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Hobby Farm

UK England South West England Dorset Lyme Regis

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Adults only
  • Adults Only
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
  • Beaches
  • Short walk to the pub
  • Walking
A peaceful, adult-only campsite 10 minutes' from the Jurassic Coast

In the height of the school holidays, when seaside campsites bulge and spread and ice-cream vans jangle their tune down on the waterfront, places like Hobby Farm can become true sanctuaries. Equidistant from Dorset’s highest point, Lewesdon Hill (three miles north), and it’s lowest, the beaches or the Jurassic Coast (three miles south), this rural retreat in Marshwood Vale is a thoroughly peaceful slice of the Dorset pie. It’s both a secluded backwater and a well-located rambler’s paradise – dogs are welcome, there’s a good pub down the lane and every local footpath leads somewhere scenic, but when you simply want to stay put and relax, there are few quieter spots to be.

Hobby Farm is an adults-only campsite, which is undoubtedly the main reason that there’s such a notable sense of calm. But the general setting plays an obvious role too. The camping meadow is bound by mature trees and hedgerows, for example, and centres around a large pond, beside which alders and willows grow. There are just nine pitches in total, ensuring there’s never a crowd, and no electrical hook-ups, so old-fashioned tent campers reign supreme. A pair of traditional shepherd’s huts have been kitted out for glampers, too, and parked up in their own space – a handy option for walkers who don’t want to carry a tent.

If you’re open to ideas, amiable hosts Tom and Gaby are happy to recommend local pubs or walking routes. They also run the stables a few yards up the lane from the campsite and are happy to offer livery to campers who want to bring their horses along too. If you’ve got the time you can walk all the way to the beach – the nearest being at Seatown, where the Anchor Inn makes and excellent viewpoint-cum-watering-hole – or hop in the car and drive. It’s 15 minutes to Bridport, 15 minutes to Charmouth, 20 to West Bay and 20 to Lyme Regis, each one being worth several hours of your time. Though be careful not to eat into your camping time too much – it’s tough to put a limit on chilling around the campfire, fishing in the pond or paddling around in the small white row boat that waits invitingly on the waters’ edge.



Shared toilet and showering facilities. Covered washing up area. Fridge and freezer for communal use. Phone charging points. No electric hook-ups. BBQs and campfires allowed but must be raised off the grass. Fishing in the pond is permitted and there is a boat for shared use. Livery yard available for those bringing horses.

Suitable For

Hobby Farm is an adults-only campsite. Campers, glampers, tents, small campervans, adults, well-behaved dogs – yes. Caravans, large motorhomes and under-16s – no.


You're a matter of minutes from the Jurassic Coast: Head south-west for Charmouth, one of the best places for fossil-hunting, and south-east for the small fishing town of West Bay, where you can join family-friendly mackerel-fishing trips with West Bay Charters (01308 421800). Bustling and historic Lyme Regis is a few miles further than Charmouth with The Cobb, the 13th century harbour arm, a Dorset must-see. Lyme Regis is also home to Dinosaurland Fossil Museum (01297 443541), which helps you dip into the history of the coastline, explaining its geology and why it is now so famous. Back inland, the market town of Bridport is just under six miles from Hobby Farm Campsite, with a regular market on Wednesdays and Saturdays, a leisure centre, cinema and its own brewery, Palmers, which offers tours (01308 422396). The former Cistercian monastery, Forde Abbey, is around seven miles (a 20-minute drive), meanwhile, with beautiful gardens to explore.

Food & Drink

It's a 10-minute walk to The Five Bells (01297 489262), with an excellent beer garden in summer and Palmers Ales on tap. Further afield, The Anchor (01297 489215), overlooking the sea at Seatown is a 10-minute drive, while West Bay’s Rise (01308 422011) café/bar is a recommended all-rounder with harbour views. For seafood, you might like to try The Watch House Café, which is right on the beach (01308 459330). Bridport has a wide range of good quality eateries to choose from and there’s also a farmers’ market in the town on the second Saturday of the month. At Beaminster, Brassica (01308 538100) and Ollerod (01308 862200) are particular highlights.


