The Manor House
Winterborne Monkton, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 9PTView on map
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.
Latest arrival time: 10:00 PM
Electric amperage: 16
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- DT2 9PT
- Lat 50.689781 / Lon -2.458359
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- 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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From the cleverly taken photos this looks a lovely site. In reality it is a dump. It is next to a tip with abandoned farm machinery and rubbish containers. The A35 and A354 are a constant noise 24/7. This is our second day and we have yet to meet the owners. I cannot comment on the facilities as they are behind a locked door with a combination lock and I cannot find the number anywhere. Had there been either WiFi or a signal we would have found another site and turned round strait away.
Comment from the Club:
We appreciate how disappointing it can be if visitors’ expectations are not met, and we are sorry we were not able to resolve this with these guests before they left. We work hard to keep the site well maintained, but being situated in the heart of a historic village and farm, the agricultural surroundings, including working machinery, are an integral part of staying here. Welcome notes are clearly displayed outside the information chalet. We do not disguise that the village is close to the A354; road noise may be a factor for some visitors but for most it is not intrusive. There are benefits in our proximity to a main road - a regular bus service, and easy access for caravans and motorhomes.
I hope you will be able to use some of these comments, in balancing the critical review.