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Thorncombe Farm

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A sunny day at the farm

General

  • Small family-run farm deep in Hardy Country, two miles from Dorchester
  • Less than 10 miles from the Jurassic Coast
  • Firepits for hire: wood supplied

If you're a Thomas Hardy fan, you'll know about Dorchester: it was where the Tess-writing dude lived and was his inspiration for the town of Casterbridge. And if you're taking the trail, settle down afterwards in a bell tent at Thorncombe Farm – it might be the perfect setting to reread Tess…?

Thorncombe is a small family-run livestock farm in Dorset countryside, near the hamlet of Bockhampton where Thomas Hardy was born, and two miles from the county town of Dorchester. Weymouth, Durdle Door, Chesil Beach and the Jurassic Coast are less than 10 miles away.

The five-metre bell tents here have been set up for those who want a bit less hassle on hol and who don't want to be faffed with putting up and taking down tents. Each is furnished with a separate dining area with seating and table, as well as a deluxe double and two single beds, carpeting and rugs, a storage cabinet and a mirror. There's electricity to power lighting, a small fridge and recharging points for devices.

Each bell tent also has a firepit barbecue (if you'd rather eat out, try Yalbury Cottage Restaurant or Pine Lodge Farm, both in Bockhampton, the Wise Man pub in West Stafford or the Blue Vinny at Puddletown). The Thorncombe team supplies firepits, wood and charcoal – read The Mayor of Casterbridge along with marshmallows, maybe…?

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If making a fire, the fuel, logs and coal have to be purchased on site.


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9.8

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Nice farm campsite with a friendly feel.08/16/2020

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

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    We took two bell tents, everything we needed was provided and more. Good facilities and close to Dorchester and Dorset attractions.

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Lovely farm camp made all the more fun with the entertaining goat08/16/2020

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

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    We really enjoyed our stay at Thorncombe Farm, the Bell tent we stayed in was very comfortable and had everything we needed. I did not expect plates, bowls and cups, a gas stove or camping lamps but all these were included in our stay. The fire pit also provided was great for marshmallows o sticks or for a barbecue. One of the attractive things about this site is that it is nice and quiet, no noisy groups, people respected the rules and were very quite after 9pm.
    But the best thing about Thorncombe farm were the goats, it may sound strange but all the children on the site loved the goats, they kept them entertained for two evenings, they were really friendly and tame.

    Vanessa the farm owner was also very friendly and approachable.

    We would definitely stay here again.

    Disliked: 

    Not a big issue because the site is quiet and not overcrowded but bigger toilet block and shower block would be an improvement.

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Fantastic experience. Can't wait to come back (hopefully soon)08/16/2020

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

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    This is a working farm. My 5 and 3 year old girls loved watching and feeding the goats.
    Great family vibe. The kids played with other children and in the evenings until they dropped. We felt completely safe to let them run around and just be kids.
    The bell tent we rented was awesome. Power points and a fridge to maintain a couple of creature comforts and beds which were comfy enough to not miss our own.
    Our hostess, Ness was also fantastic. Very attentive and worked tirelessly to maintain the cleanliness of the shared facilities.
    We loved cooking the fresh farm produce on the fire pit barbecue and gas hob provuded.
    Location is also great. So quiet and secluded, but so close to so many attractions and points of interest. We can't wait to come back.

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    We honestly can't pin point anything.

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Owners are very welcoming. The site is great. Plenty of …07/25/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAlison M.Confirmed

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    Owners are very welcoming. The site is great. Plenty of space and measures in place for Covid - 19. The bell tent is spacious. Fridge and beds add to the luxury. Having the covered shelter for cooking was great. Location ideal for visits to beach, Dorchester and Bridport. Tried the goat burgers part of the service offered.

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Fellix and Nes have a great set up at Thorncombe …07/19/2020

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

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    Fellix and Nes have a great set up at Thorncombe Farm! The bell tents were more stylish than what appear on the pictures, along with the bench set up with gas burners, fire pit with logs supplied, utensils and fridge inside the rent. There were plenty of distance between each tent with gorgeous surroundings alongside the farm. A very welcoming stay for our first camping trip!

    Disliked: 

    The address appears to take you a further 20m down the road so took a few wrong turns before finding it. We weren't fussed as we were only staying a couple of nights, but instructions on how to use the shared showers could have been clearer.

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Had a really great time. Lovely light spacious tent.08/30/2019

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    Fantastic to turn up to a tent all set up for us. Lovely flat site and the goats in the next field were great fun to watch! Comfortable mattresses which were so much warmer than an air bed!
    So much to do in the area, would have loved to have spent another couple of nights here.

    Disliked: 

    Could always hear the busy A35 in the distance and very close to the minor road. It wasn’t a busy road but when traffic passed it was loud.

