Haddon Copse Farm

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  • 10+ metres between camping pitches
  • Contactless check in
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Campfires allowed
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
  • Beaches
  • Walking
Simple camping and glamping in an unspoilt location with glorious views of the Dorset Downs

They say “less is more” – a good philosophy, we think, when it comes to camping. Nowhere does this ring truer than Haddon Copse Farm, a 30 acre organic farm where looking after the landscape is second nature and camping meadows feel as at home in the scenery as the grazing fields that surround them.

Life here is about the simple pleasures. Off the beaten track, with dark skies at night and excellent views of the Blackmore Vale by day, the most discerning feature here is the relaxed atmosphere and the plentiful space the farm provides. Large pitches are placed around the edge of a vehicle-free field, populated in the middle by children throwing a frisbee and acquiring more than few grass stains – a souvenir of time spent truly enjoying the countryside. Each pitch has a fire-pit, while kindling, charcoal and logs can be bought from the farm at a very reasonable price.

The newest addition to the site is the Retreat Hut – a cosy cabin for couples with comfy double bed and outdoor campers kitchen, plus lots of lovely extras like fresh towels, organic cotton bedding, complimentary breakfast for your first morning, and, of course, that all important firepit.

The owner’s attitude, too, is exactly what you would hope for. “Settle yourselves in and we will come and see you at some point”, is the opening gambit of Tom, who has to spread time between running the farm and the campsite. A herd of cattle is ushered into new pastures and a morning check of the lambs is all carried out while campers are still yet to unzip the tent flaps. When they do, the reward is freshly baked bread and the chance to buy the fruits of all this labour; award-winning organic meats and eggs from the freely roaming chickens.

Ablutions here are eco-friendly. A stroll through the newly-planted orchard, leads to the to toilets and the wet-room style solar-powered showers. While there are also washing-up sinks and a freezer for ice-packs, the site is refreshingly underdeveloped. Just the way it seems it should be here. The place is blissfully unspoilt and activities like exploring local footpaths or cooking atop the campfire provide wonderfully authentic camping entertainment.

Beyond the wooden farm gates, continue the back to nature experience by swimming in the nearby River Stour, one of the best wild swimming rivers in the country. Its meandering course through the Blackmore Vale, classic Dorset dairy country, makes for various good walking routes, while historic spots like Hambledon Hill are perfect for a summer stroll and countryside picnic. As at the campsite, it's best to let the setting do the work. Walks, swims, picnics, they all allow you to explore Dorset’s wonderful countryside and, in between, the cosy, picture-perfect rural settlements aren’t half bad either.



Each pitch has its own fire pit and are well spaced around the perimeter of a vehicle-free field. A short walk through the orchard, brings campers to loos and solar-powered showers in two wet-rooms behind one of the barns. There is also a washing up area, bins and recycling, logs and local charcoal for sale (all lit by fairy lights at night!). A freezer for ice-packs is provided. Four bell tents are available to hire. Each has mattresses for four and the excellent addition of a tripod and grill for cooking over the fire.

Suitable For

Campers, glampers – yes. Caravans, campervans, motorhomes, dogs, noisy groups – no.


On the doorstep, walking options allow you to discover a little more of the farm, following footpaths through the surrounding cow fields, sometimes accompanied by pigs and sheep. A short drive into the Dorset Downs provides further routes. Walk in the footsteps of Thomas Hardy and his characters or swim at various points along the River Stour, renowned for its clear, appealing waters. The Iron Age fort Hambledon Hill (01297 489481), is a few miles away with a steep 20 minute climb to the top. The slopes are trodden in interesting history but today it's a peaceful place, home to a nature reserve preserving the Adonis blue butterfly that flourishes on the chalkland downs. Sturminster Newton has a good collection of pubs and shops but travelling a little further to spots like Sherbourne and Shaftesbury is an excellent choice.

Food & Drink

The farm produces award-winning organic meat under a separate brand name, 'Angel Cottage Organics', which is available onsite during the camping season, along with their free range eggs. Order the night before and they'll be delivered to your tent along with local organic milk, freshly baked bread and organic butter. With advanced notice you can also ask for sausages, chicken, lamb and pork from the freezer. For a good pub, try The Antelope Inn (01258 817295; 1 mile) The Green Man (01258 920022; 2½ miles) or The Ibberton (01258 817956; 4 miles).


Mid July – early September.