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Contact Hobby Farm, Hobby Farm Campsite, Bluntshay Lane, Whitchurch Canonicorum, Bridport, Dorset DT6 6RJ

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Getting There

Hobby Farm Campsite is near the village of Whitchurch Canonicorum in Marshwood vale. From the A35 in Morcombelake, take the turning into Ryall village (by Felicities Farm Shop) and continue through, heading for Whitchurch Canonicorum. At the Five Bells pub, take the right turn into Blunts Hay Lane and continue 500 yards along this road going past Hobby Farm (equestrian stables). The next turning on the right is Hobby Farm Campsite (Hobby Farm Holidays). Go through the gate, a short distance straight ahead is Hobby Farm Campsite.  When using google maps, use 'Hobby Farm Holidays' rather than the postcode of the campsite as the latter covers a very wide area.

The nearest railway station is in Axminster, seven miles away.


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Rated ★★★★★ over 33 reviews


Make sure this is the experience you want. Functional Camping

I read previous reviews, most good and a few not so good. I came to the conclusion that perhaps the not so good ones had just booked the wrong type of campsite. Hobby Farm is a very functional small campsite. No reception, no shop, just a couple of toilets, a couple of showers and I would estimate about 10 pitches for camping around the edge of the field we were in. There were some shepherd huts in the adjacent field although I don’t know if they shared the facilities with us or had their own. In peak season I would argue that there would be queuing for the facilities, but for us in October there were probably no more than 6 pitches occupied and about 12 people on site so it worked just fine. There is a friendly pub (Five Bells) close by - if you use the pubs postcode you will virtually be at the site. Pub was open between 6-10 with food orders until 8 with a good menu. For our needs (4 motorbikes for a weekend away) Hobby Farm was great.

Great getaway. Good facilities

Lovely farm setting with a picturesque lake. Quiet in October with clean and hot showers which is a must for us. Were never bothered by owners and staff so left to get on with. Just how we like it. Made use of the log burners that are located at each pitch. Would stay again :)
Oct 10, 2021 by James Lugger Verified Review

A little slice of heaven

Such a lovely place with most tranquil surroundings and the cabin is so comfortable and cozy. We so enjoyed the fire at night making bbqs and star gazing. Loved meeting the horse neighbours. And took a little row in the boat around the lake :)

Good pitches

Pros: 1) good pitches for tents. No hardcore under the grass which a lot of campsites have so no needing to hammer in the pegs with Thor's Hammer. They're pretty level and some even have a picnic bench. 2) beautiful area with great views. 3) hands off approach from the owners (some campsite hosts can be a bit... suffocating, so it's refreshing that we were left completely alone. 4) great location for getting out and about to various places, Lyme Regis being a notable example. Also, check out the Beer Quarry Caves if you like history! It was a great place and only 30 minutes away, with the donkey sanctuary only a short drive from there too. Cons: 1) star taken off for the facilities - they do the job but not enough of them and even with just two other sets of campers we had cross over/waiting for the toilets and showers. When you're using the loo or a shower, you feel as though you're in there with whoever else is using the them and can hear everything. Would be good to have more hooks for hanging things on too. 2) I've not taken a star off for this as not really the site's fault - we didn't really get much of the touted peace and tranquility. There was nearby loud music every night until very late, and there also seemed to be a bell ringing practise on one of the nights from the nearby church, doing battle with the music which seemed to grow louder as if they were trying to drown out the church! We were also unlucky and had quite a loud, obnoxious group of campers decide to set up right next to us who liked a drink shall we say. So overall, can't say it was particularly relaxing despite the potential of the location and scenery. Would I return? If the facilities were improved (and had a bit more sound proofing), yes. I'd be willing to take the gamble that we just struck unlucky the first time with the amount of noise.

Possibly my favourite campsite!

Great campsite! Directions to find it are simple to follow, then once you get there it's everything you could want. The pitches are well spaced out and have their own washing machine drum firepit. Some of the pitches have a picnic bench, which is a bonus. The toilet/shower block is great and the communal fridges are really handy. Some lovely walks in the area and a pub just down the road! Lovely peaceful location, and even heard owls at night. Will definitely be back!

Brilliant campsite! Loved it!

