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Rated ★★★★★ over 141 reviews
Relaxed happy time
We loved the setting - views through the mature trees - swift’s circling- lovely river to swim in. The campsite was very quiet and David especially helpful and friendly.
Chilled out, relaxed, heavenly
It’s a beautiful, small, exceptionally well planned site. With a central spot for parking, running water and showers, fridges, freezers and electricity; the rest of the camp site is very peaceful. The teams can’t do enough for you, like swans, doing the hard work behind the scenes. The place is also gorgeous with lovely gardens and little nooks. The camping field is up a steep hill, but the staff will take your stuff up for you. The field is quiet and quite protected from the elements, with no cars driving on and off the site!
Peaceful and good for kids
It was fantastic stay. Plenty of space for kids to run around, campfire to cook the dinner, and river to swim nearby. What else do you need !?! Very Organic and green. For some ECO loos might be an unusual experience , where I found them interesting and educational for kids. If you want your child to experience true camping and to build healthy family memories - go to Farrs Meadow !
A weekend of peace in a Shepherds hut
David made us very welcome and gave us some great advice about the local area. The shepherd's hut was cozy and not far from the toilet and showers. The bed was comfortable and in the shade which was important as the hut is made of corrugated iron and by the time the sun hits it becomes like an oven. Two small details for change. Block up the holes in the roof to stop the birds nesting in it, which David said he will do as soon as the birds fledge, which was like an early alarm call and put a few tea bags in the draw and the place is pukka.
This is our second trip, we first visited when it was just open about 8 years ago without children and loved it, returned this year with our toddler and it was amazing! Little has changed which is great as it remains unspoilt. David is a fantastic host, laid back, great recommendations and there if needed. Have already booked to return at the end of summer, it has everything for a stress free holiday.
Warm welcome and accommodating hosts
We received a very warm welcome on arrival, a tour of the facilities and some great tips on the local area to ensure we made the most of our stay. Just up the road there is a beautiful spot for swimming and kayaking, and the site is only a short walk along the river into Wimborne where there are lovely pubs, cafes etc. The adults and kids [and dogs] in our group all had a great time - although some were a little scared of the long-drop toilets! I loved the horse box showers.
Our first trip to Farr’s meadow- it won’t be our last. Olivia and David were so friendly on our arrival, remembered children’s names and nothing was too much trouble. Facilities were great- just the right amount of safety/cleaning resources and the horse box showers and long drops were fun! A perfect weekend, thank you.
Beautiful weekend in Dorset
What a lovely little campsite! We stayed in one of the yurts at the top of the field with our two young kids and also two other families. The kids had the best time discovering the chickens and goats, playing outside and enjoying the horse box showers (a big hit). The beaches were about 35mins away (traffic) and the stream was about a 10mim walk. The yurts were really comfy but very hot in the day and cold at night, we were so lucky with the weather though!! I’d love to come back but what would make it perfect would be: Running water at the top field (just to wash hands after the toilets) and maybe even a shower at the top too A more stable way to come down from the top field. Again we were so lucky with the weather that the slope was just dust but I’d imagine it would be very slippery when wet The grass is very long which looks gorgeous but we heard many families discuss the ticks which was pretty off putting However all being said, a fab weekend
Beautiful location, excellent hosting
We camped in the top field. The facilities are basic but very well done. Showers/loos in converted horseboxes, no electricity to pitches. Showers were hot, toilets were well equipped, always clean and did not smell. Fridge space was available for our food and the meat boxes from the local butcher were excellent. Cooking on the firepits was brilliant! David was ever so helpful with transporting our stuff up to the campsite from the carpark and was very accessible to give advice and tips on local places to see. The campsite is basic but if you are happy with that then it truly is a wonderful place. We would be delighted to return and would definitely recommend!
Relaxed, friendly and firepits!
A wonderfully relaxed, accommodating and friendly campsite. Fire pits always a massive bonus, and the wood sold on site burnt very well - have been stung with wet wood in the past! Washing/toilet amenities basic but get the job done. Multiple pubs, co-op and small town within walking distance (15 mins), plus communal fridges and microwaves on site. Some nice surrounding countryside. Really hope to visit again.
Great campsite with a natural/hippy vibe.
Great spacing between pitches, surrounded by trees with campfires encouraged. Super friendly site owner, it really felt that they cared about our visit.
Great location, basic in a creative way - everything you need
Very close to a river. Short walk to the town. Liked the horse-trailers converted into a shower, friendly host Dave, good value for money. Not at all pretentious. Had a great night's sleep.
Super campsite with very helpful staff
I recently stayed at Farr's Meadow with my husband, there young children and dog. From the moment we arrived David made us feel very welcome. He was extremely helpful- took all our camping gear up to the pitch, helped us choose our pitch and explained where to find everything. There was plenty of space between tents. The campsite has everything you need- fire pits, warm showers, facilities for washing up, long drop toilets. The children loved the goats and chickens that are on site. The local area is beautiful- 5 mins walk to the river where we went for a lovely walk. Lots of people were playing in the water- paddle boarding, swimming etc. Wimborne Minster is a nice town too. We spent most of our time at the beach. So many to choose from but some aren't dog-friendly during the summer so we went to Sandbanks and Branksome Dene. Both are stunning. Thank you David for a wonderful stay. We will definitely return to Farr's Meadow in the future.
A hidden gem
Spent 3 nights here in September, it's a charming little spot. The management are really helpful and informative. The converted horse box showers are quirky but brilliant. I'd thoroughly recommend this site
I recently stayed in a Gypsy caravan with my little dog Archie. We were so lucky to have the whole field to ourselves. We were met by David who made us feel so at home. The Gypsy caravan was lovely and clean and had everything we needed for our stay, bed was so comfy and cosy, so many lovely little touches, tilly lamps, tea lights, cushions and wonderfully decorated. A bonus was the fire pit outside, so lovely to sit outside at night. The horse boxes for toilets and showers was a lovely idea. Lovely walks and the river at Eyebridge just 5 mins away was heaven. David, Olivia and all the staff are all so lovely and do a wonderful job keeping the camp site clean and tidy. We had the most fantastic stay and will definitely be coming back again next year. Thank you David for making our stay so memorable and we were very sad to leave. See you in 2021
Perfectly described and one of my perfect counting experiences.
Perfectly as described and one of my perfect camping experiences. The place is a gem. David and his staff were terrific and always ready to help particularly with getting gear onto the campsite from the car park using their transport. Definitely a place to return to!
Incredible Wild camping! Wicked Staff!
What can I say firstly Olivia and David are absolutely Ace!! Great friendly faces and always so helpful and kind. Camping there fir 6 nights with our 2 year old was ace, stars, roaring fires, big juicy blackberries, eco toilets, lovely hot showers, wild swimming minutes away. So many great walks , cycles, beaches and swanage is so close and great pubs!!! We will be back!!! The other great thing is no cars on the campsite which makes the field, a amazing scene in the evening with everyone's fires and delicious food cooking!! Thank you so much and we will be back next year!!!
Had a wonderful first night and next morning at farrs meadow, it was relaxing and chilled out. The facilities are rustic but lovely and the spot is well situated. We stayed in the meadow on a tent pitch. Its a short walk into wimborne which itself is a lovely hip town with lots of pubs/eateries etc. We went to Renoufs for a cheeseboard and wine and it was to die for! Unfortunately on the 2nd night a large group of dads and their children arrived and were pitched directly opposite us and unfortunately far too close to enable us to relax and enjoy the evening. The children had a game of cricket going the entire afternoon and evening, while the dads went to the other side of the site to get away and cook/relax. The ball was constantly hit towards our tent (expected as they were less than 6 feet in front of us) and several times knocked into the fire and bbq, and the kids kept clambering over our stuff to get the ball back. This is not directly the campsites fault obviously, but the meadow was definitely oversubscribed and not large enough to tolerate a group of that scale and really spoiled what we were hoping to be a relaxing trip. This has just shown us we personally need to find somewhere that has dedicated pitches with more space in between.
fantastic weekend getaway
stayed in the shepherds cabin by the goat enclosure (2 nights) , - great views and a good spot with all amenities a short stroll away. chickens were constant companions, without being pests. good intro to site, very pleasant situation - woodland and fields down to the river, with the A31 off in the far distance across the valley. Owner a really great guy with lots of local tips, and a genuine interest in his campers, - staff also very helpful long drop toilets (in horse boxes) not for everyone but actually no smell (apart from sawdust!) and well kitted out - and clean. showers in horseboxes also - a great feature - lovely and warm. the shepherds hut well kitted out - all you need for a weekend- but suggest bringing an extra gas burner (one in there already) if staying for a while and you like to camp cook. - fire pit also an option (one provided). Site also provided water butt, washing up bowl and liquid, lights, pots pans, crockery, cutlery. fridges and freezers on site. River five mins walk away, and ask Site owner for tips about where to paddle and swim.
Very well run camping with a nice farm and a lovely river nearby
We only stayed for one night on a weekend trip from London. It was easy to get to and find. The field is big with good flat pitches. Toilets and showers were all good and clean. The highlight for our children was a small farm with goats and chickens that they could feed. And best of all they could go there on their own and we could have our coffees in the quiet. There is also a nice river nearby for water play and there were lots of people on kayaks and paddle boards, but I assume you have to bring your own. Overall a great experience and we would come again.
