The Ergohacks Verdict

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.

We were a bit unlucky with camping neighbours – we pitched a bit too close to the quaint playpark where children hung out noisily until after 11 p.m. and just as the older kids were finally called to their bed, the adult campers on the other side returned from their day out and played loud music whilst drinking into the early morning hours despite quite a few campers asking them to keep it down a bit. Still, it was a lovely campsite to visit.

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. A fossil talk took place in the barn which was extremely well done and the atmosphere on the campsite was lovely. It’s a short drive from the Hideaway to the beaches of Dorset and the campsite is very well placed.

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Book directly with The Dorset Hideaway+

Price:  ± £15 to £66 depending on the party size and the type of accommodation.
Paid extras: £6 Fire Pit hire.

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About

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.

Design

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. For those looking for a suntrap – this is it. There is little shade, but plenty of sun, grass and room to run around.

Specification

Season: Easter – October
Access: Level access with adapted facilities
Accommodation: Tents, caravans, Glamping Bell Tents
Location: The Dorset Hideaway, Bridge Farm, Gassons/Cardsmill Lane, Whitchurch Canonicorum, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 6RW
Secure 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.
Parking: Free parking on pitch or for some, in the nearby car park
Nearby: Charmouth, Lyme Regis, West Bay, Abbotsbury.

Caravan & touring facilities
Hard standing with drainage, water and electrical hook-up points
Max. motor home length: 7.6 metre

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This travel review is based on a 1 night stay in a Non-electric grass pitch during insert June 2016. This article was first published on 28 July 2016 and last updated on 13 July 2017.