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Dorset glamping

Explore the countryside and more on Dorset glamping family holidays

This beautiful county in South West England is the perfect place for a family glamping holiday. Located on the English Channel coast, Dorset is largely rural and an area of outstanding natural beauty. Its coastline features notable sites such as the Durdle Door, the Isle of Portland, Chesil Beach and Lulworth Cove. Come and explore this county for luxury camping Dorset.

Enjoy a luxury camping Dorset experience

The county is hugely appealing, with the coast and the attractive countryside drawing in many visitors. The landscape is wonderfully varied, meaning there’s plenty to explore. Extensive low lying heathlands unfold in the east while the west is hilly and covered in fields and woodlands. The centre of the county is mainly chalk downland dominated by streams and rivers.

Stay close to nature at our glamping site

One of our Dorset glamping locations, East Shilvinghampton, is nestled in a tranquil valley close to Chesil Beach. Experience the beauty of the countryside while being close to the farmyard. There, you can meet many farm animals such as pigs, goats, cows, ducks, hens and rabbits.

A special area of the countryside in the UK

A peaceful family holiday is waiting for you at the other Dorset Feather Down Farm – Mount Pleasant Farm in the heart of the Blackmore Vale.The Blackmore Vale is a plain that dominates the north of Dorset and is dotted with tiny fields defined by hedgerows and curving lanes. This lush landscape full of pastoral beauty, and visitors can spend their time wandering the maze of winding paths and bridleways.  Take a look at Feather Down luxury camping Dorset, and get ready to plan a wonderful family holiday that you will never forget.

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    Dorset, Weymouth

    2 night stay, starting at £ 199.00
    East Shilvinghampton is less than 10 minutes from dramatic Chesil Beach and only 15 minutes from the golden sand of Weymouth Beach, and offers panoramic views across the Dorset Area of Outstanding ...

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    Dorset, Blandford Forum

    2 night stay, starting at £ 249.00
    Located in a timeless patch of English countryside, Mount Pleasant Farm is a farm that is very much of the moment. At Mount Pleasant, you set the pace of your ...

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Dorset glamping , Average customer rating

  • Corfe Castle is definitely worth the drive. Lunch at the Ibberton went down well.

    From04-05-2018
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. Dye (8.8 )

    Don't scrimp on the wood with new type of stoves

    From02-04-2018
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mr Barnes (10.0 )

    If bad weather forecast and outdoor trips limited, like National Trust (Corfe Castle, Durdle Door and Lulworth cove) then a day trip to Dorchester for some modern comforts (new Odeon cinema and great restaurants at Brewery Square) only 35 mins drive. The Cricketers pub inn Shroton also lovely

    From30-03-2018
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mr Corr (7.5 )
  • We went to Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door which are beautiful. Monkey World was great fun too.

    From27-10-2017
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Miss Hulbert (8.8 )

    We only stayed 2 nights so not enough time to explore!

    From27-10-2017
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs Thackeray (10.0 )

    Corfe castle was great the nearest beach was deserted and dog friendly and lots of national trust places nearby to discover

    From23-10-2017
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs Lagan (10.0 )
  • The cafe at West Bay

    From16-10-2017
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs Patel (10.0 )

    Relax and enjoy the countryside - Anna, Mike and family (Maisy and Josie) are warm and natural hosts - they were thoughtful, friendly and made us feel so welcome. Our kids ran off and played with them immediately and had a ball. Anna brought us an amazing lasagne for dinner and hot home baked bread to our tent in the morning. It's great to be on and part of a proper working farm - Mike and Anna make you feel included and its clear how hard they work at everything they do. They even took us sheep herding. A perfect antidote to our hectic world. Brilliant.

    From29-09-2017
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mr White (10.0 )

    Worth telling them the amount that is included already. There were thing included that we didn't realise would be, this would add value for customers and the price looks quite

    From22-09-2017
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mr Thomas (10.0 )
  • Do not trust the description given on the website esp on the respective farm pages. You may not get the value of what you have paid. I did not get what I was expecting based on the description given to me. For feet about "working farm@ experience at least we did not get that experience. An utter disappointment for me and my family. Hosts were too busy with their day to day chores and did not have any time for their guests. I can't say whether this holds for other farms as well but for Mount Pleasant, our experience was not great!

    From21-09-2017
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mr Chowdhri (3.8 )

    We loved Abbotsbury Swannery and the lovely beaches

    From15-09-2017
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Myatt (10.0 )

    No because we didn't really leave the farm other than to go for a pub lunch!

    From08-09-2017
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs Micallef (10.0 )
  • Chesil Beach and Dorchester were both good days out

    From04-09-2017
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Miss Ryan-phillips (10.0 )

    We visited studland beach, corfe castle, monkey world - and local soft play centre for a rainy day!

    From04-09-2017
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. Isaac (10.0 )

    Local beaches are fantastic

    From18-08-2017
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs Turner (10.0 )
  • The Clubhouse restaurant in West Bexley was fantastic but surprised it was not recommended in the folder in the tent. The Hive Cafe (the sister restaurant was also very good but Clubhouse was better.

