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Thorncombe Farm

9.7

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General

  • Small family-run farm deep in Hardy Country, two miles from Dorchester
  • Less than 10 miles from the Jurassic Coast
  • Firepits for hire, with 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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9.7

Overall rating based on 39 reviews

 

97% would recommend this site to a friend.

95% would stay here again.

  89% described as Peaceful ?

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Good showers and toilets09/25/2022

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

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    Good showers and toilets

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Location and facilities09/21/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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Mrs Ness is lovely! she brought us a huge firepit …09/20/2022

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

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    Mrs Ness is lovely! she brought us a huge firepit and firelogs charging a fair price.
    Clean leveled pitches, clean bathrooms and showers. Easy to access everything.

    Thank you very much, would certainly recommend to others.

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Very easy to find. Great host. Nice peaceful farm with …09/19/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAngela W.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    Very easy to find. Great host. Nice peaceful farm with all the facilities needed. Would defo stay again

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    Nothing

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The owners were lovely, lovely location and easy to get …09/06/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomRachel S.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    The owners were lovely, lovely location and easy to get to any shops/pubs. The bathrooms and toilets were nice and clean.

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Amazing site, great hosts, clean and decent facilities.09/05/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomMartin J.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    Everything

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Second visit to this campsite, perfect for families, very clean.09/05/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomWendy A.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Bell tent
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    Quiet location, lovely setting, great facilities

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Great site, very quiet, lots of space08/31/2022

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

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    Great site, very quiet, lots of space

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Everything - this set up is fantastic08/31/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomLucie P.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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    Everything - this set up is fantastic

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Good location, ideal for local attractions and nice quiet site. …08/30/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    Good location, ideal for local attractions and nice quiet site. Very friendly helpful owners, who worked hard to keep the facilities clean.

    Disliked: 

    We visited on a BH weekend when the site was full (as you would expect) the only issue was the shower/toilet facilities which were insufficient for the number of people on the site.

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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

Dog park

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

Dogs allowed all year

Camping 2.0

Bell tents

Themes

Luxury

Peaceful

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

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

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 +0100 (GMT+01:00)   GPS 50.7242°N 2.3938°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
South Station — 3.5 kilometres
Marks and Spencer — 13.3 kilometres
Post Office — 20.5 kilometres
Train stations
Dorchester South Rail Station — 3.5 kilometres
Dorchester West Rail Station — 3.7 kilometres
Moreton (Dorset) Rail Station — 6.2 kilometres
Ferry ports
Weymouth Ferry Terminal — 13.5 kilometres
Poole Ferry Terminal — 28.3 kilometres
Poole Quay Ferry Landing — 28.9 kilometres
Airports
Bournemouth International Airport — 40.1 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

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 (0.7 kilometres)
  • The Tank Museum (11.1 kilometres)
  • Weymouth Sea Life Park and Marine Sanctuary (11.6 kilometres)

National Trust

  • Hardy's Cottage (0.6 kilometres)
  • Max Gate (2.7 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.

Policies

Permitted arrival/departure time

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

Thorncombe Farm cancellation policy

No refunds within 6 weeks of arrival date.

The site 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

A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. Thorncombe Farm will debit the balance from your card 6 weeks before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 6 weeks then the balance will be taken immediately.

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Terms and conditions

Site booking terms and conditions

  • Does Thorncombe Farm have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Thorncombe Farm dog friendly? Yes 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?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  3 p.m. –  8 p.m.
    Depart by:  10:30 a.m.
    On-site accommodation
    Arrive:  3 p.m. –  8 p.m.
    Depart by:  10:30 a.m.
    Read more

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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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