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A partially sloping grass site set on a stunning and unspoilt stretch of the Jurassic Coastline. Bordered on three sides by trees, we have both sloping and flat grass pitches. We accept booking for caravans, motor homes and camper vans, though we do not have static vans to rent and cannot take independent tent bookings. Please note that there are no showers or toilets.

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Smedmore Caravan Site is within the grounds of the historic rural Estate of Smedmore in the heart of Dorset. Covering 1,800 acres in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Estate runs down to a stunning and unspoilt stretch of the Jurassic Coastline. The site is Caravan Club affiliated and conforms to their rules and regulations.

The site is in a neatly-mown and partially sloping field, off a private drive, bordered on three sides by trees. It is a tranquil and beautiful caravan site, family and dog friendly, just over one mile from Kimmeridge Bay and one mile from the picturesque village of Kimmeridge. The perfect holiday location to unwind and relax and take in the wonderful Isle of Purbeck scenery on the Jurassic coastline.

There are 37 spacious touring pitches (both sloping and flat), two of which are grassed hard standing pitches. We also have 11 seasonal pitches, mostly arranged around the edge of the field.

The warden Jo is normally on site every morning between 9am and 10am and again between 5pm and 6pm in the evening. We accept booking for caravans, motor homes and camper vans but regret that this is a touring van site only, we do not have static vans to rent and cannot take independent tent bookings.

Enjoy a stay in this enchanting part of the delightful Isle of Purbeck. Take a break and walk along the undulating coastal path or visit the wide range of local attractions. But don't take our word for it come and see for yourselves and join our growing number of regular guests who return year, after year, after year.

Open from 1 May to 31 October

Caravan & Motorhome Club
  • Smedmore Caravan Site,
    Smedmore, Kimmeridge, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5PG
  • 50.6094, -2.1086 | SY 92 78

From the north take the A351 from Wareham. Do not turn right off the Wareham bypass despite signpost for Kimmeridge as this involves a 1 in 5 hill with steep drop offs and only one large pull in. On approaching Corfe Castle, at foot of Castle Hill turn right opposite Castle View NT information centre and car park (signposted Church Knowle, Kimmeridge). In 3.25 miles (1.5 mile past Church Knowle) turn left at the signpost to Kimmeridge. Go up over hill and in about 1 mile on the outskirts of Kimmeridge and just before you drop down into the village, turn left up the private drive to Smedmore. Turn left at the signpost to Smedmore House, then in 0.5 mile at the house (house on left) turn right at the signpost to site. We are about 500 yards on right at crossroad where tarmac road meets track.

Facilities include electrical hook-ups, a well stocked information hut, two watering points, two general waste and recycling points and one chemical disposal point, and gas sales. We also offer a regular delivery service of fresh local fish and shellfish direct to your van in partnership with local fishmonger Julia, who owns and runs Swanage Bay Fish. Wi-Fi will be available from 2017. Please note that there are no showers or toilets.
Kimmeridge village has a licensed café and restaurant.

  • Adult only
  • Allow pets
  • Allow vans
  • Bike hire
  • Café / restaurant
  • Communal BBQ
  • Disabled facilities
  • Drinking water
  • Electric hookups
  • Entertainment
  • Family friendly
  • Fires allowed
  • Fishing
  • Games room
  • Glamping
  • Golf
  • Horse riding
  • Hot tub
  • Internet access
  • Kids club
  • Kids playground
  • Laundry
  • Near beach
  • Near pub
  • Open year round
  • Peaceful
  • RV pitches
  • Shop
  • Showers
  • Swimming pool
  • Toilets
  • TV room
  • Vineyard
  • W.C. disposal
  • Water hookups
  • Watersports
  • Couples
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Members only
  • Naturists
  • Older families
  • Peace and quiet
  • Rallies
  • Single sex groups
  • Under 18's
  • Young families
Grass touring pitches

35 x Grass Touring Pitches

Sloping and flat grass touring pitches for caravans and motor homes.

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2 x Grassed Hard Standing Pitches

Grassed hard standing pitches, with electrical hook-ups.

Seasonal pitches

11 x Seasonal Touring Pitches

Seasonal pitches, mostly arranged around the edge of the field.

