Walnut Farm Glamping

UK England South West England Dorset Bridport

  • Laundry
  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Hot Tubs
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Games room
  • Hot tubs
  • Laundry
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
  • Beaches
  • Short walk to the pub
A pair of cosy private yurts, a wood-fired hot tub and acres of space all to yourself

There’s a constant fight going on at Walnut Farm and, try as we might, we can never quite pick the winner. It’s a two-way tussle between the yurts (in the red corner) and the surroundings (in the blue corner). Both are battling it out to impress you.

On first arrival, it’s the yurts (Russet and Pippin) that have you won. Situated in their own separate, private paddocks (the former in a meadow above the farm; the latter by the cherry orchard), the light canvas structures sit upon larch decking with wonderful views across the valley. Inside, each cosy abode features exposed wooden latticework criss-crossing its way to the ceiling, crowned in the centre with a traditional circular window that pools in natural light and allows indoor stargazing at bedtime. The furnishings are in keeping with the style – Moroccan-style rugs, a cosy wood-burning stove, hand-carved bedside tables crafted from an alder felled just yards away. But Walnut Farm isn't lacking on modern comforts, like a Nespresso coffee machine and electricity throughout. Then there’s the fancy en-suite bathrooms each yurt boasts, with an excellent shower, proper flushing loo and all the toiletries and towels provided. The whole place is a cocoon of glamping comfort.

You haven’t settled in for long, however, before the view from your yurts open doorway draws you out. The surroundings are next to win you over. Set within 12-acres of farmland – a maze of fruit trees, streams and paddocks – guests have plenty of space to roam, with several footpaths leading directly from the farm. The nearby cherry orchard is home to the Walnut Kitchen, a third yurt which houses a shared kitchen, with a sink, stove, cabinets and cooking utensils to use, plus a clearing space for evening campfires and a clay pizza oven you can use. Then there's the ultimate luxury of a wood-fired hot tub beneath the stars, the perfect place to end your evening.

The landscape beyond provides countless options – this isn’t a place for indecisive campers. To the east, you walk through meadows and stroll over bridges to Loscombe Nature Reserve, a haven for birdlife, while to the west there’s the Half Moon pub, an equally short wander away. South, meanwhile, Dorset’s famous Jurassic Coast unfurls before you – it’s around a 10-minute drive in the car – and then there’s the vibrant town of Bridport that stops you along the way (a particularly nice spot to explore if you want shops to hide in during a rain shower).

Options abound and there may be endless choices but at least Walnut Farm solves one decision for you. Where to stay next time you go glamping in Dorset. Ahh, problem solved. Nespresso anyone?

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Facilities

The yurts features a king-sized bed (all bedding and linen supplied), bedside tables, chairs, a sofa, a wood-burning stove and an Indian tea table with tea, coffee, kettle and cups. There is usually milk available to buy in the supplies barn if you need. The yurt has a well-lit en suite, with hot shower, proper flushing loo and basin with mirror. Electricity throughout with bedside sockets and USB chargers. A separate fully equipped Yurt Kitchen has a fridge freezer, gas range cooker, sink, units and all the utensils and crockery you will need, plus a clay pizza oven outside. There is a huge copper fire bowl for barbecuing and sitting around outside the Yurt Kitchen, together with a smaller fire bowl at your 'bedroom' yurt. The hot tub is in the orchard by the kitchen and available for private use by occupants of either yurt – there is an extra charge (per day) for use of the hot tub.

Suitable For

Glamping only. Tents, campervans, caravans, dogs – no.

Nearby

Walnut Farm is less than 5 minutes drive to the vibrant market town of Bridport and pretty harbour of West Bay, part of the impressive Jurassic coastline, a ‘World Heritage Site’. There is a scenic coast road running along the back of Chesil Beach that connects Bridport to Weymouth (through Burton Breadstick and the lovely village of Abbotsbury – the Swannary (01305 871858) there is a must-visit.). In the opposite direction past Charmouth (fantastic for fossil hunting) is the small, elegant seaside town of Lyme Regis with its impressive cobb.

