In search of something a little more remote for your next UK staycation? If you want to get away from it all, and stay safe and socially distanced on your first post-lockdown break, glamping in Dorset could be the answer. Be it a fancy yurt or a cute tipi overlooking the ocean, glamping offers all the outdoorsy fun of camping, but with a little more comfort and style.
This carefully curated list rounds up some of the best Dorset glamping options for your wish-list. All of them are ideal for social distancing, especially the ones that come with private ensuite bathrooms! And they’re all perfectly poised for exploring some of the best parts of the county. Spend your days walking along the Dorset coast or touring the idyllic countryside. Then come back and relax with a BBQ outside your very own luxury tent!
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Although travel is starting to open back up, please be sure to do it carefully and sensibly. Follow government and local advice, and check the latest updates before setting out anywhere. And of course, keep up the same social-distancing and hygiene methods you follow at home.
Glamping in Dorset
Luxurious Geodome, Whitchurch Canonicorum
For a unique Dorset glamping experience, head to one of these Luxurious Geodomes at The Dorset Hideaway. Set amongst the unspoilt rural countryside of Marshwood Vale, The Dorset Hideaway is an award-winning “Dark Skies” site. They have limited, low-level lighting so as not to intrude on the outstanding natural beauty of the environment, making this a prime location for stargazing. And what better place to do it than from the comfort of your very own geodesic dome house, through a panoramic front window?
The four glamping units are set in a separate meadow from the rest of the campsite, so they feel fabulously remote. But you can still access all the facilities and comfort of the main campsite – including the on-site spa.
Each unit features an outdoor kitchenette, electric lights and sockets, underfloor heating, a log burner, and electric blankets to keep you toasty at night! You’ll also have your own indoor WC & basin, plus a private locked and heated shower room a few steps away. This truly is the ultimate glamping experience!
Deerland Safari Tent, Beaminster
Imagine lying in a summer meadow in the middle of a 75-acre organic farm, bees and butterflies are busy about the flowers, buzzards glide overhead and a few deer graze idly near the woods.
Right next to you is your holiday pad, this fabulous safari tent! The whole farm is in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and some of it is also of ‘Special Nature Conservation Interest’ … as you can imagine, it’s pretty special out here.Deerland Safari Tent, Quality Unearthed
Tipi by the Sea, Purbeck
Overlooking Poole Harbour, this Tipi by the sea on the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset is perfect for a remote getaway. The campsite is basic but has everything you need, including portaloos and hot showers, as well as a pop-up shop.
But the tipi is something special. It’s covered in bunting and fairy lights and pitched in a beautiful spot with harbour views. Solid double or single beds are provided, and you can bring your own bedding or rent it. You can also rent cooking equipment and giant beanbags if you fancy it. The tent comes with a firepit and hammock; perfect for lazy evenings relaxing under the stars.
Safari Tent on a Dairy Farm, Swanage
Pick one of five gorgeous safari tents on a secluded dairy farm in the beautiful Dorset countryside just outside of Swanage. These well-equipped and ensuite safari tents sleep up to six guests (or five adults). This is truly camping in style! Think proper beds made up ready, comfy sofas, hot running water, and electricity. Each tent also includes a large wood-burning stove (with oven), plus an outdoor BBQ and firepit.
Black Pig Retreats, Shaftesbury
Black Pig Retreats on Bittles Brook Farm near Shaftesbury have achieved consistently high reviews from past guests. They have a range of glamping tents, from safari tents that sleep six to cosy pot-bellied yurts for two!
The larger tents are essentially canvas “cottages”, offering the rustic charm of camping combined with all the comforts of home. Including proper beds, fully equipped kitchens, and indoor bathrooms with hot running water! The farm itself is an idyllic countryside retreat with stunning views across the Blackmore Vale
Tanglewood Safari Tent, Hooke
A stunning safari tent in a private setting next door to an old wood, Tanglewood is the ideal getaway. Your only neighbours will be local wildlife, so this is perfect if you’re looking for some peace and quiet. The tent comes fully equipped with everything you need for a comfortable stay, including a small kitchenette with gas hob, a BBQ, and a hot shower and flushable WC. There’s also a gas heater and hot water bottles for chilly nights!
Bijou Glamping, Swanage
Swanage Bijou Camping at Kirkwood Park offers pre-erected comfortable and spacious bell tents. Decked out in colourful bunting, these cute tents can accommodate up to four adults, or two adults and three children.
Inside the furnishings are simple but comfy, with rugs, beanbags, and low painted tables. Outside, you’ll find a fire tray, campfire seating logs, and a Calor gas burner with a kettle. The campsite facilities include flushing toilets and hot showers, as well as free WiFi.
Safari Tent Glamping, Horton Heath near Dorset border
One last safari tent for a dreamy Dorset glamping getaway! This one is in a fabulous location, halfway between the New Forest National Park and Bournemouth Beach. There’s no ensuite, but the shared toilet and shower block are just a short walk away. And the tents do include a small kitchenette with a fridge – as well as a comfy king-size bed! You’ll also get your own gas stove outside the tent, as well as shared BBQ fire pits.
Dorset Glamping Yurts
Russet: Luxury Ensuite Yurt, near Bridport
You will love our luxury yurt on our secluded farm in West Dorset, close to the Jurassic Coast and Bridport. Russet has a divinely comfortable super-king bed, the finest bedding and linen and a wood burner to keep you cosy and warm. With an en-suite bathroom and kitchen, this is glamping in style! You will enjoy a wood-fired hot-tub, fire bowls, cob pizza oven and deck with stunning views. It is a wonderful backdrop for a truly peaceful, relaxing break – for couples, families and groups alike.Russet: Luxury Ensuite Yurt, Molly (Airbnb Superhost)
Jurassic Yurt, Durdle Door
This Jurassic Yurt is in a prime location on the Dorset Jurassic Coast, close to the top attractions of Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove. It’s set in 11 acres of farmland, with uninterrupted views over the rolling hills of the Dorset countryside. Perfect for total seclusion – and there’s no light pollution at night. So you can cosy up by the BBQ and firepit for a spot of stargazing. The yurt also comes with a wood-burning stove, a small kitchen unit with hob, and a private wetroom with an eco-toilet and shower.
Mongolian-Style Yurt, Bridport
This stunning hand-painted Mongolian yurt stands in a secluded corner of an old fashioned working farm in Marshwood Vale, near Bridport. At the right time of year, you may be sharing the field with spring lambs or Angus calves!
Aside from some friendly animal neighbours, you’ll feel truly cut off from the “real world”. There’s not a house or road in sight; just acres of rolling countryside and farmland. However, the nearest town is only a 10-minute drive away. This is is the perfect Dorset glamping experience if you really need an escape!
Caalm Camp, near Shaftesbury
Last up on this Dorset glamping collection, we have the popular Caalm Camp, near the idyllic town of Shaftesbury. This family-run rural retreat in the heart of the countryside is an ideal social distancing camping solution, as all the yurts are a good distance apart.
Inside, they are spacious and very pretty, with plenty of comfy furnishings. An opening at the top of the yurt lets in sunlight in the morning for a natural wake-up call! As the hosts say, they’ve “taken the very best things about camping in the South West of England (fresh air, lovely views and eating al fresco) and added comfy beds with fresh white linen sheets”.
If you try out any of these Doret glamping experiences – or any others – let me know. Scroll down to leave a comment, I’d love to hear about it!