Caalm Camp

UK England South West England Dorset Shaftesbury

  • 10+ metres between camping pitches
  • Contactless check in
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Individual toilets for glamping accommodation
  • "We're Good To Go" accredited
  • Hand sanitising stations
  • One-way flow
  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Children’s playground
  • Laundry
  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
Caalm by name, calm by nature. This blissfully chilled-out Dorset hideaway promises a relaxing stay for all

The complexities of a traditional yurt are what make it such a beautiful structure, but back when marauding Mongols roamed the Asian plains they were first and foremost a practical home. Ancient nomads would assemble together to move these makeshift houses, untwining the complex latticework, rolling up the outer shell and loading camels, donkeys and horses with their wares. After long hauls in the sun or tramping through the snow they would set about the tiresome task of reconstruction. Woodwork was rewoven, felt pulled into place, horses unpacked and a fire re-kindled. Only then could a weary traveller search for food and water.

The trials of this nomadic life have, thankfully, slipped into a bygone era and nowhere could they feel more foreign than in the countryside of South West England. Here, as the name suggests, an encampment of traditional Mongolian yurts aims to take you as far from the stress of travelling as possible, offering an oasis of calm with a dash of sumptuous luxury. The yurts may still be authentically Mongolian but inside, the addition of modern comforts, like springy double beds and electricity, make for a 21st century glamping haven.

Set in the beautiful countryside of rural Dorset, Caalm Camp is a family-run retreat that boasts exceptional facilities. The yurts themselves are surprisingly spacious with ample room to sleep six people and a toasty log-burning stove in the centre. Smoke from the fire is piped away through ‘the crown’, a carefully crafted centrepiece in the roof where a Perspex dome allows you to kick back and watch the stars from the warmth of your abode. From each yurt it is a short walk to the Old Hay Barn, a converted barn that stands as a testament to the site's working history as a dairy farm. Now equipped with a fully-furnished kitchen and cosy living space, it’s difficult to imagine the place stacked with hay bales. The inviting communal lounge complete with games, books and a TV is the perfect rainy day retreat. Not all facilities here are communal, however. Each of the seven yurts onsite have their own fridge in the kitchen along with their own wet-room that houses a shower, toilet and vanity unit for storing toiletries.

Caalm Camp boasts plenty of space for kids to play, as well as a wooden playground, while stepping from the boundaries there are loads of good walks in the local area. Duncliff Wood is packed with bluebells during the spring while a wander up Bulbrrow Hill rewards you with exquisite panoramic views over Dorset and its surrounding counties. Nearby, beautiful Shaftesbury is a short drive away, its quaint, cobbled streets leading to and fro from the elegant old church by the market place.

Amid such quintessentially English surroundings the Mongolian yurts of Caalm Camp could almost feel out of place. But with so much love and attention put into the site – from the hand painted lattice work of the yurts to the wheelbarrows waiting by the car park – this is a place where you can’t help but feel at home. An authentic glamping getaway in a prime location.



Each yurt has its own dedicated wet room in the The Old Hay Barn, with flushing toilet, shower and a vanity unit for storing your toiletries. Towels provided. Table tennis, pool table and wi-fi are available. The Old Hay Barn houses a well-equipped modern kitchen, with plenty of cooking utensils provided. Each yurt also has its own fridge. Relaxing therapy treatment sessions in your yurt by expert Pauline Elsworth can also be booked in advance. There is plenty of room for football or bike riding along with many fantastic walks in the area (particularly Duncliff Woods in the spring with its famous bluebells). Wild animals range from rabbits to buzzards, along with deer in the neighbouring fields and frogs that like to hop into the lobby.

Suitable For

Glamping only. Well-behaved large groups welcome. Sorry, no dogs.


Along with the bounty of local walks, there is a 15 mile cycle trail along the old railway line 5 miles from camp. Todber Manor Fishing Lakes (01258 820384) are in the nearest village for keen anglers, while two equestrian centres, Pippin’s Equestrian (01747 822997) and Pevlings Farm (01963 370990) are close at hand for those hoping to hack through rolling countryside. Shaftesbury (01747 853514) is perhaps the most obvious nearby attraction, a delightful town with a small 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 Sherborne in Dorset, is famous for its abbey (01935 812452) and castle (01935 812072), while Stonehenge (08703 331181) and Salisbury offer more culture and history. The fabulous coast of South Dorset is also an hour away.

