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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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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Quiet and peaceful

We enjoyed staying on this site. It is quiet and peaceful. It is well set up although the toilet emptying point is not particularly convenient. The pitches are all grass, some sloping but generous and many have good views. Plenty of walks from the site or nearby but you need to use the car to travel to any facilities.

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A Great Site

My first time at this lovely site. A beautiful setting with great walks through the local farmland to connect with the Dorset coast path. You need to be self-sufficient, as far as sanitary facilities are concerned but electricity is on tap and the site is very well maintained. Very few pitches are completely level but blocks are provided for the more extreme slopes. Shops etc are a few mile's drive away, either in Swanage or Wareham, so don't forget that bottle of milk. A very peaceful and lovely place to spend time.

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Weekend escape

Grabbed a weekend away without our toddler and the site was fantastic, we will be back and with the little one next time
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Site contact details

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