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The Owner Says

We run a small, quiet site where you can enjoy the peace and beauty of the Dorset countryside away from the hurly-burly of everyday life. We hope you'll begin to switch off the moment you arrive whether you are pitching your own tent or settling into one of our three bell tents. That applies to your phone too - there's no electricity, no wifi and patchy mobile reception and we think those are all good things! Instead, you can relax and enjoy some of life's simple pleasures - take in the view, stroll round our farm walk, light a fire, watch the stars. The site has a relaxed atmosphere and with just seven pitches, never feels crowded or full. All the pitches are well spaced out and it's just a short stroll through the orchard to our two private shower rooms/loos. We hope you'll find the personal touches such as advise on where to walk or swim, warm bread delivered to your tent in the morning or help choosing some of the food we produce on the farm for your barbeque will all combine to ensure that a stay at Haddon Copse Farm leaves you feeling refreshed and full of the good things in life!

Social Distancing Measures

This summer, more than ever, we want you to enjoy your holiday and leave our site leaving happier and healthier than when you arrived! Our small site (just seven pitches plus The Retreat Hut) means that there is always a lot of space between pitches - at least 10 metres - and the site is never crowded. We have installed hand sanitizer dispensers outside our showers/toilets and these are also accessible for use at the washing up sinks.


Three grass tent pitches (no hook-ups), four 5m bell tents for hire, plus a glamping cabin for couples.

Bell Tent

Bell tent Sleeps 4 4 Available
If you don't want to bring your own tent, you can stay in one our beautiful bell tents - their elegant silhouette creates an ambient circular space which is really practical as well as being stylish and romantic. Ready pitched for you, with four comfy mattresses provided, all you need to do is unpack your own bedding and camping gear and relax.

Grass pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 8 3 Available
Pitch your tent in one of our three separate pitches, sit back and enjoy the views. Each pitch is big enough for one large tent and one smaller tent, so children can have their own tent or friends can camp together.

Retreat Hut

Cabin Sleeps 2
Tucked away in a small orchard on the farm with glorious views of the Dorset Downs, The Retreat Hut is a perfect glamping retreat for a couple or someone travelling alone. Calm & peaceful, The Retreat Hut is fully-equipped with everything you need for a quiet weekend away from it all.

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Contact Haddon Copse Farm, Haddon Copse Farm, Woodrow, Fifehead Neville, Dorset DT10 2AQ

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Getting There

Haddon Copse Farm is situated on the Sturminster Newton to Hazelbury Bryan road – do not take the fingerpost turning to Fifehead Neville but continue for 150 yards and you will see their wooden farm sign. At the top of the track, on the left, there is a car-parking area. Park here and use one of the barrows to take your belongings to one of the seven pitches marked in the field. No vehicles on the campsite field. Settle yourselves in and the owners will come and see you at some point.


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Rated ★★★★★ over 23 reviews


Camping at its best!

This is one of the best camping experiences we've had in the UK. Everything about Haddon Copse Farm is exceptional. Let's start with, Tom, the owner. He was kind, thoughtful and made the place feel very welcoming. He was available and happy to chat with everyone, but never imposed himself. In fact, when we had a disaster with our car breaking down on the penultimate day of camping, Tom went above and beyond to help us. Thank you!! The atmosphere created at Haddon Copse is magical. With only seven pitches, there is lots of space and an amazing view of the valley. It's quiet, peaceful and everyone is respectful of others. No loud music, no parties and no massive gatherings. We met other lovely like minded families and our kids loved meeting up with others in the really friendly space. The facilities are well maintained and cleaned to a high standard. There are local products available to buy for breakfast from Tom's farm. There are lots of lovely places to visit on the doorstep of the camp site. Overall, it was an absolutely lovely experience and we can't wait to go again next year!
Oct 9, 2021 by Alan Stuart

Peaceful, thoughtful retreat

We loved everything about Haddon Copse; the layout of the field is lovely with so much space around each pitch and gorgeous views. We loved the thoughtful nature of the site and its ethos, with a fire pit for each pitch, mown pathways, the car-free field and handy barrows for unloading! The morning deliveries of milk etc was fabulous. Facilities were spotless and ample for the size of the size with plenty of hot water. Thanks to Tom who couldn’t have been more helpful.

Loved it!

We didn’t get a chance to meet ours hosts as we were pretty much always out. We only stayed for one night in a bell tent but the set up was lovely. We pulled up and it had instructions as to what to do/where to go etc. Which I loved. The bell tent was huge and had great space around and between each tent. There was 4 adults and still so much room in there. The toilet and shower areas were really clean and had sanitiser spray to use in both toilets. The view was amazing. Couldn’t fault it really. But loved it, will definitely return when and if we decide to come back that way. To top it off it had an amazing view.
Aug 25, 2021 by Maisy Biggs Verified Review

