Glamping Wiltshire and Dorset Border
Chalke Valley Camping and Glamping in Wiltshire is a small exclusive camp site on a picturesque working farm in the Chalke Valley. The area is a designated an area of outstanding natural beauty and is arguably one of the most idyllic areas of the West Wiltshire Downs and Cranborne Chase. The farm is located on the Dorset Wiltshire border, and is also only a few of miles from the New Forest in Hampshire. Whilst is is common to describe this type of camping as glamping, we have a slightly different perspective. Although Chalke Valley provides necessary modern day comforts such as a hot shower, and a comfortable bed – we encourage our campers to enjoy a more natural experience and connect with the outdoors and nature. We benefit from a range of wildlife, wonderful sunsets, and huge star filled skies. The site is situated between a large pond and a small copse, with frogs, dragonflies, mallards, and a resident nesting moorhen!
Modern life is full of distractions, and this is a fantastic opportunity to disconnect from your hectic life, and simply RELAX! Our tents are great for groups of friends, families, and couples, who want to embrace the outdoors, whilst still enjoying a few necessary home comforts. We understand the importance of a freshly brewed coffee and local produce for cooking!
Two spacious and comfortable Gedome tents sleeping 4 people. The domes have a large front window, with a stunning view overlooking the old oak tree and fields. On hot and sunny days, two side vents can be open. A highlight is the stargazing window, where you can lie in bed and look up at the stars through the roof.
Each has access to a private loo and gas powered shower and includes
- A proper double bed
- Sofa futon
- Single futon
- Gas heater
- Small dining table
All the extras included with the bell tents are also provided in the domes.
Our top of the range, extra tough canvas bell tents are completely weather proof and can comfortably sleep 4 people. Perfect for groups of friends, families, or couples who want that extra bit of space! They are 5m in diameter with 4 mosquito proof windows. On a hot day the sides can be rolled up, and allow a cooling breeze through the tent. The double doors can be opened with or without the mosquito net. Evenings can be enjoyed in the candle-lit tent with a glass of wine or beer, looking out to the beautiful scenery, or seated around a blazing log fire toasting marshmallows enjoying the panoramic views and star-studded skies. Each tent has a double mattress bed and two single futons, hot water bottles, a few good books, some playing cards, a cafetiere and a few cooking essentials.
WHAT WE PROVIDE
- Bedding for double bed (not futons)
- Hot Water Bottles x 2
- Hot Shower
- Proper Flushing Loos
- Playing Cards
- Nightlights and lanterns
- Outside table, 4 chairs
- Cutlery, corkscrew, crockery
- Solar lights, candles, and matches
- Basket of logs
- Welcoming bottles of cider (x 2) and marshmallows (for 2+ night stays only)
Neighbouring Bowerchalke is a pretty meandering village with a church, village hall, and cricket pitch with new pavilion. On Saturday mornings there is a weekly market in the village hall, run by volunteers, which supplies home-made and home grown fare (cakes, bread and pastries, vegetables and salad, soups, conserves, locally produced meats, trout from the trout farm in the village, etc.) The village also has a good pub, an excellent shop stocking local produce and incorporating a cafe and post office. There are also watercress beds, where you can buy fresh watercress and free range eggs at any time of day.
The Chalke Valley is an ideal place for walking, cycling, visiting local pubs, and is perhaps one of the most untouched areas in Wiltshire. Attractions within easy reach include
- Salisbury Cathedral
- Salisbury with its many shops, cafes and restaurants
- Gold Hill
- Durdle Door
- Lulworth Cove
- Jurrasic Coast
- Longleat House and Wildlife Park
- Cheddar Gorge
- Wookey Hole caves
- Bovington Tank Museum and Monkey World, all within an hour’s drive
Local events during the summer months include The Chalke Valley History Festival (see below), The Larmer Tree Festival, The Great Dorset Steam Fair and the Shaftesbury and Gillingham Show.
CHALKE VALLEY HISTORY FESTIVAL
The increasingly popular Chalke Valley History Festival is a short (but quite hilly!) cycle ride or half an hour walk from the campsite. It is the largest festival dedicated to history, and offers an enormous range of lectures with well-known speakers including the trio of Snows, Boris Johnson, Jeremy Paxman, Bill Nighy, Damien Lewis, and a large number of experts in their historical fields
From £60 per night