Food & Drink

There are plenty of independent food shops in both Bridport and Beaminster and a lovely farm shop at Washingpool Farm (01454 632529). There are also some top fresh fish merchants, including Davy’s Locker (01308 456131) in Bridport and Samways Fish merchants (01308 422201). If you fancy an extravagant meal, try the Hix Oyster and Fish House (01297 446910), the Bull Hotel and Stable (01308 422878), the Bridgehouse Hotel (01308 423371) or, on a sunny day, the Crab House Cafe (01305 788867). For a less formal meal, then check out the Hive Cafe (01308 897070) at Burton Bradstock and the Watch House cafe (01308 459330) at West Bay. The Half Moon pub (01308 488321) is the nearest – within walking distance of the campsite.

Opening Times

March–October.

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The Owner Says

At Walnut Farm we invite you to slow down, relax and enjoy our luxurious glamping experience. We are situated in a truly secluded and tranquil spot in West Dorset on the edge of a nature reserve, where you are guaranteed a unique and peaceful break with spectacular views.

Russet is a spacious yurt with a hand crafted en-suite bathroom, which is tucked away in its own paddock on the side of a hill with fabulous views. The yurt has a superbly comfortable vi-spring superking bed made up with the finest linen and downs for an unforgetable nights sleep. Rustic log bedside tables, beautiful rugs and individual vintage furniture make for a unique stay. The en-suite bathroom has a proper flushing loo, sink and a piping hot shower – we also provide you with an abundance of fresh cotton towels.

We have a wood fired hot tub that you are welcome to use during your stay. It costs £35 per day and we can get it ready for you. We can host a pizza evening in our wood fired pizza oven for you using local ingredients for £15 for adults and £7.50 for children. Both the Hot Tub and Pizza Oven can be booked in advance or once you have arrived.

There is something truly magical about sleeping under canvas and being able to watch the stars come out from your bed. Despite being tucked away in beautiful countryside, our farm is less than 5 minutes drive to the vibrant market town of Bridport and pretty harbour of West Bay, part of the impressive Jurrassic coastline, a 'World Heritage Site', making us perfectly situated to explore this spectacular area.

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Accommodation

Two luxury, en suite yurts sleeping 2 in a huge super king bed (travel cot or extra bed possible by arrangement). Check Availability

Location

Contact Walnut Farm Glamping, Walnut Farm, Melplash, Bridport, Dorset DT6 3WB

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Getting There

Coming from Bridport you travel along the A3066, past Bingham Grange Farm on your left. As the road bends to the left there is a small right hand turn that it not sign posted (if you reach the Half Moon at Melplah, you have gone too far). Take this road and follow it for one mile. Go past the orchards on your left and then the farm track is immediately on the left with a sweeping row of trees up the right hand side. There is a placard on the right hand side of the entrance that reads 'Walnut Farm'.

Coming from Beaminster you travel along the A3066, past the Half Moon pub in Melplash on the right hand side. After you have left Melplash, take the first left signposted to West Milton and Powerstock. Take this road and follow it for one mile, following the directions as above.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 14 reviews

★★★★★

Absolutely lovely

My husband and I have never been glamping before and chose this place for a short getaway. I had high expectations from the photos and in real life it is even more amazing! The grounds were perfectly manicured and the yurt was beautiful! The views are spectacular on the farm and at nearby sights. Molly was so sweet from the beginning to the end. I highly recommend this special little place. It was a bit chilly in late October, so wrap up warm!
Oct 25, 2019 by Kristina Kedge
★★★★★

Shushhh, don’t tell anyone

Never been glamping before, but after our experience of Walnut Farm, we’ll definitely go again. The photos are lovely, but do not do the setting justice in the rolling hills of the Dorset countryside. The hosts, Nick and Molly couldn’t be anymore helpful. Yurt, bed, bedding, electric blanket, en-suite, shower, towels, kitchen and hot-tub are all of excellent quality. If I could find a fault, it would be the weather during our two day stay, who knew that it might rain at the end of September. Ha, it was brilliant.
Oct 3, 2019 by Niall
★★★★★

Super find # beautiful place

Excellent venue for glamping. Set in beautiful countryside surroundings and so close to so much nature. Fantastic cooking facilities in a kitchen yurt and an amazing wood fired hot tub to relax in. Lovely hosts who really care about their guests. We look forward to visiting again next year.
Aug 7, 2019 by Collette Wood
★★★★★

Tranquil, relaxing and charming.

