The Ark

UK England South West England Dorset Sherborne Honeybuns

  • Sleeps 2 (max 2 adults, 0 children)
  • Cooking facilities
  • Beds Provided
  • Bed Linen Provided
Glamping doesn’t get much sweeter than this stylish vintage caravan on a Dorset farm owned by a gluten-free bakery.

  • A lovingly-restored cedar-clad 1940s caravan with separate bathroom and kitchen
  • Boutique feel with bed linen, towels and toiletries all included
  • The only glamping space within the farm’s nature reserve

The Owner Says

The Honeybuns Ark is a beautifully restored, cedar-clad caravan from circa 1940's. Be charmed by the attention to detail of this well-constructed, cosy accommodation that comes furnished with an over-sized double bed, fully-equipped kitchen area, hot water and sole use of a bathroom with a roll-top bath and washbasin. The Ark sleeps two adults (contact Honeybuns for more than two people). Toiletries, bedding and towels are provided and a gluten free breakfast box is included in the price. There is a separated bathroom with roll-top bath and a kitchen equipped with dedicated gluten free toaster, fridge and microwave.

Features & Facilities

1 vintage caravan that sleeps 2 adults in style in an oversized double bed. Both the Ark and the Bee Shack are gluten free zones. Fully equipped kitchen area, hot water, microwave, cutlery/crockery and toaster. Sole use of bathroom with bath, shower, loo and sink. Bedding and towels provided. Guests can pitch 1 small tent near the caravan if required. Also on the sites grounds: swing benches, rose garden, open fire, chickens to feed, a resident donkey, lots of bird life, owls and bats. There's a footpath to the local pub (3 miles each way across the fields.)

Activities

Honeybuns is only 15 miles from the historic market town of Dorchester, where you get two locations for the price of one. Firstly, a genuine county town, and secondly, Thomas Hardy's fictional Casterbridge. Born just outside Dorchester, Hardy clearly used it to add accuracy to his work, so much so that his literary locations can be found among the town's delightful white Georgian terraces. Dorchester is also home to some incredibly varied museums including: The Dinosaur Museum (01305 269880), The Teddy Bear Museum (01305 266040) and the much acclaimed Tutankhamun Exhibition (01305 269571.) Brought the energy sapping kids? Then take them to Coolplay (01258 474666) in Sturminster Newton; where rope bridges, ball pools, and tubes should wear out those little terrors. Pop into Monkey World (01929 462537) and help support a great cause. The centre works with governments from across the globe to stop the smuggling of primates from the wild. Refugees of this illegal trade (as well as those that have suffered abuse or neglect) are rehabilitated into natural living groups.

Food & Drink

Honeybuns can supply local honeys, jam, chutney, cheese, breads, fruit and gluten free items. There are several good pubs in the area including: The White Hart (01963 23301) - you can reach on a footpath from the site (3 miles each way across the fields. There’s also the Three Elms Inn (01935 812881) and The Digby Tap (01935 813148) in Sherborne. Come in early September to experience Sturminster Newton’s Cheese Festival, or take a trip to the award-winning Dorset Blue Soup (01963 23133) at Woodbridge Farm. For those with more sophisticated palettes, English Oak Vineyards (01258 858205) offers tours and tastings of their exceptional sparkling wines.

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Getting There

From the direction of Sherborne: follow the A352 out of town and then take the A3030 towards Sturminster Newton. After about 3 miles pass through Caundle Marsh, then fork right (signposted Holwell.) Drive through the village and turn left onto Stony Lane (signposted). A few hundred metres down Stony Lane is a narrow track on the left which is split into two halves. The right hand track leads to Naish Farm and is signposted Honeybuns.

From the direction of Sturminster Newton: follow the A357 towards Sherborne, and turn left onto the A3030 after about 3 miles. Half a mile later there's a road on the left (signposted Kings Stag), continue straight. After another mile there's a road on the left opposite Woodbridge Farm called Peaceful Lane, turn left onto Peaceful Lane. Turn first right onto Stony Lane. Continue along Stony Lane until you pass Hill Street Farm and a couple more houses on the right. Naish Farm is then on the right up a narrow track, signposted Honeybuns.

Please note: mobile phone coverage can be patchy, so please take this into account before setting off.

The nearest railway station is Sherborne (6 miles). The London train leaves Waterloo and timetables can be found here. Beavers taxi office (01935 816620) is right next door to the station and they know where Honeybuns is.