    From11-08-2017
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs Dorey (10.0 )

    Hive beach was lovely, West Bay v crowded (although there were 2 events on the day we went), the train to Corfe Castle was fab - park at Norden.

    From04-08-2017
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Lee (10.0 )

    We went into Weymouth which was nice and to Durdle Door which is lovely

    From21-07-2017
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mr Teasdale (10.0 )
  • Make sure you take Martin's farm tour!

    From26-06-2017
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs Howcroft (10.0 )

    West Bay, The Tropical Gardens

    From19-06-2017
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mr Taylor (10.0 )

    Hive Beach cafe was excellent, Lulworth cove for safer paddling

    From19-06-2017
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs Green (10.0 )
  • West Bay and Bridport nice for a wander and large Morrisons at Bridport.

    From19-06-2017
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Shearmon (10.0 )

    The whole coastline and surrounding countryside - just explode its stunning.

    From16-06-2017
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Wainwright (10.0 )

    A must is Hive Beach Cafe on the Jurassic Coast, great Lobsters and Crabs and perfect for hunting for fossils. Weymouth for lovely beaches for the kids.

    From02-06-2017
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs Smithson (10.0 )
  • Charmouth for fossil hunting, Hive beach cafe for amazing food by the sea

    From02-06-2017
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs Wilkinson (10.0 )

    Bring warm jumpers and slippers for inside the tent!

    From02-06-2017
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Ms Edwards (10.0 )

    Corfe castle, seanage railway, tank museum

    From02-06-2017
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. Westland (10.0 )
  • Corfe Castle and the Tank museum went down well with our children

    From02-06-2017
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mr Hogan (10.0 )

    Visit Lyme Regis and Charmouth for fossil hunting.

    From29-05-2017
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Baker (10.0 )

    The local beaches are fantastic.

    From29-05-2017
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mr Garven (10.0 )
  • Anywhere you drop down to on the coast is beautiful.

    From12-05-2017
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Saladas (10 )

    Anywhere you drop down to on the coast is beautiful.

    From12-05-2017
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs Saladas (10.0 )

    Chesil beach is a total must see with great cafe and visitor centre full of excellent information . Portland Bill. Famous for a reason!

    From28-04-2017
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs Lakey (10.0 )
  • Definitely venture down the Old Drovers Track to the copse to build a den and play on the swing. Weymouth is a good day out.

    From10-04-2017
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs Cannon (10.0 )

    There is so much to see, fossil hunting, local walks, visiting Brownsea island, Arne, Studland, Chesil beach and more!

    From10-04-2017
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Ms Crowe (10.0 )

    Bring nets for rock pooling

    From10-04-2017
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs Bezodis (10.0 )
  • Monkey world is with a visit with children. We also visited Sturminster Newton and the mill there. It's only open certain days but worth a visit - the village and the river are pretty too. The nature walk on the farm was nice and we did a trip to Bulbarrow hill too with our kites which was great and lovely views. Lots to do.

    From10-04-2017
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs Richards (8.8 )

    Sit back, relax and enjoy being in the countryside!

    From24-10-2016
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Price (10.0 )

    Remember blankets Hot water bottlesHired bikes in Weymouth great day adventure

    From21-10-2016
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Hodder-Williams (10 )
  • Great local walks

    From21-10-2016
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Dr. Chambers (10 )

    We had a lovely tour of the farm, and then a good walk, but then the rain hit and we stayed in the surroundings of our cosy tent. We weren't really there for long enough to explore too much!

    From14-10-2016
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. Bagnall (10 )

    Abbotsbury was lovely and well worth a visit. We also took a trip to Chesil Beach which was fascinating - there's a really nice café there that do a whole range of food including children's menu. There's also a shop and information centre/drawing etc.. for the kids - definitely worth a visit

    From03-10-2016
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Miller (10 )
  • The farm visit is really interesting .. Mike spent a lot of time explaining to us about the sheep / what they were doing to them and why etc, really interesting.we were only there for 2 days so we just enjoyed relaxing on the farm , had a lovely walk through the incredible surrounding countryside and just chilled!! Perfect

    From30-09-2016
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. Blest (10 )

    No

    From23-09-2016
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Thompson (8.8 )

    No

    From23-09-2016
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mr. Thompson (8.8 )
  • We enjoyed local walks and a bike ride to Bullbarrows hill..tough cycle but worth it for the views.

    From16-09-2016
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Ms. Keane (10 )

    I would definitely recommend the beaches and landscape of the Jurassic coast

    From05-09-2016
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Ms. Hinkley (10 )

    I would definitely recommend the beaches and landscape of the Jurassic coast

    From05-09-2016
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Ms. Hinkley (10.0 )
  • Bring bikes, use the pizza oven, go for a walk!

    From02-09-2016
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mr. Holden (10 )

    Nothe Fort at Weymouth was great if your into World War 2 Stuff.

    From26-08-2016
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Miss Finikin (8.8 )

    Stuminster Mill is a lovely tour.

