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The Dorset Hideaway
Riverside, Bridge Farm Cardsmill Lane
Whitchurch Canonicorum
Dorset   (Browse area)
Tel: 01297 480851  or  07825958822
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Pitches: 99 pitches mix of fully serviced hardstanding & gr
Open: 01/01/2021 to 31/12/2021
           01/01/2022 to 31/12/2022

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 55 Reviews
                8/10 from 55 Reviews

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Who's it for
 Families Welcome   Not Members Only   Rallies Welcome   Not Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   No Bathroom 
 Baby Changing Facilities   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   No Battery Charging   No Gas Exchange   Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   Freezer / Fridge    Motorhome Point   Wifi Access 
 Shop On Site   Bar On Site   Restaurant or Cafe or Takeaway On Site 
 Kids Playground   No TV Room   Games Room   No Evening Ents 
 Fishing On Site   No Wild Swimming   No Indoor Pool   No Outdoor Pool 
 Horse Riding <1 mile   No Cycle Hire   Golf <5 miles   No Tennis 
 Beach <5 miles   Watersports <5 miles   Boat Launch / Mooring <5 miles 
Other Features
 No Sea Views   Not Working Farm   Campfires Allowed   Open All Year 
 No Waterside Pitches   Public Transport <5 miles  Offroad Dog Walk On Site or Direct Access 

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Date of Visit: August 2021  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 4 Travelling as:  Family with young children
Reviewer: Iangst 1 review from this member

 Lovely campsite with very clean and well maintained shower block. The washing up/laundry area was also very clean and easy to use. Lovely surroundings with a calming, friendly atmosphere.

On site spa looked really nice, and would have liked to use however because my daughter wasn’t 18 we couldn’t have a mum and daughter session which we would have liked.

Felt there could be more for children, maybe a play park? But overall a very enjoyable few days away and would definitely come back and recommend. 
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Date of Visit: May 2021  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Motorhome
Nights stayed: 6 Travelling as:  Family with older children
Reviewer: Janemcd65 1 review from this member

 We had a fantastic time. The guys who run this site are so helpful and friendly.

Loved the space, the chilled feel of the campsite and the tractor rides were an added bit of fun.

Great location for Charmouth and Lyme Regis. Pool, table tennis and takeaway were great.

Additional shower unit was the best we’ve ever encountered on a campsite.

We will be back again. Thank you. 
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Date of Visit: September 2020 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Nights stayed: 4 Travelling as:  Retired couple
Reviewer: SsegrubV 1 review from this member

 We stayed here for a few days in September in our tourer van. The site shop wasn't open and there was no info about where the nearest shop might be. (Another camper told us about the Farm Shop on the A35) The information area was poor. It hadn't been updated since 2019. The two pubs that were mentioned were closed but we found, by chance, a great pub, The Shave Cross Inn, that wasn't mentioned!

The footpaths marked on the site map were blocked by fencing, an overgrown hedge, an electric fence and a gate that was tied tight! Not good for a dog walk! The only way to access wifi was to stand outside the office.

It's a beautiful area, hill forts and coast, but we'd stay somewhere else next time. Access could be tricky down very narrow country lanes with tractors around! 
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Date of Visit: August 2020  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 7 Travelling as:  Family with young children
Reviewer: Timc11 1 review from this member

 We stayed at the Dorset Hideaway for a week just after COVID restrictions had allowed the site to re-open.

The site is well suited to children with a variety of activities such as park, fishing lake, tractor rides in the evening. There is a small games room in a barn and petting zoo (both closed due to COVID restrictions).

The site is very clean and main toilet and washing facilities are immaculate.

The site also caters for dog owners and has a convenient enclosed off-lead dog exercise area plus plenty of walks for dogs on leads.

There was also an on-site spa and hot tub but we didn't use these facilities.

There were no large / noisy groups and the campsite is quiet from about 11pm - 7am

Access to the campsite is along a few miles of mainly single track country lanes and could be challening for novice caravan owners if they encounter a large farm vehicle coming the other way. As the name suggests, the campsite is for those who value peace and quiet.

The site has a small shop which stocks quality meat from a local butcher as well as a small selection of baked goods. My only suggestion is that the shop could bring more stock in especially essentials such as bread, cereals seemed to run out very quickly and it's a 20 min drive to the nearest town along narrow lanes. Planning ahead is essential.

There is a small hot food kiosk that operates Fri - Sun where, due to social distancing, orders had to be placed by text and picked up at the designated time. Slots were limited so booking early is advisable. Food quality was decent.

Due to COVID restrictions we were required to pre-book access to showers. This is a manual process and we were allowed 1 slot per day for 25 minutes where the whole "mens" or "womens" shower and toilet block was exclusively allocated for the use of our family. Most of the popular slots i. E. 7:30am - 09:30am were snapped up quickly so to avoid having to shower at 11:00am (which would eat into the day if you want to do a day trip) we had to choose a slot after 8pm.

The main drawback with the campsite is that, outside of your designated shower slot, if you need to go to the toilet, you are required to share 2 toilets with the rest of the campsite. Those toilets were outdoor style huts that were not cleaned very frequently, and often had very wet and dirty floors. My advice is to bring your own toilet if you can. Furthermore, if you want to wash your face, brush your teeth outside of your designated shower slot you will need to do this near your caravan / tent and pour the water into the bushes / grass.

