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

The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.

Nearest pub

The Benett Arms Semley (2 ½ miles)

Dating back to the seventeenth century, this pub is centrally located in the village in beautiful countryside. Food is traditional pub grub and reasonably priced with outside seating on the village green opposite.

Nearest beach

Rockley Sands Beach (23 miles)

Rockley Sands beach in Poole is a small sand and mud beach, with facilities including a cafe, shop, toilets, equipment hire and parking. There is also disabled access and the beach is dog-friendly all year. Swimming at low tide should not be attempted due to strong currents.

Nearest walk

Shaftesbury Round Walk (1 ½ miles)

Courtesy of the website this walk starts in Shaftesbury and takes in the ancient woodland site of Kingsettle Wood. This particular walk is about seven and a half miles long and medium difficulty.

Nearest town

Shaftesbury (1 ½ miles)

Another famous haunt of the novelist Thomas Hardy, Shaftesbury has some of England’s most fascinating architecture, including the famous cobbled street of Gold’s Hill and the ruins of the abbey which date back to 888AD. The town sits at the top of a hill with panoramic views in every direction over Dorset and Wiltshire. Despite its glorious position and the beauty of its buildings and streets, Shaftesbury remains unspoilt by tourism.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Hill October 2013

Really worth a visit

We thought this would be more 'touristy' with the attraction of the Gold Hill. We stayed nearby and could have enjoyed pottering into Shaftesbury everyday. Turnbulls Deli and Cheese shop is amazing. (bring deep pockets). There are lots of cafes and independent clothes, gift shops and galleries to dip into. We didn't even get time to go to the Abbey but there are some fantastic views across the vale in the park area next to the Abbey entrance. A really friendly small market town, which even has an excellent curry house (Chutneys) which was an unexpected bonus.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Vesey-Wells November 2011

Shaftesbury is a lovely little town with an excellant bakery and nearby Hovis hill (Gold Hill)

Also nearby

Stourhead (7 ½ miles)

World famous landscaped gardens with a magnificent lake as centrepiece. Certainly worth a visit to see the classical temples, mystical grottoes and rare, exotic trees. Why not combine a walk around the garden with a visit to the house, restaurant and shop with opening time information available on their Web site.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Pascoe October 2014


This is the most beautiful place you can imagine - the walk around the lake, dropping into the various buildings and grottoes, is breathtaking. All I can say is you really must visit.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Merriman September 2013


A wonderful must in Dorset. Great gardens and interesting house. Well worth a visit.

Chutney's Restaurant (1 ½ miles)

A well established Indian restaurant serving both traditional and contemporary cuisine. A take-away service is available and booking is recommended.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mrs Hicks August 2014

Hidden gem

Definitely worth a visit, gets very busy at weekends so go early! Plenty of choice on the menu, beautifully cooked chef's specials, polite service, just what you need. My husband ordered 'off menu' and they were happy to oblige.

Gillingham & Shaftesbury Agricultural Show (1 mile)

An action packed day for all from 8.30am when the doors open until 6.30pm. All the usual traditional show shenanigans plus loads of additional events. See their Website for location and dates.

The Heavy Horse Show and Country Fair (1 mile)

This annual show normally takes place on the last weekend of September and is host to the West of England in Hand and Harness Championships plus lots of trade stands, crafts, activities and displays. Check their Website for dates and times.

The Artisans Bakery (1 ¼ miles)

A real gem of a find, set in the heart of Shaftesbury, just off the high street. A beautiful old building with stone floors and huge fireplace with a great range of bread and a cafe. The loaves look amazing - perfect for sitting around with cheese and wine and pulling off chunks.

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