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Luxury, adult only, private glamping in a magical, woodland setting. Hand crafted yurts, tipi and shepherd's hut with en-suite, proper flushing loos, piping hot 'tree showers' and a toasty sauna yurt and field kitchen with wood fired pizza oven.

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Rooms: 7 doubles
Price:

Yurts, tipi & shepherds hut £158, bell tents £113 in high season per night, min 2 nights week time, min 3 nights weekends.

Meals: self-catering with complimentary Dorset Cereals and Clipper Teas and Coffee.
Open: Year Round
Address: Woodland Workshop, Yonder Hill, Holditch, Dorset, TA20 4NL
Tel: +44 (0) 1460 221102
 
reviewed by greentraveller

Why we've chosen Crafty Camping:

Luxury, adult only glamping in a magical woodland setting. Hand crafted yurts, tipi and shepherds hut with en-suite, proper flushing loos, piping hot 'tree showers' and a sauna yurt and 'Out of Africa' field kitchen with wood fired pizza oven. Guests enjoy the privacy of their own clearing in this magical woodland with their own deck, bbq, hammock and table and chairs. Communal facilities include a fully equipped catering kitchen, traditional games yurt and sauna complex. Crafty Camping is all about peace and quiet in a natural environment. Wifi is available. Trout fishing is encouraged in the pond. The Jurassic Coast (World Heritage Site) is just 10 miles away at Lyme Regis as is River Cottage HQ and Canteen at Axminster.

Eco credentials:

How do you reduce your draw on energy:
Minimal energy requirement for glamping when compared to running a building. Woodland boardwalks and paths and accommodation have minimal safety lighting comprising of low usage LEDs on sensors and timers. Heating comprises of log burners using local hedge waste air dried logs only. Also locally made charcoal using coppiced material. Hot water for our 'tree showers' is heated on demand (gas bottle only)- no hot water tanks.

How you minimise the amount of waste you send to landfill:
Clearly identifiable (branded logs) recycling bins in our field kitchen requires that guests separate recycling on site prior to removal by our recycling contractors. On site compost bins for food waste. Bulk dispensers for complimentary  biodegradable 'faith in nature' toiletries. Ecover cleaning and washing up liquid supplied. Environment agency required biodigestor for all wast creates waste water that is safe to drink or more usefully fine to discharge to the watercourse.

How you reduce your consumption of water:
Water usage is metered in separate areas with individual meters. On demand heated water only. Water saver cisterns throughout. All cleaning products are environmentally friendly and signs require guests to use only biodegradable soaps and shampoos if they do not wish to use the biodegradable tea tree products supplied.

How much of the food your serve is sourced locally (where possible):
We do not supply food but do sell local cider and local pies. Pre arrival and arrival sheets and the information maps ask guests not to arrive with bags of food from the supermarkets but instead point them towards our excellent local farmers markets and shops, including River cottage which is close by and with whome we work closely.

Do you actively encourage guests to arrive on foot, by bike and by public transport?:
We are very remote indeed and therefore our local bus service closed many years ago. However we do actively encourage guests to take the train to Axminster and then contact our preffered taxi service (who use hybrid cars and service both us and River Cottage) for the 10 mile transfer. Once on site guest are encouraged to contact our local bike hire company who deliver bikes.

Additional information:
We teach green (unseasoned) wood working craft courses here in the woods. All of our timber is local and a bi product of good woodland management - ie thinning, coppicing or pollarding. We have designed and made all of our yurts and shelters here on site using traditional hand techniques only.  Our boardwalks are made from 18yr rotational coppiced sweet chestnut and therefore no preservatives are required for any of our building & infrastructure. Our last site has now returned to woodland without a trace of our being there, the same is so for this site.

 

Review by Anita Pati

"A wonderful, woodland grotto of luxury outdoor living ideal for semi-urbanite adults who don’t want to get their hands mucky doing real camping. From the visitors book: “The perfect balance of luxury with being in the elements."

>> Read Anita's full review of Crafty Camping

 

Top Eco Features at Crafty Camping:

 
  • All safety & path lighting converted to low level LED lights on sensors, supplemented with candle lanterns

  • On-site composting and recycling where possible

  • All yurts, and shelters made from sustainable coppiced or pollarded timber and species selected for natural rot resistance, therefore no preservatives used in the construction

  • All structures designed to leave no footprint on the woodland should we ever relocate. Our previous site has now returned to its natural woodland state with no evidence of us ever being there

  • We actively encourage guest to arrive by train (Axminster) and transfer by our recommended eco taxi company who use hybrid taxis

  • We actively promote and partner a local bike tour company who bring bikes for guests and offer guided bike and walking tours of the area.

  • We have just replaced our compost loos with a digester treatment unit in response to advice from the environmental department

  • We encourage peaceful camping pastimes such as whittling and spoon carving around the camp fire

  • All firewood on site is sourced from local hedge row thinnings and air dried prior to use

  • All charcoal on site is made for our guests from locally from coppiced timber

  • Biodegradable shampoo, soap and conditioner is complimentary to all guests and utilised bulk containers & dispensers

 

Location

Crafty Camping, Dorset, England
Nearest train station: Axminster

Directions from station:
Hybrid taxis can be booked for the 10 mile transfer.

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