Think of a Romany Caravan and what do you see? If it’s a beautifully painted, handcrafted Bowtop caravan sited in the depths of tranquil Dorset, then they are ready and waiting for you at award-winning South Lytchett Manor. A wonderful opportunity for a Dorset glamping holiday awaits; experience the real romance of staying in a traditional gypsy home — perfect for a family holiday or as a thoughtful gift to someone special.
Take a look at an in-depth video that concentrates on the romantic idea of spending a holiday in a charming and cosy Romany Caravan on a Dorset glamping holiday with Campsite owners Jo and David Bridgen.
Experience a unique Dorset glamping holiday. Our idyllic Romany Caravans offer the best of all worlds — cool and open in the summer and warm and cosy in the winter. Fitted to the highest specification, each one is hand built by craftsmen, featuring a full size double and two single beds, insulated oak floor and electric log burner. There’s also a TV and DVD player, refrigerator, sockets with USB points, a two ring electric hob, hob kettle and coffee pod machine. Combine all this with beautiful upholstery and a wooden deck complete with garden furniture, and your Romany Caravans experience is complete.
We’ll be delighted to welcome you when you arrive at South Lytchett Manor and you will be shown personally to your Gypsy Romany Caravan, hand made in Dorset and painted by Sarah Harvey, who is a professional traditional waggon painter. As our guests, you will also have full access to our top quality, clean and modern amenities. Great examples are the new shower rooms which are luxurious, heated, and of the highest standard that offer washing and drying facilities for your use. Children enjoy the onsite eco-friendly adventure playground and make new friends throughout their stay.
In the high season and shoulder season, we have our onsite bakery baking fresh pastries and bread for those special breakfast options, combined with our quirky Coffee Pod that produces barista style coffee, tea, hot chocolate, iced lattes and some limited edition breakfast options!
Dorset’s natural beauty is the perfect backdrop for this peaceful holiday and there are plenty of places to visit and sights to see nearby. Think of a Romany Caravan… and book your Romany Escape online today and experience an unforgettable Dorset glamping holiday!
If you like the warmth of indoors with the freedom of outdoors, a Romany caravan will be perfect for you
South Lytchett Manor Caravan and Camping Park Ltd is a holiday touring park with Romany Holiday Caravans offering Dorset glamping holidays. Guests must be bonafide holiday makers and stay for holiday purposes only. Our guests’ enjoyment and safety is paramount and therefore we ask you to read the following Terms and Conditions before making your booking.
We reserve the right to ask guests who contravene these Terms and Conditions or, who in any other way, are behaving in a manner likely to cause distress or nuisance to other visitors, to leave the park immediately with no refund. In these circumstances the holiday ceases and we shall not be liable for any extra costs incurred by you.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) –South Lytchett Manor will be open for business in line with government advice, with all facilities and amenities open when possible. In relation to the Coronavirus outbreak, your booking is covered for the following:
In any of these instances, please do contact us and we will offer you the following options:
If COVID-19 is not the reason for the amendment, then normal terms and conditions apply.
Access Statement and policy
We seek to provide the very best service to all our guests and have a specially prepared Access Statement available which describes the facilities we have to offer on the park. This is available on our website. Large print copies are available.
We cater for families and couples and do not accept bookings from hen and stag parties or similar parties of three or more persons. We also reserve the right to refuse any booking.
The person who makes the booking warrants that the party will not exceed the numbers stated on the booking.
This contract is with South Lytchett Manor Caravan and Camping Park Ltd. Please check your confirmation carefully to see that it reflects your wishes. Please inform us of any discrepancy or queries relating to terms and conditions within 24 hours of receipt.
The terms contained in this contract do not affect your statutory rights.
The Price of the Holiday
Once you have made your booking and paid a non refundable deposit of £50.00, the price of the holiday will not be subject to any change unless the rate of VAT changes.
The balance of the price of your holiday must be paid at least 28 days before the start date (no reminder will be sent to you). If the balance is not paid in time then we are entitled to cancel the holiday and retain your deposit. However, every effort will be made to contact you before cancellation.
No Smoking Policy
By law, there is a strict No Smoking policy in all our Romany Caravans. Anyone smoking in any of the units will automatically be charged £200 due to cleaning charges and loss of use. Cigarette disposal units are situated outside the reception office and facility blocks.
Two of our Romany Caravans are pet friendly, please advise us of any allergies on booking.
Naked flames are not permitted in any Romany Caravan. This includes but is not limited to candles, lighters and matches. No flammable liquids or equipment is allowed into the caravan at any time.
Cancellation of the Holiday by you
You may cancel your holiday at any time. Cancellation will be effective on the date it is received by us. However cancellation charges are payable as follows:
More than 28 days before arrival Deposit only
28 to 7 days before arrival 70% of total holiday excluding deposit
7 days and under before arrival 100% of holiday cost
Please ensure you have suitable insurance to cover cancellation or financial loss.