    From22-08-2016
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. Harris (10 )
  • The farm tour - excellent and very informative The Hive and Watch House cafes at Burton Bradstock and West Bay West Bay East Beach Weymouth Watesports - we went paddle boarding with 8 and 6 year olds - the tuition was excellent, and the water was warm and very shallow in the bay, so no fear of falling in. Brilliant. The Bakery Cafe in Poundbury was excellent for breakfast too! Ducks Deli in Portesham for your gourmet goodies.

    From12-08-2016
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Davis (10 )

    Great beaches all along the coast - the Hive beach cafe is amazing.

    From12-08-2016
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mr. Gardner (10 )

    Stay local as roads around the coast gets jammed,

    From12-08-2016
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. Mayes (8.8 )
  • Stay local as roads around the coast gets jammed,

    From12-08-2016
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. Mayes (8.8 )

    Camping stove for tea/coffee. Abbottsbury great for children and cafe.

    From05-08-2016
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Morrison (10 )

    Radipole RSPB reserve at Weymouth, Portland Bill

    From05-08-2016
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Moore (10 )
  • We would recommend Corfe Castle, Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove, the swimming was amazing as were the locations.

    From01-08-2016
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. England (10 )

    Nothe fort in Weymouth was a great place to spend several hours. The fort itself was bigger and had a broader appeal than we were expecting plus the surrounding gardens are an added bonus. The cafe is great and dogs can go round the fort with you. Historically interesting with great views across the bay. Easy parking close by.

    From29-07-2016
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mr. Hutchinson (8.8 )

    Guided fossil hunting trip from Lime Regis Museum highly recommended.

    From29-07-2016
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mr. Cooper (10 )
  • Lyme Regis was wonderful and fun and safe for the children, avoid Sundays. West Bay was wonderful, sheltered beach and excellent cafes, sea and harbour. Please could you put leads with 4+ plugs in the honesty shop for phone charging....... Otherwise all perfect.

    From29-07-2016
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Watkins (10 )

    Monkey world is only half an hour away. The farm walk/talk is great too

    From25-07-2016
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. Liddle (8.8 )

    Fossil hunting at sea town was good fun and we have a couple more ammonites to add to our collection

    From18-07-2016
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Hemingway (10 )
  • There is plenty of coastline to explore nearby but if you're willing to venture a little further then Corfe Castle is worth a visit, as is the local steam train. Forde Abbey is about 1hr away but has a great kids trail that takes you round all the gardens and there's a fantastic pick-your-own on the estate as well.

    From11-07-2016
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Slee (10 )

    Monkey World was enjoyed by all of us.

    From11-07-2016
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. Jones (10 )

    We had a very good meal at The Kings Arms in the nearby village and sampled the beef that had come from the cows on the farm where we were staying.

    From08-07-2016
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Gumbrell (10 )
  • Bovington Tank museum Monkey World Abbotsbury

    From04-07-2016
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Dillon (10 )

    Beatiful aerea, lots to see and do. Searching for fossils on Charmouth beach was great.

    From01-07-2016
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Roels (8.8 )

    Stay on site and chill for as much time as possible.

    From24-06-2016
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mr. Stanley (10 )
  • The farm is set in beautiful countryside with lots of local things to do and see.

    From24-06-2016
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. Whittow (10 )

    We had a fantastic meal at The Cadtle Inn in Lulworth Cove and highly recommend it.

    From24-06-2016
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. Perkins (8.8 )

    We stayed on site so didn't venture out, but there is a book in the tent from previous guests and their visits to local sites. The farm is isolated so a sat nav or a good navigator would be very useful.

    From17-06-2016
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. Haines (8.8 )
  • We had a wonderful Enid Blightonesque romp around Corfe Castle. The tea garden at the model village was delightful.

    From03-06-2016
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Dr. Moran (10.0 )

    Monkey World and Tank Museum go down well with the kids.

    From03-06-2016
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. North (10.0 )

    Monkey world was a fab day out. The Greyhound Inn was perfect for a Sunday afternoon family meal.

    From27-05-2016
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. Andrews (10.0 )
  • We didn't leave the farm during our stay as we wanted to chill out, so I can't comment on this.

    From27-05-2016
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. Smithson (10.0 )

    Gets very dark so remember torches/ extra candles, especially if you have children who get up in the night for the loo!

    From20-05-2016
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. Lewis (10.0 )

    Hive beach cafe nice in nearby Hive.

    From13-05-2016
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Mcpherson (10.0 )
  • The Hive beach - 20 minutes away.

    From13-05-2016
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Etherington (10.0 )

    The Hive Beach cafe

    From13-05-2016
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Falkiner (10.0 )

    Explore the local beaches (Chesil, Hive, West Bay) and for fun with kids Weymouth is a must do on a sunny day. We stopped at Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove on our way back to London to break up the journey a little, and still can't believe how beautiful they were. Dorset is perfect for a family break

    From13-05-2016
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Sita-Lumsden (10.0 )
  • The Hive beach - 20 minutes away.

    From13-05-2016
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Etherington (10.0 )

    Hive beach cafe nice in nearby Hive.

    From13-05-2016
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Mcpherson (10.0 )

    Abbotsbury and its 3 main attractions (Swannery, tropical gardens and Childrens farm) are all good to visit and easily filled half a day each, even with an excitable toddler. The childrens farm though is not for older children, anyone above 5 or perhaps 6 would not be entertained.Weymouth beach cannot be beaten if you want a traditional beach type day.