Food & Drink

The Udder Farm Shop (01747 838899) is 1.5 miles away, while, closer still, The Kings Arms (01747 838325) serves excellent food. The nearest village shop lies a couple miles away in Marnhull. A local independent supermarket and deli, Dike & Son (01963 362204) in Stalbridge, does a home delivery service. Either phone and book delivery in advance, or cycle to the shop.


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The Owner Says

Tucked away in deepest Dorset, Caalm Camp is a family-run rural retreat offering a very unique glamping experience. Our camp boosts 6 beautifully-painted, hand-crafted, luxuriously-furnished, authentic Mongolian Yurts with exceptional facilities in an idyllic setting.  We have taken the very best things about camping in the South West of England (fresh air, lovely views and eating al fresco) and added comfy beds with fresh white linen sheets and electricity in our pretty hand-painted Yurts from Mongolia. You also have your own personal wet room, with underfloor heating for the duration of your stay. Our holidays cater for all levels of glamping experience, so will appeal to all people including disabled people.  Amid such quintessentially English surroundings the Mongolian yurts of Caalm Camp could almost feel out of place.  But with so much love and attention put into our site, from the hand-painted lattice work of the yurts to the wheelbarrows waiting for you in the car park, this is a place where you cannot help but feel completely at home.

Social Distancing Measures

Each of our yurts are approximate 20 meters apart, allowing for plenty of distancing from of guests. Each yurt has it's own dedicated wetroom and toilet in the main utility building so that there is no sharing with others guest outside of your party. There is a large modern kitchen in the utility building that offer space for social distancing as well as the opportunity to prepare meal and cook on a hot plate in the yurt as well as a BBQ and fire pit just outside of the yurt.


6 cosy yurts that accommodate up to 6 people each.

Daisy Yurt

Yurt or Ger Sleeps 6
A genuine Mongolian yurt, nearest to the utility block.

Buttercup Yurt

Yurt or Ger Sleeps 6
A handpainted Mongolian yurt only 30 meters from the utility block.

Snowdrop Yurt

Yurt or Ger Sleeps 6
A genuine Mongolian yurt situated in the middle of the camp, approximately 50 metres from the utility block.

Bluebell Yurt

Yurt or Ger Sleeps 6
A genuine Mongolian yurt situated at the lower part of the camp with slightly more privacy, approximately 65 metres from the utility block.

Foxglove Yurt

Yurt or Ger Sleeps 6
A genuine Mongolian yurt at the top of the camp close to the utility block and communal fire pit.

Cowslip Yurt

Yurt or Ger Sleeps 6
A genuine Mongolian yurt pitched close to the play equipment at the lower end of the camp with the utility block approximately 55 metres away.

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Contact Caalm Camp, Caalm Camp, Goods Farm, Stour Row, Shaftesbury, Dorset SP7 0QH

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Getting There

From London or Exeter, turn off the A303 at Chicklade and follow the A350 to Shaftesbury. At Shaftesbury, take the A30 direction Yeovil and after approx 3 miles, turn left at the Kings Arms. Go to the end of this road and at the T junction turn right. Continue for a third of a mile through a narrow cutting and as it opens up and you will see Goods Farm on the left, opposite a Royal Mail brick post box.

South West Trains (08456 000650) run an hourly service to Gillingham (08457 484950) from London Waterloo (08457 484950) and Exeter (08457 484950).


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Rated ★★★★★ over 12 reviews


Beautiful and well thought out glamping site

First time glamping with the kids and we were not disappointed. A beautifully maintained site where everything little touch has been thought of, from coat hooks in the yurts to your own personal fridge and bathroom. The yurts are beautiful and well maintained, I was worried about being cold but they are so cosy even without the wood burner lit. Beds are super comfy, my kids slept for hours! Lots to do in the nearby areas too. Would highly recommend!

