Glamping at Black Pig Retreats allows you to escape the everyday 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. Park your car, load your luggage onto the farm's all-terrian vehicle and your adventure begins. 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 WC with flushing toilet, 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 Bothy built with straw bales and timber clad which is available for use if you book all three tents. This charming building is equipped with tables and seating for twenty allowing groups to dine together if they wish. 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.
The star attraction of this small holding is Beauty the Large Black pig, 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, dog and cats, although they are on the farm away 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 and thirty 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. The family make every effort to use environmentally friendly products, encouraging guests to recycle and minimise their carbon footprint. Electricity is produced from solar panels and is limited to lighting, running the fridge and charging a mobile phone 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, dining and bedroom areas. Double den bed (4'6''), wood-fired range, 2 ring hob and fridge/freezer
Bedroom 1 with double bed (4'6'')
Bedroom 2 with twin beds (3')
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 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.
Gascon sits on the hillside of this gorgeous wild flower meadow.
There are magnificent views from the deck, over the Blackmore Vale.
This spacious safari tent has a French theme.
The open plan interior with dining/cooking/living space has views out over the countryside that surrounds it.
The large deck has amazing views.
These luxury safari tents have a very spacious and sociable open plan interior.
The kitchen is fully equipped with a Smeg gas hob and fridge freezer for holiday goodies.
Dine inside or out, the choice is yours.
Snuggle up around the fire after a day of exploring.
The living area leads through to the two gorgeous bedrooms.
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.
Lovely linens go with the fabulous French theme.
Two three foot beds make this a cosy twin room.
This bedroom is gorgeous too.
The cabin bed, the little den that children will remember long after their holiday.
The cabin bed is just delightful!
The owner has thoughtfully provided hot water bottles and blankets for the chillier months.
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.
Gascon has these fabulous pink sofas are great to snuggle into after a hard day of holidaying!
The interior of Gascon is just delightful.
The sofas are perfect for relaxing after a day out and about.
Room for all the family to laze on the decking with a leisurely breakfast.
The deck is perfect for relaxing on with a good book, too.
Why not play some games al fresco.
Pitched in such idyllic surroundings, this is how to go Glamping.
A fridge and a freezer, that's Glamping, not camping!
The range will keep you toasty warm in the cooler months.
Plenty of equipment is provided.
So many delighful details catch your eye, the longer you stay, the more you will see.
Basking in this large meadow, with far-reaching rural views.
This is a magical setting at night too.
Who gets to light the BBQ? Please supervise children at all times. around an open fire.
Gascon on the gate, identifies your holiday safari tent and gives a French welcome.
Gascon is the lower of the two safari tents, with great views over the Blackmore Vale from the decking.
The Bothy is a delightful building, ideal for family gatherings, communal activities or classes - it is available if you have booked the whole site.
Here you can see Mukota and The Bothy in the foreground and Murciano and Gascon in the meadow beyond.
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.
The Chuck Wagon is across this little bridge.
Available if you have booked the whole site along with The Bothy, the Chuck Wagon contains a WC and separate small kitchen.
There are a variety of animals on the farm (separate from your glamping meadow).
Horses and sheep graze the surrounding fields.
Which animals will you encounter?
There is an equestrian facility at the farm.
One of the owner's lovely horses.
This is Beauty a Great Black pig, she has inspired the name of the retreat.
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 community shop and pub.
The community shop in the village has local produce and holiday treats; a 15 minute walk from 'home'.
The Coppleridge Inn is a 30 minute walk from Balck Pig Retreats.
Take the walkng tour of nearby Shaftesbury, the views over The Blackmore Vale are impressive.
Iconic Gold Hill in Shaftesbury.
From the top of Gold Hill the views are spectacular.
Shaftesbury has many historic buildings.
Lots of pubs to choose from.
Prehistoric Stonehenge is a 40 minute drive,(photograph copyright English Heritage).
Visit Shaftesbury Abbey set within a Medieval walled garden.