This hand-painted Mongolian yurt provides a comfortable base for a rural retreat in Dorset.
- Real beds with bedding for cosy sleeping around the yurt's wood-burning stove
- Picnic table, BBQ and firepit outside for al fresco cooking and dining
- Great location for families as pitched close to the play equipment on this six-yurt site
The Owner Says
Cowslip Yurt is one of six situated in a peaceful field on our former dairy farm. The yurt sleeps up to six, is painted in Mongolian style and comes equipped and furnished for guest stays. It has one double bed and two day beds which are made up with crisp white sheets. An additional two zed beds may be added at a one off cost of £10 per each additional bed and travel cots are available on request. Inside, the yurt has electricity lighting, sockets and a induction plate for heating soup or a kettle. Drinking water, own BBQ, small fire pit and a picnic bench are provided outside of the yurt. It has its own wet room, with a shower and toilet, in the communal Hay Barn. The Hay Barn also features a communal well-equipped kitchen which is for use by all yurt guests. Cowslip is pitched close to the play equipment at the lower end of the camp, with a 55 metre walk to the utilities.
About Caalm Camp
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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Rated ★★★★★ over 7 reviews
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
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).
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.
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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!
Caalm Camp is located at Caalm Camp, Goods Farm, Stour Row, Shaftesbury, Dorset SP7 0QH
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).