Glampotel (Holme Bush)
Old Wareham Road, Wimbourne, Dorset BH21 3RZ
The Holme Bush Inn has long been doing a roaring trade in traditional pub fare: there are real ales on tap, two open fires to keep you warm in winter time and a welcoming, friendly atmosphere without loud tvs or juke boxes you need to shout over. It's only in recent years we think the place has really come into its own though, when a small campsite was opened on the 14 acres of farmland behind the pub. For us, the dreamy combination of top local pub and well-managed campsite is always a winner. And now they've gone one step further, teaming up with the renowned folks from Glampotel to offer six luxurious canvas cottages.
The six glamping abodes – bell tent like structures that come fully furnished with king-sized beds, bespoke furnishing and en suite bathrooms – are located in their own private meadow away from the main camping site. It gives them a little added privacy and the chance to give every glamper their own peaceful space. Each has its own outside deck, where there is a BBQ and kitchen area with everything you need for whipping up a storm (if you can resist simply heading into the pub), while a wood-burning stove inside provides some glowing glamping warmth.
The site occupies an accessible spot not far from an A-road that leads you into Poole and Bournemouth. It's far enough not to be bothered by any road noise but convenient when you fancy zipping to the coast. The two port towns provide plenty to keep you busy, from boat trips and nautical museums to simple walking the waterfront and high streets. Meanwhile, a little further East the most famous stretches of the Dorset coast are well within reach, just a short drive away.