The award winning Dorset Hideaway is a small luxury secluded Camping, Caravanning and Glamp site, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty near to the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site Of West Dorset.
Only three miles from the main tourist route into the region, it offers unrivalled and uninterrupted views across unspoilt countryside and farmland with the highest hills in inland Dorset as a panoramic backdrop.
Guests can enjoy first class facilities in the new contemporary Award winning Amenity building. Take the digital detox and spend quality family time, playing games hired from reception or toasting marshmallows around one of our hired firepits. As we are a ‘dark skies’ site why not borrow our glow in the dark star map and do some star gazing whilst sat in front of the firepit. Relax and unwind.
The reception/shop is the centre of all things on site, small but perfectly formed. Check-in, pay deposits & pitch fees. Buy local produce ,place an order for daily bread/croissants, freeze ice packs, buy a cold drink, ice lolly or ice cream, report a problem, ask a daft question, hire a fire pit, buy some logs, hire a DVD, board game or large outdoor game or ‘borrow’ something you’ve forgotten! It’s also houses the information room where you can find out where to go, what to do & see; look at maps & leaflets, exchange a book, or use the FREE basic, non-fibre Wifi (only available here, not on each pitch). It is fine for searching out tourist information, checking emails – it won’t stream music, movies or videos. It is NOT fibre-optic as the infrastructure is not in place in our beautiful rural location & we have no control over this. So social media access will be limited to text. If you are coming for peace, relaxation and quality time together then this is the place to come where a digital detox is totally possible. 3 or 4G are available to some networks on site. Many of guests have asked us not to install wifi to each pitch as it is lovely having the family back
and all in one room together!
Just opposite is the site recycling facility where everything has a home & the big/broken stuff is at yours.
This is the place where everything gets cleaned, from the pots and pans, people and plates to the laundry & loo. Sockets are available for using your own Hairdryers/Straighteners etc The basins have soap and hand dryers. The Laundry is available from 9am – 7pm to maintain the peace on site. The block has underfloor heating & solar thermal water heating to help to do our bit for our beautiful planet. Water is softened.There is also a disabled wetroom & baby change facility. All areas have speakers with music playing quietly in the background.
Fresh drinking water & grey water waste are located just in front of the building and the chemical toilet waste disposal is in it’s own room marked on the front of the building complete with basin & soap to help make the not so nice tasks and bit nicer!
Disabled access and facilities
For our Access Statement please click here
This is the onsite Spa facility, where you can book from amongst relaxing heated spa pedicures, manicures, & facials…to alternative therapy massages, reflexology and hot stone massages, whilst gazing at the amazing views, watching the birds and sipping a healthy fruit juice, hot herbal infused tea or ice cool mineral water. then why not top it off by hiring the hot tub for an hour (May – Sept only) & sit back with a glass of bubbly and watch the world go by. Perhaps the hammock is more your thing where you kick back, grab a read & fall fast asleep, looking up at the tree canopy above or star gazing. Group pamper sessions can be catered for, hen parties, birthdays or special occasions, just get in touch and we’ll help you put together a package with bubbly and nibbles.
Vouchers are available to purchase.
Be assured this area is for adults only and no children are allowed.
Coming 2017 Glass fronted barrel Sauna – hot room with a view!
The Grub Pub
This will be an on site communal area complete with seasonal bar & al fresco dining nights and can also be used for family functions/occasions or group/club activities. We intend to have seasonal gatherings/functions such as cheese and wine tasting nights, informal talks (eg: local fossil experts), family sports nights, quizzes & bingo, local music, hog roasts & BBQs.
Indoor games room – complete with coin operated table football game & pool table, table tennis table & darts. Straw bale seating and projector screen. Hire cues, bats, balls etc from reception
Please check out our gallery page for site pictures
In total 59 spacious & mostly level pitches – 7 of which are fully serviced hard-standing pitches. All pitches have electrical hook up. All pitches have an area of grass on them – some more than others.
