Luxury camping on the farm with a prime location on the doorstep of historic Dorchester
Considering how close it is to the country town of Dorchester, Dewflock Farm has a wonderfully rural feel. Just two miles from the charming old town centre, this 28-day campsite offers a true townie’s alternative – a working farm and views across the rolling Dorset downs.
The camping itself is of the luxurious variety, with pre-pitched bell tents for rent. If you want to bring your own equipment, then you can plucked for one of the unfurnished tents that has only inflatable mattresses inside, while the more plush, furnished option includes bed linen and towels, rugs, furniture and an entrance awning to provide some additional covered space.
Dewflock Farm is a particular hit with families. The 7-acre meadow in which the tents are pitched provides plenty of space for children to fly kites and kick a ball around, while, in the mornings, kids are also invited to follow farmer Tom as he checks and feeds the animals – lambs, pigs, cows and chickens. On rainy days an old farm barn has been converted into all-weather family space too. It has a television and jukebox, a lounge area and Wi-Fi, plus there’s also a handy ‘campers kitchen’ with a fridge, freezer, toaster, and kettle.
The real benefit of the place, though, for families and couples alike, is its position between town and seaside. For those who don’t mind a good stroll, Dorchester is within walking distance and has enough to occupy you for a day or more, while, just to the east of the campsite, the vast Maiden Castle is one of Europe’s best-preserved Iron Age hill forts and well worth a visit. South, meanwhile, a short drive leads you to the famous Jurassic Coast and it’s popular combination of beaches, cliffs and coves.
So whether it’s a rainy day in the museums or a sunny one down on the beach, Dewflock Farm has got you covered.
Important Note: Covid-19. Due to the continuing fight to control this virus, Dewflock Farm has implemented some changes to facilities for our campers. Please go to dorsetfarmcamping.com to see the Covid Update Sheet by clicking on the link.
The Bell tents are laid out over a 7-acre field with two set of toilets and showers within a short walk. There is a field barn equipped with a freezer, fridge, kettle, toaster, cups, plates, cutlery, tea, coffee, etc as well as each bell tent being supplied with its own fire pit and bales. Wood can be purchased on site. An open sided barn houses table tennis, table football, tables and chairs and lounging area. Plenty of space on site for flying kites and kicking a ball around. In the morning, children are invited to help Farmer Tom feed the various animals. Guests have access to the onsite showers and toilets, a field kitchen.
Last year, smaller visitors have the opportunity to drive our Mini Landies. Ideal for 4 - 10 years olds and perfectly safe with remote cut off switches. have a go at driving using co-orindation, focus and skill! Available to campers mid week and some weekends during July and August.
Glamping and camping. Families, couples, quiet groups – yes. Stag and hen parties – no. No dogs on site.
The campsite is a stone's throw from Dorchester town centre, offering independent shops, eateries, 2 cinemas, parks and a slew of eclectic museums. With cycle paths to Dorchester as well as a bus stop at the end of the farm drive, accessibility is not a problem. Dewflock is also 8 minutes' drive from Weymouth and the coast. Enjoy the beach or get up close to seals, seahorses and starfish at The Sea Life Centre (01202 666900).
Food & Drink
There are numerous pubs and restaurants in and around Dorchester. If you want to really treat yourself there's even a Michelin-starred spot in the centre of town – Sienna (01305 250022).
2018: Friday, 3 August to Monday, 27 August
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Rated ★★★★★ over 23 reviews
Amazing family holiday
Such a lovely friendly campsite. Well laid out and everything was clean and well organised. Friendly owner, nice touch to have breakfast in the mornings, and mini landies for the kids to drive. Had all we needed, it was a great base for our holiday. Would recommend this site.
Fun on the farm!
We had such a lovely week on this quirky, rustic farm. The hosts were extremely friendly and the special touch of bacon sandwiches every morning and home made pizza midweek, was just perfect. We had two shepherd's huts which were comfy and cosy. Beds were comfortable and it was nice to have bedding and towels included. One hut has steps and the other is slightly 'on the wonk' so may not be suitable for people with mobility issues. The grass is also quite long in the field so may not be suitable for wheelchairs. It was so lovely to wake up each morning listening to the cows and donkeys and my daughter loved being able to go and see and feed the lambs whenever she wanted. The mini landies were also great fun. The showers are very basic but do the job they're intended for. The farm is situated in a great position for visiting lots of different beaches and areas of interest. We would definitely recommend Dewflock Farm to anyone looking for a relaxed, scenic and friendly glamping experience and would happily return!
We had a wonderful time camping at Dewflock Farm. The set-up is amazing, not too crowded and absolutely everything you could need is provided with lots of thoughtful touches. It was our first camping experience and even with two young kids, it was relaxing and largely stress-free! The area is beautiful and surrounded by loads of places to explore. Lastly the team is super welcoming and friendly - nothing is too much trouble. Thank you again! Would highly recommend a stay!
