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Longthorns Farm

UK England South West England Dorset Bere Regis

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Life here is wonderfully simple; there’s a relaxed, ‘pitch where you like’ approach on the sites large camping field, surrounded by lush woodlands

As you awake to the to the morning call of a chimpanzee or the screeching of golden-cheeked gibbons, you’d be forgiven for believing that you’ve woken up in some tropical South American rainforest. And as you unzip your tent, locking eyes upon your friendly neighbours – a pack of woolly alpacas – you’re now convinced you’re a million miles from home. Peru? Bolivia? Ecuador? In fact, you’re at Longthorns Farm, a relaxed 'back to nature' type of campsite close to Dorset’s glorious Jurassic coastline. And with so many sights and activities right on your doorstep, Longthorns is a great choice for those seeking a change of scenery. That’s assuming you don’t live next door to a family of golden-cheeked gibbons.

Life at Longthorns is wonderfully simple; there’s a relaxed, ‘pitch where you like’ approach on the site's large, well-maintained camping field, which is surrounded by fencing and lush woodland. For those seeking a touch of luxury, there’s four tipis, furnished in a luxurious way with futon beds, candles, cushions and other decorative items. Or, take yourself back to the days when shepherds lived in their huts amongst basic furnishings, and had a potbelly stove to cook and keep warm. Longthorn's four uncluttered shepherd's huts (which are open all year round) allows guests to experience cooking in the great outdoors, with a Dutch oven which hangs over your very own fire pit – perfect for sizzling those locally-sourced sausages you bought from the farm's honesty shop.

Not only can you stroll directly into Monkey World from Longthorns Farm to meet your noisy neighbours, you’re also perfectly positioned to access the famous Jurassic Coast. This remarkable stretch of crumbling coastline along the county’s southern tip is home to many of England’s most important fossil discoveries. Lyme Regis is a must for fledgling ammonite hunters, but to sample the classic British seaside, head to the coastal resorts of Weymouth (15 miles west) and Bournemouth (20 miles east), where vacationists have been strolling along the promenades for more than a century.

And after a busy day exploring Dorset’s many hidden treasures, guests can relax and toast marshmallows over the embers of a fire pit, whilst taking in that relaxed, “back to nature” atmosphere. Welcoming owners, Sally and Mark, arrived at Longthorns Farm fully aware of what a magical spot this is in ecological terms and were desperate to keep it that way, whilst still offering the functional facilities that makes camping comfortable. And we, for one, think they’ve succeeded.

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Facilities

As well as the camping field (with 13 electric hookups), there's 4 fully-furnished TipiCos complete with: futon beds, candles, cushions, decorative items, storage chest, cool box, solar lights, kettle and an outdoor, fully equipped cook-house, with cutlery, crockery and cookware. Four traditional shepherd's huts featuring: a double bed, eiderdown cover, scatter cushions, wood burner, kitchenette, quaint curtains, rugs and all the things needed to make this your own special world once inside. Hired Elliots ECO block with flushing toilets, 2 ladies showers and 2 for gents, the ladies have 3 wash hand basins and the gents have 2 with a shaving sockets (a new toilet block should be completed before the 2014 summer season starts.) 4 washing up stations, 2 chemical disposal points, fridge & freezer facilities available, fire pits and an honesty shop. Recycling is a big part of the farms ethos, guests are asked to use the facilities provided.

Suitable For

Everyone’s welcome! Tents, glampers, caravans, motorhomes, campervans, groups and well-behaved dogs. 

Nearby

One of Dorset's most iconic landmarks, Corfe Castle (01929 481294) was besieged by Cromwellian forces during the Civil War. For six long weeks the gutsy castle took the battering, and only fell after being betrayed from within. Today, you can meander over most of the site, taking a peek through windows and strolling its fractured defences. The historic market town of Wareham is nearby, and has a handful of enjoyable attractions. Clouds Hill (01929 405616) is a tiny cottage that was home to the writer military strategist, T.E. Lawrence. Made legendary for his role in helping unite Arab tribes against Turkish forces during WWI, the cottages four rooms provide an interesting insight into the complex man. The rooms are very much as Lawrence left them; he died at the age of 46 after a motorbike accident on a nearby road. Wareham Town Museum (01929 553448) houses the history of Lawrence's life, plus press cuttings on the speculation surrounding his death. If the sun’s shining what could be better than enjoying a relaxing river cruise (01929 550688). Or, if you have the arms for it, you can take to the river by rowing boat, kayak or canoe. Right next door, Monkey World (01929 462537) works with governments from across the world to stop the smuggling of primates from the wild. It’s a great cause and well worth the (very short) trip.

