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Don’t just take our word for it here are some thoughts and pictures from others
We've loved it all
It’s been a long time since we’ve had such a relaxing holiday (if ever!). We’ve loved it all – watching the sun set, seeing the most amazing sky full of stars, listening to the silence, and the farm animals! While here we’ve seen swallows, bats, a heron, deer, a chinook, two hercules and our favourite, a barn owl swooping low over the long grass hunting. It’s a truly magical place – thank you both for making it so!
Hope to return soon …
Emma and Neil, June 2015 (and they did in Sept 2015!).
Thank you so much for a fantastic holiday
Thank you so much for a fantastic holiday. This is everything you could imagine on your perfect campsite. The weather has been mixed but the kitchen and shelter have made it a pleasure. This is definitely the way to introduce a toddler to camping, all of the fun without the stress and Arthur has loved exploring, pinching strawberries on the way up to the kitchen and looking for the animals. You really have thought of every detail. It’s the little things I loved like the bunting, fairy lights and handmade toilet roll holders! Oh and the apple cakes (warm) on arrival were delicious!
Thank you and hope to come again soon.
Chris, Sarah and Arthur, July 2015
Wow! You've created the perfect retreat
Wow! You’ve created the perfect retreat, I couldn’t pick a single fault. We came with everything we needed in our BYO Bell Tent – but soon realised that everything was here already! Having the under cover table to eat breakfast was a real bonus this morning , when the rain arrived. Peter and Jane brought back fond childhood memories and the Mabel Lucie Atwell picture in the kitchen! It’s the love, care and attention to detail that’s gone into creating this idyllic gem that makes it very special and a place we will return to again and again.
Esther, Max, Sam and Isla June 2015
It is perfect
Having woken to an amazingly beautiful sunrise, I meandered through the dewy path to your quirky back in time kitchen for a brew. Sitting listening to the soothe mooing of the cows, who should pop around the corner but 4 quacking ducks, 2 white, 2 black. A beautiful box of red apples on the handmade table, wild flowers picked from the garden. It is perfect, such a retreat, so easy to unwind. Sue you are as sweet and lovely as your campsite and Nick you are just so funny!! Thank you both for having us again. Needless to say we love it here and wish it were our home!
Michelle and Philip September 2014
Our third stay with you guys
Our third stay with you guys, for August Bank Hols and our friends loved Bidlake as much as we do. The kitchen ‘extension’ meant that all 15 of us could have supper together, brilliant building! Everything was perfect as usual – we are all seasoned campers and agree that this is the most idyllic site. Sue and Nick your warmth and hospitality make staying here extra special. Thank you so very much for letting the kids explore the caravan, you didn’t need to do that, but it was their dream playhouse and mine too! As long as you are here we will be back.
The Holburns and friends August 2014
The tents were very comfy
Dear Sue and Nick, This has been one of the best camping I have ever had. A very good way to start the Summer holidays! The tents were very comfy, I loved toasting marshmallows and having lots of hot chocolates. The facilities are great. I hope we come again, we are hoping to come back here next year. Although it rained twice it was still great, everyone is kind. I love playing on the field, we played football, cricket and a bit of rounders. We had fun going to the beach and we also had fun going to Lyme Regis as Sue suggested. All the shops are great. We had good fish and chips and afterwards pancakes in what we call the ‘Hunter’s Lodge’.
I hope the rest of the season goes well!
Best wishes Katie Aged 9, July 2014
Ruben has just hugged our tent!
Dear Nick and Sue, Thank you for making our first family camping experience absolutely brilliant. ‘I like sleeping in our tent’ Rosa (3). ‘My best things were finding stones on the beach with little holes all the way through and lighting the stove and climbing trees’ Ruben (5). We loved the little touches, like the cosy hot water bottles and the little character cushions for the children, made them feel so homely – they are finding it hard to say goodbye. Ruben has just hugged our tent!
Many thanks Tess, Thanos, Ruben and Rosa, Bristol, 2013.
