Mapperton Camps

UK England South West England Dorset Bridport

  • 10+ metres between camping pitches
  • Contactless check in
  • Extra toilets/showers
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Individual toilets for glamping accommodation
  • "We're Good To Go" accredited
  • Hand sanitising stations
  • 24hr+ ventilation between accommodation guests
  • Adults only
  • Adults Only
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Walking
Private bell tent glamping in a wild meadow with far-reaching views, ten minutes' walk from Mapperton House and Gardens

The award winning Mapperton Estate spans some 2000 acres and is best known for it's Jacobean manor house and gardens that spill from a manicured croquet lawn down through pristine topiary gardens to an arboretum. What's perhaps lesser known is that, away from the carefully maintained lawns and shrubs, a tenth of the estate is now being handed back to nature as part of an extensive re-wilding project. And it's here that a new pop-up glamping site is found, where the home comforts of coffee machines and a wood-burning stove are smuggled in amongst the wild, natural beauty of the re-wilded countryside.

The process of re-wilding is all about standing back and letting nature take its course – a hands-off approach that leads to potentially unexpected outcomes. Here, the results are a huge rise in bird numbers and butterflies galore, while the meadow around the bell tents are pimpled with buttercups and wildflowers. A roaming herd of rare-breed White Park cattle add grazing and foraging to the natural processes and binoculars are provided in your tent for watching them more closely or picking out the local wildlife.

The accommodation itself is private and well maintained. There are just two bell tents in total, each with a hand-built king-sized bed, a welcome hamper with things like fresh eggs and milk, and access to the composting loos and private shower facilities in the meadow. Considered touches include lanterns and board games and all guests are given free tickets to Mapperton Gardens, so you can stroll over to the country house (it takes around 10 minutes) and enjoy the more regimented side of nature, where bushes are sculpted into perfect shapes, ponds are perfectly tiled and everything is just so. The gardens are roughly divided over several periods, with the oldest designs from the 17th century where it's quite literally like a scene from a period drama – the house featured in the film adaptation of Far From The Madding Crowd.

There are plenty of paths to follow beyond the grounds of Mapperton, including the Jubilee Trail, which passes through the estate and can be followed south to North Poorton and into the nearby woods. Further afield it's a 20-minute drive to West Bay and the Jurassic Coast and five minutes to the popular market town of Beaminster for pubs, good food and other essentials. There's also, however, an exceptional café inside an old barn in the courtyard back at Mapperton, so you never need stray that far. And the food is so good, glampers may well become regular customers during their stay.

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Facilities

The bell tents each feature a king-size bed (bedding, linen and towels provided), while an additional camp bed can be added for a third person at an extra cost. There's a wood-burning stove, a kettle and a coffee maker, plus crockery, cutlery, glassware and utensils, a cool box and ice, and a welcome pack, including fresh eggs, milk and bread. Onsite there are composting toilets, private showers (toiletries provided) and a washing-up area, with a washing-up bowl, scourer, dish cloth and tea towel. Additional facilities include a torch and lantern, initial crate of wood and kindling for your firepit, firelighters, board games, binoculars and free tickets to Mapperton Gardens.

Suitable For

This glamping site is for adults only. Camping in your own tent, campervan or caravan is not permitted. Pets and children under 12 years of age are not permitted.

Nearby

Guests at the glamping site are given free tickets to Mapperton Gardens, so exploring the estate while you're here is a must. Some 15 acres of gardens descend from the croquet lawn, through the formal topiary down to the wild garden. Registered Grade II*, it is among a handful of the top gardens in the south west, and can broadly be divided into four main periods: the 17–19th century, the 1920s, the 1950–60s, and the present day. There's plenty of information about each period’s garden, along with detailed planting notes, in the guidebook sold in their gift shop. Elsewhere, Mapperton Camps is five minutes from the quiet market town of Beaminster, famed for its miles of uninterrupted countryside, perfect for afternoon rambles. Furleigh Wine Estate (01308 488991) is also located in Beaminster, offering tours and tasting sessions for their award-winning wines and a selection of wines that you can buy to enjoy back at camp. The Jurassic Coast, with its long pebble beaches and dramatic cliffs, is also only 15 minutes’ drive away. Start at West Bay Harbour and walk along the cliff path to Eype for a lesser known stretch of the coastal trail with fantastic views.

Food & Drink

Mapperton's Coach House Café serves food inside the beautiful old barn setting as well as in the sun outside. Elsewhere, it's a five-minute drive into Beaminster, where Brassica (01308 538100) is a lovely intimate restaurant with bright and quirky décor, voted the best local restaurant in the South West by the Good Food Guide. Ollerod (01308 862200), also in Beaminster, is a relaxed restaurant and bar overlooking the Brit River with a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The Seaside Boarding House (01308 897205) is slightly further away, taking around 20 minutes in the car, set close to the coastline, the restaurant has stunning sea views and fine food made from fresh local ingredients.

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July–August.

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The Owner Says

Mapperton Estate is delighted to welcome you to stay in our stylish and luxurious six metre bell tents in the heart of the wild West Dorset countryside.
Located in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with views over the tumbling hills to the sea beyond, Mapperton Camps provides a haven of calm and an opportunity to reconnect with the wonders of our natural world.
Our two tents are based at Coltleigh, a 200 acre area within Mapperton Estate which has recently been handed back to nature. A small herd of White Park cattle – an ancient English breed – now roam the local pasture, while a profusion of birds, butterflies and wildflowers adorn the landscape.

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Accommodation

Two bell tents, each sleeping two (or three, with an additional cost for the extra mattress).

Dimstone Tent

Bell tent Sleeps 3
Mapperton Estate is delighted to welcome you to stay in Dimstone Tent, our stylish and luxurious six metre bell tent in the heart of the wild West Dorset countryside. Sleeps up to 3 people (third person requires additional camp bed at £25 per night).

Ramsmoor Tent

Bell tent Sleeps 3
Mapperton Estate is delighted to welcome you to stay in Ramsmoor Tent, our stylish and luxurious six metre bell tent in the heart of the wild West Dorset countryside. Sleeps up to 3 people (third person requires additional camp bed at £25 per night).

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Location

Contact Mapperton Camps, Coltleigh Farm, Mapperton, Beaminster, Dorset DT8 3NR

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Getting There

Turn off the B3163 towards Mapperton, then follow the road for half a mile until it bends sharply to the right. On the bend turn left up the hill and follow the road for another half mile until you see a sign saying Mapperton Camps. Turn into the field and park at the top.

The nearest train stations are Crewkerne (20 minutes) and Dorchester South (35 minutes).

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