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St Leonards Farm Caravan & Camping Park

Ferndown, Dorset

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St Leonards Caravan & Camping Park is perfectly placed if you’re planning to explore the many sights of Poole, Bournemouth, the New Forest and the surrounding area.

This campsite is open from the beginning of April until the end of September and welcomes guests in tents, caravan and motorhomes. A total of 150 touring pitches are available – the premier pitches have 10A electric hook-ups. In addition, some of the site is set aside for residential park homes for the over 55s and there are five privately owned static holiday caravans, plus there is a four-berth static caravan that can be hired on a weekly basis. This static caravan has gas heating, electricity, a shower and a toilet, and a kitchen with a gas oven, a fridge, cutlery, a toaster and a kettle – pets are not permitted in July and August and you must bring your own bed linen and towels.

The fact that this campsite is a finalist in the Top 100 Sites Guide 2014 should reassure you that this is a top destination for your camping, motorhome and touring caravan holidays in Dorset. This go-to guide to the best campsites in the UK is produced every year by the expert teams working at Caravan Sitefinder, Practical Caravan and Practical Motorhome, to help visitors have the best holidays possible. St Leonards Caravan & Camping Park is one of just four campsites in this camping and travel guide in Dorset, a county that's popular for caravan and camping holidays, meaning this is one of the best campsites in Dorset.

On site you will find a spacious shower and toilet block with facilities for disabled guests, a dishwashing area, a launderette, a play area for the children, a picnic area and a freezer for ice packs, plus there are chemical disposal points for black and grey water. If you can't charge your electrical devices yourself, you can do so at the campsite's reception, for a small fee. Also in reception is a tourist information point. There’s no shop on site, but there is a large Sainsbury’s supermarket around five minutes up the road. It’s worth noting that when you arrive you’ll need £10 in cash as a deposit for your card to enter the gates (returned at the end of your stay) – but many will welcome the extra security and reassurance that this entry system provides.

This is a dog friendly campsite. However, dogs are permitted only by prior appointment, so be certain to mention you want to bring your four-legged friend when you book. Also, dogs are not allowed at this campsite in the months of July and August.

There’s such a huge amount to see and do in this lovely part of the country, so why not take a trip to beautiful Corfe Castle or perhaps Highcliffe Castle, or wonderful Brownsea Island or explore the historic Jurassic Coast? You could spend days enjoying time in the ancient New Forest, either in the car, on foot, on two wheels or on horseback! The stunning Purbeck Heritage Coast with the famous Lulworth Cove is also doable in a day when pitched at St Leonards Caravan & Camping Park. This really is a special part of the country in which to spend your motorhome, camping and caravan holidays in Dorset.

Open from:
1st April to 1st October

Allow rallies, Disabled access, Pets allowed, Children's play area(s), Chemical disposal point, Electric hook-ups, Laundry, Sanitary block(s), Washing up facilities

5 Holiday homes (for rent), 101 Motorhome pitches, Seasonal pitches, 150 Tent pitches, 101 Touring pitches, Shepherd huts

Nearby attractions:
Beach, Boat launch, Fishing, Golf, Horse riding holidays, Sailing

Whatever your holiday needs the Bournemouth and Poole area has a lot to offer. There are beautiful sandy beaches and ample opportunity for all water sports including swimming and surfing. Horse riding, fishing, go-carting, dry slope skiing, golf courses, cycling areas are nearby. Other attractions in the area include,Beaulieu Motor Museum, Monkey World, Paultons Park and the New Forest.

St Leonards Farm Caravan & Camping Park

St Leonards Farm, West Moors
Dorset, South West England
United Kingdom
BH22 0AQ
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Overall rating

2.5 stars

Based on 2 review(s)


1.0 stars

As a regular camper we were very disappointed in St Leonard's camp site which must rate as the poorest we have stayed in over the last 10 Years.

Poor signposting from the busy approach road and unmarked speed humps on the narrow access road to the site, (drivers beware) provided a poor start to our holiday.

After entering what is basically the back end of a Farm Yard and once the tortuous barrier system reminiscent of a high security prison camp rather than a holiday destination has been negotiated, (£10 deposit for the Access Card) we drove down a poorly designed extremely narrow road with no footpath and no visibility to find our pitch. This was after we had read the rather restrictive “Camp Rules” and the several “Keep Out” signs which welcomed all new visitors.

The site toilets were a big let down; regularly no toilet roll, 1 plug to share between the sinks, unclean showers and inadequate provision in general (there is a makeshift Portaloo with tiny cubicles to make up the numbers).

The play area is a good distance away with no signs to help identify where it may be located. When you do find it you will also find a few swings by a running stream so children will need constant supervision.

No temporary barbecues, no music or noise after 11pm (rigidly enforced after 10pm), regular noise patrols intent on curbing any audible conversation after dusk make the whole atmosphere very unpleasant.

All in all very poor.

West Sussex

4.0 stars

This is well located for Bournemouth and beyond. Simple site with the unusual but welcomed mixture of tents and caravans together. Electric for caravans is good. Plyground could be a bit better and this site gets very busy at weekends but has a nice atmosphere about it. Only critism is they tend to allocate pitches right next to each other then leave half the site empty.