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Deerland Safari

nr Toller Whelme, Dorset, England

Secluded safari glamping near Crewkerne, sleeps 4, plus dog. Totally private, in fields with open views. 2 nights minimum stay. Closed in Winter.


What stands out about this Dorset glamping Safari tent? The epic location!

Imagine lying in a summer meadow in the middle of a 75 acre organic farm, bees and butterflies are busy about the flowers, buzzards glide overhead and a few deer graze idly near the woods. Well, right next to you is your holiday pad, this fabulous safari tent! The whole farm is in a designated 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty', and some of it is also of 'Special Nature Conservation Interest' ... as you can imagine, it's pretty special out here.

The Safari is elegantly poised at the top of a gently sloping meadow, with sweeping views over unspoilt countryside (you can't even see another building) and woodlands to the fore. The woods are home to wild Fallow and Roe deer who very nicely provided us with the inspiration for the decor theme (along with a little 'Highland' input). It's quite likely you will see them out on the meadows grazing, if you are quiet enough.

As well as deer, your neighbours will include badgers, buzzards, foxes, pheasants and even ravens. The wild flowers in the meadows attract many moths and butterflies. It's nothing short of a nature lover's paradise... and if you have a horse, you can bring that along too!


The main feature of the open plan living area is the substantial comfortable patio table and chair set. You could certainly while away a few hours in one of these... too easy to take a nap! It could also be moved out onto the decking for the most amazing al-fresco meals and views. The kitchen area has a sink (cold supply) gas cooking hob, cool-box (top up ice packs can be replaced daily from the farm), crockery and cooking utensils. Breakfast and BBQ packs can be ordered from Lesley on site.

At the back of the tent you will find the two generous bedrooms, first the bunk room, and immediately left is a door into the double. They are separated from the main living space and each other by a wooden partition providing a degree of privacy and noise reduction - rather handy when you've put the kiddies to bed. All bedding in provided.


A (slightly gothic!) wooden hut is about 5 meters away, housing a particularly smart eco loo (child seat available), and hot shower enclosure. Towels are provided.


This glamping safari tent has a particularly generous decked verandah, if you love sitting in the open air watching the world go by, this spot would be hard to beat. A large BBQ is provided, and a picnic bench, which you can move about to wherever suits.

The Site

Is a 75 acre organic farm privately owned by two of the nicest people you'll ever meet, Lesley and Julian are fabulous hosts and have created an amazing Dorset glamping holiday. The owners rear horses, so if you want to bring your own along, stabling or grass keep can be provided (small fee applies, please call for details).


Is a stunning county, with verdant countryside and three-quarters of the coastline classed as a World Heritage Site featuring prominent landforms such as Lulworth Cove, the Isle of Portland, Chesil Beach and Durdle Door.

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