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Beautiful location and lovely hosts. Will defiantly be stopping here …08/28/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomLisa G.Confirmed

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    Beautiful location and lovely hosts.
    Will defiantly be stopping here again.

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Brilliant site well looked after and a great place for families08/27/2019

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    Wonderful location, stunning view and plenty of space for kids to explore and play! Owners were incredibly helpful! Children loved the goats.

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Will be back.08/26/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomBEN K.Confirmed

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    Fantastic stay. Tent all set up with beds, fridge and electric. Outside table under cover, bbq and fire pit all great with a welcoming bag of logs. Very nice atmosphere around camp with a good balanced number of people. Owners very welcoming.

    The area is great with loads to do and fantastic for star gazing.

    Kemps

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We enjoyed our stay at Thorncombe Farm. The tent was …08/23/2019

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    We enjoyed our stay at Thorncombe Farm. The tent was clean and spacious, the beds were comfortable. The owners are friendly and very helpful. Toilet/shower facilities well maintained. Lovely location.

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Features

Coronavirus

Disinfectant sprays and wipes provided

Distance markers in shared facilities

Hand sanitising stations

Shared spaces: more frequent cleaning

We're Good To Go (VisitBritain accreditation)

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

Local produce

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Portaloo

Pub toilets

Public telephone

Shower available

Tents for hire

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

No dogs allowed

Camping 2.0

Bell tents

Themes

Luxury

Peaceful

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wildlife haven

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

Nearby farmers' market

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Small (11-25 pitches)

Nearby leisure

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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  • Higher Bockhampton, Dorchester, Dorset, England, DT2 8QH
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 50.7242°N 2.3938°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Dorchester: South Rail Station Coach Stop — 2.2 miles
Weymouth: Town Centre Coach Stops — 8.1 miles
Wareham: North Street Coach Stop — 12.7 miles
Train stations
Dorchester South Rail Station — 2.2 miles
Dorchester West Rail Station — 2.3 miles
Moreton (Dorset) Rail Station — 3.9 miles
Ferry ports
Weymouth Ferry Terminal — 8.4 miles
Poole Ferry Terminal — 17.6 miles
Poole Quay Ferry Landing — 17.9 miles
Airports
Bournemouth International Airport — 24.9 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

The open woods of Thorncombe and Puddleton are next to Thorncombe Farm with miles of trails for walking, cycling and horse riding. Zorbing is available for the more energetic at the neighbouring farm – ask the Thorncombe team for details – and fishing, sailing and golf are all available locally too.

Dorchester is two miles away and well worth at least a day to browse its museums – the Dinosaur Museum is a definite must and also much recommended are the Dorset County Museum, the Tutankhamun Exhibition, and Thomas Hardy's townhouse Max Gate. Plenty of pubs, shops and cafés are in town as well.

Weymouth and the Jurassic Coast are a short drive from the farm: go for the long sandy beach, marina and harbour at Weymouth, the castle at Portland and the famed Chesil Beach stretching for about 18 miles to the west towards Lyme Regis.

Other nearby Dorset days out could be had at The Tank Museum, the Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, Maiden Castle and Abbotsbury Gardens and its swannery.

Must see

  • Hardy's Birthplace (0.4 miles)
  • The Tank Museum (6.9 miles)
  • Weymouth Sea Life Park and Marine Sanctuary (7.2 miles)

National Trust

  • Hardy's Cottage (0.4 miles)
  • Max Gate (1.7 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

On-site accommodation
Arrive:  3 p.m. –  7 p.m.
Depart by:  10:30 a.m.

Thorncombe Farm cancellation policy

No refunds within 4 weeks of arrival date.

The campsite will refund the balance payment minus a 10% fee only if the unit is re-let

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. Thorncombe 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.

Deposit transferable during COVID-19.

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Terms and conditions

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  • Does Thorncombe Farm have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Thorncombe Farm dog friendly? No View all features
  • What attractions are near Thorncombe Farm? The open woods of Thorncombe and Puddleton are next to Thorncombe Farm with miles of trails for walking, cycling and horse riding. Zorbing is available for the more energetic at the neighbouring … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Thorncombe Farm?
    On-site accommodation
    Arrive:  3 p.m. –  7 p.m.
    Depart by:  10:30 a.m.
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  • How much does it cost to stay at Thorncombe Farm? From €66.04 (for 1 night, 4 people) - 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.

General
Cooking or gas appliances of any kind (inside the tent) are not permitted.

Safety
If making a fire, the fuel, logs and coal have to be purchased on 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.

General
Quiet hours must be respected between 9 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.
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.

Additional terms

The site is on, adjoining, or near agricultural land used for farming. There is also forestry work on land adjoining the site. Guests must be careful if entering these areas while staying on site.

Do not attempt to feed or disturb any of the livestock on the farm.

No smoking is allowed within the site facilities, near any drying crops in fields or near any of the farm buildings.

Naked flames used in or by the tent are entirely at your own risk.

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