We were welcomed by Nick as soon as we arrived at Walnut Farm, we were shown around the farm and to our yurt- which was beautiful and such a charming space. The amenities provided were great, and access to the hot tub made our stay. Very child friendly and close to beaches/country parks/heritage sites. Would highly recommend walnut farm to anyone that wishes to have a relaxing break away with or without children.
Jul 17, 2019 by Ali Rose
★★★★★

Fantastic First Experience of Glamping

Totally agree with all the reviews, we had a wonderful 2 night stay and enjoyed the comforts of the en suite yurt, comfy bed and mattresses (thank you for the electric blankets!); marshmallow toasting on the outside wood burner; pizzas from the oven; hot tub; accommodating and friendly hosts, but most of all those incredible views from Pippin over tranquil countryside. All delightful, we'd love to come again.
Jul 17, 2019 by Charlotte Feest
★★★★★

Fantastic relaxation at a beautiful spot

We had a wonderful weekend at Walnut Farm. Yurts are gorgeous, super comfy huge beds and loads of space, lovely views, nature and of course the hot tub! Nick and Molly are really friendly and genial hosts i hope we will be back and maybe even bring the kids next time..
Jul 8, 2019 by Dave
★★★★★

Total relaxation in the countryside!

From the moment we arrived at Walnut Farm it felt good. The place is beautiful and reminded me of what it must have been like years ago before the world went crazy and before we started to polute our beautiful planet. Walnut Farm could be the setting of an Agatha Christie TV show in olden times in the English Countryside. It is our second experience of glamping and we both loved it. The bed was so comfy, warm and snug. It was pure bliss eating breakfast outside the kitchen yurt. The two dogs, Dotty and Betsy are such characters, great fun. The en-suite is a perfect addition to the yurt, our first glamping experience was brilliant, but no en-suite. I guess if the yurt could be improved, a very small fridge would be good for keeping the milk cold, but it is just a short and very pleasant walk to the yurt kitchen to get the milk! I would highly recommend Bridport Market on Saturday morning - fantastic! Molly, Nick and Jane were all very lovely. Good luck with the flower crop Jane - you certainly work hard and deserve the rewards!
May 27, 2019 by David and Maggie
★★★★★

Fabulous few days

A wonderful spot for some rest a relaxation. Highly recommended. Enjoyed equally by adults and our two daughters. We will definitely try to return
May 7, 2019 by John
★★★★★

Amazing experience for the whole family

It is hard to add anything new to all the reviews before. Everything has already been said about this truely amazing spot among the old orchards - wonderful hosts, great bed, fantastic yurt, gorgeous and unique site. Maybe one more thing: Molly's and Nick's place is also a perfect location to come to with kids! We came all the way from Germany for our summer vacation and stopped for 3 nights at the Walnut Farm and our kids loved it: lots of space to run free, a hammock, table tennis, and the pizza making and baking in Molly's self-made pizza oven! Our boys also loved sleeping in the yurt (always magical) on comfy mattresses on the wooden floor - still enough room for everybody! Thank you, Molly and Nick, for making us feel so at home and welcome. We will definitely come back!
Sep 7, 2018 by Karen
★★★★★

Truly a lovely retreat!

My partner and I stayed here not long ago and we had a great time. Molly and her husband could not have been more accommodating and welcoming. The yurt itself was just amazing and so well built. One night we made our own pizzas in their homemade wood fire pizza oven and afterwards we bathed in their wood fire hot tub! Truly a lovely retreat.
Aug 21, 2018 by Harry Ward
★★★★★

Rest and fun in perfect nature

We had the most amazing week staying in the Russet yurt at Walnut Farm. The place makes our previous 'glamping' experiences seem like roughing it: the yurt was so well thought-out and well put together, and equipped with a bed that oh my god we had the most restful sleep in. And we were made to feel like we were staying with old friends by Molly and Nick - such a wonderful and inspiring couple! All this in the most beautiful surroundings, a short trip from the coast and a short walk to the most delicious cider on earth. Just book and go. It's amazing.
Jun 10, 2018 by JP and Annie
★★★★★