Change or cancellation of the Holiday by us
If we are unable to provide the booked holiday and have we had to cancel before the holiday is due to start, you are entitled to a full refund of the money you have paid. If we are forced to close through circumstances outside of our control, including but not limited to such circumstances as war, threat of war, riot, terrorist activity, natural or nuclear disaster and fire, a credit note or alternate dates will be offered.
Arrival and Departure
Romany Caravans must be vacated by 11:00 am on the day of your departure. You are requested not to arrive before 2:00 pm.
Holiday Behaviour Standards and Termination
By making a booking with us you have entered a contract in which you undertake, on behalf of yourself and the people in your party (including children), to adopt the following standards of behaviour:
• To act in a courteous and considerate manner towards us, our staff and other guests.
• To supervise children properly so that they are not a nuisance or danger to themselves or others.
You further agree that you will not:
• commit any criminal offence on the Park or undertake any criminal activity
• commit any acts of vandalism or nuisance
• keep or carry any firearm or any other weapon on the Park
• use any unlawful drugs
• create any undue noise or disturbance
• carry on any trade or business whilst on the Park.
Our Park rules are available online at www.southlytchettmanor.co.uk, or by request and posted within the Park.
IF YOU ARE UNABLE COMPLY WITH THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS, YOU MUST CONTACT US WITHIN 24 HOURS OF RECEIPT OF THE BOOKING CONFIRMATION.
Are there any takeaway options?
Yes! There are numerous takeaway options, whether it be on Just Eat, Dominos, or from one of the menus we have available in our Information Hut. You can also get takeaway from the local fish and chip shop a 10-minute walk from site.
In high season, we have various local takeaway food vans visiting site. To find out if they will be there during your stay, it is best to check our facebook page for updates.
Can I bring a gazebo?
You may bring a gazebo, provided that it fits in the square footage of your pitch. It is a chargeable extra on booking, so you must let us know you are bringing one. We reserve the right to refuse gazebos should they be for unauthorised purposes – please discuss their use on booking.
Can I cook?
Yes! There is a two ring electric hob that is for your use. Please do remember that you need to bring your own cookware if you would like to cook in your glamping unit.
Can I park next to my unit?
Yes! There is always a space for a minimum of one car by your pitch. If you have paid for an extra vehicle, it may be possible to also park it on your pitch, or it can be parked in a secure place on the Park.
Can I smoke or vape?
By law, there is a strict No Smoking policy in all our Romany Caravans, Shepherds Huts and Glamping Pods. Cigarette disposal units are situated outside the reception office and facility blocks. Anyone smoking in any of the units will automatically be charged £200 due to cleaning charges and loss of use.
Can I turn up and pay on arrival?
Yes you can turn up without a reservation, however in busy periods we may be full and not have any space! It is always best to phone in advance and check whether we will have any availability if you choose to visit last minute.
Can our friends visit us on the Park?
Of course! Friends can visit for no charge but please be respectful of other guests and we ask that they have left the site by our noise curfew.
Do you allow BBQ’s, fire pits, bonfires or fireworks?
BBQ’s are allowed if they are raised off the ground and used only for cooking. However, fire safety regulations prohibit fire pits, bonfires and fireworks.
Do you have any noise curfews?
We politely ask guests to abide by our strict 10.30pm quiet time rule. Please be courteous to other guests around you.
Do you have to pay for showers?
No – our amenity blocks are free to use for all guests.
Do you offer short breaks?
You can stay with us for just the one night or for longer, the choice is yours! Peak season, bank holidays and weekends can be subject to minimum nights – do check with us though as we may have gaps to fill!
Do you permit supermarket deliveries?
We allow deliveries to the park but please ask them to park up outside the gates where you can collect the delivery. For security and safety reasons, we cannot have them deliver to your pitch.
How big are the Romany Caravans?
The Romany Caravans have a 5m x 3m internal floor space. We recommend that they are suited for a maximum of two adults and two children.
How do I book adjacent pitches?
Please do let us know if you have any specific requests on booking. Where possible, we will do our best to accommodate. However, this does depend on availability / the time of year you are visiting.
I am arriving on the ferry – what should I do?
Please do let us know on booking that you will be arriving on the ferry. We have designated pitches near the top of the park that we can put you on should you be arriving off the late ferry. We are less than a 10 minute drive from the ferry terminal.
Is it accessible?
The interior is as accessible as possible whilst maintaining the authenticity of the experience. However, there are a few steps up into each glamping unit. We have multiple accessible amenities and facilities on the park to help you make the best of your stay with us. Please look at our accessibility page for more information. We are working on making our glamping stays more accessible in the future, so watch this space!
Is the water safe to drink?
All taps are safe to drink from apart from those that specifically say you can’t. If you are unsure, please ask one of the members of staff.
Is there WIFI on the Park?
Yes… and it’s completely free! Please do not use any streaming services as this will slow down the service for all guests.
Is there a fridge or freezer?
There is a small fridge with a small freezer section in your glamping unit. This has enough space to store a couple of meals and drinks for your stay.
Is there a petrol station nearby?
