend this site to a friend.

97% would stay here again.

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Great facilities, nice warm and well equipped hut. You could …10/22/2020

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

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  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Great facilities, nice warm and well equipped hut. You could feel the care put into the hut.
    Friendly & helpful owners.
    Beautiful location.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing :)

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Excellent, great facilities, economical stay.10/19/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomBeth U.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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

    Friendly staff, lovely shower rooms, beautiful pub, great grounds with farm animals and play areas. Quiet surroundings and plenty of walks.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing, I can’t wait to return!

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Excellent site with clean facilities, the pub was lovely, level pitche10/04/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or motorhome pitch
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    The whole package, very welcoming.

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Excellent site with good facilities and great staff09/30/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomMike L.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or motorhome pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Great facilities onsite, amazing showers (Heads up they're HOT!), really nice area, lovely owners, pub is great and the food was really good, good price for the facilities provided.

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Big, bumpy fields behind a pub, managed by a very …09/28/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomVeronika G.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or motorhome pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Big, bumpy fields behind a pub, managed by a very enterprising family. Plenty of space and clean facilities. It was in a quiet village, with a pleasant walk across fields to the local shop.

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Excellent campsite with good facilities09/28/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomMark S.Confirmed

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

    Free showers and WC's really good. Shower cubicles with folding glass doors just like you'd find at home. Showers had long reach hoses so you are able to direct the water spray. Lights controlled by motion sensors which are inside the shower areas, not outside (like I experienced at a different campsite recently).
    Covered dish washing area with hot water was very good, would like to have somewhere to put wet dishes to drip. 2 ingenious sinks but only 1 plug. There were 4 plug sockets here but did not know if they are active and available for use.
    We had takeaway chips from the pub which were really good, Also having the pub on site was great.

    Disliked: 

    Our only dislike was the annoyingly loud live music in the pub, we could hardly hear each other and we were nearly as far away from the music as possible. Would have stayed for more drinks if it was quieter!

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Peaceful setting, good facilities,level pitches.09/25/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomJulie G.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or motorhome pitch
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    Peaceful setting, good facilities,level pitches.

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Excellent09/24/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomMichael S.Confirmed

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

    We loved the way the pub has set up the camp site. With lots of things to do when we are back to enjoying ourselves again! But it makes a great place to visit, we are both retired and found the laid back style perfect. Fine food in the pub, an entertaining game of Crazy Golf seeing the baby goats. Plus many more when we are COVID free. A relaxed stay and we will be back!

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Everything! Great location. Friendly spacious site. Didn’t eat at the …09/24/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomPaul H.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or motorhome pitch
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    Everything! Great location. Friendly spacious site. Didn’t eat at the pub but the food coming out looked nice.

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    Only improvement I could think of is a little shelf in the shower cubical for your toiletries. Otherwise perfect

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Very friendly and attentive owners, extremely clean facilities09/23/2020

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

  • Non-electric grass tent or motorhome pitch
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    Everything

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    Nothing

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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

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

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Communal fridge

Gas cylinders available

No hot water

No potable water point

No running water

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Pub campsite

Small (11-25 pitches)

Nearby leisure

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Location

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  • Buckland Newton, Dorchester, Dorset, England, DT2 7BS
  • Timezone Europe/London +0100 (GMT+01:00)   GPS 50.8438°N 2.4440°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Sherborne Coach Stop — 8.1 miles
Milborne Port: Coach Stop — 8.5 miles
Dorchester: South Rail Station Coach Stop — 9.3 miles
Train stations
Chetnole Rail Station — 5.9 miles
Yetminster Rail Station — 6.7 miles
Maiden Newton Rail Station — 7.0 miles
Ferry ports
Weymouth Ferry Terminal — 16.3 miles
Poole Ferry Terminal — 21.8 miles
Poole Quay Ferry Landing — 22.1 miles
Airports
Bournemouth International Airport — 27.2 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

Country wanderings aplenty await around here – there are heaps of places for walks both short and lengthy in the surrounding Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A popular ramble from the pub is the four-mile route to the Cerne Abbas Giant (indeed a sizeable chap at 55 metres long – potential pub quiz answer...?)