Such a gorgeous spot

We absolutely loved glamping at Walnut Farm. Having only hardcore camped this was utter luxury and encompassed all the best bits of camping without the hassle. Our yurt was peaceful, relaxing and extremely comfortable with a divinely comfortable bed, White Company linen and an ensuite bathroom with fabulous shower. The discovery of the electric blanket was the icing on the otherwise amazing cake and we did light the wood burning stove, even at the beginning of June, for a truly cosy nights sleep. We cooked every evening on the huge fire pit outside our yurt and the children toasted as many marshmallows as they could get away with! The kitchen yurt was just a short walk down the hill through a pretty cherry orchard and was so well equipped, we wanted for nothing. The location of Walnut Tree Farm is idyllic set in rolling Dorset countryside yet a hop skip and a jump from the stunning Jurassic coast with oodles going on. We were planning to walk over the field to the local pub one evening for dinner but didn't really want to leave our gorgeous temporarily home and private fire pit. Nick and Molly are lovely and the most brilliant hosts - they have put so much thought into the detail to ensure that everyone's stay at Walnut Farm exceeeds their expectations - it certainly did ours. We all returned home so relaxed and we can't wait for our next stay at Walnut Farm. Thank you Nick and Molly!
Jun 4, 2017 by Emma Macfarlame
★★★★★

Magical - Heaven is Yurt shaped

Definitely the most amazing place we have ever stayed!!! the yurt is stunningly furnished. Imagine a 5* hotel room but better and yurt shaped. Although it was the end of October the weather was beautiful , so we managed to have a BBQ outside the yurt on the first night using the fire pit. The en- suite was perfect, everything just like in the yurt is finished to perfection. The bed is the comfiest we have ever slept in- it was heavenly and the electric blanket made it very cosy. The lovely wood burner which we were provided with plenty or logs and kindling for and fairy lights made our stay even more magical . Then there is the kitchen yurt with everything you need to cook your gorgeous homemade/ local produce breakfast Molly can provide you with. It was gorgeous and sitting outside in the morning sunshine was very special. Molly and Nick ( and there family ) are literally the kindest most obliging people you will ever meet and they couldn't do more for you. They were so lovely at all times. The short walk over the fields to the Half Moon pub for a really yummy meal was fun and we were very pleasantly surprised by what a lovely pub it was -the food we can highly recommend. If you want to getaway from it all and have a really magical experience in a beautiful location this is the place for you . Molly and Nick thank you for everything . X X X
Oct 23, 2016 by Em
★★★★★

What a little gem!

What a little gem we found! Booked the day before very last minute and were thrilled to find out we were the first ever guests to stay at Walnut Farm, and what a great decision it was.. Molly and Nick were so welcoming and couldn't do enough for us, from the very minute we walked on to the Farm we were made to feel at home. It is in such a beautiful setting surrounded by rolling green hills and lots of trees; it really is a stunning place. The kitchen yurt has everything you need and more and we liked that it was in another small yurt which carried on with the glamping feel. Russet Yurt itself is gorgeous, and huge!! Filled with the highest quality furniture, the bed is the comfiest I have ever slept in (quite literally like sleeping on a cloud!), the Ensuite bathroom is like a luxury bathroom you would find in a hotel but still feels rustic and smells like a sauna! My boyfriend especially liked the nespresso machine in the yurt. We were lucky enough to have a BBQ and eat al fresco on the decking, then toasted marshmallows on the firepit after, what more could you want when glamping? The stove in the yurt was pretty impressive looking and kept us warm and cosy, this was my boyfriends job as men love making fire right? We loved that all you can hear is sheep and cows during the day and owls at night which is so tranquil. We decided to get the extra continental breakfast one day and the English breakfast with local produce another and everything provided was delicious so would definitely recommend doing this. The location is great, minutes from the beach (the one on Broadchurch!) And we also went to Monkey world (would definitely recommend) and Weymouth. We had planned to go kayaking in Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door but unfortunately we did have some rain so got cancelled, but that gives us a reason to return to Walnut Farm! We walked over the field to the local pub The Half Moon and had an amazing meal and would highly recommend going here, the walk through the field with torches was fun in itself! We have stayed in yurts before but the feel of Walnut Farm and Russet Yurt and having lovely hosts will definitely be bringing us back here. Thanks to Molly and Nick, we will see you soon! Charlotte and Ollie x
Sep 12, 2016 by Charlotte Watts

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