With the summer here we’re all thinking about escaping to the beach or countryside and camping is a potentially great way to do so – but how does a campsite that also has a spa attached sound? The Dorset Hideaway has a combination of camping, glamping, fishing and Spa set in the Dorset hills which is quite unique. The Dorset Hideaway is set on a tiny country road high in the hills around three miles from the sea and feels beautiful, isolated and serene. The site has expanded over the last few years from a simple tent camping field to being able to handle Glamping in tepees, hard standing for tourers and caravans, electric and nonelectric tents and having a fishing pond.
Price: ± £ From £15 to £66 depending on the party size and the type of accommodation
Paid extras: £6 Fire Pit hire, £2 DVDs, £3 Large game hire, £1 Board games.
Delivery costs: Free Delivery
About The Dorset Hideaway
The Dorset Hideaway started as many smaller campsites do – an attempt by a squeezed small farm to generate more revenue. The small families proved popular partially because of the beautiful location and partially because they were so near the popular Jurassic Coast. The site has expanded since then with more facilities, the Spa and Glamping. There are several expansions also planned for 2017 including on-site food, an indoor play area and another pond.
It is a medium campsite with around 50 pitches divided a several fields that makes it feel more smaller than it actually is. We camped in the grass tent pitch near the small play play area. The grass camping pitches were not outlined or restricted but the electric hook up and caravan pitches were. In all cases there were several metres between people and their neighbors with several deliberately wild areas to break up the predominantly flat site. We were nearly as far as you can get from the facilities and they were still less than five minutes walk away from us.
- Target audience: Family groups and couples only with larger single sex groups such as Stag parties specifically banned
- Layout: Multiple camping fields broken up by wooden fences and some hedges. Multiple paths between locations. Facilities are in a line along the road.
- Target age range – families and small groups
- Target gender: Unisex/gender neutral, with segregated male/female toilets with clear signage.
- Season: Open from Easter onwards to the beginning of November then again for over the Christmas break
Environment & People
Starting at £34 for two nights for two adults the Dorset Hideaway can be a decent budget option for those wanting to get away to Dorset and the Jurassic Coast over the summer. That price includes washing facilities, water and waste disposal, the playground and fishing. There are several paid extras available such as a weekly fossil hunt and talk and trailer rides but all the fundamentals are covered in the normal cost.
Travel season: Summer plus some autumn and winter dates
Accommodation: Grass tent pitches (electric and non-electric), hardstanding touring pitch (electric), Mixed pitch (electric), full service mixed pitches and preassembled glamping pitches
Location: Dorset near Bridport in the hills around 3 miles from the sea.
On-line booking: Yes
Check-in: Between 3 and 6pm with some 6 – 8pm arrivals possible by arrangement
Check-out: By 11am unless by arrangement
Public transport: Nearest route 3 miles away
Map: Map can be found here .
Caravan & touring facilities
Hard standing with drainage, water and electrical hook-up points
Max. motor home length: 7.6 metres
The site is around 3 miles from the sea and specifically from one of the best fossiling beaches in the UK at Charmouth. That translates to around a 10 minute drive or if you’re adventurous there’s a path that follows a nearby stream all the way down to the sea – just don’t forget you’ll have to walk back up the hill!
The Dorset Hideaway is well named – it offers a serene country location only a few miles from a very popular coastline. The on site facilities are well laid out and beautifully presented and clean and whilst we had a few issues with another campers noise it was a great overnight stay. Recommended for those looking to stay in Dorset somewhere child friendly with a relaxing and different feel.
This travel review is based on a 1 night stay in a Non-electric grass pitch during insert June 2016. Read more about Ergohacks’ eco and access used in reviews. This article was first published on 28th July 2016.