Horseback hacks can be had from several stables within half an hour, and there’s a fab coarse fishery with 10 lakes (10!) five minutes’ drive away. Want a bit more oomph in your outings? Head to Henley Hillbillies (five minutes’ drive) for days zooming about on quad bikes or in hovercrafts or souped-up Minis.

Need nipper-pleasing days out? Take your (or more likely their) pick from The Dinosaur Museum (20 minutes), Monkey World (half an hour), the Tank Museum (half an hour), the Sea Life adventure park (40 minutes), Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park (40 minutes)… or head to the coast for beach days in Weymouth (40 minutes), watersports at Lulworth Cove (45 minutes) or fossil hunts in Kimmeridge (50 minutes).

Must see

  • Hardy's Birthplace (8.2 miles)
  • Mapperton House & Gardens (12.0 miles)
  • The Tank Museum (13.5 miles)

National Trust

  • Hardy's Cottage (8.2 miles)
  • Max Gate (9.4 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:  noon –  11 p.m.
Depart by:  11 a.m.
On-site accommodation
Arrive:  5 p.m. –  11 p.m.
Depart by:  11 a.m.

The Gaggle of Geese cancellation policy

No refunds within 1 week of arrival date.

Bookings cannot be amended within 2 day(s) of arrival.

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 Gaggle of Geese 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.

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

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Terms and conditions

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  • Does The Gaggle of Geese have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is The Gaggle of Geese dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near The Gaggle of Geese? Country wanderings aplenty await around here – there are heaps of places for walks both short and lengthy in the surrounding Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A popular ramble from the … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of The Gaggle of Geese?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  noon –  11 p.m.
    Depart by:  11 a.m.
    On-site accommodation
    Arrive:  5 p.m. –  11 p.m.
    Depart by:  11 a.m.
    Read more
  • How much does it cost to stay at The Gaggle of Geese? From €15.52 (for 1 night, 2 adults) - prices may change depending on your dates and party. Check prices and availability

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Terms and conditions

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

Admission
Admission is only permitted after registering at reception.
All guests spending the night at the park must present their ID at the reception desk and sign registration forms.

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.

Changes to your holiday
Bookings cannot be amended within 2 day(s) of arrival.

General
Bookings must not be for more than 14 consecutive nights.

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

General
Discount cards and gift vouchers cannot be applied to bookings made via Pitchup.com.

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

Safety
Firearms are not permitted.

Dogs
Guide dogs are allowed on site free of charge.

General
In the event of a complaint, please speak to reception immediately. Complaints which are not brought to the management's attention during your stay cannot be dealt with once you have left the site.

Arrivals and departures
Late arrivals must notify the park as soon as possible. Your booking will be held for 24 hours. After this period the management reserves the right to relet your unit.

Extras
Motorbike(s) can be brought instead of the car(s) included.

Occupancy
No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

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

Vehicles
No vehicle movement between 9 p.m. and 8 a.m..
Only one car is to be parked by the pitch. Extra vehicles must be parked in the designated area.

General
Quiet hours must be respected between 11 p.m. and 8 a.m..
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and boots must be closed quietly.

Reception
Reception is open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. between 01/04 and 01/09 and between 02/09 and 31/03.

Occupancy
Single-sex bookings of 10 or more people (couples and immediate family members excepted) are not permitted via Pitchup.com.

Vehicles
The car is only included in the rate if you are travelling with a touring caravan or a tent. If you wish to bring a car along with your motorhome/campervan please select the extra.

General
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.

Dogs
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).

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

Visitors
Visitors’ cars are not permitted on site.
Visitors must leave the premises by 11 p.m..

Pitches
You must follow the management directives when pitching your tent/unit and related equipment.

Additional terms

Please note that the pub is closed on Mondays.

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