Cowgrove Road, Wimborne Minster, BH214EL
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Perched on a hill just outside the pretty market town of Wimborne, with far-reaching views across the Stour Valley, Farrs Meadow is a rural camping gem with a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere. It’s a perfect choice for anyone looking for a touch of wilderness that’s not too far from civilization.
The campsite is small and delightfully car-free, with a quad bike available to carry your tent and belongings to your pitch. Quirky showers have been imaginatively installed in upcycled old horseboxes, which are deceptively spacious and the perfect setting to listen to nature’s chorus whilst taking your morning shower. More horseboxes dotted around the campsite host compost loos, and the washing-up area makes ingenious use of disused cattle troughs, converted into long, deep metal sinks. There is a separate paddock for campervans, or those looking for a bit of extra comfort can choose to stay in a yurt or the tastefully converted stable – both of which are comfortably furnished with a double bed, two single beds, fire pits and outdoor furniture.
The main field is enclosed by beautiful mature trees that give dappled shade in the sun and shelter in the rain. During the day buzzards circle overhead and in the surrounding woodland you can hear the drill of the woodpecker, while at night bats emerge from the trees and dart between the tents, feasting on moths that are attracted by the campfire and torchlight, and the long grass emits an ‘LED-like’ glow from the glow worms.
Wimborne is only a 15-minute walk away from the site, worth visiting for the famous Minster of St Cuthberga, one of the finest churches in Dorset; and it’s just a short stroll down the hill to the picturesque meandering River Stour, where you enjoy a wild swim under the Eye Bridge with just brown trout to keep you company. Wander a little further to try your hand at catching them, with fishing permits sold on site for angling both in the Stour and also in the adjoining River Allen, a celebrated chalk stream for fly-fishing. When evening descends, however, you’ll find the best policy is just to settle down on one of the giant logs encircling the campfire in the main meadow and toast a marshmallow or two on the open flames. And if the weather doesn’t agree, then fear not – it’s a 10-minute walk to one of the coolest little pubs around, the National Trust-owned Vine Inn – a unique Dorset bolthole with a tiny bar that seems to encapsulate everything that’s great about camping here: a small, independent place ensconced in beautiful countryside.
The Owner Says
Perched on a hill just outside the pretty market town of Wimborne, with far-reaching views across the Stour Valley, Farrs Meadow is a rural camping gem with a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere. It's a perfect choice for anyone looking for a touch of wilderness that's not too far from civilization.
We had a fantastic few days at Farrs Meadow, the very epitome of long and languid, sultry summer days. David and Simon provided a super friendly welcome and were very helpful getting our stuff up to the site and back down the hill too. It was lovely to relax around a fire pit of an evening, disturbed only by the hooting owl. Wimbourne Minster is an easy walk and offers every amenity. Kingston Lacy house was well worth a visit, and Badbury Rings had an almost mystical atmosphere, revealing the deep history of the place with long views over the Stour valley and Cranbourne Chase.
Laid back haven
Just getting used to the walls again after a lovely long weekend at Farrs Meadow. Welcoming and laid back, a perfect retreat from London. The surrounding countryside is stunning; a friendly local en route to The Vine pointed out the pyramid orchids. Fox gloves bordered the meadow, the river Stour was lovely for a swim and owls hooted at night. Magical!! All the facilities which appeared quaint and quirky worked very well, without distracting from some proper away from it all camping! Kingston Lacy, Badbury Rings and Wimbourne all within easy reach...very well situated for numerous activities...if you can draw yourself away from the site!
an amazing place
Just spent a fantastic 4 days at Farrs Meadow and we're already thinking about returning. The meadow is a haven away from it all and the welcome we got from David and Simon was as generous as we have seen. There are many lovely walks direct from the campsite, loads of country pubs nearby and the beach is only a half hour drive too.
Super Friendly Quirky Site
A busy Bank Holiday weekend and David and team were the friendliest owners I have encountered in a long while, helpful, welcoming and laid back. A flat field on the top of a ridge surrounded by enough woods for the kids to disappear into. Keeping the field car free and having your kit ferried up by Quad bike adds to the welcome, and also to the charm of the place. Quirky facilities do the job. 10 minutes walk to swim in the Stour or a little further to sup cider at The Vine. The owls might wake you as they swoop up and down the field, but hey, I can live with that.
