- West Dorset Glamping
- Luxury Glamping
- Sleeps up to 4
The grounds of Hooke Court provide a range of opportunities for exploration and play, for both adults and children. Our lake, woodland and meadows offers peaceful access to an outstanding rural landscape for which West Dorset is famous. Visitors can enjoy exploring the gentle rolling hills and bustling hedgerows that surround the site.
The rural and intimate setting allows families the opportunity to enjoy each other’s company without the stresses of the busy modern world. Equally, Hooke Court can offer challenge and excitement should you choose to hire one of the kayaks, or challenge yourself/family on the adventure playground, low ropes course or mud run.
Situated on the edge of the village, just 4 miles form the country town of Beaminster, Hooke Court offers accommodation and facilities to suit everyone. The thatched round house is cosy, yet airy, with atmospheric decor and wall art, whilst the Saxon house decorated in its own historic style both provide an incredibly unique and historical experience! No one can fail to be captured by the ambiance each unit holds. Both are comfortably furnished with lights and electric sockets. The bell tents offer a more elemental yet comfortable experience with far reaching views of our pasture and the countryside beyond.
Stone Age Round House
The Round House is located within its own secluded garden and boasts a large round fire pit and seating area – perfect for a summer evening campfire.
This cosy yet authentic house is furnished with a super king size bed and has space for two camp beds for two children if required. All bedding is provided, we just ask you to bring your own towels.
Within the house is a living area and kitchen comprising of an induction hob, fridge and all the pots, pans, crockery etc. you require along with a cast iron kettle and pot for the fire. Washing up can be done outside at your own kitchen sink that has a cold water tap.
The Round House also has its own shower, toilet and hand washing facilities based in a nearby buidling.
There is electricity and lighting within the house and sockets for hair dryers etc.
Saxon Long House
The Long House is situated within its own garden and has a seating area outside alongside a large fire pit.
This spacious house can very comfortably sleep 2 people in a super kingsize bed with plenty of extra space for 2 children in camp beds. All bedding is provided, we just ask you to bring your own towels.
There is also a living area and kitchen comprising of an induction hob, fridge and all the kitchen utensils, pots, pans and crockery etc. along with a cast iron kettle and pot for the campfire.
Outside of the house is a sink with a cold-water tap for washing up.
The Saxon House also has its own shower, toilet and hand washing facilities based in anearby building.
There is electricity within the house with sockets for hairdryers etc.
Two Bell Tents
The tents are pitched in our campsite adjacent to our lake and meadows full of grazing sheep!
Each bell tent can sleep up to 2 adults in a super king size bed and 2 children on camp beds. All linen is provided, we just ask you to bring your own towels. Each Bell tent has an adjacent tent comprising of a kitchen and living area with sofa. The kitchen is fully kitted out with an induction hob, crockery, pots and pans etc. and a cold box with replenishable ice packs. There is also a cast iron kettle and pot that can be used on the campfire. Water for washing up is nearby.
Both tents have electricity for lights and sockets for hairdryers etc.
Outside each tent is a fire pit with table and chairs facing our grazing pastures and the hills beyond.
Each bell tent has its own allocated toilet and shower and washing facility within the campsite.
Unfortunately there is no Wi-Fi at the bell tents however there is good mobile coverage.
The site allows easy access to numerous quaint and picturesque villages as well as larger towns offering a range of facilities to interest every visitor. Without having to spend hours in the car a broad and interesting spectrum of destinations can be reached easily. One day it may be the scenic spendours of ‘The French Lieutenant’s’ Lyme Regis, the next day the deserted village of wartime Tyneham. The wonders of geological time are nowhere more obvious than the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Jurassic coast. Numerous spectacular geological formations can easily be accessed such as Durdle Door, the Chesil bank and Lulworth Cove. Charmouth is a fantastic spot to look for some fossils and get wet paddle boarding! A busier seaside destination is the lovely Regency town of Weymouth with its long bay and bustling harbour. You can also learn to sail here at the famous Olympic Sailing Centre. Historically the area is packed full of enchanting and compelling sites to enthral and engross every visitor. The Cerne ‘Giant’ is embedded in local folklore, whilst the Celtic hill fort of Maiden Castle overlooking the Roman settlement of Dorchester hides a gruesome and evocative story of conquest and subjugation.
Many of the works of authors such as Thomas Hardy and John Fowles are based on local places and maybe even historical characters of whom shadows may still be recognised today. The nearby village of Evershot is the site of the ‘The Sow & Acorn’ that features in Hardy’s novel ‘Tess of the d’Urbervilles’, but many other charismatic Dorset sites can be identified in the numerous works of Thomas Hardy. You can even visit Maxgate in Dorchester where Hardy lived until his death in 1928.
Our picturesque lake provides the perfect venue to try some kayaking or course fishing. Kayaks and safety equipment can be hired for use on the lake at a small cost. The younger visitors may enjoy playing on the small adventure playground or building shelters in the adjacent woodland. A ramble through the fields to visit the animals is always fun – Big Boy (one of the older and bigger sheep) is sure to spot you and amble over for a scratch behind the ear! Feeding time with the resident pigs is always hectic, the herdsman is always grateful of help especially from the younger guests.
If you would rather a more physical challenge we have both a ROSPA inspected low ropes course and mud run. Instructor led activities on both courses can be booked and organised once on site. Alternatively, just a short walk away is the ancient Hooke Woods – perfect for a morning, afternoon or evening stroll.
Need to replenish supplies? Hooke Court rears its own pork and lamb – both of which are for sale and free range eggs come from a nearby farm. Our poly tunnel is teeming with lettuce which is free to pick yourself. Logs for the fire are also for sale. Just 3 miles away in the nearby town of Beaminster is a small Co op, fruit and vegetable store as well as independant butchers and bakers. Bridport, Yeovil and Dorchester all have the large supermarkets. The Royal Charter in 1253 by King Henry III began Bridport’s journey towards the present day street market. These days the Market takes place on Wednesdays and Saturdays and incorporates a huge range of specialist stalls. There is always a great opportunity to pick up some eccentric and unique trinkets as well as great local produce.
If you would rather eat out there are numerous village pubs nearby. Alternatively Beaminster has two amazing but more expensive restaurants as well as an Indian restaurant and Chinese takeaway. There are some really lovely places to eat at the coast and Bridport has lots of interesting pubs and restaurants. The famous Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s River Cottage HQ is nearby too!
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