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South Lytchett Manor Caravan and Camping Park

Poole, Dorset

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The perfect destination for holidays in Dorset, South Lychett Manor Caravan and Camping Park is an award-winning site set in 20 acres of tranquil green space in the grounds of a former manor house. Named the AA's Campsite of the Year in 2021 and Best Touring Caravan and Camping Park at the South West Tourism Awards 2020-21, this holiday park is just a few miles from Poole, 9 miles from Bournemouth, and 13 miles away from the county's stunning Jurassic Coast.

Bring along your touring caravan, motorhome, or tent and book a pitch for an unforgettable holiday in Dorset. A variety of pitches are available to suit your needs, including grass pitches in medium and large sizes with electrical hook-ups and TV connections available as well as hardstanding options with large deluxe versions with a private picnic bench and fully-serviced pitches complete with electrical hook-up, TV connections, and waste disposal. Three high-end heated amenity blocks are provided, with family bathrooms and shower rooms and an accessible bathroom and shower rooms, as well as additional features like professional-standard hairdryers, full-length mirrors, and even piped-in music. There are also indoor and outdoor washing-up areas and a laundrette with washers and dryers. Added conveniences include a microwave and freezer for guest use, camping gas refills, and motorhome and chemical disposal points.

There are plenty of added facilities to make your holiday in Dorset more convenient as well as adding to the family fun. A superbly stocked shop and off-licence sells daily essentials and local products, there's a cafe and bakery with fresh baked goods and hot drinks, and you can find any local information you need from the handy information hut.

There's no need to disconnect if you don't want to, either, with strong 4G reception and free wi-fi access across the park. This is also the ideal place for an active holiday in Dorset, with a ball game area, an eco-friendly adventure playground for children to burn off some energy, and bicycle hire available at reception.

If you'd rather spend your holiday in Dorset in stylish glamping accommodation, you'll find a range of quirky properties on site, including glamping pods, shepherd huts, and Romany caravans.

Please enquire now if you'd like to book a break at this spectacular destination for your next holiday in Dorset.

Open from:
March to January

Allow rallies, Disabled access, Family park, Pets allowed, Children's play area(s), Chemical disposal point, Drainage hook-ups, Electric hook-ups, Laundry, LPG stockist, Sanitary block(s), Shop, Take away food, Washing up facilities, Water hook-ups, Wireless internet, Cafe, Coastal breaks, Glamping accommodation, Hiking breaks, Romantic breaks for couples, Walking breaks

- Indoor and outdoor washing up areas
- Bicycles available to hire from reception
- Wood and pond area with ducks and wildlife
- Bakery offering fresh pastries, bread and delicacies in high season.
- Café serving barista level coffee, hot drinks and snacks to fuel your daily outings!
- Visiting food vans including the Dorset Food Co twice weekly in high season for hot evening food options

150 Motorhome pitches, Serviced pitches (touring), 30 Tent pitches, 150 Touring pitches, 6 Camping pods, 4 Gypsy caravans, 7 Shepherd huts, Coastal breaks, Glamping accommodation, Hiking breaks, Romantic breaks for couples, Walking breaks

Nearby attractions:
Beach, Cycle hire, Fishing, Golf, Horse riding holidays, Sailing, Swimming (Indoor), Swimming (Outdoor), Water Sports, Internet Access, Games Room, TV Room, Snooker/Pool

The park is convenient for exploring the local area and has two bus stops at the main gate, which can take you to Swanage, Wareham and Poole. Nearby, you can also visit the New Forest, Monkey World, Corfe Castle, Bulbury Woods Golf Course, Brownsea Island and Splashdown – and much more.

South Lytchett Manor Caravan and Camping Park

Dorchester Road, Lytchett Minster
Dorset, South West England
United Kingdom
BH16 6JB
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Overall rating

5.0 stars

Based on 21 review(s)

West Midlands

3.0 stars

A well run caravan park with some fully serviced grass and hard standing pitches. The site can become quite crowded at times, with caravans directly opposite each other on some pitches but plenty of space on others. The site staff are friendly and helpful and the site shop is well stocked. The toilet /shower blocks are spotlessly clean, and disabled facilities are available but these can be quite a walk from some pitches for a disabled person, especially when it's raining.
Our visit was at the end of the main season which might explain why the fully serviced grass pitch with views over the dilapidated corrugated iron farm buildings over the hedge opposite had no grass whatsoever in the space for the awning. We were told where on the pitch to set up, so the bare awning mud has obviously had no chance to recover or to be re-seeded. It would have been a better idea to close these muddy pitches during autumnal weather for re-seeding and to advise those booking that only fully serviced hard standings would be available.
This site has some very good points but we won't be paying a return visit. The crowded area that we were in, complete with bare grass free area on our pitch, felt like a sort of caravan housing estate, not really what we've come to expect from a Best of British site.