    From09-05-2016
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Scutt (10.0 )
  • We visited Weymouth beach, the lighthouse at Portland, Abbotsbury for the Swannery (amazing and great cafe!), and Hive Beach (twice!). Great location to see the beautiful coast of Dorset. The Farm Tour was great for adults and kids followed by fresh pizza cooked in the pizza oven. Loved it

    From15-04-2016
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Kirtland (10.0 )

    As the wood burning stove takes a long time to get going, a small camping stove would be advisable to boil kettle or heat things more quickly. Locally, the beaches are good, monkey world was good day out. The featherdown website could be improved so that you can see what is available at each individual site as it is fairly generic. Eg, hairdryers in shower block etc

    From11-04-2016
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Beaton (10.0 )

    All the recommended places were great. We visited Chesil Beach, The Hive Cafe, The Tank Museum, and the Swannery. We had a good meal at The Kings Arms which was close by. The hot food provided by the farmer was excellent. It was very cold at night and there could be warmer bedding for the colder times of the year. It is important to have good torches or lanterns. Warm slippers are essential.

    From04-04-2016
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Shrives (8.8 )
  • Additional comment - we were restricted by weather but it would be best to have the farm tour and pizza night towards the start of the stay as helps to get to know other guests and for the children to make friends.

    From29-03-2016
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Piper (8.8 )

    There is so much to do and and see. Lyme Regis, Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door, Chessil Beach. A big must is Hive Beach Cafe.

    From23-10-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Scott-White (8.8 )

    If travelling with a baby take lots of wet wipes and torches for night times. Try the cottage pie...scrummy. Chesil beach was stunning.

    From28-09-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Pass (10.0 )
  • Wood burning stove had broken glass (hole) on the front. Think this effected its efficiency.

    From18-09-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mr. Johnson (10.0 )

    The farmers stew was fun to make and very tasty.

    From18-09-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mr. Evans (10.0 )

    Wood burning stove had broken glass (hole) on the front. Think this effected its efficiency.

    From18-09-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Johnson (10 )
  • There is so much to see and do. The fresh fish is a must for the bbq by your tent. Monkey world is a must.

    From07-09-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Watts (8.8 )

    we didnt do anything other than stay on the site for the weekend

    From04-09-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Miss Mitchell (8.8 )

    The Hive restaurant and beach a must and can take dogs to one side of the beach and the restaurant at peak season- very dog friendly.

    From01-09-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Patel (10.0 )
  • Abbotsbury (4 miles away) has loads to do - children's farm, swannery and tropical gardens are all great in addition to the pretty village and lovely walks you can do.

    From24-08-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mr. Wilkinson (10.0 )

    Weymouth indoor swimming pool very good for wet days plus abbotsbury children's farm. Lovely cafe at hive beach.

    From24-08-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Harrison (8.8 )

    I would definitely recommend the daily fresh baked bread. Which was delivered to our tent every morning. I would also recommend the home cooked meal, which was delivered to us by the 'Invisible Chef'.We visited Lyme Regis one day, it's about an hour drive, park in the first car park you see in Charmouth Road and walk down to the town. It's a lovely place.

    From24-08-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. De Florinier (10.0 )
  • Tank Museum and the area's connection with TE Lawrence is interesting (Clouds Hill is worth a visit for those interested).Had a fabulous lunch on the beach at The Hive near Burton Bradstock. A bit of a drive but worth it for sea food lovers,

    From24-08-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mr. Lamb (8.8 )

    I would definitely recommend the daily fresh baked bread. Which was delivered to our tent every morning. I would also recommend the home cooked meal, which was delivered to us by the 'Invisible Chef'. We visited Lyme Regis one day, it's about an hour drive, park in the first car park you see in Charmouth Road and walk down to the town. It's a lovely place.

    From24-08-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    De Florinier (10 )

    Dorchester museum. All the local beaches. Weymouth beach very busy when the weather is good.

    From21-08-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Miss Walton (7.5 )
  • Dorchester museum. All the local beaches. Weymouth beach very busy when the weather is good.

    From21-08-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Miss Walton (7.5 )

    Spend some time making the most of the beautiful site and enjoy seeing the farm animals. There were some lovely walks near our site including Bulbarrow Hill which can be walked or driven up and gives amazing views. We also went to the Bournemouth Air Show and Bovington Tank Museum during our stay and would recommend both of these.

    From21-08-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Dr. Tear (10.0 )

    We went to Pound Stables for horse riding - excellent for children. We travelled on the steam train to Swanage. Dorchester is a small town worth a visit and Weymouth Harbour is a beautiful place to visit too. (Please note we did not require use of the communal showers so can't really comment) See above.

    From17-08-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Miss Springford (10.0 )
  • Pound cottage riding centre for riding for all ages (my 2 year old had great fun!)Dorchester market or cinema if it's raining!Blandford Forum for mooching round cute shops. Swanage only an hour away with railway and funfair and, weather permitting, fishing!

    From17-08-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. Freedman (8.8 )

    So much to see and do. We went to Adventure Wonderland and Swanage.

