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East Farm Dairy, Osmington Mills, Weymouth, Dorset DT3 6HA
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Dorset’s cliff-and-beach coast has all the credentials for that perfect summer holiday. If the sun’s shining, everyone’s out paddling, playing and rock-pooling. If it rains, the region is well prepared, with aquariums and oceanariums. With demanding tourists descending here in ever-greater numbers, it’s no surprise that many of the campsites have progressed up the evolutionary chain. One such place is Rosewall Camping, which once must have started life as a scrawny, scruffy field and has now developed into a highly polished, lovingly manicured camping ground with plenty of awards and accolades to prove it. Gradual, imperceptible, changes have occurred over the years. Apart from the grass, the amenities have been upgraded and expanded. The result is a highly evolved operation offering a comfortable, easy, hassle-free family holiday. If evolutionary theorist Charles Darwin had been a camper, this is where he would have stayed. Such perfection won’t suit all Cool Campers, but the cracking views and coastal location will. Anyway, those seeking a more rough-and ready site will be around the corner at Eweleaze Farm. But for those looking for an easy holiday, Rosewall Camping is, as Darwin would say, the natural selection.
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There is no holiday park feel as we are NO longer connected to the static caravan park. We are a family run campsite catering for families and couples. The site has stunning sea views. Cool Camping description suggets there is a clubhouse with food, please note we DO NOT have this. There is a local public house which is a 5-10 minute walk from the site. Also there is NO swimming pool. The Cool Camping for Kids book’s description is also now incorrect as we are no longer connected with the neighbouring caravan park (Osmington Holiday Park, formerly known as Osmington Mills Holidays Ltd) and so do not have use of their facilities, i.e club, swimming pool and shop). We do have our own shop on site.

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★★★★☆

Great location and site

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.  

★★★★★

Beautiful campsite

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. 

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Rosewall Camping

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.

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Rosewall Camping

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.

★☆☆☆☆

Rosewall Camping

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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★★★★☆

Rosewall Camping

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.

★★★★☆

Rosewall Camping

A lovely campsite, plenty of room for large tents and space for the children to run around. The pub was an added bonus and gave us a nice stroll in the evening. The children played in the park and rode their scooters around the site without having to worry about annoying anyone. Shame there were no campfires allowed. Would definitely go back.

★★★☆☆

Rosewall Camping

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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Cool Factor

Coastal location, sea views, lots of onsite things to do.

On Site

The main onsite attraction is horse-riding; the stables are near the entrance to the tent site and lessons/rides can be booked at reception (01305 833578). A fishing lake (£8) is well stocked with carp and bream. Facilities include two modern toilet blocks with showers, hairdryer points, shaver points, and washing up facilities.  The lower block has disabled facilities and a newly refurbished laundry room.  There is a further separate laundry room next to the upper toilet block and shop.  Shop is seasonal and well stocked with basic provisions plus camping equipment such as gas and freezer packs.

Nanny State

Nothing dangerous to report.

Off Site

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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If it rains

The Tank Museum at Bovington (01929 405096) is fun and informative for kids. They can explore the vast collection of tanks before hitting the shop. There’s a café and restaurant with children’s menu, as well as a play area outside if the rain subsides.

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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Open

Easter–end Oct

The Damage

Family of 4 costs up to £24, depending on season. Gazebos £5 in high season; pets £2

Getting There

Approaching from Wareham on the A352 Dorchester road, turn left at the A353 Weymouth junction. At the Osmington Mills sign, opposite the garage, turn left and follow the lane and take the first turning off on the right to our holiday park. Approaching from Weymouth, follow the A353 Wareham road. Pass through Osmington village and turn right at the sign for Osmington Mills. Follow the lane and then Rosewall Camping is the first turning off on the right.

Public Transport

Take a train to Weymouth, then a bus (X53) to Poole via Osmington village, or the 108 towards Wool via Osmington village. Then it’s on foot for the final half mile down Mills Lane to the site.

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Beaches  Bicycle routes  Campervans permitted  Children’s playground  Dogs welcome  Good for kids  Good walks  Laundry  Nice views  Showers  Waterside location