Mallinson's Woodland Retreat

Holditch, Dorset, England

Adult only site with luxury glamping including a shepherd's hut, yurts, tipi and bell tent. Set in private woods near Lyme Regis.

Key Points

  • Adult-only luxury glamping in a peaceful woodland setting in West Dorset.
  • Choose from a selection of different accommodations.
  • Linen, towels and luxury toiletries are provided.


All spaces are self contained & isolated with no shared facilities. We have been operating contactless self check in and check out for over 10 years.


Mallinson's Woodland Retreat is an adult-only, luxury glamping site in a peaceful woodland setting in West Dorset close to Lyme Regis. It offers unique, handcrafted accommodation. Choose between a stylish shepherd's hut, tipi, yurt or luxury bell tent.

Hoppus the tipi can be found in a clearing in the woods and offers 24 foot of luxury living with a four poster king sized bed, dressing table and chairs, plus romantic glass candle lanterns, a cosy log burner and even an electric blanket! Outside you can relax on your terrace with a glass of champagne and simply sit back and listen to the sounds of nature around you. An outside kitchen offers all you could need to cook up a storm with a BBQ, wood fired pizza oven, fridge, gas cooking ring and all important kettle! A few steps away you can find your own private tree shower and flushing toilet. 

Bodger the shepherd's hut has an enviable location under the oak trees with views from the hammock over the pond below. A cosy and compact space this is smaller than the other glamping properties but none the less still offers all the same delightful features of a king size bed (only accessible on one side), wood burning stove, heated towel rail and electric blankets! Outside there is a fabulous kitchen and al fresco dining area plus private tree shower and flushing toilet. 

Poppet Yurt and Coracle Yurt offer 18 foot of interior space with traditionally hand crafted techniques used to form their domed roof. Inside you can find your comfy king size bed with electric blanket, log burner, quirky coat stands, comfy sofas and a dressing table. Outside as with the other properties there is a gorgeous kitchen and private bathroom area with tree shower! 

Twybil the Bell Tent sits on it own private decking and has views over the pond. Offering an idyllic space for 2 to spread out and take in the sights and sounds of nature, it benefits from the same features as the other properties: outside kitchen and dining area, flushing toilet and woodland shower. 

The site is located in Holditch, Dorset. It is a private, quiet setting very close to the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. It is just south of Somerset and not far from Devon too. Locally you can take a stroll to the nearby pub, visit the estate of Forde Abbey with its Medieval monastery or vist the Black Cow Vodka distillery for a tour or their unique milk vodka. Fans of River Cottage will delight in a meal there or booking on a course including butchery, foraging and beekeping amongst others. 

Please note there is a strong and fast 4G mobile signal for those who are not seeking a digital detox. No WiFi. All properties have hot and cold running water and electric sockets. No pets. No under 18's. Linen and towels provided.

For treehouses here see Woodman's Treehouse, Dazzle Treehouse and Pinwheel Treehouse all seen on QuirkyAccom.

Room Types

Double Ensuite












 Fire pit


 Pizza oven

 Seating area

Nearby (within 5 miles)

 Country walks


 Lake / River

 Local shop

 Pub within walking distance



 Mobile - Strong mobile signal

 WiFi - No access to WiFi

On Arrival

 Included - Linen

 Included - Towels

 Self check-in


 Condiments & Oil




 Kitchenware / Utensils

 Tea & Coffee


 Free parking

 Parking not alongside accom


 Mid sized site (5-11 accoms)

 Quiet location



Can I bring my beautifully behaved small dog?

Sadly not, whilst we are dog owners and lovers ourselves we are not allowed to accommodate guest’s dogs in the woods due to the wildlife and the livestock in the surrounding fields. The same applies for terribly behaved large dogs.

Can I bring my beautifully behaved children?

The retreat is designed and built just for grown ups, therefore we have a minimum age of 18 in the woods making it the perfect romantic break for parents & teachers!

What are the toilet & washing facilities?

Every space has its own proper flushing loo & shower. The water is mains fed drinking water.

I have to be back at work on Monday morning, can I stay just two nights over the weekend?

Weekend bookings run from 4pm on Friday to 10am on Monday or any part thereof for a fixed price. Many guests leave on Sunday night having enjoyed Sunday in the woods if they cant stay over until Monday without having to get up and out 1st thing on Sunday morning.

How long is the walk from the carpark to the camp in the woods?

It's a 3-5 minute walk down hill to your new home in the woods. Please don’t pack any more than is necessary (see what to bring below)

What do I need to bring/pack?

As little as possible… – suitable clothes for walking down on arrival and for sitting outside in the evenings, food, drink & personal toiletries.

What do you supply?

All bed linen & towels, shampoo, body wash & conditioner, starter logs, kindling & firelighters for the log-burner and pizza oven and olive oil, salt/pepper, sugar & flour. We also supply ground coffee & tea bags.

Is there mains electricity?

Yes there are sockets & usb sockets by all of the beds and lighting throughout.

I want to try pizza making when staying, what do I need to bring?

Just tomato pure & toppings of your choice assuming you have pre-ordered frozen pizza dough. We supply flour, logs & kindling.

Nearest Airport/s

Exeter / Bournemouth

Content updated on 1st July 2022 by Louise Catterall, Content Editor at QuirkyAccom in collaboration with Guy Mallinson from Mallinson's Woodland Retreat