    From17-08-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. Glasser (10.0 )

    We went to Pound Stables for horse riding - excellent for children. We travelled on the steam train to Swanage. Dorchester is a small town worth a visit and Weymouth Harbour is a beautiful place to visit too. (Please note we did not require use of the communal showers so can't really comment) See above.

    From17-08-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Miss Springford (10.0 )
  • Take wine glasses! Head torches are very useful and so many beaches locally but don't bother with Weymouth and Lyme Regis stick to the smaller local beaches.

    From14-08-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Eales (10.0 )

    There is so much to choose from at this location. We loved Seatown for fossil hunting, Chesil Beach for its size and Lulworth Cove for swimming.

    From14-08-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Eakin (8.8 )

    We spent a lovely day at Kingston Lacy, a jewel of a NT property.

    From10-08-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mr. Bawdon (10.0 )
  • We visited Weymouth and Sandbanks beaches - both excellent and equal distance from the farm about an hour's drive.

    From07-08-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. White (7.5 )

    We visited Weymouth and Sandbanks beaches - both excellent and equal distance from the farm about an hour's drive.

    From07-08-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    White (7.5 )

    We visited Weymouth and Sandbanks beaches - both excellent and equal distance from the farm about an hour's drive.

    From07-08-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. White (7.5 )
  • Lulworth cove - very picturesque with lovely cliffs top walks.Bovington Tank Museum - good option on a rainy day. One for the boys!

    From03-08-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. Green (10.0 )

    Monkey world was well worth a visit. Don't go to blandford forum on a Sunday.

    From03-08-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. Edwards (10.0 )

    We took a load of glow sticks and they were VERY popular with all the kids

    From03-08-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mr. Shaw (10.0 )
  • Definitely go to Lulworth Cove-you can walk to little coves between there and Durdle Door and have your own private beach! We found fossils at Seatown and Charmouth and a great bike route for families between Portland and Weymouth.

    From31-07-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Ms Pateman (10.0 )

    Pizza night was fun. The 5yr old in our party loved monkey world

    From27-07-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. Goodwin (10.0 )

    A couple of blankets for the evening camp fire chats would be handy...

    From27-07-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mr. Lafford (10.0 )
  • Pizza night was fun. The 5yr old in our party loved monkey world

    From27-07-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Goodwin (10 )

    Hive Beach & Cafe is lovely.Abbotsbury Swannery & Children's FarmBike ride into Portesham to the Kings Arms pub which does great food.Chesil Beach

    From24-07-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Johnstone (10.0 )

    Give beach and beach cafe for excellent brunch and lunch.Lulworth Cove and Durdle DoorCharmouth for fossil hunting, better to go at low tide and can hire hammers from Heritage CentreWeymouth Sealife centre, train and towerCycle ride to Kings Arms in Potersham

    From24-07-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Allder (10.0 )
  • We enjoyed the Hive beach & restaurant; a day trip to Brownsea Island (need to allow a full day) & making the most of the stunning coastline & scenery.

    From24-07-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Ms. Gaillardin (8.8 )

    Gewoon genieten!!

    From20-07-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mr. Timmer (10.0 )

    Bring swimming stuff and go to The Victorian Barn at Woolland - for a small fee the pool is great and would work well on rainy days. There is also lakes for fishing if that appeals. An hour's drive is Studland and Knoll Beach is beautiful. Dogs on leads.

    From20-07-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. Grainger (10.0 )
  • Definitely make time to visit the coast (we loved Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door and Swanage) and plan to spend a day at Monkey World - we all fell in love with the monkeys and apes!Splashdown in Poole was a long way but worth a visit, especially if you have older (>8yrs children).

    From20-07-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Dr. Trumper (10.0 )

    Go to the viewpoint on Bulbarrow hill - several benches there for a picnic. Then walk up the hill itself to the cross up the top- fantastic views on a clear day.

    From20-07-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. Kingston (10.0 )

    Bring lots of 'light/torches' for evening. Make sure you visit the beaches

    From20-07-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. Hamilton Taylor (10.0 )
  • Hive beach was family friendly with free parking for national trust members and a great location. West Bay has some interesting antique shops and the tropical gardens at Chesil beach were amazing!

    From17-07-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Wylie (10.0 )

    We liked the Mill at Sturminster Newton and Kingston Lacy.

    From17-07-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Ms. Fisher (10.0 )

    We visited Studland beach (middle beach) which was stunning and lots of rock pools for the children to explore (although the rocks are v slippery). The cafe there is also excellent, good food at reasonable prices which makes a change when there is a captive audience! Osmington Mills also has a great pub/restaurant called Smugglers Inn which is very accommodating to children. After a lovely lunch behind the pub are a number of cliff top or beach walks, perfect to walk off the food!

    From17-07-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. Glover (10.0 )
  • We liked the Mill at Sturminster Newton and Kingston Lacy.

    From17-07-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Fisher (10 )

    We had fun walking the hill close by and we had a great day at Studland Bay. Milton Abbas is v picturesque too.

    From17-07-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. Seccombe (10.0 )

    We liked the Mill at Sturminster Newton and Kingston Lacy.

