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Loscombe Farm

9.9

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General

  • Secluded wild camping spots on a working Dorset farm near Dorchester
  • A 20-minute drive to the Jurassic Coast; 15 minutes to Chesil Beach
  • Woodland walks on site; five minutes’ drive from pubs and shops

Offering low-impact and secluded wild camping, Loscombe Farm is located near Dorchester in Dorset. There's plenty of variety here: pitches are in woods, fields, near bridleways or in open fields, and groups are welcome to camp together, bring a bit of folk music and get down to some serious catching up. The private land is also yours to wander at will.

You're free to build a campfire here – and to make that easy, the owners offer wood to fuel it at a small charge. Chances are they might join you around the fire to swap stories and show you Stone Age flint arrowheads found on the farm.

It really is wild here… there’s no electricity (bring torches please) and all the water will need boiling on the campfire. Compost loos are available, and you can get phone reception in some places but not all – roaming wifi works reasonably well if you can’t give up outside contact completely.

Some areas are driver accessible, others not. But fear not, if you do have to park and walk a short distance to your pitch, the owners will help out with transport. It’s almost always possible to find a secluded pitch, meaning there can be little contact with fellow guests unless you actively choose it.

There are some basic stores for essentials and fantastic pubs within five minutes’ drive, as well as in Dorchester (10 minutes – also good for shopping) or Weymouth (20 minutes).


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9.9

Overall rating based on 45 reviews

 

100% would recommend this site to a friend.

100% would stay here again.

  97% described as Peaceful ?

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Place for peace09/03/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomSarah D.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Yurt (comfort)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Location, shower and views

    Disliked: 

    Lack of signs

From the manager...

Thanks Sarah, we loved your review ‘ loved.. quiet, landscape freedom, peace.’ This is really what we are all about..🏕🌈🤍🔥💚🎂

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Excellent, value for money welcoming definitely book again08/31/2022

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

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Quiet ,landscape and freedom and peace

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Civilised wild camping. Beautiful and convenient location.08/29/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousConfirmed

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

    Loscombe Farm is set in a valley surrounded by rolling hills and beautiful views. The tent pitches are either available in a flat camping field, where the compost loo, water and sink are found or in the adjacent sheep pasture which is on a hill edged by forest. We camped in the pasture and were able to find a flat pitch next to the tree line. The hill sheltered us from road noise and throughout our stay there were only a couple of other tents in the pasture, which is huge and so no-one was close to us and we felt alone, which was great. It was wonderful to wake up to the sheep grazing nearby (take a long lead and strong peg for your dog). Very peaceful. Great location, close to local beaches, 5 min drive or a walk to the local garage with small shop. Lovely owners. You can even get wifi and a phone signal if you really want to. We boiled and drank the water, no issue. Loved it. Civilised wild camping.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing. This is wild camping feel with the essential amenities.

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Beautiful area08/22/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAmanda D.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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

    The location and the cleanness of the site. Owners are very friendly and helpful.

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From the manager...

O thanks Amanda, we hope you got your tent glued. If you want to come another time and box your horse to come itch you we’d be delighted. We may need a farm sitter one day, can we call you?!
Ellie and Nick x

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Great place08/20/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomHelena B.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
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    We had an amazing time in Dorset staying at Loscombe Farm. It is located not far from Dorchester so if you needed supplies it was just a short drive. The scenery is amazing and there so many places you can go for a walk. It is definitely more on the survival side kind of camping with almost no reception and no access to electricity. I think what got me the most is the distance to the toilet - although we were the closest to it- you definitely need to act on your first urge unless you are planning to run :) The hosts were so nice and helpful - we had car trouble (my battery died while using headlights to help us pitch in the night) so we walked to the farm and thankfully Ellie was able to give us a jump battery. She also gave us tips on where to go and what to visit. If we decide to visit the South again I will definitely come back and I would 100 percent recommend staying here. Thank you for letting us stay at your beautiful farm.

    Disliked: 

    Sheep - they talk a lot :)

From the manager...

Hi Helena, I’m so pleased the car was easily rectified. You pitched perfectly in the end, no floods no fires? Great to have you with us and you can camp nearer to the loo next time, or bring your own. Many people do and we support this. Sorry about the sheep,talking, yes they are very chatty creatures.
See you next year.
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Everything! So much space which made choosing a secluded pitch …08/20/2022

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

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

    Everything! So much space which made choosing a secluded pitch really easy; freedom to roam the farm, woodland and surrounding footpaths; sharing the space with buzzards, kestrels, woodpeckers, owls, deer, bats and of course the resident sheep; meteor shower; compost toilet; wonderfully friendly Ellie who was just a text message away when we needed help!
    We had such a restful week and would like to move in permanently.

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From the manager...

O Maya and family you are our perfect sort of stay and we would live you to move in perfectly! So observant and natural and happily taking it all in. It was nice to go horse hiking with you girls x
Do please come next year x

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Loved it. Would definitely come again.08/13/2022

Reviewer's country: FranceAngie W.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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    Everything. The owners (and their sheep) were friendly and welcoming and very accommodating. The yurts are wonderful, lots of space, with very comfortable beds. We had all three plus a couple of tents for our extended family so we had the whole field to ourselves. It was blissfully peaceful with fantastic views and a nice big tree for shade. The kitchen is equipped with everything we needed and the sun-warmed shower was great.

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From the manager...

It was an absolute joy to have you all ‘en famille’! You arranged the outdoor tables and fire to be in the shade and near the field kitchen and the kids seemed to enjoy playing games and being on rope swings, heading down to the beach etc
It will be great to see you again next year.
Sending best wishes for the rest of the summer.
Ellie and Nick (and sheep)!

