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- Peaceful, basic pitches in a tree-lined paddock with rural views
- 15 minutes' drive from the beach and attractions of Weymouth
- Country pubs and farm shop within a five-minute drive
A secluded spot, with scenic surrounds and a short hop from the gorgeous Dorset coast – what a fab little rural retreat is Friar Waddon House, in the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty 15 minutes’ drive from the seaside resort of Weymouth. Gorgeous green views all around give the place a decidedly peaceful vibe, but you’re only five minutes’ drive away from pubs and a farm shop, and 10 minutes from a train station and supermarket.
This is a laidback kind of place that welcomes dogs and has plenty of space for running about and playing games, setting up barbecues for dinners or trying your hand at campfire construction. A shared toilet block is a short stroll away; sensible types might wish to bring a torch for this jaunt as it can get pretty dark by night. It's also worth noting there are no showers on site.
As you'll note from the map pointer, this is a most handy spot for Dorset adventuring: it's a 15-minute drive from both Weymouth and Dorchester, and just a little further from the fossil-packed Jurassic Coast, so there should be plenty to keep you entertained whether you favour countryside or coast (or, ideally, a bit of both…)
Open from 08/21/2020 to 11/15/2020
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Great chilled campsite for a few nights away , highly recommend .
Beautiful quiet surroundings. Very friendly welcome. Good but basic facilities. …
Host was very friendly and helpful
Lovely site, great hospitality.
Excellent site with clean facilities, friendly staff and flat pitches
Friendly, clean, tidy small site in Dorset countryside - near the sea
Lovely little field, stunning location. Everything needed.
Check-in: self check-in (unattended)
Hand sanitising stations
Shared spaces: daily deep cleaning
Shared spaces: more frequent cleaning
Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Car parking by pitch/unit
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Gas cylinders available
No drinkable water point
No hot water
No running water
Small (11-25 pitches)
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Leisure/theme park nearby
Mountain biking nearby
- Coach stations
Dorchester: South Rail Station Coach Stop
— 4.1 miles
4.1 miles Weymouth: Town Centre Coach Stops — 4.7 miles
4.7 miles Bridport: Coach Park West Street — 11.9 miles
- Train stations
Upwey Rail Station
— 2.5 miles
2.5 miles Dorchester West Rail Station — 4.0 miles
4.0 miles Dorchester South Rail Station — 4.1 miles
- Ferry ports
Weymouth Ferry Terminal
— 5.1 miles
5.1 miles Poole Ferry Terminal — 22.8 miles
22.8 miles Poole Quay Ferry Landing — 23.2 miles
Bournemouth International Airport
— 30.6 miles
Country days and coast days are equally easy from here – and equally fab. Walking and cycle trails are pretty much right outside the site, and there are plenty more routes around the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. If you like to see big stuff, take a wander to see the Cerne Abbas Giant, 25 minutes’ drive away (a lengthy lad indeed at 55 metres from top to toe) or make for Maiden Castle, 20 minutes away (one of Europe’s largest Iron Age hillforts, the size of 50 football pitches).
For something more genteel, head east for 25 minutes or so to get to Sculpture By The Lakes and 15th-century Athelhampton House or follow the Thomas Hardy trail around Dorchester (15 minutes) and out to Higher Bockhampton.
A trip down to the coast is a cinch too – take your pick from the sandy beach, aquarium and traditional seaside fun in Weymouth (15 minutes), the sweeping 18-mile Chesil Beach (20 minutes) and the fossil-hunter’s fave Osmington (20 minutes). The sea-view subtropical gardens, swannery and kids’ farm at Abbotsbury (10 minutes) are certainly worth a stop too.
- Abbotsbury Swannery (4.1 miles)
- Weymouth Sea Life Park and Marine Sanctuary (4.2 miles)
- Radipole Lake Nature Reserve (4.4 miles)
- Max Gate (4.6 miles)
- Hardy's Cottage (6.6 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
Permitted arrival/departure time
|Camping and touring|
|Arrive:||noon –||8 p.m.|
|Depart by:||11 a.m.|
Friar Waddon House cancellation policy
No refunds within 1 week of arrival date.
Bookings cannot be amended within 3 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.
Deposit transferable during COVID-19. Friar Waddon House 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. During COVID-19 you can transfer your deposit to a future stay booked within 3 months of your arrival date. Read more.
You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.
Payment methods accepted on the parkBank transfer
Terms and conditionsSite booking terms and conditions
- Does Friar Waddon House have a swimming pool? No View all features
- Is Friar Waddon House dog friendly? Yes View all features
- What attractions are near Friar Waddon House? Country days and coast days are equally easy from here – and equally fab. Walking and cycle trails are pretty much right outside the site, and there are plenty more routes around … Read more
When can I check in and check out of Friar Waddon House?
Camping and touring Arrive: noon – 8 p.m. Depart by: 11 a.m.