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Flowerdew Farm

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· Bridport, Dorset, England
2 acres hosted by Claire I.
4 glamping pitches · 10 tent pitches
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Bell tents and camping with alpacas near Dorset’s Jurassic Coast

Eco-friendly, animal-friendly and people-friendly, Flowerdew Farm offers camping and bell tents on a small site just inland of Dorset’s Jurassic Coast. There’s a welcoming host, a resident artist, a small herd of alpacas and a couple of pygmy goats. As they graze in the paddock next to the campsite it’s hard not to fall for the charms of these friendly creatures. Or indeed for the whole experience at Flowerdew Farm. It’s a place that’s been handbuilt with real care for the land, the community and, of course, visiting campers. Plus, it’s only half a mile to a great local pub, a mile to the nearest farm shop and two miles to the closest beach.

Campers are greeted at the gate by host Claire who shows you where to park your car and where your pitch is in the car-free camping field. She’ll point out the site’s simple facilities – though her hand-painted signs do that too. There’s a portable toilet, a rustic but lovely timber and tin hot-water shower and an open-air wash-up station. There’s also an undercover rest area in The Stables with seating and a communal-use fridge freezer. It’s occasionally used by some of the community groups who visit the farm for wellness or willow-weaving workshops (ask Claire in advance to find out when these take place). The site is home to a maximum of 15 tents at a time with four bell tents for hire as well. Three are unfurnished, one comes with everything you need for your stay.

This is a sociable site; the kind of place where you get to know your neighbours and your host. Don’t be surprised if an impromptu wellie-wanging competition or craft session kicks off. It’s all part of the charm of Flowerdew Farm. But there’s plenty to charm you off site too: the 16th-century pub down the road, the surrounding scenery of the peaceful Bride Valley and the beaches of the Jurassic Coast. Here, you are just about midway between Weymouth and Lyme Regis, a great base from which to explore all of West Dorset.

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Alice R.recommends
May 27, 2024
Grass Pitch
Great bank holiday weekend at Flowerdew Farm - fab location to walk the Jurassic Coastal path and explore with ease. Claire was really friendly and made us feel very welcome.
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Katie S.recommends
May 7, 2024
Grass Pitch 4
What a wonderful place
We loved the space. The alpacas and goats were such a great addition. The stables were very comfy and was nice to have a space to get out of the rain in. Claire was so friendly and helpful and was on hand for anything you needed. Would highly recommend and would love to come back. The only negative is the porta-loo was very smelly and full by the end of day 3
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Kamil W.recommends
September 27, 2023
Bella The Empty Bell Tent
A clean, well maintained tent and site. Located near some great walks and beaches. There were alpacas and goats on the farm land, which was a great addition. Claire was a fantastic host and I can definitely recommend her site.
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Nic H.recommends
August 30, 2023
Bettie The Empty Bell Tent
Eco camping at its best. Great Host
We have had a fabulous time stay in Bettie the empty Bell tent. Flowerdew Farm campsite is excellent. Small, which made for a lovely family stay. The amenities are kept super clean. No need to bring toilet paper, shampoo, shower gel, hand soap or washing up liquid and cloths, Claire supplies all of this for your stay, all eco friendly product.) Plus you can hire your fire pit/ BBQ. Logs also available to buy. Fidge and freezer on site. The animals are super cute and inquisitive. As for Claire the host, she is amazing. So friendly, always available should you need her, she really is doing a fabulous job. Keep up the great work your doing at Flowerdew Farm Claire. We hope to see you soon. ✌️🫶🩷x
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Felix C.recommends
August 2, 2023
Bella The Empty Bell Tent
Go to Flowerdew Farm!
Flowerdew Farm is a gleaming example of how a campsite should be run, I can’t fault it one little bit. Everything is so nicely done, hand crafted, recycled and eco friendly. Claire is the loveliest person, so friendly, helpful and a wonderful host. She puts her utmost care and attention into the site and her beautiful animals who are all very happy and healthy which is really great to see, animal welfare is a big part of Flowerdew Farm. The campsite and landscape is thoughtfully laid out and there’s a magnificent willow stargazing structure sitting by the entrance which glows by sparkling lights at dusk. The whole site is adorned by warm festoon and fairy lights at night, creating a stunning and magical ambience. All the facilities are top notch, clean and very comfortable to use. The buildings boast a vibrant, enticing feel and are well maintained. The tents are a great space to be in, they are cared for, clean and fresh. So easy to just rock up and get settled in! The views of the surrounding Dorset countryside are fantastic and the site is situated in a lovely remote spot. There is a village pub a short walk down the road where a curry van currently parks up every Tuesday evening and graces everyone with amazing food. Everything is nature and wellness focused at Flowerdew, it’s such a refreshing place to be. I could go on forever but I’ll let you discover this amazing site for yourself! You won’t regret it. Thank you so so much for having me!
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Rachel M.recommends
July 16, 2023
Grass Pitch 3
Tranquil retreat
We had a lovely stay with Claire. She couldn’t do enough for us, always on the end of the phone or happy to chat. Loads of info about both the farm and the local area. We will certainly be back!
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Bridport, Dorset, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Claire I.Joined in May 2023
From the host
Flowerdew Farm is a eco friendly two acre working alpaca and goat smallholding, glamping and camping site. Located in an area of outstanding natural beauty on West Dorset’s stunning Jurassic coast, surrounded by stunning views. Perfect for those that want to experience sleeping next to our alpacas and goats; go explore the beautiful Dorset beaches; of for those that want to adventure off on a hike. We also offer animal experiences for those that want to meet our animals.
Nearby attractions

Flowerdew Farm offers Alpaca Meet & Greet sessions for campers, which should be booked in advance (at an extra cost). It’s a lovely and therapeutic way to spend time on the farm, all supervised by host Claire and/or her friendly volunteers. You can head out on walks from the campsite on country lanes and footpaths – including towards the coast which is just a couple of miles away. West Bexington is the closest beach, just beyond the village of Swyre. This is also where you can hop aboard a Jurassic Coaster, a handy bus service that runs up and down the length of the coast. Use it to travel west to the village of Burton Bradstock (three miles), West Bay (six miles), inland to the market town of Bridport (six miles) or even all the way to Lyme Regis (16 miles). West Bay is the closest beach that’s good for swimming, Lyme Regis is a great place for fossil hunting and there are plenty of other beaches and coastal highlights along the way. In the other direction, you skirt Chesil Beach all the way to Weymouth (14 miles). There’s lots of family fun there. Other attractions in the near area include Vurlands Family Farm (one mile), Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens and Abbotsbury Swannery (five miles).

Food and drink

Flowerdew Farm is only half a mile from Puncknowle village where you’ll find the charming thatched 16th-century pub, The Crown Inn. The pub is a sociable place with a beer garden that serves food and sometimes hosts food trucks, quiz nights and local music. For lunch out overlooking the sea, head for The Hive Beach Cafe down at Hive Beach (three miles) which offers fresh fish and seafood on its menus. There’s a pub, The Three Horseshoes, which does good food in the pretty village of Burton Bradstock too (also three miles). For food to cook at the campsite or for picnics, head to Modbury Farm Shop, just a mile away from the campsite. Burton Bradstock has a small convenience store and for more than that, there’s Bridport (six miles). Market day there is Wednesday and there’s a good range of independent shops and small supermarkets too.

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