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Farrs Meadow
164 reviews
· Dorset, England
7 acres
31 units
10 Glamping
21 Tent
A charming Dorset campsite overlooking the Stour Valley and a short walk from both the river and the market town of Wimborne Minster
Sheltered by trees and perched on a hill just outside the pretty market town of Wimborne, Farrs Meadow is a rural camping gem with a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere. It’s a perfect choice for anyone looking for a touch of wilderness that’s not too far from civilization. The campsite is small and delightfully car-free, with a quad bike available to carry your tent and belongings to your pitch. Quirky showers have been imaginatively installed in upcycled old horseboxes, which are deceptively spacious and the perfect setting to listen to nature’s chorus whilst taking your morning shower. More horseboxes dotted around the campsite host compost loos, and the washing-up area makes ingenious use of disused cattle troughs, converted into long, deep metal sinks. Those looking for a bit of extra comfort can choose to stay in a yurt or the tastefully converted stable – both of which are comfortably furnished with a double bed, two single beds, fire pits and outdoor furniture. The main field is enclosed by beautiful mature trees that give dappled shade in the sun and shelter in the rain. During the day buzzards circle overhead and in the surrounding woodland you can hear the drill of the woodpecker, while at night bats emerge from the trees and dart between the tents, feasting on moths that are attracted by the campfire and torchlight, and the long grass emits an ‘LED-like’ glow from the glow worms.  Wimborne is only a 15-minute walk away from the site, worth visiting for the famous Minster of St Cuthberga, one of the finest churches in Dorset; and it’s just a short stroll down the hill to the picturesque meandering River Stour, where you enjoy a wild swim under the Eye Bridge with just brown trout to keep you company.  Wander a little further to try your hand at catching them, with fishing permits sold on site for angling both in the Stour and also in the adjoining River Allen, a celebrated chalk stream for fly-fishing. When evening descends, however, you’ll find the best policy is just to settle down on one of the giant logs encircling the campfire in the main meadow and toast a marshmallow or two on the open flames. And if the weather doesn’t agree, then fear not – it’s a 10-minute walk to one of the coolest little pubs around, the National Trust-owned Vine Inn – a unique Dorset bolthole with a tiny bar that seems to encapsulate everything that’s great about camping here: a small, independent place ensconced in beautiful countryside.
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Hosted by David T.Joined in June 2015
86 Ratings · 164 reviews
Sarah P.recommends
August 14, 2022
Dorset Gypsy Caravan- Green
Quirky and fun camping!
We camped in a green gypsy caravan. Slept so soundly during our stay in our cosy home. My son found friends to play with and animals to pet. We went swimming in the crystal clear river and enjoyed visiting local attractions from this base. The site is extremely chilled out with its quirky loos and showers. Overall a fab time was had by both of us!
Matt T.recommends
August 10, 2022
Meadow Pitch - one tent only
Chilled camping with wild swimming
David has a beautiful, tranquil campsite close to a fabulous wild swimming spot and quiet country lanes to explore on foot or, as we did, by bike. At the top of a hill, up which he'll transport your stuff in his 4x4, we pitched our tent by the trees which provided welcome morning shade and lovely views. David was full of local ideas, so much so that we are definitely going back to explore all that we missed! A perfect mix of rustic charm and all the help and advice you could want if and when you need it.
Emma J.recommends
August 7, 2022
Meadow Pitch - one tent only
A lovely friendly campsite, loved the real ‘back to nature’ feel with no electric or Wi-Fi and ingenious use of old horse boxes for the composting toilets and shower facilities. Kids (range of ages in our group from 6-9) had a great time and were able to explore independently and safely. They loved seeing the chickens, goats and kittens! Relaxed feel, quiet (not too busy the week we were there) and great access to the Purbeck peninsula - Corfe Castle, beaches etc
Maria C.recommends
August 6, 2022
Kyrgyz Yurt
Very enjoyable week
Really enjoyed camping in David’s meadow. Not too many pitches, close to the river and local town and attractions and the yurt was clean and tidy. D as vid and his team were really friendly and welcoming and very helpful getting our stuff up to the site.
Naomi P.recommends
August 5, 2022
Meadow Pitch - one tent only
Wonderful family camping
We had a lovely time chilled camping at Farrs Meadow. David was very welcoming and helpful. In a great location with a range of attractions in easy walking reach - including swimming/fishing in the river, Kingston Lacey, a sports centre and Wimborne. The showers and compost toilets in horse boxes works well with good automatic hand cleaning dispensers. Fridge/freezer access a bonus. A great community feel with the kids free range running around frequently visiting the goats, chickens, dog and (a particular favourite) the kittens! Both kids (age 6 and 9) cried when we had to leave. Highly recommend a family visit here.
Sandra J.recommends
July 31, 2022
Kyrgyz Yurt
Brilliant stay. Nothing was too much trouble for David and his young helpers. Special thanks to Luke who’s help went above and beyond. Would definitely recommend and would love to visit again Yurts were spotless and comfortable. Thank you for a great stay.
From the host
Perched on a hill and surrounded by woodland, Farrs Meadow looks out across the Stour Valley. The site is a few minutes walk by footpath to the River Stour where campers can swim and fish. The pretty Vine pub, in the thatched hamlet of Pamphill, is a short stroll across the fields and it is only a 15-minute walk to Wimborne Town centre, with all its facilities and visitor attractions.
Nearby attractions
The campsite overlooks the Stour Valley and the river is a mere 5 minutes walk from Farr's Meadow. The Stour offers some of the best wild swimming in England, perfect for whiling a day away. Farr's Meadow offer fly fishing and course fishing on the Stour and the River Allen (guides optional). Some of the best beaches in Dorset are within 20 minutes drive. There are plenty of great marked bicycle routes nearby and National Trust walking routes border the campsite. For the rainy days Wimborne, with its famous Minster (01202 884753), is a 10 minute walk away, while Kingston Lacy (01202 883402) and Badbury Rings are a 10 minute drive. Further afield Bournemouth and Poole make for popular day trips, while the Jurassic Coast is just over 45 minutes in the car.
Food and drink
A much loved favourite pub for lunch or supper is The Anchor in Shapwick a ten minute drive  (01258 857269) booking is advised. On the way to The Anchor you pass Barford Farm where they make the most delicious ice cream which is well worth the visit. The most local pub, The Vine Inn (01202 882259), is less than a 10 minute walk across the fields and is owned by the National Trust, supposedly boasting the smallest public bar in the country. Pamphill Dairy is a twenty minute walk away, there you will find a lovely cafe serving delicious food and a well stocked shop for groceries. In Wimborne, you'll find a good selection of restaurants and pubs including the child-friendly Olive Branch (01202 884686), Number 9 (01202 887557) and The Tickled Pig (01202 886778). There's also a Waitrose and Co-op supermarket.
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