Food & Drink

Onsite honesty shop (open from April to late September) stocking: bread, eggs, milk, sugar, tea, coffee, bacon, sausages, cheese and butter – this is unmanned and based on trust. Wool has some great pubs & restaurants (5 to 10 minute drive), including: the Black Bear Inn (01929 405541), who offer a delicious lunchtime and evening menu, full of traditional homemade pub grub. There is also a selection of excellent wines and ales. The recently refurbished Seven Stars Inn (01929 462292) has two large restaurants providing a wonderful range of meals to suit all tastes and pockets. Ranging from snacks, starters, steaks, fresh fish, vegetarian meals and specials of the day. They also offer a choice of 9 beers, lagers and ciders including 4 real ales (alternating regularly) – over the years they have had over 450 guest ales! Over in Bere Regis, The Drax Arms (01929 471386) serves Great British classics with a modern twist. From home made pate which is complimented alongside chef’s pear and red onion chutney, to slow cooked steak and kidney pudding; which has been a pub favourite for many years. Wherever possible, all dishes are created using locally sourced Dorset ingredients.

Open

All year round.

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Location

Contact Longthorns Farm, Longthorns, Wareham, Dorset BH20 6HH

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Getting There

Longthorns Farm is only: 1.25 miles north of Wool, 2 miles south of Bere Regis (on the Bere Regis Road follow signs to Monkey World) and 350 yards north of the main entrance at Monkey World.

The site is a 3 minute drive from Wool train station. The Jurassic Coast Bus Service is ideal for walkers who wish to walk a section of the coast path, there’s the option of either travelling out or back by bus.

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Rated ★★★★★ over 6 reviews

★★★★★

Yet another excellent week at longthorns,Ideally situated for local Dorset POI. Fantastic staff,good clean facilities and shop.

Being so close to the Tank museum this has been my go to site for 5 years. Sally,Mark and their staff are brilliant,the site is clean and all managed with little rules.Being close to the Army training Area the star gazing is wonderful.You can hear the tanks on a Thursday night normally an hour or so,So don't be surprised with excited children playing spot the tank.Always a relaxed non regimented stay kids love it with walking alpacas and attractions in easy reach from wool station.
Jul 2, 2018 by Mike
★★★☆☆

Lovely site, shame about the tanks

Our family stayed in a tipi at Longthorn's Farm this August 2015. It is a lovely site, and the people were really friendly and welcoming. My neices loved walking the alpacas and access to Monkey World is very easy. The shop is also well stocked and the facilities were clean and bright. However, there is a clay pigeon shooting place close by, so our days were punctuated by the constant sound of shotguns, whilst Thursday evening is a time for military tank manouevres which were quite frightening for one of the children as she doesn't like the sound of fireworks and this sound was very similar.

Sep 16, 2015 by Rachel Gardner
★★★★★

If you only stay at one campsite this year...

Longthornes is a fantastic site that should serve as a benchmark to how family camping should be done.  The alpacas are great fun and the staff are so accommodating for those wishing to take them for a walk in the evening.  The pitches are spacious, flat and well kept with the opportunity to hang over a fence and talk to the cows or horse.  The shop is well stocked with actual food rather than the standard cupasoup and soap,but the most impressive aspect is the shower and toilet block.  Light, airy and clean; i cant tell you about the ladies, but the gents was immaculate.  No drafty concrete blocks last painted some time before the war, no dubious stains up the walls and no need to wear a bio-hazard suit, showers are superb not like other sites where you need to go back in time to the 50s to keep popping tokens in a meter to get another 30 seconds dribble of lukewarm water.  Prices are very reasonable and put other 'cool' campsites to shame, there really is no excuse for a toilet block better suited to the ritual slaughter of cattle any more and Longthornes proves it.


May 28, 2015 by Tom
★★★★★

our favourite camp site by a mile!

I can't say enough nice things about this site, excellent location, excellent facilities and lovely people ... we love it so much we had our wedding reception there!

Jul 22, 2014 by jamesharris
★★★★☆

A peaceful slice of rural Dorset

We spent three nights a Longthorns Farm over Easter 2014. The site sits beautifully in a wooded valley near Bovington. At the centre is a working farm that sets the tone for the site. 

Laid back, there are a variety of animals including chickens, sheep, horses and alpacas that are popular with the children. The site had a few rules, to keep things civilised (dogs on leads at all times etc) but not too many to feel over-burdened.

At the time we stayed the toilets and showers were in temporary accommodation as a new shower and toilet block was under construction. When this is built it will improve the experience in this regard greatly and make Longthorns Farm a real camper's delight.

The kids loved the animals and the woodland walk through the valley. There is a gliding club in the field next door which provided further entertainment as gliders regularly came into land over the site. 

A superb location, less than 30 mins drive from Swanage, Kimmeridge, Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove etc. 

A lovely little Easter holiday.

Apr 19, 2014 by William Emeny
★★★★★

Brilliant camp site

Hello My daughter and i stayed here last year , I saw the site advertise thou Monkey world site next door, I have to say its brilliant place every think is there for you , toilets clean ,showers hot, Freezers for blocks and fridge for food, and the best people ever so helpful and very good value . I prebooked for this year before we left lol . So much to do close at hand to , So looking forward to returning x

Apr 18, 2014 by amanda

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