Maybe a little too 'rustic'
As most people have said, this is a beautiful campsite in a great location, and the owners and staff were brilliant. Only grumble would be that it's sometimes a bit too basic. There were only two toilets for the main field, which meant quite a lot of queuing, and two (cold) taps for all the drinking/washing/washing up for the whole site. Having to squat on the floor of a horse trailer to fill my washing up bowl from the warm shower was not good! Also the main camp field is on top of a hill, meaning a steep walk to get to the car, water and showers. The paths aren't well marked, and my wife slipped in the mud after doing the washing up - really hurting her ankle.
David and his team made us very welcome during our stay, including carrying all our bags to our beautiful, spotless shepherds hut. The view was lovely and the shepherds hut was very cosy and well equipped. The toilets were private and clean and the showers hot, all in horse boxes-brilliant! River, amazing ice-cream garden and beautiful walks on the doorstep, a perfect break, thank you. Definitely recommend.
Fantastic few days
Laid back site. Rustic but with everything you need for a relaxed camping trip. Friendly fellow campers and the team running the place really helpful and welcoming. Fully recommend this site if you want to get back to nature and switch off.
Nice camp site
We are a camping family, who enjoys camping a few times a years. We like the more secluded places and as little noise as possible. The Farrs Meadow team was very nice, helpful and accommodating. The "Stable", were we stayed, was very nicely equipped. It had almost everything we needed (2 full bags went straight back to the car untouched). The converted horse transport toilets are very comfortable and are kept clean. Same as the showers. The place can use an extra toilet and shower (one of the showers didn't work, and one was temperamental). The minuses for us were that the plots were very close to each other, one tent next to the other. Children playing football right next to you when you're trying to enjoy some quiet time. Same with people playing music inside their tent, or children watching loud electronics. As a whole, the place was very nice.
Lovely family friendly campsite near river
Lovely safe, family-friendly campsite with lots of opportunity for kids to explore and make new friends. Walks straight from the site to river with swimming and through fields to a tiny pub. Manager and staff very friendly and helpful. Excellent meat boxes on offer to cook on the firepits.
We’ll be back....
An absolutely perfect 3-night stay in the Old Stable. The site is so relaxed and welcoming, and the stable is wonderfully comfortable and well appointed. It’s a great location for exploring the local area and coastline, and an ideal site for families (our kids had a blast). We’re already plotting our next Farrs Meadow adventure for 2021....
In terms of the atmosphere and the warmth of the fellow campers that Farrs Meadow attracts, it’s peerless. This is the most relaxed and free campsite we’ve had the privilege of visiting. Perfect for groups and experienced campers who appreciate the best bits camping has to offer whilst respecting everyone’s right to enjoy their visit. Can’t wait to return.
Chilled out campsite
We stayed in one of the gypsy wagons for 3 nights - it was an unforgettable experience. The wagon was perfect for the 3 of us. My daughter enjoyed meeting the goats and chickens, playing on the swing, making new friends, swimming in the river and riding her bike to the nearby Pamphill Dairy for ice creams and fresh milk. Such a wonderful location with lots to do locally. The campsite owner was very friendly with lots of useful advice. The showers had plenty of hot water and we had everything we needed. We would definitely like to return, which is not something I say often!
Great meadow, convenient location and river swimming
Upon arrival we had all our gear loaded up by the owner (David) and driven up the short (but steep) hill to a meadow with a view of the surrounding countryside and were sorted a very nice spot within. Good - quirky without being twee - toilet and shower facilities with no queues even in a busy period and a very convenient 15 minute walk to the lovely town of Wimborne (+ pubs!) plus an even shorter 5 minute walk to a lovely location on the River Stour for swimming, fishing (may need permits?) and even canoeing and the ever more popular SUP'ing. Dog friendly, child safe and friendly and informative staff who recommended a trip to the excellent Studland Beach as well. Will hopefully come back next year.
Everything I hoped it would be
This place has everything I look for in a campsite, lovely location, great views, fires, good facilities (and by good I mean functional / back to basics, not all mod cons / home from home), good vibes, nice walks, rivers, pubs and at night stars (so many stars!). It's a great meadow which is not too big so doesn't feel busy, no cars means that the kids can roam around a bit without worry, there's woods to explore rope swings and animals. The Hilux stuff ferry service means that it's not an issue at all that you can't have your car by your pitch. The staff are super friendly and helpful and the overall atmosphere is relaxed and laid back. Will definitely be back one day!
Lovely location, few areas for improvement
Lovely location near Wimborne. David and his crew are exceptionally welcoming and hospitable. Most camping plus yurts are in the upper meadow. David and his 4x4 are on hand to drive your stuff up/down. Found ourselves climbing from lower part of the site to upper meadow often - a bit too often. On lower part of site were - two taps for washing hands as well as dishes - showers - one horsebox loo, no running water - fridge, freezer, microwave, power sockets to charge electronics In the upper meadow, there were 3 horsebox loos but nowhere to wash your hands. Hand sanitizer gel ran out. Recommended to David to supply hand washing facilities of some kind to upper meadow and to ask toothbrushers not to spit out into the trough where washing up was taking place. With more taps and running water, plus more loos, we would return
Relaxing, friendly campsite
We had a great stay at Farrs Meadow. A really warm, friendly welcome. And very relaxed vibe to the whole campsite. Nice amount of space per pitch, and fellow campers all very respectful of each other. Very kid friendly, with lots of space to run around and play. Walking up / down the hill between the pitches and showers / fridges / reception / cars was a welcome stretch each day, despite the heat..! And loos and showers cleaned daily, but generally good cleanliness throughout the day anyway. Lovely river for swimming / paddling short walk away, and short 20 - 40mins to the beach (depending where you head to - Studland was great!). Will be back! Thanks for a lovely stay!
What a lovely weekend
Such a great location with interesting different areas to camp/ glamp in and different options for accommodation. There was loads of space, areas with shade and nice and flat for tents. We were 10 minutes walk from a beautiful swimming spot with shallows for little ones and an exciting bridge jump for the more daring. It's a brilliant area for dog walking and pretty relaxed for having your hound with you camping. The showers, loos and washing up areas were well set up and cleaned daily. Making the booking was super easy and the owners and staff really friendly and happy to help make a really nice stay. Thanks, we'll be back!
Pleasant, but overrated
Warm welcome from staff and meadow atmosphere for camping, but otherwise I felt this was overrated. The site, which requires scaling a fairly steep incline, has intentionally basic facilities; but I think only one slightly inadequate water point (two plumbing stop valves in a trough) is not enough for the numbers and high cost that staying here demands.
Perfect Car Free Experience
We cane to Farrs Meadow without a car and it couldn’t have been easier. The campsite recommended a taxi service that knew how to access the campsite. The owners drove our stuff up the steep hill to the campsite. The campsite was within walking distance of the river, the pub, a farm shop and the local town. The main campsite is south facing and was a bit a hot box in the day but there were plenty of shady places to take refuge. There were also plenty of shady country walks to enjoy a hot summer day. The location was beautiful with loads of interesting wildlife. I would recommend The Vine pub which had an amazing garden which was only ten minutes away from the campsite. I would heartily recommend this campsite and I will be returning next year.
Fantastic site - would stay again
We stayed on a grass pitch and loved our 3 nights away with our dog. David and his friendly and helpful team made it a pleasure to stay. Loved the fact there are no vehicles allowed on the pitches but they drive your gear up from the wooded car park. Great showers in repurposed old horse boxes!
We stayed in the green gypsy caravan and had a wonderful time. Enough room for 2 adults and 2 children. Clean toilets and facilities. We loved the surrounding area with wild swimming, country pubs and ice cream houses. Our small children loved feeding the chickens and goats and playing on the swing. Staff were very friendly and helpful. We will definitely visit again. Thankyou for a much needed break.
Excellent spot for family camping with young children!
Farrs Meadow is a great camping spot for families, especially those with young children. The walks to the river really are manageable (we have 3 under 4); quick route along a country lane, longer routes through the wood and past the pub (only takes 15 minutes). It really is beautiful and the campsite staff are all very friendly, helpful and work very hard to make sure your stay is the best it can be. The showers are very spacious and quick flowing hot water- you can see the trees through the open side! Loos are fine, easily accessible, clean and private (they do smell though but maybe this is because they are eco loos). You can hear the road from the campsite and the website photos are slightly misleading as it appears more exclusive than it is. It was much busier than we had expected as from the booking confirmation had said ‘one pitch only’ which I took to mean that the field only accommodates one pitch- not the case. We had a wonderful time and the access to the river was brilliant and we would love to return as there’s still so much to explore!
