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Shilvington Barn Glamping
7 reviews
· England
1 acre
4 units
4 Glamping
Bell tent glamping with views of Hardy's Monument, Chesil Beach and the sparkling Fleet
There's a reason this part of West Dorset has been designated an 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty'. The number of stunning spots is difficult to count. And if you want a vantage point from which to take it all in, Shilvington Barn probably deserves the title of 'Campsite of Outstanding Natural Beauty'. Set in the grounds of a family-run farm, the place is both lost within the folds of the landscape yet also high above it, with breathtaking views right from your tent door. To reach the site you’ll first have to travel up a sloping farm track, gifting better and better views with every metre climbed. At the top is the flat, grassy field, where glampers enjoy views north to Hardy's Monument and, to the south, of shingle Chesil Beach, which seems to float above the shimmering waters of the fleet. In the foreground, meanwhile, cattle graze the neighbouring meadow, seemingly unaware of the glorious views they get to enjoy even when the glampers have gone home. There's just a handful of tents available, pre-pitched and fully furnished. Each is individually decorated with full moon mats and rugs and a double and single bed. Firepits and cooking tripods are also provided for al fresco cooking and there's a complimentary basket of firewood, kindling and matches to get you started. Otherwise, things here are relatively paired back. The site is largely off-grid, so it's a great place to forget about WhatsApp and emails and absorb the view and the sound of the birds. There's still the use of good showers, loos and washing-up facilities though of course. The view will no doubt draw you out. You can hop on the Jubilee Trail near the far end of the campsite, following the footpath to the Hardy Monument (around 40 minutes' walk) or east to the pub and tea rooms in Upwey (just under an hour). The real attraction, though, is undoubtedly the Jurassic Coast, with Weymouth, Abbostbury and Chesil Beach all within a 15-minute drive. The trapped brackish water behind the Chesil Beach – The Fleet – is an ideal bird-watching spot and there are great walks along the South West Coast Path, which follows the shoreline for several miles.
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Hosted by David C.Joined in March 2021
8 Ratings · 7 reviews
Beth M.recommends
August 2, 2022
Kingfisher Bell Tent
Beautiful secluded spot
We loved glamping at Shilvington Barn! Great set up in our bell tent, warm showers and the views are spectacular. David was really helpful and accommodating. We'll definitely be back!
Kiran S.recommends
August 21, 2021
Dandelion Bell Tent
The tent was comfortable, clean bedding and comfy beds. The fire pit and supplies was appreciated. It was full during our stay, the toilets needed maintaining more often, they smelt very bad. The showers were also not hot, again this may have been to too many users.
Gemma B.recommends
August 20, 2021
Dandelion Bell Tent
We loved our stay here so much that when we arrived at the next glamping site that we had booked several hours away and found it not to match Shilvington Barn in any regard, we jumped in the car and came all the way back for an extra night. The tents are in a truly peaceful spot with no car noise at all - just the sound of sheep, cows and owls. You wake up to see the sea and the coastline through the tent doors and if you’ve been organised enough to bring a few cooking utensils, you can cook everything on your own grill with wood and some BBQ tools provided. The thing that made this a real luxury was the very limited number of tents in the site and that there more clean showers than tents. The tents were really clean and comfy. We will definitely return here in the future as it had everything we could need close to all the lovely Dorset beaches and towns
Lucy H.recommends
August 16, 2021
Heather Bell Tent
Our glamping experience at Shilvington was situated with the best views on the campsite. The tents were spacious and clean and the beds were really comfortable.The fire pit was great to cook on but would recommend taking a stove to boil a kettle and maybe fry an egg on. Because this campsite wasn’t hugely busy all the facilities were clean and well maintained. Would highly recommend.
Sherty O.recommends
August 6, 2021
Kingfisher Bell Tent
Great location to explore Weymouth. The place is really spacious and clean. An abundance of view. The tent is super clean and comfortable, the beddings the best. a great addition is the BBQ equipment for every tent. Things to improve - Showers, can be better and more comfortable. Toilet very hard to flush. Electricity: phones nowadays are everything, our wallet our camera and GPS, therefore, a bank power to charge the phone can be a great addition. thank you for the great adventure!!
Anna K.recommends
August 2, 2021
Willow Bell Tent
The tent is brilliant, very clean, comfy beds. Loads of space around, you feel the freedom!!! Very well behaved guests. Overall great. The road lealding to the camp site can be difficult when driving a low car. Again, very very impressed with the tent. Thanks
From the host
Glamping here enjoys stunning views with Weymouth Bay and Chesil Beach in one direction, Hardy's Monument in another direction and beautiful rolling hills and fields in every direction. Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway or a family holiday, it's ideal for a stress free getaway in the heart of nature. The bell tents are located on Shilvington Barn Campsite. Each bell tent has a double bed and a single bed. An additional fold out bed (Futon) can be added if needed. The tents are individually decorated, with full moon mats and rugs for additional comfort. Each tent has a bench outside for your own personal use, a fire pit and a cooking tripod for some outdoor cooking or simply for some warmth in the evenings. A basket of firewood, kindling and matches are provided, along with some finishing touches for you to discover on arrival. Fantastic walks and views are available directly from the site and stunning beaches within a short drive. There's no electric or WiFi, meaning you can fully focus on relaxing and enjoying yourselves without the distraction of devices. You can bring your pets with you as long as they are kept on a lead whilst on site. Open from 16 July to 6 September
Nearby attractions
It's 10 minutes' drive to the Abbotsbury Swannery (01305 871858), sanctuary to 100 swans, and the 18th-century Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens (01305 871387) – if you're visiting both, get a dual ticket and it's cheaper. There are plenty of beaches nearby. The closest are Chesil Beach (15 minutes' drive) and family-friendly Weymouth. The latter, a seaside resort town, has a lovely crescent-shaped beach is great for kids and you can hop on a mackerel-fishing trip straight from the harbour. There's also West Bay, famous as the home of the Broadchurch TV series, Charmouth and Lyme Regis which are great for fossil hunting, Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove to name but a few. For walking, try The Jubilee Trail or the South Dorset Ridgeway, which takes in the Hardy Monument and the Hell Stone burial chamber.
Food and drink
The Kings Arms in Portesham (01305 871342) is under 10 minutes away in the car. Serving hearty local produce, the award-winning pub has a lovely beer garden with a stream running through it, while the friendly dining service inside is relaxed and dog friendly. Elm Tree Inn in Langton Herring (01305 871257) is also under 10 minutes away, built some 400-years ago, the pub is full of character and charm, serving local ales, ciders and fine wines galore. Around 15 minutes away is The Brewer’s Arms (013058 89361), this traditional spot also has a great beer garden for making the most of the summer weather as well as a real fire inside for when the forecast isn’t looking so great, they also have a tempting takeaway menu if you’d rather eat back at camp.
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