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Sweet Hill Farm
46 reviews
· Dorset Dt5 2 Ds, England
1 acre
120 units
120 Motorhome/tent
Simple, almost-wild, seaside camping on the Isle of Portland
In Roman times, beacons were lit across Portland Bill to warn passing ships of the dangers of its pointed coastline. Many years and many unhappy accidents later, King George I conceded that its treacherous shores were likely in need of a lighthouse or two. Now, the famous Portland Bill Lighthouse is a far more welcoming sight for travellers, with Sweet Hill Farm, just a mile from its base, offering the ideal location for those looking to explore the island. Sweet Hill Farm provides a family-friendly hub for spirited adventurers to descend upon, in a site devoted to leaving as little impact upon its land as possible. 60 spacious camping pitches are available across several fields in an "almost-wild" setting, meaning that handcrafted compost toilets and cold water taps provide basic amenities, while ensuring its surroundings remain unspoiled. Don’t expect showers or modern facilities but do expect to open your tent each morning to a perfect sea view. Sweet Hill Farm is ideal for campers with an adventurous side. Its family-run Chesil Equestrian stables provide local trekking experiences, allowing visitors to meet and fall in love with the likes of Chip, Pepe, and Ffion before exploring Portland on horseback. Andrew Simpson Watersports Centre is just a 10-minute drive away and offers accessible sailing and watersports for all abilities, with classes and activities for ages five and over. Then for the particularly brave there’s abseiling courtesy of Portland Climbing, with its group climbing sessions offering a variety of grades to suit all skill levels. If all that adventuring sounds a little overwhelming, then follow the South West Coast Path from the edge of the campsite and you’ll eventually join 18-mile Chesil Beach, which feels positively endless from this point on its eastern tip. The beach provides a variety of idyllic fishing spots, as anglers travel from all across the country to catch Portland’s plaice, sole, and other sea-dwelling fish. Alternatively, enjoy a scenic 30-minute walk to The Lobster Pot Restaurant for one of their famous Dorset Cream Teas, situated right next to Portland Bill with unparalleled views of the coast. When you wake up on Sweet Hill Farm to a glorious view of the sea, with a day of exploration ahead of you and all of Portland’s pleasures within walking distance, you’ll wonder why it took nearly 2,000 years for the first lighthouse to be built there. Who wouldn’t want to see this place?
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Dorset Dt5 2 Ds, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Charlotte B.Joined in March 2021
77 Ratings · 46 reviews
Debora B.doesn't recommend
August 9, 2022
Camping Pitch
The camping was lovely, but the horses experience was horrible, we ended up at the hospital and the persons who were in charge of everything refused to have us the help we needed
Melissa J.recommends
August 7, 2022
Camping Pitch
Great little campsite, beautiful views and suitable facilities for nearly wild camping. Will return 🙂
Patrycja D.
August 7, 2022
Camping Pitch
We enjoyed time, beautiful farm. I would advise to update information, as on HiCamp advertisement there is no showers (but there is). Also we've been told to not do any BBQ, on advert it's only no BBQ on the ground. So we've been a bit confused, as we packed all food for BBQ.
Lily L.recommends
August 2, 2022
Camping Pitch
Animals were also cute
Me and my husband and children I really enjoyed our stay we will be coming back again when joyed the walk him across the mountains there is loads to do really adventurous for camping
Tom T.recommends
August 1, 2022
Camping Pitch
Used this site for a 1 night stop over,for £20 it done the job.
Rob J.recommends
July 30, 2022
Camping Pitch
Peaceful camping with lovely view.
We really enjoyed camping at Sweet Hill Farm Wild Camping site. The facilities are basic, six compost toilets which arent bad to use at all, cold water taps, one with a sink, but there is now a new shower block which has hot and cold showers , hot shower needs a two pound token which can be bought from the snack bar trailer near the entrance. The ground can be very hard and stoney in some places, luckily we had heavy duty tent pegs, but there is plenty of space to maybe find a better pitch with softer ground. Views were amazing and it is only a mile walk down to Portland Bill Lighthouse from the camp. It was very peaceful apart from the sounds of wildlife and farm animals. You are allowed to drive onto the camping fields to set up your tent, but then you are asked to park your car in the car park in an ajoining field. We have already recommended it to friends who have camper vans.
From the host
Our private land offers nearly wild camping in a glorious location with uninterrupted views over to Portland Bill. Come and enjoy the many activities Portland has to offer, from horse riding, walking, rock climbing, bird watching, fishing, sailing or enjoying ice creams at the famous Portland Bill lighthouse. Portland known as the jewel of Dorset, is a tied island, 4 miles long and just 5 miles south from Weymouth, forming the southernmost point of the county. The Jurassic Chesil Beach joins it to the mainland.
Nearby attractions
Portland Bill Lighthouse (01305 821050), the isle’s most famous landmark, is a 30-minute walk or five-minute drive away. Its accompanying Visitor Centre provides those brave enough to scale its 153 steps with the history of the 144-year old structure, while you’ll even be rewarded with a badge for making it to the top. Chesil Equestrian (01305 823719) is an on-site stable that provides horse trekking experiences around Portland’s coast, while Portland Climbing (07752454602) will get you set up with scaling the isle’s cliffs and Andrew Simpson Watersports Centre (01305 457400) will let you book sailing or watersports days out. The nearest beach, Church Ope Cove, is a five-minute drive or 25-minute walk away, while Chesil Beach is a 10-minute drive and Weymouth Beach is a 30-minute drive away.
Food and drink
The Lobster Pot (01305 820242) offers cream tea and crab sandwiches with a great view, though for a stiffer drink, The Eight Kings (01305 822110) serves real ale, a selection of home-cooked food, and the occasional live music. Quiddles Cafe (01305 820651) is a unique beach bar on Chesil Beach, a 10-minute drive away, providing delicious seafood straight from the source.
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