Swallow 5m Bell Tent
- Sleeps 4 (max 2 adults, 2 children)
- Cooking facilities
- Beds Provided
- Bed Linen Provided
- One of a pair of family-sized tents on this Dorset small-holding
- Near to the onsite nature reserve and wildlife-rich fishing lake
- Firepit and tripod provided for evening cookouts under the stars
The Owner Says
Features & Facilities
The bell tents and yurts are pitched on flat wooden decks with a picnic table and BBQ/firepit outside. Inside each carpeted tent there is coir mats, rugs, solar lighting, a double futon bed (bedding and linen provided), single Z-beds, a wood-burning stove (*only in bell tents), with first bag of fuel and firelighters provided; coffee table, and a basket with books and games. There is a kitchen stand with a dual hob camp stove and grill, a cool-box, water butt, washing up bowl and scrubbers and a kitchen utensils box containing cooking equipment, crockery and cutlery. Complimentary tea, sugar and coffee provided. The site has 2 large communal heated shower/toilet blocks with gents and ladies toilets and washing up sinks. There is a small reception/site shop where ice packs can be refrozen for a small charge, bags of briquettes and bbq charcoal, camping essentials, toys and outdoor games can be bought.
There are several footpaths and bridleways nearby, including a pleasant route through the woods and up to Horton Tower, the local folly. Knowlton Circle, a neolithic henge monument, and the Norman ruins of Knowlton Church are also within walking range (a longer loop, around 4 miles). Elsewhere, try the forest trail at Moors Valley Country Park (01425 470721; 10 mins drive) or simply hop on the miniature steam railway to rest your feet, or clamber into the trees for hire-wire adventures at the Go Ape centre (0845 094 9602) there. Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park and Rescue Centre (01202 824040) is less than 15 minutes' drive away and the beautiful, riverside market town of Wimborne Minster is around the same distance – home to hidden courtyards, an elegant square and a wonderful selection of independent shops and cafés. Slightly further afield, younger children will love Peppa Pig World at Paultons Park, and the new Dinosaur Theme Park ‘Lost Kingdom’ at the same venue. It's a half hour drive to the Dorset coast, Bournemouth and Poole.
Food & Drink
Drusilla’s Inn (01258 840297) is the nearest pub with a friendly landlord and good grub, a minute’s drive if you turn right out of the campsite (it's ½ mile away). Continue a little further down the road from Drusilla’s and The Horton Inn (01258 840252) is opposite the junction as you come to the main road (2 miles away). There's also an excellent Indian takeaway that delivers to the campsite – The Cinnamon Lounge (01202 820620) – and a chinese (01202 877116), 4¼ miles away in West Moors. The nearest big supermarkets are all approximately 10–15 minutes drive from the campsite. Ringwood has a Waitrose and Sainsburys and is en route if coming from London direction (A31). For basic groceries there’s a Londis nearby.
From the M3 take the M27 exit signposted Bournemouth. Follow the M27 (West bound) – this becomes the A31. Follow the A31 past Ringwood. Leave the A31 shortly after passing Ringwood following the brown tourist board signs for Moors Valley Country Park these will lead you onto the Horton Road. Follow this road for about 6 miles, passing the entrance to Moors Valley on the right and driving through the villages of Ashley Heath and Three Legged Cross. You will find Meadow View on the right just after the village of Wigbeth.
From Salisbury, follow the A354 – join the B3081 towards Ringwood. Continue to follow the B3081 when it turns left still signposted for Ringwood. At the crossroads join the B3078 towards Wimborne. Stay on the B3078 for 3 miles (ignoring the left turn back onto the B3081). Cross the junction at the Horton Inn onto the Horton Road signposted towards Horton/Ringwood. After driving through Horton past Drusilla’s Inn thatched pub, Meadow View is on your left.Site is in rural location so car is essential and recommend. However, it possible for guests to arrive by other means. Coach to Ringwood then taxi. Nearest train station Bournemouth – then taxi to site.