Wonderful place, wonderful stay

My partner and I spent four nights in Buttercup yurt and could not have enjoyed it more. The location is great, only a short drive to Shaftsbury and amenities, but far enough into the country that you can see a million stars at night. The facilities are great - having your own lockable bathroom is the dream, and the kitchen had everything we needed to make scrummy dinners to sit by the campfire with. I would thoroughly recommend Caalm Camp to couples looking for a chilled out escape.

Great stay

Enjoyed my stay in one of their beautiful yurts very much! Everything is thought out for your comfort and independance. Very much appreciated having my own bathroom for the duration of the stay, really makes a difference! I stayed alone that time, but will come back for sure with some friends as I am sure this is how the bbq and the beautiful surroundings are best appreciated!

Perfect family outdoor getaway

Wonderful weekend at Caalm camping in beautiful peaceful Dorset countryside. Facilities perfect for a family with small children, kids loved the freedom of playing safely wherever they wanted. Yurts are warm and comfortable perfectly spacious for a family of 5. Each yurt has their own allotted bathroom and kitchen space in the main building with fridge and cooking facilities as well as alfresco bbq and fire pit. Mark was incredibly helpful, nothing phases him! He even directed us to his pond where the kids were beyond excited to catch their first fish. Highly recommend a visit.

Perfect stay

After a year we were soo looking forward to get out from our house and book a holiday. I am glad that I found Caalm Camp in a beautiful Dorset, where ever you go you find a foot path to follow or if you like fishing there is a fishing lakes about 5 minute away! Beautiful yurts, nice and warm very calming! We will definitely come back. The owners are very nice and helpful!

Perfect !

We had a perfect break - what could be better ...? A lovely warm yurt with the homeliness of the roaring logs in the burner, peace and tranquillity, and clean and well thought out amenities. We loved our family break in Dorset and would highly recommend
Oct 20, 2020 by Gavin Stokes Verified Review

Relaxing Glamping Getaway

What a great way to get away from the hustle & bustle of London! Only 3 hrs door-to-door on public transport or a couple of hours drive will get you to Stour Provost (North Dorset), 15 mins taxi southward from Gillingham train station. Upon arrival we received a warm welcome from Mark who guided us through the facilities: our own Mongolian yurt, personal bathroom facilities and shared kitchen (our own fridge and cupboards). There are some communal sun chairs, but I recommend to bring some folding chairs for your campfire in the evening (don’t forget your marshmallows!). It’s a self-catered stay, so we had a Waitrose delivery on day-two for BBQ supplies. There’s a big ASDA next to the train station too, for whatever you need. The yurt was a traditional Mongolian yurt, very clean and spacious (sufficient for up to 4 people) with natural lighting via a skylight. All mod cons included (lamps, electric fan, kettle & hot-plate for boiling water, etc). The double bed was comfortable, although a little on the hard side. With Covid-19 here at present, we brought our own pillows. The yurt also has it’s own internal woodfire heating system, so on colder nights you can make the yurt toasty warm. The camp-grounds are well laid out and you feel immersed in the countryside. We went on a series of 1.5 hr walks, to the local store through a series of fields/paddocks, as well as around the Goods Farm property which is sizeable and very picturesque! All-in-all, we had a great stay and will consider Caalm Camp for a group stay in the future (to book all 6 yurts out for a birthday, etc).
Jul 25, 2020 by Adam Watts Verified Review

The best possible weekend - magical!

We cannot recommend Caalm Camp highly enough. It is a blissful retreat set amid beautiful countryside; an idyllic location. Mark`s friendly welcome on arrival set the tone of the whole weekend. Our yurt - Foxglove was clean, spacious and extremely comfortable. Having your own designated bathroom with luxurious towels and also your own designated kitchen space is a huge plus and the communal dining area with a cosy seating area and TV enabled us to watch both the Cricket World Cup and the Wimbledon Men`s Singles Final in total comfort. If you need a few days away to relax whilst enjoying the feeling of luxury `camping` you cannot do better than Caalm Camp. It is our second visit and we will definitely be back again. The added bonus is the close proximity to some excellent eating places and also with so many places of interest to explore in the local area. We had a perfect weekend. Thank you Mark.