Property manager response (14 Oct 2017)

Hi There, It's great to hear you found our site friendly. We work very hard to keep the facilities clean and well presented. The park is busy with families during the summer, but outside the school holidays it has a more of a tranquil feel to it with more couples than families. We take onboard your comments about the grass and we will continue to seek a solution to this issue, which is common to many parks after groundsheets have been used for more than a few days. With good weather (September is normally good) there isn't usually a problem but the poor weather we had at the beginning of September didn't help. We took the decision not to cancel people, many of whom had booked months in advance. We are sorry to here you won't return, but never say never! Kind regards All at SLMCCP

5.0 stars

Well firstly - if you prefer CLs with no electricity, no facilities and a half mile walk to fetch water, this site isn't for you!
Having said that, I think anyone else would find it hard to fault South Lytchett Manor. The site is roomy with plenty of space between pitches, there's a play area and a field as well as dog walking facilities away from where people are living. The amenities block was as clean and well thought out as any I've ever seen, and the whole site is tidy and well maintained.

Tourist information is readily available including "40 things to do based on the local bus route". There's a small shop on site and free wifi for those who can't do without such things. Staff are friendly and helpful. We booked Saturday - Monday of a bank holiday weekend, and we had no trouble (and weren't charged any extra) with arranging an early arrival (9 AM) and late departure (3 PM), although I guess that depends on site availability!

We don't often go to the same site more than once, we like variety, but this was our second visit to South Lytchett Manor and we will be back


5.0 stars

We've just spent our first week of camping with our 2 young children (3 & 5)and we couldn't have picked a better site. The staff were extremely helpful and friendly, the site clean, tidy and spacious. Our children loved the play park and feeding the chickens and the site was safe enough for them to run around without us worrying. The shop sold most of the essentials you needed and even sold some alcohol so you could enjoy a glass of wine whilst watching the children wear themselves out! The shower blocks were lovely and even provided free hair dryers. There are nice areas to do your washing up (where I met some lovely people!) There are some rules like mopping out the showers after you have used them and wiping the sinks around and there is also quite time after 10.30pm and no children in the park before 8.30am but these I think are fantastic rules and contribute to the fact that this is a great site. So much so, that on the day we left, we booked our holiday for next year (even though the weather was not too kind to us)! Can't wait to go back.


5.0 stars

This was our second visit in 12 months to this fabulous site.

The toilets and showers are spotless, although I am indifferent to piped music! The showers are hot, clean and readily available.

The shop is well stocked (and reasonably priced).

The staff were polite, cheery and very helpful.

I only have a minor niggle. The children's play area is merely adequate. More work is needed to improve it.

North Yorkshire

5.0 stars

This was our second visit to the site and will certainly not be our last.

We have never visited a site which is so efficiently run - the staff zoom about the site on bicycles and someone is always on hand to direct you to your pitch and even help with lining up. They communicate by walkie-talkie so can be with you in seconds and they are always ready with a cheery good morning.

The site is always beautifuly well-kept, the grounds are tidy and well-maintained and the pitches are of a good size and al have their own electric point, tap and TV point.

The shower block is modern and immaculately clean, at whatever time of day you use it.

When we visited last year we had a couple of problems with our folding camper and the staff could not have been more helpful. Our battery was flat due to us being stupid enough to forget to charge it before we left home and they directed us to a local firm who recharged the battery for free and even lent us a spare while ours charged up.

Of the two pubs in the village we much preferred the Bakers Arms, which unfortunately is the furthest away, even though the offer of a free bottle of wine at St Peter's Finger is not to be sniffed at. Their food is good but they are very food orientated so not so good if you only want a quiet drink. The food at the Bakers Arms is also very good but you are not under so much pressure to eat. Just a shame it is a bit too far away to walk.

