Gold Hill Glamping

UK England South West England Dorset Shaftesbury

  • 10+ metres between camping pitches
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Individual toilets for glamping accommodation
  • Hand sanitising stations
  • 24hr+ ventilation between accommodation guests
  • Campfires allowed
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
Bell tent glamping on the farm with woods to explore, a stream to splash in and footpaths to roam

It was an iconic Hovis advert that baked the image of Gold Hill, a romantic cobbled street in Dorset, into the country’s collective imagination. But the people of Shaftesbury have been enjoying the view here for centuries. And, two miles south of town, almost within view from that fabled street, there’s now a glamping site that bears the same name. It too boasts classic country views – the meadow sloping westwards to take in the best of the evening light – and, despite being new, has a similarly timeless, picture-perfect feel.

There are just two bell tents at Gold Hill Glamping in total, despite a spacious three acres of meadow to fill. The result is ample space for everyone and even an additional, fenced-off area for equestrians who wish to holiday with their horse. Glampers can choose from the traditional bell tent structure or the bulbous ‘lotus belle’ tent, which looks similar but bulges outwards in the middle like an oversized pudding to provide extra space.

Each tent has a comfortable double bed and soft furnishings, with futons that you can convert into extra beds for children if you don’t mind bringing along their bedding. Outside, meanwhile, there’s a picnic bench, a campfire pit and a well-equipped kitchen shelter. And, while there are flushing loos and hot showers back by the farmhouse a hundred yards or so away, there’s also an additional composting loo closer to hand in the field.

Despite the comforts, Gold Hill Glamping is still suitably rustic. There’s no electricity and, though there are lanterns, campfires are the go-to form of evening light. The place remains very much a working farm too. There are ponies to pat and you can watch the cows being milked if you chat eagerly enough to farmers Clea and Jonathan. A neighbouring stretch of woodland was also once a forest school and today is left as a secret discovery spot for family glampers, with rope swings hanging from branches, fairy doors hidden among tree trunks and a stream to splash in.

If you find the time to head elsewhere, there are footpaths aplenty to roam, taking in Mlebury Hill, Compton Abbas and Fontmell Down (stopping at the good pub in Fontmell Magna). Or walk back north to Shaftsebury, finishing with the steep stroll up Gold Hill and maybe even buying a fresh loaf of bread at the end.



One bell tent sleeps four people, the other five – two people are accommodated in a double bed (all bedding and linen provided), while others are on futon-style beds (bring your own bedding). Each tent has solar powered lanterns and fairy lights, outside table and chairs and a fire pit, plus an accompanying kitchen shelter, containing a fully equipped picnic hamper, kettle, BBQ utensils, cafetiere, plates, cutlery and some other basics. There is an eco-loo (composting toilet) with tap for hand washing near to each tent and there is also a flushing toilet and proper shower facilities situated in the farmyard, a short walk away. The parking area is next to the dairy (you’ll need to walk up to the tent; wheelbarrows are provided for moving luggage). As a working dairy farm, there are ponies and lots of cows to be seen. Guests are welcome to watch the cows being milked by prior arrangement.

Suitable For

Glamping only. Dogs are not permitted. You can, however, bring your horse or pony (for and additional fee).


A neighbouring section of woodland is home to a ‘secret’ forest school play area (particularly stunning in bluebell season; April–early May), within walking distance of the glamping fields. The little forest used to be a forest school, but is now available exclusively for glampers to enjoy, with a mud kitchen, a tiny stream to paddle in and space to build dens and play hide and seek. There are also a few fairy doors hidden in the trees and rope tree swings for the more adventurous. For those with longer legs, footpath leads south out of the farm and there’s ample good walking nearby. Walk east and up Melbury Hill, Compton Down and Fontmell Down, with superb views 360-degree views from the top of Melbury in particular, or you can walk the two-and-a-half miles in to Shaftesbury (largely along quiet lanes rather than footpaths). The delightful town is home to Gold Hill, the iconic cobbled street, which makes for a romantic Dorset scene and the setting for a certain Hovis advert – as well as lending its name to similarly romantic glamping site, of course. The town has a small Gold Hill Museum (01747 852157) and St Peters Church, a standing reminder of its medieval magnificence when it boasted a castle, twelve churches and four market crosses. Further afield, it’s a 15-minute drive to partially ruined Old Wardour Castle (0174 7870487), similar to Sturminster Newton Mill (01747 854355) and 20 minutes or so to Blandford Forum.

