Marshwood Farm Camping

UK England South West England Wiltshire Salisbury

  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
Quiet, family-friendly camping and glamping on a farm in rolling Wiltshire countryside

The golden rule of camping at Marshwood Farm is: ‘don’t forget your torch’. On a moonless night out here in rural Wiltshire it gets dark. So dark, in fact, that the area has been classified as an International Dark Sky Reserve. To the likes of you and I who just want to pitch a tent somewhere pretty near Stonehenge, what does that mean? It means, firstly, that in order to protect the dark skies there aren’t any lights to show the way to the loo – hence the advice on torches. And, secondly, it’s an amazing place for stargazing.

Marshwood Farm Camping is not only under protected skies but on protected land too; in the Cranbourne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It’s a landscape of rolling hills, chalk grassland, rivers and ancient woodland and it has one of the lowest population densities in the south west. You’ll certainly have no neighbours out here, save for the farming family who run the place, their 400 sheep and fellow campers.

There are just six camping pitches and two pre-pitched bell tents in the main family-friendly camping field. Then, a little more tucked away, just up the track are two lovely shepherd’s huts for couples. These are fully equipped and each have their own compost loo and shower shack outside, so you can stay secluded if you want to. The main field is more sociable, with a shared utility barn featuring hot showers, flushing toilets and a kitchenette. There’s space to sit undercover here too, great if it rains or if it gets too hot out in the south-facing field, which is a bit of a sun trap in good weather.

So back to that packing checklist; you’ve got your torch, you’ve packed your camping kit and you’ve even thrown in the suncream. If you’ve got an English Heritage Card you won’t want to leave that behind either. All of history seems to be here. There’s Elizabethan Longleat and medieval Waldour Castle. There’s the Gothic cathedral in Salisbury with Iron-Age remains and Roman ruins nearby at Old Sarum. And, of course, we’re leaving the best to last; less an elephant in the room than a megalith on the Salisbury plains: Stonehenge. It’s the best-known prehistoric monument in Wiltshire and the world and it’s just 13 miles from the campsite. No-less-mysterious Avebury is not far off either. How they got there is anyone’s guess; one to ponder under Marshwood Farm’s dark and starry skies.

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Facilities

The two shepherd’s huts are kitted out for couples. They each have their own composting loo and shower shack outside and have bedding and towels included. Bell tents can sleep up to four and have a double bed and two single mattresses (bring your own bedding). Both shepherd’s huts and bell tents have a picnic bench outside, a small gas stove and simple cooking kit and tableware. Bell tent campers and campers with their own tents, share the utility barn which is where you’ll find the loos and showers as well as a kitchenette with washing-up sinks, a fridge, freezer, kettle, toaster and microwave. There’s also a small honesty shop with logs, kindling and a few essentials. Off-ground fire bowls and BBQs are also available to hire (extra charge).

Suitable For

Glampers and campers – yes. Campervans, caravans, motorhomes, hen and stag parties, dogs – no.

Nearby

Dinton Park is a short walk from Marshwood Farm and a nice place for walks and picnics in the grounds of a Neo-Grecian house (no access to the house). Grovely Wood and Langford Lakes Nature Reserve (01722 790770) are both lovely places to walk nearby, both around five miles away. The lakes are great for birdwatching and there’s a good café there too. Old Waldour Castle (01747 870487) is eight miles from the campsite and it’s just ten miles to historic Salisbury with its magnificent cathedral. Just outside the city you can visit Old Sarum (01722 335398), the ruins of a once thriving town and the site of the original Salisbury Cathedral. Stonehenge (0370 333 1181) is just 13 miles from Marshwood and Avebury Henge is 30 miles away. From Avebury you can walk to see several other Neolithic stone circles and monuments and also visit The Alexander Keiller Museum, which showcases finds and explains the known history. Longleat Safari Park, and the historic house and gardens are 22 miles from the campsite.

Food & Drink

The closest pub is The Wyndham Arms (01722 716999) in Dinton, just over a mile away and recommended by your hosts. They also recommend The Kingfisher Café at Langford Lakes for coffee and cakes, overlooking the water and wildfowl at this nature reserve, five miles from the site. For supplies for the campsite, head to the Bird & Carter Farm Shop and Deli or the shops in Tisbury, five miles to the west, or Wilton, six miles east.

Open

April–October.

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The Owner Says

Marshwood Farm Camping is a small, quiet, family run campsite on a working farm near Dinton, Salisbury. We are a small campsite, but have a range of camping accommodation and prices, so have something for everyone. We have two shepherd's huts perfect for couples quiet getaways. We have two bell tents set up ready to go for families or friends who want an easy relaxing break. And for the more hardened campers, we have six large grass pitches. We have a utility barn for all guests to use, where you will find the kitchenette, loos and showers, plug to charge your phone etc.

Accommodation

Two shepherd’s huts, two bell tents and six grass pitches.

Oak Shepherd's Hut

Shepherd’s hut Sleeps 2 2 Available
Shepherd's Hut powered by a solar panel with double bed and all bedding/ linen provided. Inside has crockery for two and simple cooking equipment. Outside it has a private compost loo and seating area.

Daisy

Bell tent Sleeps 4 2 Available
5 meter Bell Tent with beds and mattresses to sleep 4. Bedding is NOT provided. Essential cooking and eating equipment is provided in the Bell Tent.

Grass pitch 1

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 6 Available
10 X 10 meter grass pitch

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Location

Contact Marshwood Farm Camping, Pond Close, Marshwood Farm, Dinton, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP3 5ET

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Getting There

From the A303 take the exit for Wylye village, turn right on to Dinton Road and continue on this road for about three-and-a-half miles until you reach a cros roads. Take a right on to Steep Hollow towards Teffont. You will find Marshwood Farm after about two hundred metres.

Marshwood Farm is in a very rural location with infrequent buses (less than daily) to the nearby village of Dinton so a car is recommended by your hosts. For those determined to use public transport, the closest railway station is at Tisbury, five miles away, but your best bet is to head for Salisbury where there will be taxis available. The ten-mile journey is likely to cost around £40.

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