Hassle free glamping with the kids

I have just spent 3 nights here with my 2 daughters (5 & 12) in a bell tent and had a lovely time. This was our first girls trip and with some pre-trip planning (food and excursions) it went very well. The bell tent was nice and light so we didn't have to use torches or lanterns until much later in the evening which preserved the battery life. The mattresses were fine for the kids, I was able to double up mine as we had 4 in the tent and this made for a slightly comfier night, I'm used to a memory foam mattress and struggle away from home. Tom popped by to make sure we were ok and I was able to purchase everything to get a roaring bbq/fire going on the site, kindling, coal and logs at a very reasonable price. The showers and washing up sinks had plenty of hot water and the facilities are well managed and kept clean. There is a freezer for refreezing cool packs and the odd surprise chicken roaming the site :) The weather wasn't warm enough for beaches while there so we ventured to Monkey World one day and the cinema in Yeovil another. I didn't get to sample any of the organic produce from the farm as my cool box was too well stocked but if we return I will take less for sure.

Weeks Camping at Haddon copse 🚜🏕

Lovely welcome from our Host , reserved a pitch for me, given my access requirements,without me having to ask in advance. Wonderful rural location, loved hearing the animals on the farm. My partner enjoyed the organic pork, eggs,milk 😋. Well designed & clean shower and washing up area's, drove to many places, like Poole, Weymouth, lyme regis and beautiful Sherburn. Nothing was too much trouble for our host, thank you so much,excellent value for money. we will definitely recommend booking this site.
Jul 24, 2021 by Gill Hayes Verified Review

Beautiful first weekend away in 2021!

Beautiful location and comfortable hut with lovely touches. Great facilities and friendly, hospitable hosts. Thanks for a wonderful stay!

First weekend away 2021

Lovely hut with heating, good facilities, nice escape to the countryside surrounded by nature. We enjoyed gazing at the stars around the fire pit. Tasty organic eggs for breakfast.
Apr 21, 2021 by Lucy Verified Review

Socially distanced camping

In the middle of a pandemic, this was the perfect place to camp. With so few pitches, we felt perfectly safe. The facilities were excellent and the owner very friendly and approachable. We cycled around a lot so this was a great base for exploring north Dorset. The accessible freezer was a real added bonus for helping us keep our cooler cool the whole weekend. We also enjoyed the firepits and local produce delivered to our tent!
Sep 7, 2020 by Angela Verified Review

Beautiful camping experience

The setting couldn’t have been more perfect. Beautiful rolling countryside. Very quiet campsite with loads of space between the 7 tents. Fresh milk, butter and food for our barbecue delivered to our tent . All organic and delicious . Can’t wait to return next year .
Aug 25, 2020 by Sarah Eaves

Amazing Bell Tent!

Me and my partner stayed in one of the bell tents, which is surrounded by beautiful scenery. It was all perfectly laid out to every detail with a eco friendly feel with the compost toilet and mattress made from recycled jeans (which was super comfy)! Fire pit supplied worked perfectly, with the option to buy fire wood on site. Facilities were clean and lots of information given about surrounding areas. Couldn't fault a thing! Cant wait to go back again!

Mums and daughters FABULOUS camping trip

Such a wonderful camp site! Just how camping should be - in the countryside, peaceful, beautiful, not many tents in the field, no cars on site, clean facilities and friendly, helpful host. Loved having a fire pit and so nice to wake up to sausages, fresh bread, milk and butter delivered to our 'doorstep'. We took our own tents, there was plenty of space, very reasonably priced. Thank you Tom. I can't wait to go back.
Jul 30, 2020 by Lizzie

Quite, relaxed, clean and stress free environment.

Peace and quiet in a secluded location. Clean and tidy facilities which were well managed for the number of people on site - we’d never have to wait to use the bathroom here. Such fun using the wheelbarrow to take our kit to the tent - and great that there were no cars on the field. The view - nothing but beautiful Dorset landscape, no a house in sight. Most definitely will be visiting again. Thank you for having us.

Very peaceful break

Had a lovely couple of nights here, super quiet and really felt like you were getting away from it all. Delicious sausages and other fresh produce delivered to the tent for breakfast and really helpful hosts. The bell tent was spacious for 4 people and we made very good use of the fire pit. Don’t forget to look up on a clear night when the sun goes down - the stars are unreal!
Jul 22, 2020 by Roxy

Relaxing, peaceful, clean and comfortable. Great location! Great value for money! Awesome

From the time we arrived until we left we couldn’t have been made more welcome. The bell tent was awesome, very clean and extremely comfortable. The pitches were well spread out with pathways leading directly to your pitch ! (Awesome idea) We made good use of the fire pit and bbq . The wood and charcoal are available on site for a reasonable price! The views were stunning and so peaceful. We really enjoyed our walk around the farm and especially liked the piggies! The shower blocks are perfect and very clean ! Being able to pre order bread , milk etc was great . We will definitely be back and have already recommended it to our family and friends!
Jul 13, 2020 by Catrina Smith

Lovely site

Lovely quiet site, perfect little getaway. Tom and Martin are wonderful hosts, very friendly and welcoming. The retreat hut is cosy and definitely worth a stay.
Sep 22, 2019 by Jess Edwards Verified Review

Best campsite yet!

