Simple camping and glamping in an unspoilt location with glorious views of the Dorset Downs
They say “less is more” – a good philosophy, we think, when it comes to camping. Nowhere does this ring truer than Haddon Copse Farm, a 40 acre organic farm where looking after the landscape is second nature and camping meadows feel as at home in the scenery as the grazing fields that surround them.
Life here is about the simple pleasures. Off the beaten track, with dark skies at night and excellent views of the Blackmore Vale by day, the most discerning feature here is the relaxed atmosphere and the plentiful space the farm provides. Large pitches are placed around the edge of a vehicle-free field, populated in the middle by children throwing a frisbee and acquiring more than few grass stains – a souvenir of time spent truly enjoying the countryside. Each pitch has a fire-pit, while kindling, charcoal and logs can be bought from the farm at a very reasonable price.
The newest addition to the site is the Retreat Hut – a cosy cabin for couples with comfy double bed and outdoor campers kitchen, plus lots of lovely extras like fresh towels, organic cotton bedding, complimentary breakfast for your first morning, and, of course, that all important firepit.
The owner’s attitude, too, is exactly what you would hope for. “Settle yourselves in and we will come and see you at some point”, is the opening gambit of Tom, who has to spread time between running the farm and the campsite. A herd of cattle is ushered into new pastures and a morning check of the lambs is all carried out while campers are still yet to unzip the tent flaps. When they do, the reward is freshly baked bread and the chance to buy the fruits of all this labour; award-winning organic meats and eggs from the freely roaming chickens.
Ablutions here are eco-friendly. A stroll through the newly-planted orchard, leads to the to toilets and the wet-room style solar-powered showers. While there are also washing-up sinks and a freezer for ice-packs, the site is refreshingly underdeveloped. Just the way it seems it should be here. The place is blissfully unspoilt and activities like exploring local footpaths or cooking atop the campfire provide wonderfully authentic camping entertainment.
Beyond the wooden farm gates, continue the back to nature experience by swimming in the nearby River Stour, one of the best wild swimming rivers in the country. Its meandering course through the Blackmore Vale, classic Dorset dairy country, makes for various good walking routes, while historic spots like Hambledon Hill are perfect for a summer stroll and countryside picnic. As at the campsite, it's best to let the setting do the work. Walks, swims, picnics, they all allow you to explore Dorset’s wonderful countryside and, in between, the cosy, picture-perfect rural settlements aren’t half bad either.
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Hosted by Haddon Copse Farm.Joined in December 2014
17 Ratings · 25 reviews
August 1, 2022
What a find! We had the best time. Perfect for a quiet camping trip to switch off and relax. Tom was so friendly and welcoming. Being able to purchase produce from their organic farm was a lovely touch. Very yummy.
July 31, 2022
Peaceful, really nicely spaced out pitches.
October 9, 2021
This is one of the best camping experiences we've had in the UK. Everything about Haddon Copse Farm is exceptional.
Let's start with, Tom, the owner. He was kind, thoughtful and made the place feel very welcoming. He was available and happy to chat with everyone, but never imposed himself. In fact, when we had a disaster with our car breaking down on the penultimate day of camping, Tom went above and beyond to help us. Thank you!!
The atmosphere created at Haddon Copse is magical. With only seven pitches, there is lots of space and an amazing view of the valley. It's quiet, peaceful and everyone is respectful of others. No loud music, no parties and no massive gatherings. We met other lovely like minded families and our kids loved meeting up with others in the really friendly space.
The facilities are well maintained and cleaned to a high standard. There are local products available to buy for breakfast from Tom's farm. There are lots of lovely places to visit on the doorstep of the camp site.
Overall, it was an absolutely lovely experience and we can't wait to go again next year!
September 4, 2021
We loved everything about Haddon Copse; the layout of the field is lovely with so much space around each pitch and gorgeous views. We loved the thoughtful nature of the site and its ethos, with a fire pit for each pitch, mown pathways, the car-free field and handy barrows for unloading! The morning deliveries of milk etc was fabulous. Facilities were spotless and ample for the size of the size with plenty of hot water. Thanks to Tom who couldn’t have been more helpful.
