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Sweet Hill Farm

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· Isle Of Portland, Dorset, England
1 acre hosted by Charlotte B.
10 motorhome/tent pitches
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Amazing views
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Family-friendly
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.
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, hot showers and cold water taps provide basic amenities, while ensuring its surroundings remain unspoiled. 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?

By day you will see kestrels, owls and wildflowers, and with zero light pollution by night you can enjoy the most beautiful star gazing. We own a riding school so you can also book to ride and see the island on horseback. Here we offer nearly wild camping. With minimal facilities and as little impact on the land as possible, we have handcrafted compost toilets and cold water on tap in each field. Come prepared for some wild weather but enjoy the breathtaking landscapes and coastline.
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Andrew B.recommends
July 8, 2024
Camping Pitch
A friendly welcome with a chilled out vibe. A nice little cafe serving a wide range of great coffee, snacks and drinks. A close to wild camp experience, good access to Portland Bill and Coastal path, long sea views. Although due to the near cliff top location it got very windy on our visit as it is unfortunately quite exposed.
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Lauren L.recommends
July 5, 2024
Camping Pitch
A wonderful stay at Sweet Hill Farm
We enjoyed our stay at Sweet Hill Farm and would definitely recommend. Although our host was not there check us in in person, we were able to on the phone. The farm was easy to navigate so we parked our camper, pitched our tent and enjoyed our spot in the Sunrise Patch. There is available drinking water, clean showers and toilets that are in pretty good condition for what you’d expect whilst wild camping. For the most part they don’t smell and there was a decent supply of toilet roll! There are some beautiful walks around the campsite and into the village. We liked the pub ‘8 Kings’ which is a 5 minute walk away. Coffee and bacon rolls were on offer at the campsite but we’d make our own :) Remember it’s a farm so you’ll hear horses and cockerels 🐴🐔
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Patrick S.recommends
July 3, 2024
Camping Pitch
Lovely location, basic facilities, but adequate for what for what we needed.
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Steven W.recommends
June 28, 2024
Camping Pitch
Enjoyed the experience. Advertised as almost wild camping but has some great add ons …. Perfect
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Kai B.recommends
June 21, 2024
Camping Pitch
Great camp site, clean toilets and showers and plenty of space - would definitely come back!
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Tara J.recommends
June 16, 2024
Camping Pitch
Lovely spot with amazing sea views and fields of horses all around. We had a great stay and really enjoyed the walk down to the lighthouse.
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Isle Of Portland, Dorset, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Charlotte B.

Joined in March 2021
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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