All pitches are divided from each other by either hedging or fencing EXCEPT the all grass tent pitches, all with the same outstanding views and tranquility. Suitable for tents, caravans, small RVs & 5th wheelers, motorhomes up to 9m, campervans, trailer tents and anything else in between. Hire a fire pit and buy some logs & marshmallows from the shop & then sit back and gaze as the sun sets and the starry skies appear before your eyes. We are an award winning ‘dark skies’ site and as such we have low level limited lighting so as not to intrude into the outstanding natural beauty of the environment, please do bring a suitable torch and appropriate footwear.
There is a small, fenced and unsupervised Under 10s play area. There is a ball games area for over 10s – basketball hoop, football goals, badminton net and then they can also use the games room in the barn where there is a pool table, table football game and table tennis – charges apply (hire everything from reception) and this area is under CCTV. The boules/petanque area is also by the barn.
Hire one of our 5m bell tents, ideal for couples or families with young children (maximum occupancy 2 adults and 2 children). Complete with timber deck base to raise the tent off the floor to help keep the tent floor clean and dry. Then easy clean vinyl flooring inside the tent with bespoke domestic bed, memory foam mattress, duvet and pillows, bedside table and lamp. Linen is a chargeable extra and can be ordered at the time of booking. Outside table and chairs. Gas BBQ and tools & cool box with ice packs. In late 2017 there will be a covered indoor camp kitchen/diner
with individual cupboards for cookware, crockery, gas hobs & fridges & communal bench seating with tables. The deluxe units are larger, have log burners (logs on arrival more can be purchased on site) and their own fully insulated, individual, lockable en-suites nearby with flushing WCs and gas hot shower. Full of everything to help make an easy, comfortable and amazing glamping experience. We can even provide hampers and champers, or tailor individual Spa packages – just call for details. Why not hire a chicken for your stay and wake up to collect your very own fresh eggs just outside your tent! The feathery girlies will need daily water and food so some time and care are necessary but nothing too taxing in return for bright yellow yolked eggs fresh freshly laid for you. Car parking is nearby but not next to the unit to help maintain peace and quiet for all. No car noise or people in close proximity – space to just BE…
STORAGE: We offer a store and stay facility, where you store your caravan with us in our secure storage area and stay on site for a minimum of 21 days in your storage contract period. The storage area is well lit, has all services, is insured, alarmed & has CCTV. Only our staff have access to this area to comply with our insurance terms. A tow on/tow off facility is then offered to take your caravan to and from your pre-booked pitch for you. Leave the hustle and tussle behind & arrive fresh, relaxed and knowing your caravan will be all set up for you, on your pre-booked pitch. Making it ideal for more short breaks as you can get just get on your way to site quickly without worrying about packing and towing. A lot of our clients say that once they inform their insurance company that they are no longer towing their premiums drop significantly – often the difference helps pay a lot of the storage fee, another saving. Then it’s just budget for pitch and tow on/off fees for each stay on site.
We also offer 6 spacious hard standing pitches that are just for seasonal occupation only. From 31/3 to 31/10 each year they offer great value for money over individually booked pitch fees and the ultimate in flexibility as there is no need to pre-book your pitch our notify us of your intended arrival or departure leaving you more freedom and time to visit and enjoy the surroundings, especially for those last minute breaks or changes in the weather!
Fish in our well stocked leisure pond, watch out for the damsel & dragon flies, a swooping swallow or a kingfisher; join an art or crafts course; use the spa; take a circular walk direct from the campsite with pubs en route! Go metal detecting with Mike, or take a tractor and trailor ride around our 80 acres of farmland (small charge applies).
Family sports nights (football etc).
Weekly fish & chip van, wood fired pizza nights; pre-ordered Chinese & Indian nights.
Book onto one of our fossil talks in the barn. Feed the chickens & collect the eggs. Listen to the owls, cuckoos & buzzards. Rise early to see the
Muntjac, boxing hares, otter & deer.
The phones are answered from 9am to 7pm, messages can be left outside these hours or drop us a line.
For emergencies please only use the mobile number.
We hope our website contains all the information you need for your holiday but please do contact us if there is something missing or you would like to know more, the only silly question is the one not asked!