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Luxury woodland lodges in Wimborne A beautifully tranquil park in the heart of East Dorset

Merley Court Holiday Park

The beautiful surroundings offer a peaceful haven for a wonderful break

Our Survey 84 out of 10
Luxurious hot tub lodges in a secluded area of Dorset, close to the sandy beaches of Bournemouth and the New Forest

Visit Merley Court, perfect for a tranquil escape at any time of year, and you’ll find some of the best scenery, countryside and beaches in the UK right on your doorstep.

Dorset is home to some of the most picturesque locations and prettiest villages in Britain. More than half the county is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With a host of beautiful Dorset beaches nearby, as well as many great attractions such as Monkey World and the Tank Museum, you're never short of fantastic days out and things to do.

The park is also adjacent to the Castleman Trailway, a famous countryside cycling and walking route through East Dorset.

With plenty to discover in the local area, Merley Court makes the perfect place for your next break.

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  • Collection of idyllic hot tub lodges
  • Outdoor pool (opening times vary)
  • Play area
  • Pet friendly
  • Free Wi-Fi in accommodation suitable for light browsing
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We have everything you need to make your stay at Merley Court Holiday Park the perfect holiday.

Overview

Overview

With beautiful woodland surroundings, Merley Court Holiday Park offers a scenic retreat for a peaceful getaway in one of our luxury lodges. With so much to do locally, Merley Court makes the perfect place for a peaceful south coast retreat.

  • A tranquil parkland and woodland setting
  • Outdoor pool (open seasonally)
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Merley Court Holiday Park features lodges with hot tubs

Hot Tub Lodges

Hot Tub Lodges

Our luxurious lodges offer a tranquil place to escape at any time of year.

Our Signature hot tub lodges are situated within a secluded woodland location and provide a relaxing retreat. Our Superior+ lodges are set within a new development within the park. Both our Signature and Superior+ lodges feature a bubbling hot tub which makes the ultimate place to unwind at the end of the day.

  • Stunning two, three or four bedroom hot tub lodges
  • Signature hot tub lodges in a woodland setting
  • Superior+ lodges set in a new development
  • Luxuriously equipped interiors
  • Gated access
  • Free Wi-Fi in accommodation suitable for light browsing
  • Access to leisure facilities at the sister site
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Hot tub lodges, perfect for the whole family | Merley Court Holiday Park

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Signature hot tub lodges are set in a woodland area within the park | Merley Court Holiday Park

4 Lodge Interior Kitchen

Spacious kitchens in our Signature lodges | Merley Court Holiday Park

Superior+ hot tub lodge at Merley Court Holiday Park

Superior+ lodges are set within a new development on the park | Merley Court Holiday Park

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Newly refurbished interiors in the Superior+ hot tub lodges | Merley Court Holiday Park

Superior Plus Lodge Kitchen

Fully fitted kitchens in Superior+ hot tub lodges | Merley Court Holiday Park

6 Woodland Hot Tub Lodges In Dorset

Signature hot tub lodges in a secluded woodland setting | Merley Court Holiday Park

Superior Lodge in parkland setting at Merley Court Holiday Park

Superior+ Lodges are in a parkland setting within a new development on park | Merley Court Holiday Park

Park Facilities

Park Facilities

You'll find Merley Court the perfect place for a tranquil getaway.

The heated outdoor pool at Merley Court is usually open at the weekends from the spring bank holiday at the end of May until the end of July, after which it is open daily (weather dependent) until early September. You won't find a shop or bar facilities on the park, making here an idyllic location for a retreat away from it all.

  • Free Wi-Fi in accommodation suitable for light browsing
  • Children's outdoor play park
  • Outdoor pool (seasonal/summer opening. Opening times vary)
3 Heated Outdoor Pool Sunloungers Summer

Heated outdoor pool and sunloungers, open from the end of May until the beginning of September | Merley Court Holiday Park

Park Passes

Park Passes

All Merley Court Holiday Park guests are welcome to use the facilities at our sister park, Oakdene Forest Park, which is just a 20-minute drive away.

