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Snelling Farm Campsite
64 reviews
· Wareham, England
30 acres
70 units
70 Motorhome/tent
An amazingly green, natural feel and care-free atmosphere near the Dorset coast
The Snelling Farm owners describes the campsite as ‘off the beaten track’ but not just because it’s so secluded – follow your SatNav and you end up with your engine bubbling in the River Frome, you have been warned! No, ‘off the beaten track’ is meant in a far more metaphorical sense. The delights of Dorset’s stony beaches and charming thatched villages, are actually relatively accessible and close at hand, but it’s the atmosphere that provides the real middle-of-nowhere feel they’re referring to. Hidden, tranquil and seemingly immersed in all things green and natural, Snelling Farm is a truly tucked away camping space. Road, track, lane, footpath... however you chose to find it, once you do you'll be glad you made the effort! Enclosed by flanks of mature oaks, Snelling Farm Campsite is a vast 23-acre field, crowned in its centre with another small cluster of trees. Beyond these essentials of grass, trees and ample open space, the campsite really boasts very little. There is a shower block, with surprisingly brilliant showers ­– pumping out toasty hot water – and a few fresh water taps dotted around. Yet other than these (and the eco toilets) there’s little to sing and dance about – no electrical hook ups and no playground. The resulting vibe is not one of neglect but rather a sense of sheer space and freedom. Campers can pitch where they like, kids can run wild and picture perfect wisps of white smoke drift softly into the air, a sign that campfires are a care-free fact of life here. At certain times of year the site is shared with various critters. Roe Deer are regular (if rather elusive) visitors, grey squirrels to and fro from tree to tree and sheep from the farm’s 250-strong herd graze the field and river edges. Follow their lead down to the water's edge and the wide, lazy waters of the Frome are as appealing to those on two legs as four. Kids will love dabbling in the shingley silt of the riverbed down by the ford (a 10 minute walk) and the sense of nature and tranquillity the spot affords is perfect for a care-free afternoon picnic. Offsite the picturesque little town of Moreton has a tea rooms and a historic church where T.E Lawrence (of Arabia fame) was laid to rest. His name has consequently been put to the Lawrence of Arabia Trail that runs past the campsite and through the countryside – an excellent family route for both walking and cycling. It’s also possible to reach his house Clouds Hill in Bovington, which is now maintained by the National Trust. What with these, the local Tank Museum, an intriguing Ape Rescue Centre and the joys of the Jurrasic Coast just a half hours drive away, Snelling Farm Campsite certainly has a world to discover on it’s doorstep. What a shame it is only open for a few fleeting weekends each summer – we could happily stay for a whole year!
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Wareham, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Snelling F.Joined in July 2015
71 Ratings · 64 reviews
Sam S.recommends
August 16, 2022
Grass Camping Pitch - Non electric
Great site. Staff were friendly and helpful. Loads of space. Lovely walk to the nearby ford. Would definitely come again.
Dan C.recommends
August 15, 2022
Grass Camping Pitch - Non electric
real nice!
great spot for camping, with nice surrounding area. helpful staff. one suggestion, after 50 kids descending on two composting toilets - with the boys not using the urinals for some reason - the loos were not left in a good state for the other campers.
Emily R.recommends
August 13, 2022
Grass Camping Pitch - Non electric
Wonderful family campsite!
The campsite was beautiful (it was HUGE!) and the toilets, showers, basins and washing up area were very clean. Everyone was very friendly and we found the camp shop very handy! Our kiddies loved the rope swings and hay bale play structure and particularly the stories with the sheepdog on Weds evening! It was a little tricky to find the location the first time but it really is a beautiful countryside escape. Whilst staying here, we enjoyed visiting Studland beach and Corfe Castle and walking from the campsite to the ford nearby. We had a lovely time exploring Old Harry Rocks and the Tank Museum as well as a dinner out (and play afterwards in the fountains!) in Dorchester. I would highly recommend this lovely campsite in a lovely part of the world.