    From17-07-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Ms. Fisher (10.0 )
  • The Sea Life Adventure Park was good. The associated Tower wasn't working so can't comment, but you definitely need a clear day to get the benefit. I think they accept Tesco vouchers (arrange in advance), or you can get a discount booking online. For online activity, there is a McDonalds in Weymouth where you can register to use their free Wi-Fi.Our 2 boys (11 and 8) aren't into museums, but the coastline provided walks and scenery and beaches that kept them interested. Lyme Regis was lovely, and has a small sandy each at the harbour end. Durdle Door was good, but a steep walk that some will struggle with. Lulworth Cove was more impressive from a distance than close up, but the village is nice. The car park ticket is valid for both DD and LC, so buy 1 ticket for all the time you need.

    From13-07-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Slay (10.0 )

    We loved Abbotsbury with the Children's farm and Swannery. The Children loved feeding the Swans. Weymouth beach is excellent and the Punch & Judy show was a highlight. Lulworth Castle and Cove made a nice day out too with lunch at The Weld Arms in the middle!

    From13-07-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Larkin (10.0 )

    Bring a cool box, and a raincoat.

    From10-07-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mr. Westmacott (10.0 )
  • Fossil Hunting

    From06-07-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Young (10.0 )

    Beehive Cafe at Birton Bradstock

    From26-06-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mr. Stanley (10.0 )

    Enjoy the wonderful views from your tent!

    From19-06-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Gumbrell (10.0 )
  • Hive beach cafe was amazing!

    From19-06-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mr. Yates (10.0 )

    Hive beach and cafe are fab. Sealifecentre in Weymouth a good rainy day outing. Seatown has a lovely pub and good for fossils (though we didn't find any!)

    From19-06-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Dilley (10.0 )

    A visit to Kingston Lacy was good because it's not to far from the farm and has lots to see and do.

    From19-06-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mr. Szollosi (10.0 )
  • We loved Weymouth beach, Hive Beach, Abbotsbury for the swannery but the kids animal farm was mediocre however there is an amazing B&B and restaurant just across the river from it which is fantastic with superb food and service.

    From15-06-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Bradbury (10.0 )

    The swannery was really good as was the tropical gardens. We bought a pass so we did everything in Abbotsbury (closest village). Lyme Regis was the biggest surprise. Really lovely town and sandy beach (as requested by our daughter) Much nicer than Weymouth. Fish and Chips were delicious!

    From05-06-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Darch (8.8 )

    Hive beach was great and Portland lighthouse

    From01-06-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Casserly (10.0 )
  • A trip out to Corfe Castle is well worth the effort. Also, the pony grooming with "Simon" the pony is great for kids and Anna helps make everyone feel at ease.We went on the "Nature trick" and had a great time exploring the woods. Feeding the cutest pigs in the world is also a must!

    From01-06-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. Potts (10.0 )

    There are some fabulous info sheets in the tent and the Bartletts can recommend some breathtaking walks too.

    From29-05-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Hagan (10.0 )

    The old mill at Sturminster Newton was lovely. Run by local volunteers, they opened the sluice gates and got the mill working all just for us.Turnballs tea rooms in shafetsburys is amazing. It's the home of the Hovis bread advert and at the bottom of the hill is a great park with a twin slide which both Noah and Pippa loved.

    From29-05-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. Anwyl (10.0 )
  • The water mill nearby was an interesting place to visit.

    From29-05-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Ms. Beaton (10.0 )

    The old mill at Sturminster Newton was lovely. Run by local volunteers, they opened the sluice gates and got the mill working all just for us.Turnballs tea rooms in shafetsburys is amazing. It's the home of the Hovis bread advert and at the bottom of the hill is a great park with a twin slide which both Noah and Pippa loved.

    From29-05-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Anwyl (10 )

    The water mill nearby was an interesting place to visit.

    From29-05-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Ms. Beaton (10.0 )
  • We highly recommend a visit to the much hyped Hive Beach Cafe, but it's chaotic so get there early. Joby's home cooked meals were great and made our first night really easy. And the hot croissants for breakfast are not to be missed. Highly recommend ordering pizza to cook in the wood oven and taking lots of marshmallows to toast in the campfire.

    From25-05-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Worthington (10.0 )

    Kingston Lacy and Brownsea Island as national trust members

    From25-05-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Engall (8.8 )

    Riding

    From22-05-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. Spice (10.0 )
  • Studland beach is beautiful with a great National Trust Cafe and worth a day or two. Hive beach cafe is also excellent.

    From18-05-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mr. Newman (10.0 )

    Buy a local map preferably Ordnance Survey

    From15-05-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Mouradian (8.8 )

    The farm tour was brilliant.

    From08-05-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Dr. Appleyard (10.0 )
  • Lots to see and do, whatever the weather. Visit to Portland very good and excellent food at the Kings Arms.

    From01-05-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Carter (8.8 )

    Lots to see and do on the farm but also visit West Bay, The Hive beach restaurant, The Swanery, Durdle Door. So much to do.

    From24-04-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Etherington (10.0 )

    Hive Beach Caf? for superb food and crabbing with the kids at West Bay.

