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We are just back from a weekend here, our first time to visit and we will definitely stay again. There are loads of places to pitch and some of the views are amazing. It was busy but not packed and there was still loads of room. The facilities were great, always spotless and in good locations on the site. The shop is very handy and the croissants in the morning are lovely and fresh! Don't forget to visit the Smuggler's Inn for a drink or some food, worth a visit. This is a great camp site in a lovely location, friendly staff and good clean facilities - nothing fancy which is what camping is all about. I would recommend to anyone.
This is a lovely campsite. Ideally located to go walking to Lulworth Cove and for a short stroll to the pub. The scenery is beautiful and it was a joy to see so children playing around the site. The owners are very helpful, letting me arrive and pitch up after dark. I would definately recommend this site.
We have visited this campsite twice, and would return again with no hesitation. The location is ideal, set in rolling hills with beautiful views across the coastline, and within walking distance of Weymouth. The Smugglers Inn is a lovely country pub less than a 5 minute walk, and serves great food. The site itself is very well kept up, with excellent toilet and shower facilities, which are regularly cleaned, and include plug sockets and large mirrors. The campsite shop is also well stocked with essentials and ice packs to rent. I would recommend this site to anyone.
We visited Rosewall back in late August and had an amazing time. We had the site pretty much to ourselves. The staff were very welcoming and friendly and gave us advice on where to go and places to eat as we didnt know the area very well. The site had lovely views of the sea and surrounding scenery. The site was well situated and although the site was steep in parts there were plenty of flat pitches for the less adventurous. We however decided to pitch up on a near vertical slope to make the most of the amazing view. We did not regret it.
The Smugglers in was a very short walk from the site and was perfect. The food was amazing and good value for money, the service was fast and the staff were attentive. we spent every evening there even if only for a drink or two as the atmosphere was so warming.
We were sad to leave Rosewall and The Smugglers but we will definately be returning in the near future.
We would highly recommend to anyone looking for a few days away from it all.
A nice campsite - shame they don't apply their own rules. They say no groups (one reason we booked with a young family) unfortunately lots of groups - one was a party of around 30 ....!! A real shame as a good campsite but with large groups comes noise so i would say if you want a reasonably quiet (let's be honest no camping is that quiet) then I would not recommend Rosewall. Good campsite + noise. If they applied their own policy of no groups then this wouldn't happen or at least would be an honest representation of the site - as it is would only go if you don't mind alot of groups and noise.
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Lovely family campsite. Relaxed feel, plenty of space, decent washblocks, well-stocked shop, short walk to rocky beach, even shorter walk to excellent child-friendly pub. The kids made friends and disappeared to play on the swings, watch the rabbits and make their own games. Result.
Good campsite with lovely views of the sea... great little pub down the road with excellent loacl beers - spent 2 nights down there and did not get through them all... the food is ok but expect a wait in season... the campsite facilities are good - clean toilet blocks... a little playpark for the kids - many pitches are slighly slopping but fine... had an issue with noise 1 of the nights though and moved the tent 20m down the site - no problems from then on... shop is well stocked and there is a Co-Op 10mins along the main road...
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There is a small rocky beach about 200 metres from the site. It’s fun for rock-pooling or catching little crabs, but the main beach for swimming is the shingle beach at Ringstead Bay, about 5-7 minutes’ drive. It’s also accessible on foot via the buggy-unfriendly coast path (30 minutes). The highly acclaimed Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre (01929 450414; open all year) is a 20-minute drive away, near Wareham. The kids can check out rescued primates and monkey around on the climbing frames. Admission for a family of 4 is £31. For other local attractions.
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Food & Drink
Head down the road at the Smuggler’s Inn (01305 833125). It’s a cute country pub tucked into a dip, with a little stream running through a pleasant garden kitted out with swings and slides. The food is good-value pub fare and includes local seafood specials; kids’ portions available. For supplies to take back to camp, Craig’s Farm Shop (01305 834591) sells home-produced dairy products.
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