Dorchester 01305 889777

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History of Hogleaze

The History of Hogleaze

If you have visited our self storage facility near Dorchester, you will know that we are based on a farm, one of the tidiest farms you will have ever seen! But you might not know much about its history; where we started Hogleaze Storage was a dairy farm.

So how did we go from a fully functioning dairy farm, to a personal storage facility? In this article we share the history of Hogleaze Storage.

The end of the dairy farm

Hogleaze Storage is located at Town Hill Farm and Hogleaze Farm. Hogleaze Farm used to be a family run dairy farm that produced milk between 1945 and 2000.

Economics was the main reason we stopped milking cows. Without wishing to sound like a despondent farmer, there was a shift in the selling of milk in supermarkets as, knowing that milk is a weekly purchase, they started dropping prices to attract customers into their stores. The price change made it difficult to make a profit in any farm production.

Making the most of our surroundings

With plenty of land and redundant farm buildings, we started to realise just how many caravan and camping sites were close by… but very few places had adequate areas to store the caravans and motorhomes out of season. We had plenty of outdoor space that would be perfect to turn into caravan and motorhome storage space, which is exactly what we did.

Knowing the proximity to Weymouth, we also started thinking about boat storage. We knew that our outdoor space would also be suitable for boat storage, and we knew that people would need places to store their boats over winter when they were used less frequently.

So, we created a specific space for outdoor boat storage and outdoor motorhome and caravan storage.

We also turned to our surroundings when looking for inspiration for our logo. Being surrounded by trees, squirrels were part of that habitat. When we thought about it, having a squirrel as part of our logo made more and more sense because squirrels represent our business… they store their winter food to keep it safe, we store your personal belongings to keep them safe.

As you might have worked out, we kept the farm name Hogleaze when we started our self-storage company. The word has a fascinating background as it literally translates to “pigs in the field”; “hog” being an old fashioned term for pigs, and “leaze” meaning a tract of open ground.

Adding self-storage units

On a trip to Brighton back in 2005 we realised how popular personal self storage was, the further east we drove the more roadside signs advertising self storage appeared. It felt like every other sign was pointing to another self-storage facility.

On top of this realisation, we were receiving quite a lot of enquiries from people looking for self storage units. Our little boat, caravan and motorhome storage facility was being found in the search for personal self storage units. We were constantly getting phone calls asking about our units… but we didn’t have any.

These two things made us realise that there was a market for self storage units. We had an entire farm’s worth of space, so all we needed to do was build the units, with the right permissions of course. Luckily we had a few barns that we were able to convert into storage spaces to get started.

Our first units filled pretty quickly! So, over the years we have built more units across our farm, varying the sizes of the units so that there is the perfect self storage solution for everyone.

Self storage units for everything

With the expansion of our facility at our Dorchester site, came the realisation that there was a need for more than just household storage or furniture storage.

As our storage units are completely empty, we were able to be flexible with what we stored in them and how it was all stored. We started offering storage for business papers, office furniture, sports equipment and even wine!

Expanding to Weymouth

Having noticed that there was no storage facility of size in Weymouth, in 2016 we built self-storage units in Weymouth. We built a modern 3 storey storage facility, with a lift, that has over 250 units of varying sizes, from 25sq ft up to 200sq ft, that can store just about anything in them.

When we expanded to Weymouth, we wanted to make sure that our core values were still at the forefront of our business. It was important that we were able to offer an efficient service and the best pricing. Using a large building on the Granby Industrial Estate meant that we were able to do this. The storage units are easily accessible, and we can provide reassurance of safe keeping as the store is alarmed and managed by David Matthews.

Future for Hogleaze

And we are not stopping there. During 2022, we are building a new classic car storage unit at our Dorchester facility. This will be a 2 storey building designed specifically to hold classic cars. This space will be bigger than the one we currently have, meaning that we will be able to store more classic cars.

In moving the classic cars to this new building, we will create more indoor motorhome and caravan storage spaces. So if you are looking for caravan or motorhome storage, keep an eye out for further news on this development!

Why store with Hogleaze Storage?

In the 22 years we have been running Hogleaze Storage, our priority has always been to provide excellent customer service and a trusted, safe place to leave your belongings. We don’t take our responsibility of looking after your things lightly.

We know that your belongings are precious which is why we have put such high security features in place. Not only do we require each of our storage units to have a padlock on the door when in use, but we also provide you with your own fob to enter the building. You will notice CCTV cameras around the premises, and we also have number plate recognition cameras allowing only our customers to get to their belongings.

To make sure that we were providing the highest standards for self storage and motorhome and caravan storage, we worked hard to be able to become a member of the Self Storage Association and the Caravan Storage Site Owners Association.

“Immaculately clean storage, easy access and still very secure. Friendly and helpful staff.”

Sheila Cornwall

Looking for a self storage unit?

If you are looking for a safe place to keep your belongings get in touch with us today. To talk to someone at our Dorchester facility, call 01305 889777 or email, or to talk to someone at our Weymouth facility, call 01305 830000 or email

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Excellent Security and Beautiful Views

I very much appreciate the security (and, by the way, the beautiful

scenery) surrounding Hogleaze.

Claire Gross Dorchester Self Storage
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Hogleaze provides excellent facilities and service

We are emailing you to inform you that we have sold our motorhome and will no longer require the pitch. Should we buy another van, we will of course come back if you have availability.

