Badgers Retreat is a comfortable Shepherd's Hut with ensuite in an adjacent field to a small adult-only campsite. The hut is warm and cosy with heating as well as kitchen area with sink, hob, fridge, and kettle so you feel right at home. The comfy kingsize bed means you’ll sleep soundly too.
The Owner Says
Badgers Retreat is a comfortable Shepherd's Hut with ensuite shower and toilet in an adjacent field to a small adult-only campsite. Badgers Retreat is situated around a small pond with 2 other shepherd's huts, Otters Nest and Fox's Den. The hut is warm and cosy with heating as well as kitchen area with sink, hob, fridge, and kettle so you feel right at home. The comfy kingsize bed means you’ll sleep soundly too and wake up to the sound of the countryside with birdsong and distant church bells. ** Please note that the price is based on you bringing your own bed linen, towels and pillows. Mattress protector provided. ** Badgers Retreat is a cosy 6 ft x 12 ft Shepherd’s Hut. Cosy and warm whatever the time of year.
About Hobby Farm
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.
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.
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 :)
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 :)
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.
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!
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.