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Chettle Orchard Campsite.
23 reviews
· Blandford Forum, England
8 acres
23 units
14 Glamping
9 Motorhome/tent
Rustic, quirky back-to-basics camping beside a Dorset village that time forgot
The first thing you learn about the Dorset village of Chettle is that its village store has a good line in award-winning pies. There’s a sign announcing as much on the A354. But, before you reach the little tin-clad shop that’s selling these lauded pastry goods, there’s another sign funnelling campers off the country lane, onto a farm track and into a tree-lined meadow. This is where you’ll pitch your tent,  in the grassy surrounds of Chettle Campsite. Pitch first, pies later. “The best way to describe Chettle,” says the man behind the first campsite in the village, “is to say it’s quirky and it’s rustic.” This, coming from a man whose idea of a hot tub is an iron bath set over a fire beneath the stars, means you can’t help but be curious about the place. His campsite is several acres in size, with cars parked away from tents and simple facilities that suit a summer-only site reached by mown pathway through the grass. There are a couple of compost loos, a couple of open-air washing-up sinks and a pair of rustic showers with water warmed only by the sun (finger’s crossed). The central focus of the place is the communal campfire and a little field shelter for protection from whichever element might prove a bit too much. Along with seasoned campers who arrive with their own family tents, the site has a fairly even mix of pre-pitched bell tents too, whose cream-coloured canvas adds to the field's rustic appeal. Bell tents can be rented, furnished or unfurnished; there are six of each available and a handful of campervan pitches too. The thing that’s common to them all is a dug-out fire pit and plenty of room for sunbathing, stargazing and generally enjoying yourself. Rustic it may be, but rough around the edges it is not. The whole thing is carefully planned and when you find out that Paul (‘the man’ behind the site) has 20 years in events planning, it’ll come as no surprise. And what of 'quirky' Chettle village? It’s a five-minute walk across the fields past “the big house”, a Grade I listed country manor whose estate includes, not only the camping field, but the whole of settlement beyond. There’s a 13th-century church, an eccentric and popular restaurant that's like something out of a Hardy novel and the time-forgotten village store, of course, with it’s award-winning pies. If you want to continue walking, meanwhile, the village sits on the Jubilee Way, a 90-mile footpath through the Dorset countryside. This is the Cranbourne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a great place to explore that feels a million miles away from the Dorset most of us know. In truth the Jurassic Coast, Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove and the like are only a 40-minute drive. Likewise Salisbury and Stonehenge. All close enough to visit but far enough to forget if you want to stay away from summer crowds.
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Blandford Forum, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Paul T.Joined in May 2021
36 Ratings · 23 reviews
Sarah M.recommends
August 15, 2022
Grass Camping Pitch
Lovely quiet campsite!
Lovely peaceful campsite with good toilets and showers!
Cakbooth ?.recommends
August 12, 2022
Grass pitch for campervan or caravan
spacious and well maintainted site
Lovely spacious campsite in a great location for joining the Jubilee Way for walking direct from the site. Fabulous to have own firepit and picnic table for all pitches.
Caroline S.recommends
August 11, 2022
Fully Furnished 5m Bell Tents
Great tent. Really friendly and helpful owners. Would definitely go back
Kate C.recommends
August 10, 2022
Grass pitch for campervan or caravan
Peaceful camping
It was so peaceful and lovely at Chettle Orchard Campsite. Hopefully next time we come they might have had time to think about the recycling area and how to improve it.
Ian S.recommends
August 7, 2022
Grass Camping Pitch
Great site
Lovely rural site just 250m from the best village shop in Dorset! Dog-friendly, very chilled, huge pitches with fire pits and seating. If you want a perfect off-grid getaway, this is it.
Gabi O.recommends
August 1, 2022
Grass Camping Pitch
Weekend camping
Lovely and welcoming space!! We stayed for the weekend and had a great time. Showers are great and have hot water. Lots of sights to see around. Would defo recommend and return.
From the host
Chettle Campsite is an opportunity for a genuine camping experience. The site sits in a tree-lined meadow and orchard that open out into the rolling Dorset Downlands. The site and our carefully curated pitches allow for a comfy chic meets wild camping feel. The emphasis here is on relaxing, a retreat into the great outdoors, and avoiding the crowds. Our pitches include fire pits where campfires are thoroughly encouraged. We consider a star-lit evening with a flame-grilled meal and a cool drink an essential part of the experience. We light a large communal fire at the centre of the site for people to gather around and share their day's adventures. If it's rainy (or hopefully too sunny!) you can get comfortable in our on-site 'library' a sheltered space where you can relax in a hammock, pull up a sofa, or a hay bale with a book. We will recommend the best kept local secrets for you, let you know our favourite wild swimming spots and country pubs arrange morning and evening yoga classes twice a week. Everything here is geared towards simplicity, a rustic feel, making a minimal impact on the land and relaxation.
Nearby attractions
Chettle Campsite is a five-minute walk from Chettle Village, which sits on the Jubilee Trail, a 90-mile walking route that links Cranbourne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to the Chalke Valleys and beyond. There are endless opportunities for ambling, rambling, hiking, cycling, wild swimming, or pulling up a hay bale and relaxing in the sun but the site is also just a short distance from some of the best Dorset has to offer. The Jurassic Coast, including the world-famous Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove, and Kimmeridge Bay, is within 40 minutes' drive and Paul can suggest a few lesser-known gems too. Tisbury is 13 miles from site and home to Messums Museum and Art Gallery (01747 445042), cafes, pubs, and river walks. Salisbury, Stonehenge (0370 333 1181), and Woodhenge, Bournemouth and Poole and Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty are all within 40 minutes drive. The area is studded with natural history sites, nature reserves like RSPB Arne (01929 553360), castles like Corfe Castle (01929 477060) and proper country pubs.
Food and drink
A few local goodies will be for sale on site when availability allows and in Chettle itself, a five minute walk away, you'll find a well-stocked shop selling everything you will need and specialising in local produce. The village is also home to The Castleman Restaurant (01258 830096; make sure you book in advance). The award-winning Museum Inn (01725 516 261) is approximately a 25-minute walk from the site and The Drover's Inn (01258 840550 ) is within a 10-minute (five mile) drive.
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