Gascon sits on the hillside of this gorgeous wild flower meadow.
Magnificent views from the deck, over the Blackmore Vale.
This spacious safari tent has a French theme.
Gascon has a French theme and these fabulous pink sofas are great to snuggle into after a hard day of holidaying!
The open plan interior with dining/cooking/living space has views out over the countryside that surrounds it.
The kitchen is fully equipped with a Smeg gas hob and fridge freezer for holiday goodies.
The super-comfy double bed awaits you after a day of being on holiday, the shower room and cloak room are through the door at the back of the tent.
Another shot of the double bedroom looking out towards the kitchen/dining/living space.
Two 3 foot beds make this a cosy twin room.
Even the hot water bottle covers have a French theme!
The delightful cabin bed, the little den that children will remember long after their holiday.
The cloakroom has a heated towel rail to keep the room snug.
The large shower has plenty of space for sandy or muddy little ones and a heated towel rail, for warm soft towels.
These luxury safari tents have a very spacious and sociable open plan interior.
So many delighful details catch your eye, the longer you stay, the more you will see.
Comfort and quality throughout alll the lovely linens.
Everything you need for a perfect holiday.
The gas hob gives complete versatility if you do not wish to fire up the range.
Even the hot water bottle has a 'BretonT shirt'!
A fridge and a freezer, that's Glamping, not camping!
The name Gascon comes for an ancient breed of black pig from the Midi-Pyrenees region of France, depicted here in great style.
The French theme continues throughout.
Basking in this large meadow, with far-reaching rural views.
Gascon is the lower of the two safari tents, with great views over the Blackmore Vale from the decking.
Built upon an insulated base, this really is Glamping.
The large deck has amazing views.
Gascon on the gate, identifies your holiday safari tent and gives a French welcome.
Room for all the family to laze on the decking with a leisurely breakfast.
Your comfort is top priority at Black Pig Retreats.
Who gets to light the BBQ? Please supervise children at all times. around an open fire.
Cooking al fresco in such beautiful surroundings.
Pitched in such idyllic surroundings, this is how to go Glamping.
The sunny deck at the back of the tent is a great place to play, or snatch an hour of peace and quiet.
Children will love seeing the animals at Bittles Brook Farm.
Beauty the pig that inspired Black Pig Retreats.
More local residents of Bittles Brook Farm, they live up at the farm and not near to the tents.
The local pub in Motcombe, The Coppleridge Inn, is a twenty minute walk along tracks and paths.
Motcombe's village shop and post office are a short walk along footpaths and lanes.
The hilltop town of Shaftesbury is just five minutes in the car, with some intersting shops to browse and relaxing walkways.
The nearby New Forest offers ponies, cattle, pigs and miles of tracks to walk or cycle.
Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour has a RSPB nature reserve, red squirrels and involves a fun boat trip to get there.
Iconic Durdle Door dominates this stretch of The Jurassic Coastline.
Prehistoric Stonehenge is a 40 minute drive,(photograph copyright English Heritage).
Murciano snuggles into the hill side with far reaching views across the farm and the Blackmore Vale.

Gascon Safari Tent


1.4 miles N of Shaftesbury / Sleeps 6 + cot

7 Nights from £555 - £1275

Glamping at Black Pig Retreats allows you to escape the everyday, park your car, load up your wheelbarrow and enjoy a fabulous holiday with a difference, where you can cook with fire, collect logs, listen to birdsong and immerse yourself in an outdoor lifestyle. Facing towards the amazing view over the Blackmore Vale, Gascon has been stylishly furnished with a French theme, named after an ancient breed of black pig from the mountainous Midi-Pyrenees region of France. You can choose to relax and admire the surrounding countryside from your deck or for the more energetic there is plenty of space for football or flying a kite. Inside you will find a cosy wood-fired range for cooking and heating, two-ring gas hob, all the kitchen utensils you could need when glamping, a fridge/freezer for chilling all those important holiday ingredients and a sink with lots of hot water. The super comfy beds include a king-size bed, twin beds and a double cabin bed, perfect as a holiday den for little and not so little ones. At the back of this luxury tent is an en suite shower-room with double-size shower tray and across from this is a cloakroom with flushing WC, wash-basin and heated towel rail. This calm and peaceful environment invites you to stay and enjoy all things natural, or do nothing and finish that book. This spacious safari tent sits in the large wildflower meadow below Murciano and in an adjoining lower meadow is Mukota, an African themed tent that sleeps four and a delightful 'Straw House' built with straw bales and timber clad which is available for use with games, books and useful information about the area. This charming building is equipped with tables and seating for twenty allowing groups to dine together if they wish. The star attraction of this small holding is Beauty the Large Black pig, although she thinks she's a dog, who inspired the name of the site, all three of the beautifully styled tents are named after breeds of black pig. Bittles Brook Farm has an equestrian facility and in addition to Beauty and the horses; you will encounter the Owners' chickens sheep and dogs, although they are all separate from your glamping meadow. Your dogs are welcome to join you in this 'away from it all holiday', but please keep them under control. As the farm name suggests there is a brook and a pond to explore, so please supervise children at all times. The village shop and pub are a fifteen to twenty minute walk along footpaths and lanes.

When you are ready to explore farther afield, Black Pig Retreats is in a very central location; the hilltop town of Shaftesbury is a five minute drive and has an array of independent shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs. The Jurassic Coast is one hour away, with the geological icons of Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, or the sandy beaches at Weymouth or Sandbanks are a similar distance. Longleat is just over half an hour away, home to the world's longest maze, not to mention lions, tigers and monkeys, or mysterious Stonehenge is half an hour in the opposite direction. The Georgian City of Bath with its historic spas and the Cathedral City of Salisbury are just under an hour away. If you've brought bicycles with you, the New Forest National Park has miles of tracks through ancient woodland, or you can hire bikes in the forest at Burley or Brockenhurst. The ethos of Black Pig Retreats is to tread gently upon the landscape, this is an opportunity to leave technology behind and embrace the natural beauty that surrounds you, minimising your impact upon the countryside. Electricity is limited to lighting, running the fridge and charging a mobile phone. Mobile phone reception is limited, although EE 4G is available at the top of the farm. Lakemead Boarding Kennels are near to Black Pig Retreats in Frog Lane; you may be able to arrange day care if you wanted a dog-free day out during your holiday.

Safari Tent

Open plan living-room with kitchen, dining and bedroom areas. Double den bed, wood-fired range, 2 ring hob and fridge/freezer

Bedroom 1 with double bed

Bedroom 2 with twin beds

Shower-room with double shower

Cloakroom with WC and wash-basin


  • Dogs welcome
  • Travel cot and high chair
  • Arrive/Depart Friday
  • Short breaks available
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • No smoking
  • Pub 1.5 miles
  • Patio furniture and fire-pit barbecue
  • Logs for wood-fired range

Part of Black Pig Safari Tent Retreats

Sleeps 12 + 2 cots in 2 properties

Arrive at Black Pig Retreats and your escape to the country has begun; unwind in this fabulous landscape in your very own luxury themed tent with en suite facilities. Pitched in a south-facing wildflower meadow, the tents have en suite facilities, which include a flushing toilet, hot s...

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