The Manor House

Winterborne Monkton, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 9PT

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  • Dogs
  • Peaceful stays
  • Working farm

Why stay here ...

Charles and Judy Norman welcome visitors to their CL at Winterborne Monkton set in the heart of a Victorian hamlet consisting of a working farm, cottages and a church. The site is close to the A354 with good access for single and double axle outfits, along a lane with passing places. Motorhomes have the option of using hard standing areas particularly during the winter. The quarter acre plot is level and well maintained with lawned pitches, electric hook ups and TV aerials. Optional shower and toilet facilities, with disabled access, have proved a popular addition, and are situated in a stone building opposite the entrance. A wooden chalet contains essential information for new visitors. Although we are not able to offer wi-fi, a new mast in the area has improved reception for mobile networks (particularly Vodafone).

Unspoilt farmland extends beyond the site, along the South Winterborne valley and up to the ramparts of Maiden Castle. This huge and ancient monument can be reached on foot from the village and is especially popular for its circular walks and panoramic views. Nature lovers will find a good variety of wildlife around the site (an RSPB survey found 39 species of birds on the farm, including our resident barn owl roosting in the barn opposite the CL).

With its central location, the site provides accessibility to all parts of Dorset. A bus service operates approximately every 20 minutes between Dorchester and Weymouth; the bus stops are an easy 10 minute walk from the village. 

In Winterborne Monkton, visitors can combine the convenience of being close to Dorchester, the historic county town, with the tranquillity of staying in a rural location of outstanding natural beauty.

Facilities on site ...

  • Disabled facilities*
  • Dog walk from site
  • Information room
  • Recycling facilities
  • Shower (shared use)
  • TV reception: good
  • Unfenced water
  • WC (non-exclusive use)
  • Working farm

* Please confirm with owner

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Latest arrival time: 10:00 PM

0.25 acres

Electric amperage: 16

Lawned site

Recycling Facilities

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Postcode:
DT2 9PT
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GPS:
Lat 50.689781 / Lon -2.458359
OS field ref:
SY676879
OS map ref:
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Transport links

  • Bus stop within 1 mile
  • Buses go to: Weymouth, Dorchester, Axminster, Salisbury
  • Daily public transport within 1 mile
  • Nearest port: Poole (20 miles)
  • Nearest train station: Dorchester South
  • Train station within 5 miles

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A find which exceeded all our expectations and is highly recommended !

The Manor House
This is a gem of a site where we have just returned from meeting up with friends for a perfect break together. The pitches are large firm mowed grass and the modern shower and toilet facilities were maintained spotlessly clean. Judy greeted us the first afternoon and was extremely helpful with walking suggestions during our stay. It proved to be an ideal country setting from which we discovered not only the wonders of Maiden Castle but also the far reaching panoramic views from walking the South Dorset Ridgeway. The Brewer's Arms in Martinstown was welcoming and served good quality food and beer. We will certainly look to return when next visiting the area.

Gillathanjon

Reviewed on 23/09/2021 20:22

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The Manor House
What a lovely site! As it states on the description it is a working farm but nothing that really impacts your stay. We were welcomed by Judy shortly after arrival she clearly cares about her guests ensuring we had everything we needed. The shower and toilet block were amazing and a lovely addition. We were sent access code at the time of booking so no issues accessing it. The information room was fantastic and helped us plan our stay - walk to and around Maiden Castle is a must from the site! Bus stop was a short walk and 20mins from Weymouth. Would definitely recommend this site no issues at all!

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Reviewed on 26/08/2021 05:44

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One of the best!!!

The Manor House
We have just had two glorious weeks on this delightful CL. We were lucky to have those two weeks of constant sunshine in July and saw parts of Dorset at their very best. This is a beautifull site: big enough to have well spaced pitches but small enough for getting to know your neighbours. Judy is the "host with the most", with a friendly welcome and appearing every now and then to chat and make sure everthing is okay. She also keeps the grass imaculate. There is a delightful information chalet and in close proximity to the site part of an old barn has a spacious shower room with disabled facilities incorporated and a separate toilet all accessed by a code. Other facilities are adequate and a television aerial cable is provided at each pitch to enhance reception which is necessary. It is a quiet and peaceful hamlet, despite the main road to Weymouth not far away, with a few cottages and a charming church. Dorchester is just up the road and a Tesco supermarket is only a couple of miles away. The Brewers Arms local pub in nearby Martinstown is excellent. It is a working farm and it was lovely to see hay making and harvesting the barley in progress as well as a large dairy herd. There is plenty to do in close proximity: the Tank Museum at Bovingdon is well worth a visit. Catch up with Thomas Hardy history at his birthplace, house, church and monument and nearby Poundbury, Prince Charles's masterpiece is unique and definitely worth walking around taking in the incredible variation in architecture and layout. There are many lovely coastal walks on National Trust property and visits to Athelhampton Manor and Keyneston Mill perfumery centre are well worth it and of course the seaside towns of Lyme Regis and Weymouth are close albeit busy and there is a lot of traffic at holiday times. All in all this is one of the best holidays we have had and we thoroughly recommend this site to those who like to get away from it all!!

Janousan

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Reviewed on 31/07/2021 09:53

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Had a great couple of weeks in glorious Dorset just recently. The reviewer 'Very, very disappointed' must have been staying on a different site. Judy couldn't possibly have done more to make us feel welcome. She was easily available if any problems had occurred. The extremely clean modern shower and loos were accessed by a code prominently displayed outside the nearby information chalet. The water and disposal areas were well kept as was the entire site. It is a working farm and it was a joy to see it working as it should. There was a little road noise occasionally but never intrusive or a problem. Beautifully located and so near to so many attractions. Thanks for a great stay Judy, we'll be back! Celia & Ken Martin

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Reviewed on 05/07/2021 13:16

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The Manor House
Just completing our 4th stay here during last 2 years : 9 nights this time. Booking direct and payment has always been easy. Very warm welcome. This working farm site is more than adequate for 5 units. Pitches 1 & 2 have partial hardstanding which is great for our motorhome. Satisfies our basic requirements of fresh water + chemical disposal. Haven't needed to use the toilet/washroom but it looks absolutely fine. An onsite cabin has plenty of useful tourist info : a prominent white sign by door gives basic info including code for washroom. Quiet during that all important night-time.Looking forward to our next stay here in 6 weeks time. Ted & Gill

TED POCHRIBNIAK

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Reviewed on 20/06/2021 21:58

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