Adult Only Glamping Dorset near Lyme Regis
We provide a high quality, adult-only luxury glamping experience for our guests. Perfect for anyone looking for a unique, peaceful break in a hand-crafted environment set in uncrowded, quiet private woodland. You are welcome to stay with us whether or not you are joining one of our courses.
All of our accommodation features king-sized beds provided with linen, towels etc, to ensure an unforgettable – and comfortable – night’s sleep. Each tent has its own private clearing or deck, ensuring privacy and seculsion. We are always working to ensure all the site’s facilities are of similarly high quality too – from private, proper flushing loos to our famous ‘tree showers’ and from our sauna-in-a-yurt to wi-fi in the kitchen and communal yurt.
The Woodland Workshop is a beautiful private woodland area that many of our visitors have described as magical – something akin to Avatar in summer and Narnia in winter! It’s tranquil and uncrowded and very near to the Jurassic Coast ‘World Heritage Site’. We’re nestling in the glorious West Dorset countryside and just a stone’s throw from East Devon and South Somerset too.
THE ACCOMMODATION (Adults only)
Take your pick between two yurts called Poppet and Coracle and a tipi called Hoppus, or perhaps try our shepherd’s hut – called Bodger. These yurts, tipi and shepherd’s hut each have their own private shower, washing facilities and flushing toilet.
We also have three luxury bell tents: Bodkin, Fipple and Twybil. These have custom-made canvas flysheets to ensure the inner tent is dry whatever the weather, and each is built on a deck so they are above ground. They share a wonderful woven willow hot shower, washing and proper flushing toilet facilities (his and hers).
Whichever of our accommodation you opt for, you’ll be sleeping in a king-sized bed provided with bed linen, duvets and pillows. With oak head boards, electricity sockets for charging phones etc, lighting and electric blankets – together with heated towel rails and log burners – you’ll have everything you need for a cosy stay. It will be a quiet, peaceful time too, in a child-free environment and with your own private, secluded decking or clearing.
Outside each of the tents and the shepherd’s hut, there is a fire pit and BBQ, Kelly Kettle for boiling water and rustic wooden dining table with camping chairs to sit on.
- cold box and ice packs, and there is also a shared fridge in the field kitchen
- biodegradable soap, shower gel, shampoo and conditioner
- BBQ tool kit
- reindeer skins
- electricity point
- wood burner
- electric blankets
- heated towel rails
- bed linen, duvets and pillows
- starter basket of logs and firelighters
- pots and pans for your private BBQ
TENTS, YURTS AND SHEPHERDS HUTS AND THEIR NAMES
HOPPUS THE TIPI
A Hoppus is a traditional measurement of the volume of logs prior to being converted into square sections. Hoppus is our 24ft tipi positioned in its own clearing in the woods below the fishing pond at the end of its own boardwalk, with its own ‘proper’ flushing toilet, piping hot ‘tree shower’ and a deck.
POPPET THE YURT
A Poppet is the head and tailstock of a pole lathe, between which the work spins. In America they are referred to as puppets. Poppet is an 18ft yurt with a king-sized bed situated in a clearing at the top of the woods above the fishing pond. It has its own hot tree shower, flushing toilet and sink.
CORACLE THE YURT
A Coracle is a small circular or oval boat made from woven willow and hazel and traditionally covered in an outer layer of animal hide. Coracle is an 18ft yurt with a king-sized bed and oak tree shower at the end of its own boardwalk, in an elevated position in a clearing in the woods overlooking the fishing pond.
FIPPLE THE BELL TENT
A Fipple is the plug in a whistle that creates the constricted airflow required to make a whistle work. Fipple is a 5M bell tent with a king-sized bed, located at the bottom of the wood by the ancient boundary of old trees, with a private eating/sitting area under an old willow. All our luxury bell tents are a far cry from standard off-the-shelf bell tents in a field. They are elevated off the ground on decks and have a custom-made flysheet which keeps the inner tent dry and cosy in all weather and provides a dry space to sit outside in, in the rain if you wish!
BODKIN THE BELL TENT
A Bodkin is a round tapered rod with a wooden handle for opening up willow basket weave so that a rod can be inserted. Bodkin is a 5M bell tent with a king-sized bed, under a large oak with a large level private grassed eating/relaxing area looking out into the woods. All our luxury bell tents are a far cry from standard off-the-shelf bell tents in a field. They are elevated off the ground on decks and have a custom-made flysheet which keeps the inner tent dry and cosy in all weather and provides a dry space to sit outside in, in the rain if you wish!
