Merley Court Holiday Park

Poole, Dorset

3.5 stars out of 11 reviews

Open from
Early February to 3rd January
Holiday homes
Poole, Dorset, South West England, BH21 3AA
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Last updated
11 Mar 2022
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Merley Court Holiday Park, near Wimborne, Dorset, is set in more than 15 acres of parkland with woods. Here you can hire a selection of luxurious and modern holiday homes, while the park also offers a large number of pitches for people with tents, motorhomes, and touring caravans.

Both hard standing and grass pitches are available at Merley Court Holiday Park, with serviced and non-serviced pitches available. There is also a secluded area of ‘executive pitches’ where guests can relax in grand style during their time at the park. Serviced pitches include electricity and waste water drainage hook ups.

Seasonal pitches are available for guests looking to use Merley Court Holiday Park as their regular retreat during the season, while reasonably priced caravan and motorhome storage is available for tourists that love the park and are planning to return for a relaxing country break the following year.

There is a wide range of additional facilities available at the site, including washroom facilities and Wi-Fi internet access. Gas exchange is offered for those that need to swap canisters, and a chemical waste disposal point is also present.

Guests can refresh themselves with exceptional food and drink from the on-site bar and restaurant, while a well-stocked supermarket enables tourists to self-cater and pick up any holiday essentials in addition.

There are plenty of activities to enjoy at Merley Court Holiday Park as well as in the surrounding area. On the park, there is a heated outdoor swimming pool, an adventure playground, and crazy golf, with large areas of open space suitable for ball games and other activities. Cycle hire is available from the park for energetic guests that are looking to explore the surrounding area and maybe even head further into Dorset.

With so much beautiful landscape to take in, getting around on two wheels is a great option for guests wanting to see as much of the area as possible during their stay.

Other activities available close by range from the adrenaline fuelled to the relaxing. Those wanting to enjoy a tranquil day outdoors might like to play a round of golf at one of the many courses in the area, while there are many opportunities for fishing, both in the sea as well as from the banks of the many of the rivers and streams of the area.

Go horse riding and enjoy either relaxing rides or high energy gallops in the glorous Dorset countryside. If you're a fan of watersports, why not be a bit of a daredevil and head to the sea to try your hand at windsurfing or jet skiing.

Visit charming Wimborne Minster, the nearest town to the park. This is a quaint and beautiful place to spend time with the family, whether exploring the streets on foot and visiting the local businesses or visiting the town on market day to stock up on food supplies.

On the south coast, guests will find Poole, Bournemouth, and Weymouth around 30 minutes away, while if you love to uncover the past in the landscape around you, go fossil hunting at Charmouth, scale the cliffs above Lulworth Cove to see the Petrified Forest, all part of the UNESCO World Heritage Jurassic Coast. Lulworth offers good pubs and a fantastic castle to visit, too.

For easy access to beautiful countryside, great beaches, and some of the south coast’s best towns, Merley Court Holiday Park is the place for a family getaway!

More about the parkHide
  • 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
  • Swimming pool(s)
  • Take away food
  • Visitor parking
  • Washing up facilities
  • Water hook-ups
  • Wireless internet
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Cafe

Outdoor swimming pool - open peak season
Licensed lounge bar and family room
Pool table
Games room


Merley Court Holiday Park (www)

Merley, Wimborne
Dorset, South West England
United Kingdom
BH21 3AA


Merley Court Holiday Park is clearly signposted on the A31 Wimborne by-pass and A349 Poole junction.

Nearby attractions

  • Beach
  • Boat launch
  • Cycle hire
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Horse riding holidays
  • Swimming (Indoor)
  • Swimming (Outdoor)
  • Organised Entertainment
  • Internet Access
  • Games Room
  • TV Room
  • Gym access
  • Snooker/Pool
  • Sauna
  • Leisure Centre

Brownsea Island, Kingston Lacy House, Poole Pottery, Moors Valley Country Park, Paulton Park and Peppa Pig World, Beaulieu, Tower Park entertainment complex and Oceanarium. Several sandy Blue Flag beaches nearby. Bournemouth, Poole and the New Forest are within easy reach.

Guests have free use of extensive all-weather leisure and entertainment facilities at Oakdene Park 7 miles away.



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Overall rating

3.5 stars

Based on 7 review(s)

1.0 stars

The worst campsite I have ever visited, with non-existent customer service. Shorefield (who oversee Merley Court) have quite literally stolen my money, and defamed my character when I dared to query why they had indeed stolen £62 from my bank account. The manageress is downright unhinged, and the head office staff are more than willing to slander customers and block all avenues of dispute should you dare to issue a private complaint about her after she makes guests literally weep following dealing with her unpleasantness. Unless this sounds like your idea of fun, stay at one of Dorset's many other delightful campsites. My experience dealing with this dreadful campsite has brought nothing but misery and left me out of pocket while they continue to lie, lie and lie again. I would advise anyone seeking a nice break to go ANYWHERE else.


