Enjoy a holiday with a difference, relax under canvas and soak up the peace and tranquility of the rolling Dorset countryside, with luxury en suite facilities, glamping style. Black Pig Retreats is part of Bittles Brook Farm, on the outskirts of the village of Motcombe, where you leave your car in the car park and your luggage will be taken over the little bridge to your canvas retreat! Nestled beside a little brook in a sheltered meadow, Mukota is a spacious safari tent sleeping four with an earthy African theme, surrounded by greenery.
The south-facing deck looks out across the large meadow to a woodland trail that takes you around the farm and into the village. This colourful tent sleeps four very comfortably in a king-size bed and twin beds divided by canvas. The cosy wood-fired range keeps the tent toasty warm out-of-season and the kitchen is well-equipped with a two-ring gas hob, sink with plenty of hot water and a fridge/freezer for those holiday luxuries. The quirky en suite facilities are in a sturdy horse-box at the back of the tent accessed via an enclosed walkway, fully insulated the horse-box contains a double shower, wash-basin and flushing WC.
Mukota takes its name from a breed of indigenous domestic pig from the Mukota region of north-eastern Zimbabwe and shares the meadow with a delightful Bothy built with straw bales and timber clad. Tables and seating for twenty allow groups to dine together if they book the whole site. Pilates classes are often available in the Bothy on a Wednesday from 10am to 11am at a cost of £15 per person per class; if you wish to attend during your holiday, please let the owner know when you arrive and pay her directly.
Beauty the Large Black pig is the inspiration for Black Pig Retreats, she is the centrepiece of this small holding; you may also encounter the owners' dogs, horses, chickens and sheep, all of the animals on the farm are away from your luxury tent. The meadow in front of Mukota has plenty of space for energetic games or kite flying and you can bring your dog on holiday to join in the fun too, but please ensure that it is kept under control and please supervise your children at all times, particularly around the brook and pond areas.
You can walk to the village shop and pub about a fifteen and thirty minute walk along tracks and lanes. If you can tear yourself away from this rural idyll, this is a great base from which to explore Dorset, Wiltshire and Somerset, being close to the border of all three counties. The impressive Jurassic Coast is a one hour drive away as are the sandy beaches of Weymouth and Sandbanks.
The New Forest National Park is a great place for cycling through ancient woodland and open heath, take your own bikes or hire them from several village locations. Longleat is a short drive away, as is the National Trust's Stourhead House and Gardens; forty minutes in the car will take you to magnificent Stonehenge or the Cathedral City of Salisbury, and the beautiful Georgian City of Bath is a one hour drive.
In order to minimise the impact upon this tranquil landscape, electricity is available for lighting, the fridge and charging a mobile device, via USB ports. Turnpike Kennels and Cattery are near to Black Pig Retreats on the road out of the village towards Gillingham; you may be able to arrange day care if you wanted a dog-free day out during your holiday.
Open plan living-room with kitchen and dining areas. Wood-fired range, 2 ring hob and fridge/freezer
Bedroom 1 with king-size double bed (5')
Bedroom 2 with twin beds (3')
Covered Access to Trailer
Shower-room with shower, WC and wash-basin
- Dogs welcome
- Travel cot and high chair
- Arrive/Depart Friday
- Short breaks available
- Private parking for 1 car
- No smoking
- Pub 1.5 miles
- Patio furniture and fire-pit barbecue (please bring your own charcoal)
- Logs for wood-fired range
Part of Black Pig Safari Tent Retreats
Sleeps 16 + 3 cots in 3 properties
Arrive at Black Pig Retreats and your escape to the country has begun; unwind in this fabulous landscape with 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...Read More
The brilliant Black Pig Retreats, with Mukota in the foreground and Murciano and Gascon in the meadow beyond.
Mukota, snuggles into the corner of this wild flower meadow, with the brook running beside.
The view from your deck, plenty of room for rounders, football or just watching the wildlife.
This fabulous African-themed tent has plenty of space and wait until you see the en-suite!
Glamping at its very best.
Plenty of space and luxury for your glamping adventure and a cosy wood burner for chilly evenings.
The kitchen has a gas hob, hot running water a fridge and a freezer for essential ice and holiday treats.
The living area leads through to the bedrooms.
All you could need for a comfortable glamping break.
The 'master' bedroom.
The super comfy 5 foot bed beckons after a day of fresh air.
The twin room has 3 foot beds to fall into at the end of a fun-packed day.
This quirky en suite surprise, is in a former horse box!
The spacious shower and toilet are behind the tent, with an overhead canopy.
There is, of course, a proper shower and flushing loo.
This unique shower room is behind the bedrooms.
The wood-burner will keep you toasty warm.
Enjoy a scrummy breakfast before heading out for the day.
Why not rustle up a cooked breakfast?
Plenty of equipment provided.
Some fresh eggs to add to that fry-up breakfast.
Relax on this comfy chair and take in the fresh air and countryside views... bliss.
Fun and thoughtul details give this tent its African feel.
This fabulous drawing depicts the breed of indigenous African pig from the Mukota region of Zimbabwe, after which the tent is named.
The African theme runs throughout.
What a gorgeous bedroom.
The perfect inside/outside space for the whole family to enjoy.
Snuggle up by the fire in the evening, chatting about the day's adventures.
The deck is perfect for relaxing with a good book.
There are lovely touches everywhere you look.
What a lovely spot to spend a get-away-from-it-all break.
A home away from home.
All welcome at Mukota including your beloved dog.
A gorgeous setting night and day.
Mukota shares its meadow with The Bothy - a delightful building made from straw bales.
Here you can see Mukota and The Bothy in the foreground and Murciano and Gascon in the meadow beyond.
The Bothy is a delightful building, ideal for family gatherings, communal activities or classes - it is available if you have booked the whole site.
A close up of the lovely Bothy.
There is seating for 20 in The Bothy, perfect for gatherings.
A large wood-burner keeps the building nice and cosy.
The Bothy is made from straw bales, created to be organic and authentic in both design and intention.
There is a chuck wagon located across this pretty bridge from The Bothy.
Available if you have booked the whole site along with The Bothy, the Chuck Wagon contains a WC and separate small kitchen.
This is Beauty a Great Black pig, she has inspired the name of the retreat.
There are a variety of animals on the farm (separate from your glamping meadow).
Horses and sheep will delight all the family.
Which animals will you encounter?
One of the owner's lovely horses.
There is an equestrian facility at the farm.
Some friendly pigs, to fit in with the theme of this wonderful glamping site.
Not forgetting the owner's chickens too.
The village of Motcombe has a village shop and a pub, both within easy walking distance.
The community village shop at Motcombe, welling local produce.
The Coppleridge Inn is a 30 minute walk from your glamping haven.
Gold Hill, featured in a Hovis advert many years ago.
Gold Hill in Shaftesbury, this iconic shot shows that Shaftesbury really is a hilltop town.
This market town is
The nearby hilltop Saxon town of Shaftesbury has a relaxed atmoshpere and much to see.
Plenty of pubs in Shaftesbury.
Take the walking trail aroud this historic town.
Shaftesbury Abbey is well worth a visit, set in a Medieval walled herb garden.
Magnificent Prehistoric Stonehenge is a 40 minute drive, (photograph copyright English Heritage).
The beautiful lake and gardens at the National Trust's Stourhead House is nearby.