Mapperton Camps

UK England South West England Dorset Bridport

  • Adults only
  • Adults Only
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Walking
Private bell tent glamping in a wild meadow with far-reaching views, ten minutes' walk from Mapperton House and Gardens

The award winning Mapperton Estate spans some 2000 acres and is best known for it's Jacobean manor house and gardens that spill from a manicured croquet lawn down through pristine topiary gardens to an arboretum. What's perhaps lesser known is that, away from the carefully maintained lawns and shrubs, a tenth of the estate is now being handed back to nature as part of an extensive re-wilding project. And it's here that a new pop-up glamping site is found, where the home comforts of coffee machines and a wood-burning stove are smuggled in amongst the wild, natural beauty of the re-wilded countryside.

The process of re-wilding is all about standing back and letting nature take its course – a hands-off approach that leads to potentially unexpected outcomes. Here, the results are a huge rise in bird numbers and butterflies galore, while the meadow around the bell tents are pimpled with buttercups and wildflowers. A roaming herd of rare-breed White Park cattle add grazing and foraging to the natural processes and binoculars are provided in your tent for watching them more closely or picking out the local wildlife.

The accommodation itself is private and well maintained. There are just two bell tents in total, each with a hand-built king-sized bed, a welcome hamper with things like fresh eggs and milk, and access to the composting loos and private shower facilities in the meadow. Considered touches include lanterns and board games and all guests are given free tickets to Mapperton Gardens, so you can stroll over to the country house (it takes around 10 minutes) and enjoy the more regimented side of nature, where bushes are sculpted into perfect shapes, ponds are perfectly tiled and everything is just so. The gardens are roughly divided over several periods, with the oldest designs from the 17th century where it's quite literally like a scene from a period drama – the house featured in the film adaptation of Far From The Madding Crowd.

There are plenty of paths to follow beyond the grounds of Mapperton, including the Jubilee Trail, which passes through the estate and can be followed south to North Poorton and into the nearby woods. Further afield it's a 20-minute drive to West Bay and the Jurassic Coast and five minutes to the popular market town of Beaminster for pubs, good food and other essentials. There's also, however, an exceptional café inside an old barn in the courtyard back at Mapperton, so you never need stray that far. And the food is so good, glampers may well become regular customers during their stay.

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Facilities

You can walk across the paths at Coltleigh and explore its extraordinary biodiversity. Or you can amble down the hill to Mapperton House & Gardens and visit the Coach House café. The Jurassic Coast is only fifteen minutes away, and there are numerous outstanding pubs and restaurants within just a few minutes drive.


The 6 metre tents are spacious and contain many home comforts, including a hand-built king size bed made with locally sourced wood, Egyptian cotton linen, a wood burner for chillier evenings, a cool box, board games, carefully selected books, as well as an outside fire pit for camp side cooking and extra warmth. There is excellent 4G signal, and each tent also has its own compost lavatory and hot shower unit.

Suitable For

Mapperton Camps want to promote the quiet enjoyment of nature therefore no noise is allowed after 10pm and no music is allowed.

Unfortunately we therefore cannot accommodate wedding parties, large groups, stag or hen dos.

We are sorry but due to proximity to farm animals and wildlife no dogs are allowed.

Nearby

Mapperton Camps is located in West Dorset on the ancient farm of Coltleigh, two miles from the quiet market town of Beaminster, and six miles from fashionable Bridport. The Jurassic Coast, with its long pebble beaches and dramatic golden cliffs, is only seven miles away

-  Hike across Mapperton Estate, including the rewilded Coltleigh Farm

-  Visit Mapperton House & Gardens, and the Coach House café

-  Visit the local town of Beaminster, with its two outstanding restaurants Brassica and The Ollerod

-  Explore the Jurassic Coast, starting at West Bay harbour and walking along the cliff path to Eype or Burton Bradstock

-  Meander through the stalls of Bridport market on Saturday mornings

-  Visit Symondsbury Estate with its farm shop, café, bike trails and boutiques


Food & Drink

Guests will be spoilt with many fantastic places to eat and drink in the local area. Outstanding restaurants within five miles include Brassica and The Ollerod in the lovely market town of Beaminster.

There is also The Seaside Boarding House with stunning sea views and delicious food made with local produce. Alternatively you can enjoy excellent fish & chips and other seafood at the Hive at Burton Bradstock.

Beaminster also has a very good fruit and veg shop, a local butcher, book shop, baker and various boutiques, plus the Rise Bakery in Bridport stocks wonderful farm shop essentials.

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July–August.

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The Owner Says

Mapperton Estate is delighted to welcome you to stay in our stylish and luxurious six metre bell tents in the heart of the wild West Dorset countryside.
Located in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with views over the tumbling hills to the sea beyond, Mapperton Camps provides a haven of calm and an opportunity to reconnect with the wonders of our natural world.
Our two tents are based at Coltleigh, a 200 acre area within Mapperton Estate which has recently been handed back to nature. A small herd of White Park cattle – an ancient English breed – now roam the local pasture, while a profusion of birds, butterflies and wildflowers adorn the landscape.

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Accommodation

Two bell tents, each sleeping two (or three, with an additional cost for the extra mattress).

Dimstone Tent

Bell tent Sleeps 3
Mapperton Estate is delighted to welcome you to stay in Dimstone Tent, our stylish and luxurious six metre bell tent in the heart of the wild West Dorset countryside. Sleeps up to 3 people (third person requires additional camp bed at £25 per night).

Ramsmoor Tent

Bell tent Sleeps 3
Mapperton Estate is delighted to welcome you to stay in Ramsmoor Tent, our stylish and luxurious six metre bell tent in the heart of the wild West Dorset countryside. Sleeps up to 3 people (third person requires additional camp bed at £25 per night).

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Getting There

Mapperton Camps is located at Coltleigh Farm, Mapperton, Beaminster, Dorset DT8 3NR.

Turn off the B3163 towards Mapperton, then follow the road for half a mile until it bends sharply to the right.  On the bend turn left up the hill and follow the road for another half mile until you see a sign saying Mapperton Camps.  Turn into the field and park at the top.

The nearest train stations are Crewkerne (20 minutes) and Dorchester South (35 minutes).

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