Mount Pleasant Farm Feather Down Farms

UK England South West England Dorset Blandford Forum

  • Extra toilets/showers
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • "We're Good To Go" accredited
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Walking
As close to Farm Animal Heaven as it gets, but with a few epic Dorset views thrown in on top.

Part of the hugely successful Feather Down Farms concept, Mount Pleasant Farm, is camping for those who like their creature comforts – rustic decor and outdoor living but with comfy bedding and all mod cons thrown in including a hob, wood burner and coffee grinder. Feather Down takes pride in the details, making sure you always get a jaw-dropping view, the eggs are always ready to be collected from the chicken coop; and fresh bacon and milk is only a larder trip away. This leaves you more time to concentrate on enjoying yourself and making the most of your surroundings. You don't need a tent, as they come pre-erected, fully furnished and are somewhat close to a rural pop up palace. Feather Down use redundant land from farmers, build the tents, and then let the (more authentic) farmers look after you.

Mount Pleasant Farm's 300 acres of beautiful organic grassland in the heart of Dorset's Blackmore Vale are teaming with animals: Hereford cross cattle, sheep, point-to-point horses; and a menagerie of goats, dogs and cuddly lop-eared bunnies. It's as close to Farm Animal Heaven as it gets, and if you do decide to leave the site's enveloping confines, a climb up nearby Bulbarrow Hill offers the reward of a lookout from Dorset's second highest point, with a view of up to seven different counties. You can also spot the ruins of Corfe Castle from here, as well as the distant Blackmore Hills.

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Facilities

Each family-sized safari tent has three rooms: a double bedroom, a bunk room and the main living space within which is a cute cupboard bed suitable for younger children. The living space also has a fully equipped kitchen, a wood-burning stove, dining area and a sofa and just off it, each tent has a private en-suite bathroom with a hot-water shower and a flushing toilet. There is running cold water to both the hand basin and the kitchen sink. There is also a sheltered veranda outside with two deck chairs, a picnic table and outdoor cooking area with a barbecue. The site has a few campsite supplies for sale (charcoal, logs and candles), WiFi is available for an extra charge (ask on site) and there's a communal pizza oven too.

Nearby

You can work up an appetite on some glorious walks close to site including a hike to the top of the nearest hill, Bulbarrow, which is 274 metres above sea level, one of the highest points in Dorset and home to Iron Age Hill Fort, Rawlsbury Camp. The closest town is Sturminster Newton, where there's a 17th-century watermill (01258 473760), museum (01258 471878), and weir. The market town Blandford Forum is a 25-minute drive (11 miles from site) and the county town of Dorchester is just over half-an-hour's drive away. If you feel like venturing further, Corfe Castle (01929 481294), Old Wardour Castle (0370 3331181) and the beaches of the Jurassic Coast are all within 25 miles. The closest is Ringstead Bay. Monkey World (01929 462537) is just over 30 minutes' drive away and, for more exotic animals, Longleat Safari Park (01985 844400) is just over an hour away.

Food & Drink

The closest shop is in Sturminster Newton, five miles from site. The village also has a selection of pubs: The Fiddleford Inn (0258 472886), the 15th-century Bull Tavern (01258 472435) and the White Hart Alehouse (01258 472558). A recommended option is The Fox Inn (01258 880328) at Lower Antsy (four miles) and closer to site is The Ibberton (01258 817956), two miles away.

Open

Easter–October

Pricing

Prices from £265 for 4 nights

Accommodation

Five safari-style tents.

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Location

Mount Pleasant Farm, Woolland, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 0EX

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