A family-run, 16th-century coaching inn on the borders of Devon, Dorset and Somerset, The…
Mallinson's Woodland Retreat
“Eclectic and unique 'away from it all' glamping experience - book the Tree House.” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's view
Mallinson's Woodland Retreat offers a unique holiday adventure in peaceful and beautiful surroundings. If you have a desire to experience a different type of holiday, then this adults-only site could fit the bill. Choose from fully-equipped yurts, each with their own toilet and shower facilities, or a bell tent, a tipi and a shepherd's hut which share excellent communal facilities, or book ‘the jewels in the crown’, one of the three spectacular treehouses – Woodsman, the ship-themed Dazzle, or Pinwheel, a glass-topped living space in the tree canopy. Woodsman (featured on George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces on Channel 4 and winner of several design awards) is a stunning tree house – there’s a double bed, toilet and shower facilities, including a copper bath, a wood-burning stove, and a decked area with table and chairs, hammock, pizza oven and even an open-air shower. There is a spiral staircase to an upper level, which has a sauna and a hot tub – you can even get to the forest floor via a slide! The retreat also has a communal kitchen and eating area, and woodland craft courses are also available. Although hidden away in the hamlet of Holditch, it is close to Axminster, Lyme Regis and the Jurassic Coast.
Facilities – at a glance
- Ice pack facility
- Picnic Area
- Open all year
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About the area
Dorset means rugged varied coastlines and high chalk downlands. Squeezed in among the cliffs and set amid some of Britain’s most beautiful scenery is a chain of picturesque villages and seaside towns. Along the coast you’ll find the Lulworth Ranges, which run from Kimmeridge Bay in the east to Lulworth Cove in the west. Together with a stretch of East Devon, this is Britain’s Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, noted for its layers of shale and numerous fossils embedded in the rock. Among the best-known natural landmarks on this stretch of the Dorset coast is Durdle Door, a rocky arch that has been shaped and sculpted to perfection by the elements. The whole area has the unmistakable stamp of prehistory.
Away from Dorset’s magical coastline lies a landscape with a very different character and atmosphere, but one that is no less appealing. Here, winding, hedge-lined country lanes lead beneath lush, green hilltops to snug, sleepy villages hidden from view and the wider world. The people of Dorset are justifiably proud of the achievements of Thomas Hardy, its most famous son, and much of the county is immortalised in his writing.
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