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Holyrood Farm Campsite

9.4

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General

  • Wild camping half a mile from Shaftesbury
  • Spectacular views over the Blackmore Vale
  • Campfires allowed: buy sausages and farm food from the team

The views from this Shaftesbury site, they are stunning.

As is the setting: small and secluded Holyrood Farm Campsite is in Dorset countryside overlooking the Blackmore Vale, within easy walking distance of the pubs and shops of Shaftesbury. It's close to several good footpaths for walking too – or you could take things up a notch with a stagger up Shaftesbury's Gold Hill, the famously steep cobbled street used several times as a set for the big and small screen…?

Those spectacular vale views are from Holyrood's working farm, with sheep and cattle (standard) and alpacas (less so).The vibe is wild camping, but there are showers available all season.

Campfires – of course – are allowed, to sizzle up the sausages and other farm food sold by Jason and his team: other food (and beery?) bits can be sorted 10 minutes' walk away at the supermarkets and independent shops of Shaftesbury.

There are flushing toilets on site, a washing-up area and good access in and out. On-site checking in is a laidback affair: just turn up, choose your spot and the site owner will be round to check you in throughout the day. There are firepits for rent and wood for sale if required.


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9.4

Overall rating based on 81 reviews

 

98% would recommend this park to a friend.

98% would stay here again.

  75% described as Peaceful ?

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Pretty basic campsite but great place for a holiday.09/03/2019

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

  • Primitive grass tent or trailer tent site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Lovely views, everyone friendly. Lovely fire pits and nearby village. Only an hour drive to the coast.

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Overall a lovely site.09/02/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomSimon R.Confirmed

  • Primitive grass tent or trailer tent site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Lots of space. Great views. Friendly ambience. Welcoming owner. Quiet at night.

    Disliked: 

    Dogs running loose. Only one water tap, wouldn't have been a problem if some campers hadn't hogged it for doing their washing up!

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Love this campsite. This was a return visit as we ...09/02/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousConfirmed

  • Primitive grass tent or trailer tent site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Love this campsite. This was a return visit as we had so much fun the first time. THe owner who is very friendly remembered us from the previous visit which was impressive and he is very welcoming.

    The facilities are simple but they are clean and work which is all that's needed, and impressive considering you are in a field.

    There is such a relaxed atmosphere, the children could play, pick blackberries and do all the things children should in the outdoors without electrical items to distract them.

    Campfires are allowed and that is a massive thumbs up and being very rustic we enjoyed cooking on it, plus the marshmellows afterwards each night where a highlight for the kids.

    Furthermore it's very dog friendly. Looking forward to booking again for our visit next year and making it an annual visit.

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Very good campsite with brilliant views of Shaftsbury, clean facilities. ...09/02/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousConfirmed

  • Primitive grass tent or trailer tent site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Very good campsite with brilliant views of Shaftsbury, clean facilities. Helpful owner. Short walk to Shaftsbury, albeit uphill! Highly recommend.

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Overall a good camp site, can certainly rrecomend09/01/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomRobert C.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Primitive grass tent or trailer tent site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Clean, well location, pleasant area

    Disliked: 

    Showers, too hot!

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Whats not to like stunning views friendly helpful Jason quiet ...08/31/2019

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

  • Primitive grass tent or trailer tent site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Whats not to like stunning views friendly helpful Jason quiet peaceful site with clean showers and toilets. The best sausages daily . Great for star gazing.

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Value for money. Very clean if basic toilets and showers .08/31/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Primitive grass tent or trailer tent site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The quiet and peaceful surroundings Only ever a few tents. Shower very hot. Jason was very friendly. We had a lovely time despite weather.

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    Nothing.

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Lovely wild camping site, brilliant views, friendly and helpful owner. ...08/28/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomYvonne P.Confirmed

  • Primitive grass tent or trailer tent site
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    Lovely wild camping site, brilliant views, friendly and helpful owner. Would definitely recommend and go again. Facilities very basic but adequate.

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Absolute bliss, location was perfect in a small town.08/28/2019

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

  • Primitive grass tent or trailer tent site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    The views

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All good Jason was very nice and helpful08/27/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Primitive grass tent or trailer tent site
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    We liked camping in the field with no electricity

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    Nothing

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Features

Rules

Barbecue grills allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Convenience store nearby

Leisure on park

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Playground

Recreation room/arcade

Takeout

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Hikers’ paradise

Peaceful

Spectacular scenery

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Amenities on park

Bath available

Drying room

Free wifi

Grocery store

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Laundromat

Parent & baby washroom

Payphone

Pick-up from public transport

Restrooms

Shower available

Washing-up area

Wheelchair access

Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Dump station

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby leisure

Cycling nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Outdoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

Tennis nearby

Type

Farm

Medium (26-50 sites)

Touring and motorhomes

Seasonal sites

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Scouts welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Location

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  • Gascoignes Lane, St James, Shaftesbury, Dorset, England, SP7 0NA
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 50.9964°N 2.1957°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Shaftesbury Coach Stop — 0.7 miles
Henstridge (Somerset): Virginia Ash Coach Stop — 8.9 miles
Wincanton: Memorial Hall Coach Stop — 10.1 miles
Train stations
Gillingham (Dorset) Rail Station — 4.2 miles
Tisbury Rail Station — 6.8 miles
Templecombe Rail Station — 9.7 miles
Ferry ports
Poole Quay Ferry Landing — 21.7 miles
Poole Ferry Terminal — 21.8 miles
Brownsea Island Ferry Landing — 23.7 miles
Airports
Bournemouth International Airport — 21.9 miles

Directions


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Local attractions

If you're a UK sort of a certain age and can remember the famed ad for Hovis bread, nearby Gold Hill is where it was filmed – and did you know, big screen buffs, that the ad was directed by one Ridley Scott? The hill is five minutes' drive from Holyrood Farm Campsite, so totter up it for yourself when you get there; careering down afterwards on a bicycle very much recommended too.

Your tired legs should also make an in-town effort to see Shaftesbury's two museums, one beside the ruins of Shaftesbury Abbey and telling its tale, and the other back at the top of Gold Hill, telling the history of Shaftesbury via many artefacts from its surrounds. (Best to have a look at this latter on your first climb, to save having to trek back up.)

Day trips are within easy driving distance away from Shaftesbury: try the gardens at Stourhead House and Kingston Lacy 20 and 40 minutes away; the Fleet Air Arm Museum, telling the heady story of British aviation, half an hour away, and Dorchester about 50 minutes away.

Other good day trip options are Longleat Safari and Adventure Park 30 minutes away; the small peninsula of golden sand at Sandbanks 45 minutes away, and the town of Bournemouth, about an hour from the farm. Or stay close to the site if you're around at the end of August, and use it as a peaceful base to come back to after days at the Great Dorset Steam Fair.

Must see

  • Stourhead House and Garden (9.4 miles)
  • Longleat (13.6 miles)
  • Kingston Lacy House and Gardens (14.5 miles)

National Trust

  • Stourhead (9.3 miles)
  • Philipps House and Dinton Park (10.9 miles)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

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Terms and conditions

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

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

Dogs
Dogs must be kept on leashes and supervised at all times.
Guide dogs are allowed on site free of charge.
The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act.
Your dog must be tattooed or microchipped.

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

General
Bookings are nominative and non-transferable.
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.
Quiet hours must be respected between 11 p.m. and 7:30 a.m..

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

Vehicles
No vehicle movement between 11 p.m. and 7:30 a.m..

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

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