Chilled, gorgeous stay
Had a fantastic week at Dewflock Farm in a furnished Bell tent which was perfect for our family of 4. Great site and location near loads of beaches, amazing hosts, toilets are clean, showers are hot and strong. Bacon butties each morning a great touch. Pizza night was great too and the Biltong is some of the best we’ve had! Nothing negative to say, we’ll be back for sure.
Response from Dorset Farm Camping at Dewflock Farm
Our absolute pleasure. We love what we do and when our guests love what we do, we love it even more! Thank you for coming to join us. Hopefully see you again one day. Verity
Fantastic camping weekend
We stayed in the Copse which is separate to the main site located, a few minutes walk away, in its own woodland. It's a great location; you can sit, with a coffee, on the bench facing the east to watch the sunrise in the morning and switch to the other bench facing west in the evening to watch the sunset with something a little stronger. The shepherds hut is super comfortable and the shower and toilet facilities are first class. You can cook using the provided stoves or over the fire pit but another option I can recommend are the homemade pizzas in the barn by the farmhouse. You can even have a pint while you're waiting. We came back totally relaxed from our weekend break and look forward to going back soon.
Bear Grylls eat your heart out.
Excellent location safe distancing in these times. We stayed in the hut at the Copse away from man or beast. We had 2 days and night of cooking for ourselves, collecting firewood for the fire, great fun. Bed really comfy, hut nice and snug, a storm on the last night, made it quite exciting for the hubby, not me. 🤣
Wonderful stay at this happy well run farm
We had a wonderful 3 night stay at Dewflock Farm. Very comfortable stay at Rufus. Slept very well and we enjoyed having BBQ’s every night. The mini Land Rover’s were amazing and the bacon and egg rolls were also very good. The animals were very friendly and liked to be stroked. The showers were very warm and it was fun to run across the field to get to them. Host was very friendly and told us about the farm. I would Highly recommend and are coming back next year. Angelina age 9
Loved our stay here! My friend and I decided to do a mom/kids trip on our own and we were very nervous about camping with young kids. We had a 2.5, 6, and 7 year old. It turned out so great. We were able to sit back and relax after adventuring all day while the kids ran free and played. One of my favourite holidays I’ve had with my son. The mini land rovers, farm animals, and bacon rolls were amazing. Owners are so kind, even washed a sleeping bag for us after an accident. Great experience!
Fantastic family time
It was the first time as a family that we tried camping with our 6 year old daughter. The open space the security of the farm being enclosed from the passers by and the beautiful setting, was just perfect. We had a furnished Bell tent which was really comfy and made for a little adventure. We loved sitting out each evening having BBQ while all the kids ran around playing it was really idyllic. We loved the outside showers(enclosed) we had a lovely time as a family. If your looking for a simple idyllic holiday this is ideal and great spot to go off for days out to explore Dorset. The bacon rolls that where delivered each morning where a great touch too
Lovely relaxing hideaway
This was booked at the last minute as an antidote to a suddenly cancelled holiday abroad and how lovely it was. The Copse sits atop the hills on the farm and has stunning views across the valleys, a great little hideaway. The path through the copse to the Shepherds Hut is lit by solar PIR lights and around the camping area fairy lights have been wrapped around the trees. The toilet and shower facilities (exclusive to the Copse) are excellent and thought has gone into providing other seating and cosy areas. The Hut itself is lovely and cosy with its own fire. Lovely added touch of putting marshmallows and sticks for the fire pit in the hut on our arrival too. A very relaxing few days and nights in a lovely countryside setting. Many thanks.
It was the first camping experience for our 5 yr old granddaughter and this was just right - lots of space to run for the children. The bell tents are very spacious for 2 adults and a child. Us oldies are experienced wild campers but - I must say - that a little bit of luxury is certainly appreciated once you get into the later years!!!! Showers with hot water (most of the time), flushing toilets and a field kitchen to do the washing up!!! The children had straw bales to climb on and play, Landies brought out on 2 mornings for the kids to have a go at driving and orphaned lambs to pet and feed. The field behind had cows and donkeys in so there was the odd farmyard noise in the mornings. The only downside is the train line that runs from Dorchester to Weymouth alongside the field but the trains were a long way up the hill and didnt run that often. Solar fairy lights, a couple of straw bales to sit on by the fire pit to cook on at night - did the job. Would recommend for anyone with younger children who want to experience camping for the first time. But we will also be back.
It was our first time glaming and loved it, This place is amazing so chilled and great for kid to run around safely, everything is really clean, and the bacon roll in the morning was a treat, definitely going to book again.
Wonderful weekend stay in July, lovely site with excellent facilities. All the good social distancing and hygiene you'd want is in place. Super friendly owners and farm animals too : ) For an excellent local pub we can recommend the Brewers Arms in Martinstown with great food and again well set-up.