A previous reviewer had said they were reluctant to comment as didn't want to give away such a gem. We completely agree. Farrs Meadow was perfect. The location is stunning and it is a beautiful site, perched on a hill in the most gorgeous sun trap. The facilities were excellent - hot showers, eco loos, nice set up for water, washing dishes etc - everything very clean. There is also a room for charging devices (if needed) + fridges, microwave etc - not that we used these. The site is super family + dog friendly and really chilled. We made lovely camping friends and our son enjoyed playing with the other children. Location is top notch - a few mins from the river in which we swam a few times, surrounded by fields and nearby walks, mins from town and not far from beach and other forest walks, sites. Loved spending evenings by the campfire (which you can rent) as the sun set, and the bats and rabbits appeared. Owner and campsite helpers were fabulous too. Thank you for such a wonderful stay and experience!
Had a lovely time!
A lovely campsite which is in a great location as you are in the countryside, but can walk to the town in 20 minutes. The owner was extremely helpful and offered us advice on what to do in the local area. Toilets are very basic but this was in the description so I expected it.
Lovely relaxed spot
We had a very relaxed stay at Farrs Meadow. The team we very helpful at getting our stuff up the hill and picking a nice spot. We were very impressed with the fridge facilities - there was plenty of room to store your cold food and drinks without the usual cramming in of goods we've seen at other campsites. The showers were lovely and warm. The toilets were quite an event - straw on the floor and sawdust to flush! We might have preferred more hand washing stations given what is going on with Covid but they did leave anti-bac spray and hand gel in all communal spaces. There is a car park at the river which is handy for unloading kayaks and other boards. Quite a hair-raising entry to the site up a steep bend on a hill - our front wheel drive car had a ball with it! Overall a nice vibe and not to crowded, we had a great time.
A perfect weekend at Farrs Meadows
We received a warm welcome from all of the team and Dave was extremely accommodating and helpful. The location couldn't be better, within walking distance of the river and so many beautiful beaches near by. The site is small and basic which we love. Thank you for having us.
Charming, beautiful, quirky and personable
With a promise to return we left full of wonder at this gorgeous place. To stay felt like being privy to a gorgeous secret and there is nough space to be sociable or not. The vistas were glorious and the little extras such as the personal welcome, fridges, sheltered space and woods made this a heavenly place for our family holiday. We enjoyed an amazing Japanese meal (Drgnfly) in Poole and Wimbourne is just around the corner along with the river, where memories are made, catching fish and boating with the swans and wildflowers.... bliss.
Fab campsite - amazing stay
This is truly an amazing campsite. David and his staff are alway on hand and makes your stay special for everyone, alway on hand to help out or give advice, truly special to have great people like this running such a lovely and relaxing site. The campsite is basic but has all you would ever want. The location of the site makes all the difference, no need to ever get in your car, walk to the village, national trust site, amazing ice cream/farm shop or the stunning river for a swim. This place is defiantly a rarity and a truly special place for everyone. Thanks again guys for such a wonderful time, Flint and us can't wait to return soon again ;)
Brilliant family stay away
We had two pitches as we went with some friends and originally booked 4 nights. We loved the place so much that we stayed an additional night. The owner couldn't be more helpful and suggested some local places for us to visit, including the river which was amazing to swim in, local pub just a short, beautiful walk away and the local forest which was great for picking up firewood. We visited the Jurassic Coast and Corfe castle during our stay and would thoroughly recommend both. The facilities are simple but functional, and it felt like a real family adventure away from the hustle and bustle of real life. We will be back
Wonderful campsite, friendly relaxed vibe
The minute we drive in the gates we felt a lovely vibe and were so pleased we had booked. David was super friendly and helpful, the site we had was on top of a sunny hill with views and woods behind. A lovely little garden to relax in, goats and chickens, and a short walk to a blissful river where we swam every day, along with the resident swan! We saw buzzards and a kingfisher. Butterflies in the meadow... Short walk to Wimborne, a lovely town, and to the cute little pub The Vine. Our stay was perfect, we were blessed with gorgeous sunny weather. Thoroughly recommend.
super campsite in a meadow with fire pits and wild swimming
Fantastic campsite, our first stay in a yurt and we really enjoyed it - you sleep under canvas but in a comfy bed! There was also a single stove with 2 gas bottles, crockery and cutlery, couple of pots and pans and all the essentials for 4 + washing up bowl, water canister (all super clean) so no need to bring all your camping gear. Outside table and chairs and a fire pit with a grill. Environmentally conscious showers and toilets in horse trailers - super idea. Little communal secret garden with some comfy seating and a shed with fridges and electric sockets also available. But the best part is the River Stour - absolute gem, so rare in the UK, very clean, great for paddling, wild swimming, kayaking and paddle boarding with lots of wildlife to spot. Staff very helpful, always around. Great camping experience, we wish we stayed longer.
Really enjoyed this site. Very relaxed, friendly owners, great location. Would recommend..
Fantastic location with walks and river swimming right on site. Very helpful host with lots of local suggestions. Easy travel to beautiful beaches and interesting places to explore. Lots of space and lovely to separate the cars from tents.
A great week at Farrs Meadow
We loved our break at Farrs Meadow! The site is spacious while still feeling secluded and private. There are open areas to play as well as woods and bushes which the kids loved exploring and helping us gather wood for our nightly campfires. The facilities are basic but charming and perfectly suited to the site, which altogether has a rustic, low impact, eco-friendly feel. I found the composting toilets a really cool idea and far preferable to what can sometimes be overheated, stifling, smelly portaloos. The site seemed close to capacity but never overcrowded and never any issues having to wait to use the facilities. There was only one minor issue with another group having a party which went on beyond midnight, however David dealt with this promptly and fairly. As other reviews have suggested he provides a warm friendly welcome and nothing seems too much trouble. Again, as mentioned with other reviews, the camp is well located, 45 minutes to stunning family beaches...the beautiful River Stour, a really nice little pub and a local dairy with some small shops are all walkable distances. This was the first camping holiday that we had taken as a family. Our two children (3 and 5) had such a great time and didn’t want to come home! Thanks to David and the team. We wouldn’t hesitate to return here for another holiday, or recommend it to our friends and family.
Relaxing wildlife retreat
We had an amazing 5 night stay at this amazing site. Nestled in a beautiful area with many lovely walks and cycling routes. Walking distance to town along the river for essentials. With a lovely local pub up the lane too!
Thoroughly enjoyed our little getaway to Farr’s Meadow. We stayed in one of the gypsy caravans, we were met by David, great chat, really welcoming, nothing too much trouble. Great location, David directed us to a little bank along the river to have a bbq and directed us to a lovely little pub across the fields. Facilities were perfect, great horse box showers with hot water and clear social distance advice and all clean and easy to use. The caravan was beautiful and had loads of useful stuff in and was comfortable and clean also. Will definitely be back!
Peaceful, Fun and Recharged !
I cannot recommend this camp site enough. A really welcoming and friendly place to stay. It was the first camping trip for my wife and kids, so I was a bit nervous to see if they'd like it. The staff were really welcoming from the moment we arrived, and David showed us around. The other campers were really nice. A guy saw me struggling with fire wood and walked over with his axe! The kids made friends quickly too. There was a nice mix of families and couples. The river was great fun. Lovely pub nearby in Shapwick "The Anchor Inn" - great food. Thoroughly enjoyable experience. I guess the testament is our youngest daughter cried because she didn't want to leave and my wife said she'd definitely go camping again ! Thanks to everyone at Farrs Meadow for a great stay.
Rustic and relaxed
Exactly as other reviews state. Not for those who need entertaining and hairdryers. Perfect for us after months of covid lockdown. Back to nature in this lovely campsite, with fabulous location ideal for walks and a dip in the local stream. First chance to try the outdoor pub experience for months, whilst evenings of peaceful starry skies and log fires. Certainly back to nature and new experience of the drop box loos and horse box showers for which we certainly were not used to but very quickly adapted to. David and the team were really helpful, explained the site and local surroundings, assisted with the camping equipment to our spot and even managed to source a fishing rod as husband had left his at home.
I love this camp site
I love this camp site. It's location is superb - 5 min walk from river swimming and fishing in the Stour, 10 min walk from a nice little town. Facilities are just what is needed - horse boxes scattered throughout the grounds with compost toilets and hot showers keep the place feeling wild and not too manicured while providing adequate facilities to be comfortable. Communal fridges and freezers to recharge you cool box blocks and keep some beer cold. The site is wild and sprawling, with lot's of different areas to explore and goats and chickens to feed. My kids had the most wonderful time and so did I.
Really relaxing and peaceful
I echo the other reviews. David and his team were friendly and helpful , but also keen that you kick back and relax. The place has the feel of overgrown farm outbuildings which is really cool. You can go where you like and pitch your tent wherever you want. The surrounding woods and pathways are lovely but the highlight was the River Stour where you can swim in clear water or just paddle. We saw an amazing amount of wildlife including fish, freshwater eels, grass snakes, butterflies and herons. So overall it's a brilliant place to go camp. If you love wildlife and starry skies you'll love it.
Peaceful stay in a beautiful area
We had a lovely stay at Farrs Meadow. The staff were friendly and welcoming when we arrived and drove all our belongings up to the site so we didn't have to walk up the hill. We were also given information on the surrounding area and nearby pubs which was really helpful. The campsite itself is peaceful and very well managed. The facilities, whilst rustic, were clean and sanitiser was provided for Covid reasons. We will definitely be returning and would reccomend.