Such an enjoyable four days stay at Haddon Copse farm. With just a few pitches the site is peaceful and the view of the surrounding countryside is stunning. The facilities are clean, simple and stylish and the solar powered showers are perfect. It is nice to be on a farm, with the occasional chattering of geese to be heard through the hedgerows and there is a nice walk through the woods and around the farm. The owner is friendly and helpful and we had a lovely fresh loaf, butter and eggs from the farm one morning. Being able to have campfires also makes this the perfect camping experience.

A beautiful, very quiet site with excellent views, and big skies. It is very refreshing to just enjoy the nature around.

Lovely site, very friendly. Very clean and convenient toilets and showers, along with the possibility of buying organic eggs, bread and meat from the farm, delivered to your tent! Very enjoyable couple of nights away.

Amazing peaceful beautiful break

Stayed in the bell tent with my one year old and husband. Was large comfortable and safe with great mattresses. Lovely private pitch. Firepit brilliant. Loo and shower were easy to use with my pram and Georgie was free to roam and crawl. We visited the geese and the piggies and were just really relaxed and happy. The owners Tom and Mark could not be more helpful but respectful of space. Love the place. Will be back!
Aug 14, 2019 by Blue Cordner

Fantastic View and Value

We had a lovely stay here, very comfortable mattress. Great hosts, and we will definitely be back with friends.

Great site

Stayed for a weekend break in a bell tent and the site was perfect for us. Pitches are well spaced and bell tent provided plenty of room for 4. The shower block was clean and as the site keeps to a small number of pitches they were never busy. The fire pit has a bbq rack for cooking and wood is available to buy for an evening campfire. This site is great for a short stay as we saved time by not having to pitch a tent so we could get cooking as soon as we arrived on the first evening. There is no shop but you can order farm produce like eggs, bacon etc. The site is basically a field with a good quality shower block so make sure you have everything you need and don’t worry about not having to park by your tent, the car parking area is very close and we found unloading quite manageable.
Aug 4, 2019 by Kig72


This was quite possibly one of the best long weekends I have ever had. We stayed for 2 nights for our first anniversary and couldn't have hoped for better. Bell tent was clean, big, and perfectly secluded from the rest of the camp. Fire pits were an added bonus, and gave the campsite an extra feeling of home. Could order eggs, bread etc for breakfast, and lamb burgers for dinner. Wood, coal and kindling were available to buy, not even expensive! Will be coming back once a year hopefully, and have already recommended the site to close friends. Thank you so much for making our first year anniversary incredible.
Jul 29, 2019 by courtneyr21 Verified Review

nice and quiet, basic

Nice and quiet site, with lots of space between tents, and nice views. Squeeky clean toilet/showers, nice landscaping done by the lawnmower. Good fireplace, and very helpfull staff. Some downsides: no shade (bring tarp), no change of cooking in strong winds or rain (bring windscreen), no change of doing/drying laundry (pack well), bell-tents are very basic (bring chairs), can get boggy in places (bring wellies). Sea is at 30 mins, fresh bread 5 mins, supermarket 20 mins. Alltogether: nice concept, clean and quiet, but very basic and somewhat overpriced (compared to other organic farms where we camped).

Aug 21, 2016 by RuudvanTrijp

Wonderful quiet wild camping

We stayed her for 4 nights over the August bank holiday 2015. From the minute we arrived we were made to feel very welcome by the owner/farmer, Tom. He could not do enough for us to ensure our stay was an excellent one. The site is a large field with only 7 pitches in it. The pitches are an excellent size, we had space for an 8 man tent, porch and large canopy easily. They were also well spaced. even when the site was full, it was never noisy. The facilities were excellent, much more civilised than we had expected. There are two toilet/shower room with hot showers and flushing toilets. There is also a covered washing up area outside with hot running water. All facilities were cleaned daily.

I can also highly recommend the farm produce that was for sale, we tried the eggs, sausages, pork and milk. All were extremely tasty and well priced. There was also well priced charcoal, wood and kindling for sale. Note there are no grills on the fire pits unless you hire one of the bell tents so you will need to bring your own if you want to cook on the fire.

A wonderful, quiet, back to nature camp ground. I would highly recommend.

Sep 21, 2015 by Julie

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