Food & Drink

It’s three miles to the stream-side Fontmell Inn (01747 811441), a highly recommended spot with an almost country house feel that the Telegraph recently claimed was “worth travelling out of your way to savour”, though it takes less than 10 minutes to get there from Gold Hill Glamping. It’s a touch further to the similarly excellent Cricketers (01258 268107) at the foot of Hambledon Hill in Iwerne Courtney. Given its location at the intersection of several popular footpaths its a good walkers’ pub with a tranquil summer garden. For more options and cafés, it’s a five-to-ten minute drive into Shaftesbury.



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The Owner Says

Hello, welcome to Gold Hill Glamping, which is based at Allan’s Farm, a working dairy farm and our family home. You are likely to see the cows coming in for milking twice a day. There are our lovely shetland ponies Pixie and Trudie to stroke and and past the time with, they love attention! There are usually fresh farm eggs available to buy if you wish. Wildlife is in abundance here. Deer and hares are regular visitors and different species of owl can be heard hooting behind the glamping fields. We have a lovely bell tent, called Willow Bell which has its own eco- loo and BBQ area with Kadai fire-pit and logs / chairs to sit around the fire. We are excited to be welcoming a spacious Lotus Belle tent to our glamping portfolio from Spring 2021. The Lotus Belle offers all the comfort and spaciousness of a yurt but with the simplicity and ease of a bell tent. Hazel, our Lotus Belle tent, will be situated in a separate, and peaceful location on the farm with its own eco – loo and simple glamping kitchen facilities. Thereby, allowing for visitors to glamp completely separately, but also offering the option for friends and family to stay here together. The tents have a very comfortable double bed, which will be fully furnished for your stay, plus two single futon-style beds (please bring your own bedding for the futons). All crockery, BBQ tools, bedding, a fire pit, seating area and a couple of finishing touches are provided for your stay. Both bell tents also have access to a hot shower, and flushing toilet a short walk away in a converted building in the farmyard. We are also planning a small honesty shop, to buy local sausages, eggs and Barber's cheese which is made from our milk.


Two five-metre bell tents in a spacious three-acre glamping meadow.

Cornfield Lodge

Cabin Sleeps 4
Cornfield lodge is a wood clad mobile home situated on our farm with far reaching views over the Blackmore Vale countryside.

Hazel Belle

Bell tent Sleeps 5
Hazel Belle is a lovely lotus bell tent, which sleeps 5 (an extra child would be fine).

Willow Bell

Bell tent Sleeps 4
Willow Bell is a luxury bell tent, which sleeps 4.

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Contact Gold Hill Glamping, Allan's Farm, Pitts Lane, West Melbury, Shaftesbury, Dorset SP7 0BX

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Rated ★★★★★ over 4 reviews


Back to nature

We had the best time at Gold Hill Camping! The kids loved saying good morning to the cows and watching them get milked. John and Claire where very warm and welcoming, they talked to us about the diary farm and also showed us their lovely pets, Ponies, goats, chickens, rabbit and guinea pig. My children loved the outdoor experience having dinner around the campfire them snuggling in to bed. The tent was very comfortable with cute design. Would definitely return for more dairy farm fun. Thank you again. The Gobetti Family
Aug 13, 2021 by Caroline Gobetti


It was our first time Glamping and it was a great experience. The family were lovely and made you feel very welcome, the children loved being shown round the farm and seeing the many animals they have on site. We stayed in the hazel bell tent and it was very comfortable, warm with the added little log fire inside. Would highly recommend. Thank you for a great stay
Aug 13, 2021 by Mat McCay Verified Review

A perfect break from London life!

We had a fantastic week staying in the lodge. It was equipped with everything we needed for a family of 4 and was the ideal place to have some well needed down time. The views are incredible and we all loved being able to go and visit the cows and chickens. The homemade Victoria Sponge was the best welcome anyone could ask for!
Jun 15, 2021 by The Wrights

Friendly owners, beautiful countryside

We spent a very fun weekend at Gold Hill Glamping in the Lotus Belle tent, with friends staying in the smaller bell tent. The owners were very friendly and helpful, coming straight over to mend a small hole in one of the tents that was letting the rain in. The kids all loved playing in the long grass in the meadows, meeting the farm animals and watching the milking. The eco-loos were clean and there was plenty of kitchen/ cooking equipment. The surrounding countryside and views from the tents are lovely. We walked directly from the campsite along the footpaths and lanes up to Compton Abbas Airfield, which provided lots of entertainment as there were several small aircraft taking off and landing.
May 24, 2021 by E Roper Verified Review

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