Nestled beneath an ancient Dorset woodland of coppiced oak, Oak Apple Lodge is a spacious safari tent beautifully fitted out with every convenience for comfortable living. It even has electric heating, an electric wine cooler, a well equipped kitchen space and an en-suite flushing toilet. Luxurious glamping indeed!
Pop those wine corks and revel in the seduction of the glamorous interior complete with a solid floor, solid wooden furniture and a huge double bed piled high with crisp white linen and exotic Moroccan bedding under a romantic draped ceiling lit by a gorgeous oversized Moroccan lamp. Sheer indulgence.
Timber decking extends the living space with stylish outdoor furniture and a barbecue for alfresco dining and heavenly bucolic views.
When you are ready to explore, Dorset is full of little gems. Four miles away is the pretty town of Beaminster, mentioned in the Domesay Book of 1086, where once locally produced materials were used for the manufacture of linens and woollens. Now the appealing town has a good selection of shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants and an impressive church tower dating back to around 1500 often described as ‘one of the glories of the West Country’.
Bridport and West Bay standing at the ‘Gateway to the Jurassic Coast’ are just over 10 miles away. The town is a lively venue hosting vibrant street markets, showcasing the very best of local art, produce, antiques and vintage wares. The Electric Palace is a glorious refurbished Art Deco entertainment centre where some of the UK’s top artists perform. It has a cinema too. The Bridport Literary Festival is an annual event growing from strength to strength. It takes place around the end of October, beginning of November. Amongst this year’s stars will be climber Chris Bonington, journalists Martin Bell and Kate Adie, brother to Princess Diana, Charles Spencer, Lord Patten the last British Governor of Hong Kong and many more. There are lots more events taking place throughout the year including Wassailing in January, Dog Show and Pirates Day in May, Carnival and Torch Light Procession in August, the Hat Festival in September, Apple Day in October, Fireworks in November and the Christmas Tree Festival in December – just to mention a few!
It will come as no surprise to learn that the breathtaking Jurassic Coast of Dorset and East Devon has been declared a World Heritage Site. This pristine landscape is fringed by a stunning coast path in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which is served by the Jurassic Coaster bus route. Hop on and off to walk your favoured stretches. The South West Coast Path is 95 miles long from Old Harry Rocks at Handfast Point on the Isle of Purbeck at the most easterly end in Dorset to Exmouth in Devon. Enjoy walking cycling, fossil hunting, boat trips and discovering the characterful Jurassic Coast Towns along the way. The Dorset towns of Abbotsbury, Beer and Branscombe are recommended. If you would like to venture into Devon do visit Budleigh Salterton, Charmouth, Exmouth, Kimmeridge, Lyme Regis, Portland, Seaton, Sidmouth, Swanage, West Lulworth and Weymouth.
Closer to home within the beautiful Dorset Downs you will find a variety of charming country pubs, convivial inns and welcoming restaurants within easy reach of Oak Apple Lodge. Try good food (booking recommended), real ales and fine wines at the Royal Oak at Drimpton, fabulous views, guest ciders and ales and restaurant at the picturesque family run Winyard’s Gap Inn in Chedington and
enjoy a warm welcome, riverside garden and delicious pies at The Coach and Horses Inn at South Perret.
Once you have enjoyed one staycation at Oak Apple Lodge in lovely Dorset you will surely to want to return again and again. Glamping 2017 won’t be enough. Make a date in your diary right now for Glamping 2018!