Relaxing, great for animal-lovers, family friendly, good location
From the moment we arrived we were made to feel welcome and were introduced to our surroundings. The bell tent was spacious and lovely. The washing facilities were clean and cleaned regularly with oodles of hand sanitiser at key points. The kitchen is a godsend with freezer and kettle and even an oven! The animals on the farm are friendly and accessible, except the bulls which we admired from a safe distance! Our children aged 10 and 13 were allowed to feed the sheep, many of whom had been hand reared and were super friendly. The donkey family kept us all amused with their comedy routines and there were lots of farm dogs and cats. We love a beach and found many within a 45 minute drive. Chapman's Pool and Studland were lovely. You can be on the beach in Weymouth in 15 minutes. Loved the hill fort Maiden Castle just 10 minutes by car and the history of the Tolpuddle Martyrs just minutes away. Supermarket nearby and Dorchester is well equipped for most things. The only top tip for this site is earplugs! Not for the noise from fellow campers (all beautifully behaved), but some nights the noise from the local A Road disturbed us adults (but not the children!). Oh and the bacon rolls outside our tent were really appreciated.
Just works in some many ways
We had a stunning 4 days at Dewflock Farm in August this year. We decided last minute to go for a glamping rather than camping experience our decision meant that we had a very relaxing few days in a beautiful location. Host that were attentive but not too fussy, a structured but relaxed camping field, a few but not too many other families to interact with, so all in all just right in so many ways. Dewflock Farm offers offers a great introduction to family camping for those that have not experienced a night under canvas yet. You have thoughtful hosts, a safe but inspiring space for kids to explore, really well equipped communal areas, and loads of great beaches locally. Would highly recommend
We visited the farm over the August Bank Holiday weekend. My husband and I stayed in Rufus and our daughter and her young family stayed in an unfurnished bell tent. We had a simply marvellous time. Our eldest grandson made a couple of friends and they had an absolutely great time charging around in a very safe and free environment. An especial favourite were the mini-landies that were made available every morning and evening. The children also really enjoyed spotting the passing trains! Verity was really friendly, helpful and nothing was too much trouble. The kitchen was very well equipped and our hut was cosy and comfortable. A nice hi-light for us adults was sitting around the brazier each evening, logs blazing and stars twinkling above us. We would definitely recommend Dewflock Farm and hope to return next year.
Super weekend break
Had a lovely weekend at the farm. We stayed in one of the lovely shepherds huts. Tom and Verity went out of there way to make us feel at home. Also gave us great advise on where to visit and beaches etc. Thank you.
Stunning position and very attentive hosts
We spent a wonderful weekend at Dewflock which is set in stunning Dorset countryside! Verity and Tom are fab hosts and nothing is too much trouble. The bell tents are beautiful and the games barn is such a great space for the kids to play! We'll definitely be returning!!
Great location, with a quick drive into Weymouth or Dorchester, kids can run free and safe and plenty of room to do so, bacon butties in the morning NICE.
Absolutely Amazing with great hosts, so friendly
I stayed here with my son and some friends and we had such an amazing time. Verity was so helpful and would tell us all the best local places to go and we had such fun in the evenings with the easily assessed bar whilst the kids played in the open air ( got them away from tech too). Thanks and see you again soon :)
Love love love the extra touches
Stayed with my grandchildren. Space to run. Safety foremost in the campsite layout. Lambs to pet, bacon rolls for breakfast delivered to the tents by the farmers children and mini landrovers for the children to drive. No hidden costs.
Cosy shepherd's hut in beautiful space
Shepherd's hut Rufus is well-equipped, comfortable and atmospheric. We loved sitting outside with a fire during the evenings. Campsite is well-placed for Weymouth and Dorchester and surrounding beaches/countryside. Kitchen facilities good, showers and toilets were temperamental. Owners are friendly and helpful and farm/wildlife cute. Only problems were the constant background-hum from the A354 and a train whizzing past every 20 minutes or so - some are used to this, but don't stay here if you're easily woken!
Response from Dorset Farm Camping at Dewflock Farm
Thank you for the feedback.
Glad to see you made the most of your stay here going into town for the cider festival and exploring the local area. I’m thrilled you sampled one of our hog roasts!
We think Rufus is great too so glad he hit the mark!
The road on the other side of the bank is busy but we find the bank shelters us. At this time of year it is hectic as there are lots of lovely visitors exploring!
Thank you for the feedback. Good to know expectations vs reality!
Premium price for average experience - not cool
Good bacon roll each morning, but a coffee would have been appreciated. The hot food each evening that the website promised wasn’t on offer. The children enjoyed feeding the animals, and the owners were friendly. The location within Dorset is great but the site is noisy, right next to a railway line and very busy road. The facilities (kitchen, showers, toilets) are only just adequate when the site is virtually empty. We felt that the price we paid was double what the site justified.
Response from Dorset Farm Camping at Dewflock Farm
Many thanks for your feedback and we are sorry you did not enjoy your stay.
We endeavour to make your life here at Dewflock as simple as possible by providing breakfast rolls and tea/coffee/sugar/sauces in pots in a fully kitted kitchen for self use. I was surprised you found the toilets and showers inadequate when quiet but we have additional when full.
Again, thanks - it always good to know both positive and negative views to keep us thinking about improvements.