Hipcamp host Melissa C.
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The dOMelands are located on5-acre tree-lined property in the CT river valley, snuggly nestledin 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

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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 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

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Hiking

There are several state parks close by including cockaponset state forest which is the second largest state forest in the state...Read more

Paddling

We have 2 single kayaks available to use for a small fee of $25/day each or $40/day for both. there are lakes right in chester...Read more

Swimming

We have a beautiful freshwater pool, which is maintained with a copper/titanium diode system that uses no chlorine. it's like ...Read more

Wildlife watching

There are over 100 species of birds that visit our property along with deer, chipmunks, fox (don't worry they're scared of peop...Read more

Biking
Boating
Fishing

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at dOMelands:: ++mystical playground++ in Connecticut.

Beach

There are small beaches at each of the lakes + we are just 10-15 minute drive from the shoreline, hosting many beautiful beache...Read more

Forest

There is a wooded area surrounding the property + cockaponset state forest is just minutes away by car. the second largest sta...Read more

Lake

There are 2 lakes within a 5 minute drive.

Swimming hole

We have a freshwater pool on the property + there are 2 lakes within 5 minutes of our dome.

Waterfall

Devil's hopyard has a beautiful waterfall + is a short drive from here, 20-25 minutes.

Wetlands

There is a small wetland in the trees as you enter the property which hosts thousands of frogs which can be heard at night, esp...Read more

Prairie, meadow, ...

Places to see near river valley magic awaits...

Selden Neck State Park
Selden Neck State Park
3 miles way Explore
Gillette Castle State Park
Gillette Castle State Park
3 miles way Explore
Devil's Hopyard State Park
Devil's Hopyard State Park
8 miles way Explore
Hurd State Park
Hurd State Park
8 miles way Explore
Hammonasset Beach State Park
Hammonasset Beach State Park
10 miles way Explore
Rocky Neck State Park
Rocky Neck State Park
14 miles way Explore
River Highlands State Park
River Highlands State Park
16 miles way Explore
Hopeville Pond State Park
Hopeville Pond State Park
32 miles way Explore
Wildwood State Park
Wildwood State Park
34 miles way Explore
Black Rock State Park
Black Rock State Park
36 miles way Explore
Hither Hills State Park
Hither Hills State Park
36 miles way Explore
Kettletown State Park
Kettletown State Park
37 miles way Explore
Burlingame State Park
Burlingame State Park
40 miles way Explore
Mashamoquet Brook State Park
Mashamoquet Brook State Park
40 miles way Explore
Springfield Armory National Historic Site
Springfield Armory National Historic Site
48 miles way Explore
Fishermen's Memorial State Park
Fishermen's Memorial State Park
51 miles way Explore
George Washington State Park
George Washington State Park
51 miles way Explore
Lake Waramaug State Park
Lake Waramaug State Park
51 miles way Explore
Weir Farm National Historic Site
Weir Farm National Historic Site
51 miles way Explore
Fire Island National Seashore
Fire Island National Seashore
55 miles way Explore
Wells State Park
Wells State Park
55 miles way Explore
Housatonic Meadows State Park
Housatonic Meadows State Park
55 miles way Explore
Macedonia Brook State Park
Macedonia Brook State Park
58 miles way Explore
Touro Synagogue National Historic Site
Touro Synagogue National Historic Site
60 miles way Explore
New England National Scenic Trail
New England National Scenic Trail
61 miles way Explore
Roger Williams National Memorial
Roger Williams National Memorial
62 miles way Explore
Sagamore Hill National Historic Site
Sagamore Hill National Historic Site
63 miles way Explore
Robert Moses State Park
Robert Moses State Park
68 miles way Explore
Fahnestock State Park
Fahnestock State Park
69 miles way Explore
John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor
John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley N...
69 miles way Explore
Taconic State Park
Taconic State Park
72 miles way Explore
Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site
Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site
77 miles way Explore
Saint Paul's Church National Historic Site
Saint Paul's Church National Historic Site
78 miles way Explore
Home Of Franklin D Roosevelt National Historic Site
Home Of Franklin D Roosevelt National Hi...
78 miles way Explore
Lake Taghkanic State Park
Lake Taghkanic State Park
79 miles way Explore
Mills Norrie State Park
Mills Norrie State Park
80 miles way Explore
Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site
Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site
80 miles way Explore
Harriman State Park
Harriman State Park
81 miles way Explore
New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park
New Bedford Whaling National Historical ...
82 miles way Explore
Hamilton Grange National Memorial
Hamilton Grange National Memorial
86 miles way Explore
General Grant National Memorial
General Grant National Memorial
87 miles way Explore
Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site
Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National H...
90 miles way Explore
Catskill State Park
Catskill State Park
90 miles way Explore
Martin Van Buren National Historic Site
Martin Van Buren National Historic Site
91 miles way Explore
Lower East Side Tenement Museum National Historic Site
Lower East Side Tenement Museum National...
91 miles way Explore
African Burial Ground National Monument
African Burial Ground National Monument
92 miles way Explore
Federal Hall National Memorial
Federal Hall National Memorial
92 miles way Explore
Castle Clinton National Monument
Castle Clinton National Monument
93 miles way Explore
Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park
Paterson Great Falls National Historical...
94 miles way Explore
Pearl Hill State Park
Pearl Hill State Park
94 miles way Explore
Statue Of Liberty National Monument
Statue Of Liberty National Monument
94 miles way Explore
Ellis Island Part of Statue of Liberty National Monument
Ellis Island Part of Statue of Liberty N...
94 miles way Explore
Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site
Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic ...
94 miles way Explore
Minute Man National Historical Park
Minute Man National Historical Park
94 miles way Explore
John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site
John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Histori...
95 miles way Explore
Adams National Historical Park
Adams National Historical Park
95 miles way Explore
Cherry Plain State Park
Cherry Plain State Park
96 miles way Explore
Longfellow House Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site
Longfellow House Washington's Headquarte...
96 miles way Explore
Clarksburg State Park
Clarksburg State Park
97 miles way Explore
Fort Dummer State Park
Fort Dummer State Park
98 miles way Explore
Boston African American National Historic Site
Boston African American National Histori...
98 miles way Explore
Boston National Historical Park
Boston National Historical Park
99 miles way Explore

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Hipcamper Josh
Josh F.
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 M.
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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 B.
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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 L.
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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 O.
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 S.
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.

The Dome. In all its glory. Melissa and her family in the most unique, beautiful house. And the property around it is perfect for hosting campers. You feel safe, yet secluded all at the same time.Indoor bathrooms and showers are provided; What a sweet haven in the midst of camping for days without the basics!Outdoor, stone oven? The Dome has it all. Seriously. We made the best pizza. Garlic. Fresh tomatoes. Bacon. Ricotta. Basil. Olive oil. Fire-roasted pine nuts. What a fun, different camping-food!!The Dome. Easy to get to with Melissa and her family's directions. Like so easy. This sign made us smile with excitement and anticipation with what was down this lane!! Little did we know then that we were about to have one of the best camping trips yet!
Hipcamper Kamian
Kamian C.
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!

We had this whole huge field to ourselves.The full moon was beautiful!We spent quite a long time trying to get this photo.Melissa's husband had to build this fire for us because we failed, and he was so nice about it!
Hipcamper Ashley
Ashley C.
recommends this listing.
September 16th, 2018

Very nice hosts & great stay!

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