The Manor House

Winterborne Monkton, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 9PT

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Ideal for ...

  • 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

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Postcode:
DT2 9PT
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Lat 50.689781 / Lon -2.458359
OS field ref:
SY676879
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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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Great welcome in glorious Dorset

The Manor House
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

Mr Cheese

Caravanner from Leicestershire

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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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.

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mattjaneking

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Reviewed on 20/06/2021 08:57

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An easily accessible site, an oasis of tranquility in a beautiful setting. Access for all facilities, clean also heated. Owners and farm staff helpful and friendly. Wonderful historical church on the farm. Well situated for all that Dorset has to offer visitors. We will return. Joe & Mags Adams.

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Reviewed on 20/06/2021 08:28

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Fantastic Site

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Great site with great facilities, showers and toilet are very clean and very good shower, has information shed on site with lots of information, even has books to borrow!. Judy is a very good hostess and you can tell she takes great pride in the site and is very conscious of making sure guests enjoy themselves and have everything they need. What was especially pleasing is her enthusiasm to talk with guests to try and improve, however the site is near perfect. Near to both Dorchester and Weymouth but still of the beaten track, a feeling of being in the countryside. A very well looked after site. many thanks for a brilliant stay we will return Duane and Ayesha Jones

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Reviewed on 05/06/2021 22:13

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