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Donkey Down Camping at Culliford Tr…
17 reviews
· Dorset Dt2 8 Nl, England
15 acres
112 units
13 Glamping
99 Motorhome/tent
Relaxed, summer-only campsite with panoramic views of the Dorset countryside
If swallows are the first sign of summer, second must be pop-up campsites – and here’s another from the team behind laid-back Donkey Down, high above the Dorset coast. Less than a mile away from the original campsite, Donkey Down Camping at Culliford Tree forms part of a working farm and is spread across two rolling fields totalling 16 acres, meaning plenty of space to choose your pitch. There’s a similar free-and-easy vibe to this site, where it's tents and campervans only. The gently sloping western field is for groups who may stay up a little later – not a party scene, but expect campfire chatting into the night. Families, couples, and early-to-bedders can use the extremely flat eastern field. Both fields have panoramic views over the north Dorset countryside and, at the southern ends, crane your neck and you’ll get glimpses of Weymouth Bay and the Isle of Portland. It’s a summer-only set-up, with the emphasis on saying ‘yes’ rather than ‘no’ – so bring the kids, bring the family dog, light the barbecue, and build a campfire (just make sure they’re raised off the ground). Facilities are temporary but perfectly serviceable, including shower blocks in each field, plus compostable toilets, washing-up facilities, and drinking water points. If you don’t want the faff of putting up your own tent, you can hire one of their pre-erected, unfurnished bell tents, which come with a fire pit included in the price. Food and drink are courtesy of the on-site pop-ups – ‘Kuka’ for coffee, beers, drinks, and hay-bale cocktails, ‘Found and Fine’ for locally sourced breakfasts, plus meals on selected nights. A footpath from the western field leads into the majestic Came Woods, with its ancient Culliford Tree. There are Neolithic tumuli scattered across the site, too — people have been gathering here for thousands of years — while footpaths and bridleways reach out across the chalk downs and down to the nearby coast. Bring a bike if you like — the local B-roads are ideal for cycling — though if you’re planning on hitting the beaches of the Jurassic Coast, a car is the best bet as it’s further than it looks to the sea (25 minutes by bike, maybe 90 on foot). Beyond the local diversions, there’s plenty to see and do, but you might just find that kicking back with a Mojito in a grassy field while the sun sets over the Dorset coast is exactly what you had in mind for the summer all along.
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Dorset Dt2 8 Nl, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Emma S.Joined in June 2021
17 Ratings · 17 reviews
Ollie S.recommends
July 17, 2022
Non-electric grass and earth pitch.
Great views and a very flexible setup. Check in at the bar and get your car and tent bands, a brief explanation of the facilities and away you go. Very warm and friendly welcome.
Rebaz A.recommends
July 17, 2022
Unfurnished Bell Tent
Best spot ever to chill
Romans C.recommends
July 12, 2022
Non-electric grass and earth pitch.
Perfect camp, thanks
Nice place, cool small bar. Friendly service. Will come again for sure.
Josh S.recommends
July 11, 2022
Non-electric grass and earth pitch.
My girlfriend and I loved staying at donkey down campsite. The views were perfect and they had everything we needed on-site - showers, coffee, food and beers. Can’t thank Emma and the team enough, they were very accommodating and helpful with things to do. Will definitely be going back to stay again. Thanks again team - you made our weekend x
Charlotte D.recommends
July 10, 2022
Non-electric grass and earth pitch.
Amazing campsite!
Brilliant campsite. Great live music. Hot showers and clean composting toilets. Lots of space - we would highly recommend!
Sue W.recommends
July 3, 2022
Non-electric grass and earth pitch.
A lovely quiet site with lots of space and the added bonus of live acoustic music on Saturday night. Very friendly owners. The cafe/bar was great, I would definitely recommend the bacon butties.
From the host
Culliford Tree forms part of a working farm and is situated less than a mile away from the original Donkey Down Campsite. It is spread across two fields which total 16 acres in size. The eastern field is flat and square whilst the western field is gently sloping and adjoins Came Woods. Culliford Tree will be open between Friday 24th June and Sunday 17th July. The site will also be open for the August Bank Holiday weekend, Friday 26th until Monday 29th.The fields enjoy panoramic views over the north Dorset countryside and at the southern ends, there are glimpses of Weymouth Bay and Portland. You will be able to choose your own pitch.In the medieval period, one of two tumuli located in the western field was referred to as a "moot", the main meeting point for the area. The eastern field boasts four Neolithic tumuli, orientated across the middle of the site. A foot path runs through the western field and into the woods and both fields are within close proximity to many other footpaths and bridleways including the Inland Coast Path. Culliford Tree is served by a network of B-roads which are ideal for cycling. Compostable toilets, showers, washing up facilities and drinking water points are available. There is also a bar on site which will be open in the evenings serving soft drinks and alcohol. In the morning, breakfast and hot drinks will be on offer.
Nearby attractions
It's terrific walking country, rich in atmospheric locations. Five minutes' walk from the site and you're on the South Dorset Ridgeway, an ancient ceremonial route, while another 20 minutes on foot leads you to the famous Osmington White Horse, with the farm shop and tearoom in the small village of Osmington another 30 minutes beyond. Following a path west through the site instead will eventually lead you to the highest point in Dorset, the Hardy Monument – the surrounding countryside was the backdrop for many of Thomas Hardy's novels. It's a 10-minute drive to the coast at Weymouth, where there's a long, sandy beach and boat trips from the harbour. The Jurassic Coast, east of town, offers any number of other fabulous beaches, coves, walks, and views – don't miss the stunning rock formations and circular bay at Lulworth Cove, under half an hour's drive from the site. Inland, it's 10 minutes by car to the country town of Dorchester, for Roman villa remains, a castle, museums, shops, cafes, and restaurants. Further afield, it's around a 30-minute drive to the beautiful National Trust site of Corfe Castle, and from here you can jump on the steam trains of the Swanage Railway, for a yesteryear jaunt down to the coast to the resort of Swanage.
Food and drink
There's a bar and pop-up restaurant on the site for proper coffee and beers, wine and cocktails, and locally sourced food – think bacon-and-egg rolls for breakfast (vegan alternatives available), locally foraged mushrooms, and pizza and burger nights. You can walk to Osmington village (up to an hour's stroll), where there's a small farm shop and tearoom, Craig's Farm Dairy (01305 834591), with grazing cows on farm paddocks that look out over the coast. Or it's a five-minute drive to either Broadmayne or Preston for village stores and pubs (plus two fish-and-chip shops in Preston). Local pub favourites are the Black Dog (01305 854021) at Broadmayne – a village inn with an inventive bistro menu – or the Springhead (01305 832117) in the village of Sutton Poyntz, which is also really good for locally sourced food and a bunch of real ales. In Weymouth, you can take your pick, but the child- and dog-friendly Dorset Burger Company (01305 780888) and the Italian fine-dining place Al Molo (01305 839888) are well regarded. At Ferrybridge on the road to Portland, the Crab House Cafe (01305 788867) is a real treat; oysters from their own beds, fresh crab platters, and fish and seafood all landed with 40 miles.
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