Restful, beautiful and recharging!
What a lovely site! Really quirky and relaxing-the owner was very chilled and friendly along with all the other campers. Everyone was very respectful and the site was well managed and looked after. It is rustic/honest so don't expect tiled toilets and hairdryers but instead open fires, abundance of wildlife and a lovely atmosphere. We particularly loved the little communal seating area, goats, fairy lights and getting a lift up to the camping bit so we didn't have to lug all our stuff up the hill! It is also in a fantastic spot; wild swimming 5 min walk through fields, Wimborne 5 min drive or a walk through the fields and Moors Country park 15 min drive (bike hire/segways/go ape etc) definitely recommend for anyone who loves to see kids playing, fire pits and to get back to nature.
Back to nature proper camping with lovely atmosphere
Great place to go for open space after lockdown in London. Loved the fire pits and sitting round the campfire. Never felt crowded even on busy weekend. Very helpful owner and helpers to drive your belongings to and from your pitch. I enjoyed having no cars on the camping field. Compost loos were surprisingly fine and clean though step to horsebox a bit awkward to get in and out of if you have dodgy knees! Showers were lovely and warm. lovely to walk in any direction in beautiful countryside without ever needing to get in the car. Would recommend and will be back
Beautiful, wild camping
We've just spent four nights at Farrs Meadow and loved it. The site itself is located on a hill with beautiful views, and it backs onto some woods. It is not too big meaning it doesn't feel over crowded even when it's at capacity. There are farm animals which can be heard in the distance and you are welcome to go and visit the goats and chickens who are just a short walk away. It is a basic campsite, meaning you don't have electricity, but there is a charging point for phones and a fridge and freezer room to store perishables. They have kept it as close to wild camping as possible, which means you can have campfires (an absolute must, in my opinion) and while there are no ablution blocks, there are enough toilets dotted around (they are long drops, so be warned, but they are cleaned daily) and the owners have thoughtfully converted a few old horse boxes into showers, which are always hot and have ample water. I like my home comforts but never felt like I didn't have the essentials available to me. Best of all was the kids loved it; they made lots of new friends and played like I used to growing up - in trees, digging in the sand, running around, feeding the goats and just having a ball getting dirty! David and his team were friendly and helpful. In summary, a great campsite with lots to do, including river swimming, beaches near enough to drive to, ice cream down the road, pubs nearby (our first visit to a beer garden since lockdown...yay!). We'd go back without doubt and absolutely recommend the place!
Excellent experience in awesome location
A campsite in a beautiful meadow that doesn't feel like a campsite. Has everything you need, like really hot showers with good water pressure, wood for camp fire, kitchen utensils and bedding if staying in yurts or huts, communal fridges, all very well maintained by the owner David and his band of young helpers, who are all very helpful and friendly. Amazing views and location a few minutes walk from the river where you can swim and fish. Loved it.
An unexpected hidden Gem!
Farrs Meadow was a magic getaway for us just after the lockdown lifted. We found on arrival we were greeted by Dave who was incredibly kind and patient with us in helping us get our stuff up to the campsite (you can't drive your car directly up to it). He made the process very easy. We found it easy to get set up and settled and any questions we had Dave was happy to help us out. We found that given new covid regulations the site was well equipped to ensure social distancing and adequate hygiene levels which was reassuring in the current climate. The location is ideal if you enjoy kayaking and biking. We spent long days going up by the eyebridge and kayaking (although got chased by a few angry swans!). We also biked up to Bradbury Ring, Kingston Lacy and Pamphill farm (all lovely places worth visiting nearby). It is also just round the corner from the ivy, a nice pub with outside seating area. The showers were a new experience- one was a little temperamental and as the weather was a little up and down whilst there it would have been nice for it to have been consistently warm. However they were clean, regularly cleaned and very pleasant to use. We found that the washing up area was always quite busy and we had to wait, but no longer than a minute or two! I think it would be even better if there could be warm water there as it made cleaning our pots a little difficult with no hot. The drop boxes were a new experience for us but we quickly got used to them. They were a little difficult to get into with short doors, I can imagine for some less mobile it may be a little tricky. All in all, we had an excellent experience with the site. It is back to basics but this in turn allows you to be at one and truly 'switch off' from normal life. I would recommend and return :)
Family fun at amazing campsite
Amazing little campsite in a beautiful setting. Our son had the best time, tree climbing, playing football, rope swinging and making new friends. Very kiddie friendly and fantastic quirky showers. Everybody super friendly from fellow campers to staff. Thanks we will be back as one night just wanst long enough
Great campsite with a great host!
Really nice campsite, very close to Wimborne Minster town, hence great for someone who wants to be close to a civilsation, but still reap the harvest of being close to the nature on the campsite itself. Clean bathrooms, quirky toilets in old horse boxes and a great host David who's willing to help and advice regarding the area and good spots to visit. Highly recommend.
Idyllic city getaway!
The small and peaceful campsite situated in a great location provided the relaxing trip we were looking for. David was extremely helpful, sharing his knowledge of the best walks and beaches. The location is fantastic, we were able to not get in the car at all whilst there and set out straight out of the campsite on walks through the woods to the river for a wild swim. The campsite itself is striped back with quirky facilities. We will be visiting again soon.
The ideal getaway!
The stripped back essence was exactly what we were looking for in a great location were we could walk straight out the campsite through the woods and down to the River for a swim. The owner David was really helpful and provided plenty of suggestions for the best walks, beaches and places to go. Will be visiting again soon.
Lovely quiet spot
Gorgeous little campsite, quietly nestled away from the town. The owner & other staff were super friendly & helpful and always around if we needed them, but also left us to do our own thing. Cute & well-maintained toilets & showers built into horse-boxes. We loved it - we'll definitely come back.
Fantastic stay at Farrs Meadow
Just came back from a weekend at Farrs Meadow. We had a wonderful stay in the Gypsy caravan. The caravan has everything that we wanted, set up in a quiet location with a great view. Our 3 year old daughter found it the most exciting trip ever! The campsite is in a brilliant location close to the beautiful river. David was super helpful. We hope to go again.
Lovely setting in beautiful countryside
My daughters and I spent 3 nights at Farrs Meadow and loved the experience. It is a lovely small campsite, perched on a hillside with views of the beautiful dorset countryside. We had a great pitch in the 'dew pond' and enjoyed the serenity and simplicity of cooking and lighting a fire in the evenings and waking up to birdsong and cup of tea in the sunny mornings. David was extremely helpful and even drew us a map of local sights! The beautiful river is 5 mins walk away and the girls enjoyed paddling and swimming. We explored the local area, including Wimborne Minster, Dairy Farm shop, the 'Ice-cream Garden' and the Anchor pub for lunch. Lots of fun.
Don't usually leave reviews but wanted to share our experience. As a family with 2 young kids and 2 spaniels we stayed 2 weeks and could have easily stayed for a 3rd! Campsite is an absolute suntrap and such a great space for the kids to play and make friends. Dave the guy who runs it works like a trooper but takes a lot of time out to share is knowledge and enthusisam for things to do and see in the local area. Really feels like he genuinely cares for all his customers to have the best holiday possible. Beaches are lovely with lots of choice and great spot for wild swimming walking distance from the site.
Stargazing around the fire
Small campsite, friendly people, lovely location and perfect for stargazing, close encounters with wildlife (a tawny owl hooting all night every night - beautiful), loved having a fire. Facilities were fine/rustic but showers were a bit hot! We had a great time and would come again.
great campsite for a relaxed holiday
We had a lovely time at Farrs Meadow. The owner David was very friendly and helpful. The campsite is car free which meant that our daughter (7) could safely run around, play with the many friends she made during our stay, climb in trees and play with the tree swing while we had a relaxed time as well. The toilet horse boxes are a nice feature and the showers have comfortable hot water. We had many car-free days as you can walk to the river for a swim and scooping up small fish with a net and you can also easily walk to Wimborne Minister from the campsite. It is a pretty village with several supermarkets and various restaurants. The campsite allows campfires which is great. Several beautiful beaches are about 30-45 min drive away and the nearby National Trust property is also worth a visit. We had a fabulous stay and would love to come back next year.
Lovely campsite, helpful owners
Very nicely managed campsite, great for families. Rustic but clean facilities. Take toilet paper! The river early is beautiful and worth a whole afternoon’s relaxation, the campsite will even lend you a boat
Wonderful campsite and a great owner. Loved the toilet s and the showers were very clean and hot. David was very helpful and is very knowledgeable about the surrounding area. The local river was a wonderful way to cool off on the hot days we had. My girls (6+8) absolutely loved it. Thanks David for a lovely stay.
Not entirely as expected
The location is great, near a lovely town and the the Dorset countryside and easy to get to. the owners were friendly and hospitable as could be but I have to be honest that the site did not meet my expectations. I believe the images are misleading as we were surprised to find that the gypsy caravans are literally next to the car park, when we were under the impression they were secluded and away from other caravans by the pictures and because no cars were allowed near the sites as stated on the internet reviews. The caravans are too small for children from the age of 8+ , with the lower bunk bed feeling claustrophobic. The caravans are not competitively priced for what they offer and whilst many people may like such primitive back to basics, I would think that with the money received a bit of investment can be inpuitted into the amneties such as new shower curtains, improving the seating area etc. I understand from the reviews many people love it but perhaps just for us compared to other sites with such amneties, it was not what we were expecting. But others love it as I see!