Our Oakdene facilities are available for all Merley Court guests. Facilities available at the sister site include:

  • Nightly entertainment programme
  • Delicious food with table service
  • Indoor pool with flume
  • Sauna & steam room
  • Pet-friendly dining area
  • Proud to serve Costa coffee
  • Outdoor pool (seasonal and weather dependent)
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3 Two Singers Performing On Stage

Watch live entertainment daily | at nearby Oakdene Forest Park

1 Indoor Flume Swimming

Access to the large indoor swimming pool with flume | at nearby Oakdene Forest Park

4 Fitness Gym At Oakdene

Access to the Gym | at nearby Oakdene Forest Park

2 Cyril Cybil And Pat Our Mascots Have Fun

Meet our mascots! Cyril, Cybil and Pat will be performing (currently unavailable until further notice) | at nearby Oakdene Forest Park

5 Archery Go Active At Oakdene

Book a Go Active+ activity (currently closed until further notice) | at nearby Oakdene Forest Park

Out & About

Out & About

The gorgeous golden sandy beaches of Bournemouth, Sandbanks and Studland are within easy reach, plus the park is next to the famous Castleman Trailway.

The surrounding area of Dorset boasts some of the UK's best scenery, and Bournemouth and Poole are both easily reachable from the park.

  • Cycle or walk the Castleman Trailway along the old Dorchester to Southampton railway line
  • Miles of Blue Flag beaches
  • Discover the scenic market town of Wimborne
  • Visit Monkey World
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1 Sunset At Borunemouth Beach

Take a trip to the gorgeous golden sands of Bournemouth Beach | near Merley Court Holiday Park

3 The Tank Museum At Bovington

Learn all about tanks! Visit the Tank Museum | near Merley Courty Holiday Park

Wimborne Minster

Visit the historic town of Wimborne | near Merley Court Holiday Park

5 Red Squirrel At Brownsea Island

Take a day trip and try to spot a red squirrel at Brownsea Island | near Merley Court Holiday Park

Location

The Shorefield Edit

See the great local attractions and days out that are close to our park.

The New Forest National Park

12 miles away The New Forest is well known for its spectacular heath landscapes, stunning forest trails and free-roaming wildlife. Meet the resident New Forest ponies or, if you're lucky, maybe even some deer!
New Forest Pony In Colourful New Forest Heathland

Upcoming Local Events

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Pick Your Own Pumpkins & Halloween Maize Maze

Head to Fordingbridge Picking Patch for a fabulous range of activities. There's 10 acres of pumpkins to pick plus the Halloween Maize Maze! Pre-booking is required for the maize maze (£6.50 per ticket, under 4's free)
Pumpkin picking and hallloween maize maze fordingbridge

Pick Your Own Pumpkins & Halloween Maize Maze

Head to Fordingbridge Picking Patch for a fabulous range of activities. There's 10 acres of pumpkins to pick plus the Halloween Maize Maze! Pre-booking is required for the maize maze (£6.50 per ticket, under 4's free)
Bournemouth christmas tree wonderland

Bournemouth Christmas Tree Wonderland

Bournemouth is set to be lit up by more than 100 festive-themed illuminations this winter. The Christmas Tree Wonderland includes a 60ft feature tree with a trail taking visitors across the town.
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ParkLife Blog

Keep up to date with our latest news and stories below, a great read to help with some of the reasons why you should choose to enjoy the park life with us.

Halloween in Hampshire & Dorset

Looking for spooktacular things to do this Halloween? Here's our top picks of activities, from days out in Hampshire & Dorset to trick or treating at our parks.

Merley Court Holiday Park

Signature Lodges
Slip into your private hot tub and gaze up at the stars
Booking Guarantee
Covers all our 2021 holidays
Great Days Out
Have fun exploring Dorset and surrounding areas
Hot tub retreats
Self-catering hot tub accommodation available

What our guests have to say

Sad to say goodbye

Just back from 4 nights in a Superior plus lodge. We were sad to be leaving. The chalet was clean when we arrived and the hot tub was ready for us to take the plunge. We had tea, coffee & sugar waiting for us. The park was very quiet which for us was a bonus. All in all we had a very relaxing time.

Faithyangel – Sep 2021 Tripadvisor 50
Review Couple in hot tub at Merley Court Holiday Park Merley Court Holiday Park Wimborne, Dorset Tripadvisor
Already contemplating a return

The lodge itself was amazing! Met our expectations, well equipped and the welcome pack was very useful! The standard of the lodge and the hot tub was very clean! The staff, in general, have to be applauded - nothing was a problem, they bent over backwards to help!