August 25, 2021
We didn’t get a chance to meet ours hosts as we were pretty much always out. We only stayed for one night in a bell tent but the set up was lovely. We pulled up and it had instructions as to what to do/where to go etc. Which I loved. The bell tent was huge and had great space around and between each tent. There was 4 adults and still so much room in there. The toilet and shower areas were really clean and had sanitiser spray to use in both toilets. The view was amazing. Couldn’t fault it really. But loved it, will definitely return when and if we decide to come back that way. To top it off it had an amazing view.
August 21, 2021
I have just spent 3 nights here with my 2 daughters (5 & 12) in a bell tent and had a lovely time. This was our first girls trip and with some pre-trip planning (food and excursions) it went very well. The bell tent was nice and light so we didn't have to use torches or lanterns until much later in the evening which preserved the battery life. The mattresses were fine for the kids, I was able to double up mine as we had 4 in the tent and this made for a slightly comfier night, I'm used to a memory foam mattress and struggle away from home. Tom popped by to make sure we were ok and I was able to purchase everything to get a roaring bbq/fire going on the site, kindling, coal and logs at a very reasonable price. The showers and washing up sinks had plenty of hot water and the facilities are well managed and kept clean. There is a freezer for refreezing cool packs and the odd surprise chicken roaming the site :)
The weather wasn't warm enough for beaches while there so we ventured to Monkey World one day and the cinema in Yeovil another. I didn't get to sample any of the organic produce from the farm as my cool box was too well stocked but if we return I will take less for sure.
From the host
We run a small, quiet site where you can enjoy the peace and beauty of the Dorset countryside away from the hurly-burly of everyday life. We hope you'll begin to switch off the moment you arrive whether you are pitching your own tent, settling into one of our four bell tents or retreating to The Retreat Hut tucked away in the cider orchard. Switching off applies to your phone too - there's no electricity (except in The Retreat Hut), no wifi and patchy mobile reception and we think those are all good things! Instead, you can relax and enjoy some of life's simple pleasures - take in the view, stroll round our farm walk, light a fire, watch the stars. The site has a relaxed atmosphere and with just seven pitches, never feels crowded or full. All the pitches are well spaced out and it's just a short stroll through the orchard to our two private shower rooms/loos. We hope you'll find the personal touches such as advise on where to walk or swim, warm bread delivered to your tent in the morning or help choosing some of the food we produce on the farm for your barbeque will all combine to ensure that a stay at Haddon Copse Farm leaves you feeling refreshed and full of the good things in life!
On the doorstep, walking options allow you to discover a little more of the farm, following footpaths through the surrounding cow fields, sometimes accompanied by pigs and sheep. A short drive into the Dorset Downs provides further routes. Walk in the footsteps of Thomas Hardy and his characters or swim at various points along the River Stour, renowned for its clear, appealing waters. The Iron Age fort Hambledon Hill (01297 489481), is a few miles away with a steep 20 minute climb to the top. The slopes are trodden in interesting history but today it's a peaceful place, home to a nature reserve preserving the Adonis blue butterfly that flourishes on the chalkland downs. Sturminster Newton has a good collection of pubs and shops but travelling a little further to spots like Sherbourne and Shaftesbury is an excellent choice.
Food and drink
The farm produces award-winning organic meat under a separate brand name, 'Angel Cottage Organics', which is available onsite during the camping season, along with their free range eggs. Order the night before and they'll be delivered to your tent along with local organic milk, freshly baked bread and organic butter. With advanced notice you can also ask for sausages, chicken, lamb and pork from the freezer. For a good pub, try The Antelope Inn (01258 817295; 1 mile) The Green Man (01258 920022; 2½ miles) or The Ibberton (01258 817956; 4 miles).