5.0 stars

Arrived on Saturday after noon staff very helpful showed us to the pitch and helped us to un hitch, the hole site was spotless inc showers and toilets, club house very good and swimming pool clean and warm shop on site well stocked made to feel welcome nothing was to much trouble will definitely be back


4.0 stars

It was the first time that we visited england with our own caravan. Until yet we only know italian or french camp sites. Merely court ist a wonderful, quiet campground with a very friendly and helpful staff. The facilities aren´t build as modern as italian or french ones, but always on a very perfect and clean standart. Really great are the dimensions of the pitches. We had have a "small" one (more then 10x10m). So every camper has a lot off "private space" - wonderfull! Electrical hook ups are European standart (CCE)and deliver enough ampere. The dimensions of the swimmingpool are a little small, but therefor the water was heated.


2.0 stars

I recently visited Merley Court, I was suprised at the cost of a pitch over the Easter w/e the cost was £30 pn I had a awning and a bedroom annex and I was charged £4 pn for the annex and £3 pn for a dog. The site is well laid out with a shop, take away and a club house, but lacked any entertainment, we could use the facilties at Oakdene which is 7 miles away. Why do these sites keeping on charging for all the extras it mad it a expensive week-end, what do these sites put on for the dogs? Overall a wellkept site with helpful staff.
Merley Court Touring Park, Poole, Dorset


4.0 stars

very clean, quiet and friendly. camping shop on site well stocked. club house very nice but opening hours only at weekends when we stayed in September 07. lovely views and walks. nearby market towns worth a visit. lovely beaches and coastal walks.

East Sussex

5.0 stars

Excellent site, very helpfull and friendly staff. The toilet and shower facilities are superb and always kept at a very high standard of cleanliness. The on-site club house makes going out for a drink and/or a meal enjoyable for all, as no-one has to drive home!! Highly recommended.

West Sussex

4.0 stars

A fantastic site and location. Friendly helpfull staff. Stayed here twice and enjoyed the experience. Only gripe is that since the ownership has changed to Shorefields and you wish to stay on for a couple of hours after the standard departure time you have to pay a full daily rate even when the park is not busy. I understand they are a buisness but there are many places that only require a small fee. Other than that its a great place for all of the family.

Tyne & Wear

MERLEY COURT is a wonderful site and is kept very clean. A1 standars of cleaness of toilets showers and washrooms. lots of dog walks , laudry which also has a spin dryer so can wash own things without washing machine . The site is kept tidy and clean all the time we were there.the site has its own club house where we had alot of meals , with friendly and helpful staffyou can also go in for just a drink. We will deffinely go back again and thanks for a great holiday .

The Past

** This review was originally posted by Steve Marston from Oakley, Hampshire. **

I cannot recommend Merley Court highly enough. It is a beautifully presented touring park, with generous size, level pitches and immaculate toilet and shower facilities. I particularly like the fact that there are no static vans on site and that they cater purely for tourers and campers.

It is well situated for exploring Poole, Bournemouth and Dorset and it is in easy driving distance of some of the south's best beaches. The site it's self has some great leisure facilities including; a tennis court, table tennis, a large croquet lawn with equipment for hire, pitch and putt course and an out-door swimming pool to name but a few.

There is a great pub/clubhouse on site, which serves good food and also has a separate children's room with a selection of amusements.

All in all this is a peaceful up-market site ideal for couples and families with younger children.

The Past

** This review was originally posted by Rob Jones from Sheffield. **

This is to me the best campsite that I have ever stayed on. Every year it appears to improve in one way or another. The atmosphere on site is relaxed and friendly and the facilities are immaculate.

The site is located with numerous attractions - even for those wet days that we all hope we don't get!. If you have children then this is a holiday dream. The kids appear to find friends really quickly here playing in the playground, playing on the crazy golf etc. You always feel as though the kids are safe.

The site welcomes Caravans, Motor Homes and tents so basically you get a wide range of people on site - but to be honest it doesn't matter - if you are in a tent costing £30 or a motohome costing £100,000 - everyone is made to feel at home.

The pitches are all superb even if they go a little dry during the peak season (make sure that you take a good mallet to get the pegs in). The layout guarantees that you have enough space and that fire precautions are observed.

Drinking water suppllies are never far away and most pitches include the now obligatory electric hookup.

The toilet blocks are incredibly clean - and even when one is shut for cleaning there is never far to find the next open one.

It is a pleasure to wash up in the sink area and listen to the many camping tales that are shared in there. The water is hot and you don't get wet no matter what the weather outside.

The on site shop is extremely well stocked and again service is fantastic within there.

So what if anything could be done to improve on this site? - very little - maybe warm the outdoor pool up by a couple of degree's - but that is from someone who hates swimming in cold water so perhaps it is a little unfair.

I recommend this site to anyone - people who have never camped before try this site and they are hooked - they will never stay in a hotel again!

All in my humble opinion of course (and no Merley have not paid me to write any of this).

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