Really great campsite, beautiful scenery surrounding you, fab facilities including hot showers, clean toilets, electricity point to charge your phone and a fridge/freezer. Wildlife all around, we heard owls and pheasants in the early morning which was ace. Lots of space and a great local pub! It has everything you need. And a close drive to places like Lyme Regis, Seatown and Bridport! Thanks so much for a cracking night stay, and we booked last minute too! We’ll be back! :-)
Sep 19, 2021 by Emily

Lovely peaceful campsite

Really enjoyed our stay here. It’s so quiet and peaceful at night, all you can hear are the owls and there’s so little light pollution that it’s perfect for stargazing. The showers and loos are simple but extremely clean with reliable hot water. Lots of footpaths nearby for walking towards the sea and the coast path or inland through the hills. Highly recommended for getting away from it all!

Lovely, peaceful campsite

The site is lovely, and was very quiet during our stay (apart from an occasional barking dog, and the embarrassment of our car alarm going off at 11pm!). The site is a field, with a large pond at the bottom and a smaller pond near the top. The view of distant hills and the sunset were spectacular. The loo and shower block was excellent - simple, but very clean and pleasant. Only 2 of each, but it seemed to be plenty. Maybe a hook in the loos would be good, as the basins were in there, so needed somewhere to hang a towel. There were also two fridges provided, and a nice, spacious washing-up area. There was a slight confusion about pitches - we were late to arrive, and most pitches were taken, so we opted for a small grassy pitch, but once we had pitched our tent, we realised it was right in front of the only drinking water tap, so had to carry our tent to the other free space. We would definitely visit again, and the whole area is wonderful to explore.

Excellent rural peaceful site

Stayed for 2 nights, this was my 3rd visit to Hobby Farm, its an excellent place to stay, its rural and very quiet, definitely of the beaten track. The view from the campsite is amazing as well. The facilities are basic but spotless. Ideal location if you just want to sit and watch the world go by. Good location to use as a base to explore the local area. The staff are friendly and helpful, they more or less just leave you to it. Sitting outside the tent late at night was lovely and hearing the owls nearby was nice. Definitely worth a visit. I'll be going back.
Aug 24, 2021 by John Douch Verified Review

Lovely peaceful stay

We enjoyed 3 nights at Hobby Farm - a peaceful and picturesque setting. Facilities were very good, with clean toilets and hot showers. Great having the village pub walking distance down the road too. Would recommend to others and hope to be back!
Aug 8, 2021 by Rosie Verified Review

Peaceful stay

We enjoyed our stay at Hobby Farm. Was quiet, the other campers all seemed friendly and relaxed. The pitches were spacious and the facilities spotless. We never felt like the site was too busy & always managed a shower when we wanted one. The fridge and powerpoints were a great touch. Loved having the pub a 10 min walk away. We'd come back :) thanks!

Beautiful view, poor facilities

There are only supposed be 9 pitches, but there were 15 different groups, meaning we had to take a tiny space, others just pitched where they could. There are only 2 toilets in a very cheap shed, people had stuffed paper towels in the knot holes for privacy, and there are long screws sticking through the walls. There is no chemical toilet disposal. The showers and toilets were kept very clean, but there were just too many people for the site, with only one sink people were queuing to wash up. The views were lovely, especially the sunsets, but we won't be coming back, we didn't expect so many people.
Jul 24, 2021 by Margaret

Lovely peaceful site in the countryside

Such a lovely campsite in the middle of the peaceful countryside. Nice & quiet to relax & leave your stresses at home with added bonus of availability for a fire pit. The owner Tom is a really nice guy & helpful with any local queries of places of interest etc. Only weaker points in my opinion are when we last camped there were 14 tents/vans on site. It states 10 on website. Sharing 2 small showers & 2 toilets with 28 people can be abit challenging. Plus on earlier visits there was a freezer to place your ice packs in, now there is a tiny freezer shelf that doesn't freeze them. Overall though a lovely spot for £20 a night.
Jul 21, 2021 by Kerri Deacon Verified Review

Excellent Weekend at Hobby Farm

Lovely site, clean new facilities, hot showers. Not overcrowded and very quiet. Local pub just up the road. Had a great time.
Jul 19, 2021 by Craig


