Last Wednesday, armed with our gumboots, our new Bell tent* from Boutique Camping*,our mugs and plates, off we went to spend 5 wonderful days at Eweleaze Farm in Dorset. We…was 4 couples (Swedish/English, American/English, Italian/New-Zealander and French/New-Zealander), 9 kids under 6 and 2 dogs…Needless to say that despite the weather, it was amazing…
Eweleaze Farm is an organic farm that opens its surrounding fields to the public in August only. As much as I hate traditional camping where everyone has a specific slot allocated which means that your tent is 1 meter away from the next (at least it’s like this in France), there you’re free to put your tent wherever you want. It’s also incredibly well organized! At the farm, you can buy pretty much everything from burgers, milk, organic sausages & burgers, stuff for the tent your forgot to bring, bags of wood, hay bells, etc. They also have stone oven baked pizzas in the evening (although quite pricey £4.50 for the size of the pizza…we passed) but the burgers & sausages were a treat! They also have solar-power showers and eco-friendly toilets.
The kids had a ball…Being able to walk down to the farm all by themselves and spent hours holding guinea pigs, chicks, a friendly rat (yeah kind of cute until you focused on the long tail..beurkk!), goats, poneys, puppies made them feel very grown-up. We also tried a few good pubs around, went crabbing** (major hit with the kids), and in the evening had Italian anti-pasti, French wines, kiwi lamb, mashmallows around the fire and a fantastic time!
*Ours was 5m dia..Stunning design but quite heavy although it won’t stop us from getting a smaller one for our house in France) **all were released afterwards