A truly friendly campsite from the moment you arrive and are welcomed with a smile as they help you unload and drive your gear up the hill, right through to when they're baking delicious pizzas! The horse box shower was honestly the nicest campsite shower yet. And the river swimming was perfect.
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Our Favourite Site
Just to reiterate Simon’s review (18-8-16), we (my wife and 2 kids aged 9 & 10) are just back from Farrs Meadow after a 10 night break. David and Luds are great hosts and really make the site (which is brilliant anyway) friendly and relaxed. They don’t mention the free fishing on their own stretch of the Stour, all you need is a rod licence. The fishing is easy for kids as there are so many small fish, but if you want more serious fishing, then there are decent chub and very big roach in there, along with pike and trout. The wildlife in the area is really worth looking for, there are exceptional nature reserves such as Brownsea Island, Arne, Radipole lakes, and a little research on the net is worth doing in advance as there are sites like Badbury rings mentioned which is only 10 minutes along the road. We’ve been camping for quite a few years now, and we all agree, this was our favourite site so far.
My three children and I are just back from Farrs Meadow - we had a fantastic stay! The upper campsite is in a beautiful meadow surrounded by trees, quiet and spacious, on a hilltop and dotted with Yurts and tents, occupied when we were there by a mixture of families and couples. To me this is a classic campers campsite, simple and gentle and with a natural feel, tucked away in the Dorset hills. Loos and showers are cunningly incorporated into old horse trailers lower down the hill, there is a lovely hidden garden where fresh coffee is available each morning and (discreetly) a fridge, freezer and plugs for mobiles if needed. David, Luds and their team were friendly, cheerful and full of good advice. Thanks guys. The sun shone during all of our stay, the barbecue sizzled, there was fresh air in abundance and lots of chat around the campfire; it was an idyllic spot & relaxing experience and I would unreservedly recommend it to all who have yet to visit
Perfect for Special Events
We've just returned from hosting a celebration at Farr's Meadow, and absolutely recommend the site for anyone looking for a perfect location. The yurts, caravans, shepherd's hut and stables are beautiful and comfortable. Everyone at the site is very friendly, and David, Luds and Debbie helped enormously with the planning, organising a fabulous BBQ for our fifty guests on the first night, and baking a seemingly never-ending series of delicious pizzas on the second night, as well as organising entertainment in the form of a silent disco (this was ace and deserves a five-star review of its own). Our guests included some fairly reluctant campers, but they were rapidly won over by Farr's Meadow; it was a magical weekend, which we will remember for years to come.
A beautiful, peaceful, rural meadow. David was really welcoming and couldn't do enough to help. A fire by the full moon was the highlight! Local walks very pretty. Can't fault it, will definitely be returning. Thank you.
Stayed here for a few nights last summer. Just perfect, simplicity without compromising comfort and full of quirky design features. David and Ludz are the perfect hosts, the pizza van was epic! Wild swimming in the local river with the kids just topped the perfect escape.
Happy Memories Here!
We have camped three times now at Farrs Meadow and this has become (as my children of 6 and 4 told me) "our special campsite". Each time, David or Luds have been on hand helping us up the hill with our camping equipment loaded onto their quad-bike trailer, to the delighted squeals of the children. We love everything about this campsite: the long drop loos in converted horse boxes, showers in other converted horse boxes, washing up station in converted cattle feed, all spotless and cleaned regularly, the general ambiance of the whole campsite is just magical. The children spent hours exploring, playing in the woods surrounding the campsite (all very safe and fenced off), swinging on the rope swings, collecting wood for our campfire, toasting marshmallows and just being free as children don't often get chance to be. We have swum in the nearby river, visited Studland and explored Wimborne all of which were lovely. I can't say enough about this place really and my reviews would go on for ages. Basically just try it, you won't regret it one bit. Thanks David and Luds, see you again soon :-).
