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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 85 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
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We have everything you need to make your stay at Merley Court Holiday Park the perfect holiday.



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)

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
  • Wi-Fi across the whole park
  • Access to leisure facilities at the sister site
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Hot tub lodges, perfect for the whole family | Merley Court Holiday Park

1 Woodland Lodge Exterior

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 lodges

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


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

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 across the park
  • Children's outdoor play park
  • Outdoor pool (opening times vary)
3 Heated Outdoor Pool Sunloungers Summer

Heated outdoor pool and sunloungers | 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


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


Bournemouth 7's

An award-winning sports festival bringing together sports and music. Known as the sporting Glastonbury!

Bournemouth Air Festival

The UK's biggest air festival returns to Bournemouth beach. Packed with aviation action, entertainment and unique nautical displays across 4 days, this is one of the most highly anticipated events in the south!

Mr Kyps Northern Soul & Motown Weekender at Oakdene Forest Park

Enjoy a fantastic weekend of Soul & Motown guaranteed to get you up on your feet & dancing. Held at Oakdene Forest Park, acts include the The Signatures, Northern Soul DJ's and many more favourites.
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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.

Merley Court Holiday Park

Signature Lodges
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Have fun exploring Dorset and surrounding areas
Hot tub retreats
Self-catering hot tub accommodation available

What our guests have to say

Luxury break!

We have just returned from a week at Merley Court in a woodland lodge with hot tub. We had a fabulous time! We honestly couldn't fault the lodge, it was spotlessly clean. We loved the contactless check-in. The park is perfectly placed for both the New Forest and Bournemouth beaches.

JuleeBui – Jun 2021 Tripadvisor 50
Review Couple in hot tub at Merley Court Holiday Park Merley Court Holiday Park Wimborne, Dorset Tripadvisor
Look forward to our next holiday

Excellent base to get out and about from. We look forward to our next holiday with Shorefield, staff are friendly, helpful and polite and the booking team have excellent customer service. Thank you.

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

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
3 Lodge Kitchen Interior Merley Court Holiday Park Wimborne, Dorset Google 42 2020

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.

All pools will be running sessions which will need to be pre-booked online no more than 48 hours in advance.

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?

You can book a session to use our swimming pools online up to 48 hours in advance.

Sessions will be 45 minutes long and we request that you come ‘swim-ready’. There will also be no lockers in use so please ensure you bring a bag to safely keep all of your belongings in.

To ensure you can safely keep your distance in our pools we will be operating with reduced occupancy. We therefore kindly ask you to respect others and book no more than two sessions per day. If you no longer require your swimming session please ensure you cancel your slot to make your space available to other guests. We currently have extremely limited slots available in our pools and sessions are booking up fast, doing so will enable others to enjoy these facilities when you are no longer able to or simply change your mind.

You can also book your slot from our handy app, so you can book at any time on park or whilst on the go. Our app can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play.

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.

In the interest of fairness we do not release sessions more than 48 hours in advance.

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, Merley Court Holiday Park and Forest Edge Holiday Park. Complimentary Wi-Fi is also available throughout the main facility buildings across these parks.

Please note that Downton caravans DO NOT feature Wi-Fi in the accommodation. Guests staying in a Downton caravan can access complimentary Wi-Fi at Shorefield Country Park's main complex buildings.

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, Tudor Rose House and Honeysuckle Cottage have check-in from 2pm
  • All other lodges (Select, Select +, Superior and Superior +) plus The Burrow 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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