Mrs Burchett – Jul 2021 10 Out Of 10
3 A Couple Walking Through The Leafy Woods Merley Court Holiday Park Wimborne, Dorset Our Guest Survey
Lovely

A lovely small park, with footpaths accessible nearby. Lodges set in woodland and good location for visiting nearby Poole etc.

Vicky Hibbs – May 2021 Google
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Frequently Asked Questions

Are prices per person or per holiday?

Prices are for the holiday, for the full duration of your stay, but there is a limit (sleeps x) to how many people can stay in each type of accommodation. Please only take into account all people over the age of two when calculating accommodation berths.

If your holiday is more than 4 weeks away you only need to pay a deposit, which is clearly displayed in the bookings process.

Are your holiday homes close together?

Our holiday homes are no closer than 5 metres to each other, meaning there is plenty of open space between you and your neighbour.

Our treehouses are set within a secluded gated area of our Milford on Sea park, exclusive to treehouse guests, meaning you'll feel a million miles away.

When does the outdoor swimming pool open?

The outdoor pools across all our parks* will be open from Saturday 29th May until Sunday 5th September 2021.

*The outdoor pool at Wlksworth Caravan Park will remain open at weekends only until the 26th September 2021.

The opening of all our outdoor pools is weather dependent.

We have outdoor swimming pools at Shorefield Country Park, Oakdene Forest Park, Wilksworth Caravan Park* and Merley Court. To check specific opening times for a particular park, please give the park's reception a call.

How do I book a swimming slot?

We are no longer operating a pre-booked system for sessions in our swimming pools at Shorefield Country Park or Oakdene Forest Park. Instead, simply head to your swimming pool of choice. We will be operating a band system and entry will be staggered in 15-minute intervals.

Please note that our pools at Wilksworth Caravan Park and Merley Court Holiday Park will still need to be pre-booked. If you are staying at either of these parks you can book a session 48 hours in advance from here (however please note that due to seasonality, the outdoor pools at these parks are now closed until 2022). We will reserve your pre-booked space for 15 minutes, after this time we reserve the right to give your slot to others.

Sessions in all our pools are 60 minutes long and we request that you come ‘swim-ready’ where possible.

You will also receive information including all the links to our booking systems for our facilities in your pre-arrival email, shortly before you are due to arrive.

Is there wifi? What is the phone reception like?

Complimentary Wi-Fi is available around the parks and inside your accommodation at Swanage Coastal Park, Oakdene Forest Park*, Shorefield Country Park (including Downton Holiday Park), Merley Court Holiday Park and Forest Edge Holiday Park. Complimentary Wi-Fi is also available throughout the main facility buildings across these parks.

There is limited Wi-Fi at Lytton Lawn and Wilksworth.

Please be aware that the Wi-Fi service is suitable for light browsing and checking emails, but during peak times may be limited. Streaming/gaming/video conferencing is not guaranteed.

Unfortunately, mobile phone reception and network is dependent on your mobile phone provider and therefore is out of our control. Mobile phone reception in the New Forest area can sometimes be patchy on some networks but is generally improving over time. There is usually no problem at Swanage Coastal Park or Merley Court Holiday Park.

*Please note that there is no Wi-Fi access from the summer camping pitches at Oakdene Forest Park. Complimentary Wi-Fi can still be accessed from the park's main facility buildings.

What are your check-in and check-out times for self-catering accommodation?

Check-in will vary depending on the accommodation you have booked.

  • All our Signature lodges, Treehouses, Lavender House, Wisteria House and Honeysuckle Cottage have check-in from 2pm
  • All other lodges (Select, Select +, Superior and Superior +) plus The Burrow, Tudor Rose House and Sublime Hot Tub Caravans have check-in from 3pm
  • All remaining accommodation (Supersaver, Budget, Economy, Forest, Supreme, Serene, Sensation, Seaside and Statement Caravans) have check-in from 4pm

Check-out is by 10am on the day of departure. Note: Sunday departures for two night breaks are by 7pm.

In order to maintain social distancing and to ensure your accommodation is ready, we kindly ask that you DO NOT arrive any earlier than the assigned check-in time.

Are your holiday parks pet friendly?

Yes, all our parks are pet friendly and welcome well behaved pets in designated pet-friendly accommodation. Just add your pet(s) to your booking when you search. We do request that dogs are kept on a lead at all times whilst on the park.

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