What an absolute treasure of a find! This is as close to wild camping as you can find with a campsite but that still gives you all the appreciated comforts of home (hot showers/ inside converted horse boxes, clean toilets- Also inside of horse boxes!, fridge and freezer & electric charger point available, inside a quirky little covered part away from the tents) David is a warm and thoughtful host backed up by a small team of friendly and helpful people. They take everyone’s camping equipment up the hill to the meadow in their 4x4 so no need to lug any bags. Spectacular views, chickens and goats, plenty to explore in the area.. We loved it and will definitely be back. Highly recommended.
Tranquil fun on the edge of Wimborne
Very relaxed and laid back owner, kept us well informed of busy nights and was on hand to help move kit up and down the hill. Excellent initial greeting informing us of local pubs etc. Amazing 5min walk to the river where it is possible to swim. Location is great for days out. Showers were excellent. All in all one of the best family campsites we have been to in the last 7 years As a rule we tend not to go back to the same campsite , but we are sorely tempted.....
A magical stay
We had a wonderful time at Farrs Meadow!! We’ve stayed here both last year and this summer for a period of ten days. Last year we brought our six week old baby and our six year old daughter, and had a delightful stay in one of the beautiful yurts. This summer we stayed in the gypsy caravan and we pitched up our own tent. The campsite’s location is great and David is a wonderful and very helpful host! We can’t wait to come back next year!
Thanks for such a wonderful stay. It was our three month old’s first camping experience and the boy had a blast. Farrs Meadow is set in beautiful countryside and is situated incredibly well for visiting all of Dorset’s must see places. The shower and toilet facilities are eco friendly and work very well. I enjoyed taking a shower in a converted horse trailer every morning whilst pretending to be a horse, but that last bit could just be me 😬 It was very useful having a microwave there as well as having lots of fridge space. David could not have been a more accommodating and friendly host. He is very knowledgeable about Dorset and can give you great ideas for days out. We hope to come again next year. 👍👍👍👍👍
Stunning location for walks and wild swimming
Farr's Meadow is in an unrivalled spot a few minutes' walk from the River Stour, where we swam every day. Footpaths meander past the campsite through gorgeous countryside to Kingston Lacy and beyond. David is friendly and efficient - we were very well taken care of. Highly recommended.
Idyllic back to nature break
David and his team were cheery, helpful and informative. Perfect hosts really - far more friendly than the typical "management" at camp sites. We loved the site and the facilities are all you need - the showers are quaint but perfectly functional. The buzz around the place is really friendly and relaxed. Our boys (8 and 10) loved it too, plenty of room to run around and play. Trees to climb, slopes to tire them out, the nearby (beautiful) river is perfect for a dip if it's warm enough. We'll be back!
Relaxing 5 nights camping
We stayed here with another family for 5 nights over the Easter holidays. All 4 kids, enjoyed exploring the site and climbing trees and the parents had a wonderful relaxing time. There was more than enough room to pitch our tents and the host David couldn't have been more helpful and definitely added to the experience. The long drop toilets were kept spotless and the showers always hot. The location is perfect for walking in to Wimborne Minster along the river, and for exploring the local area. We spent days on the beach at Canford Cliffs which is much less crowded than other beaches, a trip to Brownsea Island and walks along the river. Not to be missed is a walk to The Vine pub for evening drinks! Thoroughly recommend staying here.
Peaceful, lots of space, eco friendly
Fantastic weekend, great communication with the owner who is so helpful with running you up and down with your gear as the site is car free. Lots of space, well maintained site with lovely showers in horse boxes and clean long drop toilets. 10 minute stroll into pretty nearby village with lots of pubs, cafes and little shops to potter. Fridge and freezer along with microwave and plug sockets avaliable if required. Highly recommend.
A really lovely weekend
From the word go, David was a great host, running our luggage up to the yurt, recommendations on things to do locally, places to eat, all of which we did and thoroughly enjoyed. It’s a stunning site in a beautiful part of the country. The facilities are kept very clean and neat. A definite 5 star review!! We will be going back soon!
Peace and comfort
This was our first glamping experience and it completely fulfilled all our fantasies - real canvas rather than pod, a pretty field in a gorgeous part of the world, cooking over a fire and a very comfortable bed. The meadow is small, surrounded by trees and with loads of opportunities for children to explore safely We were a bit nervous about the long drop loos but they are kept really clean and work amazingly. Not a single whiff of anything nasty. David is a brilliant host, friendly, helpful with lots of tips about local food and activities. Our dogs were made very welcome too which was lovely We'd definately recommend Farrs Meadow to all our country loving friends
Quiet, idylic setting quirky facilities and helpful ownerl
Beautiful site, even pitches. Was a little concerned about dragging camping gear up the hill to the meadow but David was always around and took all the gear up in the truck. Easiest arrival we have had in a while at a no car campsite. The composting loos were clean and effective. Awesome showers set up in horseboxes added a really unique feel. Again they were clean and generally hot. You do have to cross a road to get to the river but it isn't far. Beautiful swimming spot and a bridge to jump from. Plenty of space in the meadow between pitches so kids had room to play and no feeling of being on top of each other. The Vine pub, reached by a lovely walk through the woods, is delightful. But they do only take cash so go prepared! We would definitely stay here again.
Prachtige, idylische camping!
Wij hebben genoten van onze tijd op Farrs Meadow, zelfs zo dat we tijdens onze rondreis zijn terug gekomen voor een tweede periode. Kamperen op Farrs Meadow komt dicht in de buurt van wild kamperen, 's nachts genoten van de uilen en de dieren die rond de tent rommelen. En waar kun je nou douchen terwijl je zicht hebt op de eekhoorns die rond rennen? Het nabijgelegen plaatsje Wimborne is gezellig en heeft alles te bieden wat je nodig hebt. David, de eigenaar, is een geweldige, gastvrije gastheer. Kortom een absolute aanrader wanneer je graag dicht bij de natuur leeft.
Stunning wilderness campsite
We spent 3 days (2 nights) at Farr’s Meadow and had an absolutely idyllic time. The eclectic facilities (with compost loos and nice hot showers built within converted horse boxes) worked well and made ablutions quite fun. There were enough of them that no queuing was necessary. The site is in an ideal location with the River Stour in walking distance along scenic footpaths (a perfect spot for paddling/ swimming, dinghy-ing and paddle boarding) - there were dinghies on site to borrow. Also within walking distance was Kingston Lacey Estate with its beautiful arboretum and gardens to walk around. We did Blandford parkrun on the Saturday which was only a 19min drive away. David (owner of the site) was a treasure and could not have been more helpful. He greeted us on arrival and drove our camping gear up to our pitch for us from the carpark and was around for the weekend to sell us eggs from his chickens and logs and a fire pit for keeping toasty in the evenings. He had good local knowledge and made us feel very welcome. We would definitely come back again.
A tonic for the soul.
We spent six wonderful days enjoying the quirky peace and freedom that Farrs meadow has by the bucketload. The beautiful setting and warm welcome made it easy for us to relax and enjoy the site, the local area and nature at it's best. The owner kindly lent us dinghies and the children spent hours messing about in the river which was only a short walk from the site. We all enjoyed a delicious meal at The Anchor in Shapwick and enjoyed the laid back atmosphere in Wimborne town. We spent a day at Canford cliffs beach which was everything we could've hoped for in a beach - quiet, clean and safe. The facilities were well maintained - we all loved the showers and found the loos cleaner and sweeter smelling than many a toilet. There is a steep walk up to the campsite but it is well worth it for the views and for the car free environment that allowed the children to play and explore to their hearts content. Firepits we're the perfect way to end the day, with wood you could buy ready chopped or forage in the woodland for yourself. There was plenty of fridge and freezer space and electric points for charging phones housed in a rustic shelter - a great place to chill and listen to the birds singing in the trees. This site really is something special. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
The best camp site we've been to for a very long time.
We stayed for 2 nights at the beginning of August and found the site to be everything we'd hoped for. The lack of cars makes it perfect for camping with children and ours spent many happy hours roaming around, playing in the trees and bushes. We had loads of space and weren't really aware of other campers most of the time. It was great to be able to walk to the Stour for a swim and to the nearby pub for a drink. The facilities are fairly basic, but that's all part of the fun! Wimborne is close by so it's easy to pop out for supplies, but it does mean that you can hear some traffic noise in the distance (it didn't bother us though). David is an amazing host and nothing was ever too much trouble. The best camp site we've been to for a very long time. We'll be back!