A lovely campsite
We have camped at Farrs Meadow twice this summer! After our first weekend there, we just had to book again. David and Luds are both so helpful and nothing is too much trouble for them. Upon arrival they quickly take all your belongings up to the meadow on the back of the quad bike and even if you have too much stuff like we always do they don't mind at all! The campsite is set in a beautiful meadow. Our children loved going into the woods to search for wood for the fire pits. The tyre swing was a big hit and the river swimming was brilliant. The horse box showers and loo's are done very well. On Saturday night's their homemade pizza's are fabulous and a must have! We have had two great weekend's at this campsite this summer and we can't wait to go back again.
This is a great site for everyone, the guys David and Luds have done a great job so far and have created some really unique features. Everything you need is within walking distance and it's great walking country too. I'd recommend this place and book a fire pit with your pitch, you won't need a stove if you do! Well done guys keep it up!
Fab camping weekend
My husband & were looking for a campsite for a weekend break with our 2 year old. We found Farrs Meadow on the cool camping website, and we instantly liked the look of it, we especially liked that they allowed campfires (a must in our opinion!) and after seeing the reviews decided to give it a go. Our very first impression was their flexibility - we weren't sure if the weather would hold up for the weekend so wanted to leave it to the last minute to book - this wasn't a problem with Farrs Meadow. When we arrived, Luds was there to meet us. He helped take all our gear up the short hill in his quad trailer. We had a fantastic pitch, overlooking the clearing with beautiful views! Our daughter had lots of fun on the rope swings and running around the field, apart from a slightly steep hill, the field was very safe.
There was a very chilled atmosphere at Farrs Meadow, I enquired about a possible group booking, which they were more than happy to accommodate. It happened to be the 'Folk Festival ' while we were there, so we took a walk into the town via the scenic route - along the beautiful river! Which was a lovely walk (my husband was desperate to cast a line out, but unfortunately fishing season didn't open until the 15th!) The walk into town took about 15minutes, and there were plenty of shops & pubs around. Unfortunately most of them were charging entry and were extremely busy due to the festival. We went to the Olive Branch which had a nice beer garden.
The campsite was quiet at night, the only noise we experienced was a low hum of music coming from the town, but again I expect this may have been due to the festival.
Facilities were clean, toilets were situated in horse boxes (long drop loos) toilet paper isn't normally provided, so make sure to bring a roll! The door to our nearest loo didn't close properly & kept swinging open! But luckily no one walked in on me!
When we were packing up, David was very helpful, providing an extra hand to squish our tent back into the carrier! He helped with all our stuff & took it all back down the hill in his 4x4.
David had recommended visiting Studland for a beach day, which we visited after leaving Farrs Meadow. We went to shell beach, which was a beautiful stretch of golden sand.
We really enjoyed our relaxing & chilled weekend, and will definitely be coming back!
Perfect Hen-do weekend!
A group of us rented the large yurt and stable building last weekend for my sister's hen do and Farr's Meadow was perfect. Luds and David were excellent hosts and could not have done more to make sure we had a great time (especially considering this was their first hen do, and think were't quite sure what to expect!). The campsite is in a beautiful spot and accommodation was great - charmingly decorated, with lanterns, fairy lights and fresh flowers from the garden. We went to the Minster Arms for dinner on the Friday night, which was a short walk along the river and delicious food. The highlight of the weekend were David's home made pizzas, cooked in their wood wired oven, which was mounted on the back of a little three-wheeled truck! They have done an excellent job to make a really lovely atmosphere on the campsite (dogs/goats/kids running around having a great time and everyone respectful of one another) and I know all of us who came on the weekend will certainly try to come back again - a great find!
What a find! To find a campsite ran by fantastic people who couldn't be more accommidating. Sarah and I went away for our wedding anniversary and Luds found us a quite little hideaway. Magical walks along the River, enjoying a glass or two of something in front of an open fire under a star lit sky watching the bats whizz by. Just be prepared to use a long drop loo and horse box showers. Dave was excellent with our late departure as our pitch was not re-allocated. Definitely a site to be revisited!!
