“ Address: Longthorns Farm / Longthorns / Wareham / Nr Bere Regis BH20 6HH / Dorset „
I had booked to visit Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre, Dorset for September 2011 as a mini UK holiday. As funds were low and the weather was reasonably earm we decided to camp and searched for local sites at a fair price. I came across Longthorns online which is in the field next door to Monkey World and after reading positive reviews I decided to book it.
Longthorns offers camping spots up to 5 berth for £10.50 a night (not per person) in Mid Season (£8.50 low season and £12.50 high season). It offers cheaper prices for one person tents and also pitches for campervans/caravans and has the option to get an electricity hook up as well as extras such as fire pits. If you have more money to spend there are Shepherds huts (almost mini houses) and Tipi's availabale which are heated and furnished for arox £100 a night.
I booked online the week before for 2 nights and didn't need a deposit. On arrival I found the owner and asked if he took cheques or card payment but he said not to worry he could sort it out with me later. He was extremely friendly and very trusting. We pitched up and relaxed in the sun.
I love nature and wildlife and enjoyed the surroundings. In the field behind the tent were 2 friendly sheep whicn pawed at the fence to get you to feed and stroke them. The owner brought a baby Alaca over from his herd and bottle fed it next to me. He also showed me his foal. The whole family run nature of the farm is great and you feel part of the friendly atmosphere.
There is a fridge in the field for campers to put their food and drink in, a water tap and an honesty shop. They had everything you need! There is 3 showers and bathroom faciilities and the same number of each toilets, male and female. They were clean, the water was hot and I had no complaints.
The best thing by far had to be waking up on a morning and earing the Gibbons singing away and later on hearing the Chimpanzee's displaying. It was amazing and made me feel like I was in the jungle! You cna walk to Monkey World which is literally a field away and a couple of minutes walk. We didn't do the woodwalk walk but were woken up by wild deer barking near your tent!
Such a wonderful place with the most friendliest of owners. I loved it and can't wait to go back!