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Snelling Farm Campsite

· Wareham, Dorset, England
30 acres hosted by Snelling F.
70 motorhome/tent pitches
Recent Hipcampers say this Hipcamp is great for families and kids.
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Named one of the best Hipcamps to visit in 2023.
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! Unlimited pitch size, plenty of space for gazebos and car parking. No hidden costs for extras. Please note that single occupancy tents or tents with 1x adult and 1x child are subject to our minimum tent fee. ie. please complete separate bookings if you are booking for 2 adults and wish to bring 2 tents. Please phone if you are unsure.  Car parking allowed by your tent Choose your own pitch, perfect for social distancing Please ensure at least a 10m gap between you and your neighbors including parked cars etc, anyone pitching too closely will be asked to move their tent.
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115 Ratings · 86 reviews
Nikki T.recommends
August 23, 2023
Grass Camping Pitch - Non electric
Everything that was described on the site and more. Beautiful space, quiet, friendly and helpful.
Jelena B.recommends
August 23, 2023
Grass Camping Pitch - Non electric
Just simply perfect camping place, we were looking for wild camping experience and this place was perfect with plenty of space between each tent. Loved this camping site and definitely will be back next year again.
Beck ?.recommends
August 20, 2023
Grass Camping Pitch - Non electric
Wonderful camping trip at smelling farm. The kids get the freedom of running around and playing at the hay bales and we love the open spread out fields with plenty of space for pitching. The nearby ford and walled garden are a massive bonus too! We’ll be back again (again!)
Gavin W.
August 9, 2023
Grass Camping Pitch - Non electric
Need to get the solar powered showers and washing up sorted. Campsite was quiet and even then had no hot water at any of the times throughout the 5 day stay. Also need somewhere for men to have a wet shave
Kate P.recommends
August 7, 2023
Grass Camping Pitch - Non electric
Fantastic campsite
Really lovely site in a great location. Lovely walk to the nearby ford which was great for the kids and dog. Clean facilities and handy little shop. Super friendly owners too.
Hollie S.recommends
July 30, 2023
Grass Camping Pitch - Non electric
It was lovely campsite. Toilets were excellent. Beautiful surroundings. Only let down was no hot water for washing dishes etc
Wareham, Dorset, 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
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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