Lovely location, quiet, clean. But, you state you have 10 pitches, adults only. At one point I counted 12 tents and 4 vans, Including 2 vans on one pitch both with awnings, and one family with children. All well and good, everyone deserves a holiday, but 2 toilets and 2 showers are not sufficient for the amount of people on the site. At £20 per night, I guess you get what you pay for, but it's obvious by the amount of people you let on to the field, you're never fully booked. You're just in it for the money, and not the welfare of your guests. David came to see us and said he couldnt chat for long because his dinner was ready! He was with us less than a minute, telling us there was wood available if we needed it. Before he came to us, he spent around 20 minutes "chatting" with the couple next door, to us, and when he left us, at least 10 or 15 minutes with each of the other guests. He was on site well over an hour I'd say. We just felt that was a little rude. Overall, the break we had, did us both good away from work, and London. However, I feel it would of been better if you'd stuck to your policy.
Jul 17, 2021 by Ian Colgate

Absolutely beautiful

We thoroughly enjoyed our break at hobby farm. It is so beautiful and peaceful. The shepherds hut was lovely and cosy and the staff attended to every need we had. We had an amazing break in Dorset and will definitely return in the future. Hobby farm is the perfect base to explore the area or just simply relax and enjoy the farm. Thank you so much

Peaceful and convenient location, plenty of space and privacy, clean facilities

We loved how remote this site felt with great views of rolling hills but still being within walking distance of a pub and a short drive to both Lyme Regis and Charmouth. We didn't see the owners whilst there but they kept everything clean and topped up. The facilities were quite basic in wooden sheds but had flushing toilets and hot showers and there was a decent sized sink for washing up and a fridge so there we had everything we needed. We would return.

Very chilled

Great spot. So peaceful. Friendly and helpful people. Clean facilities. What’s not to like!
Jun 2, 2021 by Dug Mackie Verified Review

Adult only site where your treated like an adult. Perfect.

Booked without prior knowledge and found a gem of a camp site. Now, your going to be disappointed if you rock up expecting a glamping experience. This is not boutique. It’s a simple, no frills peace of heaven. The shower and toilet blocks are basic but kept well stocked, clean and well serviced. Hobby farm is a working farm, not a theme park and the family work hard to manage the site and keep visitors happy but they cannot make the ground flat at visitors insistence. It’s a sloping field but there are plenty of places to pitch and the details do say it’s sloping. For the small in inconvenience, of uneven ground, you will be treated to big sky’s, peace and unbelievable views. The family have planted woods behind the site and there is a lovely dog walk to a view point and picnic table. There are two lovely ponds with a resident king fisher And nature surrounds you. It was a blissful 3 day break. There is a freezer for your cool blocks, fire pits, logs on sale, use of a toilet tent and loo if you want. Pick your pitch, put your feet up and enjoy. The staff are on hand to help if you need it but otherwise you are left to relax. It was perfect and we will go back.
Sep 20, 2020 by Jill

Lovely quiet spot. Superb location

Spent 4 nights in this lovely spot. Fridge and charging points were very convenient. Hassle free camping with no bother from anyone. Closely located to plenty of gorgeous beaches. If you’re looking for a quiet camping spot then look no further

Quiet & close to nature

I stayed only one night & wished it could have been longer. Beautiful views in lovely location. Close to the coast but away from too many people. It has proper Loos but certainly not a commercial campsite. Carefully looked after in unobtrusive manner. Thank u
Sep 16, 2020 by Jane Dennis Verified Review

Great stay at Hobby Farm

Peaceful and quiet campsite, with great and clean facilities. It was our first camping adventure with our two four-legged rascals, and there were plenty to do. Will definitely return!
Sep 13, 2020 by Seb & Dezi Hale

Lovely quiet campsite

Hobby Farm is a lovely peaceful site with good facilities. Very clean shower and toilet - which we never had to queue for. There were definitely a couple of larger groups but they were quiet so it wasn't a problem. I'll be back for sure.

A little piece of heaven

I can honestly say this is the most peaceful and relaxing site that we have ever stayed at. Toilets, showers, fridge all so clean. Helpful and friendly owner. Covid friendly. Love love love this place

Relaxing holiday

The site owner is lovely and helpful. The facilities were good with freezer, fridge, kitchen sink, toilets and shower - always clean. There are pubs and shops close by. The site was beautiful and very quiet. Ideal for relaxing.