Lovely camping spot
Farrs Meadow is a great little place full of character. Ludz and David were very welcoming and friendly, helped us set camp and were there to answer any questions. The view from the field was lovely and the proximity of the woodland added to the magic of the place. The only comment I would make is that the campsite sign is both small and poorly positioned- it can only be seen when the car is right next to the (very sharp) turn and we ended up missing it twice!
A hidden gem
Have just spent a weekend at this fantastic little camp site tucked away in the middle of the Dorset countryside. Owners Luds and David are really welcoming and so helpful. They have created a magical place - small is beautiful in this case. Highly recommended to those looking for a simple yet quirky campsite in an idyllic setting.
Fantastic site.amazing host couldn't be a better spot to get away from it all.thank you so much. This site won't disappoint .highly recommend the short stroll to the pub in the evening through the woods.
We have just returned from a lovely stay at Farrs Meadow. David and Luds are both really helpful. They let our son drive their quad bike which made his weekend. The location is stunning, especially our view from the small campervan field. You don't have to leave the site as Wimborne is a 15 minute walk away where there are pubs/shops etc. There are lovely walks close by.
The site is basic in facilities, but this is very clear from the website. We loved the 100% natural vibe.
We will return for sure and wish David and Luds all the very best for their business.
With thanks the Clark and McGill families
Welcomed with a smile
My family and I have just returned from a wonderful 4 night stay at Farrs Meadow. (24th - 27th May) we made a last minute dash from London to dorset and arrived early evening. This did not fase Luds and David who were on hand to welcome us with friendly smiles cheers guys. We felt relaxed and at home from the very start. Setting up was made easy, Luds transported our gear with the quad bike to our choosen spot his efforts were much appreciated thank you. Set on flat ground at the top of a hill with beautiful views and surrounded with mature trees this is as close to wild camping as it gets. My daughter enjoyed the cute horse box showers hot and refreshing after a day at the beach or wild swimming in the River Stour. My 13 year old son had a chance to reset, he enjoyed collecting wood, building fires and rolling down the hill in his onsie without a thought for his phone his hair or PS3. We have found a gem and we will be returning.
Just had a fantastic bank holiday weekend at Farrs Meadow. We were four families, all with young kids.
It's in a great location, situated just outside of Wimborne, with access to supermarkets, shops and pubs, whilst the camp site is set back and secluded, so you really feel cut off in nature. There's a lovely walk through the wood to a tiny pub, The Vine, and you can walk further to get to a dairy with its own farm shop and butchers - so everything you need and a pleasant walk to get it.
The camp is in a field surrounded by trees in which the kids made their own secret camp and had adventures. They saw deer and hares, climbed trees and picked flowers. It was particularly magical for them, and the iPads stayed packed for the whole weekend, for once.
What also really made a difference to the weekend were the guys that ran / owned (?) the place, Lud & David. Nothing seemed too much for them, and their laid back attitudes reflected the chilled out nature of the camp site. And they spent a lot of the weekend driving all the kids round on a tractor, which made them very popular.
A great location for families and to explore Dorset, with an easy drive down to the coast for Swanage, Durdle Door and Lulworth.
First of many visits
Not being the hardiest of campers we opted for a night in the stable with our two boys (3&5) and found the place and the experience quite wonderful. The stable has a remarkable, almost magical charm; it's simple and honest yet elegantly chic, difficult to sum up without sounding pretentious, which this place certainly is not. It felt like we were in a beech hut on a castaway island, it's ramshackle decor falling effortlessly together. The whole site had the same feel of being hidden far away and dotted with surprising gems. The toilets and showers in little horse-boxes are intriguing from the outside, opening out into unexpectedly attractive spaces. The owners have a careful, classy, unfussy sense of design as well as being very friendly. The surrounding woods, fields and river are enticing to explore adding to the sense of being in a slightly different world, but conversely this secluded spot sits near a pub and cafe (walking distance) as well as a whole town only moments away. In the evening we cooked over our fire pit and were treated to a bright clear night sky.