You provide excellent facilities and service.

Ken and Cordie Tett Dorchester caravan Vehicle Storage
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Really impressed with the service & customer-focused attention

I was really impressed with the service and customer-focused attention I received dealing with you both. Prompt replies to my enquiries and professional standards throughout mean that my first thoughts on needing storage will be towards Hogleaze. Also, as I mentioned when meeting you, my work involves motor homes, camper vans and the occasional ‘shed’ and I have and will continue to recommend you. I took several of your cards for this purpose!

Unfortunately, our house move failed as the buyers pulled out on Christmas Eve (nice) so I’ve put my MX5 back in our double garage but I was happy knowing it was safe and snug at yours!

Guy Henville Dorchester Self Storage
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Fantastic value, easy and secure.

Fantastic value, easy and secure. Would not hesitate to use again if needed.

Alex Davies Weymouth Self Storage
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Having stored motorhomes at Hogleaze over a number of years…

Having stored motorhomes at Hogleaze over a number of years I have seen great improvements made to the facilities. It is a really good storage area offering very secure facilities for whatever your storage needs.
Jan Hankin Dorchester Self Storage
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My second time of using Hogleaze for storage.

My second time of using Hogleaze for storage. Friendly, accommodating and efficient. Easy access and secure. Everything you need. Thank you.

Richard Allen Dorchester Self Storage
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Very pleased with Hogleaze Storage. 

Very pleased with Hogleaze Storage. Clean, bright and modern storage with easy access at any time. Trolleys provided for moving your items. Very reasonable costs.
Bronwen James Dorchester Self Storage
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Found the facility to be safe and secure

I used Hogleaze Storage for many years and found the facility to be safe and secure. My belongings stayed dry; the ambient temperature seemed just right and there was no dampness. Wooden furniture; cardboard boxes and books all survived intact. The staff are also helpful and friendly. I recommend this facility.
Peter Lewis Dorchester Self Storage
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Thank you for your excellent service as I made use of your storage unit 215.

Thank you for your excellent service as I made use of your storage unit 215.

Having never used self storage before your help was much appreciated. I would certainly use your facility again when there is a need. I would also recommend your company to others.

Bob Malone Dorchester Self Storage
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Excellent facilities.

Excellent facilities. Gave us exactly what we were looking for.

Peter Bachrach Dorchester Self Storage
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Very secure.

We used Hogleaze Storage for nearly 1 year excellent faculties and all storage units very secure and high standard. Staff always friendly and happy to help. Would highly recommend them!

Claire Beaumont Self Storage
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Absolutely brilliant service from Hogleaze Storage.

Absolutely brilliant service from Hogleaze Storage. Really good rates, clean and light building with easy access. Can’t rate them highly enough. Thanks Hogleaze Storage!

‎Rob Hodgkinson‎ Self Storage
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I really like the facility and I am very impressed with the setup you have.

It was lovely to meet you last Friday and finally get the Caravan in to secure storage. I really like the facility and I am very impressed with the setup you have. I received your welcome letter yesterday and have set up the standing order for the 1st July and then to continue at the begin of each month thereafter.

Thank you once again.

Kirston Dorchester caravan Vehicle Storage
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I would recommend Hogleaze Storage to anyone thinking of storing their possessions

It has been a most enjoyable experience entrusting Hogleaze Storage Ltd with my furniture, household and personal possessions, since August 2012.

It was good to meet Shelley, her helpful and friendly demeanor, nothing was too much – she even brought along bolt cutters in case I could not open the padlock on the shutter doors. She was happy to show Gentleman Removals and myself the way.

The service has been excellent throughout the seven years, with up-to-date monthly invoices and security information – thoughtful and caring – all my possessions including the ones I did not know I had stored in the unit, were intact and working.

I would recommend Hogleaze Storage Ltd to anyone thinking of storing their household, office and personal possessions, whether short or long-term. The location is worth a visit on its own, the site is safe and secure, clean and accessible 24/7.

Simon Dorchester Self Storage
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The storage facilities are amazing!

Mr Evans caravan Vehicle Storage
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Using Hogleaze again

We are very pleased with the service and will be using Hogleaze again at some point!

Mr Stein Self Storage
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I have been delighted with the facilities provided and I’m sure I’ll be using Hogleaze again!

Mr Walsh Self Storage
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Excellent storage facilities

Hogleaze has excellent storage facilities which are also impressive both from a security and cleanliness point of view

Ms Maskall caravan Vehicle Storage
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A great experience

I have had a great experience with Hogleaze’s storage services and would recommend to anyone

Mr Huxford Self Storage
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A pleasure

It’s been a pleasure using your great facilities

Mr Beaumont Self Storage
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Recommended secure storage

I would recommend you to any people looking for secure strorage

Mr Graff Self Storage
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Thank you

I would like to thank you for the good service we have received whilst storing our caravan with you

Mr Bosley caravan Vehicle Storage
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Enjoyed the services

We have enjoyed the services at your storage facility and will hopefully be returning to you again in the future

Mr and Mrs Marsden Self Storage
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Find Us


Hogleaze Storage
Town Hill Farm
Town Hill
Winterbourne Abbas

phone 01305 889777


Hogleaze Self Storage
12 Cambridge Road
Granby Industrial Estate

phone 01305 830000

Areas we cover

  • Dorchester
  • Bridport
  • Weymouth
  • Bridport