CORONAVIRUS POLICY: We want you to enjoy our peaceful, rural location and relax. We have implemented a wide range of measures for your safety, and hopefully in doing so, providing you with peace of mind leading up to and during your stay with us.
Our postcode is DT6 6RW, this is only geographic and will NOT bring you directly to The Dorset Hideaway. You will need to either
Use the map grid reference number: SY 39823 97842 or enter the longitude and latitude points into your satnav: 777016, -2.8548574 or print off the directions from the Contact/find us page of this website and follow these instructions once nearby.
We are only 3 miles from the main A35 road into the region.
Please go to Reception in the Hub building at the entrance to the site, here you will be asked to confirm your name, address, booking details and any booking anomalies, (things that might have changed, extra people etc.) Tea & coffee are available.
You will be given a welcome pack with site rules, WiFi code, shop/reception opening times, a site plan, spa price list, ideas for what to do and where to go and things that may be on, important telephone numbers and when the food vans are on site. (It is a good idea to keep this handy in your unit to refer to from time to time.) You will then be shown to your pitch.
The shower and toilet block are open from May 17th
Before May 17th there will be access to toilets only – on a reduced capacity with one in one out.
If possible and within guidelines and staffing limits we will try to run a diary appointment system for showering between the dates April 25th – May 17th – please call to check before booking if this is vital for your stay.
Dishwash and laundry facilities are open on one in one out.
Chemical toilet emptying room is open 24/7.
Play barn and petting remain closed.
There will be no access to shared fridge and freezer.
The Play area is now closed until Spring 2022.
Take away will be available Friday & Saturday nights only in high season & by pre-order only.
If you wish to have a supermarket delivery arranged to come to site please call to arrange with us in advance of your stay as we have an area off site reserved for this purpose so as not to disturb other guests and limit the number people entering site.
Unfortunately due to the small size of the campsite we have to limit the number of large group bookings so they are kept to a minimum as they tend to disturb the overall ambience of peace and quiet on site. That said we do however allow family groups to pitch together but please do call and make these bookings direct with us. All group bookings carry a £100 security deposit.
There are currently 108 EHU pitches made up of a mix of fully serviced, mixed and grass EHU. There are 6 luxury glamping pitches. They are spread out over 2 acres of open farmland and there is a further 4 acres of open space around the site. There are 78 seasonal pitches on site.
You can arrive anytime from 2pm onwards up to 6pm with a manned reception/shop (Hub building). If you arrive between6pm & 8.30pm, reception will be closed, so you will need to text an ETA to this mobile 07825 958822 and you will be briefly shown to your pitch. To cover out of hours staff costs we charge £5 for arrives between 6pm – 8.30pm. For full site information please call into reception the next morning. Strictly no arrivals after 8.30pm. The main entrance vehicle and pedestrian access gates are alarmed after midnight. Please arrange your day accordingly.
We DO NOT allow open uncontained fires anywhere on site, no fires direct on the ground or in holes.
We DO allow you to hire one of our insurance approved fire pits for use on site. We CANNOT and do NOT allow the use of your own fire pits on site, your understanding is appreciated. Please do NOT bring these with you so as avoid disappointment. The safety of everyone on site is paramount to us.
There is a large fenced of lead dog exercise area on site.
We also have a dog wash / drying room on site.
Dogs can also be taken along the public bridlepaths that cross the site but must be on a lead at all times and we have 50 acres of our own traffic free farmland you can enjoy. When within the site fence boundary or in the wider open spaces dogs must be on a SHORT lead at ALL times and all fouling cleared up IMMEDIATELY. Dogs are NOT allowed in the play areas or in the Grub Pub Barn Dogs are NOT ALLOWED to be left alone in units. Dogs are NOT ALLOWED around the Amenity building, overflow shower block or Camp Kitchen areas.
The bandwith and speed available are what BT offer currently as a service to this area. We have no other option available to us at the present time.
It is suitable for general web browsing and collecting and sending email, but not for video streaming, gaming or downloading large documents or images. It will just freeze if you attempt this.
It will slow down as the number of people using it increases.
It is only available in the information room currently and not directly on each pitch – but is FREE to use.
Customers used to high speed broadband are often not aware that the national infrastructure is not fully inclusive, leaving many rural areas either not connected, or provided with a virtually useless service. For this we apologise in advance but currently our hands are tied.
We are aware of the importance of internet access to our customers and are looking into providing satellite internet in the near future.
Whilst we wait for the digital revolution to arrive in our beautiful corner of Dorset, we trust you find the service we are able to provide suitable for your holiday & basic day to day needs.
After a risk assessment and under our insurance cover currently – bicycles & scooters are not allowed on site around the pitches or buildings. You can cycle freely along the lanes and bridle paths surrounding the site.
There is a dedicated ball play area in the centre of the big grass field – as ball games are not allowed on site or around the pitches
There is a dedicated under 12s adventure play area – both of these are unsupervised
NO kites are allowed on site due to overhead power cables – should you wish to fly a kite please contact us first as we can show you a safe area to fly!
NO children are allowed into the Scrub (shower block) building unsupervised.
There is an open unfenced fishing pond in the field next to the campsite but the campsite does have it’s own fenced boundary, but you should be responsible for your own children at all times, especially beyond this area.