A really special easy place, our stable stay gave us more than we could get from camping or a hotel. Our boys loved playing and exploring and we all had a most relaxing and fun weekend.
My favourite campsite
This site is a real gem of a find - relaxed, beautiful and full of character. Encircled by a wide variety of trees, tents are dotted throughout the top field. There are also a few furnished bell tents, a yurt and a converted stable and a separate field for camper vans. It's a really spacious site, with lots of room between set ups. There is a no car policy on the main field, which I like. There is a handy quad bike to help ferry stuff from the car park.
I love the converted horse boxes that are used for showers and loos - genius, and beautifully done. Showers are warm and have an al fresco feel, the long drops are surprisingly comfy and don't smell a bit. Fire pits are provided and there are communal BBQs on hand if you need them. Fairy lights and up lighters help add to the magic in the evening, but do bring enough torches as when the sun goes down you'll need them.
The kids entertained themselves for our whole stay as there is so much for them to do - making dens, rolling down hills, climbing trees and generally exploring the site.
The location is superb, being close by to lots of great attractions. There is a lovely pub 10-15 minutes walk away.
We are just back from our second stay here. And will definitely be returning.
Farrs Meadow is what camping is all about. I love it.
Have just returned from a 2day stay in the Yurt I'm not a seasoned camper but we had the best time. The facilities were very good and well thought out. We walked to the Pub for a drink before going back to the site to cook supper. We will definitely return, and highly recommend this site.
A magical, relaxing rural hideaway
My family and I spent a wonderful break at Farrs meadow recently, a long weekend of tramps through the unspoilt countryside, refreshing dips in the river Stour and delicious food from The Squash Court Cafe. This really is a lovely spot. We opted for the bell tent complete with four poster bed and a small afghan sofa bed for our toddler. After one of the best nights sleeps I've ever experienced on a camping trip we woke to see baby foxes playing in the long grass outside our tent. Breakfasting on sausages cooked on the fire pit, I took a lovely hot shower in my own private horse box!
Luds and David, the guys who run the campsite couldn't have been more helpful, even leading us across the fields, through a herd of friendly cows to a quaint little country pub. We shall definitely be back next year!
One of my favourites
We stayed here with friends over the weekend and absolutely loved it. From the moment we arrived we felt completely relaxed. A great campsite, very friendly owners, brilliant location and amazing horse box showers.
We will be back!
Hello Farrs Meadow
What a treat. We spent two nights in the converted stable block en route to Yorkshire from Cornwall. We loved the intimacy of the site, the friendliness of the owners and the other campers. The mix of yurts, bell tents and self pitched units made for a great atmosphere especially with the absence of cars. We enjoyed a stroll to the local pub and also to the river down the road. Unfortunately we didn't get as far as the local beach - one for next time. The stable block has just perfect for our family of four. Tastefully kitted out and with great added extras. Very cosy. Hope to return next year
We were two families, five kids, and we stayed five days. Idyllic for the children and adults alike: trees to climb, acres of woods to explore and report back with walkie-talkies, room in the meadow for football and boules, a river to try out new fishing rods, and positive encouragement for our nightly campfires (we brought a metal fire pit, but they could be borrowed from the site). Long and peaceful evenings where grown-ups could relax with a local Badger beer and children could stoke the fire with collected kindling and roast marshmallows. The chilled-out and convivial atmosphere helped to foster new friendships with other campers, and the uber friendly and helpful hosts made us feel instantly welcome and at home. We loved the spacious and airy horse box loos and showers that smelled mostly of cedar sawdust and the scattered lavender, and felt like they belonged in the woodland setting. A couple of easy day trips, including to the fantastic Brownsea island by ferry, made our holiday even more interesting, but it was wonderful to return to the meadow, and the days spent in and around the site were delightfully relaxing. We would have happily stayed longer if the weather hadn't been so typically unco-operative on Bank Holiday Monday, and I suspect we will be back.
We stayed at this site for a few days and can't wait to return! Luds and David were extremely friendly, welcoming and helpful. The location is fantastic with a fabulous atmosphere and once there, you really can do without the car - walking along the river to Wimborne for provisions (plus delicious cakes etc at the Old Squash Court Cafe), beautiful scenic walks nearby and a stroll to the little pub for an evening tipple. We experienced the yurt and the stables which were both wonderful. Highly recommended if you wish to have a peaceful, relaxing turn off!
