Welcome to the Dorset Hideaway Glamping site where the clue is in the name.
We are tucked away in a rural part of the Dorset countryside and located within an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty and as such you will be treated to panoramic views of the surrounding hillsides and uninterrupted views across open farmland with no main roads or associated traffic noise in the vicinity. It truly is a tranquil and relaxing site, where you can get back to nature and be as one. It is perfectly fine to just sit and do nothing but gaze at the views or star gaze by night sitting by an open fire pit toasting marshmallows or taking a dip in our on site hot tub with a bottle of bubbly to share. If this is ticking the boxes for you then please do come and visit we would love to show you around our site and tell you what there is to do and see, you could return many times and not experience it all so a return visit is always a good idea.
We are within a stones throw of the World Heritage Site of the Jurassic Coast where you can see many geological formations and go fossil hunting, the visitor centre at Charmouth beach is a good place to start and for a rainy day Seaton Jurassic is good. We are near the Broadchurch filming location of West Bay and the name was made up of our village name Whitchurch and our next village Broadoak. We are within a short drive of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s original River Cottage, the canteen in Axminster (no booking needed just turn up) and his cookery school and farm in Combpyne. In Lyme Regis a short drive away you will find Mark Hix restaurant perched up on the hill with fabulous sea views and food to match (book early). If you were lucky enough to watch Julia Bradbury’s walks with a view you would have seen the Jurassic coast one which starts just a few miles from site at Symondsbury, where you can pick up a packed lunch on the way. There are several circular walks direct from the site so no need to get in the car once you have arrived and we have personally designed them and walked them and include photos at every point so no stressing about getting lost or time spent planning leaving more time for fun and relaxation. All are dog friendly but please do remember to keep your dog under close control around livestock and pick up after them!
A short drive up to Pilsdon Pen an ancient iron age hill fort where you can climb the last few feet by foot to arrive at a plateau with superb all round views on a sunny dry day form where you can see from the Brecon Beacons and the Somerset levels to your rear and the fantastic curve of Chesil beach and Portland in the distance to the front. We are within a short distance of several National Trust properties and woodland for some more discoveries.
After all that exercise and running around why not come back for the ultimate decadence and have your aches and pains massaged & soothed away and then soak for an hour in the the hot tub without ever having to leave the site. (pre-book to avoid disappointment – check out our Spa page for list of full treatments on offer). Then if you’ve been really organised you’ve pre-ordered a hamper & a fire-pit so you can fire up the BBQ and your inner caveman and get cooking some local food al fresco and afterwards sit warm & cozy in front of one our fire pits with some marshmallows, a star map ,some blankets and just gaze at the night sky totally at one with nature.
Now these certainly have the wow factor!
They are very individual and are definitely not ordinary. They are a new and alternative way of experiencing the outdoors. So why not book one of our Geodesic Domes with panoramic front window, en suite separate shower room & WC and covered kitchenette.
The mantra being ‘thou shalt not rough it’! It has everything you could ever ask from a Luxurious Glamping experience. Glamping being the phrase coined from combining Glamorous and Camping. They are individual and spaced out for exclusivity and privacy. From a 10m diameter round dome on a raised timber deck with partition walls inside to separate the kids bunk beds from the parents, to a seating area with coffee table and panoramic floor to ceiling window to gaze out at the fabulous views regardless of the weather, you will never lack a view as in a traditional tent.
Space to just be.. yet all off grid and with absolutely no environmental impact so you are staying knowing you are not impacting the natural space you are inhabiting for the time you are here and leaving only footprints. The true green staycation.
You can leave the curtains open and star gaze both in comfort and cozy warmth as this is not just a seasonal Dome it can used be all year round due to the insulated inner lining (as used by Nasa) and a domestic sized log burner & flue. Rest assured the log burner has a safety guard surround and is fixed firmly to a stone fireproof slab. You are supplied with your first basket of logs, kindling and firelighters, thereafter when you run out more can be purchased from the on site shop. You also have the luxuries and feel of home with internal flooring, traditional local artisan furniture and a memory foam mattress. All pillows and high tog rated duvets are hypoallergenic. There is clothes storage and a full length mirror. There are the domesticated things like door mat, dustpan & brush to help you keep your Dome tidy during your stay. Solar lighting and wind up torch. Your kitchenette has a fridge, 2 burner gas hob & griddle, sink & drainer and storage cupboards and outside table & benches, a hammock or swing seat (dependent on unit). All these touches should help your stay feel effortless, relaxing and rather indulgent. Then the ‘icing on the cake’ is the en-suite shower room with separate WC/ handbasin room and shower room, toiletries and towels are included too.
Unfortunately dogs are not allowed in the Domes in consideration for those guests with allergies.
Car parking is nearby but not next to the unit to help maintain peace and quiet for all and for safety around the units for families and in case of inclement weather.
We can individually tailor a package for a special occasion, birthday or anniversary, Valentines or even a hen party where you can book all the units and have sole access to the Spa and Hot Tub. We can combine hampers and champers and treatments and hot tub hire to create something quite unique.
Get in touch and see how we can make your booking more special and unique
For the ultimate decadence pre-book the hot tub for an hour
From the moment you are welcomed on site and shown to your Dome you will experience first class hospitality and be made to feel right at home. You will arrive to your bed made and ready to jump into if you’ve had a hard long drive. We will start you off with tea, coffee and milk and cold water in the fridge. Giving you chance just to take it all in and relax before you go off exploring.
On site is an information room packed with – you guessed it – information, for things to see and do and what’s on etc. There is a welcome pack in each Dome listing the main sites & attractions nearby and some of the better tried and tested pubs & restaurants in the area. It will also help you familiarise yourself with your Dome and it’s contents just in case after your introduction to your Dome you have forgotten half of it! It will be there to hand to refer to and has some of the boring but important things in it too and our contact details for emergencies, if in the rare event something should go wrong.
If walking is more your thing you can do this direct from the site and there are circular walk pdfs to download direct onto your phone from our website and then off you go the planning and hard work has all been done for you – no struggling to find maps or getting lost as each change or junction has a photo to help point you in the right direction and there is also local info, legends and folklore and just simple useless facts also to add some interest to the walk.
Then afterwards kick back and relax by hiring the onsite hot tub or for an hour or for an extra bit of TLC book in a massage treatment. Then retire to your Dome and star gaze or snuggle up around an open fire outside listening to
the sounds of nature at night.
Time is a highly precious and finite commodity – why waste it? Make your stay in the outdoors special, comfortable and unique by hiring one of our Domes and add some extras to create a truly memorable and intimate stay.
We look forward to meeting and welcoming you.
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The Dorset Hideaway