Hipcamp host Melissa
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The dOMelands are located on 5-acre tree-lined property in the CT river valley, snuggly nestled in the woods, off a private lane.  There is plenty of peaceful privacy, yet we are just a few minutes away from "downtown" an adorable, progressive town, with some cute shops + amazing restaurants [River Tavern, Grano, Otto's Pizza, Riverside Thai].  For a killer cup of coffee, head Continue reading...

The dOMelands are located on 5-acre tree-lined property in the CT river valley, snuggly nestled in the woods, off a private lane.  There is plenty of peaceful privacy, yet we are just a few minutes away from "downtown" an adorable, progressive town, with some cute shops + amazing restaurants [River Tavern, Grano, Otto's Pizza, Riverside Thai].  For a killer cup of coffee, head to Sprouted downtown, where they brew up our own freshly roasted beans or for delicious breakfast, check out our friend Hedy's place, the Whistle Stop Cafe in Deep River. Cockaponset State Forest, the second largest state forest in Connecticut, is also just minutes away.  The shoreline is about a 10 minute drive with beaches stretched along the coast in either direction.

Pitch a tent out in the meadow or along the shady tree-line.  Enjoy a fire in our bonfire pit complete with a ring of wood stumps for hanging out or maybe even an stump dance party [weirder things have happened].  Lay out by + swim in the freshwater pool, jump on the trampoline, visit the backyard chickens, pick fruit + berries when in season, make pizza in the outdoor brick oven or play horse shoes.  We offer a large shade structure with a picnic table + a few chairs.  Alternatively, the shade tent can be used to erect your tent under for extra protection from the elements.

We have lots of wildlife that comes through including owls, hawks, turkeys, ravens, plus over 100 other birding species sighted on property.  Deer, chipmunks, fox [don't worry they're afraid of people] + many more wander through from time to time.

Get away from the hustle + grind of the daily life.  Come relax + chill at our mystical nature playground in the woods.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
No. of sites
1 bookable site
Access
Short walk (1 - 5 mins)
Group sizes
Up to 7 people per site
Potable water available
Hose, bottled water or jugs
Fires allowed
Fire ring
Toilet available
Flush toilet
Pets allowed
On leash
Showers available
Hot water
Bins available
Compost bin, recycling bin, trash bin
Picnic table available
No wifi
Have a question? Send Melissa a message!
  • Check in: After 3PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Strict
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 15% off
Beach
Forest
Lake
Prairie, meadow, or plain
Swimming hole
Waterfall
Wetlands
Cave
Desert
Hot spring
Redwoods
River, stream or creek
Biking
Boating
Fishing
Hiking
Paddling
Swimming
Wildlife watching
Horseback riding
Wind sports
OHV
Climbing
Snow sports
Surfing
Whitewater paddling

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Hipcamper Josh
Josh
recommends this listing.
May 28th, 2018

Great space. Pool to swim in, trampoline to jump on and fire pit to cook on. Plus a pizza oven. We had a great time. Our kids loved every minute and despite the rain on our last day didn’t want to go home. Will definitely come again.

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Hipcamper Melissa
Response from Melissa, the Host, on May 29th, 2018

It was wonderful having your lovely family. We look forward to having you back anytime!

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Hipcamper Jessica
Jessica
recommends this listing.
July 4th, 2018

Our group of 8 had an amazing time at the Domeland camp site. The property was beautiful, and we had so much fun channeling our inner child by jumping on the trampoline, riding down the zipline, and swimming all day in the freshwater pool. This is definitely more of a glamping experience, which we were definitely all about. Access to the guest bathroom/showers were a plus, and kept us feeling comfortable throughout our stay. Also the fire pit is huge and well kept. Wood and fresh water was provided throughout our stay as well. Melissa was a great host, and kept in contact when we needed her (like when a bunch of us couldn't figure out the pizza oven, she let us hop onto her grill to finish up our meal). Overall it was a wonderful stay, and we all hope to return again.

Hipcamper Melissa
Response from Melissa, the Host, on July 4th, 2018

Thanks, Jessica, it was a pleasure having you all!! Hope to have you back again sometime.