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Great place with amazing views and back to basics facilities08/09/2022

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

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
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    Back to basics camping farm, amazing views, you can pitch where you like. We loved having coffee with beautiful views. We thought the portloos were always clean always had paper, we like the shower idea overall very clever owners 😀

    Disliked: 

    Not a dislike but a suggestion maybe a map at the entrance to show where the loos/showers are and mark area where we can pitch up as we felt confused when we got to the site :)

From the manager...

Thanks `pat, we love your photos. thanks for the idea, you're not the first nd this is a plan before the summer is out!! better get my drawing skills out! are you any good? !

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Spacious, dog could run around free enjoying being a dog! …08/08/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnnie D.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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    Spacious, dog could run around free enjoying being a dog! The 2 farm dogs are very friendly too. The yurt was beautiful with all lovely little touches. The camp kitchen was spotlessly clean and not a bug in sight! Cannot fault this place we will certainly be returning thank you Ellie and Nick x

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From the manager...

Aww thanks Annie. `there is nothing we like more than seeing dogs having a holiday with their families! you were a perfect delight to have around. Im sop please you liked the yurt with its pitcher plant and the kitchen with gold teapot! your fire was fine but today someone almost set another field alight!! Eekk, our worst nightmare, your yurt is the only space for fires until it rains now. Thanks because you made us work out how that space could be safe enough.
we do so hope you'll come again.
best wishes from Ellie and Nick x

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Excellent location, peaceful, loads of space.08/01/2022

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

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    What an incredible place for a break from the hustle and bustle. As a kiwi it felt like a little bit of NZ right down to the sheep!

    Ellie and Nick have a great place, so chilled and relaxed. Their hospitality was superb. We will definitely be back again for more.

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From the manager...

NICE Richard. So pleased you enjoyed it here as we do. We love it when people recognise the dog.. a NZ huntaway! do come again..yurt or pitch next time I wonder!!

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Features

Coronavirus

Capacity reduced to increase social distancing

Check-in: contactless (in person)

Deep cleaning of accommodation units between guests

More frequent emptying of bins

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

D. of E. 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

Shepherd's huts

Tipis, yurts, or wigwams

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Forest

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Electric car charging point(s)

Gas cylinders available

No drinkable water point

No hot water

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Dog walk nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Farm

Pop-up campsite

Small (11-25 pitches)

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Climbing nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Surf school nearby

Watersports nearby

Location

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  • Winterbourne Steepleton, Dorchester, Dorset, England, DT2 9HD
  • Timezone Europe/London +0100 (GMT+01:00)   GPS 50.7041°N 2.5471°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
South Station — 7.7 kilometres
Marks and Spencer — 12.3 kilometres
Coach Station — 15.6 kilometres
Train stations
Dorchester West Rail Station — 7.4 kilometres
Dorchester South Rail Station — 7.8 kilometres
Upwey Rail Station — 8.4 kilometres
Ferry ports
Weymouth Ferry Terminal — 12.7 kilometres
Poole Ferry Terminal — 39.1 kilometres
Poole Quay Ferry Landing — 39.7 kilometres
Airports
Bournemouth International Airport — 51.1 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

An easy stroll from the camping fields is to the National Trust-owned Hardy Monument (40 minutes’ walk), a vantage point with views over the Jurassic Coast (20 minutes’ drive). Down by the sea, you can follow in the footsteps of Mary Anning and forage for fossils at Lyme Regis or Charmouth (both half an hour), or head for the SEA LIFE Centre, the extensive beach and the buzzy marina at Weymouth (20 minutes).

Take a dip in the sea off Chesil Beach (15 minutes), or up the action by sailing, paddleboarding, kayaking and kitesurfing off Portland (40 minutes). Back on dry land, have a go on climbing walls on the Isle of Portland (35 minutes), wander palm-lined walks at Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens (10 minutes) and marvel at the mute swan colony at Abbotsbury Swannery (15 minutes, open in summer).

Up the cultural aspect of your days exploring Dorset with a trip to the Iron Age hill fort at Maiden Castle (15 minutes), or hike up to the prehistoric monoliths at The Nine Stones (half an hour’s walk) and carry on until you reach the undulating burial mounds at Winterbourne Poor Lot Barrows (an hour’s walk from the campsite).

Must see

  • Abbotsbury Swannery (6.2 kilometres)
  • Weymouth Sea Life Park and Marine Sanctuary (11.2 kilometres)
  • Hardy's Birthplace (11.4 kilometres)

National Trust

  • Max Gate (8.7 kilometres)
  • Hardy's Cottage (11.4 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

Camping and touring
Arrive:  1 p.m. –  8 p.m.
Depart by:  3 p.m.
On-site accommodation
Arrive:  2 p.m. –  6 p.m.
Depart by:  11 a.m.

Loscombe Farm cancellation policy

No refunds within 1 week of arrival date.

Bookings cannot be amended within 1 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. Loscombe Farm will debit the balance from your card 4 weeks before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 4 weeks then the balance will be taken immediately.

Refunds within the indicated cancellation period are only possible if the site is able to relet your unit/pitch.

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 on the park

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  • Does Loscombe Farm have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Loscombe Farm dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Loscombe Farm? An easy stroll from the camping fields is to the National Trust-owned Hardy Monument (40 minutes’ walk), a vantage point with views over the Jurassic Coast (20 minutes’ drive). Down by the … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Loscombe Farm?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  1 p.m. –  8 p.m.
    Depart by:  3 p.m.
    On-site accommodation
    Arrive:  2 p.m. –  6 p.m.
    Depart by:  11 a.m.
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