Hipcamp host Melissa C.
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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, he


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, [[pool is open June//July//August]] 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
1 site
Up to 7 guests per site
Short walk
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No kitchen
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: 6 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 15% off

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    Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


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


    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


    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

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    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


    There is a wooded area surrounding the property + Cockaponset State Forest is just minutes away by car. The second largest sta...Read more


    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.


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


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    16 Written reviews
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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.
    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 Brandon
    Brandon L.
    recommends this listing.
    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 Jessica

    Convenient location good for groups

    Jessica D.
    has mixed feelings towards this listing.
    August 5th, 2019

    Convenient location next to the highway and a cute downtown area and a large lawn space that's good for a large group since you can have up to 3 tents. Nice, well maintained pool area with lots of space for lounging. Great hikes and some nice small beaches nearby make for great excursions. Directions to the site were very clear. We never met Melissa but she provided contact information for her brother, Hugh if we needed anything during our stay. His welcome was icy- just showed us the bathroom and where to park and the rest was up to us to figure out, but we were emailed clear guidelines for our stay from Melissa so besides feeling unwelcome it wasn't much of a problem. The water provided in the jug and tap water in the bathroom had an off-putting smell and taste so our group would recommend bringing your own drinking water. Also try to find wood nearby instead of buying from Melissa- we purchased two bundles which were small and unseasoned (wet).

    Hipcamper Aude
    Aude B.
    recommends this listing.
    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 Courtney
    Courtney A.
    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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