Set within the spectacular Dorset woodland, Mallinson’s Woodland Retreat is characterised by so many visitors as magical - something similar to Avatar in summer and Narnia in winter! Close to the 'World Heritage Site' of the Jurassic Coast, it is peaceful and uncrowded. Nestled in the stunning West Dorset countryside, just a stone's throw from East Devon and South Somerset, too. All of the accommodation is set within its own private woodland and has been handcrafted directly on site. Each Glamping set up has its own private area of woodland and visitors can enjoy their stay and not see anyone else.
Choose between two yurts called Poppet and Coracle or a tipi named Hoppus, or maybe try Bodger, the shepherd's hut. All accommodations have their own private shower, washing facilities and flushing toilet. There is also a luxurious, custom-made canvas bell tent, Twybil. The tent was constructed on a raised deck so that it is above ground to keep dry no matter the weather. It has private, exclusive use of a beautiful woven willow hot shower, washing-up and proper flushing toilet facilities. (These are not ensuite but are just 20 yards away.) Whatever accommodation you choose, you'll be sleeping in a cosy, king-size bed with bed linen provided, duvets and pillows. With oak headboards, electricity sockets for charging phones, lighting and electrical blankets, with heated towel rails and log burners - you'll have everything you need for a relaxing stay. It will be a quiet and peaceful time in an atmosphere that is child-free, with your own private, secluded deck or clearing.
What makes a stay at Mallinson’s Woodland Retreat unique?
All of the yurts, tipis, and the shepherd's hut were designed and created using classic craft techniques. The wood used in the decking and boardwalks posts and for making the yurts is sweet chestnut that was cut from an 18-year rotational coppice. The timber species are chosen for particular properties, so in the structures, preservatives or chemicals were not needed. There is no concrete used on-site and all waste is handled using the biodigester which produces water that is suitable for unloading in the river. The entire site was designed so that if it was to ever move, the forests would return to their wild state without any indication that the site was ever there. This is now evident in a former site, which returned to nature after just five years.
What is there to see and do at Mallinson’s Woodland Retreat?
A BBQ is available that doubles as a fire brazier, a Morso wood-fired pizza oven, a fridge with an icebox, a washing-up sink with hot and cold mains drinking water, your own set of crockery, glasses, cutlery, kitchen utensils etc, and a gas cooking ring with a kettle. For those lazy afternoons in the summer, there are two cosy all-season camping chairs, a hammock under the trees and a huge parasol for all-weather alfresco living. There is a small honesty shop on site with many varieties of local cider, and locally-made charcoal for your barbecue as well as the pizza dough. It really is a luxury getaway all year round.
Please note; Mallinson’s Woodland Retreat is strictly adults-only (min age of 18) couples and singles only. Groups and children will not be accepted.