South Lytchett Manor

UK England West Country Dorset

Dorchester Road, Lytchett Minster, Poole, Dorset BH16 6JB
A family friendly campsite near Poole and Bournemouth in Dorset set within 20 acres of tranquil parkland.
Cool Camping don’t usually go in for the caravan park types – and with 85 fully serviced hard standings, there’s certainly a leaning towards our four-wheeled friends here – but there’s something different about South Lytchett Manor. After all, you don’t become the AA’s 'Campsite of the Year' without offering something above the norm.

Set within the 20-acre grounds of a former country house, South Lytchett Manor is certainly not short of space. From the moment you arrive there is a sense of regal estate history. Grand iron gates are adorned with decorative twists and curls, opening the way to what you’d imagine is a great avenue of mature trees. Instead, inside, a small reception area and shop greet you and beyond spread the green meadows of the campsite, scattered with motorhomes.

While certain staples of estate life still remain – cattle graze the neighbouring fields and a herd of roe deer frequent the parkland – the campsite is very much an established place that's taken root. Home to a hundred pitches, there is something here for everyone. Fully serviced plots provide for the caravaners while a separate tenting area offers a wide, grassy space with a mix of hedgerows, young trees and broad, mighty oaks that have clearly been here for decades. For children there’s a playground and indoor games room, while facilities are excellent, including immaculate and powerful showers and WiFi across the site.

Those on the hunt for extra comforts, meanwhile, can try the new gypsy wagon. Painted outside in the traditional style, but with an added decking area for sitting in the sun, this cosy glamping cart is perfect for those travelling light. Inside there are two singles and a double bed, along with the modern day luxury of a television. It’s just one of a collection of glamping structures in the pipeline, owners Joanne and David tell us. They’re always forward looking, on a constant quest for ways to improve.

The location, however, will always be a steady constant and that’s clearly nothing to complain about. The site extends in a long arch and at one end the village of Lytchett Minster begins, fronted by its 14th century parish church. The local pub, St Peter’s Finger, is a ten-minute walk away, while, if you follow the same road in the car, you’re led on to the market town of Wareham and beyond Dorset’s fabulous Purbeck Heritage Coast. You'll never be short of things to do and yet you'll never be in a rush to leave. Precisely what makes it such an award winner.

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★★★★★

South Lytchett Manor Dorset

May 11, 2016 by Alison Small

We  have just stayed in a Romany Caravan with our 4yr Grandson.Absolutely perfect! The staff were very friendly and helpful and we were delighted with the wagon which has been designed and furnished to a very high standard, very comfortable beds and very roomy. The toilets were spotless, the campsite shop very good value and a good pub within walking distance! Bus stop outside and close to Poole. 

Highly recommend this camp site and the Romany Caravans.

We will definitely be back. 

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