Great location, proper camp site
We camped here for two nights last week and it was a wonderful experience, ticking all of my boxes. David is a charming, friendly host, generous with his time and knowledgeable about the local history. He explained the camp site facilities and surroundings fully and told us to call him if we forgot any of his directions (we didn't need to). Wimborne is a short walk away, a great local pub, The Vine Inn is just across the field, a safe river entry point is only a 10 minute walk away. The beautiful Isle of Purbeck is only a 45 minute drive to the south. The showers were clean and the water hot, the compost loos also clean (take your own loo roll though). Dogs and fires are also permitted. If you are looking for a highly polished camp site this may not be for you, but if you want a lovely down to earth one with friendly neighbours, great facilities and helpful host this will fit the bill.
A great getaway stay
Wonderful spot with very friendly host. Loved the quirky failitlies and close proximity to the River Stour where we saw our first Kingfisher! Wimborne has great pubs and restaurants 👍🏼👍🏼
Beautiful spot, small site with quirky eco facilties and a great host - highly recommended!
We've just stayed two nights at Farrs Meadow and had a fantastic weekend. David and his team are so helpful and always available. Homemade pizzas were delicious and we loved the horsebox showers and compost toilets - what a clever way to minimise the impact on the landscape. Great to have the fridge/freezers. Walk to the Stour river is perfect, even for little ones, and was refreshing to swim, although very crowded this weekend. Dean's Court Cafe in Wimbourne serves delicious food in an idyllic little garden. Also drove to Studland beach (50mins) which is beautiful, but was extremely crowded on such a hot weekend!
This is a delightful spot. Off the beaten track but a short walks distance from the lovely town of Wimborne Minster. A good stones throw from the delightfully quaint Vine pub (cash only) and another quick trot to the Daily Telegraphs top ten places in England to enjoy the River Stour where boating and swimming are a treasured local past time. We were blessed with incredible weather and an England win(!) so we were very happy campers. Back to basics made much more tolerable by the delightful host David who goes out of his way to ensure you have all your camping trip needs. If you love wild-ish camping this is for you. Long-drop loos fashioned out of horse boxes, solar powered showers also made from horse boxes make this a very rustic experience. But for the setting, the simple pleasures and the joy of being close to nature this is perfect. Libby (mum) and Benji (15 yrs) accompanying Jane (mum) and Zoe (15yrs).
Great vibe - relaxed, quirky, friendly
Farrs Meadow is great for a weekend get-a-way, as we did, or even a longer stay during the summer I'm sure. Really interesting and quirky features like showers built into old horse boxes, a pizza oven on the back of an old golf buggy and chickens/goats in outdoor pens. David the host was brilliant - friendly, fun, helpful. A gem of a find.
My partner is disabled and when we arrived, though we knew the campsite was going to be on a hill, we went "uh oh". She has a bike that attaches to her wheelchair but the steep approach and the nature of the terrain were evidently going to be too much for it. Our hearts sank. But a brief conversation with genial host David led to us being accommodated at the foot of the campsite in among the gypsy caravans and suddenly accessibility was no longer an issue! We proceeded to have a very wonderful time, thoroughly enjoying the space we had, the old horse boxes housing the toilets and the solar showers adding to the charm of this tucked-away site. Our 10 year old daughter quickly found friends to play with and delighted in spending time with the billy goats at the base of the campsite. We were joined by friends from Devon and it was no problem for them to pitch next to us. We swum in the Stour, pottered round the attractive town of Wimborne and played all sorts of games right in front of our tents. We also had the guitars out a few times and didn't disturb anyone (as far as we know!) . Thank you David for being such a fantastic host and accommodating us so well. I don't see any reason why we wouldn't return here again, especially at this time of year.
Best Campsite Ever
David is the best host at the best campsite ever!!! Amazing!!
We are big Farrs Meadow fans and have just returned from our seventh visit! We have tried out all the different types of accommodation and experienced all different kinds of weather! The thing that is always the same is the warm welcome and David (the owner)'s attitude of nothing being too much trouble. We love the sense of freedom the children have and the endless games of cricket, football and badminton they had up on the car free camping field. Can't wait to visit again later in the summer.
Great place to chill out
A great place to get away from it all, Farrs Meadow is a lovely campsite in a beautiful setting. David couldn't be more helpful - driving our kit up and down from the meadow (car free so perfect for safe play) and recommending where to go and local pubs and cafes. The children ran around through the woods and meadows, went wildlife watching and swimming in the river (5 mins away). We hired a fire pit on site for cooking and keeping warm which made for lovely, chilled out evenings, the horse box showers were spacious and hot and the long drop toilets were totally fine (even the children got used to them!). We loved it so much we extended our stay and are already planning when we can go back.
Fab, friendly, laid back campsite!
Just home from a fabulous 2 nights at Farrs Meadow. We stayed in the main camping meadow in our own tent though the yurts looked very tempting. The meadow is very pretty and big enough that you have lots of space to yourself. My kids spent hours roaming free, making friends, exploring the woods and getting progressively muddier which meant I could relax by the campfire and enjoy the view. David was an excellent, welcoming host. He ferried our camping stuff up the hill on arrival and back down again on departure, lent me a mallet which I’d forgotten and kept up a steady banter with my kids to their delight. This is a lovely place to stay, the horsebox showers and toilets work really well, there is a fridge, freezer and plug sockets for guests to use which was really useful and just down the road is a lovely river to paddle/ swim in/ picnic next to and a tiny pub with a nice garden. I’ve camped a lot with my kids and this was by far the friendliest campsite we’ve been to, they are already asking when we’re going back!
1000 stars - the best!!!
We have come to Farrs Meadow many times now since 2014 and absolutely love it. It is simply the BEST campsite we have ever stayed on and I cannot recommend it highly enough. We have stayed in the yurts, the shepherds huts and the stable. The atmosphere is very laid back and the site is well run. This site is what camping is all about: Nature, space, tranquility, campfires and great ambiance. Thanks to David and his team for sharing this little corner of heaven with us! We'll be back in 2018.
We had a fantastic few days at Farrs Meadow, the very epitome of long and languid, sultry summer days. David and Simon provided a super friendly welcome and were very helpful getting our stuff up to the site and back down the hill too. It was lovely to relax around a fire pit of an evening, disturbed only by the hooting owl. Wimbourne Minster is an easy walk and offers every amenity. Kingston Lacy house was well worth a visit, and Badbury Rings had an almost mystical atmosphere, revealing the deep history of the place with long views over the Stour valley and Cranbourne Chase.
Laid back haven
Just getting used to the walls again after a lovely long weekend at Farrs Meadow. Welcoming and laid back, a perfect retreat from London. The surrounding countryside is stunning; a friendly local en route to The Vine pointed out the pyramid orchids. Fox gloves bordered the meadow, the river Stour was lovely for a swim and owls hooted at night. Magical!! All the facilities which appeared quaint and quirky worked very well, without distracting from some proper away from it all camping! Kingston Lacy, Badbury Rings and Wimbourne all within easy reach...very well situated for numerous activities...if you can draw yourself away from the site!
an amazing place
Just spent a fantastic 4 days at Farrs Meadow and we're already thinking about returning. The meadow is a haven away from it all and the welcome we got from David and Simon was as generous as we have seen. There are many lovely walks direct from the campsite, loads of country pubs nearby and the beach is only a half hour drive too.
Super Friendly Quirky Site
A busy Bank Holiday weekend and David and team were the friendliest owners I have encountered in a long while, helpful, welcoming and laid back. A flat field on the top of a ridge surrounded by enough woods for the kids to disappear into. Keeping the field car free and having your kit ferried up by Quad bike adds to the welcome, and also to the charm of the place. Quirky facilities do the job. 10 minutes walk to swim in the Stour or a little further to sup cider at The Vine. The owls might wake you as they swoop up and down the field, but hey, I can live with that.
A truly friendly campsite from the moment you arrive and are welcomed with a smile as they help you unload and drive your gear up the hill, right through to when they're baking delicious pizzas! The horse box shower was honestly the nicest campsite shower yet. And the river swimming was perfect.
Our Favourite Site
Just to reiterate Simon’s review (18-8-16), we (my wife and 2 kids aged 9 & 10) are just back from Farrs Meadow after a 10 night break. David and Luds are great hosts and really make the site (which is brilliant anyway) friendly and relaxed. They don’t mention the free fishing on their own stretch of the Stour, all you need is a rod licence. The fishing is easy for kids as there are so many small fish, but if you want more serious fishing, then there are decent chub and very big roach in there, along with pike and trout. The wildlife in the area is really worth looking for, there are exceptional nature reserves such as Brownsea Island, Arne, Radipole lakes, and a little research on the net is worth doing in advance as there are sites like Badbury rings mentioned which is only 10 minutes along the road. We’ve been camping for quite a few years now, and we all agree, this was our favourite site so far.
