Home Farm Camping

UK England Blandford Forum

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Good walks nearby
Where wind casts a shimmer across the golden fields, Cranborune Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is a diverse landscape that has a little of everything. Ancient woodlands, chalky streams and rolling fields merge into one another, pockmarked by quaint rural settlements and old farmsteads. One such abode is Home Farm, tending the land here for years and steadily growing in fame for its award-winning shop and tearooms. But after 60 years of homegrown success they too have become as diverse as the landscape and turned the farm’s grassy meadows into a welcoming campsite for those venturing to this quiet part of Dorset.

Though Home Farm is a certified Camping and Caravanning Club site, the designated camping is relatively small, with space for just five caravans and ten tent pitches. But it's the glamping credentials of Home Farm that make it stand out from the plethora of other regional spots. In a large grassy field, bordered by trees and hedges, stand six well-furnished bell tents, carpeted and kitted out with beds, rugs and an army of pillows. These charming tents face in toward picnic benches and a wooden awning that covers a pair of barbecues, accompanied by cool boxes for keeping the beers chilled. Beyond the bell tents, tucked against the trees, are Home Farm’s two yurts “Copse” and “Glebe”. The former can accommodate up to five people while the latter is more of a romantic hideaway for two, where couples can snuggle up before the log-burning stove. The yurts are a traditional Mongolian design and sit on raised wooden decks with garden furniture outside, both sharing a kitchen area with all the utensils you require.

The sociable lay out of the bell tents makes this a popular site for group camping, exclusively hiring them out for parties and gatherings. In fact, Home Farm even offer bespoke glamping packages to make sure all your whims are provided for. Hen parties can request beauty treatments, clay pigeon shooting, craft activities or visits to the Dorset Cider Farm, while a large ‘emperor's tent’ can also be hired, perfect for communal activities. Those looking for a slightly quieter time can wander along the Jubilee Trail, a footpath that runs straight through the farm, or head down to the Home Farm Shop to relax in their award-winning tea rooms. Historic Salisbury, with its commanding cathedral, lies half an hour away. The beach resorts of Bournemouth, Poole and Sandbanks, Jurassic Coast and the New Forest are all within easy reach. Access to such attractions means there is plenty to do for the independent traveler but with so many onsite options revellers with a good party idea need only call up and ask to really make this campsite their own.

Details

Facilities

Campsite has a toilet and two showers, chemical disposal point, and fresh drinking water. Each yurt is built on raised wooden platforms. The ‘Copse’ sleeps up to 5 and the ‘Glebe’ sleeps a maximum of 3. Near the ‘Copse’ and ‘Glebe’ is a shared kitchen area, the yurters also have a private kitchen with two camping cookers, pots, pans and utensils. Yurts come with: futons, bed linen, pillows and duvets; wood burner and log basket; cool box; tea, coffee and sugar; mugs, glasses, plates and cutlery; cooking equipment for your BBQ and gas stove; fire pit; table and chairs. Bell tents can also be hired and contain much the same furnishings. Those planning a party have a wide range of onsite activities to choose, from aromatherapy to paint-balling – see website for full details.

Suitable For

Camping and Caravanning club members and non-members. Tents, campervans, glampers, well behaved dogs (except in yurts), parties and hens all welcome.

Nearby

It is a 20 minute drive to the charming town of Shaftesbury (01747 853514). Be sure to check out St Peters Church, a standing reminder of the town's former medieval magnificence when it boasted a castle, twelve churches and four market crosses. Nearby Wardour Castle (01747 870487) does still survive (just) – you might recognise it from Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves. Blandford Forum, on the banks of the River Stour, is another delightful nearby settlement, while, to the east, historic Salisbury boasts a beautiful cathedral (01722 555120) and wonderful museum (01722 332151). En route, Wilton House (01722 746714) is also worth a visit. Head to the south coast where you will find the excellent beaches of Bournemouth and Poole – a longer drive will lead you to The Jurassic Coast and its dynamic seafront.

Food & Drink

Home Farm hosts the award-winning Home Farm Shop and Tearoom (01258 830083), offering fantastic local produce, traditional farmhouse breakfasts, lunches and afternoon tea. If you're looking for a pub, though, The Langton Arms (01258 830225) is 3 miles away. A warm welcome and a lovely summer beer garden await.

Opening Times

April - September.

Location

Contact Home Farm Camping, Home Farm Shop, Tarrant Gunville, Dorset DT11 8JW

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