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Hipcamper Aude
Aude
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July 30th, 2018

We had a great time at Melissa and Chris' place! In addition to the ample camping space, fire pit, and pool, they even had a nice sheltered area with picnic table and chairs, which came in handy when it rained. Definitely felt more like glamping :) Thanks for having us!

Hipcamper Melissa
Response from Melissa, the Host, on August 14th, 2018

Thank you, Aude, we loved having your group with us. It was an easy + respectful crew!! Come again soon!

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Hipcamper Brandon
Brandon
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August 9th, 2018

My family and I had an awesome time here. It was more of a glamping experience, something that we did not expect but turned out to be very fun. Although we were in a backyard, it was spacious enough to be very private. The brick oven was very convenient, and made great pizza! The pool was wonderful to swim in. I swam in the middle of the night, and the stars shined oh so brightly! Look up at night to count the endless stars! The trampoline channelled our inner "child."
We enjoyed!
The indoor bathroom was very convenient. The host was very respectful and nice.

Hipcamper Melissa
Response from Melissa, the Host, on August 14th, 2018

So happy to host you all + really excited that you got to absorb the star beauty + channel your inner playfulness! That is our hope for everyone that comes. Please do come again anytime.

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Hipcamper Yasuko
Yasuko
recommends this listing.
August 20th, 2018

What a pleasant vacation we had.

We were looking for a place with a hot shower and a bathroom for our comfort, a firm request from our daughter who just came back from two weeks of sailing camp. We also looked for some place we could entertain during possible rain.

This camp site was perfect for our needs. In a spacious backyard of 4.5 acre property, we could pitch our tent nicely and for compromised weather, we could just moved our tent under a white canopy they provided for us to use. That canopy was our comfortable living space with their well-water, a picnic table and some chairs, With the permission, we picked ripen peaches for healthy dessert. Cooling off after our local excursions was also nice. Although, it was a backyard, unlike typical campsite, It was secure and very private. it was rather secluded and we enjoyed enough nature: wild turkeys, dear, bats, bees, butterflies, dragonflies, frogs to name a few.

The property was close from near by not only the charming town of Chester, but also Haddam where you could enjoy a quick ferry ride crossing Connecticut River to Goodspeed Opera House. Gillette Castle was a must to viisit. We have enjoyed visiting a couple of state parks near by for hiking, biking, swimming, etc. we’ve stayed for 4 nights, but we could’ve stayed longer to explore the area more.

Thanks to our host Melissa and Christiaan who were quite informative about the area, we could enjoyed our time in the area a lot more than we could have without their suggestions.

So all in all, this campsite was a good match for our need. I think, this place is better for a family with kids to enjoy nature with convenience as well as other options to explore beside outdoor activities.

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Hipcamper Sam & J
Sam & J
recommends this listing.
August 26th, 2018

The Dome was a hit. This backyard property makes you feel safe, while being nestled in a coastal Connecticut forest. Plenty of spots to choose for tent, camper, or hammock camping. 10-20 minutes from beaches, New Haven, Yale University, water sports on the Connecticut River, state parks, waterfalls, seasonal markets, AND MORE. How could you possibly want more than Melissa and her family offer? They are kind, accommodating, and thorough. And waking up the the freshwater pool was a dream.

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Hipcamper Kamian
Kamian
recommends this listing.
September 1st, 2018

This was an amazing site! I could have stayed here all summer. The property was beautiful, spacious, and well-designed. The hosts were so kind and helpful! The pool was amazing. We set up our tent between two trees for shade and the weather was absolutely beautiful so we left the rain fly off the tent and could see the full moon rising over us. I would recommend this place a million times over!

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Hipcamper Ashley
Ashley
recommends this listing.
September 16th, 2018

Very nice hosts & great stay!

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Hipcamper Thayane
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August 27th, 2018
A Hipcamper
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August 20th, 2018
Hipcamper Maheshwari
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July 23rd, 2018
Property
river valley magic awaits...
State
Connecticut
$65/night
1 Site