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Old Bidlake Farm is a magical family friendly campsite in the Marshwood Vale , offering the perfect balance between camping and glamping. Bell Tents and Vintage Caravans by the Jurassic Coast
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Jangoli66 wrote a review Apr 2022
Monmouth, United Kingdom5 contributions
What a treat! Took the family to Bidlake farm for our summer holiday. Owners were incredibly hospitable and let our kids feed the chickens 😊 nothing was too much trouble. Lovely kitchen area and clean, hot showers. Most important lots of space between campers and your own fire pit and picnic table. Dorsets best kept secret 🤩
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled
Tabe55 wrote a review Apr 2022
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What a little gem set in the Dorset countryside. Not crowded, very eco friendly and friendly family welcome. We had a great time and will return again this year. A great example of purpose and customer service over profit.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled
Happydee82 wrote a review Aug 2021
Chinnor, United Kingdom11 contributions
If I had designed a campsite, this would be it! Gorgeous setting, plenty of space and facilities that make camping with kids a dream. Beautifully laid out with only very few pitches which is the real charm and attraction of this site. Kitchen area, toilets, showers, washing up spaces, fridge access etc are all kept immaculately clean and tidy. Near to town and main roads out to other locations (the beautiful beaches!!) but nestled in the fields so you feel totally out of the hustle and bustle. Quiet and peaceful with just the noise of chickens, cows, sheep and a few owls to break the silence. Sue and Nick are friendly and welcoming and Sue is fab with all the camp kids who love feeding the chickens and collecting the eggs every day. They work really hard to ensure a great stay. A picnic bench, a stove and access to fridge space for each pitch, along with plentiful hot water and a small kitchen, made this a stress free week away for us. We will be back!
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled
Ella wrote a review Jul 2021
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Our second visit to this idyllic campsite and it does not fail to please us. Its so peaceful and beautiful. Its got everything you need but most of all it's such a wonderful place to bring children. Sue and Nick welcome children with open arms particularly when it comes to feeding the chickens! Best memories made here 💛
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled
Linda wrote a review Jun 2021
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Things were slightly different this year at Old Bidlake Farm due to - yes you guessed it - COVID, but not a bit of it detracted from our stay. Sue worked hard sanitising and cleaning the shower rooms in between each family group’s time slot (this worked really well, we each booked a 30 minute slot the day before and everyone adhered to it perfectly). They have also built two additional toilets which are clean, bright and airy. Because there are only 8 pitches, social distancing was no issue at all and as usual the other campers are friendly and easy to talk to. Lots of little kids as always, all running around burning energy, talking to the chickens, laughing and getting back to old fashioned games and outdoor playing. Our pitch in the Orchard was stunning, surrounded by wild flowers, trees and beautiful native hedges. The place is teaming with birds and insects, it is a wonderful environment to sit and read a book, you are just surrounded by birdsong. We love exploring Dorset but we always make sure we equally spend a lot of time on site because it is so relaxing. Sue and Nick are always friendly, always helpful and fun to be around. Review from August 2019. This campsite is suited to people of all ages but particularly those with young children, we’ve just had our fifth visit over seven seasons, starting out when our daughters were five. We’ve always stayed in a bell tent but this year we took a camper van and parked up in the orchard, either way is fantastic; the bell tents give you the secluded back field with stunning views but the orchard is very pretty and is closer to the amenities. Old Bidlake seems to attract very like minded people, everyone has respect for the campsite and the nature within it. Over the years we’ve met a lot of lovely people, including Sue & Nick, many of whom are really creative and great to talk to. It’s rare that people aren’t there in the evening, most arrive back after a day out at about 5pm and don’t go out again until the next day. That’s because it’s just so lovely to stay around all the other families and enjoy the kids running around the fields laughing and playing together. Without Wi-fi (thankfully) children just go back to basics, the rainy day room provides games and books, in particular an accordion kept several small children amused, on a few occasions the chickens were serenaded, badly! Also each evening loads of kids follow Sue to help feed the chickens, it’s a bit of an event and they all come running to join in. When asked, Nick wanders down to the bell tent field and fires up the pizza oven, this usually leads to everyone the following night wanting to make pizzas and he has to come and do it again. “I can’t stay long” he says, a pint of beer in one hand, “I’ve got a few things to do so I’ll leave you to run it yourselves”, an hour later, he wanders past with an empty beer glass. Whatever needed doing took a back seat to standing in a field chatting to a bunch of happy campers. Once the sun sets there is very little light pollution, except for a few solar lights dotted about in the trees and the stars at night are stunning. We saw Jupiter and Saturn which was “really cool” as my daughter described it. Please don’t take too much notice of a couple of the reviews on here, the four & five star reviews give a much more realistic appraisal of this lovely, laid back campsite.
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Date of stay: June 2021
United KingdomEnglandDorsetBridport
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Frequently Asked Questions about Old Bidlake Farm
Which popular attractions are close to Old Bidlake Farm?
Nearby attractions include Golden Cap Estate (3.6 miles), West Bay Harbour (3.8 miles), and Mapperton House & Gardens (4.2 miles).
Is parking available at Old Bidlake Farm?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Old Bidlake Farm?
Conveniently located restaurants include Rachel's, The Shave Cross Inn Restaurant, and Crown Inn Uploders.
Are there any historical sites close to Old Bidlake Farm?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Mapperton House & Gardens (4.2 miles), OLD HOLY TRINITY CHURCH, Bothenhampton (3.4 miles), and Chardsmead Baptist Church (2.3 miles).