What a special, peaceful retreat
Dear Sue and Nick, What a special, peaceful retreat this is, and made even more so by you two! We have had an amazing time, very spoilt in total isolation. We loved the ‘short’ walk to Pilsdon mound, thank you Nick! We love the chickens, waking up to ‘mooing’ and little else. You have made it all so perfect, plus, plus, plus…! Delicious cakes, funny stories, flights of birds passing the breakfast table.
We will be back (sorry!)
Thank you love Michelle and Philip, Bucks, 2013
Great set up, hats off to Sue and Nick
10 of us came for my 40th Birthday, 4 tents and a caravan also celebrating its 40th and 6 little humans too. Everyone loved every minute of it. Our second time here this year and we’ll be coming back again next year. Great set up, hats off to Sue and Nick. Great location, love this whole coast. Would highly recommend a fishing trip out of West bay – 10 of us caught 26 mackerel in an hour from the Jolly Dodger Boat. Great fun and views stunning.
Thanks Old Bidlake Farm. The perfect way to spend my birthday weekend.
Cheers Dave, 2013
My Poem to Old Bidlake Farm
Oh what a wonderful holiday, Lovely Sue and Nick, Definitely doing it again next year
Beautiful bell tents, Idyllic countryside, Delicious homemade Dorset Apple Cakes
Lovely horse riding, Awesome apple orchard, Kitchen with everything you could ever need
Edible delights from the farm shop,
Fabulous fossils, Amazing sunsets, Roaring rocket stove, Marvellous mackerel fishing
Lili aged 8½, London, 2013
The Bell Tent was very snuggly and cosy
I met lots of lovely people. I liked going into the long grass to catch grasshoppers. In the morning I liked feeding the chickens and getting eggs. I thought that the Bell Tent was very snuggly and cosy. I got an enormous amount of sleep. I liked picking the blackberries from the bushes. Thank you Sue and Nick from Elsie
Elsie, Maude, Louisa and Pete, 2017
Old Bidlake Farm – proper camping, without the hassle
What happens if you take not two, but four kids camping, on your own? In torrential rain? Four hours from home?
This is how I spent the half-term holidays. Actually Daddy has no more holiday left to take from his job, but the offer from Old Bidlake Farm to check out one of their bell tents was too tempting to resist, and I’m always suspicious of a school holiday that has nothing written on the calendar. “It’ll be great!” I decided. “I’ll go on my own, we’ll have fun, all under canvas together. Actually,” – I felt brave – “let’s invite your friends too, will be easy!” I practically sang to my two children. They looked a little, shall we say, incredulous, but they weren’t about to argue, and swiftly started Whatsapping to see who was free.
Come the morning of our trip, it was pouring with rain. “Good luck with this!” affirmed mothers as they handed me their offspring, complete with wellies, raincoats, and spare towels. “Will be fine!” I trilled as they waved me off into the deluge.
And it was. About 2 hours down the M3 the rain thinned, and finally petered out. It’s always brighter at the coast. As the roads got narrower I breathed in that sense of relaxation that you get from going somewhere greener, slower, and more gentle. By the time I started to go head to head with enormous tractors coming the other way, even the kids were jovial about the journey. “Next time, Mum, just stop the car and I’ll get out and tell him to reverse back down the lane!” Even arrival and unpacking felt easy, as the kids jostled for who could be most helpful, and the tent was stocked in no time. You see, when you take other people’s kids on holiday, everyone tries harder to be on their best behaviour.
Read the full article on Actually Mummy – Old Bidlake Farm
“Just four bell tents in a field, surrounded by rolling fields and open skies. The tents are beautifully kitted out with great attention to detail; pretty bunting, a soft toy each for the kids, hot water bottles. There is a ‘rocket stove’ for cooking, a cool box, and all crockery and cutlery are provided. There’s a communal kitchen, and space to eat under cover if needed, very nice loos and showers.”
Link to the original article on Mumsnet
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