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Bells at Cleavel Point
93%
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1 review
· England
3 acres
10 units
10 Glamping
Allow us to introduce you to Bells at Cleavel Point. It's the only campsite with direct access to Poole Harbour and offers panoramic views over Brownsea Island and the small peninsula of Sandbanks. Tucked in a private woodland, down a no-through road, it would be easy to overlook this water's-edge glamping site but, trust us, you won't want to. This basic-but-beautiful bell tent site is ideally situated for exploring Dorset. Not only does it offer the chance to launch paddleboards and kayaks in to Poole's famous harbour a five-minute walk from your tent but it's also within reach of many of the county's iconic treasures from Corfe Castle to the Jurassic Coast. The bell tents are located in a quiet meadow through the woodland of a private estate, ensuring privacy by way of a key code provided to visitors for entry. The set-up here offers just what you need for a good night's sleep and an easy morning – tents equipped with inflatable beds for four, portaloos and a hot shower. All this means that you can leave the tents at home in favour of a pre-pitched setup. If you want things even easier, how about booking bed linen (for an extra charge) so you don't need to bring that either? And you might need that extra room in the car to take full advantage of the location. Bring swimsuits, paddleboards and kayaks for Poole Harbour, the largest natural harbour in Europe and a dream for watersports enthusiasts, and your bike to pedal around the Isle of Purbeck. There are on- and off-road routes providing stunning views of your surroundings from the towering chalk formation of Old Harry Rocks to Corfe Castle. Speaking of the castle, a brief drive will get you down to these millennia-old ruins, with pub gardens at The Greyhound and The Fox Inn providing a drink and a bite to eat with tremendous views of this former Saxon stronghold. But you needn't venture far out to be well-fed and watered, thanks to the on-site pop-up bar and shop, where you can pick up some barbecue bits to then cook on one of the tripods available to hire. Or, if you don't fancy cooking yourself, you can order some stone-baked pizzas and breakfast baps to be delivered right to your bell tent from owner Jon and his friendly team. It all makes for an easy getaway in one of the UK's most scenic regions, and you don't get a better combo for a glamping site than that. Please note that the following are not available during Easter: - Communal Marquee - Breakfast baps - Goal post
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Hosted by Johnathon R.Joined in October 2021
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7 Ratings · 1 review
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Emma M.
July 25, 2022
Bell Tent
Lovely site, unhelpful site staff
Fantastic location and nicely spaced out bell tents. Hidden extras to tent cost such as £20 cleaning charge. Unfortunately there was a lot of confusion on arrival re pre paid fire pit grill - which the site staff blamed on the booking agent and we were told that it didn't count as it was paid to the booking agent (along with our tent payment and cleaning charge and dog charge). Just made it awkward as he seemed to think that as we had paid fire pit hire through a booking agent it didn't count - v bizarre. At previous sites the logs have been driven round to the tents so it was quite a hike carrying log bags from the reception to the tent. Lovely site but unhelpful site staff sadly.
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Allow us to introduce you to Bells at Cleavel Point. It's the only campsite with direct access to Poole Harbour and offers panoramic views over Brownsea Island and the small peninsula of Sandbanks. Tucked in a private woodland, down a no-through road, it would be easy to overlook this water's-edge glamping site but, trust us, you won't want to. This basic-but-beautiful bell tent site is ideally situated for exploring Dorset. Not only does it offer the chance to launch paddleboards and kayaks in to Poole's famous harbour a five-minute walk from your tent but it's also within reach of many of the county's iconic treasures from Corfe Castle to the Jurassic Coast. The bell tents are located within the woodland of a private estate, ensuring privacy by way of a key code provided to visitors for entry. The set-up here offers just what you need for a good night's sleep and an easy morning — tents equipped with inflatable beds for four, portaloos and a hot shower. All this means that you can leave the tents at home in favour of a pre-pitched setup. If you want things even easier, how about booking bed linen (for an extra charge) so you don't need to bring that either? And you might need that extra room in the car to take full advantage of the location. Bring swimsuits, paddleboards and kayaks for Poole Harbour, the largest natural harbour in Europe and a dream for watersports enthusiasts, and your bike to pedal around the Isle of Purbeck. There are on- and off-road routes providing stunning views of your surroundings from the towering chalk formation of Old Harry Rocks to Corfe Castle. Speaking of the castle, a brief drive will get you down to these millennia-old ruins, with pub gardens at The Greyhound and The Fox Inn providing a drink and a bite to eat with tremendous views of this former Saxon stronghold. But you needn't venture far out to be well-fed and watered, thanks to the on-site pop-up bar and shop, where you can pick up some barbecue bits to then cook on one of the tripods available to hire. Or, if you don't fancy cooking yourself, you can order some stone-baked pizzas and breakfast baps to be delivered right to your bell tent from owner Jon and his friendly team. It all makes for an easy getaway in one of the UK's most scenic regions, and you don't get a better combo for a glamping site than that. Communal Marquee Breakfast baps Goal post
Nearby attractions
Studland Bay is reachable in a 20-minute drive, boasting four miles of sandy and sheltered beaches. Watersports are popular here, with its coast known for its shallow and clear waters. Visit South Beach, popular with locals, Middle Beach and the low cliffs that shelter it, or Knoll Beach, backed by dunes with wide-open spaces and a one-kilometre designated naturist area. Corfe Castle is a 15-minute drive away, a dramatic thousand-year-old ruin that remains a survivor of the English Civil War. Dorset Adventure Park (01929 505030) is beside the castle, with its outdoor water park and mud trail providing a day of fun for adults and children alike. Elsewhere, the coastal town of Swanage is a 20-minute drive away with its sprawling sandy beach, while visitors can also enjoy the Swanage Railway (01929 425800), which operates full-size steam and diesel passenger trains on the Jurassic Coast. For cyclists, the Isle of Purbeck also has plenty of safe and traffic-free routes available, along with over 37 miles of paths and bridleways for those seeking a long walk or two.
Food and drink
For food and drink, there's both a pop-up bar and a pop-up on-site shop. Homemade stone-baked pizzas are also cooked every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, available for pre-order and delivered directly to your tent. Breakfast baps are also made with local produce alongside hot drinks, available every morning from Sunday to Thursday. Recommended options off site include The Fish Plaice (01929 423668) in Swanage, a 20-minute drive away, offering seafront fish and chips located near the quayside. Swanage itself has nearly 20 pubs, offering a variety of places to eat nearby, along with two large supermarkets and the Swanage Market, which opens from 8am every Friday. There are also some excellent pubs and eateries near Corfe Castle. The Greyhound Inn (01929 480205) is a 15-minute drive away, offering excellent views of the castle itself alongside classic pub lunches and a range of cask ales, keg lagers and ciders from local breweries. The Fox Inn (01929 480449) is also around the corner, said to be the oldest pub in the village, providing a family- and dog-friendly atmosphere with a lovely beer garden. The Bankes Arms (01929 450225) in Studland is a 20-minute drive away, a country pub by the sea with open fires in the winter and a large pub garden for the summer. The pub is also situated at the gateway to the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, making it a good spot for those exploring the area.
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