    From24-04-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Falkiner (10.0 )
  • Recommend crabbing at West Bay ... Guaranteed to catch a crab :-) . The Hive Cafe at Burton Bradstock - cakes fabulous !

    From24-04-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Thomas (10.0 )

    Weymouth beach donkey rides is a must.

    From13-04-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Miss Heley (10.0 )

    Corfe Castle and the steam train trip to Swanage is a great day out - only about 40 minutes from the farm.

    From13-04-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. Dersley (10.0 )
  • Kingston Lacey National Trust very good_x000D_ Great beach experience at Burton Bradstock

    From13-04-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mr. Randall (10.0 )

    We went to Lime Regis fossil hunting. It took us a good 1.30hrs to get there and initially we thought it was very much a 'kiss me quick' location! However when we went a bit further round we found the Jurassic coastline and hunted for fossils along the beach. We did manage to find some ammonites fossilised in some large rocks (too large to bring home much to the kids disappointment)....so we went to one of the many fossil shops and bought some!

    From10-04-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Ms. Malby (10.0 )

    We enjoyed the Abbottsbury Swannery, Weymouth Beach and The Dinosaur Museum in Dorchester (although it is small it pleased our little dinosaur fans).

    From07-04-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Sturgess (10.0 )
  • Lyme Regis Beach - stunning.

    From07-04-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Price (10.0 )

    The Dorset beaches are lovely especially Fossil hunting on Charmouth Beach.

    From03-04-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mr. Banks (10.0 )

    Lots of wonderful beaches to go to, loads of things to do locally, of which we only got to sample a few of. Hive beach at Burford Bradstock was excellent for hunting for fossils and swimming in the summer (we imagine!) and had an amazing fish 'cafe' but we warned - its so popular, you need to get there promptly at 12 to get a table without queuing!

    From03-04-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Calthrop (10.0 )
  • We attended a wedding in the New Forest and apart from that stayed on the farm.

    From03-04-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. Kiewell (10.0 )

    Corfe castle & steam railway_x000D_ Chesil beach_x000D_ Monkey world

    From27-10-2014
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Pond (10.0 )

    Lyme Regis, Portland bill and all the prettying villages along the coast

    From24-10-2014
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Price (10.0 )
  • fossil hunting at charmouth was a joy !

    From20-10-2014
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Ms. Cousins (10.0 )

    We enjoyed visiting Weymouth and Chesil Beach (which has a good visitor centre and cafe)

    From17-10-2014
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Cutts (10.0 )

    Chesil Beach and Portland Bill a short drive away and well worth seeing. But stay on the farm and you won't be bored at all!

    From03-10-2014
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Price (10.0 )
  • Bring pillows.

    From26-09-2014
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Holt (8.8 )

    Really enjoyed a visit to Hive Beach (and the beach café there) and had a great day out at Abbotsbury Children's Farm.

    From19-09-2014
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mevr. Heywood (10.0 )

    Visit the local beaches for cheap fun nearby!

    From19-09-2014
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Ridley (10.0 )
  • Just enjoy and relax

    From15-09-2014
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mevr. Heap (10.0 )

    The Hive Beach cafe has fantastic seafood and Lulworth Cove is well worth a visit.

    From12-09-2014
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Rushforth (10.0 )

    Do go on the farm tour with Anna & Mike - amazing to listen to them talk passionately about their home and farm._x000D_ Sandbanks is 60 minutes away for a day on the beach._x000D_ Or Weymouth is 45 minute away for a day on the beach. _x000D_ if good weather, then do it as both beaches were fabulous.

    From05-09-2014
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mr. Risley (10.0 )
  • The pub in Portesham : King's Arms was excellent for food and has a lovely garden. Corfe Castle is a great National Trust place to visit and Weymouth has a beautiful beach.

    From01-09-2014
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Sanson (10.0 )

    Only there for a weekend, but we walked up nearby Bulbarrow Hill for a vast, amazing view of beautiful lumpy chalk hills, visited pretty Sherborne for shops and tearooms, and had a fab day visiting Corfe Castle (NT) which had longbow lessons and medieval activities and then a sunny afternoon on Swanage beach and posh fish and chips on the harbour.

    From29-08-2014
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. Keily (10.0 )

    Hive Beach was lovely and Hive Cafe was excellent. It gets very busy but we got there at 5.30pm from the beach and managed to get a table for 14 people. You can't reserve a table but they serve food from 6pm so if you get there early you won't have to wait!!

    From26-08-2014
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Arnold (7.5 )
  • We decided to stick to the simple pleasures of local walks rather than visit paid for attractions. The children loved visiting the mills at Sturminster Newton and Fiddleford. We also drove to the top of Bulbarrow Hill and had a short walk to Rawlsbury Camp where the children and dog loved climbing up the outer ramparts!

    From26-08-2014
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. James (8.8 )

    its a great area with loads to do - close to the beach (1 hour) and Sturminster Newtown has everything you need for provisions.