There are a range of petrol stations to choose from dependent on your direction of travel. The cheapest is at the Tesco Extra at Fleetsbridge (7min drive) – BH17 7EJ
To the North: Esso Garage – BH21 3HA on the A31
To the South: Hamworthy Service Station – BH16 5BN on the road to the ferry terminal
To the East: Shell Station – BH15 1AS on the A35
To the West: Shell Station – BH20 7LA on the A35
Is there outdoor seating?
Yes – there is outdoor seating that is specific for your use.
Is there space for my car?
Yes! You have a dedicated space for a vehicle with your glamping stay. If you want to bring more than one vehicle, please contact us to discuss options.
What do I need to check in?
Once you are through our gates – you have arrived! We have a designated pull over area for arrivals, from there you can make your way to reception to check in. You do not require any paperwork for check in.
What do i need to bring for my Glamping stay?
Although we provide most of the essentials you will need for your stay, we suggest you bring the following items:
Bed linen — including sleeping bags/duvet/pillow, bed sheets and pillow cases, Crockery, Mugs, Glasses, Chopping board, Corkscrew, Cutlery (including sharp knife for chopping/cutting), Frying pan, Saucepan, Tin opener, Water carrier, Washing up bowl etc.
What facilities are there in the Romany Caravan?
Fitted to the highest specification, each one is hand built by quality craftsmen. Featuring a full size double and two single beds, they are kept warm with an insulated oak floor and electric log burner. There’s also a TV and DVD player, refrigerator, sockets with USB points, a two ring electric hob, hob kettle and coffee pod machine. Combine all this with beautiful upholstery and a wooden deck complete with garden furniture, and your Romany Caravans experience is complete.
What facilities do you have for children?
There is an adventure playground, an area for ball games with football nets, a badminton net and a table tennis station. There is also a duck pond complete with ducks and a picnic field to explore.
What happens if I arrive late?
If you think you are going to arrive after 5pm, please make every effort to contact us with an estimated time of arrival. If you are due to arrive after reception has closed, we may be able to arrange a late check in for you.
What is the speed limit on the Park?
The speed limit on the park is strictly 5mph. We kindly ask guests to drive as if their children or loved ones lived here!
What is there to do nearby?
There is so much to do in the local area with Poole, Tower Park and Bournemouth so close by for shopping, activities and entertainment. With the whole of the Jurassic Coast nearby and the Dorset countryside in all directions… there couldn’t be more choice!
What public transport options are there?
The bus to Poole and Swanage stops directly outside the gates. We also have bikes available for hire from site and there is a lovely walking/cycling route to Poole that is about 5miles long. Taxis are also readily available.
What time is check out?
Check out by 11am on the day of departure.
What time is check-in?
Check in any time from 12pm for Touring and Camping or from 3pm for Glamping on the day of arrival, and check out by 11am on the day of departure.
Where are dogs allowed on the Park?
Dogs are allowed in all outside areas of the Park, but please do remember to keep your pooches on their leads at all times. There is a designated dog walk area where they can be let off the lead to run free! The shop/ reception building and the amenity blocks are the only areas they are not able to visit. However, you will find hooks outside these buildings for them to take a breather.
Where can I hire a bike?
We have bike hire onsite! Just ask at reception to hire your bike from £15 a day for an adult bike, with a discount for multiple days hire. We have adult, junior, child and toddler bikes available.
Where can i find a Park Map?
You will receive a map of the Park in your pre-arrival paperwork. Alternatively, a map of the park can be found here.
Where is the nearest restaurant?
The nearest pubs are walkable! The St Peters Finger is a 10-minute walk from site and The Bakers Arms is a 15-minute walk from site. There is a range of restaurants within a short taxi drive, including the Chequers Inn in Lytchett Minster. There is also an incredible variety to suit all budgets available in Poole and Bournemouth that are accessible by bus or car. If you would like any recommendations – just ask!
Where is the nearest shop?
We have a shop fully stocked with all your essentials onsite, and the nearest convenience store is less than a mile walk into Upton. For a big shop, there is a 24hour Tesco, Lidl, Aldi, Asda, Sainsburys, M&S and alternative shops of your choice within a 5-10minute radius by car.
Which local beaches are dog friendly?
There are a large amount of dog friendly beaches in the local area which are excellent options. Some beaches are accessible all year around, some at certain times of year and some at certain points on the beach. A good list can be found here, however the closest to us is Hamworthy Park, which is about 2 miles away.
Who do I contact in an emergency?
During normal working hours, you can give us a ring on 01202 622 577 or pop up to reception where a colleague will be happy to help. Out of hours, there is an emergency number to call that is displayed on the reception door.
Who do I contact with a maintenance problem?
Just give one of our colleagues a ring on 01202 622 577. Alternatively, pop up to reception where one of our colleagues would be happy to help.
Will there be heating in my accommodation?
Yes – Romany Caravans have an electric log burner and Shepherd Huts and Glamping Pods have underfloor heating. This keeps them so cosy and warm!