Just got back from our second stay at this great campsite. The owners are really welcoming and keen for people to relax and explore the beautiful surroundings. We had happy tired children, a river to swim in, a pub to walk to, a beautiful town nearby, hot showers in a horsebox and a crackling firepit. The converted stable looks amazing - can't wait to try it! We'll definately be returning.
Very chilled out
Just spent two days over the bank holiday at Farrs Meadow and am very impressed. Its such a lovely space to camp in and was a great base for walks through the country and trips to nearby beaches. Wimborne is a lovely little village with some great pubs for the weary hiker. The campsite itself is set in a beatiful meadow border by trees and is very relaxed. We really enkoyed our stay and will definitely be going back.
Welcoming, quirky and chilled
Just spent 2 nights at Farrs Meadow over the bank holiday. Despite it being busy, it didn't feel it, in a good way! Loved the clever use of horse boxes. The owners were really friendly and helpful in any way they could be! Lovely and chilled out, basic camping at its best!
What a fab little ground. Peaceful meadows and untouched beauty, are of course the reason you come here, but David, Lurtz and their families are a credit to this stunning area of Dorset, making it a truly memorable place to come. Their attention to detail, friendliness and views for the future of Farrs Meadow are enough of a reason to come back here as soon as possible. If spending an evening or two under the stars, toasting marshmallows on your own little campfire, in a secluded meadow, followed by waking up to a deliciously hot shower in a quirky upcycled horse box is what you are after...then I recommend no place more appropriate and more perfect than Farrs Meadow! I look forward to seeing the continual transformation soon guys!
A gem of a place
We live in Dorset and were looking to spend a couple of nights not too far from home, and stumbled across Farrs Meadow website. Our children loved it, the horsebox showers were a big attraction (i can never normally persuade them to have showers when camping!), as was cooking on the fire pits each night. The quirky pub and swimming in the river were an added bonus and it was great not to have to get in the car over the weekend, everything is easily reachable on foot. farrs meadow is charming, quirky, and I'm so glad we discovered it. We will be back!
Best little place - thank you!
I wanted to show my Swedish friends some beautiful parts of England and got recommended this place. We were only planning on staying one night but loved it so much we decided to stay for three... We had the little converted stables which were perfect for lazy campers like us - we loved all the beautiful little details as well as a very comfy bed.
Making fires in the evenings cooking dinner were highlights as well as early morning swimming in the nearby river. Showers in pretty old horse boxes was pretty special too.
Cant wait to come back again!
From the moment we arrived with two tired children and two energetic Labradors we felt relaxed, looked after and most importantly just fell in love with Farrs Meadow at first sight. Perched up on a hill from the car park, all of our kit was efficiently quad biked up to the beautiful camping ground by one of the owners, we chose our pitch, got the tent up and dogs and children explored whilst we set up camp. Later that day we explored the area and had a great afternoon on Studland Beach .
Our whole Farrs Meadow experience was so great....a special mention for the awesome showers.... that 2 weeks later we came back!
Great camping in Dorset
I stayed at Farrs Meadow over a weekend with a couple of friends and had a great time. The two guys running it are hellarious and very welcoming. Their facilities are custom to the site and are made very comfortable.
I would definatly return to Farrs Meadow for another relaxing camping weekend.
I stayed here with a friend when it first opened. It was one of the highlights of our summer so far! Run by a couple of very friendly, helpful guys this was the perfect weekend. It is a very peaceful area, but close to the coast. The atmosphere on the site was very warm and friendly - a variety of families, friends and couples. Definitely recommend this campsite for a tranquil weekend in Dorset... already plannning on the next trip down !
This is real camping! Fantastic location, walking distance from the town (which has some great restaurants), and 2 minutes walk to the river. The campsite has a wild feel which we loved. Cute little horse boxes made in to showers were great. Friendly welcome. Highly recommended.