    From26-08-2014
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Ms Wheatley (7.5 )

    West Bay for crabbing, beach and cliff walk (possible fun fair)_x000D_ _x000D_ Hive beach for cliff walk to Chessil and excellent cafe for fresh fishseafood lunch or afternoon tea_x000D_ _x000D_ Fresh Water Beach Park Jurrasic Fun Centre (by Hive Beach) for pools and slides

    From18-08-2014
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mr. Cohen (10.0 )
  • Drive to Poole and pick up the ferry to Brownsea Island. A wonderful day out!

    From18-08-2014
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Ms. Harding (10.0 )

    Travel light! It gets tiring go/from the car with loads of luggage loaded on a wheelbarrow. Items in the honesty shop were reasonably priced. The tents got chilly at night, but with the bedding that was provided we were warm enough. We found having a flask to fill with hot water very useful. Would go back to feather down again tomorrow!

    From18-08-2014
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Mccarron (10.0 )

    Visit the beach to search for fossils at Charmouth. Make a note that you can hire fossil hammers for £3 from the fossil shop at the beach. Also, call into the fossil museum just above the shop to get a booklet as to how to find fossils. Pre-book fossil hunting trips before you go to the beach in the summer. _x000D_ _x000D_ Visit West Bay for crabbing and the beach there is beautiful and where Broadchurch is filmed. Fish and chips are very good at the harbour._x000D_ _x000D_ Avoid Hive Beach café in August. You will have trouble getting a table. The beach is also very busy in the summer._x000D_ _x000D_ Avoid the A roads and the pubs on the A roads in the height of summer!_x000D_ _x000D_ Lulworth Cove is beautiful BUT heaving in the summer. There is a speedboat from the Cove that takes you along the coast to Durdle Door at top speed. There appears to be no life jackets offered - so take your life into your hands, particularly with small children. It is very much a money making operation with no thought of safety.

    From15-08-2014
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Hayward (10.0 )
  • a trip to lulworth cove is well worth it_x000D_ a trip to durdle dor is well worth it and adjacent to teh above_x000D_ if you want some retail therapy Clarks Shopping Village is an hour away_x000D_ a walk up Bulbarrow Hill is well worth it and if you dont want to walk up then drive up, park and go walk about

    From11-08-2014
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mr. Holloway (10.0 )

    Fish and chips at Hive Beach...Yum!

    From08-08-2014
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mr. Wright (10.0 )

    The Iron Age Hill Fort at Bulbarrow Hill is well worth a visit especially at sun set. Ringstead Bay is an easy drive away and makes a great day out.

    From04-08-2014
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. Boiling (10.0 )
  • If you have small people with you who like trains, a great day out was to catch the train from Swanage up to Corfe Castle, spend a couple of hours and have tea in the Greyhound pub and then catch the train back down again.

    From04-08-2014
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. Owen (10.0 )

    You must visit Ringstead Bay the beach is a bit stoney but if you walk round the headland you will find superb sandy beaches with hardly any body there_x000D_ nice pub for food Smugglers Inn near Ringstead Bay

    From04-08-2014
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mr. Derbyshire (8.8 )

    Chesil beach is amazing - read 'On Chesil Beach' by Ian McEwan whilst you're sitting on the 18 miles of pebbles!_x000D_ Great waves at West Bay and the Hive Beach. Spotlessly clean water. Very stony so take a thick blanket or chairs!_x000D_ The Hive Cafe cooks amazing fish and is located right on the beach. Buy the recipe book to try some things at home!

    From01-08-2014
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Fraser (10.0 )
  • Martin & Joby provide excellent recommendations for places to go to and places to eat. Their recommendation of Hive Beach was spot on as was the Kings Arms at Pottersham.

    From28-07-2014
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Stothard (10.0 )

    the whole area around Shivlinghampton was great. the beaches are so clean and good fun. we took our dog with us and he was welcome everywhere. definitely a great part of the country - the farm is so well located and central to lots of good places to visit.

    From25-07-2014
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Pryce (10.0 )

    Go to the recommended beaches

    From21-07-2014
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Bonnell (10.0 )
  • The Kings Arms in Portesham is worth a visit._x000D_ A trip to Corfe Castle on the steam train._x000D_ A visit to Bridport for independent shops and cafes_x000D_ For children there is a nice park in Abbotsbury

    From18-07-2014
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Tranter (10.0 )

    Mackerel fishing from West Bay,_x000D_ Eating on a Hive Beach_x000D_ Donkey rides at Weymouth beach_x000D_ Climbing Portland Bill lighthouse

    From14-07-2014
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Hulyer (10.0 )

    We did a fossil hunting trip at Charmouth. All the children found something and there are beautiful pyrite ammonites for those lucky enough to find one. In Weymouth we found a lovely juice bar, Mejusa as well as the fantastic local homemade ice creams on the seafront that Joby recommended. The Swannery is a lovely day out: much more there than just swans!

    From14-07-2014
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Sà¸rensen (10.0 )
  • When the weather is good we are quite happy hanging out at the farm letting the kids run around or visiting the beach. The beach with the Hive Cafe is great for the kids in good weather. The swanary was also a hit.

    From20-06-2014
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mr. Stanley (10.0 )

    Monkey world was by far the best day out. The farmers were so welcoming and very helpful.

    From13-06-2014
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Baker (10.0 )
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