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.
The brilliant Black Pig Retreats, with Mukota in the foreground and Murciano and Gascon in the meadow beyond.

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 Coppleridge Inn (1 ¼ miles)

A traditional country pub set within fifteen acres of lush meadows and woodland. With four separate dining areas, including al fresco dining in summer, you'll be spoilt for choice. Dogs are welcome in the bar area.

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)

Visit the world-famous gardens at Stourhead and sit amongst tranquil scenes. Described as ‘a living work of art’, the gardens lead visitors on a breath-taking journey. Spend a while in the 18th Century Palladian villa and Hoare family home, before wending your way around the grounds, falling in love with the beautifully thought out landscapes and classical architecture.

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.

The Green Rock Cafe (1 ½ miles)

Lots of organic, wholefood dishes with a Mediterranean influence.

Shaftesbury Cycle Hire (1 ½ miles)

Recycled bike hire. No room in the car to bring your bike on holiday? The child and adult bikes here are available on a daily or weekly tariff. Free delivery and collection within a 15 mile radius of Shaftesbury.

Gold Hill Museum and Garden (1 ½ miles)

This museum is quite unusual as it lies within a tradtional sandstone cottage! It is brimming with local history and has a stunning garden with fabulous views. Usually open April until October, please check to avoid disappointment.

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