Smedmore House Caravan Club Site (REF : XSM)

Kimmeridge, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5PG

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Ideal for ...

  • Beach stays
  • Cycling
  • Dogs
  • Peaceful stays
  • Walking

Why stay here ...

Escape to an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - the Smedmore House Club Site includes part of the World Heritage Coastline, famous for its scenic beauty. The caravan park itself is an open, partially sloping field surrounded by farmland with great views to the sea and Clavell Tower on one side and the Purbeck Hills on the other. Kimmeridge Bay, which is also part of the Smedmore Estate, is famous for fossils, fascinating geological strata and ecologically diverse rock pools. The Etches Collection Museum of Jurassic Marine Life is a brand new multi million pound immersive museum in Kimmeridge opened in October 2016.

Smedmore House Club Site gives you easy access to fun water sport activities - there is windsurfing and diving on the ledges and a slipway for boats alongside the Dorset Wildlife Trust's fine marine centre. Many people stay at the caravan site for its walking opportunities since the unforgettable Dorset Coastal Path starts nearby. For the avid explorer there is the wartime abandoned village of Tyneham, located on Ministry of Defence land (limited opening times). The distant tank fire that can be heard on the ranges during a north westerly wind is virtually the only intrusion to this otherwise peaceful oasis.

Facilities on site ...

  • BBQs allowed: charcoal, gas, electric
  • Dog walk from site
  • Dog walk on site
  • Electric hook-up
  • Gas
  • TV reception: poor
  • Wi-Fi

Prices

Extras

Price per night for extra car: £2.00

Price per night for tent on touring pitch: £2.00

Supplements

Pitches

Touring pitch types Awning Without Awning
Standard (electric & hardstanding)

Yes

Standard (electric & grass)

Yes

Non-electric (hardstanding)
Non-electric (grass)
Serviced (electric & hardstanding)
Serviced (electric & grass)
Super (electric & hardstanding)

Nearby

Supermarket notes:

Sainsbury's and Co-Op are approximately 8 miles from the site.

Great savings on days out

Offers available to Club members

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Directions

From the North on the A351: on approaching Corfe Castle, at foot of Castle Hill turn right opposite Castle View NT information centre and car park (signposted Church Knowle, Kimmeridge); in 3.25 miles (1.5 mile past Church Knowle) turn left at the signpost to Kimmeridge; in about 1 mile on the outskirts of Kimmeridge turn left at the signpost to Smedmore House; in 0.5 mile at the house on left, turn right at the signpost to site. Please note: do not take any other turning right after Wareham despite signpost Kimmeridge as this narrow road goes over a 1 in 5 hill.

Sites key: Club Site

Postcode:
BH20 5PG
GPS:
Lat 50.60805 / Lon -2.10922
Plan a route to this site
OS field ref:
SY923787
OS map ref:
195
Handbook map ref:
G2

Transport links

  • Car hire on site
  • Nearest port: Poole (12 miles)

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You go to this site, not for the facilities, not for the people but for the location! Once you've found the passthrough to the coastal path you've got a great walk in front of you!

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Peaceful and quiet site.

This is a peaceful and quiet site, which is located on a large private estate. So you can relax and enjoy the countryside. The views are there although fairly distant as well as the walk to the beach, it will take at least twenty minutes to walk there. There are cliffs to walk along but definitely keep your dogs on a lead. The site has a very large dog walking field, but you cannot properly exercise your dogs as they have to remain on their leads at all time. Although Jo the warden only chose to inform my wife in an abrupt manner which we felt was unnecessary. This information is not on the website to inform you of the fact. You need to ensure that you have everything with you as the nearest reasonable shops are in Wareham. There are a few flat pitches but the majority are on slopes, so read the site pages and download the site map to see where they are. Blocks to help level your caravans are available, but some looked quite precarious. If you like hiking and long walks then this is ideal, or if you just want to relax then you can. It is a remote site to get to and the views are not stunning as described unless you walk to the coast then you can see the beautiful Jurassic Coast in all its glory. We don’t regret trying this site but we won’t be revisiting in the near future.
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Could be perfect

The site is one to relax on. Big and wide open spaces give plenty of space so no one feels crowded. It is a quite site in a unique location and for those who do not mind being self sufficient as far as facilities go its nearly perfect. We loved the site and had great week wishing we could have staid longer. We love walking but here is the rub, like many places in Dorset this is part of a larger farming estate that rather guards its access. Whilst it is true that hey have provide two permissive paths one is rather rugged and hard to locate the other again rather a marsh to anyone wanting to reach the Coastal Path. Dogs are restricted to being on leads at all times on these paths and even in the large fenced dog walking field. Wi-Fi service (pay as you go) was some of the best we have enjoyed and far faster and more reliable than on most of the Club sites we have used. If you book on the web site you get some great information and directions sent with your receipt together with your pitch number. This is rather essential as both the route could be confusing and the site manned only for two short periods each day....so it is a case of roll up and pitch up. Everyone we met on site was friendly and relaxed...its one of those places that invites you to chill out and I those with seasonal pitches seem so much at home. We did met up with the warden but not an experience that made us feel either welcome or keen to rush back....that said I guess we will be back for the stunning area, the beauty and the peace when on site.

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Just chill out and enjoy.

Amazing weather always makes everywhere look better, but this place is genuinely lovely. Peaceful and quiet, great walking on your doorstep and some great views. The site is really well kept and Jo is really helpful and very knowledgeable. Kimmeridge Bay is great and the dogs loved the walk there and playing in the sea. Be aware that the coastal path in this area is just that - on the very edge of steep cliffs so unless your dog is extremely well trained it can be a challenge ! Overall a lovely place to visit, some narrow lanes but nothing that tricky.
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A basic, quiet site close to the coast

The road from Corfe Castle to the site is narrow in places and rather twisty, but not a problem – just watch out for the locals and day visitors to the beach who seem to drive like bats out of hell! The site is predominantly sloping, so if you want to pitch an awning you need to chose carefully, The newly-created hard standings on the right as you enter the site are on the flat and can be recommended, and there is a new chemical toilet disposal point on the left as you enter. Emptying the loo is a daylight-only task as there are no lights to help you see what you are doing when it is dark. Many comment on the fantastic views; however, in our opinion they are over-rated. Only a few select pitches have views of the sea and even they are disappointing, unlike the sunsets which can be truly spectacular. Phone signals are variable and poor at best, though we did achieve 4G on Three and O2 intermittently at different times of the day. Fortunately, the site’s wifi is fast with PAYG for one week costing £10 for 5Gb (just make sure you inhibit Windows 10 from downloading updates, otherwise all your data allowance will vanish in 2 hours, like ours did!). TV is limited with the best signal coming from the Weymouth transmitter (aerial needs to be vertical) which only has a limited number of channels. Nine miles away is Wareham, the nearest town for fuel and a supermarket (Sainsburys – 70p parking charge refundable on a £15 spend). There are a number of good circular walks from the site, but beware that some of the permissive footpaths pass through fields which can have cows and sheep in them. The 5 mile, 2 hour walk up to Swyre Head, then along the ridge to Kimmeridge and back to site is well worth the effort.
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Site contact details

Telephone:
01929 480702
Email:
office@smedmore-caravansite.co.uk.