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Marshwood Farm Camping
31 reviews
· Dinton, England
1 acre
10 units
5 Glamping
5 Tent
Quiet, family-friendly camping and glamping on a farm in rolling Wiltshire countryside
The golden rule of camping at Marshwood Farm is: ‘don’t forget your torch’. On a moonless night out here in rural Wiltshire it gets dark. So dark, in fact, that the area has been classified as an International Dark Sky Reserve. To the likes of you and I who just want to pitch a tent somewhere pretty near Stonehenge, what does that mean? It means, firstly, that in order to protect the dark skies there aren’t any lights to show the way to the loo – hence the advice on torches. And, secondly, it’s an amazing place for stargazing. Marshwood Farm Camping is not only under protected skies but on protected land too; in the Cranbourne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It’s a landscape of rolling hills, chalk grassland, rivers and ancient woodland and it has one of the lowest population densities in the south west. You’ll certainly have no neighbours out here, save for the farming family who run the place, their 400 sheep and fellow campers. There are just six camping pitches and two pre-pitched bell tents in the main family-friendly camping field. Then, a little more tucked away, just up the track are two lovely shepherd’s huts for couples. These are fully equipped and each have their own compost loo and shower shack outside, so you can stay secluded if you want to. The main field is more sociable, with a shared utility barn featuring hot showers, flushing toilets and a kitchenette. There’s space to sit undercover here too, great if it rains or if it gets too hot out in the south-facing field, which is a bit of a sun trap in good weather. So back to that packing checklist; you’ve got your torch, you’ve packed your camping kit and you’ve even thrown in the suncream. If you’ve got an English Heritage Card you won’t want to leave that behind either. All of history seems to be here. There’s Elizabethan Longleat and medieval Waldour Castle. There’s the Gothic cathedral in Salisbury with Iron-Age remains and Roman ruins nearby at Old Sarum. And, of course, we’re leaving the best to last; less an elephant in the room than a megalith on the Salisbury plains: Stonehenge. It’s the best-known prehistoric monument in Wiltshire and the world and it’s just 13 miles from the campsite. No-less-mysterious Avebury is not far off either. How they got there is anyone’s guess; one to ponder under Marshwood Farm’s dark and starry skies.
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Dinton, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Catherine L.Joined in February 2021
32 Ratings · 31 reviews
Gemma H.recommends
August 14, 2022
Grass pitch 3
We had such a lovely stay at Catherine’s campsite at Marshwood farm! Being in the heart of a heatwave, having the utility barn with showers, fridge/freezer, shade from the sun and other thoughtful items in the shop was a real blessing. Beautiful countryside to explore, we will definitely be back to stay here as we felt we only scratched the surface of the local area!
Ben L.recommends
August 13, 2022
Grass pitch 5
Perfect campsite for young familes
Excellent chilled out campsite perfect for young families, small with not many pitches and everything you need is on site including a kitchen and cooking equipment. The farm is lovely with great walks from the tent possible across the fields. Had a great time camping with my 5 year old, we booked another stay while we were there!
Jody H.recommends
August 8, 2022
Grass pitch 2
What a lovely campsite with outstanding facilities
Sam ?.recommends
August 6, 2022
Grass pitch 3
Peaceful, small gem of a campsite.
Beautiful, peaceful, small gem of a campsite. Lovely, welcoming host. Camp fires and clear starry nights. In an exquisite part of Wiltshire with lots of walks and driving proximity to Salisbury, Wilton and Stonehenge. Well equipped, large, kitchen/utility barn with tables, fridge and freezer. Can buy milk, eggs, firewood and a few camp food basics. Spotless showers and toilets. No cars on site which contributes to the calm. Wheel barrows to transport stuff from car park. A wonderful, restorative place.
Doris H.recommends
August 1, 2022
Grass pitch 1
I loved the view, the site and facilities, and of course Catherine! Clean, with an honesty shop and supplies for camping. Walking distance from lake, village and beautiful grounds to walk on too
Jennifer R.recommends
August 1, 2022
Grass pitch 5
Absolutely brilliant!
We couldn’t have wished for a better campsite to take our 2 year old on his first camping adventure. The camping field was lovely, good sized pitches and plenty of space to run around and play games. The utility barn was brilliant, Catherine has provided everything you could need including kitchen appliances, crockery, washing up gear and an honesty shop - you could pretty much turn up with your tent and sleeping gear and you’d be ok! Catherine is a lovely host and we really enjoyed our weekend here, could fault a thing.
From the host
Marshwood Farm Camping is a small, quiet, family run campsite on a working farm near Dinton, Salisbury. We are a small campsite, but have a range of camping accommodation and prices, so have something for everyone. We have two shepherd's huts perfect for couples quiet getaways. We have two bell tents set up ready to go for families or friends who want an easy relaxing break. And for the more hardened campers, we have six large grass pitches. We have a utility barn for all guests to use, where you will find the kitchenette, loos and showers, plug to charge your phone etc.
Nearby attractions
Dinton Park is a short walk from Marshwood Farm and a nice place for walks and picnics in the grounds of a Neo-Grecian house (no access to the house). Grovely Wood and Langford Lakes Nature Reserve (01722 790770) are both lovely places to walk nearby, both around five miles away. The lakes are great for birdwatching and there’s a good café there too. Old Waldour Castle (01747 870487) is eight miles from the campsite and it’s just ten miles to historic Salisbury with its magnificent cathedral. Just outside the city you can visit Old Sarum (01722 335398), the ruins of a once thriving town and the site of the original Salisbury Cathedral. Stonehenge (0370 333 1181) is just 13 miles from Marshwood and Avebury Henge is 30 miles away. From Avebury you can walk to see several other Neolithic stone circles and monuments and also visit The Alexander Keiller Museum, which showcases finds and explains the known history. Longleat Safari Park, and the historic house and gardens are 22 miles from the campsite.
Food and drink
The closest pub is The Wyndham Arms (01722 716999) in Dinton, just over a mile away and recommended by your hosts. They also recommend The Kingfisher Café at Langford Lakes for coffee and cakes, overlooking the water and wildfowl at this nature reserve, five miles from the site. For supplies for the campsite, head to the Bird & Carter Farm Shop and Deli or the shops in Tisbury, five miles to the west, or Wilton, six miles east.
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