Pitches were assigned in within specific marked boundaries. Spacing was a bit tight especially if you have a large tent but the owners were accommodating in trying to find the best pitch for your circumstances. Most pitches have access to EHU.

Phone signal for EE was OK, 1 to 2 bars of 4G although apparently Vodafone is better.

Overall this is a very good campsite which has certain restrictions due to COVID that are manageable if you plan ahead and are organised. 

Date of Visit: August 2020 Unit:  Motorhome
Nights stayed: 5 Travelling as:  Solo traveller
Reviewer: Loisp01 1 review from this member

 Lovely peaceful site in the countryside, and so there are winding lanes, my 12 metre van arrived scratch free. Only a nervous or bad driver would blame the site for the public roads 🤷‍♀️.

A quiet site that is actually no noise after 11pm, and not just less noise.

Spotlessly clean toilets and friendly staff.

Will be back soon 


Date of Visit: December 2019  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Campervan
Nights stayed: 1 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Melani 1 review from this member

 Booked the campsite as a last minute stay for New Year’s Eve.

The campsite was clean, plenty of space between vans, quiet and well laid out.

Will definitely be back again. Highly recommended 
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Date of Visit: December 2019  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Touring Caravan
Nights stayed: 4 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Chriss 1 review from this member

 A very nice site, clean facilities & essentially, good flat pitches.

A great location for exploring the Jurassic Coastline.

The only slight niggle was accessing the site via narrow roads (single track with passing places at times), but still loved it. 
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Date of Visit: November 2019 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Retired couple
Reviewer: Charleygirl 21 reviews from this member

 I regret not reading the reviews prior to booking! We booked and paid for three nights but left after the 2nd.

The access (the way our sat nav took us) was 7 miles along a single track lane, on arrival, after a very stressful drive towing a 7metre caravan, which, by now, was caked in mud, no one was there to greet us, although we were expected. We had to phone and wait until, eventually, Shaun arrived and directed us to our pitch.

Everywhere was extremely muddy and we were told that, as there were only 3 couples on site, only the disabled facilities were open. Although we were told that it was 16amp electric, we blew it 4 times in as many minutes - on investigation it was 10amps.

Website says it’s “a pebbles throw from the Jurassic Coast” - well that’s poetic license taken to the enth degree - you would need a very powerful sling shot.

I would question why this site is open all year, there is nothing to attract visitors - no attractions anywhere near. Sufficient to say we will never return. 

Date of Visit: August 2019 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: KimWalker 7 reviews from this member

 Not overly impressed.

When one reads the directions to reach the site one can see how remote it is but this is not made clear in the general website. Not easy for a 6m touring caravan going down single track lanes for 3 miles. As a previous critic wrote; as least were told about the milk tanker times when we left.

The owners are friendly enough and have worked hard to build a site which was a farm two years ago but something is just not right; perhaps the grass being cut neatly might help.

When we arrived we were met and shown to a pitch which met our requirements but there was no discussions about facilities etc. The shower block was new and even though there were only 2 female showers I did not have to wait on either morning. The old block was available for the overflow but I would not want to be there if the tent field was full, which was huge.

Reception was closed most of the time but the lady did answer her phone. We asked for some wooden blocks that arrived several hours later.

You can hire chickens (for the eggs) and a fire pit but what really worried me was the lack of signage about fire hydrants.

The children's facilities are great but we don’t have children but I could see families really enjoying it and feeling safe.

The dog walking field was good; we do have a dog.

Internet is non existent except at the Wifi point at reception and I could not log on.

You can hire the hot tub which we did but could not use due to the weather (I am hoping for a refund).

We left early due to bad weather coming in and will not return as it was not for us but I can see some people really enjoying it and it is a relatively new site. 

Date of Visit: June 2019 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Nights stayed: 5 Travelling as:  Retired couple
Reviewer: Ourtouruk 4 reviews from this member

 We chose this site based on their website giving a glowing description of a "5 star Luxury site".

The recommended approach road is down a 3. 5 mile road totally unsuitable for anything but the smallest touring caravan. The experience was so stressful that prior to our departure we checked with the local farm the timing of the bulk milk tanker that came along this route on a twice daily basis to avoid chaos.

Having arrived at the stated time, 2. 00pm, the reception was closed (as it was for the whole period of our stay) with a notice advising of a phone number to ring if the office was closed. THIS WAS RIDICULOUS as the owners had stated that the site is in an area with very poor mobile signal! Having walked around for half an hour we were finally directed to our pitch. Despite having advised the dimensions of our caravan the allocated pitch was too small. So after further delay we were moved.

Cleanliness of the shower/toilet block left a lot to be desired. I had to speak to a member of staff at the end of our second day and point out that there had not been any cleaning since our arrival. The block was cleaned almost immediately but once again the following day a very cursory cleaning.

We advised the "warden" that we were going to leave two days earlier than we had booked and prepaid for. There was no reaction to this, no question as to why, nor a question as to whether we had enjoyed our stay. 

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