It is a very popular area for walking, fossil hunting, cycling, water sports, stargazing, photography and with so many nature reserves, beaches, historical sites and buildings as well as the stunning scenery and countryside, it's the perfect location to unwind and relax.

Kimmeridge Bay is a popular location for fossil hunting, snorkeling, diving, surfing, kayaking and paddleboarding. The bay is famous for its geology, and there is a Marine Centre open to the public which is run by the Dorset Wildlife Trust. A £4 million fossil museum is soon to be opened in the village of Kimmeridge opposite the thriving village Café.

There are sandy beaches at Studland and Durdle Door.

Running along the Coast from Swanage to Weymouth is the well-walked Coastal Path.

Other nearby famous attractions includes the Wareham Museum, Corfe Castle and the Steam Railway to Swanage.

A little further away are the huge Tank Museum at Bovington, Monkey World and Kingston Lacey House.

We do not offer a pitch-only tariff. All pitches are charged at a minimum one adult occupancy per night even if van is unoccupied overnight. Sorry but we do not allow tents unless accompanied by a touring van.

High Season

  • Pitch: £6.50 per night
  • Adult: £5.50 per night
  • A £20.00 minimum charge one night bookings applies

Mid Season

  • Pitch: £5.00 per night
  • Adult: £5.00 per night
  • A £15.00 minimum charge one night bookings applies

Whole season or storage fees by arrangement, please ask.


  • Pensioner: 75p discount per pitch per night
  • Long Stay: 75p per pitch per night (21 nights+)


  • Child: £2.00
  • Car: £2.00
  • Boat: £2.00
  • Tent: £2.00

An extra tariff of 50 pence per night per pitch will apply on top of high season tariffs for bookings Friday - Sunday inclusive on bank holiday weekends from 2017

In 2016, high season is 23-31 May, and 21 July - 31 August.

In 2017, high season is 28-30 April, 26 May - 4 June, and 21 July - 3 September


1. This is a green field site accessed off narrow country lanes.

2. The season opens 1st May and closes 31st October each year.

3. There are no toilets or showers, only a water point and a chemical disposal point.

4. Most of the pitches are sloping and none are fenced off.

5. Rules relating to emergency and fire are pinned to the notice board on the warden's site hut and must be read soon after arrival.

6. Please think of others and keep generators, musical instruments, radios, televisions etc. down to a considerate noise level.

7. Please adhere to the Caravan Code and the Countryside Code.

8. Most pitches have an electrical hook up rated at 10 amps, maximum 2300 watts.

9. Payment for each pitch is due in full one week before arrival. In default of payment the pitch will be offered to other caravaners.

10. There will be no refunds if you leave early.

11. No electrical heaters are allowed in or under awnings.

12. You will be responsible for:

a) Positioning and levelling up your caravan

b) Insuring your van and vehicle; the Estate holds no liability for any damage or loss however caused.

c) Indemnifying the Smedmore Estate against any claims or actions against the Estate caused by your entry to the site and your occupation of a pitch.

d) Ensuring your electrical equipment is safe and complies with all current British Standards and Regulations.

e) Ensuring you and anyone staying with you and using your pitch respects the comfort and convenience of other site users.

f) Supervising any children associated with your pitch and ensuring they do not cause a nuisance to any other site users.

g) Keeping your pitch clean and tidy at all times and removing all waste.

h) Your pet's behaviour and you are to ensure it is under control at all times and does not cause fouling or upset or alarm by making a noise.

13. Motor homes must empty their liquid waste into the chemical waste drain and not onto the grass.

14. There are to be no fires or fire pits, no weapons and no ball games on the site.

15. No caravans are to be sublet or sold and no remuneration received for the use of them while they are on the site.

16. If these terms and conditions are disregarded and the enjoyment of others is disrupted the warden reserves the right to request you to leave the site. Those not complying with Caravan Club site rules maybe reported to the head of membership services, who may suspend their membership.

17. In the unfortunate case of a complaint, please see the site warden whilst you are on site or post a note through the Site Hut door to request a chat before you leave. If the problem can't be resolved with the warden please write to Chichesters Land Agents at The Reading Room, Winterborne Whitechurch, Blandford, DT11 OAE.


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