Rebecca B.recommends
August 12, 2022
Grass Camping Pitch - Non electric
I enjoyed my stay at Snelling Farm. It is a friendly site and well organised, with a small shop for supplies and good facilities. The campsite is located in beautiful surroundings; including pine forests with trails, tracks down to a local ford which is suitable for paddling and having fun (busy on hot days!) and a lovely walk to the village of Moreton which has a super church (with a fantastic collection of etched windows) and Walled Gardens with a lovely coffee shop. Very centrally located for Poole, Weymouth and Dorchester - lots to explore. I’d love to come back.
Jenni C.recommends
August 8, 2022
Grass Camping Pitch - Non electric
Beautiful site with plenty of space
Lee S.recommends
July 31, 2022
Grass Camping Pitch - Non electric
Perfect, simple campsite
The Snelling's campsite was perfect. Large fields to pitch up anywhere you wanted and felt really spacious amongst other campers. Toilets, showers, water was all kept really clean and close by. Its in the middle of nowhere with no nearby light pollution so the stars were so bright in the sky. Its in a great location to explore Dorset and the Jurassic coast.
From the host
We invite you to stay at our farm in the heart of Dorset on the edge of the River Frome. Snelling Farm offers a stunning location for camping which is perfect for families, friends and couples alike. The farm is off the beaten track and campers can enjoy the freedom of choosing their own pitch, sitting around a campfire and toasting marshmallows whilst looking for shooting stars in the beautiful night sky. Get back to basics with a little bit of eco-friendly luxury; toasty warm showers, washing up sinks and eco-friendly loos on site. We have a very small on site reception and shop selling a small range of produce from the farm and local area. Surrounded by miles of forest walking and cycling the campsite is also in easy driving distance of local attractions such as The Tank Museum, Monkey World and the world famous beaches of the Jurassic Coast including Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door are only 20 minutes away. Snelling Farm is over a mile from the nearest road, down a long farm track, in an unspoiled location where you feel connected to the countryside and nature around you. It is for this reason that we wanted to set up a campsite to enable campers to go back to basics and enjoy the magnificent ancient oak trees and the abundance of wildlife that visits the farm. We cannot guarantee no noise from a snuffling hedgehog, a singing bird or a few campers having a laugh round a campfire but we do have a no music rule and a noise curfew of 10.30pm (week nights) and 11.30pm (weekends) as we want all our campers to enjoy to their stay. The freedom of choosing your own pitch in a large field grant all campers the opportunity for maximum social distancing.
Nearby attractions
Snelling Farm sits on the Lawrence of Arabia Trail, offering direct access to over 6 miles of cycling and walking through Moreton and Bovington Forest which is suitable for families and children. Keen cyclists and walkers can head into neighbouring Affpuddle Forest for a longer excursion. Moreton Ford is a 10 minute walk away – unique for its width and shallowness, the ford is perfect for a picnic by the shore, while paddling and swimming. Worth a visit whilst you're there is the church of St Nicholas, home to world famous etched windows and the grave of Lawrence of Arabia. The Bovington Tank Museum (3 miles; 01929 405096) and Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre (5 miles; 01929 462537) are great family days out nearby, while the Jurassic Coast, including Durdle Door, Swanage, Kimmeridge and Lulworth Cove is around half an hour (10 miles) away.
Food and drink
It's a 15 minute walk to The Dovecot Cafe (Open Mon–Sun; 10am–5pm; 01929 463647) situated within The Walled Gardens in Moreton, highly recommended. They do lunches and light bites, plus traditional cream teas that are the real winner. Pub-wise the nearest is the Frampton Arms (01305 852253), and the excellent Countryman (01305 852666) in East Knighton. Both of these you need to jump in the car for due to a lack of pavements. There is a small shop on site selling farm produce and a Co-Op Local Store 3 miles away in Crossways.
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