Haddon Copse Farm

UK England South West England Dorset Blandford Forum

  • Campfires allowed
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
  • Beaches
  • Walking
Simple camping and glamping in an unspoilt location with glorious views of the Dorset Downs

They say “less is more” – a good philosophy, we think, when it comes to camping. Nowhere does this ring truer than Haddon Copse Farm, a 30 acre organic farm where looking after the landscape is second nature and camping meadows feel as at home in the scenery as the grazing fields that surround them.

Life here is about the simple pleasures. Off the beaten track, with dark skies at night and excellent views of the Blackmore Vale by day, the most discerning feature here is the relaxed atmosphere and the plentiful space the farm provides. Large pitches are placed around the edge of a vehicle-free field, populated in the middle by children throwing a frisbee and acquiring more than few grass stains – a souvenir of time spent truly enjoying the countryside. Each pitch has a fire-pit, while kindling, charcoal and logs can be bought from the farm at a very reasonable price.

The newest addition to the site is the Retreat Hut – a cosy cabin for couples with comfy double bed and outdoor campers kitchen, plus lots of lovely extras like fresh towels, organic cotton bedding, complimentary breakfast for your first morning, and, of course, that all important firepit.

The owner’s attitude, too, is exactly what you would hope for. “Settle yourselves in and we will come and see you at some point”, is the opening gambit of Tom, who has to spread time between running the farm and the campsite. A herd of cattle is ushered into new pastures and a morning check of the lambs is all carried out while campers are still yet to unzip the tent flaps. When they do, the reward is freshly baked bread and the chance to buy the fruits of all this labour; award-winning organic meats and eggs from the freely roaming chickens.

Ablutions here are eco-friendly. A stroll through the newly-planted orchard, leads to the to toilets and the wet-room style solar-powered showers. While there are also washing-up sinks and a freezer for ice-packs, the site is refreshingly underdeveloped. Just the way it seems it should be here. The place is blissfully unspoilt and activities like exploring local footpaths or cooking atop the campfire provide wonderfully authentic camping entertainment.

Beyond the wooden farm gates, continue the back to nature experience by swimming in the nearby River Stour, one of the best wild swimming rivers in the country. Its meandering course through the Blackmore Vale, classic Dorset dairy country, makes for various good walking routes, while historic spots like Hambledon Hill are perfect for a summer stroll and countryside picnic. As at the campsite, it's best to let the setting do the work. Walks, swims, picnics, they all allow you to explore Dorset’s wonderful countryside and, in between, the cosy, picture-perfect rural settlements aren’t half bad either.

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Facilities

Each pitch has its own fire pit and are well spaced around the perimeter of a vehicle-free field. A short walk through the orchard, brings campers to loos and solar-powered showers in two wet-rooms behind one of the barns. There is also a washing up area, bins and recycling, logs and local charcoal for sale (all lit by fairy lights at night!). A freezer for ice-packs is provided. Four bell tents are available to hire. Each has mattresses for four and the excellent addition of a tripod and grill for cooking over the fire.

Suitable For

Campers, glampers – yes. Caravans, campervans, motorhomes, dogs, noisy groups – no.

Nearby

On the doorstep, walking options allow you to discover a little more of the farm, following footpaths through the surrounding cow fields, sometimes accompanied by pigs and sheep. A short drive into the Dorset Downs provides further routes. Walk in the footsteps of Thomas Hardy and his characters or swim at various points along the River Stour, renowned for its clear, appealing waters. The Iron Age fort Hambledon Hill (01297 489481), is a few miles away with a steep 20 minute climb to the top. The slopes are trodden in interesting history but today it's a peaceful place, home to a nature reserve preserving the Adonis blue butterfly that flourishes on the chalkland downs. Sturminster Newton has a good collection of pubs and shops but travelling a little further to spots like Sherbourne and Shaftesbury is an excellent choice.

Food & Drink

The farm produces award-winning organic meat under a separate brand name, 'Angel Cottage Organics', which is available onsite during the camping season, along with their free range eggs. Order the night before and they'll be delivered to your tent along with local organic milk, freshly baked bread and organic butter. With advanced notice you can also ask for sausages, chicken, lamb and pork from the freezer. For a good pub, try The Green Man (01258 920022; 2½ miles) or The Ibberton (01258 817956; 4 miles).

Opening Times

Mid July – early September.

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The Owner Says

We run a small, quiet site where you can enjoy the peace and beauty of the Dorset countryside away from the hurly-burly of everyday life. We hope you'll begin to switch off the moment you arrive whether you are pitching your own tent or settling into one of our three bell tents. That applies to your phone too - there's no electricity, no wifi and patchy mobile reception and we think those are all good things! Instead, you can relax and enjoy some of life's simple pleasures - take in the view, stroll round our farm walk, light a fire, watch the stars. The site has a relaxed atmosphere and with just seven pitches, never feels crowded or full. All the pitches are well spaced out and it's just a short stroll through the orchard to our two private shower rooms/loos. We hope you'll find the personal touches such as advise on where to walk or swim, warm bread delivered to your tent in the morning or help choosing some of the food we produce on the farm for your barbeque will all combine to ensure that a stay at Haddon Copse Farm leaves you feeling refreshed and full of the good things in life!

Accommodation

Three grass tent pitches (no hook-ups), four 5m bell tents for hire, plus a glamping cabin for couples.

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Location

Contact Haddon Copse Farm, Haddon Copse Farm, Woodrow, Fifehead Neville, Dorset DT10 2AQ

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Getting There

Haddon Copse Farm is situated on the Sturminster Newton to Hazelbury Bryan road – do not take the fingerpost turning to Fifehead Neville but continue for 150 yards and you will see their wooden farm sign. At the top of the track, on the left, there is a car-parking area. Park here and use one of the barrows to take your belongings to one of the seven pitches marked in the field. No vehicles on the campsite field. Settle yourselves in and the owners will come and see you at some point.

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