Sleeps 6 dogs allowed
Gascon Safari Tent
1.4 miles N of Shaftesbury
From £12 per person per night
Sleeps 6 people dogs allowed
Glamping in Dorset: Comfort and style in a get-away-from-it-all countryside retreat - back to nature with all mod cons. Our tent-tabulous safari tent is the place to stay if you want complete relaxation, loads to explore nearby and, um…even a friendly pig!
Glamp in style while taking in the tranquility of rural Dorset - tucked into a wildflower meadow beside a little brook, Gascon Safari Tent is the perfect place to escape and unwind. The rolling countryside unfolds in front of you as you wheel your luggage from the car park to your canvas home-from-home, and beyond the raised deck (perfect for a glass of something cold and bubbly while you gaze at the incredible views over the Blackmore Vale) there's plenty of space to have a kickabout or fly kites, exercise the dog and take the kids to explore the surrounding woodlands and trails. Why Gascon? The name comes from a breed of pig in the Midi-Pyrenees region of France. Well, this is Black Pig Retreats, after all. It's all part of Bittles Brook Farm, an equestrian facility and, if you wish, you can meet the Owners' dogs, horses, chickens and sheep, too. Behind it all is Beauty, the Large Black pig who thinks she's a dog, who has inspired the friendly, laid-back nature of this delightful place.
Inside your roomy, French-themed tent there's space to sleep six in king-sized and twin beds, plus a cute cabin bed, while in the living area there's a comfy sofa, a dining table and a kitted-out kitchen featuring a two-ring gas hob, fridge/freezer and sink. Cosy toes are guaranteed, thanks to a roasty-toasty wood-burner (your main cooking appliance). Are there en suite facilities? You bet. At the back of the tent you'll find a double shower-room and a cloakroom with wash-basin, heated towel rail and properly flushing loo. In the lower meadow sits Mukota, an African themed safari tent sleeping four. As befits this back-to-nature place, just leave the tech behind - you can tread lightly on the land here, minimising your carbon footprint. Electricity is limited to powering the fridge, lights and a mobile phone charger; speaking of which, phone reception is limited, with EE 4G available at the top of the farm. Switch off and do nothing: it's time to get back to yourself.
Out and About
Can you bear to tear yourself away from this blissful spot? If so, you've picked a great base for exploring. A gentle 20-minute stroll will take you along tracks and lanes to the village shop and pub, or you can expend some energy cycling through the woodlands of the nearby New Forest National Park (bring your own bikes or hire them nearby). A five-minute drive gets you to the hilltop town of Shaftesbury, with its great shops, cafés, pubs and restaurants, while half an hour or so behind the wheel takes you to mystical Stonehenge, Longleat Safari Park, the Cathedral City of Salisbury or the National Trust's historic Stourhead House. Venture just a little further and you'll reach the lovely Georgian city of Bath (shops, shops and more shops), the sandy beaches of Weymouth and Sandbanks, and the fascinating Jurassic Coast, where you can go all geological at Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. Brilliant!
Steps up to open plan living-room with kitchen, dining and bedroom areas with double den bed, wood-fired range, 2 ring hob and fridge/freezer. Bedroom 1 with double bed. Bedroom 2 with twin beds. Shower-room with double shower. Cloakroom with WC and wash-basin.
Availability, reservations and pricing : £512 to £1176 per week Powered by Classic CottagesMake Your Reservation with Our partners at Classic Cottages
All prices are £ per week per cottage. Where applicable the prices are inclusive of VAT. The prices are specified for Saturday changeover dates.
For weekly holidays or short breaks beginning on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday the price for the following Saturday applies. For those beginning on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday the price for the previous week applies.
Bed linen and towels are included in the price. In addition, many cottages also include electricity and central heating within the price and this should be taken into consideration when comparing prices. There are no extra charges for cots or high chairs where they are listed in the property description on the Web site.
There is a charge of £25 per pet per week or short break.
A non-refundable booking fee of £24 is payable per booking.
Seasons Book Now
|Dates 2017||Price Band (£512 to £1176 )|
|1 Jan - 11 Feb||: 512|
|11 Feb - 25 Feb||: 576|
|25 Feb - 1 Apr||: 512|
|1 Apr - 8 Apr||: 647|
|8 Apr - 22 Apr||: 670|
|22 Apr - 29 Apr||: 559|
|29 Apr - 6 May||: 582|
|6 May - 13 May||: 629|
|13 May - 27 May||: 688|
|27 May - 3 Jun||: 929|
|3 Jun - 17 Jun||: 764|
|17 Jun - 24 Jun||: 806|
|24 Jun - 1 Jul||: 894|
|1 Jul - 8 Jul||: 947|
|8 Jul - 15 Jul||: 1000|
|15 Jul - 22 Jul||: 1058|
|22 Jul - 26 Aug||: 1176|
|26 Aug - 2 Sep||: 988|
|2 Sep - 9 Sep||: 782|
|9 Sep - 16 Sep||: 694|
|16 Sep - 23 Sep||: 617|
|23 Sep - 21 Oct||: 582|
|21 Oct - 28 Oct||: 747|
|28 Oct - 16 Dec||: 541|
|16 Dec - 31 Dec||: 941|
Gascon Safari Tent Reviews
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