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Farrs Meadow

· Wimborne, Dorset, England
7 acres hosted by David T.
10 glamping pitches · 21 tent pitches
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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120 Ratings · 185 reviews
Josie A.recommends
June 21, 2024
Meadow Pitch - one tent only
Great campsite! nestled within the trees and meadow. Great camping stay for our family as perfect proximity for walks and only ever short drive away for days out seaside or forests. Loved it and would return!
Debbie B.doesn't recommend
May 27, 2024
Meadow Pitch - one tent only
Too many dogs
Too many dogs running around the site without their owners supervision. The basic amenities were ok except for unclean trough for washing up in - people had left lots of food in it. Really small doorway into the horse box loos.
Debbie B.doesn't recommend
May 26, 2024
Meadow Pitch - one tent only
Not for us
Unfortunately we were disappointed with Farrs Meadow. We are fans of simple camping and enjoying nature and the outdoors, that said this camp site is extremely basic. Our main grip was other camper’s dogs that ran around the entire field with no leads, doing their business which wasn’t picked up, and wandering in other people’s tents. We don’t have a dog but saw that the site stipulated that well behaved dogs kept on a lead could come which is fine by us but that rule wasn’t obeyed. Our children and others were playing and having to avoid dog poo. The loos in old horse boxes were fun - unless you were over 5’5 then you will bump your head getting in and out. The meadow is lovely with pretty views and great little walks.
Karl J.recommends
October 2, 2023
Meadow Pitch - one tent only
Our stay at Farrs Meadow.
Fantastic stay with David and family at Farrs Meadow. Lovely surroundings, amazing host and several pubs within walking distance. Well worth a stay!
Duncan H.recommends
October 2, 2023
Meadow Pitch - one tent only
Eco seclusion
Lovely secluded location within easy access to Wimborne and the Jurassic Coast. Great to see so much reuse of old farm equipment. Eco approach works perfectly for us.
Karl J.recommends
September 24, 2023
Meadow Pitch - one tent only
Our stay at Farrs Meadow
Such a lovely stay! We camped in the Meadow Pitch which gave us some stunning views and loads of space. The land was everything we needed, peace and quiet and only a short walk to the local river and the pub. David couldn't have been more helpful, always on hand for whatever we needed and a really great host.
Wimborne, Dorset, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by David T.Joined in June 2015
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.

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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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