Tucked down single-track country roads, shaded with tall trees on either side, this little tenters’ campsite is perfectly pitched atop Fleet Lagoon, Lyme Bay and the Jurassic Coast. Many of the pitches have countryside or sea views, and a low-key ambience thrives. This is a traditional campsite with a well-stocked shop and cubicle facilities which include the two most impressive-looking and well-sized family bathrooms we’ve seen at any UK campsite, with self-contained WC, shower, sink and even a bath). The site is part of a larger operation that includes an adjacent site, and guests can use their facilities, which include an outdoor heated swimming pool and a bar. So, it’s the best of both worlds – quiet and peaceful camping, with extra entertainment just next door.
Regulars to the site tend to be visitors who travel from afar on their long holiday break. Parents like to pitch near the small children’s playground. Older families enjoy all the grassy space for ball games. Climbers come to be near Portland’s cliffs and quarries. And walkers just love the Fleet Lagoon – a unique and protected nature reserve that attracts migrating waterfowl in spring and autumn – which is just a 500m stroll down the South West Coast Path.The tidal lagoon is home to Moonfleet Manor Hotel, formerly called Fleet House by its well-to-do owner who, so legend has it, was heavily involved in smuggling. During the summer months you can book a guided tour with a costumed re-enactment group that will talk you through the history of the once-booming local smuggling community, making a fun day out for the kids.
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As avid campers we reguarly refer to the cool camping books to find our next campsite ......through recomendation on cool camping we decided to stay at Sea Barn for a chilled weekend away. It also happened that a friend was staying with her family also that weekend so it seemed a no brainer ! However on calling to book and after the payment had been processed, we were asked how we had found them, on explaining that it was through cool camping and that a friend was staying that weekend, the lady on the phone then decided to tell us that we had to pay a bond !!! (for behaviour) on explaining that we were not part of their group and were not planning on camping near them at all (as they are a family with young children and we are a couple without children ..... hence the distance) she was extremely rude !!!! We will never ever stay at this campsite until there is new ownership or they learn lessons in PR and manners.
Cool camping I would not endorse this campsite !!!!! it is definately not cool !
Response from campsite owner (and to the review below):
Sea Barn Farm has operated a “quiet nights” policy for many years. As part of this, and as published on our website and sent out to all customers on booking, we ask for a £20 bond from people who are coming as part of a group or who intend to meet up with friends when they get here. This bond is refundable on departure, provided the park’s policies on noise and behaviour have been adhered to. Most of our customers, especially those with young children, welcome this system as it helps to ensure they get an undisturbed sleep and that everyone can enjoy their holiday.
The bond is a gesture of good faith on the part of the customer and indicates that they have understood and are willing to accept the expectations of our other guests. All our customers are asked, on booking, whether they are coming as part of a group or intend to meet up with friends; regardless of whether they will be pitched together or not.
If someone refuses to pay the bond or fails to tell us that they are part of a group, we take this as an indication that they do not accept the same code of conduct that our other customers expect or that they feel they are likely to behave in a way which will cost them their bond. In such circumstances it is our policy to decline the booking. That may seem harsh or rude to a very small minority, but we have thousands of visitors each year who willing pay the bond and have no problem at all reclaiming it at the end of an enjoyable, relaxing and peaceful stay.
As this customer made clear when trying to book over the phone that they would not pay a bond, it was not possible to proceed with the booking. No payment was processed. Nor did they visit Sea Barn Farm and so didn't get to enjoy the views!
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1 of 1 readers found this review useful.
Not a "cool" campsite at all. Would not recommend that you stay here. Not particularly pleasant or helpful staff. Er, the view is OP and thats about it.
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Food & Drink
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