We welcome families that wish to enjoy the beautiful surrounding countryside and bridle paths, sit round a firepit and stargaze but also respect our property and that of others on site. We will not tolerate unruly or rude behaviour and you may be asked to leave the site with no refund.
You will need an electric hook up lead that looks like the 1 below (not a domestic 3 pin extension lead!!), available to buy in reception shop.
The longer the better so you have more choice of space to pitch on away from the hookup bollard.
You just lift the flap on our bollard and push the blue (non flapped end) into the socket – there is a nib (as you can see in the picture below) that sticks out on the socket to help you guide it into the socket.
Waste water is taken from the caravan/motorhome drain outlet on the outside of the van via a hose that looks like this – you will need at least 8m to ensure you can reach the drain regardless of which side the outlet is on your van .
You may need a Y piece if you have more than one outlet – like the picture below right.
NO unfortunately no bikes/scooters/trikes are allowed to be ridden around the site roads due to the small nature of the site and its access roads our risk assessment suggested it would be safer not to allow them.
We are within 4 miles of the South West coast path
We are within ¼ mile of the Jubilee Trail and Monarch’s Way
We are 4 miles from the Wessex Ridgeway trail
There are numerous bridle paths around the area and two directly from site
There are printed circular walks sheets available from reception at a cost of £1 * See on site activities page for circular walks pdfs.
There are also Treasure Trails – look them up if you are not familiar – there are several different types and we have two that start directly from our site – approximately £5 each – keep the little ones entertained on a circular walk.
Our nearest pub is 1 mile away – The Shave Cross Inn – they are not always open every day so please check their website listing for more information. Dogs allowed in bar. Oldest skittle alley, pool table & jukebox, lots of history, pretty thatched pub and beer garden, Carribean a la carte menu and bar menu.
The Five Bells Inn is our village pub in Whitchurch Canonicorum – about 3 miles walk along the lanes – please see their website for events, local ales and food menu – good simple fayre with a nice welcome and dogs allowed in bar, pool table & skittle alley. Events from time to time.
In Bridport you will find Morrisons, Lidl, Coop and Waitrose – approx. 6 miles away
There is a small Nisa/Spar type supermarket in Charmouth 3 miles away – stays open late
Tesco is either in Axminster or Chard (24 hour)
We do NOT allow supermarket deliveries on site – we are too small for lorries and we want to try to encourage people to buy locally and keep the food miles down. Why not give the supermarket giants a miss while on holiday and sample some of our local delights – some of which are stocked in our on site shop.
Charmouth is the nearest beach approx. 3 miles from the site; it is possible to walk from the site, following the river down to the sea along the marked bridle paths (may be difficult with a buggy but fine on foot) – this route is totally off road and peaceful and safe. Charmouth has a ‘Jurassic Coast – visitor centre’ – please visit here first for some very important safety advice on access to the beach and cliffs and also for some wonderful information about the history of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site
Access to Reception/Shop is by a ramped walkway with hand rail. The door opens inwards and the reception is on one level. The tourist information is located next to the reception area, along the same ramp.
The floor surface is non slip vinyl.
There is ample space for a large wheelchair to manoeuvre and turn.
Unfortunately at this time we do not have a low counter – height currently at lowest point is 900mm.
There is a fridge in Reception/Shop where medication can be stored.
Staff in the Reception/Shop can provide assistance if required.
The access to these areas are via a step to each door.
The doors opens inwards and tall the floors are tiled and level
There are two toilet cubicles, one door open inwards and one outwards and with grab rails and a basin/vanity/privacy cubicle in both the ladies and gents.
There are two hand wash basins and hand dryers in the gents and three hand wash basins in the ladies.
The access is via sloped rough tarmac paths/road. The road and paths surface is of loose gravel and asphalt and can be difficult to manoeuvre a wheelchair in areas. The grassy areas are of the agricultural coarse type which grows very quickly in warm wet weather when these areas are difficult to mow. Due to their wet & heavy topsoil and long grass these areas are not suitable for wheelchair users.
The showers are accessed beyond the toilets on same level tiled floor, there are no steps inside showers.
There is also a dedicated disabled wash room at the far right end of the Scrub building, complete with wet room, disabled wc and basin and all associated grab rails and drop down bars, access to this is via a smooth ramp and the door opens outwards and is 1000mm wide. (There is a freestanding baby change unit). There is a sharps yellow bin in here too.
There are sockets provided for use with your own hairdryers & hair appliances.
Two members of our staff have completed a Welcome All course in accessibility and awareness and would be happy to help on arrival and for duration of stay. One member of staff is first aid trained
There is a 5 mph speed limit throughout the site.
Site plans and Information are available at reception and on the website.
The site is set on level and sloping ground the steepest gradients being on the grass non electric tent area in the centre of the site.
The Site has several bridle paths either on or nearby the site, neither are suitable for wheelchairs.
Assistance dogs are welcome on the park and we have an off the lead dog exercise area on the opposite side of the lane to the campsite entrance, access is via a rough tarmac ramp and bins, bags & scoop are readily available.
Our signing throughout the park is in clear large print.
The Park has limited mobile phone signal with certain networks – Vodafone being the best.
There is no nearby public transport. (A pick up service can be provided at a supplementary charge)
The owners live opposite the site and can be contacted in an emergency- but there is also a seasonal (Mar-Oct) on site warden.
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