Great few days

Lovely peaceful site. Facilities clean and adequate. Tom comes round twice a day and cleans and restocks. Great to be able to have barbecues and log fires. Communal fridge a great idea to keep your beers cold. Hope to come back for a longer stay

Calm, quiet and relaxing site away from it all.

We stayed at Hobby Farm for 10 days this month. We searched the internet for adult only sites in Dorset and here we are! There are two fields with ponds, each has a shower and toilet section along with a washing up station. Showers are hot with good water pressure. Tom the site owner cleans and restocks the facilites morning and evening and also delivers wood for you to make a camp fire (remember to bring your own fire pit or bbq so you don't burn the ground.) Very relaxing site, off the beaten track, sounds of birds, horses and cattle. Moorhens and fish thrive on and in the ponds, bats swoop around the ponds in the evening. We are not dog owners and would have preferred dogs to be on leads on site as requested on the notice boards - some dog owners let their dogs run free and bark unneccesarily which can be a nuisence if you are not a fan. POINTS TO NOTE Covid19 precauctions in place! Basic but very useable facitlies! Not a flat site but plenty of space over the 2 fields to find your perfect spot! Reycling bins available so no reason not to! Take shower flipflops - helps keep the showers clean! WALKS There are ample walks from the site, we walked the River Char into Charmouth and another day we walked to Shaves Cross for lunch at the Shaves Inn. Thank you Tom and family - we will be back!
Aug 19, 2020 by Penny Anyon

Peaceful, chilled, beautiful.

We stayed at the top of the field for 2 weeks. This campsite epitomises cool camping - and we’ve stayed at many of the best all over Europe. It is tucked away down country lanes and is well away from the madding crowd even at the height of this years national staycation. The pitches are beautiful and the sun sets between the distant hills at the bottom providing a drama that all the campers watch from their chairs. It is peaceful in the evenings with just the sounds of woodpeckers and, later, owls. The toilets are cleaned and sanitised like clockwork. There are fridges and charging points. The owner provides wood and kindling at cost price and everyone I spoke to during our time there were in a very happy ‘Cool Camping’ mode. Will be back for sure! Those moments of cooking alfresco in such beautiful scenery......pure bliss.
Aug 16, 2020 by Jules

Really lovely campsite, immaculate facilities, peaceful and quiet.

This must be one of the loveliest campsites we’ve stayed at. Small but perfectly formed. Spotless loo and shower, plenty of hot water. Fridge freezer for everyone’s use and plenty of camping space. Highly recommended -we’ll be back!
Aug 8, 2020 by Liz Smith

Dirty toilets, one overflowing chemical waste, the other an open cesspit - more mud than grass,

Dirty toilets, one overflowing chemical waste, the other an open cesspit - more mud than grass, sorry not up to Cool Camping standards in any way - utter disappointment, left a day early

Response from Hobby Farm

I am disappointed that you have chosen to write this review so many weeks after your stay, especially as we spoke on the phone at the time and I explained to you that you had not used the correct chemical disposal point, which has a sign next to it.  You chose to use an older point (which is no longer in use and so has no sign near it) and proceeded to block it.   The toilets are cleaned regularly as indicated by all other reviewers, and I work hard to ensure this.  There is no mud on the pitches so I’m unsure where you think this is.  Your comments are a hurtful and an untrue account and so I am naturally very unhappy that you have set out to damage the good reputation of Hobby Farm.

Peaceful, friendly, stylish, minimal and clean.

A lovely introduction to camping in a van for us. The facilities were spotless and the location was perfect with easy access to the coast. Open fires and a great sunset. It was the ultimate in a relaxed and quiet site.

A beautiful, peaceful spot. Highly recommended.

We spent just one night there last week on our way home from Cornwall. I only wish we could have stayed longer. A beautiful, peaceful location with hills and woods all around. Immaculately clean loos and shower. And very friendly team. Would definitely stay there again.
Sep 30, 2019 by John Neville Verified Review

Lovely quiet campsite

The site has very basic facilities- one toilet, one shower and a couple of standpipes- but this a lovely place to camp, with a wildlife pond, great views of the hills, and no light pollution. The owners keep the site remarkably clean and discourage motorhomes, big groups and children, so it's really peaceful. You can choose your own spot, and there was always plenty of space while we were there for four nights.

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