Hello - from a still very beautiful Dorset and our luxurious, peaceful campsite.

Our first mailing of the year is very much a 'catch-up' letter - prompted, not least, by some clear skies and occasional sunshine. It has been a bit of a winter! But two ducks have recently joined us on the pond and bluebells are starting to appear by the boardwalks - yes, spring's coming.

Ducks back on the pond

Many thanks to everyone who's contacted us with messages of support during all the storms, but I'm pleased to be able to say we've come through it all pretty well unscathed.

Rain and floods aren't too much of a problem here in the woods because we're up on a hill, with excellent drainage and paths and boardwalks that are fine even in a deluge.

Of course, very high winds do pose a danger - the risk of falling trees is one we take seriously. A major storm does mean we have to evacuate for safety's sake but if we do, you can be sure we're only doing it for the best interests of guests, and you can be reassured that we refund the value of the nights lost.

As it turns out, we lost a few medium sized birches and conifers but nothing that harms the overall 'feel' of the site - and after a bit of tidying-up work, things are now back to normal. (And Adam made good use of one birch stump, with a carved heart for our sold-out Valentines weekend.)

Valentine's Day wood carving

Aside from the stormy weather, we've had an enjoyably busy winter with both the glamping and courses, and we've noticed bookings are coming in for further and further in advance. (September's weekends are nearly fully booked already.) Next year's booking calendar is now live too, so - as always - if you have a visit pencilled in, do please ink it in soon. Once the site is full, we're full - we can't accommodate any extras!

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It might have been wet and windy over winter - but it has been mild. We reckon that might mean a summer heatwave ... We hope you'll enjoy it with us!

Guy and the team

Bodger in the sun

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