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.

Poppy

Bell tent Sleeps 4 3 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 5 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.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 17 reviews

★★★★★

Simply perfect

What an amazing place! I have not come across such a camp site that is so complete. There were absolutely all that we need, the friendly owner has put in a lot of love and care, this has created a beautiful sense of warmth to the atmosphere. Each pitch are spacious with a great open view, lush soft bouncy grass to laze around, and star gazing were magical by the fire. Amazing to have fridge, freezer, cooker even an honesty shop filled with lots of goodies. There are fire pits, BBQs, wood and fire lighter for sale. Nice hot shower and clean facilities. All so well thought out with much love! Simply perfect, thank you for everything :) xx
Sep 23, 2021 by Yin Tsoi Verified Review
★★★★★

Tranquil stay with good facilities

We had a lovely stay in a large camp site. There were only 6 sites plus glamping facilities so nice relaxing stay. Great facilities and honesty shop meant that if you forgot eggs or milk or wanted a treat you could. Also some stuff for kids and bbqs for hire. It was well thought out and organised and very close to stonehenge by car.
Sep 4, 2021 by Kath Verified Review
★★★★★

Beautiful, relaxed, quiet and well equipped

We've just returned from the best two nights in one of the pre pitched Bell tents at Marshwood farm camping. The site is lush, the utility barn is brilliant. Catherine the owner is fabulous. I'd highly recommend the site.
★★★★★

really relaxing and great facilities

camping in the UK, you never can expect a completely dry summer camping experience. luckily, with four adults and four small children, the bell tents were lovely, and the facilities (kitchen, shower, toilet units) were very very useful. really recommend this place! Nice walks in the little grove about a mile north, and the Bell Inn Pub in Wylye is great for kids! all in all, definitely going to be returning! many thanks to the kind and responsive hosts Julien
★★★★★

Fantastic

We camped in our own tent for two nights and had the best time – the location is idyllic, with incredible views of the stars at night. The campsite is really well maintained, feels very calm and hidden away, with really clean loos, showers and basic cooking facilities. The 'honesty shop' was so handy and we were also able to hire a fire pit and bbq. Catherine was a fantastic host and we'd love to go back, would absolutely recommend.
★★★★★

Campimg made easy

Upon arrival we are greated by the very happy and friendly host, where we asked to sign in. The pitch (we were number 1) is a very generous size and opposite is a field of sheep and trees which made for a pleasant view. The utility barn is very well equipped with everything you'd need. The honesty shop is a great addition and is very reasonably priced too. I would 100% recommend staying here and look forward to staying here again in the future.
Aug 12, 2021 by Davy Tillman Verified Review
★★★★★

Campfires, marshmallows and stargazing

We absolutely loved our experience at Marshwood Farm Camping! We stayed in Daisy, one of the bell tents, which was perfect for two adults and two children. The camping field was lush and green with the whole campsite being peaceful and family friendly. We especially enjoyed sitting by the campfire after a simple meal, roasting marshmallows with only the sounds of bleating sheep in the adjacent field. Once the sun went down, the stargazing at Marshwood Farm was amazing - we spotted so many shooting stars in a very clear sky. The facilities in the utility barn were top quality with everything you need for a comfortable yet authentic camping experience. Everything was clean and well stocked - Catherine, our host, has really thought of everything. As a family, we enjoyed having breakfast inside the barn at one of the tables as we were up a lot earlier than our fellow campers and didn’t want to disturb them. We were sad to say goodbye to our bell tent Daisy, but we will definitely be returning.
★★★★★

Perfect stay at a beautiful campsite

Myself and 8 friends stayed in the bell tents and using a tent pitch space for 4 nights - we had the best time! The campsite has everything you need for the perfect experience. The main building has kitchen, showering & dining facilities, as well as an honesty shop that's stocked with food, bbq fuel, and camping essentials. And the bell tents have extremely comfy beds and lots of space for a comfortable stay. The host was helpful at all times of the day, and we could not recommend this campsite more! We went swimming in Langford Lakes pond nearby, and also had a delicious meal at the Wyndham Arms (amazing seafood!). It is also the perfect place for Bbqs and campfires. Thanks so much Catherine!
Jul 24, 2021 by Naomi Thapar
★★★★★

Absolute Perfection.

This campsite absolutely had it all. We were fortunate enough to stay in one of the shepherd's huts for three nights which was incredibly comfortable and had a view over the rolling hills to die for.It was furnished with a tiny table and chair and incredibly, actually had cooking facilities and a cosy wood burning stove.Logs,kindling and matches are all in plentiful supply for a reasonable price.There is a BBQ for your own private use, a fire pit and a lovely individual outside shower cubicle and loo.To top it all a cooked breakfast was supplied to the hut door at your choice of time in the morning...fresh apple juice,creamy natural yoghurt and a mouth watering egg and bacon bap.You will certainly be living the dream! Everything is so tastefully and carefully thought out.For both the campers and the hut occupants there is a large barn with further clean and spacious facilities,a fridge and freezer and more extensive cooking appliances,crockery and cutlery. A small selection of essentials and an honesty box completes this little slice of heaven.As if you needed more to convince you the surrounding countryside is divine and begs to be explored.Do go...you will have no regrets.
★★★★★

Outstanding facilities and service

The campsite is incredibly set up, with a very generously stocked honesty shop and brilliant, clean facilities. The surroundings are great, very secluded, the field is very smart with no muddy patches, and the owner was extremely accommodating to our group to let us hire the whole field. 100% will be returning
★★★★★

An absolute gem.

A really delightful camp site nestled in a secluded corner of the stunning Wiltshire countryside. The newly built utility barn includes a fantastic kitchen, very clean showers and loos and a well stocked grocery 'honesty shop' which provides everything from Milky Bars to fuel for barbecue and/or firepit. Owner Catherine couldn't have been more helpful and was an excellent hostess. We look forward to returning.
★★★★★

Perfect few days!

Marshwood farm is in some beautiful countryside and has incredible facilities. Catherine was great at making sure we had everything we needed, and we had a fantastic few days camping. Will definitely be coming again.
Jun 28, 2021 by Christian B Verified Review
★★★★★

Wonderful campsite and facilities

We booked the campsite for my daughter’s surprise birthday party. What a wonderful place and excellent facilities. My daughter had a wonderful day and evening spent in Daisy bell tent. Catherine the manager is wonderful and happy to help. Highly recommend this campsite. I did used my ear plugs and eye mask to help, as the dawn breaks at around 4.20am and the sheep like to join in with the dawn course. Best birthday party my daughter has had, she commented that the best part was being woken up by the sheep.
Jun 24, 2021 by Helen Strachan
★★★★★

Wonderful site with lots of extras

This is a very good campsite with a lovely barn and the shower block is of very good standard I am from Figheldean
Jun 13, 2021 by Bernadette Strachan
★★★★★

Lovely campsite!

We loved this campsite - the pitches are nice and spacious and the whole place feels lovely and remote. The facilities are great, good showers and there's even a kettle and toaster guests can use. An added bonus was the campfires! Would recommend bringing earplugs if you're a light sleeper as the sheep can be a little loud!
Jun 12, 2021 by Orla Jackson Verified Review
★★★★★

Beautiful setting and friendly hosts

We really enjoyed staying in one of the shepherds huts. It was really peacefully and with a picturesque view of the surrounding countryside. The hosts were lovely and made sure we were well cared for during our stay. Would highly recommend.
★★★★★

Fabulous stay with family

Everything you need for an authentic and fun family camping experience. A warm welcome, clean, comfortable facilities and beautiful surroundings.

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