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Cider Farm Orchard Campsite
40 reviews
· Waytown, England
1 acre
14 units
14 Tent
Adult-only camping amid the apple blossom of an award-winning cider orchard
You don't have to love to cider to adore this adults-only campsite five miles from the Jurassic Coast. But, if you do, you can almost certainly stop the hunt for your favourite campsite now. With pitches tucked in amongst the orchard and the camping area just an apple's throw from the Dorset Nectar taproom, this is a campsite with a visitor experience baked in. From taking a tour and learning about the origins of cider, to tasting the latest craft casks, campers here can immerse themselves in the wonderful world of apples at the same time as enjoying a campsite that is, quite simply, practical, friendly and fun. Started by former sculptors Penny and Oliver Strong in 2006, the organic orchard produces award-winning ciders, sold around the country but also in the onsite farm shop, next to which you'll find the campsite's shower block, toilets and washing-up facilities. On arrival you're encouraged to salute your neighbours, the farm’s resident geese Sir Humphrey and Dame Maggie Smith, before making your way to a pitch in one of the rows of apple trees in the 3,000-strong orchard. All the trees are uniformly planted in a vast grid, which transforms into a stunning blanket of pink apple blossom through late May and June. The farm shop is open until 10pm if you want to pick up fresh apple juice or local ingredients for cooking over the campfire (firepits are available for hire and logs are sold on site), while the adjacent tap room also opens for special events and frequent entertainment, with everything from folk singers to ska and rock from local musicians. That's not to say this is a wild and noisy place. In fact, don't be surprised to rise in the morning and spot deer ambling through the farm. Oliver and Penny's sculptures, too, dotted around the place – spot the diving dolphin, the seahorse and the turtle – show a real care and love for the entire space. Getting off the farm is easy, you can follow one of the footpaths to the idyllic village of Netherbury or drive to the coast, with beaches like Eype nearby and the big cliffs of West Bay and Burton Bradstock offering filmic backdrops to your fossil hunting. The local town of Bridport has its fair share of quirky events, like The Bridport Hat Festival, the Bridport Folk Festival and, for the brave, the Annual World Nettle Eating Competition. After all those nettles no doubt you'll feel like a cider or two. Or you can buy bottles of nettle juice at the festival, if you really have been converted.
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Waytown, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Ryan S.Joined in March 2021
47 Ratings · 40 reviews
Esmee T.recommends
August 10, 2022
Orchard Tent Pitch
Beautifull atmospheric campsite
Lovely fairytale spot with plenty of privacy, shade, clean amenities. Very sweet family who runs the campsite and shop. The ciders and beers were very delicious and brewed on the premises which made them taste even better. Walking down the garden with all the camp fires lit in old kegs was almost too beautifull to be real. We are already thinking and planning on when to come back again.
Clarissa B.recommends
August 10, 2022
Orchard Tent Pitch
Lovely spot with excellent cider!
Eleanor B.recommends
August 1, 2022
Orchard Tent Pitch
Happy Campers
My boyfriend and I were very happy during our stay. The toilets and showers are regularly cleaned and the orchard layout meant we were never right next to another camper. The wifi by the reception area is very good and the staff all cared a lot about making the stay as nice as possible. There is a good mix of social opportunities and the option to keep to yourself if that is what you prefer. Our favourite member of staff was Ginger (the Jack Russell) who made sure to check up on us each morning. If you visit make sure to taste the cider made on site! Will definitely be back :)
Caron L.recommends
July 31, 2022
Orchard Tent Pitch
Camping between the apple trees
Had a great time at Dorset cider farm campsite , was so peaceful to sleep between the apple trees in the orchard . Great cider brought a box of them to enjoy at home Overall it was amazing the only thing to be mindful of is the narrow lanes to get there Will definitely return in the future
Jacob B.recommends
July 22, 2022
Orchard Tent Pitch
Sleep among the apple trees.
Fantastic sites in the orchard, along with a very relaxed atmosphere. Everything worked really well and the cider is to die for. The cider shop is open all day, every day, so always a good chance to hang out outside the bar. Be sure to order pizza for delivery to the orchard, they are good! Hughly recommend this campsite.
Adam M.recommends
June 13, 2022
Orchard Tent Pitch
Tents and Cider
We stayed for three nights, loved the idea of camping amongst the apple trees and it was an idyllic countryside retreat, the camp site has it own Tap Room that sells there own cider which is made on site and was delicious, we also did a cider tour which was great very informative and a good amount of tasters. However if hunger beckons you away there is lovely pub a 10 minute country lane walk away where we enjoyed a meal and a couple of drinks or theirs another pub about a 30 minute walk away through beautiful countryside which was very helpfully signposted and when we got there a range of drinks and cocktails awaited. The only fault we had with the whole experience was the shower facilities of which there were only two on site which didn't seem enough for a site that likely caters to at least 20+ tents. The showers were also unusable to our friends who were staying for 4 days prior to our arrival and found a lot of mosquitos in one which they tried to put up with but got bit quite heavily the other they said smelt dirty. We braved the showers on two of our three morning and although we got a little bitten would have used them on our last morning however one of the showers had freezing water and the other boiling hot, we wanted to leave early and the tap room wasn't open yet so felt like there was no one to mention this to so went without. Overall would stay again with the hope the shower facilities will be improved.
From the host
Here at our unique Cider Farm Orchard Campsite we aim to offer a lovely, peaceful experience to those who want to escape the hustle and bustle whilst still offering great amenities and facilities. It is perfect for those that want to escape from large rowdy sites for a smaller low-key site with lots of space. Each pitch is its own wide Cider Apple Orchard row and is named after the Apple variety. Saturday 25th of June We are Hosting the World Nettle Eating Competition, Stay with us this weekend and enjoy this Uniquely Dorset event.
Nearby attractions
Stay onsite and take part in a taproom tour and tasting to complete your experience. This part of Dorset is an area of outstanding natural beauty and, while you can forge your own path down to the coastline, smaller walks from the farm lead to Furleigh Estate Vineyard (01308 488991; one mile) or Mangerton Mill & Gardens (01308 485224; three miles), both excellent days out. You can also take a walk down a bridal path from the farm to visit Hugh Fernly Whittingstall’s original River Cottage. It's a 15 minute drive to the best of the western stretch of the Jurassic Coast. Dramatic West Bay is great for fossil hunting and is the nearest beach, along with Burton Bradstock, while Charmouth and Lyme Regis are 25 minutes by car and it's a half-hour drive to Chesil Beach. On rainy days, drive the half hour to Dorchester, which has a slew of different museums.
Food and drink
Apart from the on-site tap rooms, The Hare and Hounds Inn (01308 488203) is within walking distance of the orchard (around 10 minutes or less) and serves delicious food with killer views of the valley. If you're heading to the beach, try the West Bay beach food huts for a food market-style grub and book in for a fancy cocktail and oysters at Rise café and bar (01308 422 0110). The George (01308 423191) in West Bat boasts harbour views and and has a wonderful atmosphere come sunset. For cream teas and great sandwiches try West Bay Tea Rooms (01308 455697).
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