Meadow View Glamping

UK England South West England Dorset Ferndown

Bell tent and yurt glamping in a story-book setting. Walk to Neolithic stone circles, explore the Dorset countryside or hunt for bugs around the campsite's pond

There’s long been a successful campsite at Meadow View. Poised as it is between the New Forest and the Dorset coast, the place has a prime location for exploring this part of the UK. The more immediate vicinity is prime territory for history buffs though. Wander a few hundred metres and you bump into the Gothic, red-brick folly in Horton, a five-storey tower built in the 18th century and visible from the campsite itself. Head in the other direction, meanwhile, and you’ll stumble across renowned Knowlton stones, one of the greatest Neolithic relics in southern England.

Yet just as these historic artefacts are now found among the counties more modern attractions – there’s a Go Ape at Moors Valley Country Park and Peppa Pig World just beyond the New Forest – the campsite too has been given a modern-day shot in the arm. Now playing host to Meadow View Bell Tents, this flat, open space boasts four pre-pitched and fully furnished creamy bell tents, all kitted out for the modern day glamper who likes to travel light and enjoy a few 21st-century comforts.

The bell tents come in two different sizes, with the largest accommodating a family of up to five people (parents on a double bed and nippers on the Z-beds). Inside the likes of a games basket, fairy lights and complimentary tea and coffee show that attention has been given to small details, while perhaps the most important furnishing, a log-burning stove, comes with a free basket of logs and kindling, so you can settle straight in. If you need more fuel, it’s an easy stroll across the playing field and past the modern, heated shower block to the reception building where friendly Tim, who lives in the small-holding on site, can sort you out with more logs and any other essentials you may need. Perhaps a fresh ice pack for your cool box? Some eggs from his free range hens? Or a recommendation for the best local pub to walk to?

At the far end of the campsite, a small area is managed as a nature reserve for birds and there is an L-shaped fishing lake with tall trees sheltering its far side. Dragonflies zip across the water and swifts and swallows frequent the campsite in summer, resting in the trees after their long commute from the Southern hemisphere. Follow your own route south and, a little closer, the likes of historic Wimborne Minster is just 7 miles away, home to a 1000-year-old cathedral and a compact collection of cobbled old streets to explore, while the Dorset coast is around 15 miles (a half hour drive). Or stay put and enjoy an afternoon cooking up a storm over the campfire. A tripod and equipment is provided. So, really, there’s no excuse not to.

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The Owner Says

Just a 2 hour drive from London, the campsite is situated near the village of Horton in East Dorset. Meadow View makes an ideal base to explore the beautiful Dorset coastline and surrounding areas including the New Forest. The yurts and bell tents are in a field overlooking the campsite which is managed by wardens, with a wildlife pond and unpolluted views of the starry sky at night. The facilities are modern with two shared heated shower/toilet blocks and a small reception. Our staff will welcome you personally and get you settled in to your accommodation.
2 x 5m Yurts (sleep a family of 5 each) and 2 x 5m Bell Tents (sleep a family of 4 each).

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Very comfortable and friendly

The hurts and bell tents are very comfortable for seasoned campers and novices alike. Lots of useful items were provided and in great condition. A lovely stay.
Jun 13, 2019 by Martin

Wonderful stay in a peaceful setting

Yurt was sweet with great design inside. The fields were vast and tranquil. Only downside for families of staying more than a few days is the showers are too hot for children as they don’t have temperature control. Great place to visit, will come back again.
Jun 11, 2019 by Kristy

Great first stay in a bell tent!

Great first stay with twins under a year. Alex was very accommodating & welcoming. Fantastic facilities provided with the bell tent & love the kitchen facilities. We had wonderful weather great access to local restaurants & beautiful coast. Thank you for our first family camping trip!
Jun 10, 2019 by Trina

Brilliant weekend!

We stayed at Meadow View for a weekend at the end of August. We booked the 6m bell tent for a family of four, and had a blast. The boys (2 and 5) raided the blackberry bushes, played and raced around the huge central green space in front of the tents, loved playing on the beautiful beaches, and BBQing / putting logs on the outdoor fire every evening. Perfect family weekend, and good if camping and taking all your own stuff with little people is a little daunting. Despite the hot days, we did use the log burner in the evenings as they were chilly. I’d recommend those tents if you’re staying early / late season. The tents were well equipped, and Alex was very welcoming and helpful. We thoroughly enjoyed it and will be back next summer. Hope you had as good a time as we did! Sevan
Sep 4, 2018 by Sevan

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