Heather Bell Tent
The Owner Says
Set in an area of natural beauty with amazing views as soon as you open your tent. Each bell tent has a double bed and a single bed. An additional fold out bed can be added if needed. The tents are individually decorated, with full moon mats and rugs for additional comfort.
Each tent has a bench outside for your own personal use, a fire pit and a cooking tripod for some outdoor cooking or simply for some warmth in the evenings. A basket of firewood, kindling and matches are provided, along with some finishing touches for you to discover on arrival.
Fantastic walks and views available directly from the site and stunning beaches within a short drive.
There's no electric or WiFi, meaning you can fully focus on relaxing and enjoying yourselves without the distraction of devices.
You can bring your pets with you as long as they are kept on a lead whilst on site.
The tents are set within Shilvington Barn campsite which is an remote, off-grid campsite. Portable toilets and gas powered showers are available for use on site, along with washing up sinks.
Please note there is a steep farm track to access the site, however the views are definitely worth it.
Features & Facilities
Each bell tent has a double bed and a single bed, an additional fold out bed can also be added if needed. Each tent has a bench outside, a fire pit and a cooking tripod for outdoor cooking and a basket of firewood, kindling and matches are provided. The campsite is off grid but there are portable-style toilets, gas-powered hot showers and washing up sinks.
It's 10 minutes' drive to the Abbotsbury Swannery (01305 871858), sanctuary to 100 swans, and the 18th-century Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens (01305 871387) – if you're visiting both, get a dual ticket and it's cheaper. There are plenty of beaches nearby. The closest are Chesil Beach (15 minutes' drive) and family-friendly Weymouth. The latter, a seaside resort town, has a lovely crescent-shaped beach which is great for kids and you can hop on a mackerel-fishing trip straight from the harbour. There's also West Bay, famous as the home of the Broadchurch TV series, Charmouth and Lyme Regis which are great for fossil hunting, Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove to name but a few. For walking, try The Jubilee Trail or the South Dorset Ridgeway, which takes in the Hardy Monument and the Hell Stone burial chamber.
Food & Drink
The Kings Arms in Portesham (01305 871342) is under 10 minutes away in the car. Serving hearty local produce, the award-winning pub has a lovely beer garden with a stream running through it, while the friendly dining service inside is relaxed and dog friendly. Elm Tree Inn in Langton Herring (01305 871257) is also under 10 minutes away, built some 400-years ago, the pub is full of character and charm, serving local ales, ciders and fine wines galore. Around 15 minutes away is The Brewer’s Arms (013058 89361), this traditional spot also has a great beer garden for making the most of the summer weather as well as a real fire inside for when the forecast isn’t looking so great, they also have a tempting takeaway menu if you’d rather eat back at camp.
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If you’re travelling south, turn right to exit off the A35, bearing onto the B3159. After around 200 yards, bear right onto Coombe Road before turning right onto Coombe Road. Continue for just over three miles and then turn left onto Front Street. After a quarter of a mile, turn left onto Bramdon Lane, then carry on for a mile before turning left onto Cheese Lane. After another mile, turn left again (still onto Cheese Lane) and then you will see Shilvington Barn Glamping on your right, follow the Shilvington arrow signs to find the site.
The nearest train station is Upwey Railway Station, three miles away, but there are more regular services to Dorchester, four-and-a-half miles away. From there you will need to take a taxi to the campsite