We would recommend South Lytchett Manor without reservation and we will certainly be back.


5.0 stars

We stayed at South Lytchett Manor park last year, this year and have booked to stay there next year, we never usually stay in the same place twice. This site is soo clean, family and dog friendly.
We don't have children but do have 2 small dogs there is a lovely wooded area where the dogs can roam free from the lead.
They have a strict rule of quiet after 22.30 which is great.
For those of you with children they have what looks like a fabulous play area, a field for ball games and family rooms in the shower blocks.
Ice packs can be refrozen for a small donation to a local charity.
Shop is small but very well stocked with food, camping equipment (we forgot our water container and they had one)beer, wine, gifts and lots more.
We took avantage of the on site herb garden which is free for you to use. They have their own chickens so fresh eggs available daily.
Site is situated with easy access to all local areas, bus stop outside camp site.
There are 2 local pubs which both do great food and on arrival to site we were given a voucher for free bottle wine or 2 pints of beer (Bonus)
Fabulous alround site, best we have stayed in.


5.0 stars

I cannot praise South Lytchett enough. I agree with everything that has been written before.
The site is spotlessly clean. The staff are so helpful and friendly.
We were given an upgrade on our pitch and now we will make sure to request the same area. The pitches were a terrific size.
We used the bus service each day as it was cheaper than having to pay for parking.
The showers were always immaculate and plenty of hot water.
We have already booked our next visit for August.
Would definitely recommend this site to anyone.


5.0 stars

If you are looking for a clean, well managed, great rural location, well laid out,relaxed site with rules then this is a must for you. We have stayed 8 nights and have enjoyed every minute.From booking on the phone to the moment we left the staff were 5 star. There is no massive entertainment area, just enough for younger family members to have their our space. We have booked again for next year 2012


5.0 stars

After having a fantastic week at South Lytchett Manor Caravan and camping Park I feel it is only fair to share my experience of such a pleasant and relaxing place. The park would take some beating in my view. The moment you arrive you are welcomed by friendly staff that show you to your pitch and even offer their assistance if needed on getting your caravan situated on your pitch. We feel there is nothing the staff would not do to help you as we found out first hand. The park is well maintained with pitches to suit all requirements. The shower blocks were always clean when visited, a vital factor for our family when choosing a campsite. Facilities on the site included a shop which stocked a wide variety of products including free range eggs, a pool room, and an information hut which provided free wifi access and a range of information on local amenities. Offsite there was two local pubs in walking distance where we enjoyed a lovely meal and service at both.

During our holiday we also took advantage of the local bus service (bus stop situated just outside the caravan park) to Bournemouth saving us the hassle of parking. There was also a bus service to Poole.

Overall South Lytchett Manor offered my family an all round fantastic service and i would strongly recommend the park for both couples and families.


5.0 stars

We had a very nice stay at this site. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Sanitary blocks were in an excellent state of cleanliness and the site was very accessable. Well done to all concerned. I would heartily reccommend this site. Brian Jack


5.0 stars

This is without doubt one of the very best.
A large site in rolling parkland with a bus stop outside the front Gate with services to Poole (15 min), and Swanage.

Nothing is too much trouble for the staff on this family run site!
While there, I took full advantage of their endless patience
while giving me information about site facilities, and local amenities.

Even some of the not-too-bad sites I have visited, could benefit by having a few of their staff visit Lychett Manor, to see how the experts do it !


Alex Marshall.


5.0 stars

Arrived cold and stressed after leaving another site that I had booked and left after an hour because nothing worked and the facilities were dirty. This site couldn't have been more dofferent.

The managers were so kind to me, finding me a fab picth with great WiFi access (which I needed) and even lent me a TV cable. The manageress even knocked on my door the next morning to see if I was OK, which as a woman travelling alone was very appreciated.

The facilities are all beautiful and spotlessly clean. The bus stop right outside the gate makes travel to Poole, Bournemouth, etc very easy. There is a pub within 10 minutes walk.

One of the best and most friendly site I have ever stayed on.