My three children and I are just back from Farrs Meadow - we had a fantastic stay! The upper campsite is in a beautiful meadow surrounded by trees, quiet and spacious, on a hilltop and dotted with Yurts and tents, occupied when we were there by a mixture of families and couples. To me this is a classic campers campsite, simple and gentle and with a natural feel, tucked away in the Dorset hills. Loos and showers are cunningly incorporated into old horse trailers lower down the hill, there is a lovely hidden garden where fresh coffee is available each morning and (discreetly) a fridge, freezer and plugs for mobiles if needed. David, Luds and their team were friendly, cheerful and full of good advice. Thanks guys. The sun shone during all of our stay, the barbecue sizzled, there was fresh air in abundance and lots of chat around the campfire; it was an idyllic spot & relaxing experience and I would unreservedly recommend it to all who have yet to visit
Perfect for Special Events
We've just returned from hosting a celebration at Farr's Meadow, and absolutely recommend the site for anyone looking for a perfect location. The yurts, caravans, shepherd's hut and stables are beautiful and comfortable. Everyone at the site is very friendly, and David, Luds and Debbie helped enormously with the planning, organising a fabulous BBQ for our fifty guests on the first night, and baking a seemingly never-ending series of delicious pizzas on the second night, as well as organising entertainment in the form of a silent disco (this was ace and deserves a five-star review of its own). Our guests included some fairly reluctant campers, but they were rapidly won over by Farr's Meadow; it was a magical weekend, which we will remember for years to come.
A beautiful, peaceful, rural meadow. David was really welcoming and couldn't do enough to help. A fire by the full moon was the highlight! Local walks very pretty. Can't fault it, will definitely be returning. Thank you.
Stayed here for a few nights last summer. Just perfect, simplicity without compromising comfort and full of quirky design features. David and Ludz are the perfect hosts, the pizza van was epic! Wild swimming in the local river with the kids just topped the perfect escape.
Happy Memories Here!
We have camped three times now at Farrs Meadow and this has become (as my children of 6 and 4 told me) "our special campsite". Each time, David or Luds have been on hand helping us up the hill with our camping equipment loaded onto their quad-bike trailer, to the delighted squeals of the children. We love everything about this campsite: the long drop loos in converted horse boxes, showers in other converted horse boxes, washing up station in converted cattle feed, all spotless and cleaned regularly, the general ambiance of the whole campsite is just magical. The children spent hours exploring, playing in the woods surrounding the campsite (all very safe and fenced off), swinging on the rope swings, collecting wood for our campfire, toasting marshmallows and just being free as children don't often get chance to be. We have swum in the nearby river, visited Studland and explored Wimborne all of which were lovely. I can't say enough about this place really and my reviews would go on for ages. Basically just try it, you won't regret it one bit. Thanks David and Luds, see you again soon :-).
A lovely campsite
We have camped at Farrs Meadow twice this summer! After our first weekend there, we just had to book again. David and Luds are both so helpful and nothing is too much trouble for them. Upon arrival they quickly take all your belongings up to the meadow on the back of the quad bike and even if you have too much stuff like we always do they don't mind at all! The campsite is set in a beautiful meadow. Our children loved going into the woods to search for wood for the fire pits. The tyre swing was a big hit and the river swimming was brilliant. The horse box showers and loo's are done very well. On Saturday night's their homemade pizza's are fabulous and a must have! We have had two great weekend's at this campsite this summer and we can't wait to go back again.
This is a great site for everyone, the guys David and Luds have done a great job so far and have created some really unique features. Everything you need is within walking distance and it's great walking country too. I'd recommend this place and book a fire pit with your pitch, you won't need a stove if you do! Well done guys keep it up!
Fab camping weekend
My husband & were looking for a campsite for a weekend break with our 2 year old. We found Farrs Meadow on the cool camping website, and we instantly liked the look of it, we especially liked that they allowed campfires (a must in our opinion!) and after seeing the reviews decided to give it a go. Our very first impression was their flexibility - we weren't sure if the weather would hold up for the weekend so wanted to leave it to the last minute to book - this wasn't a problem with Farrs Meadow. When we arrived, Luds was there to meet us. He helped take all our gear up the short hill in his quad trailer. We had a fantastic pitch, overlooking the clearing with beautiful views! Our daughter had lots of fun on the rope swings and running around the field, apart from a slightly steep hill, the field was very safe.
There was a very chilled atmosphere at Farrs Meadow, I enquired about a possible group booking, which they were more than happy to accommodate. It happened to be the 'Folk Festival ' while we were there, so we took a walk into the town via the scenic route - along the beautiful river! Which was a lovely walk (my husband was desperate to cast a line out, but unfortunately fishing season didn't open until the 15th!) The walk into town took about 15minutes, and there were plenty of shops & pubs around. Unfortunately most of them were charging entry and were extremely busy due to the festival. We went to the Olive Branch which had a nice beer garden.
The campsite was quiet at night, the only noise we experienced was a low hum of music coming from the town, but again I expect this may have been due to the festival.
Facilities were clean, toilets were situated in horse boxes (long drop loos) toilet paper isn't normally provided, so make sure to bring a roll! The door to our nearest loo didn't close properly & kept swinging open! But luckily no one walked in on me!
When we were packing up, David was very helpful, providing an extra hand to squish our tent back into the carrier! He helped with all our stuff & took it all back down the hill in his 4x4.
David had recommended visiting Studland for a beach day, which we visited after leaving Farrs Meadow. We went to shell beach, which was a beautiful stretch of golden sand.
We really enjoyed our relaxing & chilled weekend, and will definitely be coming back!
Perfect Hen-do weekend!
A group of us rented the large yurt and stable building last weekend for my sister's hen do and Farr's Meadow was perfect. Luds and David were excellent hosts and could not have done more to make sure we had a great time (especially considering this was their first hen do, and think were't quite sure what to expect!). The campsite is in a beautiful spot and accommodation was great - charmingly decorated, with lanterns, fairy lights and fresh flowers from the garden. We went to the Minster Arms for dinner on the Friday night, which was a short walk along the river and delicious food. The highlight of the weekend were David's home made pizzas, cooked in their wood wired oven, which was mounted on the back of a little three-wheeled truck! They have done an excellent job to make a really lovely atmosphere on the campsite (dogs/goats/kids running around having a great time and everyone respectful of one another) and I know all of us who came on the weekend will certainly try to come back again - a great find!
What a find! To find a campsite ran by fantastic people who couldn't be more accommidating. Sarah and I went away for our wedding anniversary and Luds found us a quite little hideaway. Magical walks along the River, enjoying a glass or two of something in front of an open fire under a star lit sky watching the bats whizz by. Just be prepared to use a long drop loo and horse box showers. Dave was excellent with our late departure as our pitch was not re-allocated. Definitely a site to be revisited!!
Lovely camping spot
Farrs Meadow is a great little place full of character. Ludz and David were very welcoming and friendly, helped us set camp and were there to answer any questions. The view from the field was lovely and the proximity of the woodland added to the magic of the place. The only comment I would make is that the campsite sign is both small and poorly positioned- it can only be seen when the car is right next to the (very sharp) turn and we ended up missing it twice!
A hidden gem
Have just spent a weekend at this fantastic little camp site tucked away in the middle of the Dorset countryside. Owners Luds and David are really welcoming and so helpful. They have created a magical place - small is beautiful in this case. Highly recommended to those looking for a simple yet quirky campsite in an idyllic setting.
Fantastic site.amazing host couldn't be a better spot to get away from it all.thank you so much. This site won't disappoint .highly recommend the short stroll to the pub in the evening through the woods.
We have just returned from a lovely stay at Farrs Meadow. David and Luds are both really helpful. They let our son drive their quad bike which made his weekend. The location is stunning, especially our view from the small campervan field. You don't have to leave the site as Wimborne is a 15 minute walk away where there are pubs/shops etc. There are lovely walks close by.
The site is basic in facilities, but this is very clear from the website. We loved the 100% natural vibe.
We will return for sure and wish David and Luds all the very best for their business.
With thanks the Clark and McGill families
Welcomed with a smile
My family and I have just returned from a wonderful 4 night stay at Farrs Meadow. (24th - 27th May) we made a last minute dash from London to dorset and arrived early evening. This did not fase Luds and David who were on hand to welcome us with friendly smiles cheers guys. We felt relaxed and at home from the very start. Setting up was made easy, Luds transported our gear with the quad bike to our choosen spot his efforts were much appreciated thank you. Set on flat ground at the top of a hill with beautiful views and surrounded with mature trees this is as close to wild camping as it gets. My daughter enjoyed the cute horse box showers hot and refreshing after a day at the beach or wild swimming in the River Stour. My 13 year old son had a chance to reset, he enjoyed collecting wood, building fires and rolling down the hill in his onsie without a thought for his phone his hair or PS3. We have found a gem and we will be returning.
Just had a fantastic bank holiday weekend at Farrs Meadow. We were four families, all with young kids.
It's in a great location, situated just outside of Wimborne, with access to supermarkets, shops and pubs, whilst the camp site is set back and secluded, so you really feel cut off in nature. There's a lovely walk through the wood to a tiny pub, The Vine, and you can walk further to get to a dairy with its own farm shop and butchers - so everything you need and a pleasant walk to get it.
The camp is in a field surrounded by trees in which the kids made their own secret camp and had adventures. They saw deer and hares, climbed trees and picked flowers. It was particularly magical for them, and the iPads stayed packed for the whole weekend, for once.
What also really made a difference to the weekend were the guys that ran / owned (?) the place, Lud & David. Nothing seemed too much for them, and their laid back attitudes reflected the chilled out nature of the camp site. And they spent a lot of the weekend driving all the kids round on a tractor, which made them very popular.