TWYBIL THE BELL TENT
A Twybil is a T shaped gate-making and timber-framing morticing tool, with axe and chisel like blades to lever out the wood. Twybil is a 5M bell tent with a king-sized bed. Twybil is surrounded by trees with a clearing for the oak table and brazier overlooking the pond. All our luxury bell tents are a far cry from standard off-the-shelf bell tents in a field. They are elevated off the ground on decks and have a custom-made flysheet which keeps the inner tent dry and cosy in all weather and provides a dry space to sit outside in, in the rain if you wish!
BODGER THE SHEPHERDS HUT
Bodger is a shepherd’s hut (made of wood, on wheels) with a king-sized bed, its own toilet and shower, positioned under the oak trees looking down over the fishing pond. Please be aware that the bed is against the wall on one side and at the top and bottom, and therefore Bodger isn’t suitable for very tall guests. (A Bodger is a green woodworker who works in the woods using a pole lathe and shaving horse. Often associated with the Windsor chair component-making around High Wycombe in the early 1900s.)
As well as the private facilities provided with each tent, everyone enjoying our luxury camping also has:
- use of our wonderful woven willow showers, washing and (flushing) toilet facilities – shared by the three bell tents. (The yurts, tipi and shepherd’s hut each have their own private facilities, including individual showers.)
- use of the ‘Out of Africa’ field kitchen. This has gas rings, an oven, hot water and a washing-up sink, a hand-washing sink, cold mains-fed drinking water, cutlery, crockery, tea cups and glasses and cooking utensils and recycling, compost and landfill dustbins.
- use of our ‘sauna-in-a-yurt’.
- use of a wood fired pizza oven – you can’t beat a freshly made pizza! (Split/dry firewood can be purchased on site for firing the oven.)
- use of a freezer for cold packs, and shared use of the field kitchen refrigerator.
- use of a central communal yurt, which has sofas, a fire and a range of games, a library of green woodworking and craft books and a library of craft DVDs, along with local information (and our shop).
As well as the shared facilities:
- we supply biodegradable washing up liquid, soap, shampoo and conditioner. If you would prefer to use your own please make sure that it is biodegradable.
- campers can help themselves to complimentary Dorset Cereals – the perfect start to a day in the woods (please bring your own milk).
- there is also a supply of free complimentary Dorset teas, infusions and coffee.
- there is wi-fi in the Field Kitchen area but our advice is leave well alone and have a proper escape from the world outside!
All you really need to bring are clothes, a toothbrush, food supplies and your toiletries.
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OPTIONAL GREEN WOODWORKING COURSES
All our courses are project based and designed to be fun, relaxing and informative. They are suitable for men and women, complete novices and experienced woodworkers or crafts-people alike, whether you are keen to discover more about a particular skill or simply want a relaxing break away from it all.
Our approach to offering courses means we can fit in with our guests’ schedules much more freely, and restrict group numbers so the teacher-pupil ratio is never more than 4:1.
You are free to book any day for a course if the date is available and you’re coming along with someone. (Two people is the minimum, four is the maximum.) Alternatively, you can make an individual booking on courses already in our diary that have free spaces.
June 30th – Sept 28th 2017- High
Sept 29th – Oct 29th 2017- Mid
Oct 30th 2017 – March 22nd 2018 Low
Except Dec 29th 2017- December 31st 2017 & Feb 9th -15th 2018 – High
Dec 22- 26th 2017 & Jan 1st/2nd 2018 – CLOSED
March 23th 2018- June 28th – Mid
Except March 30th -April 1st, May 4th-6th & May 25th-27th 2018 Bank Holiday weekends – High.
June 29th – Sept 27th 2018- High
Sept 28th – Oct 28th 2018- Mid
Oct 29th 2018 – March 22nd 2019 -Low
Except Dec 31st 2018/Jan 1st 2019 & Feb 13th -17th 2019 – High
Dec 24- 27th 2018 – CLOSED
The Glamping yurts, tipi, shepherds hut and bell tents are closed Monday – Thursday from
November 6th 2017- February 8th 2018 & November 5th 2018- February 7th 2019. They are all
open over the weekends
“Thank you for a brilliant stay, fantastic course, fantastic surroundings.”
Geoff and Sue.
“Thank you for a fantastic stay. We thoroughly enjoyed our course and hope to come back and do another one. The yurt was lovely and the setting beautiful.”
Kerry and Dave.
“A magical experience. We look forward to coming for longer next time.”
Charlotte and Jason.
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