5.0 stars

We loved this site,and our welcome from Martin & Linda was very warm and welcoming. The pitches are of a good size,and the site as a whole is very well kept. All the facilities were always very clean,and the shop was very well stocked. The fact that you can get the bus right outside the site (and we found it a very reliable service,)just made it very easy to go to Poole, Weymouth or Swanage etc:. We hope to return to this site again as we were very happy with everything on site.We rate this site as 5 stars from our experience.


5.0 stars

Following good reviews on the internet, i booked for a 5 day camping stay at South Lytchett Manor. It was everything i had hoped for. Very clean, well organised and managed, excellent staff who were extremely helpful. Great camping pitches with good, but not excessive, management of other noisy campers. It had rules which needed to be adhered to, but not just rules for rules sake like some sites i have seen. An excellent site which i could not find one fault with.(even freshly laid eggs for breakfast available from the on site chickens !)


5.0 stars

We are new to caravaning and we picked this site due to its location and previous reviews. It fulfilled all are expectations the staff are very helpful.We enjoyed are fornight break and will be visiting again in the future.Tolit blocks are excellant.fresh eggs are the best we have eaten and the site is kept pristine.Keith and Jackie Baitup.


5.0 stars

this was our third year with next year also booked due to the staff being so friendly and helpful. The facilities were kept well cleaned and maintained with fresh flowers everyday. The pitches were spacious with water and electrics and tv aerial socket right behind caravan the bus to poole ran daily from right outside site with 2 pubs within walking distance that also served good food. This site gets better each year we return and the staff cannot do enough for you if you have a problem HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.


5.0 stars

wow wow and wow again, this is the 2nd year our family has been to this camping site and we will be going back time and time again, the staff are very friendly and never seem to sit still. we have traveled heaps but never been to such a nice clean campsite. with the help of young matt and the rest of the team i will be singing their praise for along time to come.with things like free wifi and a games room for the kids and a handy shop theres no real need to leave the site. thanks


5.0 stars

We visited this site in June the weather was glorious and the site and location superb. The site is beautifully laid out and we were on Manor Field. We had a fully serviced pitch. Each pitch had its own mains water, electricity and waste and an added bonus of our own picnic table. The owners and staff were so helpful and polite and nothing was too much trouble. There was two local pubs which served excellent meals and also chinese take-away that would deliver to site. There was a local bus to Poole or Bournemouth. In fact things couldn't have been much better. It is one of the best campsites I have visited in over 20 years of caravanning. thank you everyone keep up the good work. We will be back again soon.
South Lytchett Manor Caravan and Camping Park, Poole, Dorset


5.0 stars

We chose this caravan and camping park for our two week holiday in August. On arrival the staff/wardens were very welcoming and were on hand to answer any questions that we had. we were escorted to our pitch by one of the Wardens, which was nice instead of just being given a map to find our own pitch!! Our pitch was a good size with plent of room for our caravan, awning and car, also giving us enough room to sit out. The toilet facilities were excellent.
The shower blocks had hot running water and were very clean. there was also fresh flowers and music which made using public facilities much more pleasant! On site the facilities included a well stocked shop containing many of the things that you usually forget!! There was a fantastic playground facility for children along with a games room. Also on site there was a butty box which came very much in use at the weekend.

The atmosphere within the park was very friendly, and the wardens were constasntly checking that all the parks facilities were in order at all times.

I would recommend this site to any of my family/friends. We have even booked to return this year as we felt that this site was excellent!!

Thank you to all the staff at South Lytchett Manor Caravan park for making our stay enjoyable! You are all a credit to the site.
South Lytchett Manor Caravan and Camping Park, Poole, Dorset


5.0 stars

Having just spent a relaxing week at this site I just had to write a review not normally what i do but the staff were very friendly and informative about the surrouding area. The pitches were spacious with all the mod cons to hook up to. The toilet/shower blocks were 5 star with fresh flowers and piped music throughout. The butty box provided us lazy campers with mamouth breakfasts in a bun and piping hot tea. All in all a 5 star site with excellent facilities and excellent staff, well done we'll be back!


5.0 stars

Having just return from a weekend away at this site, i wanted to say how impressed i was with the Park. The wardens were brilliant very friendly and made us feel very welcome. The toilets and washing facilities were always clean. It was a lovely weekend and would recomend this site to anyone. The Caravan Park has a very friendly feel but also gives you room so your not on top of your neighbours. Will be going again and would recomend it to anyone.