A great location for families and to explore Dorset, with an easy drive down to the coast for Swanage, Durdle Door and Lulworth.
First of many visits
Not being the hardiest of campers we opted for a night in the stable with our two boys (3&5) and found the place and the experience quite wonderful. The stable has a remarkable, almost magical charm; it's simple and honest yet elegantly chic, difficult to sum up without sounding pretentious, which this place certainly is not. It felt like we were in a beech hut on a castaway island, it's ramshackle decor falling effortlessly together. The whole site had the same feel of being hidden far away and dotted with surprising gems. The toilets and showers in little horse-boxes are intriguing from the outside, opening out into unexpectedly attractive spaces. The owners have a careful, classy, unfussy sense of design as well as being very friendly. The surrounding woods, fields and river are enticing to explore adding to the sense of being in a slightly different world, but conversely this secluded spot sits near a pub and cafe (walking distance) as well as a whole town only moments away. In the evening we cooked over our fire pit and were treated to a bright clear night sky.
A really special easy place, our stable stay gave us more than we could get from camping or a hotel. Our boys loved playing and exploring and we all had a most relaxing and fun weekend.
My favourite campsite
This site is a real gem of a find - relaxed, beautiful and full of character. Encircled by a wide variety of trees, tents are dotted throughout the top field. There are also a few furnished bell tents, a yurt and a converted stable and a separate field for camper vans. It's a really spacious site, with lots of room between set ups. There is a no car policy on the main field, which I like. There is a handy quad bike to help ferry stuff from the car park.
I love the converted horse boxes that are used for showers and loos - genius, and beautifully done. Showers are warm and have an al fresco feel, the long drops are surprisingly comfy and don't smell a bit. Fire pits are provided and there are communal BBQs on hand if you need them. Fairy lights and up lighters help add to the magic in the evening, but do bring enough torches as when the sun goes down you'll need them.
The kids entertained themselves for our whole stay as there is so much for them to do - making dens, rolling down hills, climbing trees and generally exploring the site.
The location is superb, being close by to lots of great attractions. There is a lovely pub 10-15 minutes walk away.
We are just back from our second stay here. And will definitely be returning.
Farrs Meadow is what camping is all about. I love it.
Have just returned from a 2day stay in the Yurt I'm not a seasoned camper but we had the best time. The facilities were very good and well thought out. We walked to the Pub for a drink before going back to the site to cook supper. We will definitely return, and highly recommend this site.
A magical, relaxing rural hideaway
My family and I spent a wonderful break at Farrs meadow recently, a long weekend of tramps through the unspoilt countryside, refreshing dips in the river Stour and delicious food from The Squash Court Cafe. This really is a lovely spot. We opted for the bell tent complete with four poster bed and a small afghan sofa bed for our toddler. After one of the best nights sleeps I've ever experienced on a camping trip we woke to see baby foxes playing in the long grass outside our tent. Breakfasting on sausages cooked on the fire pit, I took a lovely hot shower in my own private horse box!
Luds and David, the guys who run the campsite couldn't have been more helpful, even leading us across the fields, through a herd of friendly cows to a quaint little country pub. We shall definitely be back next year!
One of my favourites
We stayed here with friends over the weekend and absolutely loved it. From the moment we arrived we felt completely relaxed. A great campsite, very friendly owners, brilliant location and amazing horse box showers.
We will be back!
Hello Farrs Meadow
What a treat. We spent two nights in the converted stable block en route to Yorkshire from Cornwall. We loved the intimacy of the site, the friendliness of the owners and the other campers. The mix of yurts, bell tents and self pitched units made for a great atmosphere especially with the absence of cars. We enjoyed a stroll to the local pub and also to the river down the road. Unfortunately we didn't get as far as the local beach - one for next time. The stable block has just perfect for our family of four. Tastefully kitted out and with great added extras. Very cosy. Hope to return next year
We were two families, five kids, and we stayed five days. Idyllic for the children and adults alike: trees to climb, acres of woods to explore and report back with walkie-talkies, room in the meadow for football and boules, a river to try out new fishing rods, and positive encouragement for our nightly campfires (we brought a metal fire pit, but they could be borrowed from the site). Long and peaceful evenings where grown-ups could relax with a local Badger beer and children could stoke the fire with collected kindling and roast marshmallows. The chilled-out and convivial atmosphere helped to foster new friendships with other campers, and the uber friendly and helpful hosts made us feel instantly welcome and at home. We loved the spacious and airy horse box loos and showers that smelled mostly of cedar sawdust and the scattered lavender, and felt like they belonged in the woodland setting. A couple of easy day trips, including to the fantastic Brownsea island by ferry, made our holiday even more interesting, but it was wonderful to return to the meadow, and the days spent in and around the site were delightfully relaxing. We would have happily stayed longer if the weather hadn't been so typically unco-operative on Bank Holiday Monday, and I suspect we will be back.
We stayed at this site for a few days and can't wait to return! Luds and David were extremely friendly, welcoming and helpful. The location is fantastic with a fabulous atmosphere and once there, you really can do without the car - walking along the river to Wimborne for provisions (plus delicious cakes etc at the Old Squash Court Cafe), beautiful scenic walks nearby and a stroll to the little pub for an evening tipple. We experienced the yurt and the stables which were both wonderful. Highly recommended if you wish to have a peaceful, relaxing turn off!
Just got back from our second stay at this great campsite. The owners are really welcoming and keen for people to relax and explore the beautiful surroundings. We had happy tired children, a river to swim in, a pub to walk to, a beautiful town nearby, hot showers in a horsebox and a crackling firepit. The converted stable looks amazing - can't wait to try it! We'll definately be returning.
Very chilled out
Just spent two days over the bank holiday at Farrs Meadow and am very impressed. Its such a lovely space to camp in and was a great base for walks through the country and trips to nearby beaches. Wimborne is a lovely little village with some great pubs for the weary hiker. The campsite itself is set in a beatiful meadow border by trees and is very relaxed. We really enkoyed our stay and will definitely be going back.
Welcoming, quirky and chilled
Just spent 2 nights at Farrs Meadow over the bank holiday. Despite it being busy, it didn't feel it, in a good way! Loved the clever use of horse boxes. The owners were really friendly and helpful in any way they could be! Lovely and chilled out, basic camping at its best!
What a fab little ground. Peaceful meadows and untouched beauty, are of course the reason you come here, but David, Lurtz and their families are a credit to this stunning area of Dorset, making it a truly memorable place to come. Their attention to detail, friendliness and views for the future of Farrs Meadow are enough of a reason to come back here as soon as possible. If spending an evening or two under the stars, toasting marshmallows on your own little campfire, in a secluded meadow, followed by waking up to a deliciously hot shower in a quirky upcycled horse box is what you are after...then I recommend no place more appropriate and more perfect than Farrs Meadow! I look forward to seeing the continual transformation soon guys!
A gem of a place
We live in Dorset and were looking to spend a couple of nights not too far from home, and stumbled across Farrs Meadow website. Our children loved it, the horsebox showers were a big attraction (i can never normally persuade them to have showers when camping!), as was cooking on the fire pits each night. The quirky pub and swimming in the river were an added bonus and it was great not to have to get in the car over the weekend, everything is easily reachable on foot. farrs meadow is charming, quirky, and I'm so glad we discovered it. We will be back!
Best little place - thank you!
I wanted to show my Swedish friends some beautiful parts of England and got recommended this place. We were only planning on staying one night but loved it so much we decided to stay for three... We had the little converted stables which were perfect for lazy campers like us - we loved all the beautiful little details as well as a very comfy bed.
Making fires in the evenings cooking dinner were highlights as well as early morning swimming in the nearby river. Showers in pretty old horse boxes was pretty special too.
Cant wait to come back again!
From the moment we arrived with two tired children and two energetic Labradors we felt relaxed, looked after and most importantly just fell in love with Farrs Meadow at first sight. Perched up on a hill from the car park, all of our kit was efficiently quad biked up to the beautiful camping ground by one of the owners, we chose our pitch, got the tent up and dogs and children explored whilst we set up camp. Later that day we explored the area and had a great afternoon on Studland Beach .
Our whole Farrs Meadow experience was so great....a special mention for the awesome showers.... that 2 weeks later we came back!
Great camping in Dorset
I stayed at Farrs Meadow over a weekend with a couple of friends and had a great time. The two guys running it are hellarious and very welcoming. Their facilities are custom to the site and are made very comfortable.
I would definatly return to Farrs Meadow for another relaxing camping weekend.
I stayed here with a friend when it first opened. It was one of the highlights of our summer so far! Run by a couple of very friendly, helpful guys this was the perfect weekend. It is a very peaceful area, but close to the coast. The atmosphere on the site was very warm and friendly - a variety of families, friends and couples. Definitely recommend this campsite for a tranquil weekend in Dorset... already plannning on the next trip down !
This is real camping! Fantastic location, walking distance from the town (which has some great restaurants), and 2 minutes walk to the river. The campsite has a wild feel which we loved. Cute little horse boxes made in to showers were great. Friendly welcome. Highly recommended.