A brilliant accessible Glamping experience

We have just returned from 3 nights at Caalm Camp, with our two daughters, one of whom is profoundly disabled and medically complex. We were nervous about how we would manage, but it was all fine! The Yurts are really well set up- beds (which a hoist could get under), a log burner to stay warm, a ramp for getting the wheelchair in and out, and electricity for plugging in my daughter’s medical equipment. There was also a BBQ, fire pit and a tap outside the yurt and lots of available firewood. The communal kitchen was well set up and having a private bathroom/wet room made the whole stay for my daughter possible. The owners were always willing to help, and have a whole supply of equipment (shower chairs, bed raisers, shower hoses etc) which can help make your stay even more accessible - it is definitely worth asking what equipment they have before you go, as you may not need to take so much with you! The site is very clean and tidy, and my other daughter loved the play equipment and the animals. I’m sure we will be going again.
May 8, 2019 by Liz

Glamping at its best!

On arrival, we were greeted by Mark, the owner of caalm Camping. Mark automatically made us feel welcome and at home. Caalm is everything you want and more out of glamping, the facilities are simply the best. We stayed in the Buttercup yurt, which was filled with total charm. The beds were made with crisp white linen and were so so comfortable. The children have never slept so well. Outside the yurt was you’re own fire pit and bbq which was great for relaxing at night and cooking for the family on. We had our own private shower room with toilet, wash basin, etc. It was spotlessly clean and well presented. The communal kitchen was also spotless and was a real treat having our own fridge too. My children were spoilt for choice when it come to play time. Having a sandpit and Wendy house area with ride on toys and a play park too. There was a games room with ping pong and pool too. My daughters made good friends with the resident goats, one in particular they become very fond of and were very friendly too. Pizza night was a must, we chose the toppings and both Mark and Caryl prepared and cooked them fresh in the beautiful wood fired pizza oven. All in all it’s the best glamping experience and site we have ever been to and we will be sure to be returning very soon with all our family. Caalm camp really is the best. Thank you!
Aug 11, 2018 by Charlotte

Faultless from start to Finish!

Caalm Camp is one of those places that has just got it spot on. Their yurts are stunning, facilities incredible, and hospitality fantastic. I'm personally not the biggest fan of traditional camping after many unfortunate experiences but yurting at Caalm was certainly not one of those. The yurts are built to the highest spec and stay warm and dry throughout the day. Providing actual beds make a massive difference as well. The thing that makes Caalm special for me is the access to the shared house with a separate bathroom per yurt, a shared modern kitchen, games room, and living room. Despite being their for a whole weekend, we only left the campsite a couple of times as there was so much to keep us busy on site. The fuller-than-life resident goats also completed the experience, for sure! If you're considering Caalm Camp, stop reading this review and book right away!
Feb 7, 2017 by Tom

Brilliant Family Glamping

We just returned from 3 wonderful days at Caalm Camp. Myself and husband were a bit worried about taking a toddler 'camping'! Upon arrival our worries diminished! Mark greeted us and showed us around and we quickly realised we had over packed and should've booked a week! We have stayed in yurts elsewhere but Caalm Calm is head shoulders above our previous experience. The yurts were beautiful, clean, comfortable and had everything you should ever need. The fan was a lovely edition as it was very hot when we arrived. There are electric sockets, a water tap outside the yurt and a BBQ and fire pit for your use. There's a set of picnic plates, cups and cutlery for use when BBQ-ing. The shared kitchen was large, clean and stocked with every utensil you should ever need. Having our own fridge was perfect for all our toddlers essentials and for a few bottles of wine! Our own bathroom was clean and large and the white fluffy towels were a real luxury. Our daughter enjoyed playing with the toys and if it rained I could see this communal area would be a welcomed edition. The atmosphere was so calm and relaxing and we so enjoyed watching our daughter play with the other children and explore the beautiful countryside safely. We met some lovely families and had a wonderful time visiting Peppa Pig World and Swanage. Shaftesbury looked so interesting and pretty we needed more days as there are lots of places we wanted to see. Mark was welcoming and would call by in the evenings to ensure everyone was happy and all ok. He really had thought of everything though so there was nothing more we could ask for. We can't wait to return!
Feb 7, 2017 by Natasha

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